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Offline braunerf18

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Bono's Voice This Tour
« on: June 14, 2017, 10:14:35 AM »
What are your thoughts on Bono's Voice this tour? I saw the Pittsburgh show and I have to say he sounded quite flat overall and didn't really push his voice. Between the show itself and various clips I've watched from other shows, it seems like he's doing a lot of his talk-type singing which is really too bad.

I saw several I&E shows and I was blown away with his range on that tour. I can't imagine he's lost that much capacity in 2 years so maybe he is restraining himself to get through the tour, not sure.



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Re: Bono's Voice This Tour
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 10:27:42 AM »
I love the band and the tour has been great - the show I saw in Chicago (#2) was a fantastic time.  I look forward to seeing them again in Sept.

However, I have to admit that I think sometimes Bono is just talking through the lines on this tour...not really singing them.  I feel like sometimes it lacks energy or enthusiasm.  I noticed this on maybe 2 songs at the Chicago show, but also on the other shows I have watched online.

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Re: Bono's Voice This Tour
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 10:49:51 AM »
I thought the same thing, was really impressed by his energy and his vocal intensity at my I&E NY show, but watching these various videos from JT30, his vocals are definitely aging.  Can't stay 32 forever.

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2017, 10:52:31 AM »
I went to Chicago (#1) and noticed he talked through more of the lyrics than in the past, but his voice seemed on point to me otherwise.  I remember him doing this on the last tour at one show I went to, but I think that had to do with the fact he was sick because I went to another show the following week and I don't recall him doing it as much.


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Re: Bono's Voice This Tour
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2017, 11:29:34 AM »
I haven't seen a show on this tour yet.  But I did see them on Jimmy Kimmel and I thought his voice on Little Things sounded great.  If he's singing like that at the shows I would be satisfied.

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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 11:52:40 AM »
I attended both shows with a buddy who is a professional singer...we think given his age he sounds very good. He is smart to pick and choose where to let loose and where to adjust lyrics.

Who among us is what we were in 1986 when Joshua Tree came out. Easy to point fingers at Bono, but all in all he and they sounded good to me.

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2017, 08:19:19 AM »
All valid points. I think he's being careful. Kimmel was a great performance and it's a perfect example to show he still has the range. Little Things live was a highlight given the song was created with his voice at the level it is now.

I found they moved quickly through the show which hardly gave Bono time to breathe. Songs like RTSS demand his voice and I found it didn't really deliver. I understand he's ageing, but knowing he's capable of more is slightly frustrating given the cost and production quality of these shows.

I'd rather less tour dates with more time inbetween so he can belt at each show giving TJT it's best performance.

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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2017, 08:30:12 AM »
It's his job y'all an no matter how fun it is I'm sure he goes on auto pilot some. I also think at his age he needs to preserve his voice more he's been doing this 40 years.  It was an amazing show regardless of any voice saving or anything else

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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 05:43:41 PM »
I wonder if that's why he kind of seemed out of it with Vertigo last night in Tampa. He spoke a good amount of the lyrics, and I felt like he was lacking some of the intensity that he usually delivers with that song. It was still great, don't get me wrong, but it was definitely lacking in the vocal intensity department.

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Bono's Voice This Tour
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2017, 06:13:56 PM »
Bono is a wus. He should sing out or hang it up. Actually, he says he knows how to sing now, where he didn't earlier in his career. That must mean he strained his voice considerably when he was younger cuz he sounds like he's phoning it in sometimes now.


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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2017, 06:55:11 PM »
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Bono is a wus. He should sing out or hang it up. Actually, he says he knows how to sing now, where he didn't earlier in his career. That must mean he strained his voice considerably when he was younger cuz he sounds like he's phoning it in sometimes now.


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yes his whole style was straining his voice.  He's not phoning it in he's doing what will allow him to keep singing all tour

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Re: Bono's Voice This Tour
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2017, 07:25:57 PM »
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What are your thoughts on Bono's Voice this tour? I saw the Pittsburgh show and I have to say he sounded quite flat overall and didn't really push his voice. Between the show itself and various clips I've watched from other shows, it seems like he's doing a lot of his talk-type singing which is really too bad.

I saw several I&E shows and I was blown away with his range on that tour. I can't imagine he's lost that much capacity in 2 years so maybe he is restraining himself to get through the tour, not sure.

Where were you at during the Pittsburgh show? GA or up in the stands? I ask because I was in GA, by B stage and thought Bono sounded great. However, my dad was up in the stands (100 level) at the same show and thought Bono was off for the first 5 songs or so. I think the PA system in the stadium and your location plays a big role in how good Bono sounds on this tour.

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Re: Bono's Voice This Tour
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2017, 07:44:57 PM »
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Bono is a wus. He should sing out or hang it up. Actually, he says he knows how to sing now, where he didn't earlier in his career. That must mean he strained his voice considerably when he was younger cuz he sounds like he's phoning it in sometimes now.


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yes his whole style was straining his voice.  He's not phoning it in he's doing what will allow him to keep singing all tour
He's certainly taken proper singing lessons. As talented as a singer he wasn't in the '80s, his technique was awful.

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Re: Bono's Voice This Tour
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2017, 08:26:27 PM »
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What are your thoughts on Bono's Voice this tour? I saw the Pittsburgh show and I have to say he sounded quite flat overall and didn't really push his voice. Between the show itself and various clips I've watched from other shows, it seems like he's doing a lot of his talk-type singing which is really too bad.

I saw several I&E shows and I was blown away with his range on that tour. I can't imagine he's lost that much capacity in 2 years so maybe he is restraining himself to get through the tour, not sure.

The overall sound in Pittsburgh was trash, though. The band sounded great, but their sound from the PA was atrocious. No bass response, the sound died halfway out of GA, muddled, etc.

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Re: Bono's Voice This Tour
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2017, 06:36:01 AM »
Try not to compare YouTube videos with being there. I've been to shows that I thought sounded incredible, and any videos have been patchy.

Vice versa, I've been to shows where the sound was either crap or the singing sounded average, on video pretty solid.