I was born in 1982, and sadly, didn't know about U2's '80s journey to world fame or the Zoo TV era until after they'd already happened. My U2 obsession began in the year 1995, when, as a 13-year old, I was totally crazy about "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me." Not just the song, but also the video. I didn't get the whole concept of the video yet, but I thought it looked really cool.
A few months later, "Miss Sarajevo" was released. Here was the same band, performing a song about the war in former Yugoslavia with Luciano Pavarotti. It confused yet fascinated me. Of course, I had no idea at the time of Bono's phone calls to Sarajevo during the Zoo TV tour, or just how special it was to see The Edge without any headgear....
These two songs were the perfect introduction to the two sides of U2 that make the band so special: the ambitious rock band, always determined to put on great shows and go where none have ventured before, and their socially conscious side that's never afraid to inspire and wake people up. I was nibbling on the bait, and after I saw "Streets" during the Rattle & Hum movie, I was hooked for good. U2's music brings me joy and helps me deal with the inevitable bumps in the road of life.
I live in Utrecht, a town in the middle of The Netherlands. Languages and news are passions of mine, and I've managed to work in those fields in my working life so far.
I also love writing, and I've been reading the @U2 site for years. Being part of the staff has proved to be a great and fun opportunity to do something useful with my love for U2.