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Title: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
Post by: mariamontreal on June 20, 2015, 08:38:57 AM
I sure hope not.
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Post by: UnknownCaller98 on June 20, 2015, 08:44:13 AM
I think we would know if it was their last tour.
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Post by: mariamontreal on June 20, 2015, 09:08:23 AM
I guess so.
Title: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
Post by: jenniferh aka jen on June 20, 2015, 10:10:21 AM
Their contract with Lots be Nation doesn't expire until 2020. They are having a lot of fun during the shows, especially on the E stage. I foresee this tour going for a couple of years, then finishing up the next album and hitting the road again. I think they will try to keep from having a four year gap between tours again.

That's my psychic prediction.
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Post by: mdmomof7 on June 20, 2015, 10:10:47 AM
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I think we would know if it was their last tour.

That's what I think. They are having so much FUN this tour and I hope it continues to make them happy! I KNOW it makes me happy. I figure if they are enjoying this then they'll keep going! WOW! We are blessed!
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Post by: mariamontreal on June 20, 2015, 10:37:21 AM
I expect we could all see them again perhaps once this tour is over say maybe 2017?
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Post by: ebmlovesU2 on June 20, 2015, 03:21:29 PM
Very confident they will add another leg onto this tour next year.
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Post by: mariamontreal on June 20, 2015, 03:50:00 PM
That would make me very happy.
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Post by: hrsan on June 20, 2015, 06:07:13 PM
U2 has at least two and a half decades of touring left in them, which means we can look forward to approximately 6 - 8 tours. 
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Post by: JaraSangASongAWeapon on June 21, 2015, 02:05:14 AM
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U2 has at least two and a half decades of touring left in them, which means we can look forward to approximately 6 - 8 tours.

Funny.
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Post by: Volcanogirl on June 21, 2015, 03:48:17 AM
The guys know it when it's time. As long as they love what they do and the audiance loves it.
There's gonna be a bigger show.
Title: Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
Post by: samko on June 21, 2015, 05:55:17 AM
Personally I think this tour will run for another couple of years into 2017 and it will be their last large scale tour.
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Post by: briscoetheque on June 21, 2015, 07:55:37 AM
I think they will come to Australia next year and that will actually be their last tour to these shores. They will tour other places but I just feel like they'll be over flights that last any longer than 8 hours.

I would be.
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Post by: badu2fan on June 21, 2015, 02:26:48 PM
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Personally I think this tour will run for another couple of years into 2017 and it will be their last large scale tour.


U2 could never record another album, but as far as touring; I doubt they would stop until one of them passes or can 't play their instrument any longer. It is too lucrative and the older and even if you can't play as well, the more money you gross. There is a good chance you will be going to the 50th anniversary Red Rocks show if they stay healthy.
Just look at Mc Cartney Stones Dead Roger Waters etc.  they could break up or go on 5 year hiatus just to bring the value of a live performance to the maximum amount. If you think about the amount of money 10 or so bands take out of the pockets of fans and the economy, it is quite remarkable. Maybe U2 will bring back Pop Mart tour on 30th anniversary. Might be why they won't play any of the songs in concert now.
 BB King set the standard Keep playing til the Thrill is Gone.  ;)
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Post by: Waffles on June 21, 2015, 08:40:21 PM
When it's their last, they will be sure of it before they go tour
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Post by: Saint1322 on June 22, 2015, 09:09:14 AM
My prediction: Songs of Experience is released in 4Q 2015 or 1Q 2016. Exhaustive stadium tour of US/Europe/SA/Japan/Australia/New Zealand follows in 2016/17. Standard, lengthy break afterward.

At that point, they re-convene and see if they still have the fire. If so (and I think they will) cycle starts over in 2020. Depending on health, economic environment, appetite (by the band and the fans) that tour/album could be it, at least for new albums and the usual album/tour/rest/album/tour rest pattern.

Maybe they take some time away and come back for a 50th anniversary tour in 2030. That's going way out there, I know.

So to everyone who is complaining about being 'stuck' with tickets to more than one show this summer, to quote Bob Dylan, 'it's not dark yet, but it's getting there.'

Title: Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
Post by: LemonadeSupernova on June 22, 2015, 10:17:56 AM
They'll keep going as long as they feel fit enough.  The Rolling Stones have, it's just that they pace themselves more these days.  Their current tour has been running since 2012.



Title: Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
Post by: acrobat62 on June 22, 2015, 11:47:50 AM
Heck, I thought after ZOO TV they would stop, my thinking is how can they top that!  Not that they would stop making records, but just stop touring a la The Beatles.
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Post by: Saint1322 on June 22, 2015, 12:21:18 PM
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They'll keep going as long as they feel fit enough.  The Rolling Stones have, it's just that they pace themselves more these days.  Their current tour has been running since 2012.


I get cranky when bands are accused of doing things just for money. The Stones are the exception. They are still doing this for the money. I have heard too many other artists who actually know Mick and Keith say the same thing. David Gilmour said those two crave money they way most people crave sex. They will never have enough, and Keith will keep going, he says, as long as Charlie Watts is around. Mick? Mick will go the KISS route and have guys out there dressed as Keith and Charlie as long as he can stand up and move. :)

Total cash cows. Vegas Show. Might as well be on ice skates at this point. U2 won't do that. If they are still interested in the art at age 80, they'll be out there. The day they aren't, it's over. And it should be. See R.E.M.
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Post by: LemonadeSupernova on June 22, 2015, 02:11:21 PM
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They'll keep going as long as they feel fit enough.  The Rolling Stones have, it's just that they pace themselves more these days.  Their current tour has been running since 2012.


I get cranky when bands are accused of doing things just for money. The Stones are the exception. They are still doing this for the money. I have heard too many other artists who actually know Mick and Keith say the same thing. David Gilmour said those two crave money they way most people crave sex. They will never have enough, and Keith will keep going, he says, as long as Charlie Watts is around. Mick? Mick will go the KISS route and have guys out there dressed as Keith and Charlie as long as he can stand up and move. :)

Total cash cows. Vegas Show. Might as well be on ice skates at this point. U2 won't do that. If they are still interested in the art at age 80, they'll be out there. The day they aren't, it's over. And it should be. See R.E.M.

Some people are delusional.  They all do it for the money.  If U2 weren't doing it for the money then why don't they do a breakeven tour and offer much lower ticket prices to their fans?  Why get into bed with a multi-national like LiveNation?  Prices on U2 tours are getting higher for the large majority of fans if anything.  And we all know how much U2 admire the Stones. 

 

Title: Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
Post by: mariamontreal on June 22, 2015, 04:44:31 PM
As much as I love them they are expensive I calculated if I get a ticket for New York add in the airfare and hotel and meals for one night 2,500 approx.I live in Montreal and our dollar is low.Can't afford that have to be content with the 1000.00 I spent here for three nights in Montreal. In the old days it was very doable. I wanted to go so bad on my birthday July 30,so much for that.
Title: Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
Post by: podiumboy on June 23, 2015, 10:47:27 AM
REM quit because they were no longer able to fill arenas when touring.  Their new albums sold next to nothing, and even in big cities like Chicago, LA, Boston, etc, they weren't able to fill 1 show in an arena.  It was either quit with their integrity still intact, or start touring on the casino/theater circuit.  If REM were still filling arenas or stadiums, they'd have kept going.

I don't think Bono is going to be able to go as long as Mick Jagger.  Jagger is 71 and has way more energy onstage now than Bono does at 55.  I just saw the Stones a month ago in Columbus.  I can honestly say that it's probably about time Charlie, Keith and even Ronnie hang it up, but Mick?  He's still as solid a performer as he's been for the last 25 years.  For the past few years, the Stones have been doing roughly 20-30 shows a year.  That seems to be working well for them.  They're rumored to be doing South America later this year, and Europe stadiums again next summer.

Regardless of what happens, after the IE Tour era, I can definitely see another album/tour around 2020.  After that, it'll depend on their health, and how much money they still want. 
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Post by: hrsan on June 23, 2015, 11:10:51 AM
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REM quit because they were no longer able to fill arenas when touring.  Their new albums sold next to nothing, and even in big cities like Chicago, LA, Boston, etc, they weren't able to fill 1 show in an arena.  It was either quit with their integrity still intact, or start touring on the casino/theater circuit.  If REM were still filling arenas or stadiums, they'd have kept going.

I don't think Bono is going to be able to go as long as Mick Jagger.  Jagger is 71 and has way more energy onstage now than Bono does at 55.  I just saw the Stones a month ago in Columbus.  I can honestly say that it's probably about time Charlie, Keith and even Ronnie hang it up, but Mick?  He's still as solid a performer as he's been for the last 25 years.  For the past few years, the Stones have been doing roughly 20-30 shows a year.  That seems to be working well for them.  They're rumored to be doing South America later this year, and Europe stadiums again next summer.

Regardless of what happens, after the IE Tour era, I can definitely see another album/tour around 2020.  After that, it'll depend on their health, and how much money they still want. 

To be fair, Bono did have a major bike accident a few months ago.
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Post by: jjack339 on June 23, 2015, 01:21:11 PM
I think 1 or 2 more tours after this one (which I will last through most of next year).
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Post by: LemonadeSupernova on June 23, 2015, 01:37:23 PM
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REM quit because they were no longer able to fill arenas when touring.  Their new albums sold next to nothing, and even in big cities like Chicago, LA, Boston, etc, they weren't able to fill 1 show in an arena.  It was either quit with their integrity still intact, or start touring on the casino/theater circuit.  If REM were still filling arenas or stadiums, they'd have kept going.

REM quit because they all felt the time was right, and they'd started to feel bored by the album/tour, album/tour merry-go-round.  I think they were just bored and tired by it all.  Bill Berry felt like that as way back as 1996.  They definitely didn't call it a day because they couldn't fill arenas around the world, although they did have a problem with filling stadiums.  But they definitely did quit with their integrity intact by leaving fans with the release of their best album, IMHO, since New Adventures in Hifi and by not cashing in on the new album with a money-spinning tour.

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Post by: podiumboy on June 23, 2015, 07:26:26 PM
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REM quit because they were no longer able to fill arenas when touring.  Their new albums sold next to nothing, and even in big cities like Chicago, LA, Boston, etc, they weren't able to fill 1 show in an arena.  It was either quit with their integrity still intact, or start touring on the casino/theater circuit.  If REM were still filling arenas or stadiums, they'd have kept going.

REM quit because they all felt the time was right, and they'd started to feel bored by the album/tour, album/tour merry-go-round.  I think they were just bored and tired by it all.  Bill Berry felt like that as way back as 1996.  They definitely didn't call it a day because they couldn't fill arenas around the world, although they did have a problem with filling stadiums.  But they definitely did quit with their integrity intact by leaving fans with the release of their best album, IMHO, since New Adventures in Hifi and by not cashing in on the new album with a money-spinning tour.

You're probably right.  R.E.M. could've said "here's Collapse into now, our last record.  We're doing one final tour, and then we'll be gone!"  People would've flocked to them, lots of money would've been made, etc.  Kudos to them for just giving us a great record and not doing a tour they didn't want to do for the money. 

I sure wished they'd have toured one last time, though.  I saw REM twice, in 2003 and 2004.  I was late to the party, not becoming a fan until my girlfriend at the time drug me to that 2003 show in Cleveland.  After that show, I was immediately transformed into a full-fledged fanatic.  I missed their last tour in 2008, because I couldn't be bothered to drive to Chicago for the nearest show to me... I regret that now.  They're certainly a top 10 band for me, about 10 years ago they were probably in my top 5.  They have such a great catalog; I'm a fan who even appreciates "Around the Sun", even though I admit it has it's low points.  I miss that band... going to put on the Best of the IRS years right now! 
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Post by: briscoetheque on June 23, 2015, 09:18:26 PM
I work for the money. They just live their jobs more, but they still work for the money.
Title: Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
Post by: badu2fan on June 24, 2015, 04:04:09 AM
U2 have always been about selling out every show and making as much as possible. Bragging rights!!! They seem motivated to beat Stones last tour. Meaning the top gross etc. This tour is either over priced (not selling out) or the new music is not hitting the large market they hoped for.

Had Bono spoken up about apple new service like Taylor Swift did they might have gotten a bump from that but I not sure they will do a large Stadium tour like 360 unless something changes with a new album. I see news reports on the Stones tour frequently but I have not found that true with I E tour. It is also interesting in Willie interview that the 2 different shows as Bono promoted when tickets sales started was only scrubbed when they started rehearsing. I wonder if shows would have sold less if they hadn't mentioned that.

REM was never about the money and kept their ticket prices low throughout their career. They had a inexpensive fan club that sent out a Christmas disc. I think Pearl Jam is another large act that tries to keep ticket price affordable for all their fans and the BOSS!
So is it just the English Irish trying to take America's cash?

Hopefully if they do stadiums they will price tickets lower. But stones are selling out most of their $350 and $250 seats!!!!
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Post by: il_capo on June 24, 2015, 04:18:09 AM
Stones have a solid older fanbase that stretches back to the 60s and 70s; these older fans have much higher earning power than the majority of U2 fans.  Hence the Stones have few problems finding people willing and able to fan the hundreds of dollars a show to see them. 

I think the U2 tour would have more momentum had Bono's bike accident not derailed the promo, but I don't think U2 would ever be able to ever sell out stadium shows at the prices the Stones charge.  Cheaper tickets and a less extravagant show would suit me fine.  I hope U2 choose that option rather than hanging up their boots following this tour.
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Post by: hrsan on June 24, 2015, 05:27:58 AM
R.E.M. never liked touring.  They didn't always tour on their albums.  I think Bono once said that U2 is a band that has to go out there and play when being compared to R.E.M.  I can't remember the exact quote, but I believe that was the context.
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Post by: il_capo on June 24, 2015, 06:22:42 AM
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R.E.M. never liked touring.  They didn't always tour on their albums.  I think Bono once said that U2 is a band that has to go out there and play when being compared to R.E.M.  I can't remember the exact quote, but I believe that was the context.

R.E.M. loved touring and functioned as a live act years before releasing their first album.  They toured very heavily throughout the 80s.  In the early 90s they decided to concentrate on recording for a few years (Out of time and Automatic weren't toured) but didn't they tour every album after that (with the exception of their final release)?  They clearly enjoyed it less after Bill Berry left the band in the mid-90s, however.  U2 seemed to be as focused on touring as ever with 360, and it'll be interesting to see if their hunger for live shows continues once this arena run is over.
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Post by: The Jackal on June 24, 2015, 05:52:14 PM
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I work for the money. They just live their jobs more, but they still work for the money.

You mean to say that if you won $10 Million on the lotto you wouldn't still go in to work so as not to let the team down?

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Post by: briscoetheque on June 24, 2015, 05:53:18 PM
If I won $10million I'd just put it with the other $500million I have in my money swimming pool
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Post by: The Jackal on June 24, 2015, 05:59:30 PM
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If I won $10million I'd just put it with the other $500million I have in my money swimming pool

Well at least you won't drown in debt.

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Post by: Saint1322 on June 24, 2015, 08:01:25 PM
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They'll keep going as long as they feel fit enough.  The Rolling Stones have, it's just that they pace themselves more these days.  Their current tour has been running since 2012.


I get cranky when bands are accused of doing things just for money. The Stones are the exception. They are still doing this for the money. I have heard too many other artists who actually know Mick and Keith say the same thing. David Gilmour said those two crave money they way most people crave sex. They will never have enough, and Keith will keep going, he says, as long as Charlie Watts is around. Mick? Mick will go the KISS route and have guys out there dressed as Keith and Charlie as long as he can stand up and move. :)

Total cash cows. Vegas Show. Might as well be on ice skates at this point. U2 won't do that. If they are still interested in the art at age 80, they'll be out there. The day they aren't, it's over. And it should be. See R.E.M.

Some people are delusional.  They all do it for the money.  If U2 weren't doing it for the money then why don't they do a breakeven tour and offer much lower ticket prices to their fans?  Why get into bed with a multi-national like LiveNation?  Prices on U2 tours are getting higher for the large majority of fans if anything.  And we all know how much U2 admire the Stones. 

 



Never said U2 weren't enjoying money. I said there was more to it than JUST money. The Stones at this point care about as much about art as Gene Simmons. World's most expensive jukebox.
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Post by: Saint1322 on June 24, 2015, 08:07:14 PM
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R.E.M. never liked touring.  They didn't always tour on their albums.  I think Bono once said that U2 is a band that has to go out there and play when being compared to R.E.M.  I can't remember the exact quote, but I believe that was the context.

R.E.M. loved touring and functioned as a live act years before releasing their first album.  They toured very heavily throughout the 80s.  In the early 90s they decided to concentrate on recording for a few years (Out of time and Automatic weren't toured) but didn't they tour every album after that (with the exception of their final release)?  They clearly enjoyed it less after Bill Berry left the band in the mid-90s, however.  U2 seemed to be as focused on touring as ever with 360, and it'll be interesting to see if their hunger for live shows continues once this arena run is over.

R.E.M. only played a handful of promo shows after 'Reveal' in 2001, but yes, they toured the others up until their final release. R.E.M.'s history with touring is often misrepresented because they didn't tour behind their two big 90s smashes, 'Out Of Time' and 'Automatic For The People.'

They also didn't tour after 'New Adventures In Hi-Fi' but that album was recorded while on the road anyway and released as a coda to 'Monster.'

And let me say, on their final tour, R.E.M.'s setlists were a wild west show. You had no idea what was coming next. 80 percent of their catalog could have come out at any moment.
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Post by: il_capo on June 25, 2015, 06:16:35 AM
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R.E.M. never liked touring.  They didn't always tour on their albums.  I think Bono once said that U2 is a band that has to go out there and play when being compared to R.E.M.  I can't remember the exact quote, but I believe that was the context.

R.E.M. loved touring and functioned as a live act years before releasing their first album.  They toured very heavily throughout the 80s.  In the early 90s they decided to concentrate on recording for a few years (Out of time and Automatic weren't toured) but didn't they tour every album after that (with the exception of their final release)?  They clearly enjoyed it less after Bill Berry left the band in the mid-90s, however.  U2 seemed to be as focused on touring as ever with 360, and it'll be interesting to see if their hunger for live shows continues once this arena run is over.

R.E.M. only played a handful of promo shows after 'Reveal' in 2001, but yes, they toured the others up until their final release. R.E.M.'s history with touring is often misrepresented because they didn't tour behind their two big 90s smashes, 'Out Of Time' and 'Automatic For The People.'

They also didn't tour after 'New Adventures In Hi-Fi' but that album was recorded while on the road anyway and released as a coda to 'Monster.'

And let me say, on their final tour, R.E.M.'s setlists were a wild west show. You had no idea what was coming next. 80 percent of their catalog could have come out at any moment.

The final R.E.M. tour was great, IMO.  I regret not going to it but could only get hold of a seated ticket and don't like watching any stadium show in a seat - you're just too far away to feel involved.  The versions of "Let Me In" and "Ignoreland" were fantastic, and overall the shows I've heard recordings of were great.

That said, I think R.E.M. were more comfortable playing smaller venues.  The shows I saw in the 80s were brilliant and the band clearly enjoyed themselves.  I am not sure they ever felt as comfortable as U2 moving into stadiums. 
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Post by: Saint1322 on June 25, 2015, 09:17:38 AM
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R.E.M. never liked touring.  They didn't always tour on their albums.  I think Bono once said that U2 is a band that has to go out there and play when being compared to R.E.M.  I can't remember the exact quote, but I believe that was the context.

R.E.M. loved touring and functioned as a live act years before releasing their first album.  They toured very heavily throughout the 80s.  In the early 90s they decided to concentrate on recording for a few years (Out of time and Automatic weren't toured) but didn't they tour every album after that (with the exception of their final release)?  They clearly enjoyed it less after Bill Berry left the band in the mid-90s, however.  U2 seemed to be as focused on touring as ever with 360, and it'll be interesting to see if their hunger for live shows continues once this arena run is over.

R.E.M. only played a handful of promo shows after 'Reveal' in 2001, but yes, they toured the others up until their final release. R.E.M.'s history with touring is often misrepresented because they didn't tour behind their two big 90s smashes, 'Out Of Time' and 'Automatic For The People.'

They also didn't tour after 'New Adventures In Hi-Fi' but that album was recorded while on the road anyway and released as a coda to 'Monster.'

And let me say, on their final tour, R.E.M.'s setlists were a wild west show. You had no idea what was coming next. 80 percent of their catalog could have come out at any moment.

The final R.E.M. tour was great, IMO.  I regret not going to it but could only get hold of a seated ticket and don't like watching any stadium show in a seat - you're just too far away to feel involved.  The versions of "Let Me In" and "Ignoreland" were fantastic, and overall the shows I've heard recordings of were great.

That said, I think R.E.M. were more comfortable playing smaller venues.  The shows I saw in the 80s were brilliant and the band clearly enjoyed themselves.  I am not sure they ever felt as comfortable as U2 moving into stadiums. 

I think their last tour was almost exclusively an amphitheater tour, at least in the US. I saw them at Lakewood in Atlanta -- their final show on US soil -- and it was amazing. We were in the 4th row thanks to their fan club ticketing.  They played a TON of songs from the IRS years.

I saw them four times, and all were in smaller venues after Bill Berry retired. Two in Atlanta amphitheaters, one in Birmingham and the Ryman in Nashville.
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R.E.M. never liked touring.  They didn't always tour on their albums.  I think Bono once said that U2 is a band that has to go out there and play when being compared to R.E.M.  I can't remember the exact quote, but I believe that was the context.

R.E.M. loved touring and functioned as a live act years before releasing their first album.  They toured very heavily throughout the 80s.  In the early 90s they decided to concentrate on recording for a few years (Out of time and Automatic weren't toured) but didn't they tour every album after that (with the exception of their final release)?  They clearly enjoyed it less after Bill Berry left the band in the mid-90s, however.  U2 seemed to be as focused on touring as ever with 360, and it'll be interesting to see if their hunger for live shows continues once this arena run is over.

R.E.M. only played a handful of promo shows after 'Reveal' in 2001, but yes, they toured the others up until their final release. R.E.M.'s history with touring is often misrepresented because they didn't tour behind their two big 90s smashes, 'Out Of Time' and 'Automatic For The People.'

They also didn't tour after 'New Adventures In Hi-Fi' but that album was recorded while on the road anyway and released as a coda to 'Monster.'

And let me say, on their final tour, R.E.M.'s setlists were a wild west show. You had no idea what was coming next. 80 percent of their catalog could have come out at any moment.

The final R.E.M. tour was great, IMO.  I regret not going to it but could only get hold of a seated ticket and don't like watching any stadium show in a seat - you're just too far away to feel involved.  The versions of "Let Me In" and "Ignoreland" were fantastic, and overall the shows I've heard recordings of were great.

That said, I think R.E.M. were more comfortable playing smaller venues.  The shows I saw in the 80s were brilliant and the band clearly enjoyed themselves.  I am not sure they ever felt as comfortable as U2 moving into stadiums. 

I think their last tour was almost exclusively an amphitheater tour, at least in the US. I saw them at Lakewood in Atlanta -- their final show on US soil -- and it was amazing. We were in the 4th row thanks to their fan club ticketing.  They played a TON of songs from the IRS years.

I saw them four times, and all were in smaller venues after Bill Berry retired. Two in Atlanta amphitheaters, one in Birmingham and the Ryman in Nashville.

You were lucky, in Europe the shows were outdoor affairs.  Would've been great to see them from the 4th row - last time I saw them that close was the Green Tour.  I had to queue for hours to get those tickets but it was worth it.
Title: Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
Post by: The Jackal on June 25, 2015, 12:33:46 PM
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They'll keep going as long as they feel fit enough.  The Rolling Stones have, it's just that they pace themselves more these days.  Their current tour has been running since 2012.


I get cranky when bands are accused of doing things just for money. The Stones are the exception. They are still doing this for the money. I have heard too many other artists who actually know Mick and Keith say the same thing. David Gilmour said those two crave money they way most people crave sex. They will never have enough, and Keith will keep going, he says, as long as Charlie Watts is around. Mick? Mick will go the KISS route and have guys out there dressed as Keith and Charlie as long as he can stand up and move. :)

Total cash cows. Vegas Show. Might as well be on ice skates at this point. U2 won't do that. If they are still interested in the art at age 80, they'll be out there. The day they aren't, it's over. And it should be. See R.E.M.

Some people are delusional.  They all do it for the money.  If U2 weren't doing it for the money then why don't they do a breakeven tour and offer much lower ticket prices to their fans?  Why get into bed with a multi-national like LiveNation?  Prices on U2 tours are getting higher for the large majority of fans if anything.  And we all know how much U2 admire the Stones. 

 



Never said U2 weren't enjoying money. I said there was more to it than JUST money. The Stones at this point care about as much about art as Gene Simmons. World's most expensive jukebox.

Most workers would say that there's more to their work than just the money.  The Stones included.

Title: Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
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They'll keep going as long as they feel fit enough.  The Rolling Stones have, it's just that they pace themselves more these days.  Their current tour has been running since 2012.


I get cranky when bands are accused of doing things just for money. The Stones are the exception. They are still doing this for the money. I have heard too many other artists who actually know Mick and Keith say the same thing. David Gilmour said those two crave money they way most people crave sex. They will never have enough, and Keith will keep going, he says, as long as Charlie Watts is around. Mick? Mick will go the KISS route and have guys out there dressed as Keith and Charlie as long as he can stand up and move. :)

Total cash cows. Vegas Show. Might as well be on ice skates at this point. U2 won't do that. If they are still interested in the art at age 80, they'll be out there. The day they aren't, it's over. And it should be. See R.E.M.

Some people are delusional.  They all do it for the money.  If U2 weren't doing it for the money then why don't they do a breakeven tour and offer much lower ticket prices to their fans?  Why get into bed with a multi-national like LiveNation?  Prices on U2 tours are getting higher for the large majority of fans if anything.  And we all know how much U2 admire the Stones. 

 



Never said U2 weren't enjoying money. I said there was more to it than JUST money. The Stones at this point care about as much about art as Gene Simmons. World's most expensive jukebox.

Most workers would say that there's more to their work than just the money.  The Stones included.



They would; I am just calling BS on the Stones. It's just my opinion.
Title: Re: Will U2 do another tour after this one or will this be the last?
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R.E.M. never liked touring.  They didn't always tour on their albums.  I think Bono once said that U2 is a band that has to go out there and play when being compared to R.E.M.  I can't remember the exact quote, but I believe that was the context.
R.E.M. loved touring and functioned as a live act years before releasing their first album.  They toured very heavily throughout the 80s.  In the early 90s they decided to concentrate on recording for a few years (Out of time and Automatic weren't toured) but didn't they tour every album after that (with the exception of their final release)?  They clearly enjoyed it less after Bill Berry left the band in the mid-90s, however.  U2 seemed to be as focused on touring as ever with 360, and it'll be interesting to see if their hunger for live shows continues once this arena run is over.

R.E.M. only played a handful of promo shows after 'Reveal' in 2001, but yes, they toured the others up until their final release. R.E.M.'s history with touring is often misrepresented because they didn't tour behind their two big 90s smashes, 'Out Of Time' and 'Automatic For The People.'

They also didn't tour after 'New Adventures In Hi-Fi' but that album was recorded while on the road anyway and released as a coda to 'Monster.'

And let me say, on their final tour, R.E.M.'s setlists were a wild west show. You had no idea what was coming next. 80 percent of their catalog could have come out at any moment.

The final R.E.M. tour was great, IMO.  I regret not going to it but could only get hold of a seated ticket and don't like watching any stadium show in a seat - you're just too far away to feel involved.  The versions of "Let Me In" and "Ignoreland" were fantastic, and overall the shows I've heard recordings of were great.

That said, I think R.E.M. were more comfortable playing smaller venues.  The shows I saw in the 80s were brilliant and the band clearly enjoyed themselves.  I am not sure they ever felt as comfortable as U2 moving into stadiums. 

I think their last tour was almost exclusively an amphitheater tour, at least in the US. I saw them at Lakewood in Atlanta -- their final show on US soil -- and it was amazing. We were in the 4th row thanks to their fan club ticketing.  They played a TON of songs from the IRS years.

I saw them four times, and all were in smaller venues after Bill Berry retired. Two in Atlanta amphitheaters, one in Birmingham and the Ryman in Nashville.


I saw REM last 4 tours in Raleigh even took a photo with Bill Berry with them that was used in Spin Magazine. Thanks to their fan club I was in the 10th 3rd 2nd 1st rows and tickets were less then $75. REM was never in it for the money IMO>Their fan club was $10 for many years. It is a bummer they retired but feel they went out the right way with no last tour to cash out etc. I still pray they will get back together shortly and that their absence with parlay into folks realizing they are missing one of the best live acts. Stipe was able to grab the audience and hold them hostage for 2 hours. Even got to meet them at an after party.
They were laid back and Raleigh was their second hometown saw Berry 2 times with them there. It was the first area to embrace REM when they left Georgia in a van playing clubs etc.