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Old 10-15-2001, 04:05 PM   #1
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" God have mercy, I'm a hopeless guitar player"


Well I was at the tip of the heart. Basically all I wanted to do was get some photos, and I didnít feel like shooting Bonoís back all day. So I got to the tip. During SBS I gave him my American flag ( Iím American btw). And he cried into it and hugged it, and then gave it back to me ( Itís the flag you see in that very touching photo). It was then that he noticed me. In between Angel of Harlem and whatever they were going to do he noticed my sign ( Iím not going to say what it saidÖI am going to spoof it when I see them next in NYC and I have no desire for it to become ubiquitous before then. I was pulled up and I was so nervous. Iíve played the song a million times but on stage it was like a different world. I was shaking I was so nervous, Bono and Edge were right there. Bono was grabbing me, and teaching me the chords..trying to bring me back to reality. He knew I could play, just that I was nervous, and he said he had faith in me. I rang the chords off and bono with the patience of a father rang the chords off with me trying to get something out of me that was worth something. After a bit bono and edge were going to the main stage, I didnít see them walking cos I was busy trying to play. And when I saw they were walking up I followed them. Bono asked me what my name was. And I told him it was Arun. I realized I wouldnít be able to play cos I was so nervous and I handed it to him. He then had Larry keep time and adam come in on it. And he said ď Sing the lyricsĒ Öand I did what bono does bestÖ.make up lyrics to cover songs. I sang .

ď People get ready, when you donítí know the lyrics, have to make up your tune as you go along, itís muscular memory a rocks star hangs on, when you donítí have a printout like frank sinatra had going onĒ.

Bono loved it, because he knew I ripped off lyrics from a time in boston when he forgot the lyrics. I turned around and larry had a big smile on his face. I went up to edge and told him ď youíre my hero I want you to know thatĒ I showed him a pair of shoes a friend of mine designed for me that look like edges he gave me a thumbs up and gave me his pick.


We finished up. And I was taken backstage. I was told to sit down and breathe and then was taken back to my seat. As I was going back they were finishing staring at the sun. And I heard bono say ď Iíd like to dedicate that to my new friend ArunĒ . So I played on stage with my fave band, got a guitar lesson from bono and edge. Got both of their picks and had a song dedicated to me. A full day. My American flag was taken from me, and was perhaps one of the most touching moments of the show. Bono later gave me a high five during streets. It was a great night.

Bono said something about me being a ď half rockstarĒ. And then said ď I donít mind you being on stage, but do you have to be so tall?Ē is what order I donít know. I have a nickname from Bono! Iíll be happy to answer questions I guess in this thread. Bono was VERY cool and was very patient with me as was edge. Iím honored that he referred to me as a friend. I realy wish I could have gotten the song right lol!Öbut maybe iíll get my chance.
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Awesome. I met you in line, and I was so glad to see the "MIT guy" up there.

Those of us in front of the heart were going ballistic, you got as much response as Bono.

Congrats!
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email me what the sign said at:

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I'm interested and won't tell anyone else

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awesome story man!!

I don't know if you've seen them, but my brother has a really good picture of you singing.. unfortunately all the pictures seem to be broken right now.. http://photos.u2.wox.org is the url, hopefully they will work again soon.

I was wondering what you said to Edge, I was pretty sure he handed you a guitar pick. Anyway, it was an awesome show, and I'm totally sure you are probably looking forward to mp3s even more than I am!

PS. You were like the highlight oft he night ..it was so fucking awesome!! everyone in the heart (or at least a lot of us) were going totally ballistic when you got pulle on, too.

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So cool.

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AWESOME story-thanks for sharing it!

*Edge is MY HERO too*

I think your sign might have been in one of the pics-not sure though.

The guy in Boston knew the song well on guitar-but what you did was so fantastic too.

LOL @ Bono's comment on your height.
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I hate you. I hope you rot in hell! but awwwwww.....how can I keep a grudge against you? that is beyond cool. I wish is was me. Thanks for sharing the story.

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cool story

even worth the wait


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Old 10-15-2001, 04:34 PM   #10
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" people get ready there's a train to jordan picking up passengers coast to coast, faith is the key, if you wanna play in bono's band, dont' need anything...but some posterboard"
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Quote:
Originally posted by Arun V:
" people get ready there's a train to jordan picking up passengers coast to coast, faith is the key, if you wanna play in bono's band, dont' need anything...but some posterboard"
LOL!!!But what if you're a chick?
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Arun,
You have no idea how happy I was for you.
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Hey that's interesting Gina Marie, Bono never has brought up any chicks to play guitar or anything like that has he? Obviously he'd rather dance with them than watch them play the guitar though
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Old 10-15-2001, 04:43 PM   #14
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Obviously he'd rather dance with them than watch them play the guitar though
Yes, so true..

But I want to play guitar WITH Edge...He can just, um, stand behind me and put his arms around me and show me how....
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Oh, and then I can sit on Larry's lap while he teaches me how to play drums..

*so sorry for turning this into PLEBA*
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Incredible story! Congrats and good luck in NYC.

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Congrats to Arun!

Thanks for sharing your story and letting us live vicariously through your words.
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Great story, wonderful experience! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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LOL! great story, Arun! which NYC are you going to? I'll be at the 24th and 25th (GA, of course), so perhaps i'll see you onstage!
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You have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA how jealous I am!@#$@#$@#$@#$ That's awesome!
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