Yeah, an alternative tuning would work, but if he is able to even put a little pressure on the fretboard with his left hand, then he could probably fret a few simple chords and move around on the fretboard like that. Again, that's assuming he got good PT and has healed properly.
Barring a chord (with one finger) can actually be tougher than fretting individual chords in standard tuning. It requires a lot of finger strength, moreso than a regular chord would, and if his strength is weak in that arm from the nerve damage, it would probably be a no-go.
I agree barring does require some additional strength but I think Bono's problem is only with his little finger. There is no reason that the brake should have affected nerves going to the other fingers nor the strength in his wrist/hand (at least not after physio), so I think he should be able to bar - I hope so anyway!
Ahh, yes, then if it's just the pinkie then he should be fine either way. I have a weak pinkie myself from an old football injury, seldom use it and can strum plenty of chords + play bass just fine with my index, middle and ring fingers. If I force it, I can use the pinkie a little. I assumed he had weak strength all over his hand and that's why he couldn't play guitar. If it's just a bum pinkie, that shouldn't stop him.
From what I read at the time it was just the pinkie that was the problem - nerve damage - but given what you say about your ability to play guitar with a damaged pinkie I do wonder if I might be mistaken and the nerve damage was more extensive across the hand than that? My elbow shattered into many more pieces than his and it barely impacted my hand movement at all, and fingers not at all. Maybe I was lucky and Bono less so. I am really glad you recovered so well from your football injury and hope you are serenading friends and family with your music
Yeah, I would just assume it was more than the pinkie, maybe multiple fingers as someone else said. That sounds like a rough injury you suffered but it sounds like you also recovered well, which is good! As far as guitar playing, my pinkie is relatively useless and basically just follows my ring finger (no finger independence there at all) but it's enough to play the 4 finger version of the G chord so I'll take it.I watched a show on the ie tour and it didn't make a blind bit of difference that he wasn't paying guitar. I just always think how cool it looked back in 92 when dressed as the fly and strumming away.. he won't be able to recreate that level of cool now anyway..I'm not seeing that user on Instagram, so I can't see the picture.Laughing my ar*e off here as that has always appeared to me what he was able to play anyhow😀
However, it wouldn't surprise me if he is able to play again. While he suffered a pretty bad nerve injury, modern physical therapy is so good that a good PT could probably get him to a point where he can strum at least a few chords.
Let the backlash begin...😉
To be fair so much of u2's 'live' sound is pre recorded/coming from under the stage nowadays that it is quite hard to really spot the playing anyway.
Yup. This is something that surprised me when I first heard it last year. Then I listened to a few live recordings I have of theirs and on some songs, it's very noticeable which have lots of pre-recorded tracks. Specifically, I listened to their live version of "Zooropa" and was like...wait...that sounds almost exactly like it does on the album. Although, to be fair, that's a song that I can't see them being able to replicate live without pre-recorded tracks.Bono cant play guitar. And he never could.
This argument again. Listen to 360 tour iems where you can hear him playing guitar. Or listen to zoo tv where he's playing.
I saw Zoo TV multiple times, Bono's guitar playing was so memorable, I cant even remember when he tried to play. If you mean him picking up the instrument, strumming it and hitting it (Like where he tries and fails in Exit in rattle & Hum), then ok, yeah. He can play.
The guitar has pretty much always been more of a prop for him. He might strum a few chords here and there, but that's pretty much it. And in my opinion, that's perfectly fine because he is a better, more charismatic frontman without the guitar than he is with it.
My two cents on EBW would be that when stripped down and performed live it is clear what a heartbreaking and melancholy track it is ("Like every broken wave on the shore, this is as far as I can reach."). But on the album it is a pop song, all rainbows and unicorns.
The production betrays the tune beneath it, is what I'm saying. Played live it sounds like U2. On the album it sounds like U2 being Coldplay.
Totally 100% agree with you Exile. I understand why they went The Police/With Or Without You route with EBW on the album, but live on 360.... so powerful, should have brought Eno in and did a subtle Zooropa-style mix, a la Stay. KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) is not a slogan on the U2 studio wall, though.