My fandom of U2 began when I was a college student in Upstate NY circa 1984. When I saw the band in the "Gloria" video on MTV for the first time, I was hooked. I was taken by their raw talent and Bono's charisma. Then came The Unforgettable Fire album and they have been my favorite band ever since -- all others pale in comparison. I listened to "Pride" non-stop. Eventually their activism as a band hooked me even deeper and changed me into the person I am today. I became a Social Worker in part because I, too, wanted to make a difference in the world.
Now, I appreciate my favorite band member, Bono, in more ways than just his lyrical talent, beautiful spirit and handsome face. I understand Bono's need to be a "helper and healer." Also, when Bono's father was dying, he was placed on hospice. Many people do not understand hospice and Bono became a strong voice for the care given to the dying. This meant the world to me because I have worked in this profession since 1995. I some day hope to be able to thank him for bringing this topic out in the public.
When I found @U2 in 2009, my world opened further. Finally I found those kindred spirits who shared the love of a special band that not many of those around me quite understood. Now I was able to open up about this love without ridicule! This has been so freeing.
I now live in Austin, TX, the live music capital of the world. Home to South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Austin is a special place to live if you love music. There is no shortage of live music being performed every night. If any of you plan on visiting my adopted city, let me know and I can give you some good ideas for your stay.
I am so very much looking forward to the future with U2, especially for what is in store for 2014 and I can't wait to share it with all of you!