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Old 05-25-2017, 02:23 PM   #1
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Bono and his incessant/inane chatter during concerts

I thought about putting this slightly more eloquently, but then thought better of it.

Listening to a couple of older bootlegs, it's somewhat jarring to hear Bono not talk over every quiet space over the course of a concert. I'm not sure when it started exactly, but for me it detracts from the experience to hear him drone on and on about whatever profound thought he feels the need to share at that moment.

It would be nice if Edge took him to the side and had a quiet word with him, reminding him that the rest of the band sound pretty good in their own right and don't need Bono talking over the intro to Streets, the bridge in UTEOTW, etc.

U2's songs speak for themselves, but it would appear as though Bono enjoys the sound of his own voice more than ever.

Anyone else feel that way? I would like to hear One, for example, without a 25 minute intro.
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It is what it is. I usually tune it out, but there are a few instances where it makes me roll my eyes every time:

Breathe from the official 360 live release: "THREE HUNDRED SIXTY DEGREES! OHHHHHH!" Dude, we know. Shut up.

Kite from Australia (b-side of something): "CATE BLANCHETT." Yeah, thanks for that. I guess we all really needed to know she was there.


(The celeb shout-out isn't always bad - I was at one of the NYC Vertigo shows in 2005 and he gave Alicia Keys a shoutout, and I just screamed in glee because I was at a show where he said "Alicia, this is for you." THANK YOU I WILL TAKE IT.)
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I have said here before, as big an ego as David Lee Roth has, he knows enough to shut his trap when Eddie Van Halen is playing a solo, Bono needs to learn the same.
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i thought about putting this slightly more eloquently, but then thought better of it.

Listening to a couple of older bootlegs, it's somewhat jarring to hear bono not talk over every quiet space over the course of a concert. I'm not sure when it started exactly, but for me it detracts from the experience to hear him drone on and on about whatever profound thought he feels the need to share at that moment.

It would be nice if edge took him to the side and had a quiet word with him, reminding him that the rest of the band sound pretty good in their own right and don't need bono talking over the intro to streets, the bridge in uteotw, etc.

U2's songs speak for themselves, but it would appear as though bono enjoys the sound of his own voice more than ever.

Anyone else feel that way? I would like to hear one, for example, without a 25 minute intro.
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I'd say it's been a few tours since he's talked too much at the start of One. Seems to have gotten better since Vertigo, which was obnoxious levels of talk.
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He barely says anything now. I've listened to at least four of the recent shows and I'm surprised.
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quiet down, adults are trying to have a conversation
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He barely says anything now. I've listened to at least four of the recent shows and I'm surprised.
really? maybe we're not listening to the same shows...
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It is what it is. I usually tune it out, but there are a few instances where it makes me roll my eyes every time:

Breathe from the official 360 live release: "THREE HUNDRED SIXTY DEGREES! OHHHHHH!" Dude, we know. Shut up.

Kite from Australia (b-side of something): "CATE BLANCHETT." Yeah, thanks for that. I guess we all really needed to know she was there.


(The celeb shout-out isn't always bad - I was at one of the NYC Vertigo shows in 2005 and he gave Alicia Keys a shoutout, and I just screamed in glee because I was at a show where he said "Alicia, this is for you." THANK YOU I WILL TAKE IT.)
and it really was for you! don't let anyone tell you otherwise
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Oh, I don't.
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I mostly don't mind Bono's jibber jabber (except for the celeb call outs).

If I want to hear the songs without that, I can listen to the records. It's part of the live experience.
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quiet down, adults are trying to have a conversation
Be nice if an adult started one
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Be nice if an adult started one
good lord.

trust me, i'm plenty overweight and grey to qualify as an adult, thank you very much. i also hate teenagers and anyone who steps on my lawn, and i've become so jaded and conservative in my advanced age, i consider republicans to be liberal, globalist sell-outs.

if i touched a nerve because i had the audacity to raise this extraordinarily important question with regards to bono, then i ever-so-sincerely do apologise.
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Bono talks a lot. That's not really new information. It's what he does, some frontpeople talk, some don't.

I will say, he talks less this tour than he has in the past. Although, I do miss the band intros from 360. Those were great.
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Vertigo was the nadir. On this tour, he's fine. Strikes a good balance and doesn't ruin any of the songs.
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i like it when he talks/jibber jabbers
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wrong answer! this thread has an agenda, and contrary opinions aren't welcome here!
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I, too, enjoy the banter usually. That is church for me, and he is Rev. Bono. Sometimes it is jibberjabber, but not every homily can be perfection.
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Lol he's been a member here for 17 years. You're too new to know this is a perfectly normal post for him.

And actually I agree. At my show these people behind me were like JUST SHUT UP AND PLAY MUSIC!!
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