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Are there any music acts that you consider to be better than U2 when they play live?

If you do, who do you think is better?



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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2014, 11:42:46 AM »
yes but Sprinsteen is pretty close

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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2014, 11:51:08 AM »
Prince and Bruce Springsteen are both artists of a similar generation and stature to U2 who are now putting on shows which blow the U2 of recent years out of the water, IMHO.  The Rolling Stones recent series of shows are more impressive than U2's on 360 and I felt the Stones Glastonbury gig (what I saw of it) was better than U2's.  I'm not that up on current acts, but I wouldn't bet on the U2 of recent years being a better live act than some of those.  Even Coldplay put on a great stadium show going by their gig in Paris a few years ago, and One Direction and Justin Timberlake are also great at what they do, according to Briscoe. 



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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2014, 11:53:14 AM »
Without a doubt yes

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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2014, 11:55:31 AM »
All-time, I'd say they're in the top five of rock artists, along with the Stones, Led Zep, Prince and Springsteen.


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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2014, 12:32:05 PM »
U2 gave the best show that I've ever seen, which was the arena Zoo TV, but while they are among the best live performers ever, I think they would rank behind Springsteen and the Who in their prime.

I first saw U2 in 1992, and have seen each tour multiple x since. I first saw Springsteen on the reunion tour in 2000 and have seen him multiple x since. Springsteen shows have been better in the last decade then U2 shows. I took my wife to 360 and to Springsteen's last tour. She is basically a common fan of each artist, knowing only their radio hits. Her reaction to 360 was it was a pretty good show. Her reaction to Springsteen was it was the best show she's ever seen.

The Who's reputation as a live band back in their prime is that they were the best. Even in their later years they blew every band out of the water on the concert for NY after 9/11. To young to have seen the original members but saw them in the late 80's, 90's, and 00's and they still put on a great concert.

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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2014, 12:34:53 PM »
For me, yes. There are some incredible acts out there and I've seen some amazing shows, yet none of them have been able to touch me as deeply as U2.

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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2014, 12:35:36 PM »
Yes, as at 100 a ticket (or nearing that now) its got to be about the 'show'. From song selection, through to making you feel special, to making you forget that you're one of many, to the stage setting - U2 have not been bettered since Zoo.

Rolling Stones are THE heritage band, Coldplay playing catch up, Bruce is same-old same-old, Led Zip 'novelty' due to lack of performances.

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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2014, 12:40:13 PM »
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U2 Zoo TV has not been bettered since.

Fixed it 4 ya.


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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2014, 12:43:35 PM »
Stones probably shade it but in terms of what they've done with the live set up, yes.

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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2014, 12:46:21 PM »
Yes - end of!

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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2014, 12:54:57 PM »
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Stones probably shade it but in terms of what they've done with the live set up, yes.

i can agree with this. they are prob top 5 but i can't say they're the best period.

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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2014, 12:57:52 PM »
Zoo TV and PopMart were pretty special from a production point of view.


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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2014, 01:24:20 PM »
Yes, without a doubt

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Re: Do You Consider U2 To Be The Greatest Live Music Act Of All Time?
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2014, 01:26:24 PM »
Up until and including Elevation, I would say yes. Kinda let themselves down with Vertigo and 360.