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General U2 Discussion / Re: Would you go to this U2 concert?
« Last post by JTNash on August 19, 2017, 05:30:52 PM »
They would have to open with Miami
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General Music Discussion / Re: Favourite Live Performances
« Last post by Marwood on August 19, 2017, 05:27:08 PM »
Run DMC/Public Enemy/Stetsasonic/EPMD/Derek B/Pop Will Eat Itself - Brixton Academy 1988
Depeche Mode - Wembley Arena 1990
Kraftwerk - Brixton Academy 1991
New Order - Brixton Academy 2001
Underworld - Royal Festival Hall 2014

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General U2 Discussion / Re: Would you go to this U2 concert?
« Last post by andrewau2 on August 19, 2017, 05:22:15 PM »
Yeah, I'd go even though there'd be

Peace on Earth
Wild Honey
A Man and A Woman

I'd get to hear

Some Days Are Better Than Others
Playboy Mansion
Stand Up Comedy


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General U2 Discussion / Re: New Album Sounds Like A Snooze...
« Last post by monopoly on August 19, 2017, 05:14:04 PM »
I do find myself getting a bit tired of this cycle. And the band saying in interviews the albums are coming soon then putting it off hasn't helped my view.  The most curious thing nowadays is the next stage design.
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General Music Discussion / Re: Rock's next torchbearer?
« Last post by WookieeWarrior10 on August 19, 2017, 04:59:27 PM »
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wth is globalist soft media?

Ah, I think that they are referring to all of the Flat Earth deniers that run the government, or globalists, who in turn strictly monitor and control the modern-day media. Or at least that's what Alex Jones told me...

oh THESE globalists!

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General U2 Discussion / Re: U2, Please: Get Up Off Your Knees
« Last post by WookieeWarrior10 on August 19, 2017, 04:57:41 PM »
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I have a hard time separating the categories their work fell into at the times it was released from how it is perceived or sounds now.

U2 didn't fall into easy categories early on and through Unforgettable Fire, though were closest to post-punk, a bit of new wave, epic rock, and "big music" (coined by The Waterboys' Mike Scott).

And through Unforgettable Fire, all those "big music" bands were basically equals (Big Country, Simple Minds, The Waterboys, etc.).

The popularity that followed certainly changed things, but they've definitely been in the pop rock, rock, adult contemporary vein since All That You Can't Leave Behind.

I don't know if the easy categories of old have the same relevance to the music world today...there's SO MUCH music at one's fingertips and mouse clicks these days that it sometimes comes down to "good music" vs. "bad music" or "popular" vs. "alternative" or "mainstream" vs. "weird."

I mostly like "good weird alternative" but if that was a category I don't know if U2 falls into it anymore.

They seem to be striving for "good popular mainstream."

I wish they'd get weird.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."  Hunter S. Thompson

"Weird" doesn't always equal "good" though. Just like stuff that might be more mainstream - whatever that ultimately means - isn't always good or bad either. It's not exclusive for one side or the other. Personally, I don't need an album to sound like In Rainbows for every single track. I just want to have a good song underneath somewhere for most of them. People always bring up Cedars as a good "song", even though the only real acclaim it gets is for its lyrics and nothing else. But apparently pushing a few keys down in an ambient pre-set and talking over it is considered hip enough in the end.  ::) Not exactly seeing it covered by droves of people on YouTube either... on the other hand, Sleep Like a Baby Tonight (which is an actual song) does though.

I think you can have both sides, really. It is interesting to see on message boards how anything remotely catchy or featuring a guitar automatically is put into the "bad" pile somehow. Or on here, people thinking that stuff like Mysterious Ways or WOWY isn't remotely catchy or features something resembling a hook. Or that ATYCLB is AC-leaning while there were songs like One and Staring at the Sun for the almost universally acclaimed albums in these parts. In the end, I'm just glad they're still recording... and hopefully the next album has some variety and more good songs than not. After SOI, I'm a bit hopeful they'll continue down that route in terms of those things.

I'm speaking for myself here, but I would much prefer U2 make a "weird" song that sucks than something like Elevation or Vertigo. Their effort is obviously way more respectable and forgivable when at least some experimentation is involved.

As for what you say on Cedars of Lebanon... what do you consider to be a song, then? Lyrically, I don't find a single song on the rest of the album that surpasses it. Larry's creative and interesting militaristic drumming is musical, and Edge's twinkling guitar expertly backs up the vocals... what about it isn't musical or song-like?
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News and Rumors / Re: SOE update
« Last post by Coop15879 on August 19, 2017, 04:50:46 PM »
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I am 50 now and been a fan almost from the beginning...first concert was TUF Tour and since then been to every tour with the exception of the new JT Tour (moved from California to Idaho and just could not manage it).  Anyways, for me each album has meant something different.  I am typically not a critical person and take the albums at face value and really don't compare them to each other or to other bands I listen too.  Each has had an emotional wrench that impacts me or was impacting me at that particular time.  For me the unique thing about U2 songs is that they resonate with me so much that even a song like One Tree Hill which was written for a friends of theirs in 1986-1987 had an impact on me when I first listened to it when it came out, but then again 20 years later when I was going through a loss the song resonated even more than ever.

U2 to me is such a unique band and there is something spiritual (to me) about the songs that resonate with me more than any other band.  Even silly songs have something that appeals to me.  It is pretty amazing that after 40 years of listening to them that I have not been bored or felt things have been played out...it just comes down to a lot of songs connecting with me etc.


Great post.  Sums up my sentiment exactly.  Been a fan since Boy. 
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Would you go to this U2 concert?
« Last post by WookieeWarrior10 on August 19, 2017, 04:46:09 PM »
Absolutely not.
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General Music Discussion / Re: METALLICA
« Last post by Johnny Feathers on August 19, 2017, 04:45:38 PM »
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Show's in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, so keep the time zone thing in mind.

Yeah, already watched it once, and have it on again now. Really cool. There's some cheesy stuff in there, but I dig it. Shame the director missed some obvious shots, but it's a lot of fun.


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General U2 Discussion / Re: Would you go to this U2 concert?
« Last post by monopoly on August 19, 2017, 04:45:26 PM »
I think a lot of members here already do it. Every time I buy a ticket, I'm doing it with a 90% chance of hearing lyrics about moles diggin holes.
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