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Old 03-29-2002, 12:26 AM   #1
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How did PLEBAns first meet U2?

So my question is how did u girls get to know this fantastic Irish band?

My story: It was about 2 years ago, I went to one of my uncle's place(ok so he's about 30 ) and he was watching MTV and Staring at the sun was on and I asked him who was this band, and he smiled at me and said: 'You've never heard about U2???' I said 'Yeah I have, but I just don't know anything about them.' Then my uncle gave me POP, and Best of and I listened to them, and now I'm a bigger U2 fan than he has ever been. But I know most of the songs, so I mean I've heard them somewhere, but I didn't know those were U2 songs...

Ok so now your stories?
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Old 03-29-2002, 12:35 AM   #2
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Well when I was 9, and I saw ISHFWILF on MTV. I was mesmerized and have loved them ever since. I had such a crush on Bono when I was a kid! ISHFWILF is still my fave song because it reminds me of when I first saw them. When I went to Las Vegas in 1998 I walked down Fremont Street thinking U2 stood here. I know, I am such a dork!
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i guess since I was little (I'm 19). Um...I remember watching their videos and thinking how weird they were...like Streets, on the roof, etc. And then the appreciation deepened...actually, their last album was my least favourite, but i still love them. (((((U2)))))
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I liked a few of their songs since I was little, specifically "Mysterious Ways" and "With or Without You", but only recently ('bout less than a year ago) when my mom got me ATYCLB did I fall in love with them and heavily got into their music and learned about the band members.
I'm so happy I did, too.

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Old 03-29-2002, 03:03 AM   #5
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My brother was a fan. One day when I was 7 he brought home JT. I was hooked from that moment on.
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I was about 4 maybe 5 (I am 24 now) and my mom put on a tape of different music videos to get me out of her hair ( my mom has always said that music brightens the soul) well about half way through the Video NYD came on and I was ... there is no words to describe how I felt, I still get chills when I watch that video. I remember I had I mickey mouse Record player and my mom Gave me her Copy of Boy and I played it non stop.
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I went to see a local band called "Opium" a couple of years back because I was mates with one of the lads in the band called John and I liked him at the time and he wanted me to go and see the band. One of the songs they played was With Or Without You. At the time I knew that I'd heard the song loads but didn't know who's song it was. A while later it was on the radio and I asked my dad who it was. He told me it was U2. Then about a week later One came on the radio so knowing I liked the song I asked who's song that was and he said U2 again. I was like but didn't they do WOWY? This went on with a few songs and after a while I realised I liked quite alot of U2 stuff and bought Achtung Baby and I loved the whole album. So I went on buying albums and singles from there.

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Well, I was about 11 or 12, and it was during the whole JT frenzy. My sister used to love them and make me and my other sister listen to them all the time. We used to pick on her for it, and make silly jokes like 11 year olds will. However, they grew on me, and I became a bigger fan than she was.

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I was 10 when I saw the WOWY video on MTV in 1987 and fell madly and eternally in love with JT Bono! I still carry a torch for him.
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I was 11. My best friends father forced us to turn off Kylie Minogue (when she was a pop star the first time around, with locamotion) so that he could listen to his new cd. I remember hearing a voice say "This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles, we're stealing it back.....When you get to the bottom you go back to the top, of the slide and you stop and you turn and you go for a ride and you get to the bottom and you see me again". My best friend and I started singing U2 songs on long car trips instead of Cyndia Lauper, and her father made me a copy of Rattle n' Hum, and the Joshua Tree. I was a pretty big fan, but still, just kid.

Fast forward to a few years later. I am about 14 years old and just starting to develop sexual feelings towards the opposite sex. I remember being at a friends house and I saw a music video. I had never really watched video's before. What I saw delighted me. It was a man wearing the tightest black leather pants that I had ever seen. I had to know who this man was. I had to know who this band was. They didn't sound like anything that I had ever heard before. So my friend pulled out Actung Baby and after just one listen I was sold. I couldn't belive that it was the same band as R & H, and JT, but I didn't care. I loved them!!

.....Of course all three times that I have seen them has just fueled my passion. I love this band more with every passing day.

I know that people like to diss Rattle n' Hum but it will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was my first U2 experience.
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I was 11. My best friends father forced us to turn off Kylie Minogue (when she was a pop star the first time around, with locamotion) so that he could listen to his new cd. I remember hearing a voice say "This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles, we're stealing it back.....When you get to the bottom you go back to the top, of the slide and you stop and you turn and you go for a ride and you get to the bottom and you see me again". My best friend and I started singing U2 songs on long car trips instead of Cyndia Lauper, and her father made me a copy of Rattle n' Hum, and the Joshua Tree. I was a pretty big fan, but still, just kid.

Fast forward to a few years later. I am about 14 years old and just starting to develop sexual feelings towards the opposite sex. I remember being at a friends house and I saw a music video. I had never really watched video's before. What I saw delighted me. It was a man wearing the tightest black leather pants that I had ever seen. I had to know who this man was. I had to know who this band was. They didn't sound like anything that I had ever heard before. So my friend pulled out Actung Baby and after just one listen I was sold. I couldn't belive that it was the same band as R & H, and JT, but I didn't care. I loved them!!

.....Of course all three times that I have seen them has just fueled my passion. I love this band more with every passing day.

I know that people like to diss Rattle n' Hum but it will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was my first U2 experience.

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well, i had always known about U2 (i knew all their big hits, at least), but i was never a *huge* fan (i preferred guns n' roses at the time of my "conversion" to U2!!). this is how it happened:

when i was 14, my friends and i bought tickets to the Zoo TV Outside broadcast tour. we liked them and all, but i think we really bought the tickets because it was the "cool" thing to do- we were finally old enough to go to rock concerts on our own. so i went to zoo tv, and had nosebleed seats. i wasn't expecting that much, but i was BLOWN AWAY by what i saw and heard that night! the very next day, i went out and bought every single U2 album (on cassette- lol!). luckily, a different friend of mine had an extra ticket for the second show the follwing day, so i got to see Zoo TV twice! ever since then, i have *worshipped* U2....

that's my story!!
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I was 13 going on 14 and it was 1982. I heard Gloria and October from somewhere and it just clicked. I went out and got October and Boy on vinyl and proceeded to immerse myself. I had this old fold open record player with really crappy speakers and I just stacked those two albums on and let them play. They became more popular and I was able to go to a concert a few years later and I have been going ever since. I even got the whole extended family involved. My uncle - a priest - went to Eire in the summer of '83 and brought me back a T shirt and local magazine with the boys on the cover. Small beginnings.


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Well.. let's see.. here's the more compact version.

In 2000 I was allured by MTV and VH1 after being against music for so long. I watched for a few minutes every few days, to see if there was anything I liked. Weeks went by, never saw anything too interesting. Then one day I see this video that is really really gorgeous and a lovely tune and it hooks me right away. I absolutely LOVED the video on sight. I don't even know if I remember to look who it was when I first saw it. A few days later, I check back and MTV2 or VH1 or something like that is playing that gorgeous video again, and I realize.. OMG, this is U2! Where did I hear that name before? Oh, right, didn't my mom love U2 or something? So I watch and see the Beautiful Day video again, over and over for a while and become so totally obsessed with the video.
Then I ask my mom if she likes U2, she says she loves them and she says she went to ZooTV and the Joshua Tree tours. And then weeks pass, keep seeing the video and come to know it by heart. Then I realize.. hey, maybe I should get the album! Duh! So I buy the album for my mom for Christmas, then somehow I lose it. So I didn't hear it for months. Then my mom says me and my aunt are going to a U2 concert in May, and she asks me to look online to see if there are any other cities they are going to that are close to us. I look and find atu2.com, I'm impressed and I look at the heart setup when it was first announced and I get so excited about it. Then somehow it is May, they have a new single out called Walk On that I love and know by heart. And then we are going to that concert! I go, and since it's 4 hours to that concert (yeah, we were insane even then!) my mom and aunt play the Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and so on a lot in the car to get me familiar with the music. I fall in love with In God's Country and Bullet the Blue Sky and The Fly and Ultra Violet immediately. (Oh yes, did I mention that when I first heard my mom say "Bullet the Blue Sky" I thought she said "Bowl in the Blue Sky"? Ah, the dumb innerworkings of a U2 newbie..)
Then somehow we are at the concert and I already am completely utterly obsessed even just with the opening of Elevation. I LOVE it. And so on. I just adored that concert. Then when we are leaving I am just going out of my mind, and realizing.. that was the best feeling I've ever had! That was the best thing that had ever happened to me. I remember it like it was yesterday.
Ugh, sorry to make this so long. I then went to 2 more concerts on leg 1 and became totally full-fledged fanatic by June. I have tons of U2 bookmarks, I'm on U2 mailing lists, I tape them when they are on TV, I listen to them night and day, etc. I then go to 5 more concerts on leg 3, and love them to death.
There, finished. Finally. I get awfully wordy sometimes.

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Ooo, another fuzzie thread! I heard BD on the radio shortly after it's release, liked it a lot. When they were on SNL Dec 2nd, I taped it. I was blown away. I watched over and over then became convinced I was insane, taped over it, and tried to forget. But then I got ATYCLB for Christmas. I couldn't stop listening to it that day. Then I started collecting the albums, every couple of weeks I'd think *hey, time for another U2 album* and go to Fred Meyer. I saw them in April in Tacoma, then became the fan I am now over much lawn mowing in summer to pay for the habit.

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I was 17 and a senior in high school and heard "Stories for Boys" on a college radio station in Memphis. I loved that song, and then I saw them........ I became a fan then. Then I became a fanatic when I saw U2 perform at Live Aid in 1985 and the rest is history.

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i first fell in love with u2 when i was 11 and heard staring at the sun for the first time. its was during the time when i was fascinated by boybands so i was shocked that a song could mean so much more. i used play it on repeat constantly. but it wasnt till november '00 that i really got into them. my brother (also a huge fan and has been for many years) brought home 'all that u cant..' and played it at full volume for a few weeks. i was dying to listen to it but he never gave me the chance because he constantly was listening to it. so i had to nick it every time he went to the toilet and stuff.
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Ooo, another fuzzie thread! I heard BD on the radio shortly after it's release, liked it a lot. When they were on SNL Dec 2nd, I taped it. I was blown away. I watched over and over then became convinced I was insane, taped over it, and tried to forget.

You taped over it?!?!?!?! What were you thinking?!?!?! Oh my goodness, please tell me you recorded it again. I taped it twice on the same tape, but I have to put it on my backup tape-just in case.

I got into U2 the same way On The Edge did...Saturday Night Live. Let's just say since then, it's all been downhill(or is that uphill?) from there. I really don't want to bore anyone here with the details. I'm documenting my "fandom" in writing on my computer-kind of like diary style. An entire page descirbes U2 on Saturday Night Live, you can see why I don't even want to get started on this thread.
If anyone wants to read it(help proofread my jumbled mess), email me. I'd love imput from anyone.
On The Edge, I'm still going to email you with questions about the Tacoma show-I haven't forgotten(I just haven't done any of this in awhile).



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*Is so jealous of people that remembered hearing songs from Boy, or War when they were new!

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You taped over it?!?!?!?! What were you thinking?!?!?! Oh my goodness, please tell me you recorded it again. I taped it twice on the same tape, but I have to put it on my backup tape-just in case.
I felt silly! But I did re-record it.
lol @ your care

I would love to read your jumbled mess! You made me start thinking about doing the same thing... I kept a diary when I went to Utah for U2, I don't usually keep a diary. It turned out pretty good. *hmmm*
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