“My girlfriend and I went to our first U2 show together on November 16th, 2006 in Adelaide. I knew that was the perfect time to ask my future wife to marry me. So I got down on one knee and proposed during the transition between Pride and Where the Street Have No Name. We also had tickets for two more U2 concerts a couple of days later in Melbourne. So I was really happy she said yes, otherwise it would’ve been pretty awkward at the Melbourne shows. (laughs)
U2 has been a big part of my life since I heard Achtung Baby when I was 12 years old. But when All That You Can’t Leave Behind came out, I was older and realized the depth of the lyrics. That’s what attracted me to their music even more. As a Christian I love how Bono hides biblical imagery in plain sight. I think you can find it in almost every song if you’re looking for it. The lyrics have meaning on the surface, but then you can find a deeper meaning underneath the meaning. So I can mull on U2 songs for a long, long time and continue to get something new out of them. Their music has been a part of my life’s celebrations, tragedies, and everything in between.
The proposal was a really special moment for us. Since then we’ve been kind of hangin’ out, waiting for them to come back to Adelaide for 13 years. And last week they finally came back for the Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour. We were right up front, by the stage. And during that same transition from Pride to Streets, I got down on one knee, and before she knew what was happening, I did a proposal re-enactment. It was great!”