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Old 01-10-2017, 08:46 AM   #76
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you just reminded me about The Rising.

what a record.

headphones time.

That tour was awesome. I wish he would play Further On Up The Road more often
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that's actually a very good point and something I was wondering myself...

many of these songs would require a second guitar. obviously they can tweak things to work however they'd like... but traditionally, you would expect a rhythm guitar part on a lot of these tracks.
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Very true, assuming Bono's out of action guitar wise and they don't play some stripped down version, I'm wondering if Red Hill Mining Town will sound a bit flat? If any song on that album needs two guitars live it's that one!

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If U2 had just gotten SOE out anytime between the end of the I&E Tour and fall 2016 (as originally semi-promised), they would already have an album in the books and could focus on the relevant political message for the *next* record.
Yeah pretty much. I'm just picturing this nightmare scenario where U2 finish the Joshua Tree tour, then show up almost a year late to the party with their big anti-trump song that they've square pegged into Songs Of Experience

For all we know they could come up with some insanely good song that isn't too on the nose and fits perfectly with the album, but right now I'm not exactly impressed.

I mean say some other massive event (god knows what) suddenly happens. At what point do U2 stop saying "oh, how does this album we wrote in 2015-16 fit in with what's happening in 2017? Better work on it some more." ??
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something tells me there may be a minion or two under the stage playing rhythm guitar or keyboards etc.

On a side note...I am hoping SoE has a bit more cowbell in it. I don't think Larry's explored that enough.

I believe Refugee has one.
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Bono's guitar playing is absolutely unnecessary. Like on Exit in rattle and hum... it looks cool with him knashing away at the guitar... but he is literally nowhere in the mix. Then listen to the Paris version of "Exit". That distant scratchy, tinny sound you hear that's not really helping anything and is actually making it worse... that's Bono's guitar.

On official concert releases they clean up (aka delete or bury) Bono's guitar. Listen to Dirty Day in Sydney vs Dirty Day in Adelaide... you really hear Bono's "contributions" in the Adelaide video.

I'm not hear to rag on Bono, but I think some of you over estimate the importance of his guitar playing. It's a prop, a chance for him to stand still for a song, and to make him look cool. Sometimes on a song like "crumbs from your table", Bono will pretend to play the lead guitar part, but it's actually prerecorded.

While I'm no virtuoso, I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and am pretty decent. Since I know how to play most of U2's songs at least somewhat, I know what to look for in Bono's playing.




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While i am at it....What if the band actually did this instead...Forget what has just transpired with JT tour announcements.

Release SoE today.

Announce SoE tour.

At the SoE shows, they play a first set of 10-12 songs, with about 7 from the new album. Have the intermission. Then come out and perform the entire JT album. That would blow a lot of people away since they were not expecting this. This would have gotten crazy buzz.
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Oh we can debate the merits of this tour\album ad naseum...but we'll still be left with:

The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour
SOE - Q4

Pop Culture relevance and hits be damned. Give me something to believe in...
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Oh we can debate the merits of this tour\album ad naseum...but we'll still be left with:

The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour
SOE - Q4

Pop Culture relevance and hits be damned. Give me something to believe in...

I think we'll get SOE Q4 if we're lucky. Plenty of time to get cold feet and reimagine things between now and August.


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30 year old band takes new album on tour. Plays some of it, but decides to play of songs of a 22 year old album in its sequential entirety.

In 1994!

Pink Floyd. The Division Bell Tour.

Perspective.
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There's no way we'll see SOE until after the tour is over and there's been a very likely couple of timelines suggested already which seem to make sense.

If they don't scrap or tweak SOE, I expect they'll use this mini-tour as a launch pad for a lead single, the album and arena (?) tour of the US and Europe in 2017-2018.
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Maybe we'll get that cool Edge loop version of Running To Stand Still since Bono can't play rhythm guitar.
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He should wear his 87 arm sling for old times sakes.


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good call. He'll probably need it at some point. Only a matter of time before he injures himself again...falling off stage or falling out of bed etc.
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No new info or anything, but apparently the Trump factor was a big enough deal to make the political website The Hill. Go figure.

U2 delays album release after Trump win | TheHill

ETA: And Mediaite. Looks like the band might get some attention with this story.
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