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Old 01-21-2007, 11:00 PM   #1
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Thinking ahead to next tour's opening acts

The Vertigo Tour was a pretty good example of a band keeping track of good emerging (and established) acts and getting them onboard. While some bands weren't as good as others, overall U2 did a pretty good job picking and choosing.

Assuming we have a tour sometime in 2008, who would you like to see open for U2?

I'm not all that on top of the current music scene, but one of the bands that sorta fits the mold of past opening acts for me is British Sea Power. They aren't too big in the US, but I'm not sure how big they are overseas. The other name that came to mind for me was Dredg. Those guys are sorta similar to the sound of Institute from the Vertigo third leg shows (but a WHOLE LOT BETTER). Both of these bands have that same kind of sound that it seems U2 likes for their opening bands, and the diversity of their music suits them for a band like U2.

Can't wait to hear what your ideas are!
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1. Michael Franti and Spearhead -- their latest album, "Yell Fire" is great, Franti is a highly politicized leftie like Bono, Franti opened for U2 in 1992 with his old band The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy ("Television - Drug Of The Nation")

2. Tom Morello (solo)

3. Cat Power

4. Iggy And The Stooges

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Would you really want them to open though? For anyone. I mean, wouldn't you much rather see them as a headliner when they would be able to put on a full show to an interested crowd than put on an abbreviated show to people who just want them to get the hell off stage so the main act can come on?
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Would you really want them to open though? For anyone. I mean, wouldn't you much rather see them as a headliner when they would be able to put on a full show to an interested crowd than put on an abbreviated show to people who just want them to get the hell off stage so the main act can come on?
i was about to say mew...

...but nowadays i think it would be more appropriate if u2 opened for mew than the other way around.
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Would you really want them to open though? For anyone. I mean, wouldn't you much rather see them as a headliner when they would be able to put on a full show to an interested crowd than put on an abbreviated show to people who just want them to get the hell off stage so the main act can come on?
Heh, yeah, I nearly said that U2 should open for Porcupine Tree. I would love to go to a U2 concert and actually have a decent opening band though (as they are few and far between in my opinion), and more exposure for Porcupine Tree can only be a good thing.

Not that their style of music would really suit a U2 audience ... ah well.
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