My name is Ryan. I'm a thirty-something father of two located in Sacramento, CA. I'm a former pastor and recovering evangelical. I blog at the intersections of fatherhood, faith, art and science - all things I find sacred. 

Review: Rhodes and I Attend U2 in San Jose

Review: Rhodes and I Attend U2 in San Jose

Investing In Experiences

I am all about investing into experiences with my kids right now. I will admit that in the past I've often been pulled in to the allure of toys, but I've just come to a place where creating memories with my children far outweighs the momentary thrill of the latest lego set. Don't get me wrong lego sets are cool and I'm sure we'll make those investments, but where I really want to put my energies is into experiences that will shape our relationships. 

It's not secret I'm a U2 fan. I have been for over twenty years. I've lost track of how many shows I've seen...but I've seen a lot. I always dreamed of one day taking my kid to a show and a few weeks ago, that dream became a reality. 

Samantha got into the spirit as well and helped me create a custom t-shirt for him to wear. 


Lots of "Firsts"

We made our way into San Jose and, being the big fan I am, planned on being there incredibly early. I decided to give Rhodes his first In-N-Out and we grabbed a few burgers and tailgated in the parking lot of the SAP Center. 


Tickets Upgraded

Rhodes was a hit walking around the arena before the show. Everyone was giving him high fives, and cheering for him. At first he was confused but after I explained to him about his shirt and the fact that people think it's cool that he was seeing his first show, he embraced it...obviously...


While we were walking around the arena, a man approached us asking if we had tickets. Thinking he was a scalper I said yes and kept on moving. He persisted and asked us where we were sitting. I mentioned behind the stage and he said he'd offer me better seats. Seeing his section, I asked if he'd consider just trading. "Oh no, just take them" he said. "I got upgraded to the red zone and just don't need thee anymore. Enjoy the show with your son."

U2 fans are epic.

Having the new upgraded seats plus my original two, I was able to get my parents into the show that night (they live just over the hill in Santa Cruz). 


The show was amazing and Rhodes had a blast. He sang along and played air guitar. As a bonus, they played a few of his favorite songs. Grateful to have his headphones as it was LOUD. Daddy probably could have used them as well. I love the diversity of the U2 crowd. When you've been doing it for 30+ years you develop quite the following and I love these people. 


Live music is such a rich tradition for us. I can;t wait to do this again and it will only get better as the kids get older. Hopefully, going to shows with dad won't get uncool too fast. I'm also pretty certain I'll be taken on some new experiences as well. Can;t wait! 

For you nerds who are curious, this was their setlist: 

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights Of Home
  4. Beautiful Day / Many Rivers To Cross (snippet)
  5. I Will Follow / Mother (snippet)
  6. Gloria / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
  7. All Because Of You
  8. The Ocean
  9. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  10. Cedarwood Road
  11. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  12. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  13. Until the End of the World / Amsterdam (snippet)
  14. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  15. Elevation
  16. Vertigo
  17. Desire
  18. Acrobat
  19. Landlady (snippet) / You're The Best Thing About Me acoustic
  20. Staring at the Sun acoustic
  21. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  22. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  23. American Soul
  24. City of Blinding Lights

  25. encore(s):

  26. One
  27. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  28. 13 (There Is A Light)
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