JOSHUA AND ME

Hot Press - - 30Joshuatree - BY KEVIN THORN­TON • Kevin Thorn­ton is one of Ire­land’s pi­o­neer­ing, Miche­lin-starred chefs. His book Food For Life was pub­lished in 2005.

Muriel and I have en­joyed see­ing U2 per­form in sev­eral venues since their ge­n­e­sis and par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber them sup­port­ing The Vir­gin Prunes on Satur­day af­ter­noons at the Dan­de­lion Mar­ket. As it hap­pens, the Dan­de­lion Mar­ket was lo­cated down­stairs from where we later ended up for 14 years, in Thorn­ton's Restau­rant. At the time of the 1987 re­lease of The Joshua Tree, we were liv­ing in Harold's Cross with a friend, who then worked as a roadie on the Joshua Tree tour. Many great sto­ries were told af­ter­wards. What first drew me to the al­bum, how­ever, was the cover art­work, which is very strik­ing and im­pact­ful. 30 years on, my favourite track is still 'Bul­let the

Blue Sky’.

In this as in so many ar­eas of life, there is an el­e­ment of what might – or might not – have been. A very good friend of ours, Pat McCarthy, worked as an as­sis­tant en­gi­neer on the al­bum and on his visit home this Christ­mas was telling us a great story of how he was in­stru­men­tal in stop­ping the mas­ter tape of the al­bum’s epic open­ing track, 'Where the Streets Have No Name' from be­ing erased by Brian Eno. Ap­par­ently there are many ver­sions of this story, but Pat's is the de­fin­i­tive one.

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