Well, Lord willing, I’ll be able to cross one more thing off the bucket list this year.
On October 6th, I’ll be joining a friend of mine in the ATL to see U2’s 360 tour. I’ve been a U2 fan for as far back as I can remember. I still maintain that “The Joshua Tree” is one of the finest pieces of recorded music I’ve ever heard. But the band’s latest release, “No Line On the Horizon”, is an absolute masterpiece. I’ve been spinning it nonstop since I downloaded it at the beginning of March. I can’t get “Breathe” out of my head. Great song.
Sunny and I used to see concerts all the time when we were dating. Growing up in Nashville, there were always some great summer concerts at Starwood Amphitheatre. In fact, one of our first “dates” was a group outing to a Reba McEntire concert. I didn’t tell her at the time, but I can’t stand Reba. (She was probably my father’s least favorite artist. Ever. Call it a generational curse, I guess.) Over the years, Sunny and I have been to a ton of shows. Off the top of my head, we’ve seen Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, The Wallflowers, Counting Crows, Barenaked Ladies, The Dixie Chicks, The Avett Brothers, Third Day (multiple times), Lost and Found (multiple times), David Crowder (multiple times), Chris Tomlin, Jars of Clay, and Hootie & the Blowfish in concert. In addition, I’ve seen George Strait, Diamond Rio, Alabama, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs, and Brooks & Dunn. (Like I said, I grew up in Nashville.) I even saw Boyz II Men in concert back in their heyday. One of my earliest memories is my father taking me to a Johnny Cash show in Hendersonville when I was 4 or 5; I still have the little “Man In Black” T-shirt he bought me. All this to say: I’ve always been a fan of live music.
When I scratch U2 off the list, Coldplay will probably move up to become the band I’d most like to see in concert (although most of their live performances I’ve seen over the years have been a little underwhelming). While we’re at it, they’re in Birmingham next month. Who’s in? 🙂