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Offline Saint1322

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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2015, 09:09:14 AM »
My prediction: Songs of Experience is released in 4Q 2015 or 1Q 2016. Exhaustive stadium tour of US/Europe/SA/Japan/Australia/New Zealand follows in 2016/17. Standard, lengthy break afterward.

At that point, they re-convene and see if they still have the fire. If so (and I think they will) cycle starts over in 2020. Depending on health, economic environment, appetite (by the band and the fans) that tour/album could be it, at least for new albums and the usual album/tour/rest/album/tour rest pattern.

Maybe they take some time away and come back for a 50th anniversary tour in 2030. That's going way out there, I know.

So to everyone who is complaining about being 'stuck' with tickets to more than one show this summer, to quote Bob Dylan, 'it's not dark yet, but it's getting there.'

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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2015, 10:17:56 AM »
They'll keep going as long as they feel fit enough.  The Rolling Stones have, it's just that they pace themselves more these days.  Their current tour has been running since 2012.




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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2015, 11:47:50 AM »
Heck, I thought after ZOO TV they would stop, my thinking is how can they top that!  Not that they would stop making records, but just stop touring a la The Beatles.

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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2015, 12:21:18 PM »
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They'll keep going as long as they feel fit enough.  The Rolling Stones have, it's just that they pace themselves more these days.  Their current tour has been running since 2012.


I get cranky when bands are accused of doing things just for money. The Stones are the exception. They are still doing this for the money. I have heard too many other artists who actually know Mick and Keith say the same thing. David Gilmour said those two crave money they way most people crave sex. They will never have enough, and Keith will keep going, he says, as long as Charlie Watts is around. Mick? Mick will go the KISS route and have guys out there dressed as Keith and Charlie as long as he can stand up and move. :)

Total cash cows. Vegas Show. Might as well be on ice skates at this point. U2 won't do that. If they are still interested in the art at age 80, they'll be out there. The day they aren't, it's over. And it should be. See R.E.M.
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« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2015, 02:11:21 PM »
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They'll keep going as long as they feel fit enough.  The Rolling Stones have, it's just that they pace themselves more these days.  Their current tour has been running since 2012.


I get cranky when bands are accused of doing things just for money. The Stones are the exception. They are still doing this for the money. I have heard too many other artists who actually know Mick and Keith say the same thing. David Gilmour said those two crave money they way most people crave sex. They will never have enough, and Keith will keep going, he says, as long as Charlie Watts is around. Mick? Mick will go the KISS route and have guys out there dressed as Keith and Charlie as long as he can stand up and move. :)

Total cash cows. Vegas Show. Might as well be on ice skates at this point. U2 won't do that. If they are still interested in the art at age 80, they'll be out there. The day they aren't, it's over. And it should be. See R.E.M.

Some people are delusional.  They all do it for the money.  If U2 weren't doing it for the money then why don't they do a breakeven tour and offer much lower ticket prices to their fans?  Why get into bed with a multi-national like LiveNation?  Prices on U2 tours are getting higher for the large majority of fans if anything.  And we all know how much U2 admire the Stones. 

 


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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2015, 04:44:31 PM »
As much as I love them they are expensive I calculated if I get a ticket for New York add in the airfare and hotel and meals for one night 2,500 approx.I live in Montreal and our dollar is low.Can't afford that have to be content with the 1000.00 I spent here for three nights in Montreal. In the old days it was very doable. I wanted to go so bad on my birthday July 30,so much for that.
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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2015, 10:47:27 AM »
REM quit because they were no longer able to fill arenas when touring.  Their new albums sold next to nothing, and even in big cities like Chicago, LA, Boston, etc, they weren't able to fill 1 show in an arena.  It was either quit with their integrity still intact, or start touring on the casino/theater circuit.  If REM were still filling arenas or stadiums, they'd have kept going.

I don't think Bono is going to be able to go as long as Mick Jagger.  Jagger is 71 and has way more energy onstage now than Bono does at 55.  I just saw the Stones a month ago in Columbus.  I can honestly say that it's probably about time Charlie, Keith and even Ronnie hang it up, but Mick?  He's still as solid a performer as he's been for the last 25 years.  For the past few years, the Stones have been doing roughly 20-30 shows a year.  That seems to be working well for them.  They're rumored to be doing South America later this year, and Europe stadiums again next summer.

Regardless of what happens, after the IE Tour era, I can definitely see another album/tour around 2020.  After that, it'll depend on their health, and how much money they still want. 

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« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2015, 11:10:51 AM »
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REM quit because they were no longer able to fill arenas when touring.  Their new albums sold next to nothing, and even in big cities like Chicago, LA, Boston, etc, they weren't able to fill 1 show in an arena.  It was either quit with their integrity still intact, or start touring on the casino/theater circuit.  If REM were still filling arenas or stadiums, they'd have kept going.

I don't think Bono is going to be able to go as long as Mick Jagger.  Jagger is 71 and has way more energy onstage now than Bono does at 55.  I just saw the Stones a month ago in Columbus.  I can honestly say that it's probably about time Charlie, Keith and even Ronnie hang it up, but Mick?  He's still as solid a performer as he's been for the last 25 years.  For the past few years, the Stones have been doing roughly 20-30 shows a year.  That seems to be working well for them.  They're rumored to be doing South America later this year, and Europe stadiums again next summer.

Regardless of what happens, after the IE Tour era, I can definitely see another album/tour around 2020.  After that, it'll depend on their health, and how much money they still want. 

To be fair, Bono did have a major bike accident a few months ago.

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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #23 on: June 23, 2015, 01:21:11 PM »
I think 1 or 2 more tours after this one (which I will last through most of next year).

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« Reply #24 on: June 23, 2015, 01:37:23 PM »
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REM quit because they were no longer able to fill arenas when touring.  Their new albums sold next to nothing, and even in big cities like Chicago, LA, Boston, etc, they weren't able to fill 1 show in an arena.  It was either quit with their integrity still intact, or start touring on the casino/theater circuit.  If REM were still filling arenas or stadiums, they'd have kept going.

REM quit because they all felt the time was right, and they'd started to feel bored by the album/tour, album/tour merry-go-round.  I think they were just bored and tired by it all.  Bill Berry felt like that as way back as 1996.  They definitely didn't call it a day because they couldn't fill arenas around the world, although they did have a problem with filling stadiums.  But they definitely did quit with their integrity intact by leaving fans with the release of their best album, IMHO, since New Adventures in Hifi and by not cashing in on the new album with a money-spinning tour.


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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2015, 07:26:26 PM »
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REM quit because they were no longer able to fill arenas when touring.  Their new albums sold next to nothing, and even in big cities like Chicago, LA, Boston, etc, they weren't able to fill 1 show in an arena.  It was either quit with their integrity still intact, or start touring on the casino/theater circuit.  If REM were still filling arenas or stadiums, they'd have kept going.

REM quit because they all felt the time was right, and they'd started to feel bored by the album/tour, album/tour merry-go-round.  I think they were just bored and tired by it all.  Bill Berry felt like that as way back as 1996.  They definitely didn't call it a day because they couldn't fill arenas around the world, although they did have a problem with filling stadiums.  But they definitely did quit with their integrity intact by leaving fans with the release of their best album, IMHO, since New Adventures in Hifi and by not cashing in on the new album with a money-spinning tour.

You're probably right.  R.E.M. could've said "here's Collapse into now, our last record.  We're doing one final tour, and then we'll be gone!"  People would've flocked to them, lots of money would've been made, etc.  Kudos to them for just giving us a great record and not doing a tour they didn't want to do for the money. 

I sure wished they'd have toured one last time, though.  I saw REM twice, in 2003 and 2004.  I was late to the party, not becoming a fan until my girlfriend at the time drug me to that 2003 show in Cleveland.  After that show, I was immediately transformed into a full-fledged fanatic.  I missed their last tour in 2008, because I couldn't be bothered to drive to Chicago for the nearest show to me... I regret that now.  They're certainly a top 10 band for me, about 10 years ago they were probably in my top 5.  They have such a great catalog; I'm a fan who even appreciates "Around the Sun", even though I admit it has it's low points.  I miss that band... going to put on the Best of the IRS years right now! 

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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2015, 09:18:26 PM »
I work for the money. They just live their jobs more, but they still work for the money.

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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2015, 04:04:09 AM »
U2 have always been about selling out every show and making as much as possible. Bragging rights!!! They seem motivated to beat Stones last tour. Meaning the top gross etc. This tour is either over priced (not selling out) or the new music is not hitting the large market they hoped for.

Had Bono spoken up about apple new service like Taylor Swift did they might have gotten a bump from that but I not sure they will do a large Stadium tour like 360 unless something changes with a new album. I see news reports on the Stones tour frequently but I have not found that true with I E tour. It is also interesting in Willie interview that the 2 different shows as Bono promoted when tickets sales started was only scrubbed when they started rehearsing. I wonder if shows would have sold less if they hadn't mentioned that.

REM was never about the money and kept their ticket prices low throughout their career. They had a inexpensive fan club that sent out a Christmas disc. I think Pearl Jam is another large act that tries to keep ticket price affordable for all their fans and the BOSS!
So is it just the English Irish trying to take America's cash?

Hopefully if they do stadiums they will price tickets lower. But stones are selling out most of their $350 and $250 seats!!!!

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Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
« Reply #28 on: June 24, 2015, 04:18:09 AM »
Stones have a solid older fanbase that stretches back to the 60s and 70s; these older fans have much higher earning power than the majority of U2 fans.  Hence the Stones have few problems finding people willing and able to fan the hundreds of dollars a show to see them. 

I think the U2 tour would have more momentum had Bono's bike accident not derailed the promo, but I don't think U2 would ever be able to ever sell out stadium shows at the prices the Stones charge.  Cheaper tickets and a less extravagant show would suit me fine.  I hope U2 choose that option rather than hanging up their boots following this tour.

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« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2015, 05:27:58 AM »
R.E.M. never liked touring.  They didn't always tour on their albums.  I think Bono once said that U2 is a band that has to go out there and play when being compared to R.E.M.  I can't remember the exact quote, but I believe that was the context.