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Offline ZEROpartII

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Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« on: April 26, 2017, 11:47:21 AM »
I've always loved the idea of U2 doing a live show with a symphony orchestra and accompanying album ala Metallica S+M

If the show is 16 songs what would you include?

Must haves

- Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
- All I Want is You
- Sunday Bloody Sunday

Just because a song already has strings doesn't mean it's automatically in. Even though it would be fantastic

-Kite
-Hands that Built America
-Troubles

Then you have songs that would be incredibly enhanced because of the synths used in the original recording.

-Ultraviolet


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Re: Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 11:49:00 AM »
The Nashville Symphony did a U2 show and I hated the arrangement.  So it could be great if the arrangement is good.

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Re: Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2017, 12:14:26 PM »
I think One would need to be included, a la the Passengers performance.

Also, the intro to Streets could be converted for a symphonic performance, either a straight imitation, or something more interpretive, like Peter Gabriel's cover of "Heroes".
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Re: Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2017, 12:30:22 PM »
Those side projects are nice, like when Bono and Edge were at the Clinton Foundation but generally I don't want them to go on tour with an orchestra or a brass band or whatever. I just like their music fo what it is: guitar, bass and drums.

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Re: Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 01:03:50 PM »
Yeah, I'd buy a recording of it, but would prefer just the lads in concert. Oh, and songs I'd like to hear this way would be too many to list...Drowning Man, Ultraviolet, Promenade, maybe even something wild like Wire!

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Re: Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 01:13:02 PM »
Edges guitar is a symphony.  Just watching the Metallica concert makes me salivate for U2 to do it too.


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Re: Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 01:29:02 PM »
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Edges guitar is a symphony.  Just watching the Metallica concert makes me salivate for U2 to do it too.


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Agreed! Edge's guitar IS a symphony...who needs anything else?

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Re: Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2017, 11:46:02 AM »
I recently went to see a David Bowie impersonator with a full rock band backed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

It was OK....not great.  The band's sound overshadowed the orchestra and the orchestral arrangements were never a highlight of any song....almost completely remaining in the background.  Not sure if the issues were just mix related, arrangement related or what but it didn't live up to my expectations. 

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Re: Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2017, 01:38:11 PM »
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I recently went to see a David Bowie impersonator with a full rock band backed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

It was OK....not great.  The band's sound overshadowed the orchestra and the orchestral arrangements were never a highlight of any song....almost completely remaining in the background.  Not sure if the issues were just mix related, arrangement related or what but it didn't live up to my expectations. 

I think it's tough to justify a symphonic ensemble with a rock band if the material wasn't originally written in incorporate them.  I think Peter Gabriel did it about as well as anyone could--no rock band at all, just the symphony, and the material was often rewritten specifically for the ensemble.  (The Rhythm of the Heat's furious tribal drum coda redone as a very modern-sounding symphonic piece, mostly on strings, etc.)

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Re: Hypothetical: U2 with Symphony Orchestra
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2017, 02:03:05 PM »
I always thought that U2 and other bands should do this as it would be very cool. The Unforgettable Fire and Miss Sarajevo would definitely have to be included in the show, and I can already imagine WOWY with strings.