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Offline sheldoncooper

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2013, 09:04:15 AM »
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As many critics point out, U2 are really the first of their kind in coming this far as one unit whilst still releasing "regular" albums. So no band to compare them to. Solo artists and maybe some Stones stuff aside, I can only think of the well received New York Dolls comeback as an example of a band (partly original members) doing great stuff in their early/mid 50's.

Rush, same 3 members for 39 years, doing arguably some of their best stuff ever, approaching 60.

So no, U2 isn't the "first of their kind" (whatever 'their kind' means)



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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2013, 09:40:19 AM »
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Rush, same 3 members for 39 years, doing arguably some of their best stuff ever, approaching 60.

So no, U2 isn't the "first of their kind" (whatever 'their kind' means)

It means "first band that *I* actually care about who's at this age".  ;)

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2013, 12:46:55 PM »
Just a quick note for you Rush fans, there's a 24 hour vinyl bundle offer on Popmarket.com today! Great site.

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2013, 07:59:41 PM »
Rush - I saw them twice on the most recent tour and once on the tour before in a span of three years.
Tom Petty - missed his tour by one day this summer and he has announced a new album
Julian Lennon - just released a new album this year at age 50. Give it a listen...Everything Changes
Chickenfoot - a great supergroup
Foo Fighters - they are younger than U2 but over 40 (I think).  Dave Grohl has to be the hardest working musician in rock and roll.
Eric Clapton - still touring and still releasing new music.

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2013, 09:01:56 PM »
Red Hot Chili Peppers are about 2 years behind U2 in their career track, if you will. I think in many ways their careers are very similar...started and gained popularity in the 80s, had somewhat of a change in the direction and a huge hit in the early 90s (Blood Sugar Sex Magik), fell off the path a bit, had some more success in their 40s around the turn of the millenium, and then released an album that was a weird hybrid between trying to be experimental again and trying to get radio hits--I'm With You is definitely very much the Chili Peppers equivalent to No Line On the Horizon. They have still got their "swagger" (even though they have a different guitarist now) I think and U2 do as well IMO.

They're also an example of a band that seems to still have a lot of "cred" with younger fans like myself even though they're old. So it maybe leaves hope that U2 can still gain back some "coolness" if they cook up something that's a little funky?

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2013, 08:29:46 AM »
What about Metallica?

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2013, 08:35:53 AM »
ZZ Top. Got to be the longest running original band?
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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2013, 08:43:51 AM »
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What about Metallica?

They've put out nothing but crap since the '80s ended.

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2013, 08:46:26 AM »
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What about Metallica?

They've put out nothing but crap since the '80s ended.

Even though the production and final mix were bad, the songs on Death Magnetic were pretty good.

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2013, 08:51:14 AM »
It doesn't really matter, Metallica died with the Black album and they've just been lining their pockets since then.

Also not the original line-up anyway.
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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2013, 08:58:59 AM »
Dave Gilmour was almost 50 when Pink Floyd did division Bell.
Elton John was 51 when he did the soundtrack to the Lion King.
Springsteen's "The Rising" was released at age 53.

That having been said, it is rare.

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2013, 09:00:06 AM »
I do think that U2 can break that mold, especially since they want it so badly. I was there on the 'dreaming it all up again' night, and the papers said it was the end of U2.

We have read this story before.

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #27 on: August 09, 2013, 09:10:37 AM »
What about Blondie? They were in their mid 50's when 'Maria' came out and became a pretty big UK number 1.
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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #28 on: August 09, 2013, 09:46:21 AM »
Metallica has more of their original members than the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  And while their albums from the last 20 years have not been so great, I think Death Magnetic was a step in the right direction.   Even their awful albums will sell and they tend to still resonate with a younger crowd.

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Re: 53 year old parallel's
« Reply #29 on: August 09, 2013, 03:28:15 PM »
Beethoven's ninth symphony. He was 54!!!!!!  :-)

Ironically U2 used the ode to joy from this symphony to introduce zoo tv shows after the release of the zooropa album!