U2

U2 Rocks Mattopia

"Get out of your own way
I can sing it to you all night, all night
If I could, I'd make it all right, all right
Nothing's stopping you except what's inside
I can help you, but it's your fight, your fight
Fight back
Don't take it lying down
You've got to bite back"
Get Out of Your Own Way
from Songs of Experience by U2
Album release: 1 December U2017

Songs of Experience

What a great song! It's off U2's latest album, Songs of Experience, and it exemplifies why I've spent so much time, money and energy following this band all over the world. They constantly inspire me to push the envelope and crush the barriers.

And so it is Mattopia Jones has followed what Bono has described as the world's loudest folk band:

3 continents • 14 countries • 30 cities • 35 venues
7 tours • 49 shows • 3 special appearances
1 boy dreaming in high volume

Not a bad way to live for a kid who graduated in a high school class of nine. Granted, I was the class valedictorian. But when you're in a class of nine, everybody graduates in the top 10. And back then, in those days before I appreciated Bono's work, I had no inkling of the awesome life awaiting me when I get out of my own way and push myself out there.

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A few photo highlights from the Joshua Tree 2017 and i+e tours
Photos from other tours are being meticulously restored from Mattsonian source files

We Get to Carry Each Other

I like to say we've been through a lot together. Literally and figuratively.

Tours

  1. ZOO-TV (2 shows)
  2. Popmart (3 shows)
  3. Elevation (12 shows)
  4. Vertigo (6 shows)
  5. 360° (13 shows)
  6. iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE (8 shows)
  7. The Joshua Tree 2017 (5 shows)
  8. eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE (U2018)

Special Appearances

  1. Total Request Live, MTV (2000)
  2. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2004)
  3. Toronto International Film Festival (2011)

Cities

  1. Denver, Colorado, USA
  2. Dublin, Ireland
  3. East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
  4. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  5. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  6. New York City, New York, USA
  7. London, England
  8. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  9. Slane, Ireland
  10. Nice, France
  11. San Sebastian, Spain
  12. Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  13. Portland, Oregon, USA
  14. Gothenburg, Sweden
  15. Gelsenkirchen, Germany

 

  1. Chorzow, Poland
  2. Zagreb, Croatia
  3. Landover, Maryland, USA
  4. Athens, Greece
  5. Istanbul, Turkey
  6. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  8. Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
  9. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  11. Stockholm, Sweden
  12. Miami, Florida, USA
  13. Tampa, Florida, USA
  14. San Diego, California, USA
  15. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Highlights

  • My first show — it was truly life altering
  • Getting Bono's autograph, i+e tour in Denver
  • Saying "hey" to Bono after Total Request Live, at the top of the Viacom building in Times Square
  • Shaking Bono's hand ahead of the premiere of From the Sky Down at TIFF
  • Bono posing for me — a pit photographer — in the Meadowlands on the Elevation tour
  • Attending U2's Hall of Fame induction ceremony as a member of the press
  • Performance of Electrical Strom during 360° in Gothenburg, Sweden

Favorite Shows

  1. Elevation, Slane - Night 2
  2. ZOO-TV, Denver
  3. Joshua Tree 2017, Buenos Aires - Night 2
  4. Elevation, East Rutherford - Night 1
  5. 360°, Gothenburg - Night 2
  6. 360°, Istanbul
  7. 360°, Denver
  8. i+e, Amsterdam - My Night 2
  9. i+e, Denver - Night 2

Opening Acts

It might be easier to list who hasn't opened for U2, but here's a partial list of the acts I've seen open for the biggest band in the land.

  • Noel Gallagher's Flying Birds
  • OneRepublic
  • Beck
  • Keane
  • The Zutons
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Moby
  • Coldplay
  • Nelly Furtado
  • No Doubt
  • Arcade Fire
  • Carney
  • The Fray
  • Snow Patrol
  • Public Enemy
  • Kanye West
  • Smash Mouth
  • PJ Harvey
  • Foo Fighters
  • Muse

But I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

The above is an overview, a snapshot from outer space. There's much, much more to tell and it's (mostly) documented in the Mattsonian's U2 archives.