From The NYC Files: The Time I Went To The Movies With U2!

Rattle and HumThere were so many great benefits to going to NYU, Modern Philosophers.

I got to live in Greenwich Village and have the greatest city in the world as my campus.  When I walked out my door, Washington Square Park was right there waiting for me.  NYC never sleeps, and NYU students rarely slept, either.  There was always something to do and fun to be had.

Among the perks of being a student in the Film Program at NYU was having famous alumni filmmakers come speak to us.  They’d often bring us sneak peaks of their latest projects, or screen a classic for us and then answer questions about it afterwards.

We also got lots of passes to movie premieres.  During my days at NYU, U2 was probably the most popular band in the world.  I had seen them on their Joshua Tree tour, and they rocked Madison Square Garden that night.  We listened to that CD quite often in our dorm room, and the boys from Ireland were beloved on campus.

They were so popular that a feature film was made about them and the Joshua Tree tour.  Rattle and Hum was directed by Phil Joanou and promised to show U2 in all its glory on the giant screen.  I could not wait to see it and buy the soundtrack.

NYUBecause I was an NYU Film Student, I didn’t have to wait in line like the common people to buy a ticket to see this epic.  I got a free pass to the premiere, and I used that valuable ticket to get a date with the girl I was crushing on at the time.

Here’s a fun piece of Modern Philosopher trivia: the girl who was my date to the Rattle and Hum premiere was the roommate of the girl who would grow up to be my ex-wife. Interesting, don’t you think?

I’m almost certain that we were joined on this adventure by my roommate Don and his date.  Hopefully, he reads this post and can verify that fact for me.

The premiere was at some fancy theater in midtown.  I don’t remember the details of that because I was so obsessed with having gotten the girl I liked to go out with me.  This was a very big deal at that point in my life.  Talking to members of the opposite sex was still a major problem.

u2What I do remember is that just as the lights dimmed, Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam crept into the theater to take their seats.

How cool was that?  U2 was there.  In the same movie theater.  Watching the same movie I was watching!  It was like I’d gone to the movies with U2 to see a movie about U2.  I was geeking out to an extreme.

It turned out to be a pretty good flick, too.  Some of the clips from that film are still extremely popular on YouTube.  The song “All I Want Is You”, which played over the closing credits, is one of my favorite U2 songs, and reminds me so much of The Girl Who Owns My Heart that I often tear up when I hear it.

Clearly, things didn’t work out with my date since I ended up marrying her roommate, but I don’t blame U2 for that at all.  For one magical night, the boys and I hung out together (albeit from a distance), I got to rock in my seat as they rocked so hard on the big screen, and I got to share the moment with a girl I really liked.

All in all, it was a good night.  I’d love to do it again any time U2 is in Maine and wants to catch a flick.  Heck, I’ll even spring for the tickets this time…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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29 Responses to From The NYC Files: The Time I Went To The Movies With U2!

  1. valentin10 says:

    Reblogged this on Mon site officiel / My official website and commented:
    J’adore U2 !!! / I love U2 !!!!

  2. Lol I loved U2 with a passion back then, Rattle and Hum was the only record I ever queued at a store for. It was a fortune of money to see them anywhere and what with being skint and all it was never going to happen.
    I remember my Sister taking me to see the movie and when it started I cried I was so overwrought at seeing them on the big screen. I figured that was the closest I was ever going to get to seeing them live, and I wasn’t wrong!
    All I Want is You is an awesome track and still one of my favourites 🙂
    Good choice, me liked this post 😛

  3. floridaborne says:

    Do you miss the rumble of the city that never sleeps, or do you prefer the house on the hill?

  4. markbialczak says:

    Great tale to thump the chest a bit about, Austin. How odd and interesting that your date was the roommate of the woman who went on to become your wife. Where was she that night, I wonder? Did that make her jealous and start your relationship with her?

    I’d like to see NYU throwbacks a more regular feature from the House on the Hill, sir. Such fertile turf.

    Oh, almost as an aside, I’ve seen U2 once, 2000-ish, in Albany, No. 2 on my all-time list, trailing only the Boss. Love Bono and the boys.

  5. Jet Eliot says:

    Wow, that’s a great story, Austin. Watching U2 with U2 watching U2….

  6. U2, nice! Great throwback story. When this was going on I was busy chasing Slash. Bono who…? 🙂 Too bad about the girl. Both girls, actually. I do hope they laughed for you and often.

  7. That’s a lot of mention of Bono in a few days. My head can’t cope.

  8. marjma2014 says:

    You’re so lucky. I’m a big U2 fan. Just a tad jealous!

    • Austin says:

      No need to be jealous. They have some great life stuff on YouTube. You should check it out and just pretend you’re right there…

  9. Can’t live with or without them…

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