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Old 10-19-2004, 01:50 PM   #1
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Some Reviews from CD:UK

Some reviews from u2.com on the UK:CD show:

‘It was unbelievable and unforgettable - it was surreal to be less than a foot away from the four men who I admire so greatly. The new songs sounded great - it seems as though the band have taken the best aspects from 'The Joshua Tree' and 'Achtung Baby'. I loved what I heard - a mixture of beauty, intensity and passion.’
-Elizabeth Hohman, Bournemouth

‘Seeing U2 so close was like a dream come true. They sound even better live. The venue was spot on. Very personal. Their new songs are probably the best they have ever released. Miracle drug is very moving whilst City of blinding lights moves along at a blistering pace. All in all, an exhilarating experience that I doubt we will ever have again. Vertigo makes you dizzy with excitement!’
-Andrew Clark, Grantham, Lincs.

‘Thanks so much, it was amazing. I never ever thought I'd see the band so close-up and playing to such a small number of people. ‘Vertigo’ and ‘City of Blinding Light’ were both storming and ‘Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own’ was really emotional. Cat Deeley looked well chuffed when Bono sang Happy Birthday to her. ‘I still can't believe it really happened as it was all so out of the blue - and it was even more weird because I'd watched the band the night before from the gates of the BBC. Thanks again!’
-Rebecca Crum

‘The band entered the stage and as Bono walked past us I stuck out my hand, Bono shook it, turned back to the mic and then we were blown away by Vertigo - a very special moment I will never forget. The new material has "U2 classic" stamped all over it. Poignant lyrics soulfully sung, landmark guitar riffs, great base lines and fantastic rhythm keeping it all together - the very special ingredients that are U2. Thank you again for a beautiful day.’
-Seán Salter, Ipswich

‘It was in a word AWESOME. The 3 hours plus we had to wait, standing in the cold and in the studio were forgotten the instant they walked on stage. It was an experience of a lifetime and no concert ticket would've given us the opportunity to be as close as we were to the band, I touched Bono and shook Adam's hand....The smallness of the studio made the experience very exclusive and intimate, I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to be a part of that. When they played the songs, there was a distinct U2 signature sound to it. In the interviews they have said it is possibly their best album and if the 4 songs they played are anything to go by, I'd say they're right…I don't think it is possible for U2 to have ONE BEST album but I think this will be a favourite for many.’
-Trish Tan, Midhurst West Sussex

‘U2 were fantastic - they totally blew me away. Saturday can only be described as a once in a life time and I'm still coming down to Earth! When I got the email I thought it was at first a hoax! The new songs sounded like some of the best U2 stuff in many years, ‘Miracle Drug’ was particularly powerful - a great story behind it.’
-Steve Briggs, Luton

‘It was like watching your favourite U2 DVD up close, only it was hot and loud and you were there, a metre away from these mythical famous people who looked so familiar, and yet only now do you realise they exist! It was surreal and incredible! ‘Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own’ had some beautiful lyrics, I’m glad they played it twice! ‘Miracle Drug’ and ‘City of Blinding Lights’ also had some top lyrics and brilliant music. I am much more excited than before about the release of the new album, I think it will be powerful and great fun.’
-Olivia Birkett Australian living in Norwich

‘U2 so close is great, still didn't sink in... I don't think I will have a chance to do it again, just about once in the lifetime... We were waiting for 4 hours to see 30 min of them, and it was worth it. Although it was a long wait, I would do it again anytime... It's a bit hard to give initial reaction (on the new songs) because of the overwhelming impression U2 makes on any concert, especially if it's such a small audience. ‘Miracle Drug’ stuck in my memory because of the story behind it, very moving.’
-Tomek Klas, Easy Croydon

‘Along with 300 fans I stood about 2 metres away from Bono as he led U2 through their performance of four stunning new songs. Each one completely different to anything we'd heard before but each one distinctly U2. They started with 'Vertigo' before introducing us to 3 new tunes, each of which varied in tempo. The band was in top form and we reeled with delight for 35 breathtaking minutes as we watched the guys do what they do best. To witness all of this at such close proximity was a once in lifetime experience. Wonderful! The new stuff is fantastic.’
-Andy Vennard, Banstead, Surrey
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thanks for posting this...good stuff.
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Old 10-19-2004, 02:42 PM   #3
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I realize people aren't going to be pleased that I brought this up, but over at u2log.com it says the cd:uk songs were mimed too (except for Bono's voice). Either u2log is mistaken, or some folks are easily fooled.

u2.com should know better than to perpetuate the idea that U2 are playing live for these gigs.
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Old 10-19-2004, 02:47 PM   #4
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these quotes seem made-up to me. Especially given that the instrumentation was piped in. They all seem written by a marketing person, in much the same vein that the odd movie review quote is often written by the studios themselves. Many of the quotes sound very "samey" to me.
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I realize people aren't going to be pleased that I brought this up, but over at u2log.com it says the cd:uk songs were mimed too (except for Bono's voice). Either u2log is mistaken, or some folks are easily fooled.

u2.com should know better than to perpetuate the idea that U2 are playing live for these gigs.
What's the source? People said the same for the TOTP's gig, and of course it was bull other than the one required pretape for TV...
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u2.com should know better than to perpetuate the idea that U2 are playing live for these gigs.
u2.com doesnt do much right, so why start here? Good reviews are better than none, I wish they went into more depth. Guitar solos, what are the vocals like? But not much, but that I guess most of the remarks were positive is a good thing.
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Oh my GOD Bono touched me! I've been touched by Bono!!! It was the best moment of my life!!!

U2's an awesome band and all but seriously... that just annoys me. I hate it when people idolize human beings like that.
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OH MY GOD SHART1780 REPLIED TO THIS THREAD!!! I CAN BE HAPPY NOW!!!!

lol, just kiddin around, y'know, wastin time till Nov. 23
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OH MY GOD SHART1780 REPLIED TO THIS THREAD!!! I CAN BE HAPPY NOW!!!!

lol, just kiddin around, y'know, wastin time till Nov. 23
It's shart1780 you dorkwad!!! Get it right or pay the price.
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Rebecca Crumb....got to see U2 totp live and was there for cd:uk recording.....lucky bitch! lol
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WOW Shart, you must have read that really quickly cuz i noticed I wrote it wrong and corrected it immediately!!! LOL!!!

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Those reviews did not give that much info about the songs, it's true, but I still enjoy reading about other fan's happiness of seeing the band in such an intimate setting. It must have been really incredible, and I think it's really cool that U2.com was able to give away some tickets... They're getting better, we must admit. They're starting to do the only thing that an official site can do better than a fan-run site: direct contact with the band and management which can provides some lucky fans with such cool experiences.

I think it's a good sign for the future... (tour tickets, etc.)
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