The Joshua Tree brings Bobby Green back to the heart of the matter
Aug01

The Joshua Tree brings Bobby Green back to the heart of the matter

Review by Bobby Green I remember the first time I went to see U2 back in 1987 at Wembley Stadium. I was a teenage boy, son of an Irish immigrant parent who had left Ireland in the 6o’s and moved to London where she met my father whilst selling the catholic herald. They fell in love and are still very much in love to this day. Growing up in London there was always music playing in the house and my first experiences of being brought out to see music being played live were Foster and Allen, Johnny Cash and The Dubliners. A fine grounding I’m sure you’ll agree, and by the age of 16 (as I was in 1987) I had already started going to gigs. Stump being the first gig of an endless flow of live experiences I would indulge myself with over the years. Like any normal 16 year old, music was the most important thing in my life, well.. music and football, the musical landscape was so very different back in 1987 and it was just about to go into technicolour. Riding that wave were bands from America that always seemed to be bigger than bands from Europe and it always seemed like there was something magical about them, but cutting through all of this were a band closer to home, a band from Ireland, and they were on the cusp of taking over the world. For all of us children of Irish heritage going to Cardinal Wiseman Catholic High School in East London, U2 were such an important band. Some of us were cool enough to own copies of The Unforgettable Fire / War / October and Boy or have big brothers or cousins who had copies, and they’d let us put them on our TDK C90’s. But when The Joshua Tree came out…. Christ on a bike things changed. No longer were we thinking that U2 could make it big, with The Joshua Tree we now knew that we were part of something special, and for the people who weren’t necessarily U2 fans and were listening to them for the first time, they too were also experiencing something special. The Joshua Tree is undoubtedly a special album, and U2 were bringing the tour to Wembley Stadium, the home of football. Thirty years have now passed, I’m back home living in Ireland, and U2 have decided to tour The Joshua Tree in all its glory so the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who have bought tickets can listen to these four lads from Dublin play those songs live again. We could re live our memories of this album,...

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