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News and Rumors / Re: Announcements coming October 20th?
« Last post by Mr. Sarajevo 20 on Today at 07:30:38 AM »
I can't waiting any longer!
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The Music / Re: Which do you like better: Zooropa or Pop?
« Last post by u2dc on Today at 07:07:05 AM »
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Pop, but neither is that great.

they're both AMAZING actually.

im shocked Zooropa is 10 points up!

I'm kind of new here so I'm not totally sure how to reply. I really enjoy both albums. However, Zooropa only has one song I love (stay). The wanderer, Lemon, Zooropa, and Dirty day are all very good songs. The rest of it is average at best. Pop has great songs, but If you wear that velvet dress, The playboy mansion and Miami are so bad they almost ruin the album for me.
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General Music Discussion / Re: The Killers Worship Thread
« Last post by trevgreg on Today at 06:20:06 AM »
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so i'm liking the album the more i listen to it, its better than BB overall but the highs arent as high.

this will be the last album, Dave isn't even in the liner notes and the album feels like Brandon's solo albums but honestly not as good as TDE. plus with 2 of the guys out of the touring line up, yea, they're done.

Itís just so weird with the Dave thing. Someone on Reddit is claiming that he had left the band before the album was done and that they made an arrangement with him to appear at a few shows this summer, otherwise keeping his official departure on the down low. Even if that isnít true, his answers in the Q magazine interview showed that he wasnít even involved with the album right at the end. There are worse matters in this world, but it is sad however you look at it.

The controversy seems to have subsided a bit, but there were quite a few fans who voiced their displeasure online for the band only announcing Daveís absence after their tour dates went on sale. I suppose thatís how a lot of acts have handled it in the past, but even aside from that, itís a bit sad there anyway since they were finally hitting arenas here in parts of the U.S. So it was kind of their moment to shine in a way with all the goodwill they earned over the yearsÖ or something, idk.

I donít know if theyíre done done, but it seems like some writingís on the wall this time around. Mark seems to be involved with them more than heís ever been on a recording level. But who knows if that can even keep up if heís not with them regularly?

I was very happy with TDE on my end, so thereís no doubt that at least Brandon has some songwriting abilities left in him. Itíll be curious to see how this goes form here though.

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Whoa. I'm more of a casual Killers fan (like them a lot but they're not a band I follow as closely as, say, U2 and the Foo Fighters) but had no idea about any of this. Hope it's not the last album and that they don't break up just yet, but I can say that BB was not great. It was a decent enough album but nothing compared to the first few and certainly not worth the 4 year wait. I'm just now getting around to listening to this new album. I already had mixed opinions on "The Man" so don't have high expectations for this album, but like Best Thing the more I've listened to this song the more I don't mind it.

Anyway, all that to say I guess this means I definitely have to see the Killers on this new tour since I've always wanted to see them live but never got around to it. And that's going to be tough considering the Michigan date doesn't work for me since I'm in Chicago then and the Chicago date will be hard to convince my boyfriend to go to considering he's not a fan.  :-\

All this stuff happening has definitely made me glad that I attended both their Samís Town celebration shows last fall. Thought that might be the last time Iíd see Mark with them for a long while, but never thought itíd get to this point... I still have two shows I was planning to see next year though, so weíll see how it goes.
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I think Larry started to have a click track during the Unforgettable Fire and IEM cam in for Zoo TV onwards

This.

Larry started using click tracks fed into his headphones during TUF tour.
It became a necessity due to backing tracks and Edge's delays becoming very prominent and rhythm-laden.

For Zoo TV, the whole band started using IEM technology: each member has the choice of having click, backing tracks and any other band member fed directly into their IEMs.
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As I wrote in another thread, I saw Bono 5 weeks ago when I was on vacation in »ze.

My friend and I were sitting on the terrace of a bar of a local 5* hotel. Suddenly my fried said "Pleeeeeaaaase stay calm now!!!! And pleeeeeaaaase don't get a heart attack now!!!" I turned around to the entrance of the terrace, and the truly unbelievable happened: Bono came.
He came on the terrace with two other guys, the we're walking right along where we were sitting - Bono in 3-4 cm distance to my chair - to the other side of the terrace, and then they sat down, only 3-4 tables away from where we were sitting.

I was like paralyzed. My heart was beating like an air-hammer and I thought my heart will jump out of my head every moment. I couldn't move or even think. My friend talked insistantly to me, saying again and again "Why don't you go to him and ask for a photo, why don't you go to him... I can't understand you!!"

I answered her that I have to think, and I have to calm down, and that I can't move my legs. She repeated, telling me that she definitely can't understand that I don't go to him. And then, after 10 min they went inside the restaurant.

A few weeks ago I thought I did well not to "disturb" him, as it was very relaxed then, no one starred at him, no one disturbed him,he was just there without any disruption.

But don't ask what I think now. I even try to forget that I saw him, because it makes me really sad that this moment might have been the first and only moment in my life when I was so close to Bono with having the opportunity to talk to him or take a photo with him, and I didn't do it!!!!!!!
Lost chance... :(



Don't be too hard on yourself. You never know how you'll be able to react before you're in such a situation for the first time.

I met the whole band at an aftershow party in Paris after their PopMart show in 1997. It was in a club called Neil's. First came Larry. I just came past his bodyguard discreetly, put my hand on his shoulder and said "you did a great job tonight". He looked at me and said "thank you".
When the rest of the band arrived, I waited for a while and went to see Edge. I asked him if he ever was a guitar teacher and he answered no. I told him he was wrong since I had learned guitar by listening to U2 records, adding "now I'm a very bad guitar player". That made him laugh. He gave me a good handshake and left.
Later I spotted Bono dancing with Bjork (pinch me, pinch me). He was playing with a gun shaped lighter. I told him to be careful because he was going to hurt someone. Then it happened :

Bono. Shot. Me. In. The. Head.

Unbelievable. That was... I can't describe it. Very rock'n roll, I guess.

Anyway, as he left I told him it was good to see him back. He stopped, gave me a good handshake and off he went. It was 5AM and I couldn't believe what had happened.

Howie B was there too. At one point he played a remix of "Do You Feel Loved" that I haven't heard before or since. Michael Stipe was there too.

I saw the band twice at a TV show. The first time was in 2009, Bono and Edge came for a handshake during the commercial break and I asked Dallas for Edge's pick after the show. He gave it to me. The second time was right after SOI's release. I tried to get the band's autograph outside the TV studio. Edge and Bono got out of their limo to inform us they were late for a plane and couldn't sign anything. Then Bono saw the white vinyl copy of SOI I had and said "it's too beautiful, I have to sign it". That's the only item that was signed on that occasion. Maybe it was because it already had Adam's signature. I had seen him outside their hotel the previous night. That's when I got my only selfie with a member of U2.

I think that when it comes to interacting with people, Bono could very well be the best and most decent celeb. I've heard countless stories of fans and non-fans meeting him. They all thought he was incredibly kind and charming. I think the only people that hate him don't know him.

It'd been a while since I last heard your Popmart story! That is actually really funny.

Only one I got. I try to tell it better while sticking to the facts. Hard work !
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A history of U2 and IEM / Click tracks : a very progressive process.

The Unforgettable Fire Tour : The band, especially Larry, need it for 2 tracks : "Bad" and "The Unforgettable Fire" to stay in sync with the keyboard parts.

The Johua Tree Tour : Needed for "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "One Tree Hill".

By the Zoo TV Tour, the band needs it for almost every song to sync the audio and the video. More keyboards and sample sounds.

The PopMart Tour opening debacle : Bono is unable to play at the required tempo for "Staring at the Sun". The band now needs the IEM for every tune, including the "acoustic" songs.

Since Elevation, the band have been adding pieces of information in the IEM/Click track, they have a countdown to specific locations of a song : verse, chorus, etc... someone is telling them "verse 1-2-3...". Lately, Bono's had someone from under the stage playing keyboards on many tunes just to remind Bono of the melody and make sure he's in tune.

I don't necessarily blame them. U2 need a very scripted show in order to deliver but it got to a point where they entirely rely on this stuff and could barely play without it. At Glastonbury it didn't work very well and it got the band out of their comfort zone. They didn't like it. I think the show sounds fresher without the added brass/keyboards parts, but that's just me...
I think they played I Will Follow without IEM in Amsterdam 2. While I'm not sure if it was without, it sounded nice!

They seem to accommodate the technology pretty well. I've heard bootlegs where they use the click track for every song : I will follow, Sunday Bloody Sunday, etc... they use it just for tempo.
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A history of U2 and IEM / Click tracks : a very progressive process.

The Unforgettable Fire Tour : The band, especially Larry, need it for 2 tracks : "Bad" and "The Unforgettable Fire" to stay in sync with the keyboard parts.

The Johua Tree Tour : Needed for "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "One Tree Hill".

By the Zoo TV Tour, the band needs it for almost every song to sync the audio and the video. More keyboards and sample sounds.

The PopMart Tour opening debacle : Bono is unable to play at the required tempo for "Staring at the Sun". The band now needs the IEM for every tune, including the "acoustic" songs.

Since Elevation, the band have been adding pieces of information in the IEM/Click track, they have a countdown to specific locations of a song : verse, chorus, etc... someone is telling them "verse 1-2-3...". Lately, Bono's had someone from under the stage playing keyboards on many tunes just to remind Bono of the melody and make sure he's in tune.

I don't necessarily blame them. U2 need a very scripted show in order to deliver but it got to a point where they entirely rely on this stuff and could barely play without it. At Glastonbury it didn't work very well and it got the band out of their comfort zone. They didn't like it. I think the show sounds fresher without the added brass/keyboards parts, but that's just me...
I think they played I Will Follow without IEM in Amsterdam 2. While I'm not sure if it was without, it sounded nice!
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The Music / Re: Best Deluxe Album
« Last post by JFW on Today at 05:24:21 AM »
My points go to Boy, JT and SOI.

I think lot of albums needs a Deluxe Edition, too.
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The Music / Best Deluxe Album
« Last post by JFW on Today at 05:22:59 AM »
U2 has released a few deluxe albums over the years and they're all placed on spotify, or maybe you own one of them.

Which deluxe album do you like the most? It's not about the original album, but about the extra versions that are added. So try to not think about the original album. If there are more than one deluxe versions of an album, you can pick the largest/favorite of them.

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A history of U2 and IEM / Click tracks : a very progressive process.

The Unforgettable Fire Tour : The band, especially Larry, need it for 2 tracks : "Bad" and "The Unforgettable Fire" to stay in sync with the keyboard parts.

The Johua Tree Tour : Needed for "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "One Tree Hill".

By the Zoo TV Tour, the band needs it for almost every song to sync the audio and the video. More keyboards and sample sounds.

The PopMart Tour opening debacle : Bono is unable to play at the required tempo for "Staring at the Sun". The band now needs the IEM for every tune, including the "acoustic" songs.

Since Elevation, the band have been adding pieces of information in the IEM/Click track, they have a countdown to specific locations of a song : verse, chorus, etc... someone is telling them "verse 1-2-3...". Lately, Bono's had someone from under the stage playing keyboards on many tunes just to remind Bono of the melody and make sure he's in tune.

I don't necessarily blame them. U2 need a very scripted show in order to deliver but it got to a point where they entirely rely on this stuff and could barely play without it. At Glastonbury it didn't work very well and it got the band out of their comfort zone. They didn't like it. I think the show sounds fresher without the added brass/keyboards parts, but that's just me...
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