All That You Can't Leave Behind

They were hobbits. They were pot smokers. In 1981, they were just kids called U2.

"They were very confident," says Helgeson. "Marty's Catholic, so the conversation was about Catholicism and world politics and religion, which, in the long run, fits in."

Keller's memories of his brush with what might be the biggest rock band in the world are not unlike the article he wrote after the fact--in a box somewhere, and difficult to access. "They were all little," he says. "They were Hobbits. Who knew they'd get as big as they did? They were very young. They struck me as kids, like, 'What are these guys doing on the road? They're a long way from home.' But they owned the stage once they got on it."

After posing for this photo at First Avenue/Uncle Sam's, U2 returned home to play at their junior high graduation ceremony
Greg Helgeson
After posing for this photo at First Avenue/Uncle Sam's, U2 returned home to play at their junior high graduation ceremony

Jim Walsh can be reached at jwalsh@citypages.com or 612.372.3775

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