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Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?

It's 30 years since it's release so that should be celebrated
22 (12%)
It will boost their profile so SOE will sell more
32 (17.4%)
They are not happy with SOE so buys time to look at the tracks again
39 (21.2%)
It's a good way to make money
32 (17.4%)
Trumps election makes the album's themes current
11 (6%)
Playing live will help write new material
3 (1.6%)
They can roadtest SOE songs
3 (1.6%)
Pressure from Live Nation
35 (19%)
Something else
7 (3.8%)

Total Members Voted: 119

Voting closed: April 12, 2017, 07:54:47 AM

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Offline jules

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Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« on: January 12, 2017, 06:54:47 AM »
Genuine question, what do you think? If you answered 'something else' then explain below. Cheers.



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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 06:58:52 AM »
Voted for 1 and 4, though I think option 3 may have some merit.  And I think it's possible they may roadtest a new song or two.

Some folks here seem to think it's pressure from Live Nation.  You may want to add it as an option, though I don't buy it, myself.

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2017, 07:01:56 AM »
He who pays the piper calls the tune.

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2017, 07:49:22 AM »
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Some folks here seem to think it's pressure from Live Nation.  You may want to add it as an option
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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2017, 08:53:48 AM »
The top two (I hope).

The JT 30th Anniversary Tour would be a brilliant way to build up hype for SOE, especially if they premiered the album opener right before they go on tour and play it as their opener. Then, drop the album near the end of the JT Tour in preparation for the last part of the 2017 part of the I+E Tour and the band would be set.

But I think that's all a bit of a dream and I think there's a better shot that we'll get the powerhouses on the setlists for the JT Tour, then the band will rework SOE once the Tour gets done and we'll get the album later this year or in early-2018. I would love to be proven wrong, though.

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2017, 09:05:05 AM »
For love or MONEY MONEY MONEY

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2017, 11:07:09 AM »
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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2017, 12:04:00 PM »
They are not happy with SOE so buys time to look at the tracks again
It's a good way to make money

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2017, 07:33:14 PM »
It's most definatley to buy them time while they try and up the standard on the currently below par SOE. I can only assume that they have recieved lukewarm responses from those who have had alisten so far which is a good thing, shows they are not surrounded by sycophants.


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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2017, 08:20:18 PM »
Bono probably got around to listening to the majesty of TJT due to the 30th anniversary and got cold feet with the new album. Live Nation expected them to be touring with a new album and the JT tour became a compromise both U2 and LN were willing to work with.

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2017, 09:17:32 PM »
It is because they are following in the footsteps of a much admired idol of theirs, The Boss.  Certainly not complaining at all as I was fortunate to catch Springsteen in many locations last year like Rome and the longest night in Jersey and now going to Dublin and Paris for these shows, can only hope and pray they dig deep and try to include some from the set lists back on the original tour.

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2017, 01:57:30 AM »

I went for 4 and 8. Given edges ludicrous excuse for not releasing SOE it seems the only rational explanation - U2 have a contract to fulfil and I imagine there is pressure from LN for U2 to make them some money while they wait for a new album. Simples.

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2017, 03:24:40 AM »
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It's most definatley to buy them time while they try and up the standard on the currently below par SOE. I can only assume that they have recieved lukewarm responses from those who have had alisten so far which is a good thing, shows they are not surrounded by sycophants.

Agreed totally.

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2017, 07:34:18 AM »
Funny that more people voted for "Pressure from Live Nation" than they did "to celebrate JT's 30th anniversary".

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Re: Why do you think U2 are touring the Joshua Tree in 2017?
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2017, 08:06:02 AM »
According to Q magazine, they booked themselves rehearsal space and played the tracks as a four-piece. That's what pushed the album back as they realised....."quote from the Edge.....That rehearsal room becomes like a crucible: you bash away and you start to realise where the weaknesses and where the songs are strong. Any imperfections become obvious and you purciy that work in context. Adam says they will hold it back until later in the tear and edge wants to write a 'great song about the era'......basically the songs were not strong enough!! We'll have to find out later in the year1😳