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"I love hymns and gospel music, but the idea of turning your music into a tool for evangelism is missing the point. Music is the language of the spirit anyway."

-- Bono

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Arlan Hess

I am a Lecturer at a small liberal arts college where I teach Irish Literature and Creative Writing. I received an MFA from Vermont College and have completed research at the University College of Wales-Aberystwyth and University of Padua. A poet by training (but sometimes a food and travel writer by luck), my work has appeared in the The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Paper Street, Thirty-First Bird Review, Connotation Press, The Literary Bohemian, and Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. A fan of U2 since the first time I heard the opening bars of "I Will Follow" at a high school dance, my commitment to the band was validated when I joined @U2 in April 2011. Now, my family and friends take my obsession a little more seriously.

I have begun to collect U2 concerts the way some people collect spoons. My first and my last (out of thirteen) shows are my favorites. On April 9, 1985, Bono dedicated "Pride" to a girl from my high school, Beth, who had waited in line with us for tickets but was killed in a car accident three weeks before the show. I knew at that moment, I'd follow the band anywhere. Twenty-four years later, on July 25, 2009, I stood in a light rain outside Croke Park listening to "City of Blinding Lights" float over the rooftops of Dublin. Locals pulled their cars to the side of the road, fathers lifted children to their shoulders, neighbors leaned from open windows. We nodded to each other in knowing silence.

It's an honor to be a part of a community as closely knit as @U2 and I look forward to contributing to its success.

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@U2 Calendar

June 26 2016

06:15 PM - 07:45 PM - eLEVATION Tribute Band Performance

Tonight in Downers Grove

July 11 2016

07:30 PM - 11:00 PM - U2 2 Tribute Band Performance

Tonight in Worcester

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