Fan going to ninth U2 concert on Saturday
Sherry (left) and her husband Keith Cormier show off some of their U2 collection collected over the years display in the front store window at Mansour’s Mens clothing store.
AMHERST – The obsession started in 1982. It progressed and then, corrupted his wife. Keith Cormier had a problem. His problem? Trying to sleep at night because he is so excited about the U2 concert finally coming to Moncton on Saturday.
“I always followed them,” said Keith Cormier. “And I had my first opportunity to see them in 1992 in Montreal on their Zoo TV tour. I was just star struck and blown away and just wanted to go see them the very next day.”
Keith is not alone. She managed to get his wife Sherry involved with the obsession. Saturday will be her sixth concert and Keith’s ninth.
“I had listened to U2. I knew some of their songs and that’s why I always liked U2. I had some CDs and that. But when I met him (Keith), it grew very quickly. He had CDs and all the real concerts and I got to know all the songs. Then, we went to Montreal, my first concert. I was just so excited by the time I got there that I was blown away. I just thought, ‘I have seen so many bands but I’ve never seen anything like that.’”
Keith and Sherry both said the concerts are amazing. There is something different each time and they and other fans are blown away.
“You come out of there feeling you are so full of love and life, it’s better than therapy,” said Sherry. “If I could go to him once a month, there wouldn’t be a problem in the world. That’s the way they make you feel.”
Over the years, Sherry and Keith guess they’ve spent over $15,000 dollars in traveling, tickets and memorabilia all related to U2.
“We’ve got mugs and stuff when you stop and think about it,” said Sherry. “We got our earrings made. I’ve got four T-shirts. I don’t know how many Keith’s got. We’ve got sweatshirts and hats.”
Keith said a few years ago, they joined a tour bus traveling to one of the U2 concerts. He said it was on that bus that he was proven to be one of the biggest U2 fans.
Both Sherry and Keith have said they have gotten some funny looks and some head shakes for their obsession but their family seems to be fine with their love of U2.
“The family just laughs at us at times,” said Sherry. “They sit here and listen to it and they do agree that they’re something else but they’ve never had the opportunity to see them.”
Sherry said now that their family is ready to go, there is just more excitement.