Monday, March 02, 2009

U2 at the Paradise!?

I used to go to concerts.  A lot.  In high school and the beginning of college, not a month went by when I wasn't be groovin' it at a show.  My favorite groups to see live were mainly "jam bands" Strangefolk, Phish, Guster, and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (Guster kind of strayed from that scene to pop over the years).  I'd catch other smaller groups to fill in the gaps.  The range of other groups spanned from hard altnerative like Grammatrain to improv jazz like Medeski Martin & Wood.  I drove all over the five states of New England.  And truthfully, more often than not, I went alone.  But all to say, I went to shows a lot.

Over the last 6-8 years, I've gone to perhaps half a dozen, if that. The major reasons for my inability to go include time and finances.  But I've often missed the scene. I love live music.  

So the front page of Boston.com speaks of a rumored U2 show at the Paradise in Boston.  Some of my favorite memories in concert were at the Paradise.  Jars of Clay were great there, but I think my favorite show was actually Deliriou5?.  It was an incredibly passionate and worshipful show, open bar and everything.

But U2 might as well come and play in North Street's sanctuary.  It's probably only just a little bit smaller than the Paradise.  I mean, U2 could sell out a 100,000 seat venue, if it existed in Boston.  If it's true, it's one show I won't be getting tickets to.  Not because I wouldn't love to be there, but because, well...no one will get tickets to a U2 show that small.

I will however be at the very-quickly-sold-out Phish concert (can't call it a "show" at Great Woods) on June 6th.  Phish has been off for a few years and this is a reunion tour of sorts.  I've always wanted Meghan to be able to go and see the scene.  So Grandma's coming to watch the kids and we'll be there.

While I think that Phish is my favorite large venue group to see live...I've never seen U2 in concert.  And I fully confess that my concert resume is not complete without seeing them.  I guess they'll be playing at Gillette Stadium in September, but I'm not sure I can justify two concerts in a six-month span these days.  We'll see...

1 comment:

  1. I've seen them in 1987, the Joshua Tree tour, and in 2002, the Elevation tour. It's worth it!

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