my buddy jesse thayer and i go back to the late 90s, when we met while djs at 90.5 fm wber (the best in alternative music since 1985, etc etc). i travelled the country with him back in 2001, building stages for NSYNC and George Strait; and back then, we always thought it'd be cool to work for U2.
fast forward to the 360-degree tour, here in 2k9, and jesse's living the dream: he works one of the two bridges that links U2's main stage to the outer "b-stage." cool? oh, yes. so after my last shear madness show in albany, i high-tailed it out to boston to visit with eric and brandi (and benson, their great dane), and to get some pretty cool back stage access with jesse. good times. so good, in fact, that i took jesse up on his offer to see the world's greatest band a second time, a few days later at giants stadium in new jersey.
and let's just call a spade a spade: bono's laser-pen jacket-thing is pretty cool; almost as cool as the fact that U2 is playing "ultraviolet (light my way)."