December 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

I just want to say apropos of nothing, that I am completely blown away that U2 would spend $3 million to build themselves a temporary outdoor stadium at the recently disused Hippodrome-de-Montréal.  More than that, that they would offer tickets for as low as 30$.  And even more than that, that this temporary stadium will seat up to 80,000 people and that U2 sold out two shows on 16-17 July 2010 in next to no time (and no, I don’t have tickets).  As the Irish say in such moments, Jay-sus!  Up to 160,000 people for two nights to see U2.

One of my students last week tried to argue that U2 were a spent force as a rock band.  Apparently, dude was wrong.

I wish I could tie this to some commentary on the strength of the Irish diaspora in Montréal, or something like that.  But sometimes, well, a cigar is just a cigar.  So, instead, I present you with this video, tying U2’s classic “Sunday Bloody Sunday” back to its original meaning, Bloody Sunday on the Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland, on 30 January 1972.


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