10/18/2005

U2- Greatest band of all time

Filed under: — joe @ 3:37 pm

Rhonda and I got back late last night from the U2 show in Philly and all I can say is “WOW!”. U2 continues to be (imho) the greatest band of all time and every time you go to see them, you’re in for a great show with plenty of surprises. They reached way back in the vault with songs like 40, Electric co, I will follow) and the new stuff sounded phenomonal. The show kicked off with City of blinding lights and just did not stop, the crowd was still singing 40 long after the lights came on. However, the hightlight for everyone was the sudden appearence of Bruce Springsteen himself! Bono announced that they were going to play People get ready (Bono said it was for the guy with the sign… maybe it was Tim Lahaye!) but that they needed another guitar player. Out came The Boss to trade solos with The Edge and duet with Bono (and Springsteen’s wife Patti Scialfa). What a great moment and something for us to tell the grandkids someday! We also have tickets for a Springsteen solo show next month so we can’t wait for that.

As if that wasn’t enough, on Saturday we were in New York and managed to get tickets for the always sold-out Spamalot (based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Not only did we get tickets but they were 2nd row tickets! What a great show! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time, especially at a musical. We also got to see Alan Tudyk (from Serenity/Firefly/Dodgeball/A Knights tale) who was filling in for Hank Azaria as Lancelot. As some of you know, I’m a big fan of his so that was really cool (although seeing Hank Azaria of The Simpson’s fame would’ve been equally cool). It was great to hang out in Times Square for the day, see St Patrick’s Cathedral and visit Rockefeller Center. We’re going back next month for a couple of days and just sight see (and maybe see Spamalot again!) because there’s a lot I didn’t get to do while we were there.

This weekend I’ll be playing a couple of shows with Jeremy Casella (why does this guy put up with me??!!!??) and one of them is with Eric Peters, so I’m looking forward to that. Check the main page for details.

It’s been a busy, busy couple of weeks (especially this past weekend!) so we’re gonna try to get rested up and ready to go for this weekend. Thanks for stopping by and be good to each other!

Grace and peace
Joe

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