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Tours / Re: **SPOILERS** Omaha U2eiTour show thread
« Last post by Basskid on May 19, 2018, 07:54:54 PM »
He definitely is. Sounded very clear tonight too.
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Fun and Games / Re: A-Z U2 songs
« Last post by kevtn43 on May 19, 2018, 07:53:56 PM »
Skip q
Red flag day
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Tours / Re: **SPOILERS** Omaha U2eiTour show thread
« Last post by skelter on May 19, 2018, 07:40:34 PM »
Thanks bassy. Look like we just started. I just wanna know if B is singing liawhl nowadays.

I predict no new songs tonight. Omaha is not "special" to the band in the way CHI or NYC might be.
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Tours / Re: Summer of Love Not Getting Any from U2
« Last post by skelter on May 19, 2018, 07:34:08 PM »
California was played live in 2015 about 2-3 times. I knew the band would view Summer of Love as a forgettable tune, almost filler (a la Stand Up Comedy). Same as Showman.

Looks like Landlady is also getting the same ignored treatment, to my surprise since it's about Ali.

Ei tour screen graphics and Bono's Pride spoken intros are political enough without another Aleppo song.
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Tours / **SPOILERS** Omaha U2eiTour show thread
« Last post by Basskid on May 19, 2018, 07:33:12 PM »
Almost show time!

1. Love Is All We Have Left
2. The Blackout
3. Lights of Home
4. IWF
5. Gloria
6. BD
7. The Ocean
8. Iris
9. CR
10. SBS
11. UTEOTW
Intermission-HMTMKMKM
12. Elevation
13. Vertigo
14. Desire
15. Acrobat
16. Best Thing
17. SATS
18. Pride
19. GOOYOW
20. American Soul
21. COBL

22. One
23. Love Is Bigger
24. 13
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Tours / Re: ***Spoilers*** e+I Tour Wishlist
« Last post by GoldenStateGirl on May 19, 2018, 07:26:24 PM »
Keep it all. Keep RFD and rotate IWF, Gloria, etc.
After 13, Bono could walk back down catawalk as band begins Little Things, and end with that. Up note, high five, group hug, let’s go.
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Tours / Re: **SPOILERS** LA 2 U2eiTour show thread
« Last post by GoldenStateGirl on May 19, 2018, 07:23:53 PM »
We are getting a new NFL stadium across the street. I live 15 minutes south of the Forum on surface streets. IE: easy peasy. EI: we left home at 7:30 night one and sat down moments before MRI sounds (8:30ish).  So night two we left home at 7:00 and SAME THING, just as MRI starts!  Even with delayed start!  So even worse traffic on night two!

Sigh.
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General U2 Discussion / Your experience with reinventions?
« Last post by laoghaire on May 19, 2018, 07:15:20 PM »
I was not on the scene when they went from War to Unforgettable Fire. Was it jolting? Did they lose fans? From a soooorta punk band to atmospheric rock seems like a big change.

I was on the scene when they went from Rattle and Hum to Achtung Baby, though. I heard their leading single, The Fly, on the radio. I was a fan who had gotten hooked via TJT and R&H. The Fly didn't sound anything like that. And where was Earnest Bono and who was this smug rock star dolled up in leather and shades?

I had a hard time liking The Fly for a while. I didn't get what they were doing. When the album dropped I was relieved to like Zoo Station even though it was new ground, and One and So Cruel weren't too difficult to like sound-wise for a JT fan even if they were darker than I was used to.

It didn't take me very long to eat up that album but there was a moment of WTF.

The next trilogy would have begun with ATYCLB but I was blissfully inaware of how much the fans hated it. Not sure if it represented a reinvention but it may have.

Current trilogy started with SOI and I would argue it's another reinvention to this decade of sound, which I don't have the vocabulary to describe.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Why is U2 your favorite band?
« Last post by dwaltman on May 19, 2018, 07:03:45 PM »
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Haven’t posted in a while but a great question and insightful answers. I too love Floyd with Bowie and Radiohead to place things in context. Why is U2 my favourite band is difficult to condense after 30+years but here are my thoughts for what it’s worth:

1. They have a sound. From Boy to SOE there is a thread of energy that continues throughout their work. That is apparent to me from IWF to RFD. Also I truly believe that U2 have influenced a great many bands with the guitar SOUND- Edge does not get enough credit.

2. They remain for me one of the most versatile bands in history. They were never satisfied with their success. The transformation from JT/RH to AB was absolutely staggering for me. This transformation while maintaining their core sound as it proceeded to Zooropa Passengers and Pop made me the devoted fan I remain today.

3.  Their 2000’s work still contain great songs.  BD Stuck in a moment Walk On Kite Vertigo NLOTH Magnificent FEZ COL SLABT Lights of Home etc.. still spark adulation, criticism and debate. Not many bands can say that after almost 40 years.

4. I love the building songs and the darker songs: Streets Exit BTBS Fly Acrobat ISHFWILF etc. They provide balance to the light for me. For some reason PF REM and Radiohead are similar in this aspect to me.

5. Most importantly they’re fun to follow. Sounds change and people change. I personally find it difficult after all these years to “break up” because of some sounds/songs I don’t enjoy. I dislike it when fans argue that “true fans regard such and such era as the best”. To me that is is like saying your love of your partner is only based on their style/look from their 20s/30s. What about new fans?  After almost 40 years I can honestly say I love many of their recent songs even though the albums don’t always impact me like their 80s/90s work- the era of my adolescence and early adulthood which was an amazing time of life. Soundtrack to my life indeed.

Jon

Wow- I think that is my longest post ever. Lol.

We must be of around the same age....you captured my thoughts as well.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: I Heard A U2 Song On The Radio Today
« Last post by laoghaire on May 19, 2018, 07:02:04 PM »
Some acoustic version of Love is Bigger on satellite radio (The Coffee House).

Like the rock anthem version better.
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