I was 10 when the U2 bug bit almost 30 years ago. A friend's older sister played UABRS for us, and the crowd singing along to "40" mesmerized me. Maybe it was written in the stars, as I do share a birthday with Bono after all...
At the age of 15, I started keeping a hand-written discography to track singles and promos by the band as I started to get bit by the collectors' bug. And in 1995, looking for an easy credit at university, I ended up in a course about webpage design, and building the class project from that hand-written discography, which would eventually become www.u2wanderer.org, which is still alive today. Over the years I've worked on a number of projects related to U2, including helping with the last edition of Pimm's U2 Live: A Concert Documentary, and of course www.U2Tours.com, where I've been working since it launched.
Along the way I've managed to get myself to a few shows, in eight different countries. It's easy to combine a love of good music, great friends, and traveling to a strange country into a great vacation. Favorite albums? No Line on the Horizon, Zooropa, The Unforgettable Fire. Favorite song? "Running to Stand Still." Favorite show? Zurich 2, 2010.
I keep a blog of some of my concert travels (not just U2, Arcade Fire has taken me around the world several times) and the odd thought that crosses my mind over at www.ajsams.com, and you can find me on twitter at @u2wanderer.