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Title: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Jack on December 04, 2017, 12:43:40 PM
Do people think SOE is U2ís last album or do you think more will come
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: redrunningred on December 04, 2017, 01:03:48 PM
Iíd Definitely expect a few more albums. They were kinda one of the last ďclassic rock bandsĒ who you associate with a certain age group, they are generally in their 60ís or 70ís now. But U2 is in their late 50ís. Even if they stop putting out albums at age 70, they will have 2 or three left. I do expect the next album to take much longer than 3 years however. This album was kinda coupled with SOI in title, tour, and theme, so it gave them a bit of a kick in the butt to release it. I expect the next album to take them 5 or more years.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: trainfanjacob8 on December 04, 2017, 01:17:38 PM
IMO, one or two more albums/tours.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: 73October on December 04, 2017, 01:25:25 PM
No, it isn't the end. 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/5039120/bono-u2-songs-of-expereince/

Take it with a little pinch of salt though because this is The Sun, which is good at lying.  However, I do have overall reason to believe what they printed is a reasonably accurate reflection of the conversations with Adam and The Edge.

They've had a good year and they seem happy with where they are at, and will likely throw everything at E & I, maybe take a reasonable break and come back with whatever is next (depending on what is happening with the Live Nation contract, of course!).
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Post by: mc on December 04, 2017, 01:28:56 PM
Love them to go really dark and heavy with the next album. Im not bothered if they never tour again. Just please get rid of Tedder and the pop song vibe. Love is All we have left, Little Things and Landlady are the stand out tracks... but I want a dark studio album with a few ĎLove is Blindnessí vibes ....
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: lucas.homem on December 04, 2017, 01:32:40 PM
Maybe they were on the point of breaking up at some point recently, but not anymore, I guess. They will keep going, unless something unexpected comes up.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: 73October on December 04, 2017, 02:11:15 PM
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Love them to go really dark and heavy with the next album. Im not bothered if they never tour again. Just please get rid of Tedder and the pop song vibe. Love is All we have left, Little Things and Landlady are the stand out tracks... but I want a dark studio album with a few ĎLove is Blindnessí vibes ....

Strangely enough, on first listen, I heard shades of Viola Beach.  Maybe it was the upbeat, positive pop-rock feel.  I guess the album was not deliberately meant to pay tribute,  But it has to a degree (the Showman is the most Viola Beach-like song on SOE).  In a strange way, it seemed to sound like Viola Beach cubed written beyond the grave on first listen.  I just listened to a load of Viola Beach stuff earlier and there is definitely a similar positive airy vibe there - they had a growing fan base before they died, and the kind of superlatives along being energetic, positive, joyous, talented, the next big thing etc that people said about Viola Beach sounded similar to what was said of U2 in their early days (1979-81), and we all know what happened next. Rest in Peace Viola Beach and play Songs Of Experience for them live, U2.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Jack on December 04, 2017, 03:15:03 PM
I agree with red running red that it could be 5 years plus till next album but who knows they might think they are gettin older and time cant be garenteed so to get their music out there faster especially since whatever had happened to bono
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: radiofreenewport on December 04, 2017, 05:03:54 PM
I'm leaning towards yes, though I wouldn't put money on it. I think this for a few reasons:

- There are possible goodbye hints scattered all over: "the end is not coming, the end is here...the little things that give you away...why am I walking away?" REM dropped hints all over their last record, including Stipe waving goodbye on the cover (and the only studio album cover with the group's photo on it).

- The "write as if you're dead" approach. If Bono has recovered and there are more records to make, why use fill SOE up with so many farewell/I love you letters to his family?

- The fact that the records only seem to be getting harder for them to make, including SOE's nutty number of producers, engineers, studios, etc. If the songs aren't coming easily, is it really fun or rewarding to try to bang them out when the alternative is hanging in the south of France with your wife and kids?

- So far, this is the best-received record since ATYCLB. Why not go out on a high note, especially if the songs are harder to write than they used to?
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Moser on December 04, 2017, 09:52:22 PM
I think this would be a great point to retire. Go out on a high note.
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Post by: Argo on December 05, 2017, 06:09:10 PM
I think it highly unlikely this is the last, but maybe with the mysterious health issues of Bono, he might re-think things after the end of the next tour. Given SOI and SOE has been a fairly introspective look back at the past, it does worry me a little that it would make sense for them to call it quits at this point but hope they don't. SOI and SOE have both been sufficiently strong to show they have more to offer. 
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: achtung child on December 06, 2017, 10:07:44 AM
There are 3 possible scenarios:

1. Yep. They pack it in and crack a six pack, never to be seen again aside from the occasional appearance/collaboration. Really?

2. Kind of.  They stop doing full albums and release a couple new tracks every now and then. Tours are smaller and shorter.  This seems plausible.

3. Nope.  Too much money to be made - most likely.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Allhorizonbomb on December 06, 2017, 12:30:24 PM
I would love for them to come out and say Songs of Ascent will be there last album. They make it a double album and give it all they have left and that's it except for small releases of old unused songs from previous albums every once in a while.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: U2alwaysforever on December 07, 2017, 09:50:17 PM
More to come, but it's such a great record to end on if they do.
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Post by: Steve440 on December 08, 2017, 12:47:16 PM
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I would love for them to come out and say Songs of Ascent will be there last album. They make it a double album and give it all they have left and that's it except for small releases of old unused songs from previous albums every once in a while.
Personally I think this is a good idea, to be released in 2020 when the band are all approaching 60. This would be the ideal time to call it quits before they become too embarrassing (like the Stones for example). A final tour to follow and a rarities box set - perfect finish.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Mark72 on December 08, 2017, 01:02:46 PM
I think one more in 2020 and I reckon that's it!
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Post by: olimar on December 09, 2017, 06:17:24 AM
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- The "write as if you're dead" approach. If Bono has recovered and there are more records to make, why use fill SOE up with so many farewell/I love you letters to his family?

Possibly because of a recognition, brought about by the health issue, that it was important to take the opportunity to say those things rather than wait.

When U2 were doing Passengers, Batman, Goldeneye, I thought that seemed like an ideal career path for them later in their careers, to be creative and artistic in a less public way without the need to tour and market themselves.
At this point, it seems hard to imagine them taking the decision to just concentrate on making music, when everything over the last few years suggests they still believe that they are capable of producing great albums and touring in the same way they ever have. The latest album still shows that to be the right decision.
The Spiderman musical might have put them off the soundtrack side of things and they clearly very much wanted to win an Oscar for Ordinary Love. Yet both also show that the desire is still there to go in that direction perhaps.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: 73October on December 09, 2017, 01:25:53 PM
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I would love for them to come out and say Songs of Ascent will be there last album. They make it a double album and give it all they have left and that's it except for small releases of old unused songs from previous albums every once in a while.
Personally I think this is a good idea, to be released in 2020 when the band are all approaching 60. This would be the ideal time to call it quits before they become too embarrassing (like the Stones for example). A final tour to follow and a rarities box set - perfect finish.
The Stones were really cool amongst younger people about 5-8 years ago though.  Younger rock fans are buying G'N'R, Metallica, AC/DC these days.  Sometimes festival appearances help.  Adam was interviewed on Absolute Radio in the UK and basically confirmed there would be no European festival appearances next year and the European leg of E&I will be in the autumn and indoors (so in a way mirroring I&E three years ago as they are a 'pair' of tours).  Whilst this would be great for hardcore fans, it could be a lost opportunity as there are indoor and urban festivals now.  There was no European festival dates on that leg of TJT17.  Adam said Bonnaroo was an experiment on the US leg.  Glastonbury just had to be done, but they looked uncomfortable in that setting although the set was pretty solid and was a 'greatest hits' show.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Manos73 on December 11, 2017, 02:35:54 PM
I hope SOE is the last. Next record will be EDM/hip hop with all female vocals. The Edge will have a 15 guitar solo on track 3.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Allhorizonbomb on December 12, 2017, 11:56:22 PM
I just want U2 to say this is it so that we know not to keep waiting.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: 73October on December 13, 2017, 11:13:04 AM
No they want to keep being relevant (read the Stereogum interview) and Adam has pointed toward another release in his BBC Radio 2 interview.  I can't see them retiring.  The only way they'll go is in a coffin and recent rhetoric is that they are trying to hold off the latter as long as possible (Bono's had a shock and everyone is aware of their mortality following some high profile passings in the last year or two - Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Tom Petty etc).
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: 73October on December 13, 2017, 11:15:00 AM
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I hope SOE is the last. Next record will be EDM/hip hop with all female vocals. The Edge will have a 15 guitar solo on track 3.

Well, Bono is saying that he's fine and now 'singing like a girl' so there's a glimmer of hope that the next release will be such :)
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: b-mata on December 13, 2017, 11:23:53 AM
I have a feeling that they have two more albums in them.  I think they will come faster than the past few, simply due to age and realizing time is short.

2020 for the next album and 2022 for the final album "Songs of Ascents" and the last tour... U22022: Can we Possibly get a few more 2's.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Sunchild on December 13, 2017, 01:28:19 PM
SOE is U2's last album, until there's another one. It's easy to image U2 playing and releasing new music for the next 25-30 years at the very least. U2 are certainly about to be one of the longest running bands in history. The form might change, but not the spirit and life of a band.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: judas1 on December 15, 2017, 03:02:48 PM
I doubt they will ever retire, just slow down, but most likely not in the next 10 years.  If they were to retire, they would announce it when the album and tour was released, to milk the tour and album sales.  That's how it's done in Rock N Roll, unless you break up, and there probably isn't a band of this magnitude or any really, that have this bond  Now their kids are older, and getting out of the house, less reason to stay at home, no?  The band also operates a global company, with a staff that has been there from the start.  I see them trying to get these people to the finish line with them, in other words, they feel that  they need help to support the staff that has run this machine which is U2, financially.  And another thought, with all of their charitable endeavors, what better p.r. is there than a new album and tour.  If the band retired, does anyone really think Bono's voice would be heard on the same scale, the media doesn't work that way, especially when you aren't on the front pages of the tabloids for bad deeds.  The media doesn't care about retired do gooders, bad boys always sell.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: mariamontreal on December 16, 2017, 11:15:52 AM
They are not done they love playing live and being out there
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: 73October on December 16, 2017, 01:46:58 PM
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They are not done they love playing live and being out there
+1
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Post by: kevtn43 on January 08, 2018, 07:57:04 AM
I don't think so i can see them doing at least 3 more and maybe 4 tours one of them being a farewell one
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Post by: suitoflights on January 09, 2018, 04:48:02 PM
I hope they go on forever. They can still make good records and I think they could still surprise us.
Also Bono's vocals are better than ever on SOE.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: wons on January 10, 2018, 10:35:14 AM
U2 will probably still be recording and touring 20 years from now. Once again, all this talk about the last album is so premature. The Rolling Stones are coming out with a new album this year and they are roughly 20 years older than U2.
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Post by: ShankAsu on January 12, 2018, 03:33:02 PM
given recent health issues, i wouldn't be surprised if this is it.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Manos73 on January 12, 2018, 05:19:59 PM
SOE hasn't been doing well on US charts. SOE famously knocked out Taylor Swift's Reputations from #1. She's currently #3. U2 is #92. Most of the top 10 albums were released before SOE.

U2's not doing great on the Rock Charts either.
1-Evolve by Imagine Dragons - 23 Jun 17      
2-Woodstock by Portugal. The Man - 16 Jun 17      
3-Night Visions by Imagine Dragons - 4 Sep 12      
4-Blurryface by twenty one pilots    - 17 May 15      
5-A Decade Of Destruction by Five Finger Death Punch - 1 Dec 17      
6-Greatest Hits by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - 16 Nov 93   
7-Diamonds by Elton John - 10 Nov 17      
8-Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection   by Queen - 13 Nov 00      
9-Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco - 15 Jan 16   
10-Songs of Experience by U2 - 1 Dec 17      

SOE is irrelevant to all but U2 fans.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Dali on January 14, 2018, 02:36:50 PM
No.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: singnomore on January 14, 2018, 02:58:44 PM
I have a feeling this is it. Bonoís been talking about Innocence and Experience for years - itís like a build up to an end plan (as JK Rowling who wrote the ending and then worked the books towards it)

If it isnít they will disappear for a long time - they will have worked 4/5 years solid by the end of this tour.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Swedescott on January 14, 2018, 03:10:52 PM
This may be simplistic, but Bono has never displayed a loss of things to say...and U2 has always been his most effective forum.  I completely agree there may a hiatus, time to re-energize and reconcile their next direction, but it's hard to imagine this 40 year-long group deciding they've said and played it all.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: 73October on January 15, 2018, 11:35:42 AM
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SOE hasn't been doing well on US charts. SOE famously knocked out Taylor Swift's Reputations from #1. She's currently #3. U2 is #92. Most of the top 10 albums were released before SOE.

U2's not doing great on the Rock Charts either.
1-Evolve by Imagine Dragons - 23 Jun 17      
2-Woodstock by Portugal. The Man - 16 Jun 17      
3-Night Visions by Imagine Dragons - 4 Sep 12      
4-Blurryface by twenty one pilots    - 17 May 15      
5-A Decade Of Destruction by Five Finger Death Punch - 1 Dec 17      
6-Greatest Hits by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - 16 Nov 93   
7-Diamonds by Elton John - 10 Nov 17      
8-Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection   by Queen - 13 Nov 00      
9-Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco - 15 Jan 16   
10-Songs of Experience by U2 - 1 Dec 17      

SOE is irrelevant to all but U2 fans.

It's done surprisingly better than I thought in the UK Top 40 album charts:
Week 1 = #5
         2 = #20
         3 = #23
         4 = #22
         5 = #22
         6 = #27
Given that this week probably is one of the slowest for sales - people have probably spent any money they had for Christmas by now, it's holding it's own so far.  Week 1 was definitely fan pre-sales but since then it's been in the middle section of the charts.   U2 may be uncool but word is getting around this is a good album and sales have been reasonably good, but not as good as Noel Gallagher who probably has a wider fan base over here now.

I can't see it being their last, unless something truly tragic happens (at least Bono has got us thinking about the unthinkable) to one of the band members.  They'll keep going as long as they can or want, and they definitely seem to want to.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: WacoOne on January 15, 2018, 01:49:52 PM
No way this is their last album. Bono seems to have a new purpose in life after his near "extinction event." I think they'll make 3 to 4 more albums, and probably hang it up when they are 70.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: ShankAsu on January 15, 2018, 04:58:16 PM
if this is the final album, i think it was a good one to end on.  to me it feels like a final album with the opening and closing songs.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: U2craig on January 16, 2018, 07:19:41 AM
These guys will be making music and touring for the next 20+ years - IMHO.  Why wouldnít they!  That is how they are, that is what they do.  All of them are friends since high school and their concerts are an absolute blast!!!
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Post by: 73October on January 16, 2018, 12:17:12 PM
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These guys will be making music and touring for the next 20+ years - IMHO.  Why wouldnít they!  That is how they are, that is what they do.  All of them are friends since high school and their concerts are an absolute blast!!!

Seconded!
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: pan360 on January 17, 2018, 07:30:30 AM
Definitely more albums to be expected from U2 if nothing serious happens to any of them.
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Post by: Conor74 on January 17, 2018, 10:20:54 AM
Break-ups seem to be driven (or kick-started) by one band member - certainly the case with R.E.M. - Peter Buck decided he just didn't want anything to do with the music industry anymore. If you apply that to U2, I couldn't begin to think who'd be the ringleader, however! But these guys are getting on now - Larry's had lots of problems with his hands, Bono's obviously feeling a little fragile. Edge will live forever of course because he'll upload his consciousness to a computer.

I think we'll get Songs of Ascent, an associated tour, and that'll be curtains. Everyone deserves the chance to retire.
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Post by: Manos73 on January 17, 2018, 10:46:46 AM
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Break-ups seem to be driven (or kick-started) by one band member - certainly the case with R.E.M. - Peter Buck decided he just didn't want anything to do with the music industry anymore. If you apply that to U2, I couldn't begin to think who'd be the ringleader, however! But these guys are getting on now - Larry's had lots of problems with his hands, Bono's obviously feeling a little fragile. Edge will live forever of course because he'll upload his consciousness to a computer.

I think we'll get Songs of Ascent, an associated tour, and that'll be curtains. Everyone deserves the chance to retire.
Adam has said before that he hopes he isn't doing U2 forever.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: 73October on January 17, 2018, 11:34:44 AM
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Break-ups seem to be driven (or kick-started) by one band member - certainly the case with R.E.M. - Peter Buck decided he just didn't want anything to do with the music industry anymore. If you apply that to U2, I couldn't begin to think who'd be the ringleader, however! But these guys are getting on now - Larry's had lots of problems with his hands, Bono's obviously feeling a little fragile. Edge will live forever of course because he'll upload his consciousness to a computer.

I think we'll get Songs of Ascent, an associated tour, and that'll be curtains. Everyone deserves the chance to retire.
Adam has said before that he hopes he isn't doing U2 forever.
But that was before.  What about now?  Has he changed his mind?
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Post by: radiofreenewport on January 17, 2018, 02:24:32 PM
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Break-ups seem to be driven (or kick-started) by one band member - certainly the case with R.E.M. - Peter Buck decided he just didn't want anything to do with the music industry anymore.

Not true -- they've been clear that it was a mutual decision. Peter is more involved with music since their breakup than Mills and Stipe put together (solo records, Filthy Friends, Alejandro Escovedo, Todos Santos festival, etc.).
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Post by: olimar on January 17, 2018, 03:34:16 PM
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SOE hasn't been doing well on US charts. SOE famously knocked out Taylor Swift's Reputations from #1. She's currently #3. U2 is #92. Most of the top 10 albums were released before SOE.

U2's not doing great on the Rock Charts either.
1-Evolve by Imagine Dragons - 23 Jun 17      
2-Woodstock by Portugal. The Man - 16 Jun 17      
3-Night Visions by Imagine Dragons - 4 Sep 12      
4-Blurryface by twenty one pilots    - 17 May 15      
5-A Decade Of Destruction by Five Finger Death Punch - 1 Dec 17      
6-Greatest Hits by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - 16 Nov 93   
7-Diamonds by Elton John - 10 Nov 17      
8-Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection   by Queen - 13 Nov 00      
9-Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco - 15 Jan 16   
10-Songs of Experience by U2 - 1 Dec 17      

SOE is irrelevant to all but U2 fans.

It's done surprisingly better than I thought in the UK Top 40 album charts:
Week 1 = #5
         2 = #20
         3 = #23
         4 = #22
         5 = #22
         6 = #27
Given that this week probably is one of the slowest for sales - people have probably spent any money they had for Christmas by now, it's holding it's own so far.  Week 1 was definitely fan pre-sales but since then it's been in the middle section of the charts.   U2 may be uncool but word is getting around this is a good album and sales have been reasonably good, but not as good as Noel Gallagher who probably has a wider fan base over here now.

I can't see it being their last, unless something truly tragic happens (at least Bono has got us thinking about the unthinkable) to one of the band members.  They'll keep going as long as they can or want, and they definitely seem to want to.

Discussed this on another thread, but the impact of streaming sales completely warps the charts, which was essentially where Bono was going with his ill-judged "girly music" comment in the RS interview. A teenager in their bedroom will willingly stream a single song 100 times in a week and that counts not just as a single sale, but also towards an album sale aswell. I cant remember the exact mechanics, but if 10 tracks on an album are streamed, it constitutes an album sale. However, it could be the same two tracks played 5 times each, it doesnt need to be a complete 1-10 tracks.

That seems to explain to me why albums by artists with very strong teenage followings can remain in the charts endlessly and the volumes make it almost impossible for an older artist to make a dent.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: flowtheman on January 19, 2018, 04:12:06 PM
I think there are several reasons to believe they will do another few albums, but also reasons to belive and maybe hints that after SOE they will "retire", whatever that would mean in the sense of U2.

But there was one thing Adam said, that really made me think about the fact that it might be the last album. I'm not quite sure if it was during EMA-Awards or something similar last year during the SOE-Promotion Events: Adam was expressing his thanks to the crew/producers etc. and he said something like "they would support us as if it was our first album.....or our last". And I think he stressed out the "or our last" part in a strange way that made me think about it.... Did anyone else notice that?
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: 73October on January 20, 2018, 10:04:02 AM
I think I have read a few comments that say that the band go into every album as IF it is their last.  Adam also said to Chris Evans on Radio 2 that another album was not out of the question.
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Post by: flowtheman on January 21, 2018, 03:14:02 AM
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I think I have read a few comments that say that the band go into every album as IF it is their last.  Adam also said to Chris Evans on Radio 2 that another album was not out of the question.

aaah okay, that is calming information!
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: ian ryan on February 10, 2018, 11:35:25 PM
Prior to it coming out, I was seriously wondering if it would be their good-bye. Now, I think it's the start of a new era.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Jack on February 11, 2018, 12:53:09 AM
I still think we will get another album with a 4 to 5 year wait.Im sure after this new tour starting in may they will have a long break as they have been pretty busy the last few years+
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: Sunchild on February 11, 2018, 03:54:30 AM
There are dozens of albums, even from starting bands, released within the last 2 years that sing about the end, but it is never suggested as the end with regards to the band, but the end with regards to the world out there, to a certain era, for instance 2016 is very often seen as the end in many views, astrologically, politically, ideologically, etc. Many of us are experiencing certain ends on a spiritual level, and many bands are addressing it very often. 
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: wons on February 11, 2018, 10:15:46 AM
U2 have two albums that have been in the works for years and not been released yet. "Songs Of Ascent" and an unnamed "Rick Rubin produced album". So I think Songs Of Ascent is coming in late 2021 followed by its tour. Then in 2025 you'll see the unnamed "Rick Rubin produced" album followed by its tour.

Beyond that, say an album in 2029, that is where one might start to wonder. Unless they pull and R.E.M. or something happens to one of the band members, I think they will continue. There is just no reason not to. This is what they love about life. Its not a job to them in the sense most people think about a job. There is no desire to "retire" from it.

Mick Jagger and Keither Richards of the Rolling Stones will be turning 75 this year and are planning on releasing a new album of new songs and touring as the Rolling Stones. It will be the Rolling Stones first new album of all new songs in 13 years.
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Post by: wons on February 11, 2018, 10:26:20 AM
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I would love for them to come out and say Songs of Ascent will be there last album. They make it a double album and give it all they have left and that's it except for small releases of old unused songs from previous albums every once in a while.
Personally I think this is a good idea, to be released in 2020 when the band are all approaching 60. This would be the ideal time to call it quits before they become too embarrassing (like the Stones for example). A final tour to follow and a rarities box set - perfect finish.

There is nothing embarrassing about playing music in your 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s etc. There is no age requirement for playing music. The only thing embarrassing is believing otherwise or only wanting to see someone in their 20s up on a stage playing music. If that is the case then its really not about the music and more about that person getting off on some non-musical visual aspect.
Title: Re: Will SOE be U2ís last album
Post by: wons on February 11, 2018, 10:30:49 AM
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SOE hasn't been doing well on US charts. SOE famously knocked out Taylor Swift's Reputations from #1. She's currently #3. U2 is #92. Most of the top 10 albums were released before SOE.

U2's not doing great on the Rock Charts either.
1-Evolve by Imagine Dragons - 23 Jun 17      
2-Woodstock by Portugal. The Man - 16 Jun 17      
3-Night Visions by Imagine Dragons - 4 Sep 12      
4-Blurryface by twenty one pilots    - 17 May 15      
5-A Decade Of Destruction by Five Finger Death Punch - 1 Dec 17      
6-Greatest Hits by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - 16 Nov 93   
7-Diamonds by Elton John - 10 Nov 17      
8-Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection   by Queen - 13 Nov 00      
9-Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco - 15 Jan 16   
10-Songs of Experience by U2 - 1 Dec 17      

SOE is irrelevant to all but U2 fans.

At this point maybe. But there are still other songs yet to be released from this album. Even if they fail to get a hit, the hardcore fans based around the world is 4 million strong. That gives them options that most of today's current popular artist can't even imagine.