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Old 09-22-2011, 03:04 AM   #121
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Well, lets compare the stats for the last album/tour for both U2 and R.E.M.

U2 - NLOTH - sold about 4 million copies worldwide.
R.E.M. - Collapse into Now - sold just under 400,000 copies worldwide.

U2 - 360 tour - GROSSED - $736 million
R.E.M. - Collapse into Now tour - GROSSED - less than $30 million

U2's 360 tour broke all gross and attendance records in history. It is the highest attended tour of all time. NLOTH was the 7th biggest selling album around the world in 2009.

R.E.M.'s Collapse into Now was the lowest seller of their entire career, although a big reason for that is the collapse of the entire music industry in terms of selling albums.

On the tour R.E.M. largest crowd in the United States was less than 14,000 despite only playing 14 shows in the United States.

The two bands could not be at more different places in terms of commercial sales of albums and concert tickets. U2 is at the top of everything, while R.E.M. is near the bottom, at least in terms of being popular and widely recognized for their latest efforts on tour and in the studio.

Now, I think Collapse Into Me is a great album and I think R.E.M. is an amazing live band and I am shocked that they are suddenly breaking up. Unfortunately, the general public and much of their old fan base either has not heard their new material, or has simply turned away. I'm not saying that had anything to do with them breaking up, but I'm still puzzled as to why they won't continue as a band. Why not take a break for a number of years and then get back together. Why break up if there are no personal differences and everyone still loves and enjoys making music?

I wonder sometimes if the remaining band members have grown apart. I think all of them live in different states in the US. Although some people will claim being in your 50s is old, its not. It might be if you play NFL football, but its not if your a musician. The Rolling Stones are about to go into their 70s in the next year or two and they still have a new album and tour planned for 2012.

Many people often ask U2 why they don't break up. What they have said is that they all love making and performing music. So then the next thing they think is who they would like to do that with, and the same names come up each time.

now i remember why i never go into the sub-forum where people crunch u2's sales numbers.
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U2 - 360 tour - GROSSED - $736 million
R.E.M. - Collapse into Now tour - GROSSED - less than $30 million

On the tour R.E.M. largest crowd in the United States was less than 14,000 despite only playing 14 shows in the United States.
Dude, what are you talking about?

R.E.M. didn't tour for Collapse Into Now.

Are you thinking of the Accelerate tour in 2008? That was their last tour.

You know what. Nevermind.
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I wonder sometimes if the remaining band members have grown apart. I think all of them live in different states in the US.
I am guessing that you've hit on it here. When you only see one another when it's time to make an album, the "band" is really already out the window and you're now creating a collective product.

Maybe the act of going through the old records and such to compile the collection forced them to admit how distant they are now as compared to back in the day when they were all on the same page.
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Dude, what are you talking about?

R.E.M. didn't tour for Collapse Into Now.

Are you thinking of the Accelerate tour in 2008? That was their last tour.

You know what. Nevermind.
no, he's talking about the fictional tour to support the imaginary album, "collapse into me."
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This news certainly hasnt made my day any better

Then again

Neither did their music

More of R.E.M. went about telling the truth in their songs, rather than try to make us feel better about ourselves

Which is ironic because everyone saw them as a mainstream pop/ rock band
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Sad news, one of my favourite band......

I feel like we (fans of 80's band) will have some pretty rough years comming up... it won't be the last break up. U2, Depeche Mode, The Cure, etc.... damn time is a bitch.

By the way, I love the album "Accelerate", I think it's one of their best.
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That's a little depressing.
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Dude, what are you talking about?

R.E.M. didn't tour for Collapse Into Now.

Are you thinking of the Accelerate tour in 2008? That was their last tour.

You know what. Nevermind.
Yes, the last tour, in 2008, which was for Accelerate. Just got a little mixed up when making a comparison between last albums and tours for the two bands.
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I am guessing that you've hit on it here. When you only see one another when it's time to make an album, the "band" is really already out the window and you're now creating a collective product.

Maybe the act of going through the old records and such to compile the collection forced them to admit how distant they are now as compared to back in the day when they were all on the same page.
Also, maybe there were disagreements about touring. Interesting thing about U2 is that they all still have their primary homes in Dublin as well as their immediate and extended families. Then Edge and Bono both share a house in France, and Adam and Larry have houses not to far away. It seems Edge and Bono still see each other very often outside of the band. In fact, Edge's house is just up the street from Bono's in Killaney which are their Dublin area homes.
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Then Edge and Bono both share a house in France, and Adam and Larry have houses not to far away. It seems Edge and Bono still see each other very often outside of the band. In fact, Edge's house is just up the street from Bono's in Killaney which are their Dublin area homes.
How many locks of Bono's hair have you stolen in the middle of the night?
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8 of the 9 news items that spawn on the yahoo page when i open a browser window are stupid puns referring to rem breaking up. the last one has something to do with skype phone adapters. well, that's random.
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Way to turn a great thread into an absolute fucking bummer.
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That's a little depressing.
Absolutely loved Country Feedback though

Apparently it was all recorded in one take
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Wow. I was not expecting this. One of my favorite bands, and one of the bands I really want to see live. What an amazing band.
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Wow. I was not expecting this. One of my favorite bands, and one of the bands I really want to see live. What an amazing band.
Melancholic and totally in your face in their day

How music should be
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