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Offline bonoedge

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Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« on: March 10, 2016, 09:01:47 PM »
It has been a bit since U2 has done a fan club show. It didn't during the SOI cycle, and barely on the NLOTH cycle. It would be nice to see them play an intimate gig again. I know it is a dream but I'd like to see them play Achtung Baby front to back. Or do a show that is full of deep cuts and b-sides.



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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2016, 03:44:06 AM »
Hell, I'm been saying this until I'm blue in the face.  It would be nice once in a while that U2 break up the cycle of album, tour, album and tour cycle and do something different like maybe doing like you said playing a album in full or a deep cut tour and maybe it will give the band new life and vision.  Also I don't think no one would give them flak for doing so as this would be the first time doing it.  Other bands have done so and not been accused of should I say being a "Heritage Act".  Springsteen is currently as we all know on the River Tour get rave reviews, Rush in the past has played Albums in full as examples of bands who still put new music out but just wanted a break from that album/tour cycle.  It may breath new life into U2.  All I really wanted is just a more balance choice of songs when they tour of new songs, hits and deeper cuts and not just a setlist with 2/3 hits and staples and the odd deep cut sometimes.  Even Springsteen said when asked about the river tour and not touring with new songs, by now I think I have earned the right to play what I want without being questioned of whether or not he is a heritage act or not and said he just wanted to break that cycle of album/tour.  He said he even has a solo album already done and ready for release as soon as the river tour is over.  Again, no on would accuse U2 for trying this as they also would continue to make new albums afterward.  Even acts who do not make new music at least in a long time have gotten good reviews when playing albums in full like Peter Gabriel on the So tour and Roger Waters on the Wall.

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2016, 11:13:35 AM »
Yes.  The Rolling Stones do this on every tour.

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2016, 12:09:33 PM »
I've never understood why u2 don't just come out and do tours or groups of shows (however small) just sort of whenever...and break the album, tour, album cycle.

Most acts seem to do it or have done it.

They really could have done a full album show or two by now as well..

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2016, 12:19:25 PM »
I just don't get the impression of U2 being much of a 'giving' band from a fan point of view.

There's a reason why album tracklistings are different from set-lists.   Why, for example, the first 8 songs of a Zoo TV show were in a different order to the album.

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2016, 12:22:22 PM »
Everything is very carefully planned with U2 shows, and I expect that's the reason they don't do more shows like this.  The Astoria show in London at the start of the century was fantastic, and the Boston gig last year was excellent too, so they are more than capable of pulling it off.  I don't really want them to do an entire album from their back catalogue as it'd be a statement of defeat in their on-going battle to create new and relevant material.

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2016, 12:26:31 PM »
But warm-up shows can be part of a carefully planned tour as an opportunity to build confidence in their playing before a real audience before the main shows get underway.
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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2016, 01:30:43 PM »
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Everything is very carefully planned with U2 shows, and I expect that's the reason they don't do more shows like this.  The Astoria show in London at the start of the century was fantastic, and the Boston gig last year was excellent too, so they are more than capable of pulling it off.  I don't really want them to do an entire album from their back catalogue as it'd be a statement of defeat in their on-going battle to create new and relevant material.

Playing an album in full for your fans does not in any way stop you creating new music.

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2016, 01:35:39 PM »
Spontaneous, pushing the envelope, deep tracks, creative...  this is not how U2 does live.  Never have, and time is not being kind to their creative abilities in the studio or on the road.

Sad but true.

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2016, 01:43:19 PM »
Hell, just a theater tour of Ireland would be a perfect change of pace. Something for the locals that they could wrap up in 2 weeks.

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2016, 02:47:28 PM »
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Everything is very carefully planned with U2 shows, and I expect that's the reason they don't do more shows like this.  The Astoria show in London at the start of the century was fantastic, and the Boston gig last year was excellent too, so they are more than capable of pulling it off.  I don't really want them to do an entire album from their back catalogue as it'd be a statement of defeat in their on-going battle to create new and relevant material.

Playing an album in full for your fans does not in any way stop you creating new music.

Wow, an argument from you that does not rely on how rubbish ATYCLB is - wonders never cease.  I think you'd argue against yourself if the album they played in full was aforementioned masterpiece  :)

Seriously, if you're going to do an old album for the fans, it is conceding defeat that the fans don't think your new stuff is up to it - you're playing to a bunch of people stuck with an old image of you in their heads.  Or to put it another way... why would you want to play "Pop" to a bunch of people who've slagged you off for 20 years?  Bit like going out with someone you jilted 20 years ago whose still sending you poison-pen letters.

Can we think of one artist/band who does "classic album" shows who are still making stuff as good as the album they're performing?

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2016, 02:50:04 PM »
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Hell, just a theater tour of Ireland would be a perfect change of pace. Something for the locals that they could wrap up in 2 weeks.

That's a really nice idea.  Perhaps like for the Astoria the shows could be to competition winners only, to make it manageable?  Would it be breaking any discrimination laws if entrants had to have Irish addresses to enter? 

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2016, 04:13:13 PM »
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Everything is very carefully planned with U2 shows, and I expect that's the reason they don't do more shows like this.  The Astoria show in London at the start of the century was fantastic, and the Boston gig last year was excellent too, so they are more than capable of pulling it off.  I don't really want them to do an entire album from their back catalogue as it'd be a statement of defeat in their on-going battle to create new and relevant material.

Playing an album in full for your fans does not in any way stop you creating new music.

Wow, an argument from you that does not rely on how rubbish ATYCLB is - wonders never cease.  I think you'd argue against yourself if the album they played in full was aforementioned masterpiece  :)

Seriously, if you're going to do an old album for the fans, it is conceding defeat that the fans don't think your new stuff is up to it - you're playing to a bunch of people stuck with an old image of you in their heads.  Or to put it another way... why would you want to play "Pop" to a bunch of people who've slagged you off for 20 years?  Bit like going out with someone you jilted 20 years ago whose still sending you poison-pen letters.

Can we think of one artist/band who does "classic album" shows who are still making stuff as good as the album they're performing?
We just want U2 to break that album tour cycle and not stop making new music.  Sometimes when you try something new, something good might come of it.  If U2 tries an album or deep cut tour and see their core fans go off with excitement they might just come out of it by making the best album of their lives the next time they head into the studio as they just might make an album for their fans and not the world who just don't care for new music from them right now.  You can't argue that.

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2016, 04:19:47 PM »
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Hell, just a theater tour of Ireland would be a perfect change of pace. Something for the locals that they could wrap up in 2 weeks.

That's a really nice idea.  Perhaps like for the Astoria the shows could be to competition winners only, to make it manageable?  Would it be breaking any discrimination laws if entrants had to have Irish addresses to enter? 

just don't sell 'em in advance. Walk-up sales only.

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Re: Should U2 Do A Special Fun Club Show Again?
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2016, 05:22:44 PM »
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Hell, just a theater tour of Ireland would be a perfect change of pace. Something for the locals that they could wrap up in 2 weeks.

That's a really nice idea.  Perhaps like for the Astoria the shows could be to competition winners only, to make it manageable?  Would it be breaking any discrimination laws if entrants had to have Irish addresses to enter?

Let's not worry about the logistics of what will never happen.