It all started Sunday, October 25, 2009.
U2 was playing the last show of the U.S.leg of their 360° Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. I was one of an estimated 10 million people who tuned in to watch the show streamed live on YouTube. I was blown away. I had to see this show in person.
The next morning, dates were announced for a second U.S. leg of the tour to kick off in Summer 2010. I looked at the dates and saw Denver on the tour schedule for June 12, 2010, the day after my birthday. BAM! There it was! I called one of my best friends, Josh, to see if he was down for heading to Denver to see U2 for my birthday. He was. We purchased our tickets on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, and it was on!
Fast forward to Thursday, May 20, 2010. The June 12 concert date was fast approaching. Finally reaping some of the rewards of spending years flying the friendly skies, I redeemed 100,000 American Airlines frequent flyer miles for 2 round-trip tickets from Nashville to Denver for Josh and I. Josh also travels a lot for his job, so he was going to redeem hotel points to cover our hotel stay. This was shaping up to be an awesome and surprisingly inexpensive trip. Until the next day…
Friday afternoon, May 21, I started seeing people on Twitter talk about Bono being injured and in surgery. As it turned out, he injured his back while in Munich, Germany during rehearsals for the North American leg of the tour. It was only a matter of days until U2’s management issued a statement regarding Bono’s condition and postponing the entire North American leg of the tour to later date. No lie. I was pretty bummed.
It was almost 5 months later when the new rescheduled date for the Denver show was announced… May 21, 2011. Sweet! I called Josh and we started getting plans back in place to head to Denver.
As the date grew near again, I called American Airlines to book new flights using the value of the tickets I had redeemed the 100K miles for. All was going well until we hit a snag. Because I got the original tickets on May 20, 2010, the rescheduled travel would have to be COMPLETED by a year from the original redemption date, which would be THE DAY BEFORE the show. And the plot thickens.
After negative and less-than-helpful encounters with 3 different American Airlines customer service reps over the course of an hour, I finally got a supervisor on the phone, plead my case and asked kindly if there was anything he could do to help me. Turns out there was. Long story short, through some ticketing and fare-type loop hole, over the course of three separate conversations, this dude worked magic and made it happen. Once again, it was on!
So, this afternoon I’m flying out to Denver with my friend Josh for what was originally supposed to be a trip to celebrate my birthday last year… a trip largely already paid for… a trip 18 months in the making, and I’m pretty stoked! Not only is this the first time I’ve flown since stepping off my last flight in December 2009, just before my life completely unraveled, it’s also the closest thing to any type of vacation I’ve had since I can’t even remember when. Factor all those things together and I’m pretty excited to have the opportunity to get away and unplug for a few days, get some hang time with my buddy Josh and finally get to see U2 LIVE this Saturday night in Denver… their first show back in the U.S. since the Rose Bowl show in October 2009!
I can’t wait to experience THIS Live…
It’s a beautiful day!