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Old 10-29-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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I don't get all the complaining about the acoustic songs. People always say they want U2 to do something new, and that's what U2 are doing. When have they regularly played songs with a string quartet before? We have the full-band versions on the album, and we'll get a lot more of that over the next two years when they're on the road. Enjoy this for what it is. It'll be over soon enough.
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I wonder what else do they have up their sleeves.
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I don't get all the complaining about the acoustic songs. People always say they want U2 to do something new, and that's what U2 are doing. When have they regularly played songs with a string quartet before? We have the full-band versions on the album, and we'll get a lot more of that over the next two years when they're on the road. Enjoy this for what it is. It'll be over soon enough.
I'm just so angry about this. U2 clearly plays their promo tour for the diehards, not to promote the album. They've been playing the same crap every night. As a fan, I feel betrayed!
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I'm just so angry about this. U2 clearly plays their promo tour for the diehards, not to promote the album. They've been playing the same crap every night. As a fan, I feel betrayed!

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I don't get all the complaining about the acoustic songs. People always say they want U2 to do something new, and that's what U2 are doing. When have they regularly played songs with a string quartet before? We have the full-band versions on the album, and we'll get a lot more of that over the next two years when they're on the road. Enjoy this for what it is. It'll be over soon enough.
Personally I am enjoying this "acoustic adventure" that U2 has embarked upon, but let´s face it, its the same songs too many times.
It would be nice to play some of the other songs also, in acoustic style
if they want.
But how about playing some of the old crowd favourites in acoustic style?
That would be interesting to hear.
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I thought promo tours were playing the same songs over and over again.

That said, did anyone expect to hear Cedarwood Road, Volcano or California during these appearances? I didn't.
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If they play Reach Around or Iris on the promo tour, I will piss tears of joy.


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I like that they played Stuck during one of the promo appearances. I have a feeling as this promo tour continues they'll stop playing the new songs and play songs from ATYCLB.

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If they play Reach Around or Iris on the promo tour, I will piss tears of joy.
Me too. I'm dying to hear those songs in a live setting.
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U2 clearly plays their promo tour for the diehards, not to promote the album.

Do they really need to promote the album? I think they're promoting the tour.
The way I see it, they gave away the album in order to promote the tour.
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We have to keep in mind that they are mainly promoting the deluxe set right now since half the world has already heard the regular album versions, so this might also be a reason why they're going for the acoustic performances of the songs right now. It will be interesting to see if we'll get various versions of certain songs once the tour starts and how the band will do when trying to play different versions for different live settings.
I don't buy this theory at all. If they were promoting the deluxe album, we'd have a shit load of crystal ballroom, as that song is the absolute tits.

they can't play the songs yet. That's all
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You know, like everyone else, I loved AB and am glad U2 radically reinvented themselves the way they did. They needed to do it, and they would not be considered the top tier act they are today if not for that reinvention. It's that reinvention, IMO, that ultimately enabled them to separate themselves from peers like Echo and the Simple Minds. I firmly believe without that reinvention, they'd probably be regarded much like those bands are today...fondly remembered, definitive for their time, but no longer relevant.

That said, sometimes I think I'd have liked to see what U2 would have come up with had they continued to explore the sonic landscapes they created with Eno and Lanois in TUF and TJT just a while longer. I don't feel like we got everything they had to give from that era (as the excellent b-sides attest to), and I certainly would have liked to spend more time with that sound.

Clearly they couldn't stay "that" U2 forever, but I have a lot of love for those super serious guys and the music they made, even if it was necessary for them to grow and change.

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You know, like everyone else, I loved AB and am glad U2 radically reinvented themselves the way they did. They needed to do it, and they would not be considered the top tier act they are today if not for that reinvention. It's that reinvention, IMO, that ultimately enabled them to separate themselves from peers like Echo and the Simple Minds. I firmly believe without that reinvention, they'd probably be regarded much like those bands are today...fondly remembered, definitive for their time, but no longer relevant.

That said, sometimes I think I'd have liked to see what U2 would have come up with had they continued to explore the sonic landscapes they created with Eno and Lanois in TUF and TJT just a while longer. I don't feel like we got everything they had to give from that era (as the excellent b-sides attest to), and I certainly would have liked to spend more time with that sound.

Clearly they couldn't stay "that" U2 forever, but I have a lot of love for those super serious guys and the music they made, even if it was necessary for them to grow and change.

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Well said. That woulda been fun.
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I don't buy this theory at all. If they were promoting the deluxe album, we'd have a shit load of crystal ballroom, as that song is the absolute tits.

they can't play the songs yet. That's all
That's probably really true

By May or whatever they should really have their shit together.
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