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Tours / Re: U2 Manchester - Band Arriving At Venue / Soundcheck Time
« Last post by laoghaire on Today at 07:42:16 AM »
Sorry to hear it.
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Tours / Re: Manchester 19th & 20th
« Last post by laoghaire on Today at 07:40:14 AM »
Sleeping? Did his wife drag him there?

And yes, I had what should have been fairly crummy seats in Boston but we left the show feeling like they were really good seats.
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General Music Discussion / Re: Go Retro Baby
« Last post by rockatansky on Today at 07:23:07 AM »
0 replies, 47 views.  Boy Howdy!
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General U2 Discussion / Re: How should U2 end it all?
« Last post by rockatansky on Today at 07:14:44 AM »
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Here’s how I could see them go, and I’d be okay with that.

2018:  Finish up the current tour in November.  In mid-December,  U2 release a new album they’ve been working on since 2010 titled Songs of Ascent as “a gift for our fans” (it won’t be free, though), to close out the “Songs Trilogy."  It’s full of slow, ambient, contemplative music (hymns for the future), and features a couple songs with lyrical similarities to the last two albums.   The album is not easily translated to a live setting, and they have absolutely no intention of touring behind it.  At one point Bono says something about how not having to perform these songs in a live setting was “liberating.”  In fact, they may only ever play a song or two from it live, a few years down the road.  It’s a cross between Passengers and Unforgettable Fire, filled with hushed chants and lots of keyboard.  There aren’t many radio friendly songs, but it’s fairly critically acclaimed.  Even Pitchfork grudgingly gives it a 7.1.  Somewhere a headline reads:  “U2 Act Their Age And Ascend.”
2019:  Well-deserved holiday and break for the band.
2020-2022: Write and record new album.
2023:  Late in the year, U2 release new album called Man.  It has mixed reviews and yields one surprisingly fairly high-charting song, but stalls quickly.  Upon its release, U2 confirm suspicions and announce Man will be their last proper studio album. 
2024: Six-month tour in support of Man in arenas, much like the current tour.  Prior to that tour, U2 say that they will “retire as a band in their current form” in 2026.  After The Man Tour, They announce that they will play a grand-scale, nearly two-year final farewell tour “for the fans.”  U2 love the rush of filling up and performing in stadiums (see Joshua Tree Tour last year), and they want to go out this way.  It’s likely the only way they could do stadiums anymore, with a farewell/greatest hits type tour.   
2025-2026:  U2 tour the globe as part of their farewell tour, hitting every continent besides Antarctica.  The final show is September 25, 2026, in Dublin, and is a pay per view event (love that idea – thank you, OP).  The final song is a 10-minute version of “40.”   

Epilogue:
2026-2032:
•   We get multiple greatest hits albums, re-releases, concert videos, songs from the vault, maybe an EP of the Rick Rubin sessions re-mixed by The Edge, etc. 
•   Bono releases two solo albums of low-key, crooner, loungey-type music, one of which features duets with whoever’s popular at the time. 
•   The Edge releases two motion picture soundtracks – mostly electronic music, with very little guitar.  Bono guest-stars on one of the songs from one of the albums, which earns a Grammy nomination for best original song, but loses out to some Disney song. 
•   Adam becomes an expensive session player for people like Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits. 
•   Larry does a little acting.  Realizes it’s fun, but not his thing.
2032:
•   Adam and Larry produce an album together as Clayton/Mullen, in the vein of their Mission Impossible collaboration.  One song from the album features all four members of U2.  That song is pretty good and makes people wax nostalgic about how great U2 was.  The song climbs the charts.  The band performs the song, along with “Pride” at a few one-off events.  They decide to come together for one last album and tour, because, as Bono will say, “we forgot the magic of U2 as a four-piece unit, and being a member of U2 is a life-sentence.”

Awesome, that was a fun read!  You've got quite the imagination spelled out in detail.  I like it!
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General U2 Discussion / Re: How should U2 end it all?
« Last post by ToRontoRon on Today at 07:10:01 AM »
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Here’s how I could see them go, and I’d be okay with that.

2018:  Finish up the current tour in November.  In mid-December,  U2 release a new album they’ve been working on since 2010 titled Songs of Ascent as “a gift for our fans” (it won’t be free, though), to close out the “Songs Trilogy."  It’s full of slow, ambient, contemplative music (hymns for the future), and features a couple songs with lyrical similarities to the last two albums.   The album is not easily translated to a live setting, and they have absolutely no intention of touring behind it.  At one point Bono says something about how not having to perform these songs in a live setting was “liberating.”  In fact, they may only ever play a song or two from it live, a few years down the road.  It’s a cross between Passengers and Unforgettable Fire, filled with hushed chants and lots of keyboard.  There aren’t many radio friendly songs, but it’s fairly critically acclaimed.  Even Pitchfork grudgingly gives it a 7.1.  Somewhere a headline reads:  “U2 Act Their Age And Ascend.”
2019:  Well-deserved holiday and break for the band.
2020-2022: Write and record new album.
2023:  Late in the year, U2 release new album called Man.  It has mixed reviews and yields one surprisingly fairly high-charting song, but stalls quickly.  Upon its release, U2 confirm suspicions and announce Man will be their last proper studio album. 
2024: Six-month tour in support of Man in arenas, much like the current tour.  Prior to that tour, U2 say that they will “retire as a band in their current form” in 2026.  After The Man Tour, They announce that they will play a grand-scale, nearly two-year final farewell tour “for the fans.”  U2 love the rush of filling up and performing in stadiums (see Joshua Tree Tour last year), and they want to go out this way.  It’s likely the only way they could do stadiums anymore, with a farewell/greatest hits type tour.   
2025-2026:  U2 tour the globe as part of their farewell tour, hitting every continent besides Antarctica.  The final show is September 25, 2026, in Dublin, and is a pay per view event (love that idea – thank you, OP).  The final song is a 10-minute version of “40.”   

Epilogue:
2026-2032:
•   We get multiple greatest hits albums, re-releases, concert videos, songs from the vault, maybe an EP of the Rick Rubin sessions re-mixed by The Edge, etc. 
•   Bono releases two solo albums of low-key, crooner, loungey-type music, one of which features duets with whoever’s popular at the time. 
•   The Edge releases two motion picture soundtracks – mostly electronic music, with very little guitar.  Bono guest-stars on one of the songs from one of the albums, which earns a Grammy nomination for best original song, but loses out to some Disney song. 
•   Adam becomes an expensive session player for people like Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits. 
•   Larry does a little acting.  Realizes it’s fun, but not his thing.
2032:
•   Adam and Larry produce an album together as Clayton/Mullen, in the vein of their Mission Impossible collaboration.  One song from the album features all four members of U2.  That song is pretty good and makes people wax nostalgic about how great U2 was.  The song climbs the charts.  The band performs the song, along with “Pride” at a few one-off events.  They decide to come together for one last album and tour, because, as Bono will say, “we forgot the magic of U2 as a four-piece unit, and being a member of U2 is a life-sentence.”


I'd be pretty shocked to see Songs of Ascent come out in a couple of months, but hey, you never know.  It would be an awesome, and very well kept surprise if it happened.

If Songs of Ascent isn't their last album, whether it materializes or not, I do like the idea of their last album being called 'Man' for obvious reasons.

I think you would see a tonne of U2 fans with pitchforks if they did end up doing a farewell tour with a final show, and chose any song other than "40" to close with...  I know I would head to Home Depot to get mine.

I like your epilogue section.  None of those paths for the band members seem far fetched.  I can also see The Edge becoming a producer, and spending a lot of time remixing old and unreleased songs and putting them out.  And of course, Bono will keep up his political work.
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The Music and Lyrics / Smile
« Last post by rockatansky on Today at 07:09:16 AM »
I just ran across the U2 song "Smile", it showed up in my YouTube feed.

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Maybe it has already been discussed here.  From what I can gather it was included on "The Complete U2" - a digital iTunes offering?  Anyways, I like the song and wondered why it didn't make the cut for a mainstream album.  Any thoughts on that would be appreciated.

Also, from what else I gathered this "The Complete U2" is no longer available for purchase. Did anyone here purchase it when it was available?  Why did it get discontinued?  These are most probably old topics that have been already discussed, but then again I'm old and haven't been plugged into the scene for years.  So, help an old man out here...

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General U2 Discussion / Re: Is the sound of concerts too loud?
« Last post by rockatansky on Today at 06:50:24 AM »
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I have not read all your post, but they always seem to be negative in some way about the band. Maybe not, but I would guess your post would be in the ratio of 2 to 1 negative over positive.

And how is this relevant to the topic of loud concerts?  Comments like this are the reason I usually avoid any social media.  I thought I'd give this forum a shot but you know what?  It's the same sh** everywhere.  People are so f****** predictable.  Take it to the sandbox.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Is the sound of concerts too loud?
« Last post by rockatansky on Today at 06:45:07 AM »
I suggest that U2's audio technicians are doing everything possible to optimize the sound experience for the people attending the concert.  For a stadium with 97,000 people that is a f****** hard job and I'm sure they do their best.  Admittedly, the last U2 concert I attended was the Elevation Tour.  I was up close and suffered nothing like what is talked about in this thread.  Maybe, things have changed over the many years since then.  U2 has a huge crew who are OBVIOUSLY aware of the issues discussed here.  They are some of the best audio people in the world. U2 is still the biggest rock band in the world.  U2's forte is stadium rock and they excel at it.  Folks WEAR the damn earplugs if you want and then be done with it.  Personally, I've attended concerts large and small over the past 40 years.  And my hearing is stellar. 

I'm sorry that I don't have the technobabble to address other comments here properly. But, I am 100% sure about the fact U2 and their massive support staff know what they are doing.  Anyways, how do you optimize sound for a concert with 97,000 people?  You do you're best technically.  U2 have been at it for 40 years, specializing in stadium rock.  They know what the hell they are doing.

I would love to see U2's audio people discuss equalizers and dB's on this thread.  I'm sure everyone's brains would be spinning with that conversation.
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Tours / Re: Should we sit down during the show?
« Last post by Gavin82 on Today at 06:31:16 AM »
Bit of both in Block 215 last night we stood for some then sat for some no 1 had any problems its why i hate GA go too loo get drinks come back too same spot.

Security @ the entrance was amazing the q was long but moving @ all times plenty of search gates was well happy the loos when we got there were very clean everything was run very good great Arena enjoy the show everyome tonight.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: How should U2 end it all?
« Last post by 73October on Today at 06:17:37 AM »
I just read the tour programme notes by Willie Williams this morning (after last night's show).
It's clear they are handing over the lightbulb to us (it hangs swaying in the air long after Bono has left the stage) and that U2 is about just that - you too.  I think the band are hoping their stories can inspire other people to make differences. 
It's not about ending in that sense...I read it more about an earthly wisdom gained after experience as well as looking at the supernatural and what is above and beyond.  Willie has made it clear this is the end of the Innocence and Experience cycle - so no Songs of Ascent just now.
I think they'll be back and they won't be ending it any time soon.  Maybe it's time to go away and dream it all up again after a break.  They look as if playing the theatre of Innocence and Experience over the last few years has taken a physical and emotional toll.
What comes next I think would be very positive and full of joy...what ever it is.  They've covered mortality but there is still life in the old dog yet (as the saying goes).
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