My take on U2’s extraordinary new release SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE – A REVIEW U2’S SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, arduous in the making—three years, nine producers, fifteen engineers—is outstanding both musically and lyrically, a classic in sound and vision, but for the occasional overreach for updated uber ‘relevance’. To me the ‘production’ focus … Continue reading

U2 in Phoenix

An amazing U2 concert Tuesday night, September 19, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with few changes in the before and after Joshua Tree set-list from my Pasadena show back in May. Bad, always a high-point of any U2 show, came in the first segment in Phoenix in place of A Sort of … Continue reading


It’s tempting to credit The Joshua Tree 2017 tour with bringing The Joshua Tree album full circle. The first Pasadena Rose Bowl concert May 20th was one of U2’s best ever, a direct conduit to my first live U2 experience, The Joshua Tree, Tempe, Arizona, April 2, 1987. The same hopefulness, warmth, and communal celebration. … Continue reading


“Spirit of the rising sun lift me up. Hold me there and never let me fall.” —    Three Sunrises (U2)


As an avid U2 fan for decades, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the band in concert dozens of times. This past Memorial Day weekend, I had the privilege of attending both of their Innocence/Experience Tour concerts at US Airways Arena in Phoenix. U2 is the consummate live band. Live is where they live, and while … Continue reading


With deep sadness, we note the passing of blues legend BB King who died at age 89 in Las Vegas yesterday. I had the distinct pleasure of experiencing BB King in concert several times in my life, the last in the University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall here in Tucson. He came on stage in a … Continue reading

U2’s Songs of Innocence

Cyberspace moves at the speed of light, so U2’s new album release, Songs of Innocence, is old news. Nevertheless, I thought I’d post a review of this amazing collection. It would appear that U2 jettisoned their planned Songs from the Ascent compilation in favor of Songs of Innocence, their thirteenth studio album. In reality, though, … Continue reading

Snippets from Iceland and Ireland

Just in from New Year’s Eve with the bells of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin and on to an amazing week in Iceland. Here’s a few quotes garnered along the way. “Hot white walls, black shadows, the aroma of strange Eastern spices . . . lights, the scent of sandalwood and cloves, a sound of … Continue reading

Bono on Charlie Rose

Just caught an hour-long interview by Charlie Rose with Bono, singer/songwriter with the Irish band U2, recorded earlier this month. The entire show is, of course, available at various on-line outlets including YouTube, but I thought I’d post a few excerpts from this articulate, creative and progressive man. Some thoughts have been grouped together. “The … Continue reading

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