JOSHUA AND ME
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
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.