Last night my boy Ryan and I made our way downtown, to the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, to TCF Bank Stadium. The Occasion: The U2 360 Tour.
I’ve seen U2 two other times, November 3, 1987 on The Joshua Tree tour, at the old St. Paul Civic Center, and again March 3, 1992 at Target Center, on the ZooTV tour. Both of of the other shows were incredible, for different reasons. 1987 was magical, earnest, uplifting, and an awakening. I was 20 years old, and having grown up Catholic, had never considered the spiritual power that secular music could carry for me in my life. I did not even realize it that night – it took me several years to connect the dots on how that experience shaped me, and opened my mind to ways of thinking I had never previously considered. It was a true convergence of the secular and religious worlds for me, even though it took we a long time to figure that out, and even longer to understand how I could benefit from that knowledge in my life. I think that show marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I met Jennifer a few weeks later, we regarded one another, and never looked back.