From Father to Sons: A Dad’s Review of U2’s Joshua Tree 2017

After seeing the recent Joshua Tree tour, I wrote a reflection based on bring my own two boys to see the epic show. “From Father to Sons: A Dad’s Review of U2’s Joshua Tree 2017” is on’s site here. This is an excerpt….

November 18, 1987. That was my first U2 concert. My ticket cost $19.50, a hefty sum for me in those days, and I split gas for the 250-mile trip with four other friends. Sitting at the top of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that night, taking in the sights and sounds of the original Joshua Tree tour as a young 20-something, I couldn’t have anticipated how formative this band would be to me in the years ahead. I just knew that something more than sound waves powered by state-of-the-art decibels was churning above our heads, and I wanted to be a part of it.

Fast-forward to May 20, 2017. I’ve lost count of how many U2 concerts I’ve been to and how much money I’ve spent on tickets. But now, 30 years later, I made the pilgrimage back to Los Angeles, this time to the Rose Bowl, and this time with my family. For the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, I wanted my wife and two teenage sons to experience it with me.

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