Keegan-Michael Key talks seeing U2 in concert, his new film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and his love for Jimi Hendrix in the latest installment of Rolling Stone‘s The First Time.
Key kicks off with the first concert he ever saw: U2 on their Joshua Tree tour in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1987. He was taken by his father and stepmother, who happens to be Irish. “I wanted to go see Van Halen so bad, and my dad was like, ‘You’re not gonna go see Van Halen,’” he says. “They were my chaperones, but really, it’s because they wanted to go to the concert, too.” He recalls how much he loved U2 and their album Under a Blood Red Sky. “I think I still have the  tour shirt someplace in a box,” he adds.