Wait, what? We’ve still got a day left in October, why am I doing the October review now? Well, there’s something happening tomorrow, and that’s a date that I can’t move, whereas I can move this a day early. The only other time I had a similar problem was at the end of June, and that was a review of Chicago 4, with the show on June 29 and the review would have been June 30. Instead I did the end of month for June, and ran the review on July 1. That kept me on schedule then but that’s impossible now. Tune in tomorrow to find out the date I couldn’t change - assuming you don’t know it already.
Listened to most of London 3 this afternoon. Was driving to a store with my wife and son when they were going to the encore, and I said I was going to wait outside while they went in. I am very glad that I did, because I got to listen to not only a really good version of Bad, but also to Patti Smith coming on stage and singing People Have The Power with U2, a fantastic finish to the show. I was very happy at my choice to stay and listen. Will have to go out and download that, it will go into my ongoing live show listening experience.
Speaking of experiences, I also downloaded the VRSE app today, along with Song For Someone, and really enjoyed looking at it on my phone. Will have to try it on the iPad too, should be better with the bigger screen. Definitely worth a watch, and my son loved it, he played the song about ten times spinning around in a circle.
October was a fun month listening to shows in Europe. November is going to be bittersweet, listening to shows but also heading toward the end of the current leg of the tour. Maybe they’ll give us tour dates for next year during November, that would soften the blow. So would a release of the next album. And of course there’s the HBO live from Paris show coming up in the middle of the month.
Here’s everything I reviewed this month, with the ratings I gave them:
U2 The Early Days (book) 8
Bono: In Conversation (book) 8
Killing Bono (book) 8