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Old 10-14-2001, 07:27 AM   #1
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Would U2 be able to play EACH of their songs at any given time without preparation?

I mean, does Bono remember the lyrics to each and every one of the songs even from Boy? Even those they have never performed live? I would guess that he would not remeber the lyrics not the boys remeber the notes.. At least not in a perfect way...


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I would say no too. At least not for bono's memory of lyrics...
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there would be staples like Streets, NYD, Pride etc that they could but some they'd have to figure out first.

I always wonder when they are starting to play Pride, if any of them ever think "Man, not this one AGAIN!!"...

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Not a chance. I wasn't there, but I heard enough about how they messed up Staring at the Sun on the first show of Popmart so that they had to stop and start again--and they'd practiced it at least somewhat, obviously. U2 is not a band that can go out without some rehearsal of the songs they're going to play. I doubt they did Homecoming at Slane without practicing it at all.

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Old 10-14-2001, 01:56 PM   #7
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Hell no! Probably most of the people on this forum could sing more U2 songs than Bono. Whenever they're not on tour, they don't play the songs, and I seriously doubt they spend so much time listening to their own albums... so, they forget. And they have to relearn it every time. That's what tour rehearsals are for.

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no way, i read an article recently (sorry can't remember where) where edge said as much.
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Bono cracks me up with his lyrics sometimes.. he's always changing them around. I think some songs they could play in a hearbeat without practice but others they would probly problems with.

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Old 10-14-2001, 05:35 PM   #11
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No way. Go listen to the first Popmart show in Vegas if you have any doubdts. That is a prime example of what U2 sounds like without proper rehearsal time. Can you imagine if they had no rehearsal time? It wouldnt be pretty.
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Yes Blue Room, you´re right. There is another example, more recently, at least when lyrics are concerned, when they tried to play Spanish Eyes in Barcelona. Bono even sang in the middle of the song, "hey, hey, hey, I don´t remember this tune...". Kinda funny Well, he warned the audience first, LOL
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yeah, i could just imagine Adam and Edge working out those opening notes to The Wanderer...
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Apparently REM used to go and buy their old albums so they could be reminded how they sounded !

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Edge made it pretty clear during the U2 does Much special that when they pick set lists they have to go back and listen to the old songs they pick and figure out the chords, etc. It would also be inhuman if they could. I know people think of Edge as this brain, but I'm pretty sure he is human.

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Yeah, I read in the book U2: A Concert Documentry (great book btw!) that on the JT tour they tried rehearsing Red Hill Mining Town halfway thru the tour but couldnt cos Larry couldnt remember the song and had to go listen to the album. And that was only a few months after they recorded it!


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