I was your typical 17-year-old in 2002. A high schooler with a preference for boy bands and anything the pop charts had to offer. Then one morning I picked up my friend Jeremy on our way to school. He put U2's The Best of 1990-2000 into my car's disc player and said I would really like it. I was aware of who U2 were, but that morning everything changed. I heard "Beautiful Day" and that was it. My music listening would never be the same. My favorite member of 'NSync, Joey Fatone, was soon replaced by Larry Mullen Jr. The love only grew stronger when How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was released in 2004. To me, the album was (and still is) a soundtrack to my life. I then became an official U2 fanatic.
In May 2005, I attended my first U2 concert in my home state of New Jersey. I can't choose the right words to describe the emotion I felt once they hit the stage and opened with "City of Blinding Lights." Everything I felt when hearing them in my car, iPod, etc. was now real. It's a night I'll remember forever and have repeated at their concerts since then.
Perhaps what I adore so much about U2 is that they form bonds. Connections to songs, friends, and moments in life that are worth defining. I'm lucky to have them in my life and they've given me so much. And that is what a great band is all about.