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General U2 Discussion / Re: U2 - Ten of the Best
« Last post by il_capo on Today at 02:42:11 AM »
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I thought it was gonna be the usual bloodbath, but I see mostly positive/constructive comments!
Perhaps Guardian readers, contrarily to someone else, have still all of their neurons intact.

Generally speaking the guardian tends to attract people with the ability to express at least semi   cogent and well written opinions.....I of course am one of the exceptions to that norm.

Generally speaking the guardian has gone right down the pan in recent years.  Agree with you though that the comments are more fun than the list itself.  Love the embellished story about Kirsty Maccoll sequencing the album in order of her personal preference for each individual track.

The Guardian like most outlets suffers from the 24 hrs and 'need to keep updating' news culture we have now....so stuff is published that wouldn't have got near years ago - but with so much space to fill and the need to update piles of sub standard stuff gets put up on their website..

Same with the regional papers sites like The Liverpool Echo....full of poorly written articles about 'scouseness'  'remember when'  'words only scousers use' 'things you only know if you grew up in West Derby' '20 things your scouse nan would say' etc. etc. etc......the other regionals are the same as well, especially as they are now nearly all owned by same mob...

There is that - but also editorially it has become a paper that is focused on two main issues and its Oxbridge-educated journalists bang home the same points on each day after day, much to the annoyance of many readers (read the comments section).  I can't say more as it'd take us into politics, which we can't discuss here.

As for the list it's nice to see "Into the Heart" and "October" on it.  The early U2 were brave in rejecting the typical model of masculinity that most bands of their era (and every era?) promoted: drugs, booze and sex.  Probably because of the loss of his mother, Bono turned back to the idyllic days of "boy"hood, and the close maternal bond boys have to their mothers.  Into the Heart is one song that touches on that, and it was not a fashionable topic in pop, never has been.  "A boy tries hard to be a man... he stops to think, he starts to wonder why/cry" is a brilliant lyric.

I mean, technically they didn't exactly reject writing songs about sex ("An Cat Dubh", anyone?) but I definitely agree with you, it's been refreshing to listen to their earlier work and compare to their peers of that time--much cleaner, insightful stuff from U2. And "Boy" is such a great album, I still can't get over the fact that 19/20 year olds wrote that.

An Cat Dubh is a very negative and misogynistic assessment of sex and resolves itself in Into the Heart - a desire to return to the pre-adolescent days of childhood.  In terms of glorifying boyhood and distrusting the sexual allure of women it reminds me of the novel "The Go-Between" by JP Hartley.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: red hill mining town remix
« Last post by New Zooland on Today at 12:42:33 AM »
Inessential.
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Tours / Seattle GAs released today
« Last post by ranman1973 on Today at 12:40:05 AM »
I picked up a General Admission ticket for the seattle show just today, April 29.  Been checking daily and finally, boom. 
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News and Rumors / Re: U2 are in Vancouver for rehearsal
« Last post by monopoly on April 29, 2017, 11:20:37 PM »
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For those of you that saw the "godsucog" Instagram video of the stage setup, how high would you estimate that B stage to be?  There is a guy standing in front of it. 6 feet?

4-5 feet. Not very tall for a stadium stage... for the b stage. The ramp is very tall. Main stage is about same height as main stage for 360. Being front row on 360 meant cranking your head, and barely being able to see Larrys head

Yup, I remember that. Wasn't great to be up there.

At least with this setup it's 180 degrees so seeing all of them should be a lot easier
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Fun and Games / Re: The "Finish My Sentence" Game
« Last post by OnlyU2 on April 29, 2017, 10:12:27 PM »
it was getting dark, so they took the gondola down, and expected to find Larry at the bottom.  But he wasn't there.  Then they saw him running towards them with a crowd of people chasing him.  The crowd started screaming when the saw the other 3 guys.  So to shut them up, they all gave autographs, and the happy people left.  Then Riffy decided to
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General U2 Discussion / Re: red hill mining town remix
« Last post by WookieeWarrior10 on April 29, 2017, 09:58:55 PM »
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did we ever get clarification about the brass? is it synth-brass or a real brass section
I can't confirm anything but it definitely sounds like a synth.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: red hill mining town remix
« Last post by THRILLHO on April 29, 2017, 09:41:24 PM »
did we ever get clarification about the brass? is it synth-brass or a real brass section
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General U2 Discussion / Re: I Heard A U2 Song On The Radio Today
« Last post by tigerfan41 on April 29, 2017, 09:29:17 PM »
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Out of the ordinary combo earlier today:

As I was leaving home for a 2hr drive, A Sort of Homecoming LIVE was playing on XM 1st Wave.

Then, about 90 minutes later, the same station put on Out of Control.

1st Wave also played the extra long LIVE version of Bad yesterday. Seems like a trend of theirs this week. Today they played TUF as well.
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The Band / Re: Who do you think is aging well?
« Last post by tigerfan41 on April 29, 2017, 09:27:48 PM »
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During JT, Adam was 26 and looked like an average 26 y/o.

Now, Adam is 55 but looks almost 65. However his face and look has gotten much more handsome imho.

They have all had hair replacement (even Edge). No shame in that. They're photographed so much and certainly they can afford it for the rest of their lives.

How could you possibly know they have had hair replacement?

Bono: Briscotheque (or some other veteran male on this forum) has posted a pic of Bono signing Brisco's license plate (near the Dublin studio I think). Bono is squatted in front of the car, with his head toward the camera. Pic looked Vertigo era (2001-2004).

Edge: In "A Day In The Life Of Edge" one day documentary filmed by Bono, Bono films Edge asleep. Edge looks like he has a surprising amount of short black hair. BUT even during JT, Edge was pretty thin on top. There's a youtube video of JT rehearsals on stage (posted by "BONO TV" or "JONO TV")where Edge was without his favorite cowboy hat at that time.

Adam: Jenn knows of a few pics where "Adam's hair was having problems". It happened after 360 era. An obvious pic I remember was when Adam was coming out of the studio/arena and a bunch of fans were waiting. He got photographed. Adam also likes to post pics to Instagram. One was his neat bathroom setup... nioxin on the shelf.

Choose to believe what you want. Believe they are all born beautiful if you wish. That means it's natural and discreet.

Just to clarify: Nioxin doesn't mean hair replacement in the traditional form (i.e. a hair transplant, which many celebrities have been rumored to get). Nioxin is a supplement for thinning hair meant to regrow it, similar to rogaine. No different than what millions of men/women do when their hair starts to thin. It's a natural part of aging for most people, some people in their 20s/30s even suffer from thinning hair. Thinning hair can also be caused by other factors such as illness and stress. If you've made it into your 50s and haven't had your hair thin noticeably, then you are one of the very lucky minority. Heck, even as a 28yo, I experienced some thinning of my once super thick hair (due to stress) and only am just now seeing it growing back but that's a slow progress. I can't imagine the stress celebrities are under to look good and the pressure it must put on them to get "alterations" done. If it were me, I'd just shave my head and be done with it.  ;)

Now as far as Bono, I've heard rumors of him getting a transplant (I believe Chris Martin was quoted saying this once?). If that's true, it is WAY different than Adam taking the equivalent of Rogaine. One is something millions of everyday folks do as a response to a pretty natural aspect of the aging process, the other is something only the rich can do to possibly regain their look.

As far as The Edge, I've read a few U2 books and if they're to be believed, he was said to be self-conscious about his hair and considered treatment during TJT era, but decided against it for fear of fans catching him leaving the clinic.

My opinion? I think all the guys look reasonably well for their ages. I've seen rockstars who look far worse in their 50s and few celebrities who look better.
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General U2 Discussion / red hill mining town remix
« Last post by aviastar on April 29, 2017, 08:52:30 PM »
I love the new remix.  I think the MP3 version actually has more depth to it than the picture disc version....I have a mid range turntable but the brass sounds more alive when I stream the MP3 version through my receiver.


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