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Title: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Runtmg on April 07, 2014, 08:56:16 AM
A story tellers style show where the band plays different songs from their catalog as well as new songs and talk about the writing. 

A U2 festival ala Ozzfest

An Ep with Edge as the lead singer. 

An acoustic album of U2 songs from their back catalog.

A rarities tour - where they specifically ditch the hits and play underworked and lesser known material. 

Last concert of their career-play red rocks
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: codeguy on April 07, 2014, 09:00:57 AM
closing out at Red Rocks would be special. I'm not sure about the whole edge-lead singer thing or the acoustic album. The rarities tour would be great but I can't see it. Demand for U2 tickets is so high, if you do a rarities tour you'd have a scalpers dream come true.

I'd like to see them attempt a Rockaria, ala American Idiot, Tommy, or The Wall. They could use all the leftover material that's never been released and it would give it a 3-decade sound, allowing them to follow a character through his life....
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: hrsan on April 07, 2014, 09:05:56 AM
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A story tellers style show where the band plays different songs from their catalog as well as new songs and talk about the writing. 

A U2 festival ala Ozzfest

An Ep with Edge as the lead singer. 

An acoustic album of U2 songs from their back catalog.

A rarities tour - where they specifically ditch the hits and play underworked and lesser known material. 

Last concert of their career-play red rocks

I'm sure whatever their last concert of their career is going to be, it won't be at Red Rocks, it will probably be in Dublin.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: meximofo on April 07, 2014, 09:11:51 AM
How about a definite revisit to POP, based on the live versions of some of the tracks? The band had mentioned this in the past, but we only got some remixes for the Best Of collection. Or do you think the band cannot do the album justice in this period of their lives?
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Thunder Peel on April 07, 2014, 09:27:15 AM
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How about a definite revisit to POP, based on the live versions of some of the tracks? The band had mentioned this in the past, but we only got some remixes for the Best Of collection. Or do you think the band cannot do the album justice in this period of their lives?

I just want a proper Pop remaster and bonus disc. I don't want them remixing it or altering it in any way; just remaster it and leave it be.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Runtmg on April 07, 2014, 01:08:44 PM

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A story tellers style show where the band plays different songs from their catalog as well as new songs and talk about the writing. 

A U2 festival ala Ozzfest

An Ep with Edge as the lead singer. 

An acoustic album of U2 songs from their back catalog.

A rarities tour - where they specifically ditch the hits and play underworked and lesser known material. 

Last concert of their career-play red rocks

I'm sure whatever their last concert of their career is going to be, it won't be at Red Rocks, it will probably be in Dublin.

Your probably right, but under a blood red sky really was a huge breakthrough for the band.  Convert has actually aged pretty well.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Runtmg on April 07, 2014, 01:10:34 PM

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How about a definite revisit to POP, based on the live versions of some of the tracks? The band had mentioned this in the past, but we only got some remixes for the Best Of collection. Or do you think the band cannot do the album justice in this period of their lives?

I just want a proper Pop remaster and bonus disc. I don't want them remixing it or altering it in any way; just remaster it and leave it be.

I would love to have them rerecord the drums on many of those tracks as Larry's back being out hurt the band.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Edgedisciple on April 07, 2014, 01:31:14 PM
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How about a definite revisit to POP, based on the live versions of some of the tracks? The band had mentioned this in the past, but we only got some remixes for the Best Of collection. Or do you think the band cannot do the album justice in this period of their lives?

Instead of revisiting it, I wish that they would stop pretending that they didn't made it and give it justice like it deserves. In other words, playing it live in the next tour.
I don't think that now they would be able to finish it: sadly these aren't the 90's and they are different people now.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: eddyjedi on April 07, 2014, 02:21:49 PM
I'm going for 10

1. Release the rubin sessions
2. Release the danger mouse sessions
3. Play small arenas on the next tour but lots of shows
4. Become a great band again
5. Become a guitar driven band again
6. Find some amazing chord sequences again.
7. No more slogan lyrics
8. No more self referential B.S.
9. Create something you and your fans are proud of
10. Write a rock n roll song better than UTEOTW
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Thunder Peel on April 07, 2014, 02:26:53 PM
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Instead of revisiting it, I wish that they would stop pretending that they didn't made it and give it justice like it deserves. In other words, playing it live in the next tour.
I don't think that now they would be able to finish it: sadly these aren't the 90's and they are different people now.

Not to mention that they can't even finish a new album in five years at this point. I doubt they could rework an older album at a faster pace either.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: SlyDanner on April 07, 2014, 03:47:05 PM
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I'm going for 10

1. Release the rubin sessions
2. Release the danger mouse sessions
3. Play small arenas on the next tour but lots of shows
4. Become a great band again
5. Become a guitar driven band again
6. Find some amazing chord sequences again.
7. No more slogan lyrics
8. No more self referential B.S.
9. Create something you and your fans are proud of
10. Write a rock n roll song better than UTEOTW

the problem with 4 & 5 in your list (which I agree with BTW) is that everyone has a different idea of what a great band is.  When they came back and did this (4 & 5) on Elevation Tour, half their 'fanbase' (on this forum) called it crap and wanted more Popmart nonsense.  (and I really like Pop BTW).

In the end they just need to make music that they believe in, that represents them, not 10+ producers or whatever the number is.  It almost feels like they are a broadway production at this point, with different writers, producers and all cast of creative types nudging them along.  As if they are just the actors delivering the lines.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: eddyjedi on April 07, 2014, 03:48:46 PM
It's like the band have had a brain injury since NLOTH
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Johnny Feathers on April 07, 2014, 04:17:04 PM
Lots of silly things in this thread, most of which would never happen in a million years.

How about we just hope for one last decent album and tour.  Or even just a decent tour.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: bondylan on April 07, 2014, 06:23:50 PM
I would really like to see the band perform The unforgettable fire ,The Joshua Tree,and Achtung Baby in their entirety. And one grand Symphonic concert .
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Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Argo on April 07, 2014, 06:33:25 PM
Only 1 wish and that is for them to release all this material they have recorded over past 8 years that has never been released, charting back to the Rubin sessions really. Dont care how they release it, just wish we could hear it all.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: codeguy on April 07, 2014, 07:12:33 PM
I agree on the whole "release it all" thing .... I'd love to hear the 50 or so songs they never released
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Edgedisciple on April 08, 2014, 05:59:54 AM
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Only 1 wish and that is for them to release all this material they have recorded over past 8 years that has never been released, charting back to the Rubin sessions really. Dont care how they release it, just wish we could hear it all.

That would be really cool. I'm sure that there are plenty of gems on those sessions that will never see the light of day.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: an tha on April 09, 2014, 01:14:19 PM
Find their balls again. . . Because if they do i am convinced that they could be great again.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Gypsy Heart on April 11, 2014, 12:40:22 PM
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Only 1 wish and that is for them to release all this material they have recorded over past 8 years that has never been released, charting back to the Rubin sessions really. Dont care how they release it, just wish we could hear it all.

That would be really cool. I'm sure that there are plenty of gems on those sessions that will never see the light of day.

It would certainly be cool. But I guess, given the case, they will release those gems on some anniversary occasion, reissue style (something I don't really want or need)... or in a couple of decades, when they're finished, in order to let the world know they're still around.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Gypsy Heart on April 11, 2014, 12:58:08 PM
I would love them to paid tribute to the country where the band was born, delighting the world with folk music. When I mention "the world", I am addressing not only their fanbase, but people who have never ever had a genuine interest in U2. I guess we all need a break, the lads included, U2 have gone through different eras, and perhaps, at this point in the lives of four men in their early 50's, something 100% new will be just great. Folk music will suit them well. I don't care whether they will be relevant or not, all I want to listen to is the result of innovation.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Runtmg on April 12, 2014, 02:23:45 AM

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Find their balls again. . . Because if they do i am convinced that they could be great again.
This
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: ITM on April 12, 2014, 03:54:05 AM
I'd like the sequel to TUF written...

And another album that's overtly celtic, much in the way of Simple Minds' Belfast Child.
The unreleased as well...And that bit about finding their balls, ditching the metaphorical sunglasses...That as well.

In fact, make the request that when they do find them, that they'd have trouble putting on pants kind of thing. Dortmund circa '84/'85 balls type thing.

And speaking of balls, the whole "They're in the early fifties..." bit is total pants. It's U2 for Bono's sake, just stop attempting to take the demographic temperature
and release your music.

Seriously, a new album would be a nice start.

Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: HotRod1999 on April 14, 2014, 11:03:13 PM
 :-\ 8) I just want them to go back against the grain of what is 'happening' in the music scene like they did with Achtung Baby. Releasing "The Fly" song and video, with Bono all slicked out and treading along the top of a building is what I want to see again. It was a complete 180 against the early grunge scene of the nineties. And it worked!
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: LToy on April 15, 2014, 12:53:03 AM
These ideas look very intriguing or thought provoking:

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A story tellers style show where the band plays different songs from their catalog as well as new songs and talk about the writing. 
  This would seem the most plausible and I think it would play well with Bono's ego.  The only drawback I can see is Bono's over reliance on his go-to talking points: "The band OR Edge's guitar is on fire"  "We've got a great collection of songs, we just need to finish them" etc, etc.  For this to really work, Bono would need to spend time thinking about what he wants say about his craft as a songwriter to give the casual viewer new insight about how he writes songs or what inspires him without sounding like a parrot of himself.


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A U2 festival ala Ozzfest
  Seeing how Ozzfest is a genre specific music festival, what other bands would qualify to be on the same bill with U2?  I know the standard answer is REM, but they're retired.  Also, I know they're contemporaries of U2, but I've NEVER thought their music fell into the same vein or genre as U2's music.  Besides, would U2 fans really want to pony up a butt-load of cash for a bunch of bands they may or may NOT want to see just to see U2 in concert?

This is going to sound controversial, especially to fans of the other 2 bands that I'm going to mention, but I've always felt that the triumvirate of bands to come out of the UK & Ireland that represented the 80's were U2, Depeche Mode, & The Cure.  For their collective body of work produced by all 3 bands from 1980 - 1985, this represented alternative radio's bread & butter.


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An Ep with Edge as the lead singer. 
  Seeing how Edge has already sung lead vocals on "Seconds", "Van Diemen's Land", and "Numb", I'm not sure what a new EP would add to Edge's repertoire.  One thing U2 fans can always count on is Edge's consistency on vocal duties.  These 3 songs have their own unique style and distinct themes that showcase his range as a singer.


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An acoustic album of U2 songs from their back catalog.
  This could be a challenging exercise for the band as they could tackle songs they have never performed acoustically.  Obviously this would eliminate songs like October, Seconds, Three Sunrises, Love Comes Tumbling or any of the songs they've performed stripped down on every tour since the ZOO TV era.  Or maybe fans would like to hear studio recorded versions of the acoustic songs from the ZOO TV tours.  This might require fan input a la the U22 fan club CD.


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A rarities tour - where they specifically ditch the hits and play underworked and lesser known material. 
  Well, no argument there.  As others have mentioned in previous thread posts, this may be more for the hardcore fan than the casual fan.  This could be really interesting if U2 played one of Edge's instrumentals off of the Captive Soundtrack


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Last concert of their career-play red rocks
  While I understand many fans' longing for this nostalgic venue because of its historic importance in the band's career, I've never been a fan of all natural, stone amphitheatres because of problems with the acoustics.  Yes, Live at Red Rocks sounds perfect, but remember that was recorded using a professional mobile recording studio with post-production work done by Steve Lillywhite, whose trained ears knew how to tweak the raw audio tapes into pure audio bliss.  My biggest problem with stone amphitheatres, which some would argue is also a problem with big football stadiums, is the backwash produced by sound bouncing off the hard stone surface.  [See also The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State]
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: scrittoresabino on April 15, 2014, 01:23:57 AM
I might be in the minority, but I DONT want to see the release of any of those rare or shelved albums/sessions before they call it quits.  I want these released sometime AFTER they call it quits
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Johnny Feathers on April 15, 2014, 08:41:19 AM
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I might be in the minority, but I DONT want to see the release of any of those rare or shelved albums/sessions before they call it quits.  I want these released sometime AFTER they call it quits

Yep.  People forget that even once U2 calls it a day as a performing/recording band, U2 as a BUSINESS will be alive and well for YEARS.  Granted, U2 have released quite a bit of stuff with their deluxe reissues already, but there's likely plenty more the band could release once they retire.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on April 15, 2014, 09:09:27 AM
Referring to the one about their last concert being at Red Rocks, I would actually love if they performed a full concert at a venue known for their incredible acoustics, like Carnegie Hall for example.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Miami66 on April 15, 2014, 03:56:33 PM
The more original material they release the better, in my view.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Gypsy Heart on April 15, 2014, 11:12:00 PM
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The more original material they release the better, in my view.
I guess we all expect something ORIGINAL. The question is... Original meaning new, different from whatever they have been doing all these decades... Or original like taking them back in time, as if it were a rebirth? I think this may be the problem when it comes to the need of another album with no reissues, which BTW I do not wish at all... No more reissues of reissues... Plz! Of course, I do agree with you. And in case you want to know my answer, I posted it a couple of days ago in this very thread. That's what I call original, no matter whether it is feasible plan, idea, proyect or not to them... IMO, they're having low opinions of themselves, and the result could be songs as poor and low-rate as OL and Invisible.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: theocean on April 17, 2014, 05:55:29 AM
I giant free concert somewhere.....................................doing each album...i know prob impossible.. :D :D
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Thunder Peel on April 17, 2014, 08:51:51 AM
Maybe their last concert should be at Red Rocks performing the exact same setlist of the 1983 show. I could dig that.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: codeguy on April 17, 2014, 08:59:32 AM
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Maybe their last concert should be at Red Rocks performing the exact same setlist of the 1983 show. I could dig that.
Nah, they'll never remind people of how they have aged like that!
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Johnny Feathers on April 17, 2014, 09:04:33 AM
Personally, I don't see the Red Rocks show as being significant enough to re-enact or finish their career paying tribute to.  And there's far too much other great material that came after War to ignore.

If they were going to do a "last concert", I could see it being more along the lines of Smashing Pumpkins in 2000, or LCD Soundsystem's last show.  Just a big concert packed with hits and obscurities, celebrating their history.
Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: New Zooland on April 17, 2014, 09:23:56 AM
1. Appear in their own Monkees-style sitcom where they get into madcap adventures.

2. A sequel to Rattle and Hum, Rattle and Hummer, which follows them driving around their haunts in NYC, the South of France, Florida and Dublin in a Hummer.

3. A U2 presented game/variety show for Japan or South America.

4. An album of duets with David Bowie, Thom Yorke, Bjork and Jarvis Cocker.

5. A satellite radio show, where each week they each take turns play their favourite tunes.

6. The return of the giant, mechanical Lemon.







Title: Re: 6 things I would like to see before U2 calls it a day
Post by: Miami66 on April 17, 2014, 06:55:16 PM
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The more original material they release the better, in my view.
I guess we all expect something ORIGINAL. The question is... Original meaning new, different from whatever they have been doing all these decades... Or original like taking them back in time, as if it were a rebirth? I think this may be the problem when it comes to the need of another album with no reissues, which BTW I do not wish at all... No more reissues of reissues... Plz! Of course, I do agree with you. And in case you want to know my answer, I posted it a couple of days ago in this very thread. That's what I call original, no matter whether it is feasible plan, idea, proyect or not to them... IMO, they're having low opinions of themselves, and the result could be songs as poor and low-rate as OL and Invisible.

Original = not a cover song