U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap

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U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« on: January 02, 2020, 08:42:45 PM »
Here's my quick recap of U2's decade (2010 to 2019):

-Top grossing live act with over 1 billion, just ahead of their peers Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi.  Are aging live acts also for moneyed, aging fans now?

-Only released two albums: Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience - the fewest albums they have ever released in any decade.  Is this a sign of U2 productivity decline or is the album format dead?

-Permitted Songs of Innocence to be given free to millions of iTunes users without their consent.  I think that is the ballsiest thing U2 has done, more than doing the Passengers project or booking a tour before finishing an album or releasing The Fly as the first single of Achtung Baby.  Do you agree?

-Finally played Red Hill Mining Town and Acrobat live.  And for those looking for deep cuts, finally snippeted Walk To The Water.  Could U2 finally debut live Heartland, Drowning Man, or Playboy Mansion?

-Did two concept tours that were more like storytelling or Broadway with the Innocence and Experience era, and it sold very well.  I don't think any rock band has every tried anything this innovative and out-of-the-norm - the whole starting from the I stage to the E stage, including playing in the middle - and the role playing  whether it was talking to his younger self in Bullet or as Paul Hewson turned "effing Bono" turned into the Devil in the innocence tour.  Has any band ever attempted something like this?

-First time in their career to play an album complete and in sequence.  They actually toured a 30-year old album successfully.  Has any band ever done this?

-Visited new places for the first time: Singapore, Korea, Philippines, and India.

-Only played 1 Pop song (Staring At The Sun) in just 1 leg (America) of just 1 Tour (Experience).  Pop was the album that got the least tour exposure this decade - represented by only 1 song and in just an acoustic duo version.  Meanwhile, even Passengers got a full-band Your Blue Room and Miss Sarajevo!  Was this a good thing?  Could Pop make a triumphant return in the 20's?

All in all, it was a great decade for U2!  Can't wait what the future brings.

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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2020, 09:07:11 PM »
I told you Wons is Jick!  ;D

Joking aside, thanks Jick.
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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2020, 09:42:31 PM »

-Did two concept tours that were more like storytelling or Broadway with the Innocence and Experience era, and it sold very well.  I don't think any rock band has every tried anything this innovative and out-of-the-norm

Pink Floyd the Wall tour, the Whoís Tommy tour, and others say hello



Definitive U2 Top 10: 1. One, 2. Bad, 3. With Or Without You, 4. Running to Stand Still, 5. So Cruel, 6. Ultraviolet, 7. I Still Havenít Found What Iím Looking For, 8. Hawkmoon 269, 9. Red Hill Mining Town, 10. Luminous Times

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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2020, 09:51:32 PM »

-First time in their career to play an album complete and in sequence.  They actually toured a 30-year old album successfully.  Has any band ever done this?


Yes, Bruce Springsteen the River 2016, the Who Tommy tour 1989 and Quodrophenia tour 1996, and many others



Definitive U2 Top 10: 1. One, 2. Bad, 3. With Or Without You, 4. Running to Stand Still, 5. So Cruel, 6. Ultraviolet, 7. I Still Havenít Found What Iím Looking For, 8. Hawkmoon 269, 9. Red Hill Mining Town, 10. Luminous Times

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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2020, 10:42:09 PM »
Jick is back, baby!

And Iím loving it.  :D
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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2020, 11:57:33 PM »
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-Only released two albums: Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience - the fewest albums they have ever released in any decade.  Is this a sign of U2 productivity decline or is the album format dead?

The former.

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-Permitted Songs of Innocence to be given free to millions of iTunes users without their consent.  I think that is the ballsiest thing U2 has done, more than doing the Passengers project or booking a tour before finishing an album or releasing The Fly as the first single of Achtung Baby.  Do you agree?

No.

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-Finally played Red Hill Mining Town and Acrobat live.  And for those looking for deep cuts, finally snippeted Walk To The Water.  Could U2 finally debut live Heartland, Drowning Man, or Playboy Mansion?

Could they?  Sure, I suppose.  Will they?  No.
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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2020, 09:18:26 AM »
I told you Wons is Jick!  ;D

Joking aside, thanks Jick.

I'm not so sure. Not enough bold letters to prove that I'm right for my tastes.

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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2020, 09:22:54 AM »
-Only played 1 Pop song (Staring At The Sun) in just 1 leg (America) of just 1 Tour (Experience).  Pop was the album that got the least tour exposure this decade - represented by only 1 song and in just an acoustic duo version.  Meanwhile, even Passengers got a full-band Your Blue Room and Miss Sarajevo!  Was this a good thing?  Could Pop make a triumphant return in the 20's?

They didn't even do Gone, how pathetic is that?



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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2020, 06:52:15 PM »
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-Only played 1 Pop song (Staring At The Sun) in just 1 leg (America) of just 1 Tour (Experience).  Pop was the album that got the least tour exposure this decade - represented by only 1 song and in just an acoustic duo version.  Meanwhile, even Passengers got a full-band Your Blue Room and Miss Sarajevo!  Was this a good thing?  Could Pop make a triumphant return in the 20's?

No it's not a good thing.  Although i thought they had played a snippet of MOFO at the beginning of Iris,  i could be wrong though.  POP needs a proper remaster for fans like me - complete with all of the goodies.  And when i say goodies,  maybe a giant lemon bean bag chair,  toothpick with olive dildo,  giant arch sex sling,  do you feel loved condoms,  and gone bathsalts.  And while we're at it,  Edge's cowboy hat,  Adams' mask,  Larry's HITMAN shirt,  and Bono's glasses.  All of the outtakes,  the Tokyo tapes,  and a bullet the blue sky umbrella.  I want it all.
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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2020, 07:14:07 PM »
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-Only played 1 Pop song (Staring At The Sun) in just 1 leg (America) of just 1 Tour (Experience).  Pop was the album that got the least tour exposure this decade - represented by only 1 song and in just an acoustic duo version.  Meanwhile, even Passengers got a full-band Your Blue Room and Miss Sarajevo!  Was this a good thing?  Could Pop make a triumphant return in the 20's?

No it's not a good thing.  Although i thought they had played a snippet of MOFO at the beginning of Iris,  i could be wrong though.  POP needs a proper remaster for fans like me - complete with all of the goodies.  And when i say goodies,  maybe a giant lemon bean bag chair,  toothpick with olive dildo,  giant arch sex sling,  do you feel loved condoms,  and gone bathsalts.  And while we're at it,  Edge's cowboy hat,  Adams' mask,  Larry's HITMAN shirt,  and Bono's glasses.  All of the outtakes,  the Tokyo tapes,  and a bullet the blue sky umbrella.  I want it all.

The Uber Deluxe will come with a 40-foot mirrorball lemon.

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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2020, 07:33:51 PM »
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-Only played 1 Pop song (Staring At The Sun) in just 1 leg (America) of just 1 Tour (Experience).  Pop was the album that got the least tour exposure this decade - represented by only 1 song and in just an acoustic duo version.  Meanwhile, even Passengers got a full-band Your Blue Room and Miss Sarajevo!  Was this a good thing?  Could Pop make a triumphant return in the 20's?

No it's not a good thing.  Although i thought they had played a snippet of MOFO at the beginning of Iris,  i could be wrong though.  POP needs a proper remaster for fans like me - complete with all of the goodies.  And when i say goodies,  maybe a giant lemon bean bag chair,  toothpick with olive dildo,  giant arch sex sling,  do you feel loved condoms,  and gone bathsalts.  And while we're at it,  Edge's cowboy hat,  Adams' mask,  Larry's HITMAN shirt,  and Bono's glasses.  All of the outtakes,  the Tokyo tapes,  and a bullet the blue sky umbrella.  I want it all.

Alternatively, just a remastered single disc with the single version of Please replacing the album version.


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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2020, 07:38:32 PM »
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-Only played 1 Pop song (Staring At The Sun) in just 1 leg (America) of just 1 Tour (Experience).  Pop was the album that got the least tour exposure this decade - represented by only 1 song and in just an acoustic duo version.  Meanwhile, even Passengers got a full-band Your Blue Room and Miss Sarajevo!  Was this a good thing?  Could Pop make a triumphant return in the 20's?

No it's not a good thing.  Although i thought they had played a snippet of MOFO at the beginning of Iris,  i could be wrong though.  POP needs a proper remaster for fans like me - complete with all of the goodies.  And when i say goodies,  maybe a giant lemon bean bag chair,  toothpick with olive dildo,  giant arch sex sling,  do you feel loved condoms,  and gone bathsalts.  And while we're at it,  Edge's cowboy hat,  Adams' mask,  Larry's HITMAN shirt,  and Bono's glasses.  All of the outtakes,  the Tokyo tapes,  and a bullet the blue sky umbrella.  I want it all.

The Uber Deluxe will come with a 40-foot mirrorball lemon.

Well if we're going to do that i want a drive in movie screen for my backyard as well as a matching sound system. 

And is it too much to ask to get a LEMON smilie here in this forum?  >:(
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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2020, 07:45:40 PM »
I don't understand why albums recorded and released in the CD era need remastering at all.  This applies to U2, Radiohead, whoever.  How is it not a gigantic wank? 

In the case of POP I'd actively discourage it, given their apparent desire to 'tidy it up a bit'.  Fuck that shit.
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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2020, 07:50:40 PM »
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-Only played 1 Pop song (Staring At The Sun) in just 1 leg (America) of just 1 Tour (Experience).  Pop was the album that got the least tour exposure this decade - represented by only 1 song and in just an acoustic duo version.  Meanwhile, even Passengers got a full-band Your Blue Room and Miss Sarajevo!  Was this a good thing?  Could Pop make a triumphant return in the 20's?

No it's not a good thing.  Although i thought they had played a snippet of MOFO at the beginning of Iris,  i could be wrong though.  POP needs a proper remaster for fans like me - complete with all of the goodies.  And when i say goodies,  maybe a giant lemon bean bag chair,  toothpick with olive dildo,  giant arch sex sling,  do you feel loved condoms,  and gone bathsalts.  And while we're at it,  Edge's cowboy hat,  Adams' mask,  Larry's HITMAN shirt,  and Bono's glasses.  All of the outtakes,  the Tokyo tapes,  and a bullet the blue sky umbrella.  I want it all.

The Uber Deluxe will come with a 40-foot mirrorball lemon.

Well if we're going to do that i want a drive in movie screen for my backyard as well as a matching sound system. 

And is it too much to ask to get a LEMON smilie here in this forum?  >:(
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Re: U2 in the 10's: Decade Recap
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2020, 07:54:22 PM »
I don't understand why albums recorded and released in the CD era need remastering at all.  This applies to U2, Radiohead, whoever.  How is it not a gigantic wank? 

In the case of POP I'd actively discourage it, given their apparent desire to 'tidy it up a bit'.  Fuck that shit.

Albums from the 1990s and earlier definitely benefit from the process.  Pop does sound a little muddy to my ears.