Goodbye 2015, HELLO 2016!

My year in review and preview for the New Year!

On_the_Road_with_U2_Cover_for_Kindle2015 was certainly better than 2014 and 2016 is shaping up to be a great year with what I already have planned. In 2015 I reached a goal that I had set back in 2010. I published my U2 memoir On the Road with U2 – my musical journey – and people seemed to like it! Apparently people enjoyed reading about my adventures and travels to 75 U2 shows between 1992 and 2011. Not only did I publish my U2 memoir, but I was able to give it to Larry and now he has a copy.

012abI added 15 more U2 shows this year on the iNNONCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour including the opener in Vancouver. In Denver, I met Larry again (first time since the Elevation Tour in 2001) and gave him a copy of my book – and then he signed a copy of my book for me. Bono also signed the copy of my book – I hadn’t gotten his autograph since the ZooTv Tour. That same day I also got my picture taken with Edge, which was a first for me. Later that 013night in concert, Larry sought me out to give me his drumsticks – and I didn’t even ask. He must have liked my book. I spent 10 days in Chicago seeing 5 U2 shows and another U2 dream of mine was realized. I finally got my picture with Larry after 23 years of touring. I also got Adam’s autograph, which was a first for me. I met Larry again before the first show in New York, which was also the day I met and became friends with Vicky.

017My 2015 was pretty much consumed with U2, but I did manage to do a few other things. I saw NKOTB in DC. I saw three Grizzlies games: in Brooklyn in January and in Philadelphia and DC in December – and I got a selfie with ZBo in Philly. I went to a handful of Orioles games, including Opening Day, Social Media night, Cal Ripken’s 2131 20th Anniversary game and the final game of the season on my birthday. I saw Shannon Sharpe at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, but I didn’t get to meet him – although he did tweet me while we were there. I drove out to Cleveland for the weekend going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Broncos – Browns game, which was my reason for going to Cleveland. I went to the movie 074theater to watch the Back to the Future Trilogy (yes all three movies) on the date Marty traveled into the future, October 21, 2015. I flew to Florida to surprise my dad for his 70th Birthday. It was a blast – haven’t been there in about 10 years or so. My blog, this blog, was voted Runner Up for Best Personal Blog at the Mobbies by the Baltimore Sun. I went to Orioles FanFest and met Brady Anderson again and got my picture with him again.

2015 was a great year, and 2016 looks like it is also going to be fun. I already have many things planned. In January, I am going to the Elvis tribute show at Maryland Live Casino on Elvis Presley’s birthday weekend. In February, I am going to see Ryan Bingham at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. Also in February, I am going up to New York City to see my Grizzlies take on the Knicks. I have never seen them play at Madison Square Garden, so I’m quite excited – plus there is the whole Matt Barnes – Derek Fisher controversy. In April, I am going to see Duran Duran in DC. I haven’t seen them since the Ordinary World tour in the early 1990s when I met John Taylor and Simon LeBon. Also in April, I am going to see A Streetcar Named Desire at the Everyman Theater in Baltimore with my Aunt. In May, I am going to Memphis for the Beale Street Music Festival and hopefully a Grizzlies playoff game. Unfortunately I didn’t make my annual trip to Memphis in 2015, so I am quite excited to visit again. In July, I am probably going to the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza in Chicago assuming I like the lineup. I have already booked my hotel just in case. In September, I am seeing Maroon 5 in Baltimore – assuming my best friend is taking me. I am not a fan, but I got her tickets for Christmas and her birthday. In October, I am sure I will do something fun to celebrate my birthday. I don’t have tickets to any Orioles games yet, but I am sure I will go to a few. I am sure I will get to at least one Broncos game in the Fall and a Grizzlies game or two if they play in DC, Philly and NYC. And if U2 releases their new album in the Fall as planned, I will be out on tour again at the end of the year. As always, this year I will try to be healthier and make a dent in my 200 plus books on my kindle.

Check back here (and on my Twitter @DeenasDays) to follow my adventures throughout 2016. Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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About Deena 'On the Road with U2' Dietrich (543 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 90 and soon to be 100) U2 shows I have been to ZooTv to 360 and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports: U2, Broncos, Elvis, Grizzlies, LMP, Orioles, NKOTB. Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

3 Comments on Goodbye 2015, HELLO 2016!

  1. Omg. What a year you had!!! And 2016 looks like it’s going to be great also!! Have fun during your upcoming travels!! May God continue to bless you on your journeys and safe travels!!!! And yes meeting you in NY @ MSG during U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE TOUR 2015 was the greatest!!! Thank you for being my friend and wishing you a very happy new year and many blessings for the new year! You deserve it!!! Blessings.

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