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Title: Most disappointing support act
Post by: tj1968 on March 29, 2009, 02:07:52 PM
I went to see Glasvegas last December and I have to say... not impressed, much better were their support act - White Lies, a new U2 in the making I reckon.

Anyway I'm off to see the boys in Cardiff this August and that's right, Glasvegas are support! If only it was White Lies!!

Thinking back, Snow Patrol were pretty weak in 2005 at Manchester.

So over the years what's been your most disappointing support act at a U2 concert?
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Nielsen on March 29, 2009, 02:11:04 PM
The reason why Glasvegas was chosen because U2 liked them and had a "critically acclaimed" album. White Lies are very recent and for them to be playing a stadium gig seems to much for them at this time me thinks >_<
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Miami66 on March 29, 2009, 02:12:57 PM
Well I didn't go to it but on Vertigo Leg III in Omaha, Kanye West opened up for U2. My parents said it was the worst thing they ever heard. He supposedly had a boombox that was turned up loud. (I can't really describe it that well.)
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Mysterious Ways on March 29, 2009, 02:16:37 PM
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Well I didn't go to it but on Vertigo Leg III in Omaha, Kanye West opened up for U2.

Kanye opened at the concert I went to. Apart from maybe Gold Digger, it was 45 minutes of crap music that sounded terrible. Seriously, it was screechingly loud. Whatever the problem was, it was fixed by the time U2 came on.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: tj1968 on March 29, 2009, 02:20:02 PM
It has always confused me, U2's interest in rap music.... and The Stereo MCs.

Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: JuniorEmblem on March 29, 2009, 02:23:25 PM
The Marley.

Luckily I wasn't subjected to Kanye West.


Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: VoxBF on March 29, 2009, 02:52:45 PM
Almost every concert I've seen in Toronto had a disappointing opening act. Los Lobos, Little Steven, Primus, Disposable Heroes of Hypocrisy and Third Eye Blind were all pretty forgettable. For Joshua Tree tour, they payed The Beatles through the PA between the the last opening act and U2 hitting the stage. Best opening act ever!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: tj1968 on March 29, 2009, 02:55:47 PM
Like it VoxBF! Arcade Fire were pretty good through the PA on Vertigo Tour come to think of it.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: joegtheog on March 29, 2009, 03:07:00 PM
I've seen PJ Harvey, Kings of Leon and Rage Against the Machine and PJ Harvey by far was supremely disappointing.

1) Rage rocked
2) Kings of Leon were OK, but visibly nervous
3)PJ Harvey-akin to a cat being tortured
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Belisama on March 29, 2009, 03:11:10 PM
Elevation Tour, Baltimore. Garbage was supposed to open however Shirley got sick at the last moment and they picked a local band to open. It was horrible. We actually thought the were just doing the sound check. Still have no idea of their name.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: 6mp8 on March 29, 2009, 03:23:17 PM
U2 is pretty consistent when it comes to picking sh** opening bands, with the odd exception (RATM, Muse, KOL)
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: hurricane hugo on March 29, 2009, 03:36:14 PM
Lone Justice just didn't get it done in '85. Skipped them completely in '87.
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy KILLED in '92. Primus was good, but not as good as the other 2 times I saw them.
Fun Lovin' Criminals f*****' SUCKED in '97, and Smash Mouth wasn't much better.
I don't even remember who opened for them in '01.
Institute (gavin Rossdale's post-Bush band) were almost as bad as Fun Lovin' Criminals.


#@!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: jmh72 on March 29, 2009, 04:39:15 PM
Utah saints at celtic park :o
pj harvey at celtic park :o
bjork at wembley :o
interpol at hampden :o
seahorses at murrayfield :o
cosmic rough riders at SECC :o

all dire but utah saints took the biscuit
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Kim&LarryMullen on March 29, 2009, 04:39:59 PM
the White Lies are awesome!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: streetmission on March 29, 2009, 04:41:00 PM
It's a toss up for me on the Vertigo Tour.  Kanye West was terrible in St. Louis, but so were Kings of Leon in Chicago.  I must say I'm pretty excited to see Snow Patrol in Chicago; admittedly I'd prefer Muse, but Snow Patrol should be good at least (not terrible).  I had the worst fear that I would end up seeing Black Eyed Peas in Chicago! :o
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: hurricane hugo on March 29, 2009, 05:57:35 PM
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I had the worst fear that I would end up seeing Black Eyed Peas in Chicago! :o

I saw BEP in '98, well before Fergie joined the group. They were very much in the Public Enemy mold, and they were great live.

I imagine they suck now, however.

#@!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Songs_Of_Ascension on March 29, 2009, 11:02:02 PM
PJ Harvey was pretty bad. I dd enjoy the Kings of Leon though. Fun Loving criminals were alright....
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: pao6cs on March 30, 2009, 05:03:40 PM
Hated PJ Harvey and Fun Loving Criminals
Loved Stereophonics
Can't Wait to See Snow Patrol
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: wallah on March 30, 2009, 05:25:24 PM
Loved PJ Harvey and Kings of Leon, thought No Doubt were ok, and was indifferent to Stephen Marley. I was hoping Muse would be the opener for the LA show but looks like we're stuck with Black Eyed Peas.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: p8ru2 on March 30, 2009, 06:26:12 PM
The coming tour w/ Black Eyed Peas!  UGH!   :P
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: suppers ready on March 30, 2009, 07:27:52 PM
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I've seen PJ Harvey, Kings of Leon and Rage Against the Machine and PJ Harvey by far was supremely disappointing.

1) Rage rocked
2) Kings of Leon were OK, but visibly nervous
3)PJ Harvey-akin to a cat being tortured

PJ was rough for Houston/Dallas.  She was awesome in Chicago and NY.  I wish she'd opened the last leg of the tour too....I wasn't terribly impressed by No Doubt, but Garbage was a good opener.

My least favorite opener is probably Smash Mouth.
Listening to the local Roadie heckle them from the B-Stage: priceless :D
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: u2john on March 31, 2009, 10:55:58 AM
Sorry to all you Rage fans!  They were terrible in Memphis in 1997.  Also didn't appreciate their USA flag upside down!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: bonovox66 on March 31, 2009, 11:01:04 AM
has anyone mentioned Nelly Furtado? ???

Seriously, no one compares on a level of bad openers like she did. I was standing at the front leaning on the rail and I fell asleep during her set in Charlotte. I felt bad cause I woke up with her staring down at me and looking disappointed. I just shrugged and mouthed "sorry".

Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: suppers ready on April 05, 2009, 10:26:49 PM
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Sorry to all you Rage fans!  They were terrible in Memphis in 1997.  Also didn't appreciate their USA flag upside down!

Rage has a lot of political views that I disagree with (most of them, actually), but an upside down flag just signals distress.  I don't see what that would offend anyone.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: briscoetheque on April 05, 2009, 10:57:44 PM
7 Kanye shows on the Aussie/NZ leg of Vertigo.

I thought he was great  :)

Big Audio Dynamite II and Kim Salmon & the Surrealists in 1993, Sidewinder (WTF!) in 1998... Kanye was great after about the 2nd Sydney show when he accepted people weren't there to see HIM.

Did a great job in Sydney and Melbourne, and particularly in Auckland the fans were rocking.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: caz_87 on April 06, 2009, 12:58:27 AM
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I've seen PJ Harvey, Kings of Leon and Rage Against the Machine and PJ Harvey by far was supremely disappointing.

1) Rage rocked
2) Kings of Leon were OK, but visibly nervous
3)PJ Harvey-akin to a cat being tortured


Not suprised about Rage being good, they're awesome.


I saw Kanye West open for U2, and I enjoyed his set. Maybe I was just in a good mood or something, but it was pretty decent compared to a lot of support acts I've seen.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: mbeano on April 06, 2009, 03:00:29 AM
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U2 is pretty consistent when it comes to picking sh** opening bands, with the odd exception (RATM, Muse, KOL)

I beg to differ.  It is purely of personal taste to say that they have been consistently picked sh** openers.  They have had some bad ones, but they have picked really amazing ones for the most part since JT tour.  We are talking about many bands/artists who were at or near the peak of their commercial success or critically acclaimed, or both, and in many cases they supported in markets where they were most popular and could sell out a show of their own.  IN some cases, the bands have been legendary* at least within their genres or with other musicians

Some great openers U2 has picked:

The Ramones* (do I really need to qualify them?)
Velvet Underground* (do I really need to qualify them?)
Pixies* (Critical Acclaim and really f'n great live) (do I really need to qualify them?)
Public Enemy* (Critical Acclaim and commerical success)
Pearl Jam* (do I really need to qualify them?) (not just recently in Hawaii, but during ZooTV, near the height of their commercial success)
Arcade Fire (at hieght of critical and commercial success)
Bjork* (do I really need to qualify her?)
Primus*
Patti Smith* (Critical acclaim)
Interpol (at the height of their critical and commercial success)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (near the height of their critical success)
The Killers (at the height of their critical and commercial success)
Oasis (still near the height of their commercial success)
Big Audio Dynamite
Belly
No doubt (Commercial success)
Garbage (some critical and commercial success)
PJ Harvey (Critical Acclaim)
Kings of Leon (at the height of thier critical acclaim)
Sugar Cubes (cmon... pre Bjork going single)
Rage Against The Machine (Near the height of their commercial and critical success)
The Doves (Near the height of their commercial and critical success)
Franz Ferdinand (at the height of their critical and commercial success)
Placebo
Stereophonics (Not bad)
JJ72
The Bravery
The Thrills
Secret Machines
Snow Patrol (at the height of thier critical and commerical success)
Ash
Idlewild (near height of critical success)
The Music
Razorlight
Keane
Dashboard Confessional(dont like them but at the height of their critical success)
Kanye West (dont care if you dont like him. Major critical and commerical success)


That is a ridiculously impressive list of bands that have had a large amount of critical and/commercial success and in some cases are reknown, known to be excellent live acts, and could sell out in the cities they supported U2 in.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: mbeano on April 06, 2009, 03:08:40 AM
that being said...

Damian Marley was not horrible but all his songs sounded the same
I liked Kings of Leon, but at the time, thier songs also started to all blur together midway through.
The Pixies were PHENOMINAL, but unfortunately most of the crowd was not into them
PJ Harvey was visceral and raw, she really fired it up!, but the crowd was NOT AT ALL into her
No Doubt in LA was actually super fun.  Thier hometown where they could easily sellout on thier own.  They are extremely energetic and know how to work a crowd live.
Unfortunately I missed Rage Against the Machine, twice

A large majority of the great openers were outside of the US :(
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: larrys pants on April 06, 2009, 03:33:07 AM
Sorry..the worst ever...'Cosmic Rough Riders' Glasgow Elevation Tour! P.s. Glasvegas are fantastic !
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: in_eden on April 06, 2009, 08:22:30 AM
Someone else said it... Fun Lovin' Criminals were terrible. A jumble of noise.

I enjoyed seeing PJ Harvey (weird... but not offensive), Smashmouth I missed all but the last two songs (which were Walking On The Sun and Why Can't We Be Friends) so I thuoght they were good. I also liked Institute (Rossdale's new band) but they did play four Bush songs. Also got to see No Doubt open on Elevation.

I'm REALLY looking foreward to Muse! I've seen them three times already and they are the second most amazing band I've ever heard. Put them on the same bill as THE most amazing band I've ever heard...
Heaven.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: lauren on April 06, 2009, 09:02:15 AM
Primus was definitely the worst for me, at my first U2 show in 1992.

A few highlights: Pearl Jam, Keane, Institute (not as good as Bush but I like Gavin Rossdale), PJ Harvey (surprised how many people here said they didn't like her). 

Wish I had seen others including No Doubt, Kanye (don't know that I would have liked him but it would have been interesting), and a bunch of others mbeano listed.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: liewerizon on April 06, 2009, 10:16:06 AM
For me, PJ Harvey for Vertigo-Calgary '01. Smash Mouth was suprisingly bad while they open for U2 in Vancouver during Popmart '97 as well.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Hohat on April 06, 2009, 10:50:06 AM
PJ Harvey at Wembley in 1992 - terrible!

Kelis at Earls Court in 2001 - assumed she would be awful, and so didn't turn up until after she was done!

Athlete at Twickenham 2005 - thought they were brilliant, and then went to see them again in concert at Somerset House later in the summer (The Doves were the the other support act that day, and they were pretty decent too)

Damian Marley at Oakland 2005 - pretty awful, but it was fun hearing him do Could You Be Loved (the only time anyone seemed to get into it was when he played one of his dad's songs - what a surprise!)

Wembley in August 2009 - let's see how Elbow fare...
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: ConcertCato on April 06, 2009, 11:08:51 AM
I wasn't really into Rage Against the Machine when they open for U2 on the POPMART show in Memphis and Kanye West was booed at the Vertigo show in St.Louis. I thought Kanye was interesting, but I'm a not fan.
Let's face it. The reason behind crap opening acts is to make U2 sound better. Opening bands inflate the fans apprecation of U2. That's what U2 wants.

Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: suppers ready on April 06, 2009, 11:34:39 AM
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I wasn't really into Rage Against the Machine when they open for U2 on the POPMART show in Memphis and Kanye West was booed at the Vertigo show in St.Louis. I thought Kanye was interesting, but I'm a not fan.
Let's face it. The reason behind crap opening acts is to make U2 sound better. Opening bands inflate the fans apprecation of U2. That's what U2 wants.



I could come up with a lot of criticisms of u2, but it's patently false to claim that they're picking bands that suck so they'll look better. 

They don't need to do it, because no matter what I may say in posts, they are one of the best live acts around.  The only bands, that I'm aware of, who might make them look less impressive are Springsteen and the Rolling Stones.

It'd be tough to follow those acts.....on the other hand, if U2 opened for them, they could have the same problem. 

U2's studio work, IMO, has been sketchy this century, but their live shows are still top notch.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Hawkmoon2e on April 06, 2009, 12:07:17 PM
Forgettables were:
PJ Harvey
Damien Marley
Sugarcubes...horrible!

Great ones:
Public Enemy best opener yet
Oasis
The Pretenders
Pixies
Kings of Leon

Whatevers:
No Doubt
Red Rockers

Then there's the ones I really don't remember.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: theocean on April 06, 2009, 12:13:48 PM
What tour did the Pretenders open for U2 on Hawk????
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: The Wanderer on April 06, 2009, 03:19:14 PM
Pearl Jam


NOT!!!!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: malcolm-edge on April 06, 2009, 05:48:00 PM
Peral Jam

Worst: BEP, I am seriously considering not showing up for the opening...or listening to some Gangster Rap, that would be very funny, Fergie to NWA
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: hurricane hugo on April 07, 2009, 10:55:26 AM
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What tour did the Pretenders open for U2 on Hawk????

They opened on at least a few dates on the Joshua Tree tour.

#@!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: lunch on April 07, 2009, 11:42:31 AM
Worst I've Seen - Rage Against the Machine
Best I've Seen - The Pixies (how often do you get to see 2 of your 3 favorite bands in the same show.  If only Radiohead would have been there as well)

No Doubt was decent as well.  I would have to admit I semi became a fan of their last album due to the 4 times I saw them open up Elevation.

Someone posted about Dashboard Confessional.  When did they open up for U2?

Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: hrsan on April 07, 2009, 01:48:36 PM
I've seen the following:

Los Lobos/Buckwheat Zydeco - Joshua Tree tour - Tampa Stadium
No Doubt - Elevation tour - Madison Square Garden
Kings of Leon -Vertigo tour -Continental Airlines Arena

So the most disappointing support act was Kings of Leon.  I really like their music, but they weren't good live.

No Doubt definitely the best.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Norm on April 07, 2009, 05:00:39 PM
Pixies were disappointing to me b/c they didn't sound that great live - at least for that night.  I'm curious to see how these opening acts do in large stadiums.  I think Muse has the sort of sound that will translate well. 
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: green19 on April 07, 2009, 07:31:35 PM
The problem with U2's opening acts are not that they are bad - some, like PJ Harvey, are very good - but by depriving them of the use of U2's entire speaker system they make them sound bad. It's always a relief when they are over, even though I know if I went to their own shows they might be pretty good.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: jlw1980 on April 08, 2009, 02:42:46 AM
Not really looking forward to seeing Black Eyed Peas TWICE (Vegas and PHX)...Oh well. I'm going for U2!!!!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: tucka on April 08, 2009, 04:57:54 AM
saw glasvegas in february and they were really good. it will interesting to see them in a stadium environment in the summer
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Louie on April 08, 2009, 02:17:53 PM
Best was B.B. King - (included in Rattle & Hum) movie - Ft. Worth - 1987
Biggest disappoinment by far was War tour - 1983 - Kansas City.  We were so stoked for The Alarm (still have the ticket stub listing them) but their bus broke down and we got The Shapes.  I think they were a local band - SO not The Alarm.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: monarchs99 on April 08, 2009, 04:35:16 PM
The BoDeans opened for U2 in 1987 and they were absolutely great. I even bought their first two albums after the show.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: suppers ready on April 18, 2009, 03:59:13 PM
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The problem with U2's opening acts are not that they are bad - some, like PJ Harvey, are very good - but by depriving them of the use of U2's entire speaker system they make them sound bad. It's always a relief when they are over, even though I know if I went to their own shows they might be pretty good.

I'm pretty sure I've read interviews with bands that say that they are given full access to the P.A.

I know that for the 2nd Miami show in 2001, I moved to teh back of the venue for the Coors and the sound was excellent.  PJ sounded awful in houston from the upper deck on Adam's side.  I'm sure U2 sounded equally bad....but i moved directly behind the sound board, to watch the boys (the best place to listen to almost any band).
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: beershack on April 18, 2009, 11:19:33 PM
Best:  The Waterboys

Worst: Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Yggdrasille on April 19, 2009, 02:54:16 AM
I enjoyed seeing PJ Harvey open for U2 on Elevation tour, but as much as I love her I think her music is much better suited to smaller venues, not arenas.

Saw Kanye West twice on Vertigo tour. I thought he really threw himself into performance, but in the end he wasn't really playing to his audience. You just can't have a great gig without the right crowd reaction.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: briscoetheque on April 19, 2009, 05:59:45 AM
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Saw Kanye West twice on Vertigo tour. I thought he really threw himself into performance, but in the end he wasn't really playing to his audience. You just can't have a great gig without the right crowd reaction.

I was actually really impressed with the way Kanye West adapted his set (well, the songs didn't really change but his demeanor and the delivery did) as he worked out the Aussie/NZ crowds. Thought he looked out of his depth in Brisbane but by Auckland he was really firing. My favourite U2 support act... :-)
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: jackofhearts on April 19, 2009, 03:28:52 PM
Never saw them open (thank god) but No Doubt would be my pick for the worst. 
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: danjcpa on April 19, 2009, 05:20:35 PM
Hey, this is my first post, but I have to say the most dissappointing oppening acts that i saw were:

Damien Marley & PJ Harvey.

My favorite opening acts that i saw were:

No Doubt, Keane and the Zutons. I never heard about the Zutons before or after the show, but they brought down the house when I saw them open for U2 in Nice, France.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: rodander on April 19, 2009, 09:58:43 PM
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Hey, this is my first post, but I have to say the most dissappointing oppening acts that i saw were:

Damien Marley . . .


Damien Marley was terrible.  But I wasn't disappointed because my expectations for him were zero.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: jackofhearts on April 20, 2009, 02:54:09 PM
Don't understand the hate for Damian Marley here.  I thought he was quite good.  I also find it funny how a few years ago people were slagging KOL and now that they've gotten big some people seem to be changing their minds around here. 
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: rodander on April 20, 2009, 05:04:38 PM
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Don't understand the hate for Damian Marley here.  I thought he was quite good.  I also find it funny how a few years ago people were slagging KOL and now that they've gotten big some people seem to be changing their minds around here. 

To each their own.  I'm certainly no reggaeton connissouer, but when I saw him, his act was loud like a Saturn V rocket and no more intelligible.  His backup singer gals were the only saving grace, after the five seconds that I watched the dude with the flag.   

No hate.  But it was music that I don't like, performed poorly.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: daveyg on April 21, 2009, 09:45:18 AM
hey, U2 need a crappy-ish support down with the volume slightly down to make their entrance look good (not that they need it but it helps)

One that stands out were The Golden Hoarde in 93 in Dublin. I didn't like the band to start with and their brief pathetic performance sort of clinched it for me.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Jerid58 on April 21, 2009, 06:59:43 PM
I've seen Third Eye Blind, Garbage, Kings of Leon, and Kanye West.

I gotta say, I didnt even know that TEB was opening up until we got to the show (Popmart) and I was pumped because I was really into them, and still like them. Garbage was pretty decent.

Kanye as someone else mentioned was booed off the stage in St. Louis, pretty funny because he was pretty cocky I thought. He was the worst opener for U2 I have seen.

Pretty stoked about Snow Patrol in Chi-town this year, they are really pretty good.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: jackofhearts on April 21, 2009, 08:48:42 PM
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Don't understand the hate for Damian Marley here.  I thought he was quite good.  I also find it funny how a few years ago people were slagging KOL and now that they've gotten big some people seem to be changing their minds around here. 

His backup singer gals were the only saving grace, after the five seconds that I watched the dude with the flag.   



Haha, I actually told my friend at the show, I wanted to be the dude with the flag.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: donvalley360 on May 01, 2009, 05:56:12 PM
REM 1985 at Milton Keynes Bowl,really bad! Pogues at Wembley on JT tour,sucked! Alarm at Cardiff on JT were great,but the Bravery at Manchester in 05 get my sypathy vote,so much technical trouble,the sound guy even came out on stage to apologise to everyone!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: Shug on May 16, 2009, 02:33:35 PM
I've never really liked any U2 openers I've seen.  They seem to pick trendy bands that, in my opinion, don't really fit well with U2's music. 

No Doubt
Kings Of Leon
PJ Harvey
Sugar Cubes
Public Enemy

I disliked all of those bands, but worst for me will certainly be Black Eyed Peas.  I'll just be wishing they'd get off the stage so we can get to the good music.  Why all the dance, pop, rap and unmelodic grungy stuff?  Why not a band that is more melodic and roots oriented?  I know they are trying to have bands that sound different but I just don't like those kinds of music.

The Alarm was a good choice of opener for them. Ditto for Los Lobos.  Didn't the Pretenders open some shows in the early 90s?  Today they could go with something like Ben Harper, Teenage Fan Club, John Mayer, Howlin' Rain.

I'd really prefer no opener and a longer show from U2.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: drumu2 on May 18, 2009, 10:37:45 AM
I saw them with No Doubt in 2001 - and they were awesome.  Really opened my eyes to their style of music.

However, in 2005 I saw them with Kanye West.  It was terrible.  I just hate the guy and his music, nuff said.  Also saw them with Damian Marley which was better than Kanye but still nothing to get excited about.

And I'm pretty ticked off that the same thing is happening this tour - they always pick the shows closest to me to have the lamest openers.  I want MUSE!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: wrldchamps04 on May 18, 2009, 10:50:50 AM
I once saw a show in 1983 (Sevie Nicks) that was added on as an additional show, so the normal opening act for the tour (Joe Walsh of The Eagles) wasn't required to be there, so we got some local yocal....Todd Pratt and The Pull or something like that! ughhhhh We still laugh at the memory of it though!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: mbeano on May 19, 2009, 11:11:19 PM
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I've never really liked any U2 openers I've seen.  They seem to pick trendy bands that, in my opinion, don't really fit well with U2's music. 

No Doubt
Kings Of Leon
PJ Harvey
Sugar Cubes
Public Enemy

I disliked all of those bands, but worst for me will certainly be Black Eyed Peas.  I'll just be wishing they'd get off the stage so we can get to the good music.  Why all the dance, pop, rap and unmelodic grungy stuff?  Why not a band that is more melodic and roots oriented?  I know they are trying to have bands that sound different but I just don't like those kinds of music.

The Alarm was a good choice of opener for them. Ditto for Los Lobos.  Didn't the Pretenders open some shows in the early 90s?  Today they could go with something like Ben Harper, Teenage Fan Club, John Mayer, Howlin' Rain.

I'd really prefer no opener and a longer show from U2.

While I agree that U2 does tend to pick ... "bands that, in my opinion, don't really fit well with U2's music".   I see this as a positive NOT a negative.  Variety and diversity are good things.  If U2 were to always pick bands of the same genre or that sound like them, that would not be nearly as interesting and far less likely an opportunity to discover something new.

And as far as thier picks being merely "trendy", that is FAR from the truth.
–adjective
1.    of, in, or pertaining to the latest trend or style.
2.    following the latest trends or fashions; up-to-date or chic: the trendy young generation.
3.    appealing to faddish taste: a trendy hotel.

1)  In order to be considered trendy, by definition, there must be a decent amount of popular.  3 of the 5 bands (Sugarcubes, Pj Harvey, and Kings of Leon) you listed as trendy openers did not have anywhere near the popularity required to call them trendy at the time they opened for U2.
2)  All of the bands you have listed have had loyal continual and growing fanbases while they were together (Sugarcubes the exception, however even here, Bjork came from this band and she certainly qualifies as an artist with a  loyal continual and growing fanbase)
3)  Most of the bands you have listed have had major critical acclaim through the course of several years and albums
4)  All the artists listed have had fairly long careers
5)  2 of them have been very influential, while one member of the Sugarcubes (Bjork) becoming extremely influential on her own

Try a different adjective because EVERY aspect of the definition of trendy has been completely disproven.

Also a look at thier history of opening acts shows a HUGE number of Influential bands, underground bands (at the time) and bands with a great amount of critical acclaim, far superior to ANY of the bands you listed as being better possible openers

Arcade Fire, BRMC, Interpol, Ramones, Velvet Underground, Public Enemy, Bjork (in the Sugarcubes and on her own), Pearl Jam (more than just the last Hawaii show), Pixies, Coldplay, and many other reknown modern rock bands (which would be in the same genre/category as U2)

Yes Im disappointed that I get Black Eyed Peas, but that doe not mean U2 has historically picked trendy bands, that accusation is extremely false and unsubstantiated.  Go check u2tours.com.  The are some duds, but the majority of their opening acts from ZOOTV  forward have had success commercially or critically.  Dont confuse your own distaste or unfamiliarity with something being trendy
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: drummer120 on May 22, 2009, 07:52:24 PM
I feel bad for the people who are going to be tortured with the Black Eyed Peas. Thankfully I'm not. :) :)
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: dangerous and honest on May 25, 2009, 01:39:42 PM
Snow Patrol were feeble in 2005. I'm dreading this year's effort already!

Fatima Mansions almost sent me to sleep in 1992.

On a brighter note - The Pogues, 1987, The Longpigs, 1997.  ;D
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: donvalley360 on May 25, 2009, 05:48:08 PM
As much as i quite like their Seldom seen kid album,i cant imagine Elbow being a particularly exciting prospect as a live act,it should be a band that is going to get the crowd pumped up ready for the main event,not mellow them out!!
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: mbeano on June 08, 2009, 08:35:34 PM
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As much as i quite like their Seldom seen kid album,i cant imagine Elbow being a particularly exciting prospect as a live act,it should be a band that is going to get the crowd pumped up ready for the main event,not mellow them out!!


pft ... Have you been to a U2 concert?  If you have, Im not sure how you could think that last statement at all.

There is absolutely NO NEED for anything or any band to "get the crowd pumped up ready for the main event"

I'd much rather hear a band I havent seen live before, havent heard of, or might not see otherwise... the possibility of a band ruprising you live is well worth it... If they sucked, who the hell cares, I can go get a drink, talk to my freinds, check out the booths/organizations etc, who the hell cares, I paid purely for U2.  If they were great!  SWEET!  BONUS! 
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: donvalley360 on June 09, 2009, 02:23:32 AM
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As much as i quite like their Seldom seen kid album,i cant imagine Elbow being a particularly exciting prospect as a live act,it should be a band that is going to get the crowd pumped up ready for the main event,not mellow them out!!


pft ... Have you been to a U2 concert?  If you have, Im not sure how you could think that last statement at all.

There is absolutely NO NEED for anything or any band to "get the crowd pumped up ready for the main event"

I'd much rather hear a band I havent seen live before, havent heard of, or might not see otherwise... the possibility of a band ruprising you live is well worth it... If they sucked, who the hell cares, I can go get a drink, talk to my freinds, check out the booths/organizations etc, who the hell cares, I paid purely for U2.  If they were great!  SWEET!  BONUS! 

Err,yeah i've been to a U2 show,and believe me,that crowd at the first night in Manchester needed 50000 volts thru it,and Snow patrol didnt manage it,so i suppose im dreading the same thing happening again cos the first half the crowd was pretty dire as a whole,thats why i said it'd be good to have a band that could get a crowd pumped to start with.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: kev346 on June 09, 2009, 04:41:54 PM
marxman at Leeds Roundhay Park on the Zooropa tour were just awful ... >:( all that i can remember was a song they sang called F**k Columbus . they were so bad . And i had the misfortune of seeing them again the same year supporting Depeche Mode on their tour .

Another un honorable mention must go to Kelis who i endured 3 times on the Elevation tour !
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: highway190 on June 11, 2009, 11:37:45 AM
I think its time U2 pulled a
"Rush" and got rid of the opening bands all together.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: MrsBrown on June 11, 2009, 01:19:00 PM
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I think its time U2 pulled a
"Rush" and got rid of the opening bands all together.

Pulled a "Rush"?  How about pull a Springsteen.  Never had a "warm up" act because a) He does the "warming up," and b) his shows are 3+ hours long.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: highway190 on June 11, 2009, 01:59:45 PM
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I think its time U2 pulled a
"Rush" and got rid of the opening bands all together.

Pulled a "Rush"?  How about pull a Springsteen.  Never had a "warm up" act because a) He does the "warming up," and b) his shows are 3+ hours long.

Um, Rush do the same thing....
3+ for them as well. Plus they don't just pose with their instruments half the time, they play them :)
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: MrsBrown on June 11, 2009, 02:08:02 PM
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I think its time U2 pulled a
"Rush" and got rid of the opening bands all together.

Pulled a "Rush"?  How about pull a Springsteen.  Never had a "warm up" act because a) He does the "warming up," and b) his shows are 3+ hours long.

Um, Rush do the same thing....
3+ for them as well. Plus they don't just pose with their instruments half the time, they play them :)

Brown's 4th Law of Thermodynamics: Never enter into a pi**ing contest with a Rush fan, you will laugh until your head explodes.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: highway190 on June 12, 2009, 07:05:05 PM
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I think its time U2 pulled a
"Rush" and got rid of the opening bands all together.

Pulled a "Rush"?  How about pull a Springsteen.  Never had a "warm up" act because a) He does the "warming up," and b) his shows are 3+ hours long.

Um, Rush do the same thing....
3+ for them as well. Plus they don't just pose with their instruments half the time, they play them :)

Brown's 4th Law of Thermodynamics: Never enter into a pi**ing contest with a Rush fan, you will laugh until your head explodes.

Zappa fan too. He pointed out the "guitar as decoration" and "posing" WAY back in 1981.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: MrsBrown on June 12, 2009, 07:11:06 PM
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I think its time U2 pulled a
"Rush" and got rid of the opening bands all together.

Pulled a "Rush"?  How about pull a Springsteen.  Never had a "warm up" act because a) He does the "warming up," and b) his shows are 3+ hours long.

Um, Rush do the same thing....
3+ for them as well. Plus they don't just pose with their instruments half the time, they play them :)

Brown's 4th Law of Thermodynamics: Never enter into a pi**ing contest with a Rush fan, you will laugh until your head explodes.

Zappa fan too. He pointed out the "guitar as decoration" and "posing" WAY back in 1981.

Yeah, you're right.  Boss is lame.
Title: Re: Most disappointing support act
Post by: MoodyGirl09 on June 12, 2009, 08:10:43 PM
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Kelis at Earls Court in 2001 - assumed she would be awful, and so didn't turn up until after she was done!

I can't even begin to fathom being at a concert where Kelis is stage.  I'd love to know how U2 picks their opening acts.

I hated Kings of Leon -- still do in fact.  My friend and I headed to the bar and stayed there until they left the stage.  I would have loved Muse as the opening act at Foxboro in September, but I've learned to accept Snow Patrol.  At least they aren't BEP.