U2’s 2nd Favorite Tour Stop!

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“This is where it all began for us…Boston, Massachusetts”.  Bono, March 11th, 2009. When I say Boston, what’s the first thing to pop into your mind? Clam chowder? Cape Cod? Harvard? Paul Revere’s ride? The most dominant sports city in the world? World’s best hospitals? U2? Two hundred years after the Mayflower and the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, came the Irish in their coffin ships, starving and looking for a new beginning. A century and a half later, the hands that built America have nestled into the arms of America very nicely, and nowhere more than my backyard, Boston Massachusetts. U2 took those Irish need not apply signs of the mid 1800’s, an unfortunate backdrop of Boston’s history, and tore them up like the famine did to Ireland back in the 1840’s. Tearing those signs up while tearing their way up the charts here in the United States was due mainly to a Boston DJ that heard something in U2’s music a decade before they would become the biggest band in the world. Carter Allen, a Boston DJ for going on four decades now, and who is credited with being the first DJ in America to play U2s music, heard something in the group from Dublin and continued to play their music, even though no other station in America would give them a listen. Carter has gone on to write two books about U2, (Outside Is America and The Road to Pop) and can still be heard today on Boston airwaves on WZLX 100.7 on your FM dial. Both books I highly recommend.

There are many reasons why U2 probably considers Boston its second home, but none more so than Boston’s Irish connection. South Boston (or Southie, as it is referred to here), might as well be Dublin West. You can’t throw a rotten potato without hitting an Irish man, woman or child in Southie. The Irish are not confined to Southie however. The Irish influence in Boston can be seen in its architecture, its food, pubs and music (YouTube Drop Kick Murphy’s). Even the Boston Celtics, with their Leprechaun mascot and green uniforms, honor what the Irish have meant to Boston. This is why Boston is a major stop on every tour. When U2 decided to capture the essence of the Elevation Tour on DVD, they chose Boston. When U2 chose to test run songs for NLOTH before embarking on the 360 tour, Somerville, a suburb of Boston was chosen. Experiencing the energy of a U2 show in Boston should be on every U2 fans bucket list. If Dublin is 1, Boston is 1A.  From Club Paradise, the club that Bono name drops during I Will Follow in the Elevation DVD, all the way to Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, it doesn’t matter if it is 80 or 80,000 fans, Boston has lifted U2 onto their shoulders and has held them up for almost 4 decades. Being Boston Strong, we will continue to hold them up as long as they want. Do yourself a favor & try to see U2 in Boston if you can. You will not regret it.

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  • #8813

    joepit
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    “This is where it all began for us…Boston, Massachusetts”.  Bono, March 11th, 2009. When I say Boston, what’s the first thing to pop into your mind?
    [See the full post at: U2’s 2nd Favorite Tour Stop!]

    #8815

    Ana
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    Will they play there first week of June next year? That would be the only chance that I will have to see them there.
    If so, may I wear my Manning’s jersey or i would be killed by a Patriots crazy fan like you? ;)

    #8816

    Leeny
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    When thinking of Boston I used to only picture the Aquarium, whale watches, and the six lanes of traffic near the finish of the marathon.
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    Now I’ve added Woburn’s delight ;) , JT, the Somerville Theatre, and a crazy mofo who figured out how to get friends from all over the world to teach his geography lessons for him.
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    But honestly, I’m still not convinced that U2 is as into Boston as Boston thinks they are. Do any of the band members have a residence in Boston? Have their children gone to college there?
    Has Boston not figured out that U2 says how much they love the city at every gig they play? :P
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    U2 may very well appreciate the enthusiasm of the Boston audience (that is something I hope to see for myself someday), but aside from the Edge’s ecological ordeal in California, U2 has made it very clear that their home across the pond, their heart is in NY.

    #8817

    Leeny
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    Ana, you and I will both wear Manning t-shirts to a U2 gig someday! :)

    #8819

    Ana
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    Agree Leeny, Boston has nothing to do with the City of blinding lights.

    #8820

    joepit
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    Clearly, you’re both delusional. ;) Boston is U2’s home away from home. Anyone who wears a Manning shirt in Patriot country will be banned from all U2 shows. ;)

    #8821

    Chris
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    That Celtics Logo is very Cool..I remember getting it as a surprise-sticker in bubble gum packages when I was a child !

    #8822

    Chris
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    What Ordeal did Edge unleash upon California ??? Please tell me it’s something related to some experimental extended solos of his !!!

    #8827

    Leeny
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    When Bono pulls me in my Manning jersey up on the stage in Boston, I’ll be a mile high!

    #8828

    Ana
    Participant

    I’ll be a mile high when he takes tthat shirt off me… ;)

    #8829

    Ana
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    @anafpaz said:
    I’ll be a mile high when he takes that jersey off me… ;)

    #8830

    Leeny
    Participant

    Chris, some of Edge’s CA neighbors were not happy with his idea of “landscaping”.
    I’m sure you can find more by googling it if you’re interested.

    #8831

    Leeny
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    Hmmmmmm, I thought we used to be able to send PMs here. (Chris, I sent it on FB instead)
    Am I really delusional?
    I see the little quote balloon icon, but when I click on it, it doesn’t take me anywhere. :(

    #8832

    Leeny
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    Joe, is there any way we could petition to have Drop Kick Murphy’s be the opening act for U2’s future Boston gigs????????????????????? :D

    #8833

    joepit
    Moderator

    Leeny, from your mouth to U2’s ears. Drop Kick Murphy’s have played numerous times with Springsteen here in Bosssssstown!

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