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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 01:52:49 PM »
Meh. Americans have to put up with a lot these days. Could you imagine anyone saying, "Rather arrogantly, we don't think you own [Ireland, UK, etc]. We think Ireland is an idea that belongs to people who need it most," without sounding like a p****?

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 03:07:00 PM »
There's your answer about whether this tour will be political or not.

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 03:15:44 PM »
Aaand this is why people don't like Bono... are you an American Bono? Because last time I checked, you were Irish.

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 04:35:52 PM »
Nice interview. That Reagan-on-a-chariot mural sounds wild!

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 05:00:45 PM »
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There's your answer about whether this tour will be political or not.

That's why I'm sitting this one out. I'm so tired of politics and everyone feeling the need to make a political statement every ten minutes. Can we not just enjoy a night of music without making it a soapbox event?

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 05:25:36 PM »
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There's your answer about whether this tour will be political or not.

That's why I'm sitting this one out. I'm so tired of politics and everyone feeling the need to make a political statement every ten minutes. Can we not just enjoy a night of music without making it a soapbox event?
Quite right. The lyrics are political already, so why oh why do we need all the theatre in betweeen songs.

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 05:35:21 PM »
It'll be interesting to see when the American audience becomes divided

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 05:53:06 PM »
Maybe someone will say to him "Bono, you sure you want to go with that mix?"  And he'll go back to fretting over the new album 😬

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 06:45:31 PM »
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Aaand this is why people don't like Bono... are you an American Bono? Because last time I checked, you were Irish.

Bono keeps prodding Americans with issues of identity and charity.

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 06:47:13 PM »
When you own luxurious NYC penthouses I suppose that makes you Murican.

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2017, 09:16:52 PM »
Pretty inoffensive interview. Man TJT is such a great album. 

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2017, 10:07:28 PM »
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There's your answer about whether this tour will be political or not.

That's why I'm sitting this one out. I'm so tired of politics and everyone feeling the need to make a political statement every ten minutes. Can we not just enjoy a night of music without making it a soapbox event?

Ah.. yes.. because U2 has never been political while on tour. . . why start now? *sarcasm*

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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2017, 10:38:45 PM »
U2 have always been a social and politically minded band. They came out against Reagan, taunted Bush senior on Zoo TV, spoke out against other social issues etc. How in the world is anyone surprised or angered that they've chosen to keep doing what they've always done?

People have a choice: either like the band or don't like them. If their politics suddenly make you uncomfortable, stop listening to them. Don't bother to attend the concerts. But do not expect to silence them. They have a right to their opinion, just as right-leaning musicians have a right to theirs, just as left-leaning musicians have a right to theirs.

The fact that they're Irish is irrelevant as far as their opinion goes--they've got a right to it just as much as any American does. They pay taxes here, they own property here, they live here a decent amount of time and have knowledge of our country. Being from Ireland, they've witnessed a lot of things and perhaps have insights and knowledge that we don't have. No harm in taking what they say at face value and making our own decision on whether or not to believe what they're saying.

Also, people are reading way too much into what they said in this interview. They are certainly drawing parallels between TJT and the world in 1987 and TJT and the world today. Because there ARE parallels. But that does not mean they're going to spend 2 hours every night preaching about politics or religion or what have you. It just means that they're acknowledging the album and its political ties.

Do people not remember what Bono said a month and a half ago in the U2.com interview? He very clearly said that he disagreed with who was elected, but respected that Americans made their choice. Further, he said that music has the ability to unite people and that's what he wanted to accomplish during the upcoming tour. That, to me, says that any political talk will be kept to a minimum on TJT tour. In short, people are panicking about this for no real reason.

That's all I'll really say since this forum has a rule against political commentary. We're all U2 fans here and I would hope we know our band's history well enough to know that this interview is par for the course and a continuation of what this band has always been.
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Re: NPR: U2 on The Joshua Tree, a Lasting Ode to a Divided America
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2017, 04:40:04 AM »
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Aaand this is why people don't like Bono... are you an American Bono? Because last time I checked, you were Irish.
Hey, America is not the world.