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I'm kinda hoping they'll finish for a bit.
Fun and Games / Re: A-Z U2 songs
« Last post by kevtn43 on May 24, 2018, 02:40:14 PM »
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Songs Of Ascent will not happen, I'd bet money on that. I believe that after this tour finishes (whenever that is) we will have silence for a few years, peppered with the occasional hollow promise that an album may be coming.
And if they skip Aus/NZ for the third tour in a row then that would be a pi*s poor effort.
I think the gap between tours (assuming theres no ZooTV30) will be equal or greater than the 4 years between 360 and IE. Their songwriting is getting slower. Songs of Experience is just leftover material from writing songs of innocence.

I don't think you understand. Songs of Experience is not leftover Songs of Innocence material at all. They were conceived as an idea together, to do both albums as a concept on the theme of innocence and experience. No leftovers involved anywhere.

But you do realize half the song titles were announced in 2014/2015 around the time of SOI release right? Get out of your own way, There is a light, Red Flag Day, Landlady, Little More Better, Little Things(previously called Morning after Innocence), and Love is Bigger are all old titles. Edges wife leaked Love Is All we have Left.

Adam posted the Blackout in July of 2016. And Best thing leaked August 2016. That’s only two new additional titles (as far as we know) and even then the album wasn’t released until December 2017. Summer of Love was being produced in early Spring 2016 by One Republic in Italy.

Sounds like leftovers to me. And it took 3+ years to cook them when they were already prepped beforehand for some time. Which makes me laugh when people say they’ll have an album out in 2-3 years.
Sorry Peter. I don't take my life advice from a photographer (nothing against photographers). Become as social influential and as generous as Bono and I'll start to listen. I suppose God commanded him to use Photoshop all day every day.
Tours / Re: Blackout live
« Last post by scrittoresabino on May 24, 2018, 02:06:16 PM »
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Their best intro in years, I'd say.  I might say their best since Pop, but that's also probably a bit revisionist regarding Elevation and Vertigo.  Still, it's been a LONG time since I felt like they had a well-choreographed intro with a kick-ass song.  I don't feel like they ever figured out how to start 360, and I thought Innocence really presumed a lot from the audience to just have Bono walk onstage, house lights up, trying to get everyone to sing along with a new song.  Maybe there's an element of Zoo TV with it, too, both visually (distorted images of the band on the screen) and musically (pretty obvious, but it even followed an a quieter solo Bono piece like the indoor Zoo TV shows).  After the first two songs, I was already very much on U2's side, and thought they were really playing to their strengths.

Excellent point! I hadn't thought about it in comparison to past tour openers. 100% agreement on 360 opener never being figured out (part of this is because it was outdoor, and in many cases it was still light outside when they started, but they fixed that on JT). However, after thinking about it, this e+i intro is better than ZooTV. It is layered, nuanced and packed with symbolism. ZooTV intro was mostly full throttle spectacle, and Popmart was theatre

Better than Zoo TV?  Well, them's fightin' words, but it definitely reminded me of it.  I feel like they've really gone for the "less choreographed" intros in recent years, all the way back to Elevation.  Coming out with house lights up, or at least feeling like it's a pretty stripped back, "4 guys on stage" thing.  I've always preferred a bit more drama with the intro, and this delivered.

It definitely has much more meaning and subltely than ZooTVs intro. ZooTV was massive powerful and in your face. It was a full on sensory barrage, and definitely offered anticipation. I don't think The Fly can be considered part of the intro. With Zoo Station we saw the full band on the main stage early into that song. With e+i, that is a 2 song intro. We don't see the band until the end of Blackout, and it teased it the entire way. The reveal itself and its timing is symbolic and meaningful. I don't think we can say as much for ZooTV. It was far more sensory overload and certainly set the tone.

However, every aspect of the intro for e+i is performed with symbolism and meaning: The MRI; the sounds of a hospital; Bono alone; Bono moving stiffly; Bono raised above the audience; Bono between soft blue light below and above him; the light envelops him; we don't see the band; silhouettes and distorted shadows of themselves appear, raised above, trying to break free from the light; lights eventually flood the whole arena; band is revealed, band is grounded and fairly level with the audience at center catwalk (rather than stage: main or e) which is low comparative to all other catwalks. Every part of speaks to the meaning of the songs album and tour, while still delivering bigger than life spectacle.
General U2 Discussion / Re: Liam Gallagher having a dig at u2 again
« Last post by Johnny Feathers on May 24, 2018, 01:47:45 PM »
I'll be honest, when they played the intro song on the PA before the LIAWHL, I had no idea who it was, but immediately thought it was brilliant.  I'd have never guessed it was from our old friend Liam.  Seriously, great great tune.  I think I need to pick it up.

I also give myself a few points for immediately picking up the similarity in the drum beat to Tomorrow Never Knows, which he famously has already used in Setting Sun with The Chemical Brothers.  The guy is nothing if not consistent in his influences.
Tours / Re: Chicago 5/22 Bono’s fall
« Last post by laoghaire on May 24, 2018, 01:35:48 PM »
I don't know who Mr. Caldwell is, I'm assuming a YT commenter. I don't have a problem with people who have a problem with Bono. I have a problem with Justin Bieber. I think he's a sh**ty human being. You won't find me wishing he broke his jaw or died.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Liam Gallagher having a dig at u2 again
« Last post by NJU2Fan on May 24, 2018, 12:45:54 PM »

The Stones are the one band that I would like to see whose ticket prices are just too high for me. I am a casual fan, and I would love to see them, but I am not going to see them in a stadium -- U2 are the only band I will endure that hell for -- and God only knows what the Stones would want for a decent seat in an arena these days.

If I knew for a fact they were going to play exactly what I want to hear, I would consider it, but I am not paying $400 for all the FM hits.

Agree.  Would love to see the Stones live (since they ain't gettin any younger) but triple figures for a nosebleed is a bit much.
Tours / Re: Likelihood of 2019 North American tour?
« Last post by McSwilly on May 24, 2018, 12:40:32 PM »
Zero point zero. The shows aren't even selling out. They need to go to Asia / Australia or take a break.
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