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Title: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: marcovox on November 08, 2016, 10:00:18 AM
If you visit www.reddit.com/r/bonnaroo, there are plenty of threads with people that are getting sources of U2, RHCP, and either Weekend or Chance The Rapper. 

RHCP have a break in their tour where it looks like they'd play Gov Ball, Bonnaroo, and maybe Bestival in Toronto. 

The two R&B/Rapper rumors would make sense as they're probably deciding between the two. 

I've been active in the Bonnaroo community for 4 years now, and at this point I would say that the amount of rumors coming would say this is pretty much all but confirmed.  There's really no other way to put it. 

So... who's thinking of going? 

I can tell you this much, and I have probably iterated this sentiment over 500 times in 4 years, but Bonnaroo will most likely be the best weekend of your life.  And to see U2 there where Paul McCartney, Radiohead, and many other legends have played will be something you most definitely want to check off your bucket list. 
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: This Dave on November 08, 2016, 11:13:13 AM
They should never play that festival, if only to avoid the puns.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: Mr. Sarajevo 20 on November 08, 2016, 01:21:23 PM
...and the mud.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: JTNash on November 08, 2016, 01:26:46 PM
OMG I live so close, but I'm 40 not sure I could handle the heat.  It's so bad in TN in June.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: marcovox on November 08, 2016, 02:59:00 PM
I mean... this is a once in a lifetime.  Unless they really truly impress, they'll never go back.  And if you've never gone to Bonnaroo... I mean... like... THIS would be the year you go. 

Don't drop the ball on this one.  Grab your ticket.  Go.  It will be the best weekend of your life, guaranteed.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: JTNash on November 08, 2016, 03:08:49 PM
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I mean... this is a once in a lifetime.  Unless they really truly impress, they'll never go back.  And if you've never gone to Bonnaroo... I mean... like... THIS would be the year you go. 

Don't drop the ball on this one.  Grab your ticket.  Go.  It will be the best weekend of your life, guaranteed.
well I do have a hammock I can hang from a tree lol and a tent an whatnot
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: SlyDanner on November 08, 2016, 03:57:02 PM
marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: Monicalea on November 08, 2016, 04:58:41 PM
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I mean... this is a once in a lifetime.  Unless they really truly impress, they'll never go back.  And if you've never gone to Bonnaroo... I mean... like... THIS would be the year you go. 

Don't drop the ball on this one.  Grab your ticket.  Go.  It will be the best weekend of your life, guaranteed.

I would so make the trip to Tennessee for that!

Please be true!
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: miryclay on November 08, 2016, 05:33:18 PM
RHCP just announced more dates yesterday.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on November 08, 2016, 06:02:24 PM
Why would there be any doubt? If they are willing to play at iHeart I feel as if I could organize my own festival and have U2 headline it.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: tigerfan41 on November 08, 2016, 06:10:53 PM
If this happens, it's going to be hard resisting the urge to buy tickets. I've always wanted to go to Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lolla. This would be the perfect excuse to cross one of those off the list.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: Waffles on November 08, 2016, 07:05:26 PM
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If this happens, it's going to be hard resisting the urge to buy tickets. I've always wanted to go to Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lolla. This would be the perfect excuse to cross one of those off the list.

Not sure what goes on in the rest of music festivals round the world, but Coachella is just a drug center full of people hopping to spot Bieber in the crowd. Literally every year
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: tigerfan41 on November 08, 2016, 07:27:36 PM
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If this happens, it's going to be hard resisting the urge to buy tickets. I've always wanted to go to Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lolla. This would be the perfect excuse to cross one of those off the list.

Not sure what goes on in the rest of music festivals round the world, but Coachella is just a drug center full of people hopping to spot Bieber in the crowd. Literally every year

Yeah, I care more about the music than anything else (I don't do drugs, don't smoke, don't drink etc.). When/if I go there I'm going to get there early enough to get close to the stage and not deal with that nonsense. If I'm paying that much money for tickets, I'm not gonna waste that time getting high.

Couldn't care less about celebrities being there. That's too bad that it's become more of a status event than a great music festival.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: marcovox on November 08, 2016, 11:50:17 PM
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marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???

Dude... that was so incredibly lame.  You're a clown.  Go away.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: SlyDanner on November 09, 2016, 10:13:04 AM
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marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???

Dude... that was so incredibly lame.  You're a clown.  Go away.

I think I love you.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: imaginary friend on November 09, 2016, 10:20:17 AM
I'd figure Sasquatch or Governor's Ball would be more their thing...then again, that right there's a good reason to play Bonnaroo, isn't it?
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 09, 2016, 10:20:59 AM
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marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???

Dude... that was so incredibly lame.  You're a clown.  Go away.

I think I love you.

you better not start cheating on me...
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: SlyDanner on November 09, 2016, 10:24:59 AM
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marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???

Dude... that was so incredibly lame.  You're a clown.  Go away.

I think I love you.

you better not start cheating on me...

its not you an tha, it's me.

ok, maybe that's not true.  your drunken preacher face and bad breath, i just can't take it anymore!
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 09, 2016, 10:26:50 AM
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marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???

Dude... that was so incredibly lame.  You're a clown.  Go away.

I think I love you.

you better not start cheating on me...

its not you an tha, it's me.

ok, maybe that's not true.  your drunken preacher face and bad breath, i just can't take it anymore!

well as we are telling it like it is i've been seeing il capo behind your back anyway....he loves elevation more than you
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: SlyDanner on November 09, 2016, 10:37:34 AM
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marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???

Dude... that was so incredibly lame.  You're a clown.  Go away.

I think I love you.

you better not start cheating on me...

its not you an tha, it's me.

ok, maybe that's not true.  your drunken preacher face and bad breath, i just can't take it anymore!

well as we are telling it like it is i've been seeing il capo behind your back anyway....he loves elevation more than you

he'll never love you like I do.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 09, 2016, 10:55:57 AM
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marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???

Dude... that was so incredibly lame.  You're a clown.  Go away.

I think I love you.

you better not start cheating on me...

its not you an tha, it's me.

ok, maybe that's not true.  your drunken preacher face and bad breath, i just can't take it anymore!

well as we are telling it like it is i've been seeing il capo behind your back anyway....he loves elevation more than you

he'll never love you like I do.

love is blindness...i don't wanna see...
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: riffraff on November 09, 2016, 11:44:29 AM
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marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???

Dude... that was so incredibly lame.  You're a clown.  Go away.

I think I love you.

you better not start cheating on me...

its not you an tha, it's me.

ok, maybe that's not true.  your drunken preacher face and bad breath, i just can't take it anymore!

well as we are telling it like it is i've been seeing il capo behind your back anyway....he loves elevation more than you

he'll never love you like I do.

love is blindness...i don't wanna see...
I think I just threw up in my mouth.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on November 09, 2016, 02:04:06 PM
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marcovox - just curious - do you like working for TickeBastard?  is it all I imagine it to be???

Dude... that was so incredibly lame.  You're a clown.  Go away.

I think I love you.

you better not start cheating on me...

its not you an tha, it's me.

ok, maybe that's not true.  your drunken preacher face and bad breath, i just can't take it anymore!

well as we are telling it like it is i've been seeing il capo behind your back anyway....he loves elevation more than you

he'll never love you like I do.

love is blindness...i don't wanna see...
I think I just threw up in my mouth.
Is somebody jealous?
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: marcovox on November 10, 2016, 02:42:52 PM
You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: marcovox on November 10, 2016, 02:43:29 PM
And if no one wants to talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I'm fine with that as well.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 10, 2016, 02:47:27 PM
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And if no one wants to talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I'm fine with that as well.

are you sure?
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: SlyDanner on November 10, 2016, 03:33:41 PM
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You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.

I love a man in charge.  Damn this was the sexiest post I have read in a while.

OK, I need a moment.... to get off my Dockers.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: tigerfan41 on November 10, 2016, 07:03:39 PM
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And if no one wants to talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I'm fine with that as well.

I do. The idea is very exciting to me. One of my favorite bands playing a festival I've always wanted to attend, but never had real incentive to attend. Probably a once in a lifetime opportunity given U2's age. I don't see them playing Bonnaroo again after this.

I do wonder how a US tour would play into this...or if they could possibly do their South America tour during that time. The reason I say that is I remember them playing Glastonbury in 2011 the night before their show in East Lansing, MI (and the night after another show?). So for them to fly in to do Bonnaroo while touring South America wouldn't surprise me. It would of course make more sense to do the US tour during the summer months.

Also wondering if ticket prices are gonna go up for 'roo. Looks like it was $350 last year. I'm not sure how high I'm willing to go for prices, unless they have several other bands there that I want to see.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: mattso88 on November 11, 2016, 09:12:30 AM
Oh sh**, I'm in Alabama. If they go to Bonnaroo, I will be there.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: mattso88 on November 11, 2016, 09:15:16 AM
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You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.

Yeah I think a lot of people on here are older and don't like the band to do anything adventurous. I'm sure that they will do a normal tour too, but seeing them at some festivals would be great. I'm a college student who loves this kind of stuff.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: JTNash on November 11, 2016, 10:12:19 AM
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You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.
wait till your a lame soccer dad that day is coming.  Since I'm a lame soccer mom that has been a fan since before you were born probally.  I don't think Bono mind is coming to the show.  Good luck affording your Bonnaroo tickets because they are not cheap.  The kinds of jobs you wear khakis to pay well enough to afford them. 
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: SlyDanner on November 11, 2016, 10:31:30 AM
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You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.
wait till your a lame soccer dad that day is coming.  Since I'm a lame soccer mom that has been a fan since before you were born probally.  I don't think Bono mind is coming to the show.  Good luck affording your Bonnaroo tickets because they are not cheap.  The kinds of jobs you wear khakis to pay well enough to afford them.

Love it JT!  I don't agree with you often, but when I do it is preferably at the expense of hipster snarks like the TicketBastard employee (or wannabe since he's probably living on lame soccer dad's basement couch).

Stay funny my friends.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: JTNash on November 11, 2016, 10:36:06 AM
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You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.
wait till your a lame soccer dad that day is coming.  Since I'm a lame soccer mom that has been a fan since before you were born probally.  I don't think Bono mind is coming to the show.  Good luck affording your Bonnaroo tickets because they are not cheap.  The kinds of jobs you wear khakis to pay well enough to afford them.

Love it JT!  I don't agree with you often, but when I do it is preferably at the expense of hipster snarks like the TicketBastard employee (or wannabe since he's probably living on lame soccer dad's basement couch).

Stay funny my friends.
  :)
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: marcovox on November 11, 2016, 12:47:58 PM
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You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.

I love a man in charge.  Damn this was the sexiest post I have read in a while.

OK, I need a moment.... to get off my Dockers.

LOL Ha!  if that's sexist, then my name is Hugh Mungus.  If you don't get it, Google it.  That's a reach if I ever heard one.  Get over yourself dude.  And let me remind you who made the transgression in this thread.  Not me.  So all back lash coming your way is a result of your lame comments.  Not mine.    Don't forget that.  Oh, and there you go again, ticketbastard comes back and now you assume I live in my parents basement.  Haha.  Dude oh god.  It's embarrassing.  You're such an asshat.  And for what.  You came in the thread and poured sh** on me, what did you expect?  What did you expect when you said I worked for ticketbastard?  What did you think was going to happen?  There's like 3 people talking about a topic and it's interesting, and then all of a sudden you come around the corner to the water cooler, oh brother here comes Bob again the guy who we never invite to drinks after work... and what does he say?

Like did you think was going to happen, I was gonna be like HA HA HA THAT WAS A GOOD ONE.  What did you think?  What, did, you, think was going to happen?

That was a good one Bob.  You're hilarious.  Ha ha.  Get it guys.  'Cause I talk about Bonnaroo so much, and Bonnaroo is owned by Ticketmaster, I'm a w**** to the company.  Ha ha.  Get it. 

So mind boggling.  Like did you genuinely think that was an amusing comment and it was going to be received well? 
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: marcovox on November 11, 2016, 12:53:32 PM
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And if no one wants to talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I'm fine with that as well.

I do. The idea is very exciting to me. One of my favorite bands playing a festival I've always wanted to attend, but never had real incentive to attend. Probably a once in a lifetime opportunity given U2's age. I don't see them playing Bonnaroo again after this.

I do wonder how a US tour would play into this...or if they could possibly do their South America tour during that time. The reason I say that is I remember them playing Glastonbury in 2011 the night before their show in East Lansing, MI (and the night after another show?). So for them to fly in to do Bonnaroo while touring South America wouldn't surprise me. It would of course make more sense to do the US tour during the summer months.

Also wondering if ticket prices are gonna go up for 'roo. Looks like it was $350 last year. I'm not sure how high I'm willing to go for prices, unless they have several other bands there that I want to see.

Don't see them playing Roo after this either.  Hopefully the rumor is true. 

I mean $350 is the industry standard for festivals.  But if you have any doubts, I would just research Bonnaroo and look at some video highlights.  But one thing that doesn't really capture well is the night time.  There is nothing like a Friday or Saturday night at Bonnaroo.  It's like being on another planet.  It's mental. 

I also want them to play South American badly.  Seeing them in Argentina would finish off all the places around the world where I want to see them.  Well Montreal, but that's close to home.  Might go back to Dublin to see a Croker as well. 
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: SlyDanner on November 11, 2016, 02:39:07 PM
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You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.

I love a man in charge.  Damn this was the sexiest post I have read in a while.

OK, I need a moment.... to get off my Dockers.

LOL Ha!  if that's sexist, then my name is Hugh Mungus.  If you don't get it, Google it.  That's a reach if I ever heard one.  Get over yourself dude.  And let me remind you who made the transgression in this thread.  Not me.  So all back lash coming your way is a result of your lame comments.  Not mine.    Don't forget that.  Oh, and there you go again, ticketbastard comes back and now you assume I live in my parents basement.  Haha.  Dude oh god.  It's embarrassing.  You're such an asshat.  And for what.  You came in the thread and poured sh** on me, what did you expect?  What did you expect when you said I worked for ticketbastard?  What did you think was going to happen?  There's like 3 people talking about a topic and it's interesting, and then all of a sudden you come around the corner to the water cooler, oh brother here comes Bob again the guy who we never invite to drinks after work... and what does he say?

Like did you think was going to happen, I was gonna be like HA HA HA THAT WAS A GOOD ONE.  What did you think?  What, did, you, think was going to happen?

That was a good one Bob.  You're hilarious.  Ha ha.  Get it guys.  'Cause I talk about Bonnaroo so much, and Bonnaroo is owned by Ticketmaster, I'm a w**** to the company.  Ha ha.  Get it. 

So mind boggling.  Like did you genuinely think that was an amusing comment and it was going to be received well?

wow.  at this point all I can do for you is to suggest you get used to some sarcasm around here, and develop a sense of humor.  It will be good for your health - mental and otherwise.

Now that we're bros, can I please please please hang out with you after work?  Please?

Love,
Bob
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: tigerfan41 on November 11, 2016, 05:20:17 PM
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And if no one wants to talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I'm fine with that as well.

I do. The idea is very exciting to me. One of my favorite bands playing a festival I've always wanted to attend, but never had real incentive to attend. Probably a once in a lifetime opportunity given U2's age. I don't see them playing Bonnaroo again after this.

I do wonder how a US tour would play into this...or if they could possibly do their South America tour during that time. The reason I say that is I remember them playing Glastonbury in 2011 the night before their show in East Lansing, MI (and the night after another show?). So for them to fly in to do Bonnaroo while touring South America wouldn't surprise me. It would of course make more sense to do the US tour during the summer months.

Also wondering if ticket prices are gonna go up for 'roo. Looks like it was $350 last year. I'm not sure how high I'm willing to go for prices, unless they have several other bands there that I want to see.

Don't see them playing Roo after this either.  Hopefully the rumor is true. 

I mean $350 is the industry standard for festivals.  But if you have any doubts, I would just research Bonnaroo and look at some video highlights.  But one thing that doesn't really capture well is the night time.  There is nothing like a Friday or Saturday night at Bonnaroo.  It's like being on another planet.  It's mental. 

I also want them to play South American badly.  Seeing them in Argentina would finish off all the places around the world where I want to see them.  Well Montreal, but that's close to home.  Might go back to Dublin to see a Croker as well.

Oh yeah, I don't doubt that. Every festival I've looked at has tickets in the range of $250-$500. So $350 seems about right. I think they also have a payment plan, which is nice since I'd rather not disrupt my budget for a month. I work full-time (40-50 hours a week) and don't spoil myself too often, so this would be pretty doable for me.

I'll be honest, my plan is to see them as much as possible on the next tour. Just because the future is unpredictable and I've only saw them twice so far. I wish I had been born a bit earlier to have taken in the concerts during the 90s, but oh well.

Seeing them at a few different concerts in different cities would be pretty awesome. Actually, if I could, I'd probably just plan a road trip, go to the cities I've always wanted to go to and take in some concerts there, too.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 13, 2016, 11:06:45 AM
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You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.

I love a man in charge.  Damn this was the sexiest post I have read in a while.

OK, I need a moment.... to get off my Dockers.

LOL Ha!  if that's sexist, then my name is Hugh Mungus.  If you don't get it, Google it.  That's a reach if I ever heard one.  Get over yourself dude.  And let me remind you who made the transgression in this thread.  Not me.  So all back lash coming your way is a result of your lame comments.  Not mine.    Don't forget that.  Oh, and there you go again, ticketbastard comes back and now you assume I live in my parents basement.  Haha.  Dude oh god.  It's embarrassing.  You're such an asshat.  And for what.  You came in the thread and poured sh** on me, what did you expect?  What did you expect when you said I worked for ticketbastard?  What did you think was going to happen?  There's like 3 people talking about a topic and it's interesting, and then all of a sudden you come around the corner to the water cooler, oh brother here comes Bob again the guy who we never invite to drinks after work... and what does he say?

Like did you think was going to happen, I was gonna be like HA HA HA THAT WAS A GOOD ONE.  What did you think?  What, did, you, think was going to happen?

That was a good one Bob.  You're hilarious.  Ha ha.  Get it guys.  'Cause I talk about Bonnaroo so much, and Bonnaroo is owned by Ticketmaster, I'm a w**** to the company.  Ha ha.  Get it. 

So mind boggling.  Like did you genuinely think that was an amusing comment and it was going to be received well?

wow.  at this point all I can do for you is to suggest you get used to some sarcasm around here, and develop a sense of humor.  It will be good for your health - mental and otherwise.

Now that we're bros, can I please please please hang out with you after work?  Please?

Love,
Bob

This REALLY has to STOP....

There is only so much i am willing to take you know!
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: Peter Parker on November 13, 2016, 11:09:10 AM
When is this event?
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: tigerfan41 on November 13, 2016, 07:18:49 PM
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When is this event?

First weekend of June.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: Starman on November 13, 2016, 08:31:41 PM
U2 at Bonnaroo would be awesome! I hope this happens!!
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: podiumboy on November 14, 2016, 09:56:42 AM
I am a lame soccer Dad (my son literally plays soccer).  I'm only 34 years old, and I don't consider myself prissy at all.  I'm not afraid to "rough it" in many respects.  But there is no way I would go to a festival like Bonnaroo, even to see U2.  I don't want to deal with that heat all day, and all those people, overpriced food and questionable bathroom/sleeping options.  Even if I lived in that part of Tennessee, I wouldn't go.  I'd rather drive to Atlanta (where they'll probably play 2 shows), not get a truncated festival setlist, and see U2 on their own stage in their own element (where they are obviously at their best).  Then afterwards, stay in a nice hotel, with air conditioning and a nice shower.  If that's lame, whatever... I'd take that option every time.

I do not think the typical Bonnaroo festival goer is even the slightest bit interested in seeing U2.  They're the same people who were outraged over the Apple scandal, and who are naturally programmed to hate a band like that.  I know the idea is that U2 will play a kick ass show and win them all over.  But that's not really going to happen.  They don't want to be won over.  They want to hate U2.  I know quite a few people like this, I'm not generalizing.  They should skip Bonnaroo, and just play an arena show in Nashville.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 14, 2016, 10:55:00 AM
Don't worry u2 won't be playing bonnaroo
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: SlyDanner on November 14, 2016, 01:07:38 PM
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I am a lame soccer Dad (my son literally plays soccer).  I'm only 34 years old, and I don't consider myself prissy at all.  I'm not afraid to "rough it" in many respects.  But there is no way I would go to a festival like Bonnaroo, even to see U2.  I don't want to deal with that heat all day, and all those people, overpriced food and questionable bathroom/sleeping options.  Even if I lived in that part of Tennessee, I wouldn't go.  I'd rather drive to Atlanta (where they'll probably play 2 shows), not get a truncated festival setlist, and see U2 on their own stage in their own element (where they are obviously at their best).  Then afterwards, stay in a nice hotel, with air conditioning and a nice shower.  If that's lame, whatever... I'd take that option every time.


make sure to wear your favorite pair of Dockers.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: a very competitive pony! on November 14, 2016, 01:48:20 PM
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You guys are so lame it's palpable.  I'm sorry but you're not getting validation from banter with another user; you're not getting away with "ticketbastard".  With that comment, you've outed yourself as a dockers-wearing soccer dad.    Have all the cutsey passive aggressive banter all you want.  I doubt Bono would want you at his shows.

I come in here excited about U2 at Bonnaroo.  That's what I'm here for.

If anyone else that isn't a lame soccer dad that wants to actually talk about U2 at Bonnaroo, I repeat, U2... at... Bonna f****** roo... let's talk.

Lame comments and negativity not needed. 

Additionally, off topic comments are in violation of the rules of the forum, just so you know.  And your comments are off topic.

Thank you.

I love a man in charge.  Damn this was the sexiest post I have read in a while.

OK, I need a moment.... to get off my Dockers.

LOL Ha!  if that's sexist, then my name is Hugh Mungus.  If you don't get it, Google it.  That's a reach if I ever heard one.  Get over yourself dude.  And let me remind you who made the transgression in this thread.  Not me.  So all back lash coming your way is a result of your lame comments.  Not mine.    Don't forget that.  Oh, and there you go again, ticketbastard comes back and now you assume I live in my parents basement.  Haha.  Dude oh god.  It's embarrassing.  You're such an asshat.  And for what.  You came in the thread and poured sh** on me, what did you expect?  What did you expect when you said I worked for ticketbastard?  What did you think was going to happen?  There's like 3 people talking about a topic and it's interesting, and then all of a sudden you come around the corner to the water cooler, oh brother here comes Bob again the guy who we never invite to drinks after work... and what does he say?

Like did you think was going to happen, I was gonna be like HA HA HA THAT WAS A GOOD ONE.  What did you think?  What, did, you, think was going to happen?

That was a good one Bob.  You're hilarious.  Ha ha.  Get it guys.  'Cause I talk about Bonnaroo so much, and Bonnaroo is owned by Ticketmaster, I'm a w**** to the company.  Ha ha.  Get it. 

So mind boggling.  Like did you genuinely think that was an amusing comment and it was going to be received well?
This seems more like a comment from an insane clown posse concert goer than a hippie, Bonnaroo enthusiast. Chill man, it's not a big deal.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: The Hair of Martin Gore on November 16, 2016, 09:08:30 AM
I can't imagine U2 playing another festival after Glastonbury, nor can I imagine a festival booking U2. They're still very popular, but too many people hate them for them to be added to a festival bill. 
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: tigerfan41 on November 16, 2016, 04:43:23 PM
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I can't imagine U2 playing another festival after Glastonbury, nor can I imagine a festival booking U2. They're still very popular, but too many people hate them for them to be added to a festival bill.

To be fair, people hate a lot of bands that have headlined festivals like Lolla, Bonnaroo, Coachella etc. For instance, many people despise Coldplay and yet they've played those types of festivals several times.

Also, older bands like U2 have played festivals recently, so the idea of them playing Bonnaroo isn't terribly farfetched. New Order and the Cure both played Lolla in 2013, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty played 'roo in 2013, Billy Joel played in 2015, Elton John was there in 2014 etc. 
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 16, 2016, 04:51:43 PM
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I can't imagine U2 playing another festival after Glastonbury, nor can I imagine a festival booking U2. They're still very popular, but too many people hate them for them to be added to a festival bill.

u2 were burned by Glastonbury as well - they expected to blow the place away with a classic glasto set that created a real glastonbury moment....they didn't.

Their and indeed the broadcasters disappointment was quite clear - the interview afterwards with known u2 sycophants was a very awkward affair where the tone from interviewers and band was a million miles away from triumphant and barely steered clear of 'that didn't quite go as hoped did it'...

Add in them bringing their own extra screens and walkway - the ridiculous set up time, they were at it all day even during morrisseys set and I heard runours it caused problems (why is it other bands could just plug and play) the accident where their computer rig was crashed into backstage and the ultimately meh reaction to them has in my view turned them off doing another.

Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: This Dave on November 16, 2016, 05:59:39 PM
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I can't imagine U2 playing another festival after Glastonbury, nor can I imagine a festival booking U2. They're still very popular, but too many people hate them for them to be added to a festival bill.

u2 were burned by Glastonbury as well - they expected to blow the place away with a classic glasto set that created a real glastonbury moment....they didn't.

Their and indeed the broadcasters disappointment was quite clear - the interview afterwards with known u2 sycophants was a very awkward affair where the tone from interviewers and band was a million miles away from triumphant and barely steered clear of 'that didn't quite go as hoped did it'...

Add in them bringing their own extra screens and walkway - the ridiculous set up time, they were at it all day even during morrisseys set and I heard runours it caused problems (why is it other bands could just plug and play) the accident where their computer rig was crashed into backstage and the ultimately meh reaction to them has in my view turned them off doing another.

They are one of only possibly three or four bands left on the planet who can be "bigger than" the festival.  It's not a good fit for them. 
Having a Glastonbury set that was "Themed" around a past point in their career made no sense for Glastonbury, and must have been just for From The Sky Down. 

They're not a festival band. There's nothing wrong with that. A lot of local politicians dream of some day sitting in Congress. The President usually does not. 
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: tigerfan41 on November 16, 2016, 10:57:14 PM
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Add in them bringing their own extra screens and walkway - the ridiculous set up time, they were at it all day even during morrisseys set and I heard runours it caused problems (why is it other bands could just plug and play) the accident where their computer rig was crashed into backstage and the ultimately meh reaction to them has in my view turned them off doing another.

Never heard about this before, but that is insane. They never should have brought their own stuff (beyond the instruments/amps etc.). Completely goes against the idea of doing a festival where other artists play before/after you and where everything has been setup by the staff days in advance in such a way that it accommodates all the artists.

I'm sure this gave them a bit of a bad reputation for festivals, too. Deservedly so.

I can't speak to how good they sounded/played at Glastonbury (although I do remember seeing the setlist and not caring for it), but the one thing that did blow me away is that something like a day and a half later, they played a great gig in Michigan (all that travel, playing a huge festival, and then playing a really good set less than 2 days later).

If Glastonbury is how they will approach future festivals, then I'd agree, festivals definitely aren't their thing. Maybe they'll learn from it, figure out how to craft a festival format setlist that honors their whole career, and for gods sake, leave the extra equipment at home. You don't want to appear even more pretentious than people already view you as being.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: Jswallow on November 17, 2016, 03:41:18 AM
Beyonce had her own stage installed at Glastonbury  same weekend so its nothing new

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Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 17, 2016, 06:55:02 AM
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Beyonce had her own stage installed at Glastonbury  same weekend so its nothing new

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There is absolutely nothing diva like or pretentious about Beyonce is there....
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 17, 2016, 06:57:09 AM
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Add in them bringing their own extra screens and walkway - the ridiculous set up time, they were at it all day even during morrisseys set and I heard runours it caused problems (why is it other bands could just plug and play) the accident where their computer rig was crashed into backstage and the ultimately meh reaction to them has in my view turned them off doing another.

Never heard about this before, but that is insane. They never should have brought their own stuff (beyond the instruments/amps etc.). Completely goes against the idea of doing a festival where other artists play before/after you and where everything has been setup by the staff days in advance in such a way that it accommodates all the artists.

I'm sure this gave them a bit of a bad reputation for festivals, too. Deservedly so.

I can't speak to how good they sounded/played at Glastonbury (although I do remember seeing the setlist and not caring for it), but the one thing that did blow me away is that something like a day and a half later, they played a great gig in Michigan (all that travel, playing a huge festival, and then playing a really good set less than 2 days later).

If Glastonbury is how they will approach future festivals, then I'd agree, festivals definitely aren't their thing. Maybe they'll learn from it, figure out how to craft a festival format setlist that honors their whole career, and for gods sake, leave the extra equipment at home. You don't want to appear even more pretentious than people already view you as being.

Wasn't the setlist largely what they were playing at the time on the tour...? All the technical wizadry, myriad of back up tracks, pre recorded parts etc would be all set up for that...

u2 have long since stopped being a plug and play band - be great if they were.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: The Hair of Martin Gore on November 17, 2016, 07:20:45 AM
I wonder if U2 can be a plug and play band anymore after so many years of playing with backing tapes, click tracks, IEM queues.  All of those things help keep them in time.

I'd love it if they just brought up an auxiliary member - Daniel Lanois, cough cough - to play guitar and keys, and totally ditched the backing tracks.  If Rush can play without backing tracks....
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: SlyDanner on November 17, 2016, 01:01:49 PM
ah but they are so much more than a mere band.  they are an experience.  a lifestyle.  a state of being.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: podiumboy on November 17, 2016, 04:15:03 PM
I can't really see what's so bad about their Glastonbury performance.  I've watched it a few times, seems like a standard concert they'd have done in 2011.  There were a few "screw ups", but those things happen, and I really doubt many in the audience would've even noticed.  That said, the time to do it would've been the Elevation Tour.  Just watch the Slane DVD and imagine that energy at Glastonbury. 

Also, bands like Muse and Coldplay use backing tracks too, and bring a lot of their personal elements to festivals like Glastonbury all the time.  I think U2 and U2's crew have just gotten used to doing things their own way, having not played festivals since the Unforgettable Fire era. 
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Post by: an tha on November 17, 2016, 04:22:44 PM
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I can't really see what's so bad about their Glastonbury performance.  I've watched it a few times, seems like a standard concert they'd have done in 2011.  There were a few "screw ups", but those things happen, and I really doubt many in the audience would've even noticed.  That said, the time to do it would've been the Elevation Tour.  Just watch the Slane DVD and imagine that energy at Glastonbury. 

Also, bands like Muse and Coldplay use backing tracks too, and bring a lot of their personal elements to festivals like Glastonbury all the time.  I think U2 and U2's crew have just gotten used to doing things their own way, having not played festivals since the Unforgettable Fire era.

I don't think it was especially bad...it just wasn't especially good - it was just sort of ok ish.

as for backing...u2's has got out of control in my view - i honestly wonder just how much is live these days - invisible for example on last tour when they stood in the screen - it looked and sounded like hardly any of it bono aside was truly pure live.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: Chargedvt on November 17, 2016, 04:37:37 PM
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I can't really see what's so bad about their Glastonbury performance.  I've watched it a few times, seems like a standard concert they'd have done in 2011.  There were a few "screw ups", but those things happen, and I really doubt many in the audience would've even noticed.  That said, the time to do it would've been the Elevation Tour.  Just watch the Slane DVD and imagine that energy at Glastonbury. 

Also, bands like Muse and Coldplay use backing tracks too, and bring a lot of their personal elements to festivals like Glastonbury all the time.  I think U2 and U2's crew have just gotten used to doing things their own way, having not played festivals since the Unforgettable Fire era.

I don't think it was especially bad...it just wasn't especially good - it was just sort of ok ish.

as for backing...u2's has got out of control in my view - i honestly wonder just how much is live these days - invisible for example on last tour when they stood in the screen - it looked and sounded like hardly any of it bono aside was truly pure live.

What irked me about Invisible was that the (simple but cool) guitar solo was playback and Edge was instead strumming some lazy chords. A real wtf moment and obvious on the DVD.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 17, 2016, 04:42:59 PM
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I can't really see what's so bad about their Glastonbury performance.  I've watched it a few times, seems like a standard concert they'd have done in 2011.  There were a few "screw ups", but those things happen, and I really doubt many in the audience would've even noticed.  That said, the time to do it would've been the Elevation Tour.  Just watch the Slane DVD and imagine that energy at Glastonbury. 

Also, bands like Muse and Coldplay use backing tracks too, and bring a lot of their personal elements to festivals like Glastonbury all the time.  I think U2 and U2's crew have just gotten used to doing things their own way, having not played festivals since the Unforgettable Fire era.

I don't think it was especially bad...it just wasn't especially good - it was just sort of ok ish.

as for backing...u2's has got out of control in my view - i honestly wonder just how much is live these days - invisible for example on last tour when they stood in the screen - it looked and sounded like hardly any of it bono aside was truly pure live.

What irked me about Invisible was that the (simple but cool) guitar solo was playback and Edge was instead strumming some lazy chords. A real wtf moment and obvious on the DVD.

not seen the dvd but yes i know what you mean...
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: podiumboy on November 17, 2016, 04:49:47 PM
I just watched Invisible from that DVD last night, and I had the same WTF moment.  Might have been a moment where Bono would've played the rhythm guitar, had he been able to.  I've always thought U2 could benefit from having an auxillary musician on stage with them.  Somebody that would play rhythm guitar, keyboards (while not taking Terry's job), doing some extra backing vocals, etc.
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Post by: The Edges Cat on November 17, 2016, 04:59:25 PM
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I just watched Invisible from that DVD last night, and I had the same WTF moment.  Might have been a moment where Bono would've played the rhythm guitar, had he been able to.  I've always thought U2 could benefit from having an auxillary musician on stage with them.  Somebody that would play rhythm guitar, keyboards (while not taking Terry's job), doing some extra backing vocals, etc.

A man named Dallas...
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: tigerfan41 on November 17, 2016, 06:03:18 PM
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Add in them bringing their own extra screens and walkway - the ridiculous set up time, they were at it all day even during morrisseys set and I heard runours it caused problems (why is it other bands could just plug and play) the accident where their computer rig was crashed into backstage and the ultimately meh reaction to them has in my view turned them off doing another.

Never heard about this before, but that is insane. They never should have brought their own stuff (beyond the instruments/amps etc.). Completely goes against the idea of doing a festival where other artists play before/after you and where everything has been setup by the staff days in advance in such a way that it accommodates all the artists.

I'm sure this gave them a bit of a bad reputation for festivals, too. Deservedly so.

I can't speak to how good they sounded/played at Glastonbury (although I do remember seeing the setlist and not caring for it), but the one thing that did blow me away is that something like a day and a half later, they played a great gig in Michigan (all that travel, playing a huge festival, and then playing a really good set less than 2 days later).

If Glastonbury is how they will approach future festivals, then I'd agree, festivals definitely aren't their thing. Maybe they'll learn from it, figure out how to craft a festival format setlist that honors their whole career, and for gods sake, leave the extra equipment at home. You don't want to appear even more pretentious than people already view you as being.

Wasn't the setlist largely what they were playing at the time on the tour...? All the technical wizadry, myriad of back up tracks, pre recorded parts etc would be all set up for that...

u2 have long since stopped being a plug and play band - be great if they were.

I feel like there might have been a bit of variance in the set, but honestly it's been 5 years so my memory could very well be a little fuzzy. I do know the terrific live recording of "The Fly" that appeared on their live compilation was recorded at that show.

From what I could tell, save for the pre-recorded segments, the rest was live or at least appeared that way. I can't speak to the rest of the tour, but if they are using a lot of pre-records/backing tracks, then that's really unfortunate. I've heard them play stuff live acoustically, they sounded good (some vocal deterioration of course) so I don't understand why they would need to bother with that nonsense. But I guess if it's something they've been doing for a long time...might be a tough habit to break.

If they're relying on backing tracks, maybe it's time to consider hanging it up. Same goes for any band/artist that has lost the ability/desire to play everything live. I get wanting perfection for the live show and I understand as a bass player how tough it can be to keep rhythm live, but it's not worth it when you've got a manufactured live show.

This is why I really admire bands who play it all live, even if that means some songs that sound a little off. See: Foo Fighters for an example of this--although they do have 3 guitarists (including Grohl) so I suppose it's a little easier for them.

Although, now that I wrote the above, I just came across this article on the use of backing tracks...interesting: http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/B.S.-story-of-the-day-van-halens-alleged-backing-tracks/

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I just watched Invisible from that DVD last night, and I had the same WTF moment.  Might have been a moment where Bono would've played the rhythm guitar, had he been able to.  I've always thought U2 could benefit from having an auxillary musician on stage with them.  Somebody that would play rhythm guitar, keyboards (while not taking Terry's job), doing some extra backing vocals, etc.

This has been an issue for quite a few bands with only one guitarist--either the lead singer learns to strum a few chords to supplement or they hire a rhythm guitarist for live performances or they have a guitar tech playing from off the stage or they've got an incomplete sound live.

The live performances I've seen with Bono playing rhythm guitar seem to suggest he did little more than strum the occasional chord and use the guitar as a prop--not really a full rhythm guitarist like you'd need for a song like Invisible. Even if he did still play the guitar, I'm not sure how much he'd add to the sound.

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Also, bands like Muse and Coldplay use backing tracks too, and bring a lot of their personal elements to festivals like Glastonbury all the time.  I think U2 and U2's crew have just gotten used to doing things their own way, having not played festivals since the Unforgettable Fire era. 

Coldplay is not someone I'd use as an example.  ;) Muse maybe, but even their sound has gotten very manufactured. A better comparison might be a band like Foo Fighters: well regarded, has played festivals, and as far as they've said, do not use backing tracks live.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: an tha on November 18, 2016, 01:49:53 AM
thing is live rock n roll shows aren't really meant to be perfect sound wise imo - mistakes, rough edges, rawness, improvisation etc  make live better for me.....the sheer joy of a band working their way into a song out the blue for example on the spot...

Someone said u2 shows are more like Broadway shows and whilst they are not bad maybe some return to a more pure sound would be a good thing
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: John Galt on November 18, 2016, 01:57:38 AM
The opening four songs on i+e sounded pretty raw to me, but I wouldn't want to see a full two hours+ U2 show like that unless it was in a theatre.

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Post by: John Galt on November 18, 2016, 01:59:32 AM
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I just watched Invisible from that DVD last night, and I had the same WTF moment.  Might have been a moment where Bono would've played the rhythm guitar, had he been able to.  I've always thought U2 could benefit from having an auxillary musician on stage with them.  Somebody that would play rhythm guitar, keyboards (while not taking Terry's job), doing some extra backing vocals, etc.

That would spoil the four man on stage dynamic that is and always has been U2 (with the exception of LoveTown).

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Post by: Spacejunk69 on November 18, 2016, 10:53:24 AM
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thing is live rock n roll shows aren't really meant to be perfect sound wise imo - mistakes, rough edges, rawness, improvisation etc  make live better for me.....the sheer joy of a band working their way into a song out the blue for example on the spot...

Someone said u2 shows are more like Broadway shows and whilst they are not bad maybe some return to a more pure sound would be a good thing

Yup, agreed. Staring At The sun from opening night of PopMart is fabulous, and I'm not even kidding.
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Post by: xy on November 18, 2016, 10:57:12 AM
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thing is live rock n roll shows aren't really meant to be perfect sound wise imo - mistakes, rough edges, rawness, improvisation etc  make live better for me.....the sheer joy of a band working their way into a song out the blue for example on the spot...

Someone said u2 shows are more like Broadway shows and whilst they are not bad maybe some return to a more pure sound would be a good thing

Yeah, U2's not that kind of band. And all the big bands are way to rehearsed for you to ever truly see a "on the spot/out of the blue" tune, trust me.
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Post by: bigjohn3574 on November 18, 2016, 11:39:14 AM
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thing is live rock n roll shows aren't really meant to be perfect sound wise imo - mistakes, rough edges, rawness, improvisation etc  make live better for me.....the sheer joy of a band working their way into a song out the blue for example on the spot...

Someone said u2 shows are more like Broadway shows and whilst they are not bad maybe some return to a more pure sound would be a good thing

Yeah, U2's not that kind of band. And all the big bands are way to rehearsed for you to ever truly see a "on the spot/out of the blue" tune, trust me.

Ah, Springsteen does it often..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Ds-FXGGQg
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Post by: an tha on November 18, 2016, 11:56:39 AM
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thing is live rock n roll shows aren't really meant to be perfect sound wise imo - mistakes, rough edges, rawness, improvisation etc  make live better for me.....the sheer joy of a band working their way into a song out the blue for example on the spot...

Someone said u2 shows are more like Broadway shows and whilst they are not bad maybe some return to a more pure sound would be a good thing

Yeah, U2's not that kind of band. And all the big bands are way to rehearsed for you to ever truly see a "on the spot/out of the blue" tune, trust me.

good job that live music isn't just about 'big bands' then isn't it.....

don't get me wrong I am not saying what they do isn't decent enough but i find myself increasingly less drawn to these highly produced shows and more drawn to a guitar, an amp and the sound of a band or an artist just playing...
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: mrsamrocks2 on November 18, 2016, 01:35:49 PM
All the talk about backing track is ridiculous to be honest. U2 has used BT since TUF and always for the same purpose: Play synth parts and percussions that can't be played live because they are a four piece. Invisible is a different case because there are 2 guitar tracks in the song but only one guy who can play guitar live since Bono's accident. What do you want them to do? If you think U2 don't play live, you need your ears and your eyes checked...
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Post by: John Galt on November 18, 2016, 01:43:34 PM
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All the talk about backing track is ridiculous to be honest. U2 has used BT since TUF and always for the same purpose: Play synth parts and percussions that can't be played live because they are a four piece. Invisible is a different case because there are 2 guitar tracks in the song but only one guy who can play guitar live since Bono's accident. What do you want them to do? If you think U2 don't play live, you need your ears and your eyes checked...

Don't play Invisible.

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Post by: Waffles on November 18, 2016, 02:11:05 PM
Didn't like the way invisible was played on tour. The high school band thing is annoying. I'd like the edge to play the actual main guitar part, not the big chords. They could have easily used a BT to improve the song
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Post by: an tha on November 18, 2016, 02:38:03 PM
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All the talk about backing track is ridiculous to be honest. U2 has used BT since TUF and always for the same purpose: Play synth parts and percussions that can't be played live because they are a four piece. Invisible is a different case because there are 2 guitar tracks in the song but only one guy who can play guitar live since Bono's accident. What do you want them to do? If you think U2 don't play live, you need your ears and your eyes checked...

why is it ridiculous?

bands can strip songs down....use different arrangements.

u2 have even piped in vocals in recent years and for my money it isn't authentic - nothing ridiculous about discussing it at all.
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Post by: This Dave on November 18, 2016, 06:25:38 PM
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Add in them bringing their own extra screens and walkway - the ridiculous set up time, they were at it all day even during morrisseys set and I heard runours it caused problems (why is it other bands could just plug and play) the accident where their computer rig was crashed into backstage and the ultimately meh reaction to them has in my view turned them off doing another.

Never heard about this before, but that is insane. They never should have brought their own stuff (beyond the instruments/amps etc.). Completely goes against the idea of doing a festival where other artists play before/after you and where everything has been setup by the staff days in advance in such a way that it accommodates all the artists.

I'm sure this gave them a bit of a bad reputation for festivals, too. Deservedly so.

I can't speak to how good they sounded/played at Glastonbury (although I do remember seeing the setlist and not caring for it), but the one thing that did blow me away is that something like a day and a half later, they played a great gig in Michigan (all that travel, playing a huge festival, and then playing a really good set less than 2 days later).

If Glastonbury is how they will approach future festivals, then I'd agree, festivals definitely aren't their thing. Maybe they'll learn from it, figure out how to craft a festival format setlist that honors their whole career, and for gods sake, leave the extra equipment at home. You don't want to appear even more pretentious than people already view you as being.

Wasn't the setlist largely what they were playing at the time on the tour...? All the technical wizadry, myriad of back up tracks, pre recorded parts etc would be all set up for that...

u2 have long since stopped being a plug and play band - be great if they were.

Yes. At that stage of the tour, they had dropped most of NLOTH and had added a bunch of AB songs for the upcoming anniversary documentary.  The "half of this is pre-recorded" version of (ironically) Even Better Than The Real Thing came from that set. 
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Post by: an tha on November 18, 2016, 06:27:41 PM
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Add in them bringing their own extra screens and walkway - the ridiculous set up time, they were at it all day even during morrisseys set and I heard runours it caused problems (why is it other bands could just plug and play) the accident where their computer rig was crashed into backstage and the ultimately meh reaction to them has in my view turned them off doing another.

Never heard about this before, but that is insane. They never should have brought their own stuff (beyond the instruments/amps etc.). Completely goes against the idea of doing a festival where other artists play before/after you and where everything has been setup by the staff days in advance in such a way that it accommodates all the artists.

I'm sure this gave them a bit of a bad reputation for festivals, too. Deservedly so.

I can't speak to how good they sounded/played at Glastonbury (although I do remember seeing the setlist and not caring for it), but the one thing that did blow me away is that something like a day and a half later, they played a great gig in Michigan (all that travel, playing a huge festival, and then playing a really good set less than 2 days later).

If Glastonbury is how they will approach future festivals, then I'd agree, festivals definitely aren't their thing. Maybe they'll learn from it, figure out how to craft a festival format setlist that honors their whole career, and for gods sake, leave the extra equipment at home. You don't want to appear even more pretentious than people already view you as being.

Wasn't the setlist largely what they were playing at the time on the tour...? All the technical wizadry, myriad of back up tracks, pre recorded parts etc would be all set up for that...

u2 have long since stopped being a plug and play band - be great if they were.

Yes. At that stage of the tour, the had dropped most of NLOTH and had added a bunch of AB songs for the upcoming anniversary documentary.  The "half of this is pre-recorded" version of (ironically) Even Better Than The Real Thing came from that set.

i recall the 'oh real thing was ruined because the backing track was f*****' thing
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: This Dave on November 18, 2016, 06:30:07 PM
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I can't really see what's so bad about their Glastonbury performance.  I've watched it a few times, seems like a standard concert they'd have done in 2011.  There were a few "screw ups", but those things happen, and I really doubt many in the audience would've even noticed.  That said, the time to do it would've been the Elevation Tour.  Just watch the Slane DVD and imagine that energy at Glastonbury. 

Also, bands like Muse and Coldplay use backing tracks too, and bring a lot of their personal elements to festivals like Glastonbury all the time.  I think U2 and U2's crew have just gotten used to doing things their own way, having not played festivals since the Unforgettable Fire era.

I don't think it was especially bad...it just wasn't especially good - it was just sort of ok ish.

as for backing...u2's has got out of control in my view - i honestly wonder just how much is live these days - invisible for example on last tour when they stood in the screen - it looked and sounded like hardly any of it bono aside was truly pure live.

What irked me about Invisible was that the (simple but cool) guitar solo was playback and Edge was instead strumming some lazy chords. A real wtf moment and obvious on the DVD.

not seen the dvd but yes i know what you mean...

I don't play, but I don't understand why he had such a simple part pre-recorded.  Have to say that as a fan, I'm not very comfortable with that.
Title: Re: U2 at Bonnaroo. According to /r/bonnaroo the rumors are flooding in
Post by: This Dave on November 18, 2016, 06:42:13 PM
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All the talk about backing track is ridiculous to be honest. U2 has used BT since TUF and always for the same purpose: Play synth parts and percussions that can't be played live because they are a four piece. Invisible is a different case because there are 2 guitar tracks in the song but only one guy who can play guitar live since Bono's accident. What do you want them to do? If you think U2 don't play live, you need your ears and your eyes checked...

It's not backing tracks per se...the track for "Bad", for example, makes a nice intro and then virtually disappears into the song.  What we are hearing on "Invisible" is the complete opposite. It's the lead part.  The part Edge is actually playing is in the background.  I don't even understand why he's doing that, as the part is so simple.  I've heard stories of other people playing chords in the spotlight as their back up guitarists play the actual solo (Lenny Kravitz is known for this), but that's likely someone who can not reliably play the solo.  That certainly isn't the case for Edge and Invisible.
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Post by: This Dave on November 18, 2016, 06:45:43 PM
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Add in them bringing their own extra screens and walkway - the ridiculous set up time, they were at it all day even during morrisseys set and I heard runours it caused problems (why is it other bands could just plug and play) the accident where their computer rig was crashed into backstage and the ultimately meh reaction to them has in my view turned them off doing another.

Never heard about this before, but that is insane. They never should have brought their own stuff (beyond the instruments/amps etc.). Completely goes against the idea of doing a festival where other artists play before/after you and where everything has been setup by the staff days in advance in such a way that it accommodates all the artists.

I'm sure this gave them a bit of a bad reputation for festivals, too. Deservedly so.

I can't speak to how good they sounded/played at Glastonbury (although I do remember seeing the setlist and not caring for it), but the one thing that did blow me away is that something like a day and a half later, they played a great gig in Michigan (all that travel, playing a huge festival, and then playing a really good set less than 2 days later).

If Glastonbury is how they will approach future festivals, then I'd agree, festivals definitely aren't their thing. Maybe they'll learn from it, figure out how to craft a festival format setlist that honors their whole career, and for gods sake, leave the extra equipment at home. You don't want to appear even more pretentious than people already view you as being.

Wasn't the setlist largely what they were playing at the time on the tour...? All the technical wizadry, myriad of back up tracks, pre recorded parts etc would be all set up for that...

u2 have long since stopped being a plug and play band - be great if they were.

Yes. At that stage of the tour, the had dropped most of NLOTH and had added a bunch of AB songs for the upcoming anniversary documentary.  The "half of this is pre-recorded" version of (ironically) Even Better Than The Real Thing came from that set.

i recall the 'oh real thing was ruined because the backing track was f*****' thing

Which is so strange, because the regular version (say, Popmart) is so great.  In the new version, the pre-recorded stuff is front and center (in their defense, they aren't trying to hide it), and it makes the song more bland, as the bridge is the opening is the verses.  This is common in new pop music, but that's not an argument in favor if you ask me.
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Post by: tigerfan41 on November 18, 2016, 07:38:48 PM
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thing is live rock n roll shows aren't really meant to be perfect sound wise imo - mistakes, rough edges, rawness, improvisation etc  make live better for me.....the sheer joy of a band working their way into a song out the blue for example on the spot...

Someone said u2 shows are more like Broadway shows and whilst they are not bad maybe some return to a more pure sound would be a good thing

Completely agree with you there. I don't mind a song sounding considerably different live than it does on the album, because I recognize that live music is never perfect, mistakes happen, but it's all a part of the deal. I am guessing the average concert go-er might be expecting an "album" sound, though, so perhaps that's a reason some artists use backing tracks/pre-recorded bits to get the sound as close to the recorded version as possible.

This is why, even though a lot of people probably dislike them, I really admire Foo Fighters. They do not believe in using backing tracks or anything pre-recorded. Every performance is different, no two versions of the same song sound the same, mistakes are made, but it's a totally live sound. Same thing for some lesser known bands I've seen live. I wish more bands would do this, even if it gets a little messy.

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Yes. At that stage of the tour, they had dropped most of NLOTH and had added a bunch of AB songs for the upcoming anniversary documentary.  The "half of this is pre-recorded" version of (ironically) Even Better Than The Real Thing came from that set. 

 ;D That is funny. Well, not funny that they did that, but funny that it was that song. I don't have an issue with adding more AB songs to any setlist, but only if they're gonna plan the darn things live. And by the looks of it, they did keep the only NLOTH song worth keeping, imo (MOS). Sadly, they also kept Boots.

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I don't play, but I don't understand why he had such a simple part pre-recorded.  Have to say that as a fan, I'm not very comfortable with that.

I do play and I also do not understand why he had that pre-recorded. The whole song is very basic, verses and solo. Even as a very mediocre guitarist (I play more bass than anything these days), I could play that song with minimal effort. Shouldn't be too hard to replicate live. Also not comfortable with main guitar parts being pre-recorded--no issues with backing guitar pre-recorded, but you should at least be able to play lead live.

I really wonder what the logic was in doing that.