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Title: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: braxhunt on January 08, 2009, 02:28:51 PM
I know that they wouldn't continue. I know no one could live up, but just for kicks I think that Euwing McGregor would make a decent frontman.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Nielsen on January 08, 2009, 02:39:43 PM
Gavin Friday could replace Bono......


But in my dreams George Bush (just would love to see him dodge something - other than a shoe of course  ;))
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Aburrow on January 08, 2009, 02:50:35 PM
can't even go here.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Sydney_Mike on January 08, 2009, 02:52:59 PM
Refer to INXS - it would never work.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: u2yooper on January 08, 2009, 03:22:17 PM
No one.  Ever.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: braxhunt on January 08, 2009, 03:26:28 PM
Naturally I would vote like everyone else that no one truy and replace any of the guys, but the onslaught of cover bands got me thinking. Maybe I should ask, if you would continue to buy albums and such if a really great replacement was found. ---Don't lie.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Aburrow on January 08, 2009, 05:02:57 PM
No. I wouldn't buy "replacement" U2 albums. U2 are who they are. Take away one, that's it. The magic is gone. (For me, at least.) Besides, to be even more simplistic, U2 are an Irish band. They are unique in that sense if no other. No way an American or a Canadian or a Brit or a what have you could fill that void. It wouldn't be the same band at all. And, the guys are all friends. An outsider wouldn't work out. One member dies or cashes in and that's the end of U2. And I've said more than I meant to.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: StrongGirl on January 08, 2009, 06:54:35 PM
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No one.  Ever.

Ditto!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: braxhunt on January 08, 2009, 07:36:29 PM
Major apologies. I knew I was asking for it. Apparently I committed U2 heresy. *backs out of the room with head bowed reverently. *
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: whitewave on January 08, 2009, 07:46:11 PM
There shoould not even be a discussion on this.  IMHO
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Boom Cha! on January 08, 2009, 07:46:53 PM
Nobody. There would no more U2 if that happenend.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: braxhunt on January 08, 2009, 07:55:00 PM
Once again, my apologies. the point has been made.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Boom Cha! on January 08, 2009, 08:04:14 PM
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Once again, my apologies. the point has been made.

Don't apologize. It's all good.  8)

It's an interesting topic. We just all love U2 so much, we can't see them any other way.

But, there's no need to apologize.   ;D
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: macphisto on January 08, 2009, 10:31:36 PM
Please refer to the current case with Guns N' Roses.
Thank you...

U2 can never replace one of its own.

We're one but we're not the same,
macphisto
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: luieu2 on January 09, 2009, 12:05:11 AM
you could never replace u2  >:(
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: DGordon1 on January 09, 2009, 02:15:31 AM
I initially would have said no-one. Having said that, as long as Bono and Edge were still there, I would buy any album of their work. It wouldn't be the same as U2, but it would still be good. If Larry left, the rest could do another Passengers with Eno, without fear of being lynched!
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Post by: Dark Angel on January 09, 2009, 02:44:57 AM
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No one.  Ever.

Ditto!!!!!!!!

Agreed!

How could you be talking about this?????????
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Starfish on January 09, 2009, 03:07:22 AM
I don't think they'd continue, out of the respect for the departing member, but I could be wrong.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: daveyg on January 09, 2009, 03:07:44 AM
Well just look at other bands who have had member leave for whatever reason and replaced them. INXS, Big Country are two that come to mind. And two bands that are still playing and have replaced their bassists - Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones - but haven't had a worldwide hit since the early 90s (I was a teen of the 80s - sigh - when these two bands were huge and I could sing (badly) their latest tunes in those days to you!).

There's a dynamic between the four guys of U2 that would make any four of them irreplaceable. If any of the four of them were to be replaced either through a death, arguement, getting fed up, getting fired, or whatever, any reulting new album would be lost in the depths of U2 history and probably only discected by us U2 annoracks.

EDIT: As a test, name me (especially the teens of thsi forum) three hits of Def Leopard, INXS, Bon Jovi, and Big Country since 1993. Hard pushed to name one - and they have released matrial since, and have toured!
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Boom Cha! on January 09, 2009, 11:37:50 AM
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EDIT: As a test, name me (especially the teens of thsi forum) three hits of Def Leopard, INXS, Bon Jovi, and Big Country since 1993. Hard pushed to name one - and they have released matrial since, and have toured!

Bon Jovi: It's My Life (2000), Have A Nice Day (2005), Who Says You Can't Go Home (2006)

I live in the states, so I don't know if they were or weren't hits where you live.

By the way, I've never heard of Big Country.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: JuniorEmblem on January 09, 2009, 11:57:08 AM
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U2 are an Irish band. They are unique in that sense if no other. No way an American or a Canadian or a Brit or a what have you could fill that void.

Why not ? 2 members are merely naturalized Irish, in terms of birthplace or blood they are as Irish as George Bush or Barack Obama !

Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: eurydice on January 10, 2009, 12:49:29 PM
I've never really thought about who should replace a member of U2.

But, back in 1989, when Pete de Freitas (drummer with Echo & the Bunnymen) died I can remember thinking "that would be a good gig for Larry." Keep in mind, this was during that dark time when it seemed U2 were no longer.

Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: An Cat Dubh on January 10, 2009, 01:12:30 PM
If a band member dies, U2 as an entity dies. Everything that U2 produces is a result of those 4 friends and their collective genius.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Alex on January 10, 2009, 02:37:11 PM
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EDIT: As a test, name me (especially the teens of thsi forum) three hits of Def Leopard, INXS, Bon Jovi, and Big Country since 1993. Hard pushed to name one - and they have released matrial since, and have toured!

Bon Jovi: It's My Life (2000), Have A Nice Day (2005), Who Says You Can't Go Home (2006)

I live in the states, so I don't know if they were or weren't hits where you live.



: clap clap clap :  ;D

Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: evel12314 on January 10, 2009, 03:21:58 PM
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EDIT: As a test, name me (especially the teens of thsi forum) three hits of Def Leopard, INXS, Bon Jovi, and Big Country since 1993. Hard pushed to name one - and they have released matrial since, and have toured!

Bon Jovi: It's My Life (2000), Have A Nice Day (2005), Who Says You Can't Go Home (2006)

I live in the states, so I don't know if they were or weren't hits where you live.

By the way, I've never heard of Big Country.

Exactly what I would have said...
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Joe90usa on January 10, 2009, 09:43:05 PM
A touch of reality here. By and large, the sound of a rock band is most defined by the lead vocals and lead guitar.

Nobody really sounds like Bono, so I would not want to hear another singer do U2 songs in some future version of the band.

David Gilmour could replace The Edge. There, I said it and I think Edge would be flattered with that choice. Gilmour can do everything Edge can do on guitar and he has a great voice.

Drummers and bass players are drummers and bass players. Neither add vocals, so that leaves a lot of doors open. If another drummer and/or another bass player sat in and recorded with U2 rather than Larry or Adam, 99% of us fans would never know if we weren't told. That's no disrespect to either of them, that is the way things are.

Lots of bands have had member changes and gone on to great success. While I strongly prefer that U2 does not become one of that lot, I think sticking my head in the sand and refusing to acknowledge that possibility does no good.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: singnomore on January 11, 2009, 01:45:40 AM

David Gilmour could replace The Edge. There, I said it and I think Edge would be flattered with that choice. Gilmour can do everything Edge can do on guitar and he has a great voice.

Maybe Edge would but I cant buy that to be honest. The four guys together make the U2 sound - I personally think deeprooted stuff gets them there. Its the equivalent of playing for the jersey in a football team. I'm sure U2 could still be successful with Dave Gilmour but a piece of the U2 identity and heritage would be gone.

Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: pudgie_child on January 11, 2009, 07:17:53 PM
The Edge is the only member of U2 who is indispensable.
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: soloyan on January 12, 2009, 09:06:34 AM
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David Gilmour could replace The Edge. There, I said it and I think Edge would be flattered with that choice. Gilmour can do everything Edge can do on guitar and he has a great voice.

Come on ! You're talking about technique & skills, no one SOUNDS like The Edge.

Seriously, I think that U2 will die with any band member.

However, the 4 band members, I feel, are irreplacable for songwriting BUT Adam or Larry could be replaced in a live setting. Remember Adam already has.

Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: JuniorEmblem on January 12, 2009, 09:17:56 AM
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Drummers and bass players are drummers and bass players.

You do a huge disservice to the likes of Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, John Bonham, Flea, etc.

I could go on and on, but won't. Certainly Adam and Larry are easily replaceable, but many others aren't.

Also, singers and guitar players can be just as replaceable. Ozzy was easily replaced in Sabbath, Slash isn't on the new Guns'n'Roses, Deep Purple replaced Blackmore and changed singers on a fairly regular basis, AC/DC, etc .

Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: BeneathTheNoise on January 12, 2009, 06:11:44 PM
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Refer to INXS - it would never work.


I can just see it now.. Bono dies, the newest hit reality show: Rock Star :U2.  :-\ Edge, Adam, and Larry are the judges, with special guest judge Michael Stipe from R.E.M.... and Michael is the only one who actually has the b*lls to give an honest opinion about the performances.  :P
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: luieu2 on January 12, 2009, 08:08:08 PM
ac/dc are bigger now than ever .but you could never replace bono ;)
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: Discotheque Girl on January 13, 2009, 04:44:53 AM
NOBODY could repleace Bono,Edge,Larry or Adam...
I hope that day will never come... :'( :'(
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: daveyg on January 13, 2009, 04:48:59 AM
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EDIT: As a test, name me (especially the teens of thsi forum) three hits of Def Leopard, INXS, Bon Jovi, and Big Country since 1993. Hard pushed to name one - and they have released matrial since, and have toured!

Bon Jovi: It's My Life (2000), Have A Nice Day (2005), Who Says You Can't Go Home (2006)

I live in the states, so I don't know if they were or weren't hits where you live.

By the way, I've never heard of Big Country.

I know the title track of "It's My Life" - but never heard of the rest!! My "Being a Bon Jovi Fan" days have well gone. i could give you the track list and sing the songs for Slippery When Wet. I think Live 8 underlined my pointwith Bon Jovi and Def Leopard. They played their 80s hits..

And asked a few friends as well. "Wanted Dead or Alive" seems to be the only song that sticks in their heads... but I digress. Maybe Bon Jovi maintained their popularity that side of the water.

Big Country were huge here for a teen of the 80s. A scottish band who's singer died and whos bassist took over singing duties to this day.  As was Paul Young. Kajagogo. Culture Club. Nik Kershaw. (watch the original Live Aid while we're talking about it and most of them made an appearance!)
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: hurricane hugo on January 13, 2009, 11:49:53 AM
possible replacements

vocal: Maynard James Keenan
guitar: Adam Jones
bass: Justin Chancellor
drums: Danny Carey

 ;)

#@!
Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: JuniorEmblem on January 13, 2009, 05:21:06 PM
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possible replacements

vocal: Maynard James Keenan
guitar: Adam Jones
bass: Justin Chancellor
drums: Danny Carey

 ;)

#@!

Bass - Anyone who plays bass
Drums - Anyone who plays drums

Title: Re: if a u2 member died or left, who should replace them?
Post by: theocean on January 17, 2009, 10:45:50 AM
No one and too dont like to go there.