Last night I experienced the two most emotional moments I’ve had thus far as a U2 fan. When we planned our trip to Dublin last fall, I couldn’t have imagined that we’d be there to witness either of them. These moments were more special than any concert; this wasn’t about the music. Or about Bono – they were about two very special women who have both made the world a better place.
We were lucky enough to have “Electric Burma” fall on one of the 7 nights we were in Dublin – the night that we were staying in the Garden Terrace Suite at the Clarence, no less. The concert was held in the honour of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi – who would be in attendance on the night and finally presented with the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience award that was announced at a U2 concert in Dublin in 2009. Little did Bono know that two years later he would be able to present it to her in person in his hometown of Dublin. 16 times I’d heard Walk On at the 360 Tour and each time helped the fans to lift her up – this was sure to be a special night, and we were truly blessed to have had it work out like this.
When we arrived at the theatre, there were crowds of Burmese people gathered waving flags – the joy on their faces far surpassing anything that I’ve ever seen at a U2 concert. Truly. Aung San Suu Kyi was very clearly the star of the night – I now understand firsthand what Bono means when he says that she is a far bigger rockstar than he.Read More