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Offline SlyDanner

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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2016, 05:40:29 PM »
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It would great if the band concentrated on making a late career magical trilogy, but there's no money in it so why would they bother?

Back in the 1960s releasing new music was where the money was, while touring was largely a tax write-off used for promotional purposes. 

It never ceases to amaze me that so many people still think U2 cares about the money ..... If all they cared about was money, they'd have stopped making albums years ago and only toured. In case you have not noticed - U2 has only played 76 dates in the last 5 years

you really believe they don't care about money?  seriously???

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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2016, 12:12:02 PM »
In this market, without a tour a U2 album would slip off a radar in a week, sad to say.

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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2016, 01:51:09 PM »
The comparison to the beatles would work if this were, say, 1986.

You're comparing a band at their peak (the beatles) to a band sadly a long way past theirs. Still good, yes, but this isn't a band about to release the Joshua tree...

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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2016, 01:59:52 PM »
Even then it wouldn't work because U2 made a lot of money from touring the Joshua Tree in 1987 compared to what The Beatles would have made from touring in 1966.

To the other point, it's nave to think that financial considerations don't play a big part in what u2 do or indeed what the Beatles did.

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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2016, 02:12:58 PM »
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It would great if the band concentrated on making a late career magical trilogy, but there's no money in it so why would they bother?

Back in the 1960s releasing new music was where the money was, while touring was largely a tax write-off used for promotional purposes. 

It never ceases to amaze me that so many people still think U2 cares about the money ..... If all they cared about was money, they'd have stopped making albums years ago and only toured. In case you have not noticed - U2 has only played 76 dates in the last 5 years
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I don't know that they would necessarily write and record an album and *not promote it live. If they don't play live anymore - presumably down to health issues - would they not just call it a day ?

Also, what Thunder Peel said. No touring would give them even more time to procrastinate with music.

or they could release a more experimental album without having to worry about how they are going to play it live.  that's been a big issue for them.  the more artsy and interesting songs do not always translate well in concert

This late in the game, you really think they'd even consider doing that ? Playing live was always a big part of their appeal to the masses.

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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2016, 02:26:07 PM »
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I don't know that they would necessarily write and record an album and *not promote it live. If they don't play live anymore - presumably down to health issues - would they not just call it a day ?

Also, what Thunder Peel said. No touring would give them even more time to procrastinate with music.

or they could release a more experimental album without having to worry about how they are going to play it live.  that's been a big issue for them.  the more artsy and interesting songs do not always translate well in concert

cracking idea...would be great if they did.

they won't.

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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2016, 02:30:10 PM »
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It would great if the band concentrated on making a late career magical trilogy, but there's no money in it so why would they bother?

Back in the 1960s releasing new music was where the money was, while touring was largely a tax write-off used for promotional purposes. 

It never ceases to amaze me that so many people still think U2 cares about the money ..... If all they cared about was money, they'd have stopped making albums years ago and only toured. In case you have not noticed - U2 has only played 76 dates in the last 5 years
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I don't know that they would necessarily write and record an album and *not promote it live. If they don't play live anymore - presumably down to health issues - would they not just call it a day ?

Also, what Thunder Peel said. No touring would give them even more time to procrastinate with music.

or they could release a more experimental album without having to worry about how they are going to play it live.  that's been a big issue for them.  the more artsy and interesting songs do not always translate well in concert

This late in the game, you really think they'd even consider doing that ? Playing live was always a big part of their appeal to the masses.

well they did it with Passengers.  Maybe they could break out of the old playbook and do it again, as U2 this time. 

Who knows really... would like to be surprised though versus the same old song and dance (pun intended)

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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2016, 02:38:22 PM »
U2 don't need to stop touring and they don't need to take years to create an album. They could accomplish both and still have lots of holiday time.

Yr 1
1st half - write and record album
2nd half - tour N. America

Yr2
Vacation

Yr3
1st half - write and record album
2nd half - tour International

Yr 4
Vacation

Yr 5
1st half - write and record album
2nd half - tour N. America

Rinse and repeat over the next ten years. We get a lot off music and shows. They work 5 years and get 5 years off. Everyone wins. To bad I'm not their manager.

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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2016, 02:50:53 PM »
anyone would think flying first class around the world playing a few shows and recording music was hard work...


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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2016, 02:57:31 PM »
But they don't want to work more than they already do on U2.  It's not they can't, it's that they don't want to.




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Re: U2 quitting touring to concentrate on song writing ?
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2016, 04:20:53 AM »
oh brother.