Heroes or Ghosts…the people we look up admire most. Is it time to let go? I’ve been a fan of U2 for over 30 years. It’s all I’ve ever known. They have been the soundtrack to my life. Maybe it’s time to start a new soundtrack. There was a HUGE fiasco with purchasing tickets for their new tour. Many long time fans were left out and ticket touts won, yet again, despite “efforts” to stop them. As fans were forced to renew fanclub subscriptions early just to get presale codes, tickets were still on the secondary market within minutes at inflated prices. Also, many of those lifelong fans didn’t even receive codes. And what did the band do? Nothing. What did the band say to their fans that gave them their great life? Nothing.
For a band that prided themselves on truly caring for their fans, the silence was excruciatingly deafening. It shattered my rose colored world and many others as well. Perhaps they’ve gone the way of corporate (something they swore they’d never do). Perhaps they’ve just given up since Paul McGuiness left. Ever since this shift in management to Maverick (Guy O’Seary….aka Sleazy Car Salesmen), they’ve never been the same. The music has remained great, but the soul has definitely left the building. I don’t think their heart is in it anymore.
For someone like me, with Bipolar Disorder, their music has been a haven for me. Their concerts have transported me out of my chaotic mind. They have been a respite for my turbulent world. I know they are just four men, nothing grandiose about them. They just happen to play the best music I’ve heard and became famous for it. They have lives and families like everyone else. The take away from all of this? Be careful of your level of admiration for anyone. Someday they might do something and that fall from “grace” can really throw you. I never thought this day would come. 37 years I have been a fan…37 years of my life…37 years of moments that I can pinpoint to their songs.
Am I devastated? Yes. Do regret that level of fandom? No. I found my voice because of their music. I became more involved in charity work because of them. This certainly isn’t the end of this chapter of my life…it’s just a twist in the plot.