Can Bono handle the new songs?

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Waffles

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Can Bono handle the new songs?
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:30:00 PM »
Upon hearing GOOYOW live and Best Thing, I have to ask how bono will be on tour. These new songs are very lyricy and require a lot of breath which bono can struggle with in a 24 song set. Little things sounded great but I noticed he had a difficult time singing strongly on Best Thing on tour.

With GOOYOW, I also felt he struggled slightly in a 8 song set. Of course he's getting old, but I'm worried the new sons might not shine live because of this.

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The Edges Cat

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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2017, 09:18:39 PM »
I think it'll be like previous tours since Pop, his vocal quality will be up and down. There'll be moments of Bono at his peak, but only moments. I reconciled with this fact after the Vertigo tour. I had held out hope that his voice would recover after Elevation, but that tour I knew it was a fact, his voice would never be the same. Listening to old gigs from Lovetown and ZooTV, compared to recent years... my god, it's heart breaking.
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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2017, 09:33:37 PM »
I think it'll be like previous tours since Pop, his vocal quality will be up and down. There'll be moments of Bono at his peak, but only moments. I reconciled with this fact after the Vertigo tour. I had held out hope that his voice would recover after Elevation, but that tour I knew it was a fact, his voice would never be the same. Listening to old gigs from Lovetown and ZooTV, compared to recent years... my god, it's heart breaking.

This about sums it up. Bono is a horribly inconsistent live performer, nowadays. Vocally, Bono is a complete shell of his former self. As a performer, he's more sedentary and relaxed... though is to be expected with age, and is totally forgivable.

What is disappointing is realizing how poorly his voice had been managed in the past. Bono absolutely wrecked his falsetto through flawed technique in the 80s and later on with smoking. That's even evident between Achtung Baby and Pop.

Thankfully, he has at least taken initiative in the past by taking vocal lessons and all that.

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Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2017, 10:02:56 PM »
Noel Gallagher has said that Bono was heavily indulging on booze during this last tour and himself was having a hard time keeping up with him.
Weve seen the results...
Its sad cause he sounded great on I+E.

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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2017, 10:16:20 PM »
His entire vocal style is straining, so he im sure has had coaches letting him know how he can sing forever and what he does that will blow his pipes up, and Im sure most of the time he cares but sometimes he does not. 

I doubt Bono makes it a nightly habit of boozing it up any more.  Im sure he has his moments but I doubt hes drinking every night
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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2017, 10:45:39 PM »
Noel Gallagher has said that Bono was heavily indulging on booze during this last tour and himself was having a hard time keeping up with him.
Weve seen the results...
Its sad cause he sounded great on I+E.

Yep, this exactly. And what's sad is that if Bono took care of his voice by giving up booze and smoking, he could sound a lot better. Not like 90s Bono, but better than he sounded on this past tour (and that was decent enough, but a shell of how he used to sound).

Just look at guys like Chris Cornell and Myles Kennedy. Cornell sounded bad when he smoked during his Audioslave days, but once he kicked that habit several years back, he sounded a lot like his old self. Kennedy is known for rarely drinking, never smoking and otherwise eating healthy. He's been performing for over 24 years, hitting high notes that most singers could only dream of. The result? Dude is 48 years old and still hits crazy notes on challenging songs. Oh and he tours/records relentlessly between his band and Slash, so few breaks. Kennedy is a prime example of a singer still sounding great for decades so long as he cares for his voice.

It's a shame Bono can't do the same.

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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2017, 04:33:29 AM »
During Elevation, the band members took turns being on Bono Patrol, making sure he kept his mouth shut. Doctor's orders. I recall an interview on Air U2 One or whatever they called their plane, with Adam telling the interviewer their time was up, Bono had to rest his voice. '

Those days must have been heaven for the rest of the band! lol

"Bono, shut the f**k up!"
"Hey, that's a bit rude..."
"*cough* Doctor's orders *cough*"
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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2017, 05:27:11 AM »
His voice is shot. Has been for a few years.

Dont think kicking the smokes or booze will bring it back either.

Its so bad itd put me off going seeing them live again.

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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2017, 06:51:29 AM »
Noel Gallagher has said that Bono was heavily indulging on booze during this last tour and himself was having a hard time keeping up with him.
Weve seen the results...
Its sad cause he sounded great on I+E.

Trump curse.   However, i thought he had his best vocal show this summer at my show in philly compared to the other 4 shows I attended from 2001-2015.  My second Elevation show was cringe worthy.


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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2017, 07:59:10 AM »
You all are way overemphasizing the negative here.  Sure he'll never sound like he did in 1987 or 1993 again, but his voice has been more consistent over the last few tours than it was on Popmart or Elevation.  No, he can't hit some notes with the same power (or sometimes at all), and his voice breaks in the low register too often, but it's amazing that he's still singing at all at this point, given his untrained, straining style.  The man has sung his heart out for 40 years!  I'd say that in recent years he's definitely worked with voice coaches and learned to modulate better.  And in a loud, live mix his singing sounds just great. 

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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2017, 09:03:08 AM »
Singing in a lower register would help a bit.
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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2017, 10:11:29 AM »
Singing in a lower register would help a bit.
typically you would be right but I think he has damage maybe or something that makes lower register a problem for him
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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2017, 10:14:22 AM »
Noel Gallagher has said that Bono was heavily indulging on booze during this last tour and himself was having a hard time keeping up with him.
Weve seen the results...
Its sad cause he sounded great on I+E.

For Bono to do that while on tour is like Chris Froome having a Doner Kebab for his dinner on the Tour de France.


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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2017, 10:18:30 AM »
Singing in a lower register would help a bit.
typically you would be right but I think he has damage maybe or something that makes lower register a problem for him

Higher or lower, I bet he doesn't have a problem with the cash register.


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Re: Can Bono handle the new songs?
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2017, 10:28:33 AM »
Singing in a lower register would help a bit.
typically you would be right but I think he has damage maybe or something that makes lower register a problem for him

Higher or lower, I bet he doesn't have a problem with the cash register.
Haha. Nor would any of us I'm guessing!
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