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"[W]e called it Achtung Baby and dressed up like pop stars to get people away from that because there was just so much melancholy in it. With U2, the packaging is often disinformation." — Bono

Mason Merritt

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"Get On Your Boots" was the first U2 song I ever remember hearing and falling in love with. Have I lost you? No? Good. Because ever since I watched that music video in the summer of 2009, I have been hooked on a drug I just can't quit. Ever since Bono gave my future a big kiss, U2 has been the driving force of how I've lived my life and the lens through which I looked at the complicated world around me. In July of 2015, after a six-year wait, I was finally able to see my favorite band in person in New York City. That three day stretch where I went to this website's legendary anniversary party, attended my first show (where I got brought onstage) and experienced U2 play my favorite song of all time, "Stand By Me," is hands down the best three days of my entire life! One of the only things that truly scares me is when I think about what direction my life would have taken if I had never found this incredible band. I'm not a religious person, but I've always considered this band's impact on all of our lives as a form of divine intervention.