40 years old. I remember my older/cooler cousins buying war/red rocks and playing it all summer. I saw live aid with them too. I became a big fan with JT and RH (pre Internet so I never knew about its "poor reception".My friends and I in high school loved it.) When AB arrived they were cemented as my favourite band ever!
That's the funny thing about Rattle & Hum. For fans who came on board in the last 20 years, they may think Rattle & Hum was failure and poorly received, but for those of us who were in high school or college in the late 80's (I was in grade 9 when it was released) it was absolutley huge! Desire was all over the radio and MTV. Same with Angel of Harlem.
This is so true, and one reason why the Internet and the excess of information it makes available can be bad things for newer U2 fans. I bought R&H on its release day, and yeah, it was massive (all over MTV and radio, etc). It wasn't until years later that I found out it was a quote-unquote failure.
Same with Pop. The internet was still pretty new back then, and many U2 fans (especially in Europe) would have had no idea that the album and tour were so supposedly awful until after they were over and Bono was running around apologizing to the entire planet for daring to have some balls.
There's just soo much Monday-morning quarterbacking and revisionist history-writing on Bono's part, and the ease of availability of all this stuff can produce preconceived ideas about some of the band's material that newer fans would know, if they lived back then, is mostly fabricated or false.