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Tours / Re: What do you think the next tour will be like?
« Last post by podiumboy on August 20, 2018, 05:51:41 PM »
IMO, there are 3 scenarios for the next tour;

1. I wouldn't expect a new U2 album anytime before Fall 2021 at the earliest.  4 years after SOE seems about right.  Then tour for that album in 2022-2023.  This is the most likely scenario to me, and the one I would most prefer.

2. An Achtung Baby 30th anniversary tour in 2021.  A Zoo TV 2.0 type of concept, adapted to the current age we live in.  While this is an interesting concept, I don't really think they'll go this way.  Although it is an obvious slam dunk for selling tickets. 

3. A 40th anniversary stadium tour in 2020-2021.  I know, they started in 1976, and released their first EP in 79, but these things aren't an exact science.  The fact that Boy came out in the fall of 1980 would be justification enough for the 40th anniversary in 2020.  Don't necessarily come out and say this is a greatest hits tour, but the implication is there enough to sell tickets.  If 2017 taught us anything, it's that nostalgia is U2's best bet if they wish to fill stadiums again, especially in the US.  I don't think this is too likely either.  But the timing of it works, and it would be a guaranteed stadium filling tour.  I'm sure somebody who makes more money than I do already is brainstorming this idea. 
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News and Rumors / Re: "This is what Dublin's new U2 visitor centre would look like"
« Last post by 64ac30 on August 20, 2018, 02:47:33 PM »
Thereís a new image floating around if floor plans. Thereís a target and some experience in the design...
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Tours / Re: What do you think the next tour will be like?
« Last post by jgrooms on August 20, 2018, 10:25:28 AM »
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Iím a U2 as well as admin on here but just my view. Iím not convinced they guys want to go on forever thatís all. May be wrong but they will disappear for a while after this tour.

I tend to agree with you.  I could even see U2 move to more of the residency model and playing an extended string of shows in a city like Las Vegas and have fans come to them rather than tour.
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Tours / Re: What do you think the next tour will be like?
« Last post by Johnny Feathers on August 20, 2018, 08:31:09 AM »
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I see a lot of wishful thinking, but the one thing we all know for sure is Dublin 4 (and I'm going to D3 and D4 in GA, lucky me) is the final U2 show for a while and not making a prediction, but it could, *could* turn out to be the final U2 show ever. Cannot take it for granted that they will do the album/tour cycle after a year or so of time off. All it takes is one band member to decide they've had enough and that's it. No more U2.

Yep.  I don't think anybody is promising or hoping this is the end of the road for them, but every tour has a greater chance of being the LAST tour than the one before it--it doesn't matter that McCartney or the Stones are still going.  Other bands, like R.E.M., aren't.  Age wins eventually.  Enjoy them while you can.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
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Tours / Re: What do you think the next tour will be like?
« Last post by coolz481 on August 20, 2018, 03:30:16 AM »
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But the minute these sorts of guys start to take really long breaks is the beginning of the end of them as musicians.
What do you define as a long break for U2?  They took 4.5 years between Atomic Bomb & No Line, then another 5.5 years between No Line & Songs of Innocence.  The only way we get a new album in fewer than 3 years is if they have a ton of leftover stuff from the SOI/SOE writing sessions, but I seem to remember a quote from Adam to the effect that this was the end of a cycle, so next time they get together it might be from scratch.
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Tours / Re: What do you think the next tour will be like?
« Last post by JaraSangASongAWeapon on August 20, 2018, 01:03:57 AM »
I see a lot of wishful thinking, but the one thing we all know for sure is Dublin 4 (and I'm going to D3 and D4 in GA, lucky me) is the final U2 show for a while and not making a prediction, but it could, *could* turn out to be the final U2 show ever. Cannot take it for granted that they will do the album/tour cycle after a year or so of time off. All it takes is one band member to decide they've had enough and that's it. No more U2.
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Tours / Re: What do you think the next tour will be like?
« Last post by Boba Fett on August 20, 2018, 12:06:26 AM »
I don't really understand this whole "the band needs to take some time off" argument. Aren't they musicians first and foremost? I mean, sure, take a month or two off, but most musicians I know are happiest when they're writing/recording/playing music. The rest of this tour only goes for a bit over two months - hardly arduous. If I were the band I'd take a couple of months off over Christmas/New Year. Then I'd give myself a challenge - write, record and release an album within 12 months. Then get back out on the road, STARTING WITH AUSTRALIA and do what you were born to do. Tour in 6 week stints with breaks if you really have to. But the minute these sorts of guys start to take really long breaks is the beginning of the end of them as musicians.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Edgeís Rig Rundown
« Last post by Powderworker on August 19, 2018, 11:27:29 PM »
He is a great guy.  We had breakfast with him the day after the Dallas show of the Joshua Tree tour.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Edgeís Rig Rundown
« Last post by laoghaire on August 19, 2018, 04:26:23 PM »
I can play a few chords but I'm no musician and certainly not a guitar tech nerd. So when I see this video floating around and notice it's ONE HOUR LONG I'm always like naaaaaah.

Last night I clicked "play" on it though I really needed to go to sleep.

It was the greatest! One hour of Dallas talking indeciperable guitar tech geek stuff felt like ten very fun minutes. He explains the context of the gear very well, so it's not just gushing about a thingamabob but WHY it's so great. He explains how Edge sees his tools, how and why he doesn't customize a guitar but just lets it have its inherent strengths. How much attention he pays to detail - clearly that goes beyond the equipment into the songwriting and studio recordings.

Dallas is a complete delight and there's no wonder at all that Edge has kept this gem all these years. I bet other guitarists want Dallas. But maybe other guitarists don't need Dallas.

Anyway, if you're thinking you need to be a gear geek to enjoy this, no way. Watch it!
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The Band / Re: Is the Edge one of the greatest songwriters/musicians of all time?
« Last post by laoghaire on August 19, 2018, 04:07:58 PM »
I was pretty impressed with Edge after watching Dallas explain his rig roundup. Have been wanting to watch It Might Get Loud too.
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