@U2 QOM January 2012: Unexpected Meeting

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You run into the band somewhere unexpected. Where are you and what happens?

(Each month, @U2 puts a spotlight on U2 fans with our "Question of the Month." We pose a question to our readers and invite answers of 200 words or less. If you're interested in taking part, check our home page to see if the current question is still open. If not, check back shortly after the beginning of next month and we'll have another question ready to be answered!)


@U2 Question of the MonthBarb Macey: I am at a small club (where the locals gather) while on vacation and all four band members walk in. Unbeknownst to me, they have come to hear the lead vocalist of the local band playing there. The vocalist is fantastic and, as an encore, and sings a cover of "One." Surveying the crowd, he asks if anyone knows the song and I wave my hand like a flag. Since I am the only one with my hand up, he invites me on stage and we sing together. The small audience claps enthusiastically as the show ends and the band comes up to congratulate us. They invite each of us to dine and drink with them – and, ultimately, invite us to Ireland to spend a special holiday with them and their families. After that, I am hired as their traveling medical/health consultant and get to attend every U2 and U2-related event!!

Jen Willins: It would be awesome to run into the band at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and walk around there with them. I would love to see how they look at other rock legends. I would love to hear their take on other artists. They are true fans of Rock-n-Roll and that would be incredible to be apart of.

Kevin West: This is going back awhile. And other than seeing them live in several places across many continents through the years, the more personal moments have occurred for me in Los Angeles where I live. The most memorable moment came in the summer of 1987 after attending yet another Joshua Tree Tour concert at the Sports Arena. I left the concert, feeling high (spiritually, emotionally) and decided to grab a bite at Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood. I'm there in a booth with a friend of mine, when who appears but the entire band with entourage and various guests and friends. I remember it was the Edge who took the booth directly across from me. I think Adam joined him there as well. Larry started immediately for a pool table and I believe Bono was doing rounds and talking to everyone. The other thing that stuck out to me was how I felt a part of the group, as the police had been either called or escorted them here and were holding back a crowd outside. I don't believe one could have walked in at the time. So feeling rather blessed and awed at the same time, I just sat back and enjoyed the best U2 voyeur experience of my life.  It wasn't until I decided to leave did I get up the courage to introduce myself to the Edge, shake his hand and offer encouragement for the next nights show. This experience happened what, some 25 years ago? It is still something quite special in my life.

Elsha Stockseth: I would love to run into them on the streets of Ireland. It is my dream to go there and it would be awesome to see them just out and about. We would just visit and catch up. Then Bono would invite me to his house and we would just hang out.  

I would also love to run into them at a Killers concert. Then since I have met Brandon Flowers and have met U2, and Bono and Brandon are friends they would do a private concert. Then we would all just hang out afterwards. That would be AWESOME!

Diane Poupart: I was on a vacation in Dublin Ireland in 2009, I walk by on the street not far for Hannover Quay and Adam just happened to walk by with Steve Lillywhite. I was stunned and decided to ask for his autograph and if I could take a picture of him. And it happened. I still can’t get over it today.

Sandy Jones: I have a remote, rustic but cozy place about 100 feet off the Appalachian trail. I’m out hiking one day and come across four men searching for cell tower. I recognize them immediately but don’t let on. I offer to lead them the nearest location to access signal. It just so happens to be my home.

It’s too late in the day for them to walk out to civilization. Their driver had no sufficient means to retrieve them due to the bridge being out. The wind picked up and made a helicopter exit impossible.

As it happens, they were smitten by the expansive view . We sat out in the portico, next to the stone fireplace, taking turns putting logs on the fire and sipping the wine. I told the story of how I came to be in such a remote place, but mostly I just listened.

A seasoned nurse, I know most people just want to know that they are heard. They want to know that someone cares. U2 has been there for me musically, the least I can do is show them respect, offer them a meal and a place to lay their heads for the night.

Katrina Carmichael:I'm driving along a country road in West Vancouver. It's dark and I'm alone and my car is giving me trouble. Up ahead I see 4 hitchhikers. Although I am very nervous, I slow down to see who's waving me down. OMG! NO WAY!!! I can't believe my eyes!  Bono! Edge! Larry! Adam! I jump out of my car, trying to keep my composure and remember how much respect I have for these guys. Bono says, "Thank you very much for stopping", Edge says, "yeah our limo ran out of gas, and our driver is too chicken to walk these dark roads, so we decided to go for help". I shake all of their hands and tell them I will drive them anywhere they please. I inform them that my old car isn't running well, but will hope it holds out. I ask why they didn't just call for help, but Larry and Adam said they wanted to stretch their legs and take a nice walk. Bono sat in the front with me, and the other 3 squished in the back. I hate to admit this but I was glad my car died, right there, on a dark road. But up ahead is a gas station. The guys get out of the car and push it to the gas station. They get the tank of gas, then decide to call for help. Another limo shows up, and the guys offer to drive me home. We pass a car dealership and Bono tells the driver to pull over. He tells me how grateful he is for stopping, and buys me a brand new car! I give him a big hug, thank him so very much, and thank him for all they've done for me with their music. They drive off in their limo, and I head home in my brand new Bonomobile!

(c) @U2/individual contributors above, 2012.

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