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Old 11-24-2004, 11:44 AM   #1
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What's the Next U2 Evolution

So far it looks like U2 has had 4 evolutions (see below). My question is: What is the next evolution?

Evolution 1: Post Punk
Boy
October
War

Evolution 2: Roots and Epic Rock
Unforgetable Fire
Joshua Tree
Rattel and Hum

Evolution 3: Dance/Rave meets Rock
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
Pop

Evolution 4: Classic Songwriting and Long Album Titles
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
???? (New Album in 4 Years)

Evolution 5: Your Guess Here
What is your guess for this next stage?
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"A record that will burn down all our other works."
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Evolution 5?

Bono vs. The Edge pay per view wheelchair battles with soundtrack done by a computer who looks uncannily like Brian Eno.
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I think U2 will stick to this theme for probably two more albums. I just can't imagine what else there is for them to do? It's like they've done everything already. haha.
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I also think U2 will do one more vain in the classic songwriting vein and then move on to something new.
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I don't know what's the next evolution. But it's gotta happen fast. Real fast.
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U2 will do one more album and then call it quits. There will be no 5th evolution in my opinion.
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U2 will do one more album and then call it quits. There will be no 5th evolution in my opinion.
You make me want to cry.
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Hate to say it, but I think there will only be one more album, if that. This has nothing to do with the quality of their work, which I think remains stellar, but just a feeling.
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I agree Edgeu22. I think one more proper album from the band, and that's it. I know it saddens people, but by 2008 (when I'm guessing the next one will be out...maybe 2007 if they don't go with Chris Thomas, haha) Bono and crew will be 47-48, and will have had a 30 year career. 30 years of music is bloody fantastic.

Nirvana fans got about 5 years of music.
Beatles fans got roughly 8 years.
Rolling Stones fans...haha...well that band stopped making good music after 1978.
The Clash fans got a few years.
The Police fans got 6 years, if that.

Bands break up, or fall apart, or simply begin to suck. By 2008, U2 will have been putting out albums for 28 years, and all of them will have been good! When your low point, Pop, sells millions of albums worldwide, it says a lot. I really wouldn't mind if U2 stopped after the next album. I want them to go out while they're still in top form. I really, really do not want them to become the Rolling Stones, shilling out shit just to make cash. And I don't think the boys will do that.

(And yes, I'm familiar with the Larry Rock and Roll Hall of Fame quote from a couple days ago...but hasn't the band used hyperbole before?)

I just don't want Bono, at age 60, to be saying, "We're still trying to get onto pop radio and fuck with the mainstream." It will be embarassing. I can be selfless enough to admit that. We need to step back and put aside our desire for new U2 material until Bono and the mates die, and think about when would be a good time for them to cross-over into the Eternal Hall of Legendary Bands.
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Re: What's the Next U2 Evolution

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Originally posted by adam3000
So far it looks like U2 has had 4 evolutions (see below). My question is: What is the next evolution?

Evolution 1: Post Punk
Boy
October
War

Evolution 2: Roots and Epic Rock
Unforgetable Fire
Joshua Tree
Rattel and Hum

Evolution 3: Dance/Rave meets Rock
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
Pop

Evolution 4: Classic Songwriting and Long Album Titles
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
???? (New Album in 4 Years)

Evolution 5: Your Guess Here
What is your guess for this next stage?
Seriously: Stage 4 is "Evolution"?
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I'm guessing they will really feed off the Vertigo: temple bar mix and step into bluegrass & country music.
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It is, even if some fans have a problem with it.

HTDAAB already shows the steps in the new direction from ATYCLB - even more personal Bono lyrics, more guitars, a definite shift to more rocking sound.

Evolution 5 might be a harder sounding upgrade of Evolution 4. Since the band has the deal for 3 Best ofs, I think we can safely say there will be more albums than just one more.
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:25 PM   #14
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Evolution 5 might be a harder sounding upgrade of Evolution 4. Since the band has the deal for 3 Best ofs, I think we can safely say there will be more albums than just one more.
I wonder how binding that 3 best-ofs contract is. Could they get out of it by simply doing a "best of u2 live" or something? Not that that's a bad idea regardless....
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i think we'll get at least two more albums out of them. more if we are really lucky.

I remember reading that U2 didn't want to get inducted into the rock n' roll hall of fame this year because they feel they are still too young of a band. I think (though the album releases may stay far apart) that they have a few more in them.
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:29 PM   #16
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The band is having such a good time. I don't think they'll go away anytime soon. If there having fun and making great music let them keep doing it. It hasn't turn to crappy tunes yet. Were all still hungry to hear the new songs live in person. IF anything, thats why I love U2 so much. There new music is still relivant and fresh. I've been a Stones fan for about 10 yrs (I'm 26) and it is pretty sad to see those guys play the same stuff everynight. U2 will never stoop to that level.

As for the next evolution....who knows. I'm sure U2 will find something for us.
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:40 PM   #17
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I hope they don't make another album if its like the last 2. They can only repeat the 80's stuff so many times.
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Taken from the USA Today article dated 11/22/04

U2: Rock Hall can wait awhile
By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

Drummer Larry Mullen Jr., 43, says the honor would be more appropriate in, say, 2030.

"We've got another 25 years," he says. "They need to change the rules. We're still creative and still out there competing on every level. It would be great to get this when we're 75 and we can bring the grandkids along."


*I only hope Bono is right in that Larry can not tell a lie.*
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I was thinking on the way home, maybe the 5th stage will be to collaborate with younger artists like the Rolling Stones did on Bridges to Babylon, like Santana, like Willie Nelson... i don't know. That wouldn't seem like it would be a big enough idea for a 3 album arc.
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I think it great to hear from the most serious member of the group, the enforcer if you will- Larry, that they feel motivated and interested in their craft at this stage of their careers. I think they will hang it up when they feel they can't progress, but none of them EVER act bored with their individual talents. It seems that each one of them is still in love with experimenting on their instrument (Bono's being his vocals and writing). They never tire. If one of them ever tires, I think that will be it, but nothing right now could convince me that its anytime soon.

As far as the evolution question, I really haven't a clue. It seems right to go in the vein of stripped down rock and roll, maybe accoustics coming out more in the next album or phase, cus all of their work seems to translate very well to acoustic with percussion. Maybe an even more traditional Irish sound, something to go back home to if they decide to close shop.
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