Sorry for the late blog, folks. I am feeling a little under the weather.
But from my couch, I was thrilled to talk to Joe Wilson, the bassist for the band, The Joshua Tree, who was equally thrilled to be able to perform for the Bruins faithful in a St. Patrick’s Day warm up in the TD Banknorth Garden Thursday night, before, during and after the B’s game versus the Washington Caps.
As you might have figured out, The Joshua Tree is a Boston based U2 tribute band and, in keeping with the green theme tomorrow, if you can’t have the world’s premier Irish band on stage (they were busy), why not have the premier tribute to that Irish band come out to rattle and hum for a bunch of green hatted Spoked-B wearing B’s fans.
You may not know this, but because of their successful multi-day runs at the TD Banknorth Garden, U2 is sometimes referred to as the building’s "house band" and The Joshua Tree is pleased to be able to fill their shoes for an evening.
"I mean, you can’t grow up in New England without being a Bruins fan," said Wilson via phone on Wednesday, before adding that to play in the Garden is a really big deal for the whole band.
"There’s four of us," he explained. "And we more or less emulate the four members of U2, musically."
Wilson was asked how all of this came about.
"It all started quite awhile ago," he said. "The Joshua Tree is about five years old.
"The drummer and I have been playing since high school, so we go way back.
"We were doing the typical original music thing, doing demos and playing in clubs on Wednesday nights, early, and trying to make a name for ourselves. And we really had a difficult time breaking through and generating money for that venture.
"So, we did a Joshua Tree anniversary show where our original band did (U2’s) Joshua Tree album from start to finish -- exactly what you would hear in headphones if you were home," said Joe.
And the rest is history.
"We realized right away that there was a pretty big demand for something like this," he said. "And it evolved into about 150 shows a year and some pretty great opportunities like this Bruins game on Thursday night."
So will we see The Fly or MacPhisto, tomorrow?
"We approach it (musically)," explained Wilson. "It’s all about the music, the energy of the music and the emotion."
"We’re U2 fans. We are not actors and it’s more or less that we are fans playing the music for fans."
And there will be plenty of Bruins, and U2 fans, on hand tomorrow night.
"It’s not something that I would have expected," said Wilson of his gig tomorrow on Causeway Street. "But I’m very excited about it.
"Obviously, with U2’s history in Boston, the Garden itself, and it being a huge part of U2’s career in the United States…it’s a pretty wild experience to be able to do something like this."
That and a Bruins win should make for a rocking time on Thursday and tickets are still available
. So come on down to the Garden to start your St. Patty’s day early.Erin go bragh and erin go Bruin!
March 15, like every Thursday night game, is a Student Night. All high school and college students are eligible for one half-price ticket in the $45.50 and $55.00 price range with a valid student ID.
Tickets are available for all home games online by clicking here
, at the TD Banknorth Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 617.624.BEAR.