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Title: Post Concert Depression
Post by: coachtmoore on September 19, 2017, 11:55:39 PM
Does anyone out there feel meloncoly, sad, or depressed after going to the the 2017 Joshua Tree concert?  Am I alone on this?  Please hear me out before you judge.

I am not a depressed person.  However, U2 and specifically The Joshua Tree album were always the soundtrack of my life.  The meaning of the songs seemed change as I go through different phases of life.  In the small rural town I live in U2 songs are like a foreign language.  If it's not top 40 or pop country music, then no one around here can hear anything else.

Now to my point.  After the concert, which was awesome, I came to a realization that I will NEVER get to hear U2 sing those songs again live. I know I can watch YouTube concert footage or listen to CDs, but it won't be the same.  It feels like the passing of an old friend or that there was turning of one of life's pages.  There is nobody I can "really" talk to who can understand how I feel.

Has anyone else experience this feeling?

You gotta cry without weeping. . . I have no tears.
Talk without speaking. . . I have no words.
Scream without raising you voice. . . Can anyone hear me?

This is the first time that I have ever posted on a forum/blog.  I rarely even post on social media
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: JFW on September 20, 2017, 03:38:51 AM
I do not recognize a sort of depression after a concert. This tour I went to my first U2-concert (in Amsterdam), and after the concert I went on holiday to Spain and France (I didn't even get the chance to go home first).

The concert gave me a lot of energy, did think almost every day about it. Spain has a lot of Joshua Tree related landscapes, so it was like an extension to the concert. But I get what you mean: you want to relive that feeling every time, but it's not possible. it works for me to try to remember the concert in your head in as many detail as you can.

I felt a bit (kind of) depressed after the IE-tour, while I'm not a depressed person, neither. I was a fan for about 2 years and listened every day to them. I have tried to get tickets for one of the four shows at ticketmaster two times (there were two different dates the sales started), but didn't succeed. Tried to get tickets via internet (a Dutch ebay), but didn't trust it enough. Even a few hours before the fourth show in Amsterdam I was thinking about buying GA tickets, but it was a risk. At one of the shows I tried to attend they played Magnificent. When those four shows were played it was definitive: I wouldn't go to the IE-tour. After watching the concertfilm Live In Paris, it almost hurted: what a show! At that moment I decided to save my money for the next tour for Songs of Experience. TJT17 came and the continuation of IE will come. So I'm happy about that.

U2's music gives me joy, even (or especially) when their songs are hurtful: they make me feel alive. It's a weird thing! Maybe it's the expression of my feelings?
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: Belisama on September 20, 2017, 04:52:38 AM
Having had a long career of following U2 and other tours, what you are experiencing is not uncommon.  A "dip" in mood is expected and normal after psyching yourself up for the joy and euphoria of a concert or tour.

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Does anyone out there feel meloncoly, sad, or depressed after going to the the 2017 Joshua Tree concert?  Am I alone on this?  Please hear me out before you judge.

I am not a depressed person.  However, U2 and specifically The Joshua Tree album were always the soundtrack of my life.  The meaning of the songs seemed change as I go through different phases of life.  In the small rural town I live in U2 songs are like a foreign language.  If it's not top 40 or pop country music, then no one around here can hear anything else.

Now to my point.  After the concert, which was awesome, I came to a realization that I will NEVER get to hear U2 sing those songs again live. I know I can watch YouTube concert footage or listen to CDs, but it won't be the same.  It feels like the passing of an old friend or that there was turning of one of life's pages.  There is nobody I can "really" talk to who can understand how I feel.

Has anyone else experience this feeling?

You gotta cry without weeping. . . I have no tears.
Talk without speaking. . . I have no words.
Scream without raising you voice. . . Can anyone hear me?

This is the first time that I have ever posted on a forum/blog.  I rarely even post on social media
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: riffraff on September 20, 2017, 05:16:52 AM
Yeah, I don't know whether to laugh or cry...3 hours sleep. It was wonderful...
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: trevgreg on September 20, 2017, 08:45:56 AM
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Having had a long career of following U2 and other tours, what you are experiencing is not uncommon.  A "dip" in mood is expected and normal after psyching yourself up for the joy and euphoria of a concert or tour.

This.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: Smee on September 20, 2017, 09:00:27 AM
Id say your just experiencing the comedown...after being so hyped, climaxing with the gig. I usually feel this way after having a great time. Its like a "back to reality" thing.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: codeguy on September 20, 2017, 10:45:40 AM
I do have a feeling that the SOE album might be the last major release from the band. They have previously said that this is the last in the current iteration of U2 - IE they are internally expecting to re-invent themselves to produce anything that would come after SOE. The question was Dave Fanning asking Adam specifically in the context of whether Songs of Ascent would see the light of day. So if U2 is expecting reinvention of themselves after the conclusion of the next album/tour cycle, I would expect them to come up radically short. And at that point, having already done a two-album auto-biographical tour, and age 60+, what reasonable path is there? There are three options: Put out mediocre albums as an excuse to tour, tour for the sake of touring, or call it quits. I would hope they choose to tour for the sake of touring, just so I can see them another few times before the end, but I would anticipate that the band might choose to call it a day and focus on other pursuits.....especially if their audience consists only of 40/50 year old fans at that point.

Sad but it happens to them all.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: WhenIsSOE on September 20, 2017, 11:29:19 AM
Are you sure they won't play any of those songs? Streets at least is probably a lock.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: skelter on September 21, 2017, 03:42:13 AM
I'm the opposite. I'm a depressed person but I don't feel sadness or anything in the days post-concert. Because it feels a bit like "another day in the office" from the band on this JT tour.

360 and SOI tour had more freshness and heart. I tell myself, who should I commemorate that "my KC show" was 1 week ago, when the band themselves won't? Lol
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: riffraff on September 21, 2017, 05:27:09 AM
Well, after only two hours sleep after the show before I had to go go go all day with my dog-care business, I was still buzzing from the show. Last night I slept 8 hours, which is like 3 days  for me! I am, honestly, still "high" from the show. Incredible stuff.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: theocean on September 21, 2017, 06:41:27 PM
I would say the best cure is to just keep on listening to the music.... ;)
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: riffraff on September 22, 2017, 05:14:38 AM
Yup! I worked out to The Joshua Tree yesterday, and will do so again today...I CAN'T BELIEVE I SAW THIS ALBUM PERFORMED LIVE!!! No post concert depression for me! Well, maybe just a little bit when I realize that it's over...but SOE will be here soon enough, right? RIGHT!
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: Lizard on September 25, 2017, 12:38:15 PM
Well, I was high for a couple weeks after the last show I saw, but then fell into a big hole....
I hope it'll be different for you.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: imedi on September 26, 2017, 05:31:53 AM
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I do have a feeling that the SOE album might be the last major release from the band. They have previously said that this is the last in the current iteration of U2 - IE they are internally expecting to re-invent themselves to produce anything that would come after SOE. The question was Dave Fanning asking Adam specifically in the context of whether Songs of Ascent would see the light of day. So if U2 is expecting reinvention of themselves after the conclusion of the next album/tour cycle, I would expect them to come up radically short. And at that point, having already done a two-album auto-biographical tour, and age 60+, what reasonable path is there? There are three options: Put out mediocre albums as an excuse to tour, tour for the sake of touring, or call it quits. I would hope they choose to tour for the sake of touring, just so I can see them another few times before the end, but I would anticipate that the band might choose to call it a day and focus on other pursuits.....especially if their audience consists only of 40/50 year old fans at that point.

Sad but it happens to them all.
tend to agree which this sad to say.. the latest u2 song bombed in the charts no surprise as it was a meh song..
every dog has its day u2 done better than 99%..
when you release a song the same time as neil horan who has 10% of your talent yet he out sells you ...
 the writing is on the wall
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: soloyan on September 26, 2017, 05:43:50 AM
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I do have a feeling that the SOE album might be the last major release from the band. They have previously said that this is the last in the current iteration of U2 - IE they are internally expecting to re-invent themselves to produce anything that would come after SOE. The question was Dave Fanning asking Adam specifically in the context of whether Songs of Ascent would see the light of day. So if U2 is expecting reinvention of themselves after the conclusion of the next album/tour cycle, I would expect them to come up radically short. And at that point, having already done a two-album auto-biographical tour, and age 60+, what reasonable path is there? There are three options: Put out mediocre albums as an excuse to tour, tour for the sake of touring, or call it quits. I would hope they choose to tour for the sake of touring, just so I can see them another few times before the end, but I would anticipate that the band might choose to call it a day and focus on other pursuits.....especially if their audience consists only of 40/50 year old fans at that point.

Sad but it happens to them all.

I respectfully disagree. To me, another option would be to loosen up a little. Write songs and release records without second guessing. Tour when you feel like it. U2 would be a great folk band if they wanted to. Act their age. Nothing wrong with that.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: MysteriousFly on September 27, 2017, 08:02:22 PM
A few days later i did feel a bit down, just cause i was so hyped up for the Boston show....but having a new album to look forward to is always a good way to ease down and move on to  the next U2 related event...new video/album/single/show or other stuff. As for future albums, U2 will likely get creative and try something new that will surprise us all.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: Starman on September 27, 2017, 08:17:35 PM
I definitely felt this after the 360 tour, and it was a long four years until the I+E tour. This time, I'm a little bummed that I won't get to hear some of these JT songs (and probably Ultra Violet) live ever again, but it's really not a big deal to me this time because the next tour will be starting very soon.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: wik73 on September 30, 2017, 09:17:31 AM
Interesting. I felt something very similar after The Joshua Tree tour in Minneapolis. I believe we build it up so much that we go into a state of melancholy afterward. Similar to when company leaves after staying at your home for a few days.


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Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: riffraff on October 07, 2017, 05:20:47 AM
I may have just a touch of this syndrome. I just got back from a wonderful vacation, and realized that the U2 concert was better than my trip. Is that even possible? sigh.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: cabral255 on October 07, 2017, 11:26:38 AM
You are definitely not alone on this. It usually takes me about a week until I snap out of it.

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Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: shineinthesummernight on October 08, 2017, 05:28:41 PM
Has anyone else had the experience of an absolutely transcendent U2 concert, where everything just came together to make it a perfect evening of music?  This happened to me in Cleveland and no I wasn't on anything :0
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: riffraff on October 09, 2017, 05:16:10 AM
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Has anyone else had the experience of an absolutely transcendent U2 concert, where everything just came together to make it a perfect evening of music?  This happened to me in Cleveland and no I wasn't on anything :0
My first SOI show was like that...of course, it was my first live U2 show ever, so that's probably why. I honestly thought I had died and gone to heaven. The world around me ceased to exist. It was just me and the music. Absolute heaven. I will NEVER forget that night.
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: shineinthesummernight on October 09, 2017, 03:45:18 PM
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Has anyone else had the experience of an absolutely transcendent U2 concert, where everything just came together to make it a perfect evening of music?  This happened to me in Cleveland and no I wasn't on anything :0
My first SOI show was like that...of course, it was my first live U2 show ever, so that's probably why. I honestly thought I had died and gone to heaven. The world around me ceased to exist. It was just me and the music. Absolute heaven. I will NEVER forget that night.
Yes, that happened in Cleveland to me.  The poetry streaming in before the show, the warm July sun, the taste of my mustardy hot dog, the company of my husband next to me, the cool place we stayed in downtown Cleveland, the proximity of Bono to me prior to the show ....one of the greatest days ever!
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: riffraff on October 09, 2017, 04:24:42 PM
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Has anyone else had the experience of an absolutely transcendent U2 concert, where everything just came together to make it a perfect evening of music?  This happened to me in Cleveland and no I wasn't on anything :0
My first SOI show was like that...of course, it was my first live U2 show ever, so that's probably why. I honestly thought I had died and gone to heaven. The world around me ceased to exist. It was just me and the music. Absolute heaven. I will NEVER forget that night.
Yes, that happened in Cleveland to me.  The poetry streaming in before the show, the warm July sun, the taste of my mustardy hot dog, the company of my husband next to me, the cool place we stayed in downtown Cleveland, the proximity of Bono to me prior to the show ....one of the greatest days ever!
"Stolen days you don't give back"...
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: missey on October 09, 2017, 04:39:39 PM
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Has anyone else had the experience of an absolutely transcendent U2 concert, where everything just came together to make it a perfect evening of music?  This happened to me in Cleveland and no I wasn't on anything :0

Yes!  It was during the Vertigo tour.  Had GA with my husband, nephew and his friend.  It was one of the most perfect days of my life from start to finish.  We all met up on time, joined the GA line, hung out with some great fans.  During this tour to get up front your ticket had to be scanned to get into the "ellipse".  When my ticket was scanned, it came up ellipse.  The very nice security person let us all in and we ended up front row right in front of The Edge.  Still the best day of my life! 
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: riffraff on October 09, 2017, 04:49:10 PM
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Has anyone else had the experience of an absolutely transcendent U2 concert, where everything just came together to make it a perfect evening of music?  This happened to me in Cleveland and no I wasn't on anything :0

Yes!  It was during the Vertigo tour.  Had GA with my husband, nephew and his friend.  It was one of the most perfect days of my life from start to finish.  We all met up on time, joined the GA line, hung out with some great fans.  During this tour to get up front your ticket had to be scanned to get into the "ellipse".  When my ticket was scanned, it came up ellipse.  The very nice security person let us all in and we ended up front row right in front of The Edge.  Still the best day of my life!
WOW. Beautiful!
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: shineinthesummernight on October 09, 2017, 05:31:48 PM
   Nice stories about transcendent U2 shows.  I think this is a phenomenon.  Maybe it's a small glimpse of heaven :0
   Regarding the ladies doing the "sexay booty dance" to "Mothers of the Disappeared":  I am now seriously laughing out loud.  That's an image I'll now probably always have whenever I hear this song! :o 
Title: Re: Post Concert Depression
Post by: cabral255 on October 10, 2017, 06:11:40 AM
I went to two JT yours this year and I was depressed when the 1st show was over, but not after the 2nd one. I think it's because I finally got to live out seeing them in the GA section up front. It filled a dream that I always wanted to see them that way.

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