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  1. I disagree. The original ask was records from your teenage years that left a lasting impression. So for a lasting impression, people are going to choose records that they remember listening to lots as a teenager that also had a massive influence on their long-term music tastes. At least that is what I did.
  2. I have been listening to The Joshua Tree a lot since this tour reignited my love for this band. It is an incredible record and it is absolutely phenomenal when you consider that I reckon the weakest song on the record is Where The Streets Have No Name. I don't mean it is a bad song, it is great, I just feel it is weak in comparison to the monster anthem when played live. It would be a dream for me if the majority of the show is based around the record and also Rattle and Hum (as they are Joshua Tree songs also). Seeing stuff like Silver and Gold, Hawkmoon 269, Heartland and Spanish Eyes played live would be a dream come true. Unless of course after the American dates they decide that The Joshua Tree isn't right for a European audience so they revert to a greatest hits set. Imagine that...
  3. All the Euro dates seemed to sell out in no time, but Croke especially seems to have been ridiculous. Although seeing them in their hometown would have been ace, I am more than happy with Amsterdam. I recall reports of stinking sound in Croke for the Springsteen shows there and I cannot help think that the drunk count in Amsterdam will be somewhat lower than Dublin (and London come to think of it).
  4. In prep for this tour, I found this online: Having been in that position many times on Springsteen tours, I found it a great watch and very relatable.
  5. I managed to grab a Red Zone for Amsterdam in the general sale, and sold my cat 1 seat, all before 10am today and before news of night 2 broke. Nice and easy, although from reading their forum today, that certainly wasn't the norm. Very happy, but much worse off financially than I was.
  6. The Joshua Tree - U2 (1987) Eye of the Hurricane - The Alarm (1987) Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys (1988) Eight Legged Groove Machine - The Wonder Stuff (1988) Kick - INXS (1987) Reading, Writing and Arithmetic - The Sundays (1990) Tunnel of Love - Bruce Springsteen (1987) Blind Man's Zoo - 10,000 Maniacs (1989) The Lonesome Jubilee - John Mellencamp (1987) Green - R.E.M. (1988) I didn't realise it while I was compiling but it is interesting to see that all of mine were released between me being aged 13 and 15. That was obviously a key time in my musical development.
  7. Oh yeah! I did check the Wembley schedule but stupidly I was looking at the weekend of Amsterdam and not London, FFS!. Not so much of a head scratcher then. Saying that, the Olympic Stadium, or whatever the hell it is now called now would have at least been more accessible.
  8. It is a complete head scratcher why they would choose Twickenham. I went there once for a rugby match about 7 years back and the transport links were pretty much non existent when leaving at 6pm on a Saturday afternoon. I recall about a 90 minute queue to get on that little train station. I dread to think what late on a Saturday night will be like with drunks thrown into the mix. Wembley has many faults but at least they know how to get fans in and away. It makes no sense why they would not play there. I would have gone to that also.
  9. Which is exactly why I will be going to Amsterdam instead. Two nights in a 4* hotel 400 metres from the stadium for £186 all in and £89 for a return flight. I doubt you would get a Premier Inn in Central London for that total. Of course getting back to Central London after the gig would be pretty much impossible, but still.
  10. I can understand your disappointment about the lack of a show in Scotland, however it does seem to be a 'whistle stop' visit with other countries missing out also (Sweden, Denmark, Norway etc) but I don't think making such a big deal about the price is fair. £70 for GA is less than what their equivalents are charging and they could get away with charging much more. Of course it is a 'money grab' but all stadium shows are. We as European Bruce Springsteen fans have been grabbed at now for many years. At least U2 gave their Euro fans an arena tour last time around with multiple night stands. There has not been a whiff that we would get the same this century.
  11. The Affair S3 - It is very soap opera and these people have way too much sex but I do certainly enjoy it in a switch off your brain kind of way. I am also dipping into Seinfeld once more, following its arrival on Amazon.
  12. £78 GA is certainly way less than I imagined. Fair play to them for that. I know that no stadiums are great but Twickenham is bloody awful, Amsterdam on the other-hand will do me just nicely.
  13. I was just quoting the man himself. I love The Joshua Tree and loads of other kinds of music. I will however reserve full judgement before I can review your 2016 best of list. I suspect twang like Skeleton Tree and FLOTUS could feature highly.
  14. You glorify the past, when the future dries up...
  15. Praying For Time would be at the top of the pile, it always has been. I also love One More Try, Father Figure, Waiting For That Day and Heartbeat (I still hear the ESB in that one)