Posted by Kelly Fincham at 5/20/2009 9:41 AM EDT
Uh oh. It looks like U2 could be turning into the Rolling Stones of their generation. You know, the kind of band that keeps on going even when their fans have moved on. I feel like that these days with U2.
They were the band I grew up with, literally. I spent several Saturday afternoons in the Dandelion in Dublin after another torturous session in the Dublin Dental Hospital. I was 13. It was 1979. And Ireland was depressing.
Fast-forward to 1981 (I was older but Ireland was still depressing) when U2 opened for Thin Lizzy. Phil Lynott must have been mighty pissed when he saw the reception for Bono and the boys. It was incredible. U2 blew everyone off the stage that day.
The following week our local record store (remember those) The Sound Shop had sold out of "Boy" and the rest, as they say, is history.
I've been a faithful fan since 1981. I bought every album and I've seen them in Ireland, France, Australia and New York. I can literally date my life so far through U2.
But. But. But. Now that I think of it, I haven't seen them live since 2001 when I got stuck behind the stage at Madison Square Garden and I haven't bought their new album. I don't want to go see them at a mega concert that would dwarf the 1981 Slane concert and I'm not that crazy about their new music.
Is it me - quite possibly - or is U2? Has U2 gone on too long? What do you think?
The fans in Ireland are voting with their feet. There's not enough demand for a third concert at Croke Park and the album is not selling that well. Has the world finally had enough of U2?