Like everyone else we heard yesterday that the fansite atu2 is calling it a day after 25 years. We wanted to write something to say thank you but words seem inadequate. To be honest we are kind of mourning something at the minute and just feel sad. It feels strange.
It’s because we were strangers to the team there once and they were kind and welcoming anyway. We kind of came from nowhere with a tribute song about U2 (the cheek of it). We were U2 fans of old but had never connected with the international online fan community. It would have been easy to have ignored us or been sceptical but instead the site – and at that time specifically Matt – extended a hand and an open heart.
We weren’t able to connect with the whole team but we found that same spirit in those we did meet. In Tim Neufeld, through his writing and in person at the U2 conference, in Sherry when we met in Dublin and New York and in Chris Enns through his repeat invites to the podcast and when he was our guitar tech support in Montreal. And in the new team lead by Ian Ryan when they supported our release of The Refugee last year.
It seems clear that some hard battles were being fought this last year by the team members and that there are folks in need of some kindness in return and some good vibes and prayers. So we send those and we send love and we send thanks and gratefulness. Thanks for helping us feel welcome and that we were doing something worthwhile; for valuing our contribution. For not being cynical.
Thank you atu2. God speed. May the wind always be at your back. Love from Scotland. This one is for you tonight. https://youtu.be/fwemJ3oCayU