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News and Rumors / Re: Bonos playing guitar again?
« Last post by an tha on Today at 11:26:06 AM »
I think to be fair to Bono his playing ability is a little more than he is given credit for.....but that ability is for my money only really seen at its fullest in a studio environment and he does not have the skills to play well in a concert setting/combine playing in time etc with his job as front man....remembering lyrics etc!

The reason I say this is I recall reading in Bill Flanagan's u2 At The End of The World book about Bono playing some "impressive Edge like guitar" (or words to that effect in the studio)....Maybe someone who knows the book well could confirm.....I read it once about 20 years ago but that sticks in my mind...
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General U2 Discussion / Re: TJT Tour -- What Cover Songs Will U2 Play?
« Last post by Smee on Today at 11:25:57 AM »
Help....then into Bad?
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News and Rumors / Re: Bonos playing guitar again?
« Last post by tigerfan41 on Today at 10:57:37 AM »
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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.

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I'm not seeing that user on Instagram, so I can't see the picture.

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.
Laughing my ar*e off here as that has always appeared to me what he was able to play anyhow😀
Let the backlash begin...😉
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..

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.

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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.
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News and Rumors / Re: Bonos playing guitar again?
« Last post by JaraSangASongAWeapon on Today at 10:53:42 AM »
RTSS during TJT tour would be enhanced with Bono guitar, unless they do it Zoo TV style (my preference).
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General U2 Discussion / Re: I Heard A U2 Song On The Radio Today
« Last post by tigerfan41 on Today at 10:46:49 AM »
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not the radio, but MTV Classic's playing the Popmart version of HMTMKMKM right now.

as far as radio goes, BTBS yesterday.

You know, I watch MTV Classic pretty frequently--or rather, I leave it on in the background when I'm working. I've never once seen a U2 video on there. Ever. I must have the worst timing, lol.

Heard "In God's Country" and "Pride" on SiriusXM 1st Wave today within the span of an hour. I'm not sure I'd play those particular U2 songs on that specific station (to me, the early 80s stuff would be a better fit), but I'll take it.
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Fun and Games / Re: The "Finish My Sentence" Game
« Last post by OnlyU2 on Today at 10:44:09 AM »
the funniest thing ever because the flock of seagulls saw the geese and they started fighting over the bikini and
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Traffic is going to be chaos. 100,00 people.
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The Music / Re: U2 Songs Covered Well
« Last post by tigerfan41 on Today at 10:43:27 AM »
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^ different strokes, I guess...every time I've heard his version, I've actually been embarrassed for him, it's so bad.   :/
To be fair, the track is in Jack White's top five most listened to tracks on Spotify.

"Sorry" is in Justin Bieber's top 5 most listened to tracks on Spotify, but that doesn't make that song good.  ;)

I agree with imaginary and Wookiee, the cover really IS that bad. What's astounding to me is 1. how it's become popular for him (and maybe that's because the original is so good that even a poor cover of it sounds good) and 2. how in some circles it's actually thought of as being by Jack White and NOT by U2. For instance, some singer performed it on The Voice a couple years ago and they introduced it as "Love Is Blindness" by Jack White, no mention of U2 whatsoever.

As far as covers on that album, The Killers, Depeche Mode, Garbage and Glasvegas all did decent jobs--I would put The Killers and Depeche at the top of that list. I don't mind the NIN cover of "Zoo Station", either. Everything else, not so much. Snow Patrol's version of MW is plodding and boring, I like Patti Smith but didn't enjoy her cover of UTEOTW, The Fray have no business doing any cover of any U2 song, Gavin Friday's cover of "The Fly" is decent but weird and hasn't really grown on me (yet).
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News and Rumors / Re: U2 Record Store Day Release
« Last post by miryclay on Today at 10:40:01 AM »
Looking back on the interviews from the JT era, it seems that Bono used injuries, (chin/shoulder) as a crutch for playing big stadiums.
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Fun and Games / Re: 3 word story!
« Last post by miryclay on Today at 10:37:38 AM »
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