Tuesday, March 21, 2006

posted by CHRIS - 11:53 PM

Hey there, guys. Skippy here.

Just wanted to stop by and make a quick post about the band I saw the last two nights. Hollywood U2 played at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino, and they were absolutely amazing. You won't find them selling out world tours, but you will find them rocking your local casino or small venue bars.

If you couldn't have guessed by the name, they are a U2 cover band. They sound and even look like the real thing (see picture above). This was an especially thrilling weekend because one of my best friends, Scott, is not only a huge U2 fan, but an amazing singer as well. So I talked to a few people working with the band I knew (Casino management is more than willing to help out someone who has lost as much money as I have. Let's just say they knew me well a few years ago) and convinced them to see if the band would let Scott join them. The guys were all for it. About halfway through the third set, they pulled him up on stage and handed him the microphone to sing to a packed house. The place went CRAZY, the dance floor was jumpin' and the band was rocking (Like I said Scott is an amazing singer).

If that had been the end of the night, I think everyone we were hanging out with would have gone home with a smile and a great memory of this band that let our friend live out his dream, but the night didn't end there. The band came over to our table after the show was over and said hello and thanks for coming to everyone. Then when I asked if I could get some pictures of Scott with the band, they invited us to the dressing room and we all hung out and shared U2 experiences and random stories for well over an hour (not having any U2 experiences myself, I mostly listened and made small talk with Sherise, the drummer's wife who had spent most of the show sleeping in the dressing room).

When we realized it was approaching 3 a.m., we called it a night. Before we left, the band made sure we were coming to the show the next day (or later that night, depending on how you look at it). We were all for continuing the fun, and they said they would love to bring Scott back up on stage to sing with them (plus Sherise said she wanted someone to hang out with instead of sleeping through the show again).

When the Band hit the stage the next night, we were all there (plus about 10 people that hadn't seen the show the night before). The band had even reserved us front-and-center seats. As promised, they brought Scott up on stage and let him rock the house again. The show was great and the band was again very appreciative of our support. We hung out for a little while after the show to exchange phone numbers and addresses so we can keep in touch, but the night had to end there for me because I had to work the next morning. They asked if we wanted to stay and drink with them (which is hard for me to turn down), but I had to get some sleep. After two hard nights of partying, my 12-hour shifts only seem to get longer. So I said my goodbyes and headed for home. On the drive home, I rocked out to the newest, Grammy-winning U2 album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" and thought about the great new friends I had met and the weekend of memories I will always have.

I just want to say again THANK YOU to the guys in Hollywood U2 for the great show and great experiences this weekend. You guys are the best (Oh yeah, Hi Sherise). Thanks for making Scott as happy as you have (I'm sure he will make me watch the DVD of the show over and over again).

Ok now back to Skip to my Sports!!!

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