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General U2 Discussion / Re: Are they surprised by which songs are popular?
« Last post by World71R on April 22, 2018, 01:12:25 PM »
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I think it goes both ways. I think for The Joshua Tree and ATYCLB they absolutely chose the right singles. I think that for NLOTH they absolutely chose the wrong singles. The fact that The Edge still thinks that GOYB was the correct lead single, even as the rest of the band have realized it wasn't the right choice, baffles me a bit...

I agree. Magnificent needed to be the lead single from NLOTH, then Breathe as the second single, and maybe I'll Go Crazy as the third one. Get On Your Boots is better as a B-side, maybe a non-single album track at best.
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Tours / Re: **Spoilers The Boyz in Laval QC for rehearsals.....**Spoilers
« Last post by YouGoOn on April 22, 2018, 01:11:02 PM »
Oh, I hope that St. Louis won't be full of 80s tunes. Don't get me wrong...I love the songs. And even though this will be my first U2 concert (I got tickets for JTT but couldn't make it), I don't feel like I'll be missing out by not hearing any JT songs. I'd love to hear a set filled with songs from the AB-SOE.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Are they surprised by which songs are popular?
« Last post by ian ryan on April 22, 2018, 12:57:54 PM »
I think it goes both ways. I think for The Joshua Tree and ATYCLB they absolutely chose the right singles. I think that for NLOTH they absolutely chose the wrong singles. The fact that The Edge still thinks that GOYB was the correct lead single, even as the rest of the band have realized it wasn't the right choice, baffles me a bit...
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News and Rumors / Re: Four Vinyl Reissues?
« Last post by ian ryan on April 22, 2018, 11:36:42 AM »
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I picked up Pop and ATYCLYB from my local Barnes & Noble which only had one copy of each. Pop is listed as a remastered version overseen by the Edge in 2017. I haven't had a chance to spin it yet but I'm curious to to see how different the remaster sounds.

It looks like ATYCLB is a 2017 remaster as well. But the Japanese SHM-CD re-releases from 2017 appear to be the original masters. Both Pop and ATYCLB have the original liner notes. I wonder if the Zooropa and the two Best Of vinyl re-releases will be remasters.
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News and Rumors / Re: Brand New Beck Remix of ‘Lights of Home’
« Last post by ian ryan on April 22, 2018, 11:27:25 AM »
I really do love how the closing is now the chorus and the chorus is now the bridge. I almost wish this was the official album version.
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General U2 Discussion / MOVED: Is Spotify App Working on iOS 11.3?
« Last post by ian ryan on April 22, 2018, 11:24:04 AM »
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General U2 Discussion / Re: A post 80's fan perspective on live aid
« Last post by laoghaire on April 22, 2018, 11:02:21 AM »
You nailed it. That desperation. He's egomaniacal enough to command a stage, but has "just enough low self esteem" to be completely vulnerable to it. He's made of both Teflon and crepe paper.

During the SBS performance, he asks: "Do you know the words? Do you know the words?" Then he exhorts the audience to sing No More! That worked ok, the response wasn't overwhelming but he got the needle to move. But not enough.

After his jump from the stage during Bad, he's trying again. He sings the Doo Doo Doo part from Walk On the Wild Side but nobody knows what he is doing. Hell, I can't tell what he's doing even though I know the score. Finally he does the Lou Reed verse edited to include the mention of Wembley, and the crowd definitely reacts to that, and willingly sing the Doo Doos after that. We all focus on the jump but this moment is every bit as desperate if not more. He had moved the needle again, a bit more this time, and at this point he had everyone's attention even if nobody was sure what to make of him and his antics yet.

He can and will literally fall flat on his face to connect with the audience. He could have just sung the damn song and got the hell off the stage like everyone else, but he always wanted MORE, and would lay it all on the line to do it. In front of a literal billion people.
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News and Rumors / Re: The Boyz in Laval QC for rehearsals.....
« Last post by 73October on April 22, 2018, 10:58:21 AM »
It looks like they are leaving Laval today and heading for Tulsa.  Without any specific spoilers, it looks like they have had good progress in rehearsals over the almost 2 weeks they were based there.  The tour and entourage seemed to have fitted in to the local environs, and all appeared to be well.

The final weeks' rehearsals will be at Tulsa before the opening night.  If the reports from Laval are right, I'm sure a week on Wednesday will pretty great for an opening night (Edge is watching his step).  10 days to go!
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E+I Tour Venue/City Information / Re: Omaha 5/19
« Last post by lorijane on April 22, 2018, 10:48:47 AM »
Plus Omaha is on a Saturday, which is nice. Since it’s not a major airport, connections and airfare might not be the best. I think it’ll be a good show, Bono has a special connection with Warren Buffet and his daughter, Susie Buffet, so hopefully he’ll bring his A+ game for them.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: A post 80's fan perspective on live aid
« Last post by 73October on April 22, 2018, 10:35:00 AM »
I am pretty sure that I saw the performance live on TV.  It was the school fete that day and I saw the first few acts live and then missed some, but I think I was back home in time for U2.  I really disliked U2 at the time of Live Aid, I saw them as mulleted dirge-rockers, all guitars and that - which I found boring back in the day. 

I was waiting for my then favourite, George Michael, to come on.  At the time, I loved the duet with Elton John.  Michael's voice was strong and the song suited him.  Wham hadn't split at this point.  And Michael seemed to suit the get-up he wore onstage, which was a bright yellow shirt and blue jeans (more modest than short shorts!).  I sat through Queen and although I didn't like them either, I appreciated Freddie Mercury's command of an entire stadium and loved the call and response (little did I know at the time that was the norm for Queen) - it was spectacular.

I stayed up until the Finale, having memorably watched Phil Collins fly across the Atlantic in Concorde and play Philadelphia.  Ah, the 80's excess.  Don't mind the environment on the way!  Bowie & Jagger's duet was a school class talking point because Jagger could still dance at 40+. 

I enjoyed the Finale at the time.  It was rough and unrehearsed.  Looking back, it looks like everyone was marched onto the stage, or else!

Thinking of George Michael's guesting with Elton John, it was probably his finest hour.  His voice was strong, Ridgeley was just a background musician.  It was a signpost as to Michael's future career (without Ridgeley and with Elton as a clear inspiration).

As for the U2 performance, it was rough compared to the sheen of the Queen performance which stole the show.  I agree with other posters that Bono looks like he thinks he has killed their chance in the limelight.  It was ragged but completely passionate and in the spirit of the day.  My favourite part of the footage from the day is the expression of relief caught on camera taken from the angle from the stage as he looks back at the rest of the band, arm outstretched toward the crowds, holding the mic out to capture the people's voice. The band are out of shot and all we can see is Bono vulnerable to his audience.

I was close enough to see Bono's face at Twickenham last year.  He still has that urge to bond performer and audience and his face reads like the concerns he has that this is actually happening during a show.  At times it looked like it had the pomposity of a Queen show; with Bono directing sections of the crowd to sing, stand, put their phone flashlights on etc.  Bono's gesturing with his arms, an off-mic shout of "come on" and a strut across the stage, gives the image of a man who has 55,000 people comfortably in the palm of his hand like Freddie at Live Aid 32 years previously.  But then, almost as soon as he seems to have his audience in his hand, his look can change.  He starts to look uneasy, vulnerable.  You can sense him thinking 'Is this working?' 'Are they with me?' 'What if I've got this wrong, will the band still like this?'  It's almost as if Bono has a certain degree of emotional nakedness.  He's laid all down talking about poverty and healthcare in Africa or about current world politics or how great tonight's city is because... [insert cultural characteristic here] and he fears people don't care about the things that he does so passionately and suddenly he seems to be consumed by a fear of loneliness on stage.  It then looks like it's going to get ragged, unpolished and messy.  But people are still with him, they ride with him on the rollercoaster than is a U2 show.  It goes, up, down and through twists and turns.  At times it's a real top ride, at times it's scary because you don't know how it will go.  To me, this shows that U2 are still, in many ways, are the same band they were at Live Aid 33 years ago.  And I'm looking forward to hearing The Showman live (I hope).  We'll all "sing along" but if you look closely, you may just see the same kind of expression on Bono's face as the ones he had at Live Aid when he thought he'd blown it.
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