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Old 07-21-2009, 08:33 AM   #1
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Those hoping for Drowning Man, from Willies Diary (all Drowning Man discussion here)

We did another full run-through this evening, which has brought us very close to the set that I think we'll play on Tuesday. It's working well overall, with only a couple of things still proving troublesome. Drowning Man is one of these and I am beginning to wonder whether my judgement has been clouded by my sheer delight and joy at hearing this being performed live after 25 years waiting in the wings. Everybody really wants it to work and it sounds great but it's proving to be a very difficult mood to recover from. We tried going into Bad afterwards but by the end of that double-whammy of beautiful melancholy the set didn't recover for about half an hour. This may well be why U2 never performed this song in '83. I remember we tried a set which opened with it (brave move) but as far as I recall this was never unleashed on the public. We were all a bit too post-punk at the time, I think. The plan is to rehearse bits and pieces tomorrow night then do a final dress rehearsal on Monday at which point we'll make the call. We're going to shuffle its place in the show a little too, so it may not be over for Drowning Man just yet.
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I love the band a ton but, fuck, they obsess over so much....just fucking play it and see what happens.
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I love the band a ton but, fuck, they obsess over so much....just fucking play it and see what happens.
qft. if it fails, it fails. they can try pairing it with something else or just give up and move on.
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Sounds like the perfect song to replace "One"


No spoken words, I agree. U2 songs just work live and the general public will enjoy hearing some rarities/rockers. U2 is great playing songs live and for them to worry about losing an audience for 30 minutes because they play 1 song is a bit ridiculous.
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Was there ever a video for Drowning Man?
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I don't get the big fuzz over DM, I'm not keen on hearing it, I like the song but totally think it wouldn't fit the set or the show.

And it's good they're trying to do things right. If they don't, fans will complain afterwards, like they did when Electrical Storm was played.
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there was a short clip of DM...it was the last clip on the site during the countdown.

how old is that post? when he says "tuesday", it sounds like he's referring to 06/30 (opening night). i don't think there's any more/less chance now than 3 weeks ago.

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Wait... they tried a segue of Drowning Man>Bad and haven't liked it?

Jesus!
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there was a short clip of DM...it was the last clip on the site during the countdown.

how old is that post? when he says "tuesday", it sounds like he's referring to 06/30 (opening night). i don't think there's any more/less chance now than 3 weeks ago.

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They are still catching up on u2.com, todays where from the tour rehearsals i think around the 27th,
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Who says it has to recover?

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Personally, anything into Bad is a good segue.
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Wait... they tried a segue of Drowning Man>Bad and haven't liked it?

Jesus!
lmfao! yeah that would've been just totally stunning, the sillies hahaha

seriously though, they should have more faith in their audience and not worry about "losing" them... we'd just go with the flow and enjoy whatever journey it takes us on
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I think the "wouldn't recover for 30 minutes" thing is really interesting.

I guess I hadn't envisioned the guys scrutinizing the emotional impact of each song and trying to decide whether the moods of the next songs can be preserved in light of what's come before... you know, U2 is thorough as hell. That has to be one of their defining characteristics.

On the other hand, DM would be cool but please just play Bad
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Maybe they worry because all of the threads they read from the internet spectators complaining about how they've lost them with the CT, SBS segue or the Pride, MLK, Walk On transition or the Breathe intro, etc. etc. etc.

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I think they underestimate the crowd's reaction to Bad. Even though it's a dark song, the live performances are high energy and thrilling - what's there to recover from?

Now, if they segued from Drowning Man into Cedars of Lebanon .... hell, I'd need a good hour to recover from that.
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