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Not to be trusted
U2 make no concessions to haters such as me
We are in the mood for earnestness
have chosen this year to commemorate the 15th anniversary of “Turn one the Bright Lights”
Missing a piece of the set
Stark Western landscapes
One of the best stadium bands ever
Yes, Conor Oberst will play an acoustic mini-set at Amoeba
‘That’s how we know you, and we really appreciate that.’
Yeah, you owe me
getting tickets will probably be more epic than their show itself.
let’s stay true
Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea
Abedin was puzzled by this request
Please God don’t let them reform.
When was the last time I was left speechless after a show? When was the last time I said it was mind blowing? I am not sure…
‘Some people have been saying that Eagles of Death Metal will appear on stage with U2 tonight. This is not the case. We have another surprise guest planned for tonight’s show’
‘Those people are so dumb. What for? Do you think it’s gonna be a heroic thing to kill innocent people? Assholes. Cowards.’
‘He didn’t sail across the Atlantic in an ocean liner or a yellow submarine. He didn’t come in on a third-class ticket looking for a job in Hell’s Kitchen. He didn’t climb up out of steerage with all his potatoes in a single suitcase. But John Lennon was an immigrant all the same.’
As for U2, they are going through the motions and letting the stage do their work for them and even so, when the song and the sound come together, tonight “I Will Follow”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Pride In The Name Of Love” and “Elevation”, they absolutely justify Tomas’ deep affection.
Given the choice between giving U2 the benefit of the doubt, and just about anybody else the benefit of the doubt, I would undoubtedly go with anybody else… which doesn’t mean I’m right. For the eight nights at Madison Garden, still in mid-residency, U2 did many things better than they have before but is it enough? Meanwhile, Young Fathers were enough.
The set combined a fair number of songs from the new album, Song s of Innocence, with a nice mix of hits and obscurities. Among the latter were the first live version of “October” in about 25 years, played on the small stage with only Edge on keyboards.
Ben Ratliff in the New York Times claimed “Bono delivered speeches, interior dialogues and eventually pitches for his anti-poverty and AIDS prevention organizations, ONE and (RED). But the concert was an achievement, integrated and sure-footed”
The most anticipated concert of the year, even if, like me, you haven’t enjoyed much of anything they’ve recorded since 2000, even if that, seeing them in the relatively small confines of MSG is an honor. The last time I saw them at this venue,October 2001, the encore. “One” was accompanied by “a backdrop that scrolled the names of all the victims of the Sept 11 attacks, including lists of NYPD and NYFD casualties” (as Ben Walden put it). I’m going on Sunday and I can’t wait.
But you know how bands always say they have to tour to compensate the fact they are not selling albums anymore? As you can see on this graph, the compensation is barely achieved. If you compare bands’ album revenue in the 80’s, today’s successful bands can hardly compensate by touring.
We’re on the verge of irrelevance. You have to make stuff relevant to you and where you’re at, make an honest account of what you’re going through. If that’s relevant to other people, great. But we don’t know.’ So why do U2 now think they could be relevant with this new music? Looking at their recent setlists they play a lot of these innocent songs, while the Stones play ‘Sticky Fingers’!
‘And we pay a fortune in tax. Just so people know, we pay a fortune in tax; and we’re happy to pay a fortune in tax, people should. But that doesn’t mean, because you’re good at philanthropy and because I’m an activist, people think you should be stupid in business and I don’t run with that.’
The setlist hits me as better despite a surfeit from the current one. Both “Mysterious Ways” and “Better Than The Real Thing” remain, plus they finally roll out “One” (if missing one night since 2010 can be defined as finally).
Er, I love U2 live even if I can’t much take em on record but really… to evoke his childhood this way is to provoke nausea in most people. I get it though, it is like Smallville and wee little Bono is the Superboy dreaming of saving the world.
He’s often said he doesn’t deserve the life he has and he is forever grateful for it. I’ve seen 26 shows and EVERY SINGLE TIME he’s thanked the fans for giving the band a great life. Bono knows and admits his megalomania. Without it, there is no U2.
The band was filming the upcoming clip in Belfast last Wednesday and Thursday, and the residents have already labeled it as ‘disruptive’ and in ‘poor taste’… The Belfast telegraph reports that the filming was causing a lot of trouble
Is Bob Lefsetz as good as he thinks he is? I dunno, man, he is a bit of a twit. In the past two weeks he made demonstrably wrong claims. It is as though he makes the axiom, the axiom is right, and he ignores it when it doesn’t suit his purposes.
It is just bad news, it’s just nasty stuff, forcing people who can’t afford it to dig deeper is U2’s MO, they always do it and now they’ve done it again. Hell, even Taylor Swift gave the presale codes free to her fanbase, don’t U2 have enough money where they are forcing us to dig even deeper; U2 have only one thing to tell us: shut up and pay me. Innocence postponed.
Let’s give Bruce Springsteen this much at least: given the opportunity to release his inner Bono, to go to that place where low culture reaches high, he didn’t falter.
I liked some of their earlier stuff, but to be perfectly honest, that Bono pisses me off. He’s made his name out of working with and talking about starving people in Africa. I don’t particularly like what he does. It’s phony
U2 are gonna spend the week on Jimmy Fallon, pushing the product no doubt. An album Songs Of Innocence, that is probably the best of the century and still not that great. In Rolling Stone, U2 make the case that they work and rework songs (deep into the ground) because they care so much. Unfortunately, any spontaneity whatsoever is completely destroyed by the years and years of work. Still, five days on Fallon, some of it should be worth the while.
‘When people pick on Spotify: Spotify are giving up 70 percent of all their revenues to rights owners. It’s just that people don’t know where the money is because the record labels haven’t been transparent.
‘I think it goes in cycles, honestly, and I think that we’ve just been through a particularly low cycle point for guitar-based music, and electronic dance music has been kind of the focus’, he declared. ‘But I think it’s about doing something fresh and novel
I still contend that ITunes will not be killed by streaming it will be killed by price. What Lefsetz skips out on is that people who are not music fans will not shell out ten bucks a month. If a CD cost as much as a Mocha Grande, sales would return and fast.
U2 (in red) is the band which promotes the most its latest album without any doubt, whereas the Rolling Stones hardly played their latest effort and were rather stuck in some 60s nostalgia… they surely played all these 60s hits. Springsteen had about the same attitude, to a lesser extent.
If U2 released the album normally, well, maybe it would have sold 2M copies worldwide, maybe not. But it certainly and under no circumstances would have been downloaded 26M times. That is a huge number. Who cares how many people deleted it? An irrelevant number
Not only U2 has received the big bucks from Apple – reportedly $100 million, and if you don’t call this prostitution I don’t know what it is – to release their album and deliver it for free in every iTunes account of the planet, but there are about to make some big announcement?
The only time the invasion of your privacy is important is when your privacy is most neccessary to you: so, yeah, nobody cares until they do and when they do care your lifes safeguards, your privacy and I am not even suggesting illegality at all here, is common knowledge. then you are screwed.
Negativland withdrew the single, then chronicled the controversy in a magazine/CD, ‘The Letter U and the Numeral 2’ and a book, ‘The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2’, but re-released the single in 2001 under the new name ‘These Guys are from England and who gives a shit’… Hilarious
A lot of people are up in arms because they don’t like U2. I don’t have an opinion on the band itself, but I do think the method is a little bit in your face.’… ‘‘When you sign up to use an Apple product, you’re giving them your information, so this album is part and parcel of that. But that still doesn’t mean they need to use that information in such an invasive way.’
Consider the new U2 album the Village Voice of rock. When I used to have to pay a coupla of bucks for VV I would read it cover to cover but once it became free, I treated it with indifference. If it didn’t cost anything, what exactly was its value to me?
Horizon was a terrible album and Songs of Innocence isn’t. There is something disquieting and a little disturbed about it. U2s stories of innocence isn’t giving them much pleasure. It isn’t a happy album. Perhaps because when it gets past punk and surf, it finds a dead mother, priest pedophiles and bloody Sundays.
Giving the album for free on ITunes? Now that is pure genius. U2’s, Bono’s, biggest fear was the album not charting, maybe going gold and then disappearing and god bless the little Irish get, he forestalled the bands decline and fall as a recording artist by giving the sucker away