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Old 08-21-2005, 11:02 AM   #1
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Bono's Voice on Joshua Tree tour...

I was wondering if anyone else gets a bit annoyed with Bono's singing on the Joshua Tree tour. Sometimes he put on this really throaty/nasally voice that sounds kind of like the Barenaked Ladies singer. He didn't do it all the time, but it sounds pretty annoying sometimes, while other times he sounds fricking awesome as always. He only seemed to really do it on the JT tour - he dosn't really sound like that on the album. I just compared the Syracuse JT show to the Conspiracy of Hope show at East Rutherford, and there'a mile of difference in Bono's style. I think he sounded way better in that 1986 concert than on alot of the JT shows. Has anyone else noticed that thing he does with his voice...I'm not sure that I described correctly, but something is really dieffernt about it (and not in a good way).
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A country-ish twangy thing? Something like that? I know he did that on the JT tour sometimes. Even though it didn't show as much until R&H, they were really into country/blues/etc at the time. I think he was trying to sound 'a little bit country'.
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I like him sounding a bit more rock and roll...
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I've always thought JT/Lovetown was the peak of Bono's voice. Amazing power, depth, and range.

It's just a shame that at the time, he was killing his voice!
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I've always thought JT/Lovetown was the peak of Bono's voice. Amazing power, depth, and range.

It's just a shame that at the time, he was killing his voice!
He still had most - I said MOST - of his voice during ZooTV...he just adopted a different style of singing during that tour. It wasn't until Popmart came along that his voice really started suffering.
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I've always thought JT/Lovetown was the peak of Bono's voice. Amazing power, depth, and range.

It's just a shame that at the time, he was killing his voice!
I've always liked his Lovetown voice better than JT. He did less of that annoying vocal thing I was talking about earlier, and his voice was so powerful.
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That era definitely was the highpoint of his voice. It seemed to start suffering after Achtung Baby/Zooropa. I wonder how much of it was due to the cigar-smoking he picked up as The Fly....?

Ah, if ever there were a good example for an anti-smoking campaign, this would be it!
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Is there anybody out there who can articulate the annoying thing Bono did with his voice on the JT tour. Not to be rude, but it has kind of a constipated quality to it. There have been a few other people that have commented on it too while I was watching JT footage with them, and it has always bothered me too. What is it?
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Heh. Yeah, he did sound constipated from time to time. That's a good way to describe it.

I don't know if he was doing it consciously, but he'd go to emphasize a word or a phrase, and there it went, all in the back of his throat.

I'm trying to think of a specific example, and failing. But I know it's there!
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I thought he sounded amazing live during the JT era, but then again I only have Rattle and Hum and a couple of bootlegs to base that opinon on. I'm sure he had a off night now and then, as all singers do.
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I wonder how much of it was due to the cigar-smoking he picked up as The Fly....?
You can see photos of him smoking cigars during the JT days and smoking regular cigarettes even further back than that.
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Hey starvinmarvin I know what you're talking about, he'd get that low, nasally sound sometimes and it rubs me the wrong way to. I think he'd do this whenever he got tired, but I'm purely speculating.

And as for his voice going south during the late 90's early 2000, smoking was only a part of the cause, he trashed his voice with bad technique and overuse in the 80's and 90's.
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Hey starvinmarvin I know what you're talking about, he'd get that low, nasally sound sometimes and it rubs me the wrong way to. I think he'd do this whenever he got tired, but I'm purely speculating.

And as for his voice going south during the late 90's early 2000, smoking was only a part of the cause, he trashed his voice with bad technique and overuse in the 80's and 90's.
Yeah, it's probably because he got tired....it's easier to hit the high notes when you use that technique, but it doesn't sound as good, plus it's really hard on your voice (you're pushing with your throat instead of your diaphram). Mind you, he wopuld use that technique on Streets, which opened many of the shows, so maybe that's not the reason ...who knows?

I agree with reggie about the smoking thing too. It didn't help his voice, that's for certain, but the primary cause of his voice problems in the late 90's was poor technique, such as the one I was talking about. Actually, I think that his voice was starting to become a problem during Zoo TV, although i know some people feel differently about it. I think his vocal problems in the early 90's was one major factor that caused Bono to change his style during Achtung (i.e. using more of his lower register, and more falsetto because it's easier to hit the high notes using falsetto)
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Marvin, I honestly have not noted this annoying thing you're describing. On the Syracuse DVD, can you point out a specific moment of what you're talking about? I have that DVD and I'd like to hear it.
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Marvin, I honestly have not noted this annoying thing you're describing. On the Syracuse DVD, can you point out a specific moment of what you're talking about? I have that DVD and I'd like to hear it.
OK, put on the Syracuse show and listen to the first song, Streets. Pay attention to the first verse, "I want to run....." etc... and then compare it to the album version. He's singing it differently, it's plain as day. Then move on to, say, "I Still haven't Found," which is even more obvious. He's doing that weird, low throaty thing all over the place...now go back and listen to the album version, or even to how Bono sings it now. On the album, he's pushing from his diaphram, and it sounds way more powerful. I know it's hard for Bono to sing with such passion and power throughout an entire concert, but I just didn't like how he tried to compensate for it at times during JT.
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