My Summer in Dublin 1998 & NetAid 1999
The year after Popmart I spent the summer of 1998 in Dublin, Ireland. I stayed and studied at Trinity College and took weekend visits to London and Belfast. While in Dublin, I visited U2 sites. I walked from Trinity to Windmill Lane and saw the wall where all the U2 fans signed, just like the wall at Graceland. I went to Kilmainham Gaol where A Celebration video was filmed, but they didn’t let me on the staircase. I saw Grease at Point Depot theatre where U2 played their famous ‘go away and dream it all up again’ New Year’s Eve show in 1989/1990. I went to Bono’s house and into the backyard, as well as the hearing aid store, Bono Vox, that Bono was named after. I even went to U2’s nightclub,The Kitchen, when Howie B was dj-ing. I was in Dublin for two months, but never saw Larry, Bono, Edge or Adam.
The following year I drove up to Giants Stadium on Saturday October 9, 1999 for Net Aid, a benefit concert to raise money and awareness for the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel debt in poorer countries. Performers included Bono. Wyclef Jean, Sting, Jimmy Page, Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Black Crows, Puff Daddy and Michael Stipe, but the stadium wasn’t nearly full. Bono and Wyclef Jean closed the show with their song New Day, which I loved. Earlier in the show, Bono performed One. But it would be another year and a half before I would see U2 again.