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U2 Joshua Tree Tour Photo By Kriss Perras

The outside of the stadium was filled with police directing traffic this way and that. The traffic jam as backed up for miles in many directions as people made their way to hear this band that started across the pond. The stadium filled to the brim at 80,000. They came to hear U2 celebrate 30 years of their legendary album The Joshua Tree. This tour marks the band’s first time in full performance of this fan favorite album.

It is quite something to hear 80,000 people sing in unison, and this crowd did just that, more than once. This album has crossed generations, and it showed in the ages that showed up for the performance. Mom and Dads brought small children. Teenagers arrived laughing excited for the show. Generation X was out in full force. Millemials were everywhere. Even Baby Boomers were there. This is the appeal of U2. They have a broad swath of cultural and artistic appeal. Their work speaks to many ears and that dark mythic place in the back of your mind.

This journalist happened to have the privilege of seeing the first Joshua Tree tour. It was the U2 Joshua Tree Tour, The Joshua Tree 3rd leg: North America in December 1987 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. The Coliseum was then too filled to the brim. It was a sold out performance at that time as well. This band has evolved. Yet they haven’t. They’ve kept their original sound. Yet they’ve stayed relevant, up with the times. They moved about this country on this 30th anniversary tour from state to state appealing to an Angeleno in California and still to a Texan in Arlington, where this concert was held.

The band has an upcoming release that continues its Songs Of Innocence album. You’re The Best Thing About Me, the first single from the band’s 14th studio album Songs Of Experience was released September 6, 2017.

“Songs Of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence, the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake,” said the band of its work in a statement on the single’s release. “While Songs of Innocence charted the band’s earliest influences and experiences in the late 1970s and early 80s, the new album is a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the singer’s heart; family, friends, fans, himself.”

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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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