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With or Without You

Published January 22, 2010 - 0 Comments

A few years ago I decided that enough was enough.. I was going to start going to concerts again.  I was pissed at myself for not having seen Genesis live when I had the chance.  Phil Collins had left the band, and it was never the same after that.  So if I wasn’t going to get a chance to see them, then I would at least have a chance to equal that experience, and go see Phil solo in Boston.  It was a great concert!  Nothing flashy.  Nothing over the top.  Just Phil wearing what looked like pajamas, singing all the songs that I knew and loved.. and even a couple that I wasn’t overly familiar with.  (Introducing me to Come With Me… and forever imprinting that song in my mind as a reminder of my daughter)

A couple of years later, Phil reunited with Genesis for another tour.  This time Montreal was our destination.  My ex surprised me with those tickets.. one of the last really “couple”ish things that we ever did.  In all fairness, while I’m glad that I had the chance to see them perform live, I was a little disappointed with the concert.  They spent more time than I would have liked playing their really old stuff, and I was far less interested in their artsy beginnings, than I was in their commercial stuff.  But I understand.. to each their own.. I was still happy to have those tickets, and enjoyed myself.  It just wasn’t as much fun as the Boston concert.

So that left only 1 remaining “must see” concert for me.  A band that I had grown up listening to in elementary school… and continue to listen to their old and new songs still…

U2

The Joshua Tree is probably the only REAL CD still in my life today.  Yeah, I have all the songs ripped onto my hard drive, and I listen to them frequently.  But The Joshua Tree is mixed in with all the burnt CDs that I have in my car.  And I listen to it.  A lot!  Where The Streets Have No Name… You should hear me belt that one out when I’m on my way to work at 6am… (or maybe you shouldn’t)… then there’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…  an anthem of mine since I was 12..  and lastly… With Or Without You… quite possibly the most played song of all time in my ears… I’ve watched it performed on YouTube from various concerts… memorized the lyrics… can tap out the beat in my sleep… and have listened to it on constant repeat more times than I’d care to admit…

But I’ve never seen it live…

At least… not yet!

They played in Toronto last year, and I was sooooooooooooo close to foregoing a car payment, and going to see them.  It just wasn’t possible, though.  And really, I wasn’t interested in going to Toronto.  Ottawa or Montreal I could handle, but not Toronto.  Even though it was the right decision, I still regretted it.  I figured that it would be years before they came back to Canada.  Then I heard on the radio…

July 17, 2010.. LIVE IN MONTREAL…  U2…

NO FREAKIN’ WAY!

I couldn’t believe it!  I had somehow missed the chance to buy tickets directly, and these were being advertised through Collins tours, but I didn’t care.  Let someone else handle the driving.  (My last drive through Montreal was an adventure that I didn’t want to repeat any time soon)  Plus the package also included 2 nights accomodations.  I’m not expecting a 5 star resort, but I don’t care.  If someone else is taking care of everything, dropping me off and picking me up, and I get to belt out some of my favourite songs with Bono… I’m a happy camper!

And two days in Montreal in the summer… what could possibly go wrong?