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  1. June's gonna be a good month for me and the City of Chicago: Friday, June 2: Ratt at Concord Theater (a club behind my house), for old times' sake (they were my first rock show @30 years ago). Saturday, June 3: U2 at Soldier Field, Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Sunday, June 4: U2 at Soldier Field Wednesday, June 14: Paul Simon at Northerly Island Thursday, June 15: Iron Maiden at Tinley Park Monday, June 19: Spiral Stairs at Schuba's Thursday, June 29: Tom Petty at Wrigley Field
  2. Bono used to do that in the early 80s (see US Festival), til the rest of the band basically said they wouldn't go on if he kept endangering himself and the poor roadies who had to follow. Now, he just holds his arms up and calls it a day.
  3. If you liked Live at Slane, check out the intro to Streets from the Boston show (same tour)--that primal call Bono uses at the song's intro can give you goosebumps if played at proper volume. Also, you should see ZOO TV Live in Sydney (Streets is glorious, Edge's solo on Love is Blindness is gargantuan). The PopMart Live in Mexico City concert is worth a watch for the back half of With or Without You alone. And Rattle & Hum provides some great stuff: Exit/Gloria, Bad, SBS . . .
  4. I would love to present one or two of the many Clash audio/video/bootleg recordings of various songs I've come across over the years, but there are just too many. Straight to Hell, White Man in Hammersmith Palais, I Fought The Law, Complete Control, Safe European Home, etc . . .
  5. Thanks--For years I'd buy a pedal here or a pedal there, but wind up using only my ProCo Rat, a tuner, and the Electro-Harmonix Line Boost for solos. But I kinda wanna put a board together and dive back in to change it up. Plus, I'm not sure how else to use my gift card.
  6. Kinda looking for specifics--what is your favorite, desert-island pedal (brand & name)? I have $200 in Guitar Center gift cards and wanna put it toward something good. I have a few distortions that I'm happy with (ProCo Rat, Boss DS, Grilled Cheese), a DOD Envelope Filter, Dunlop Wah, DOD Ice Box/Stereo chorus, Boss Compression/Sustainer . . . I've got a few older digital delays (Ibanez, boss), but don't really use 'em in my playing these days. There are so many boutique pedals nowadays, just thought I'd start here with some recos . . .
  7. I pose this question to anyone and everyone: What is your favorite effect pedal*? *not including multi-fx units
  8. As a u2.com/fanclub subscriber since 2000, please allow me to say that--for me--it's been totally worth it. Not only do you get first shot at tix for tours, every year you get discounts off of purchases, the occasional download, and the physical gifts they send are generally pretty cool.* If you're a fan, you can't really go wrong for $40/year. *This year's was a set of lithograph posters, which I don't have a lot of use for, but the previous year was a double-disk vinyl set of a 1980 live show, I've gotten coffee table books with live CDs in 'em, exclusive DVDs, etc. Also, as a heads up, at the Chicago show, General Admission tix are slated at $70.
  9. Last month, I nearly booked a small acoustic show where I'd cover Achtung Baby in its entirety on November 18 (25th Anniversary). Couldn't pull the trigger ultimately because I didn't have enough time to put together interesting acoustic renditions of Zoo Station or Mysterious Ways. Also, no one I knew would've been able to go. Sad, though, because I'd worked out a really good Even Better Than The Real Thing using a looper and a harmonium.
  10. "Governor Tarkin, I should've expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board." -- Princess Leia, A New Hope
  11. They introduce Tarkin via reflection in the shadows of the bridge. I felt they should've played that scene out a bit more the same way, then bring him into full view gradually during the movie--it could've been more effective in providing a more sinister quality to Tarkin and his heel-turn/d!ck move when he claims the DS project for himself.