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@U2 QOM November 2012: A Thankful U2

Finish this sentence: If I were U2, I would be thankful for ______.

@U2, December 12, 2012


(Each month, @U2 puts a spotlight on U2 fans with our "Question of the Month." We pose a question to our readers and invite answers of 200 words or less. If you're interested in taking part, check our home page to see if the current question is still open. If not, check back shortly after the beginning of next month and we'll have another question ready to be answered!)

@U2 Question of the Month Katrina Carmichael: If I were U2 I would be thankful for:

  • Finding each other in their youth and forming the greatest band in the world.
  • Making 12 (so far) incredible albums with amazing songs.
  • Their loyalty to each other.
  • Their longevity.
  • Their amazing talent.
  • Their millions of loyal fans all over the world.

Thera Hagedoorn: If I were U2 I would be thankful for all our loyal fans who hang on for years and years, who buy everything we put on the market and keep on buying concert tickets. And most of all who wait desperately for new songs as long as we exist. For the good life they gave us (as they always thank us for during their concerts and which I appreciate).

Gina Miller: If I were U2 I would be thankful to God that we are able to sing, and play instruments. And that people are buying our music and singing our songs. :)

Holly: All the places we get to play.

Lisa Andrus: Oh where to start? First, they should be thankful they found each other -- to still be friends, much less work together, for 30-some odd years is an amazing feat!

They should be thankful for what they bring out in each other even though at times I'm sure there have been a few fistfights (literally or otherwise). Head-in-the-clouds Bono vs. firmly-grounded Larry equals amazing results. And they can be thankful that because of this they have escaped the daily grind most of us experience.

They can be thankful for the wonderful women in their lives -- Ali, Ann, & Morleigh are unique ladies all. (You go, girls!) They can be thankful their children apparently have level heads on their shoulders and aren't tabloid fodder (thinking of Stephanie Bongiovi's troubles in recent weeks).

And last of all -- and most self serving -- they can be thankful for their fans, both us longtimers & the newbies. We welcome their musical experimentations and push them to go further with them (hey, I liked NLOTH!!). They're fortunate men and I think they all have the common sense to realize it. God bless you all and as the 70s phrase goes -- keep on truckin'!

Note to our readers: All of us at @U2 thank you for all your terrific responses to Question of the Month over the years. This is our last installment (although you can always find the archive here). We hope you've enjoyed these conversations as much as we have!

(c) @U2/individual contributors above, 2012.

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