Happy 25th Anniversary, U2’s The Joshua Tree

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The Joshua Tree is one of the most influential albums in my personal musical history.  For reasons that are voluminous, I count “With Or Without You” as perhaps my favorite song of all time.

Soon after 9/11, Bono added a heart-tugging touch to “Where the Streets Have No Name.”  I attended their show at the Baltimore Arena (which had to be the smallest venue they’d played on the Elevation tour) and watched curiously as he sprinted around the heart-shaped stage extending out onto the arena floor as Edge’s iconic guitar intro was belabored non-laboriously, with the ebullient frontman finally coming to a stop where the heart’s halves conjoined.  He paused a beat, or two, raised his head high, and proudly opened up his black leather coat to reveal an American flag serving as its lining.  It was brilliant stagecraft and a salient emotional outlet  — on multiple levels — and brought widespread chills and tears to the audience.

So, on its 25th anniversary, here’s a performance of “Where the Streets Have No Name” from Slane Castle.  This weekend, may you tear down those walls that hold you inside.  It’s like spring out there, after all!


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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.