It’s A U2 Thang!

cupofjoe

It’s funny how some phrases within our lexicon need absolutely no explanation.  Like my good friend Sammy Hagar says, “What is understood does not need to be discussed.” Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve decided to prepare myself for the new onslaught of teeny bopper fans that U2 is seeking out, and to prepare myself both mentally and physically for the upcoming tour. By preparing myself physically, I mean cracking open another beer as I write this post. I’m fairly confident that I can beat out wheelchair dude to my spot along the railing closest to The Edge in the GA line, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to lose out my spot to some 14 year old with better arches who doesn’t get winded using an elevator. “You’re in my home now, biatch!”

Getting back to “It’s a U2 thang.”  I’m always willing to lend a helping hand with all the nuances about our group to potential fans born in the year 2000.  That hurt to even type that last line. Surely, nothing that the music listening kids of today could have prepared them for what they are about to experience with U2, if they choose to come along for the ride.  Kids are used to hearing their one-hit-wonder pop sensations on the radio today, then seeing the lead singer of that same one-hit-wonder as the “dry” guy at Randy’s car wash-n-dry the next. No staying power. Being the generous guy I am, I have provided you with a short list of things that U2 fans have come to accept as universal law, “Bono”FIDE truisms that all U2 fans inherently understand. So when the time comes, my new teeny bopper fan, that something looks, sounds, or feels foreign to you, don’t be afraid because more than likely, “It’s a U2 thang!”

01. Seeing 60 year olds standing in a GA line, then riding their Larks at Wal-Mart.

02. Hearing people retell every song from every set list from every U2 show that they went to, but not remember the name of their own kids.

03. People will travel thousands of miles to follow their group, but will eat their cereal dry for 3 days because they’re out of milk and the grocery store is a mile down the road.

04. You turn off your U2 CD for the radio, only to have the radio playing the same U2 song – and you listen to it.

05. 80,000 people will stand in a torrential downpour for 2.5 hours at a U2 show in Minnesota, but won’t walk out to their mailbox on a cloudy day.

06. You will run into Bono haters.  Let them rant, then dismiss them back to their parole officers, their parent’s basement where they live, or the nearest unemployment line.

07. You will know more about Africa than most Africans.

08. You’ll start concerning yourselves more with social justice than social media.

09. Many in your age group will not be listening to U2.  Basking in their ignorance is a U2 thang.

10. Making up forgotten lyrics to a song that you’ve heard a bazillion times will become 2nd nature.

11. You’ll gladly send the One Campaign a few bucks, but yell at a family member for not unplugging a night light, thereby wasting money.

12. You’ll proudly wear your 25 year old Joshua Tree shirt with holes and pit stains. U2 fans understand.

13. You’ll notice people openly cry during any given U2 song at a concert, then notice the same person screaming bloody murder trying to get out of the parking lot afterwards.

14. Fans always have just enough money for U2 collectibles on Ebay, and yet pretend to be on the phone, deep in a conversation, when walking by the Salvation Worker with the bell during Christmas time.

15. You’ll have to choose a side in the age old debate: What was U2’s best CD; Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby? During said debate, listen with sincerity to the three people who will try to throw Pop into the mix, then laugh at them and move on.

There are many others that you will learn along the way.  Some you’ll have to learn the hard way, but you’ll be better for it in the long run. Now, my teeny bopper friends, listen to other commenters share with you their, “It’s a U2Thang.” Lessons. Take notes if needed.

Longtime fan. Sixth grade teacher, married and have a 7 year old boy who is also a huge fan...he didn't have a choice.

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    joepit
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    It’s funny how some phrases within our lexicon need absolutely no explanation.  Like my good friend Sammy Hagar says, “What is understood does not nee
    [See the full post at: It's A U2 Thang!]

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    Leeny
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    Believe it or not I lost 30 pounds to get to that rail and Adam was worth every forfeited Oreo. :D
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    Great blog, Joe.
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    Even better than the real thing sitting on the table next to me.

    #11441

    joepit
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    You didn’t have 30 pounds to lose. Next time at the rail, remember to wave yo me up in my seat. ;)

    #11442

    Leeny
    Participant

    BTW, My U2 thang:

    Going from no cell to a TracFone to a Smart Phone in under 40 weeks… all because of you.

    #11443

    joepit
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    Welcome to the 21st century.

    #11444

    Leeny
    Participant

    That, and waiting nearly five years, riding a bus to NYC so I could spend seven hours on an airplane, and essentially wiping out my bank account all for six hours with another fan…and being happy as a lark that I did!
    It’s a good thing I got to spend an amazing weekend with Ana as well, or I’d seriously question my sanity (along with the rest of you).

    #11445

    Leeny
    Participant

    How about getting ready to hit the send button on that last post and having your laptop shut down for an update, and you sit in the chair wanting to cry because you are so used to the “Official” U2 fan site erasing hours of typing when that happens.
    Joe, give your boss a kiss for me for knowing how to save posts before they are sent. xxx

    #11446

    joepit
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    You better continue to save. We have an upcoming tour & we’re all meeting in U2’s 2nd favorite place to play… BOSTON! ;)

    #11447

    Pam
    Participant

    Incredible and funny writing once again, Joe! :)
    Hopefully teeny boppers will learn to love the great universal laws you listed here. Maybe they will also have to accept following things:
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    You´ll complain about the shabby look of young people´s clothes. You´ll still wear your proper War t-shirt and One bracelet!
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    Before the concert you´ll prefer eating fruits or vegetables instead of a sausage. Otherwise your doctor would worry about your cholesterol level.
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    If you have a ticket for a seat you´ll bring a pillow, because the seat is so hard and cold.
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    You won´t find a place right in front the stage even though you´ll join the GA line at 6.00 am. You´ll wonder how the young ones can run so fast.
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    Before the concert you´ll tell young people standing beside you every detail about your very first U2 concert and meeting with Bono.
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    You´ll proudly talk about how you purchased a very expensive and strictly limited super delux box of the new U2 album. ;)

    #11449

    joepit
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    Universal laws know no geographic boundaries Pam. Your great additions happen here in America as well. Take note, young ones. Pam knows what she speaks of.

    #11451

    Pam
    Participant

    Thank you, Joe! Yes, it´s always beautiful that people all over the world share their passion for U2´s music. Hopefully some young people will develop a love for U2 and experience the adventure to see the band live. Hope I´ll be able to see a show in Boston someday soon. I know it would be amazing.

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    cyndi
    Participant

    I found myself smiling in acknowledgement at your list of things U2 fans know to be true.
    Yes, I’m the same girl who will stand in the rain for 2.5 hours, then complain nonstop while my freshly coiffed hair is ruined by a slight sprinkle on my ten steps from my front door to my car when leaving for work.
    Yes, I’m the same girl who will wipe out her bank account traveling to shows.
    Yes, I’m the same girl who is terrified of flying, but will gladly book a flight to get to the next show. (Thank you Xanax and double KetelOne and cranberry in the oh so reasonably priced airport bar).
    Thanks again for another great read and a smile to start my day.

    #11453

    joepit
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    Cyndi, you’re not alone. Recognizing your “issues” means you’re One Step Closer to…to… Who am I kidding, there is no cure!

    #11454

    Leeny
    Participant

    Pam, ARE YOU SERIOUS ABOUT COMING TO BOSTON??????
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    That would be freaking AMAZING!!!!!!!

    #11455

    joepit
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    Leeny, if Pam comes to Boston, your margharittas are free!

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