Calling all U2 fans — is your calendar marked for September 25?
Gather your best dark sunglasses, bandanas and pyrotechnics to celebrate U2 Day, the 44th anniversary of the first time Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry hung out in Larry’s kitchen and started the band.
The good news is, U2 Day has always been an open-ended, virtual, online festivity, so it won’t be getting derailed by COVID-19 like just about everything else.
But to make up for the inability to get together, even if people wanted, there are a few new elements this year, like a Twitter watch party of Rattle and Hum and goals to flood social media with live concert clips along with the hashtag #U244Live.
Tracy Anderson, one of the event’s organizers, encourages other U2 fans to “raise the roof, ring the joy, celebrate the magnificence of this band” in whatever ways they see fit. “Let’s kick 2020 in the ass with some serious U2 merriment (only safely and within your area’s COVID health directives and laws)! Sure, there might not be your typical concerts, maybe we can’t meet in pubs in some places, maybe we need to physically distance and wear masks, and maybe some of us are in self-isolation. But we can still love the crap out of U2 together (online or 6 feet/2 meters apart).”
The Rattle and Hum party begins at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST and participants are encouraged to use #RattleandHum and #U2getherAtHome while enjoying the movie. Have some great U2 shirts? Post them with #U2T0925.
Other suggestions include listening to the band all day, calling local radio stations and requesting songs, posting on social media about what the band means to you, creating something tasty or artistic inspired by U2, making a donation or volunteering with an organization in the band’s honour.
There’s also a Facebook event for the day to help share in the fun.
Anderson has plenty of other ideas and suggestions, along with an explanation on why September 25 is the big day, over here.