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Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:02:32 PM »
I say yes for two reasons:

1. The Tonight Show and Oscar performances of Ordinary Love (to me at least) proved that they don't need electronics to sound good. Those performances were a breath of fresh air in an era of loops, programmed tracks, and auto-tune.

2. They could prove to the naysayers that they can easily do without Terry Lawless and other 'Underworld' musicians. (If they must rely on them every now and then, at least bring them on stage and be honest to some of the unsuspecting fans amongst us).



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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2014, 02:01:32 AM »
I say no. In fact I'd rather they ditch the obligatory 'acoustic set' completely.

I can think of any songs they've done acoustically that have been improved.

Please don't suggest Stay, as the whole band kicked in after it had started

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2014, 02:31:43 AM »
No. They can't be Ar**d to play proper acoustic versions of well known songs that match the quality of the originals, and they don't change them sufficiently to make it something memorable.

To do it right they should choose songs they've never played satisfactorily before for whatever reason, like IGWSHA or When I look At The World (which I hate, but could accept in a full band acoustic setting) or Summer Rain or Drowning Man or the rather obvious Flower Child, and give it a nice full band acoustic arrangement with keyboards or sequenced tracks. That could be beautiful if they want some quieter minutes.

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2014, 04:51:37 AM »
Please, no

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2014, 06:20:43 AM »
Yes, with lutes. Lots and lots of lutes!

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2014, 07:12:00 AM »
No, thanks.
Chances are we'd just get Desire, Staring At The Sun and Stay.
But I would be VERY interested in an acoustic rendition of Mofo, complete with congas and harmonica... ;)

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2014, 10:26:34 AM »
Please no.

I never want to hear Desire acoustically again.

I mean how many tours have they done it that way? Four?

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2014, 05:02:43 PM »
Nah, it's time to drop the acoustic mini-set. 20+ years is enough.

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2014, 02:41:04 AM »
Also, it seems a bit unfair on whichever band member you chose to unplug...

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2014, 03:42:52 AM »
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Also, it seems a bit unfair on whichever band member you chose to unplug...

Yeah. that should really be up to the families, not us.

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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2014, 08:51:23 AM »
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Also, it seems a bit unfair on whichever band member you chose to unplug...

Yeah. that should really be up to the families, not us.
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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2014, 04:34:59 PM »
There will always be at least one song done by Bono & Edge at every U2 concert, just to give Larry a break.  They could use this opportunity to at least dust off some of the less known songs in their catalog.  But instead, we get Desire, Stuck, Stay and SATS.  Or North Star, which was at least a step in the right direction. 

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2014, 03:21:29 AM »
yeah it made a nice musical choice for Michael Bay's ass commercial.

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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2014, 12:23:48 PM »
Please no more acoustic U2.


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Re: Should U2 go at least 25% unplugged on the next tour?
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2014, 01:16:50 PM »

Acoustic songs don't work in larger settings.  It was a quirky contrast during Zoo TV that worked pretty well, but otherwise it's the dullest part of the show.