Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?

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Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« on: May 25, 2020, 07:31:58 PM »
So as we enter a 'new normal' with social distancing, large gatherings looking a pretty long way away - there is obviously a big affect on the music industry (like there is across all sorts of industries)

I don't have much sympathy for well established acts like u2 and artists who have made their millions, but I do feel so sorry for those artists who really need the money and all the other benefits playing live brings....

But this is a u2 discussion board so the question is where does this all potentially leave u2?

Questions for me are around things like - if we are looking at playing to reduced sized audiences then u2 are either going to charge even sillier prices or just see it as "not viable" to go out on tour...?

The industry itself is going to need to shrink and the likes of LN won't have the money to throw around they had before everything changed - so where does that leave u2?

If we are looking at new areas like streaming gigs/paid online content will u2 inc think that their core audience might be a bit too old for all that/not likely to engage to a high level and therefore it is not worth it?

Or as a big draw live will maybe u2 give something back to the industry and help put on shows that showcase new and up and coming bands/bands making their way.....u2 have the money, the contacts etc and an audience and maybe they could help put on 'festival' type shows that give the next generation a platform?

Will promoters and venues look to the old proven draws like u2 to re-invigorate the industry by coming out and filling (as much as they can) venues?

It is all up in the air, there is so much we don't know - and i am sure the leading minds in the industry are thinking hard about it all....

But where will this leave u2 - maybe it is just going to bring forward the end?

Thoughts?.....
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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2020, 07:50:26 PM »
My thoughts are dismal. I said right from the beginning of this mess that we'd probably never see U2 play live again. But, hopefully I am wrong...I'm just a pissed off old woman.  :-\
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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2020, 08:09:21 PM »
I reckon there will be a vaccine within the next year.


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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2020, 08:36:27 PM »
Thought about this many times lately given the situation the world is in with covid and they are at a good age to retire everything depends on how long before a worldwide vaccine is available and  if there are 2nd and 3rd waves , that could bring  an end for many artists playing live shows.   
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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2020, 08:42:39 PM »
They’ll be back. This virus hit right when they were starting a period of inactivity that would likely last a few years. They’ll be back in 2022 with a new tour and possibly a new album.
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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2020, 08:54:05 PM »
They’ll be back. This virus hit right when they were starting a period of inactivity that would likely last a few years. They’ll be back in 2022 with a new tour and possibly a new album.

Yeah, remember, they did their biggest grossing tour in the midst of the GFC and Swine Flu epidemic.

As Nicky Santoro says in Casino: Always the dollars, always the fucking dollars.


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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2020, 08:58:02 PM »
I thought you meant that in another sense... they're getting up there!

Touring is probably more important to the band than cutting new records, and since concerts won't be back in their usual form for quite some time, this could very well be the end of U2. Now is an excellent time for the band to be working on their music, so take it as forewarning if we don't see any new releases within a year.

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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2020, 09:28:37 PM »
I've spoken with many fans and the general consensus is that people (me included) would prefer that U2 (at this stage of their career, given they are getting older and more frail) should concentrate solely on releasing new studio material even if it means less touring. Touring is extremely hard on the body but recording more music in studio is something that would suit the ageing U2 members better at this stage of their careers. New albums since HTDAAB have been too few and far between, in part due to the band member's other commitments/distractions (such as, the spiderman musical, promotional work, Bono aid stuff, etc..)

the bottom line is that most fans would prefer new music over anything else

I personally couldn't care if U2 never toured again, if it meant their studio output increased

U2 fading into the sunset while casually dropping one album every two years would be brilliant
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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2020, 09:31:07 PM »
If U2 focus solely on studio recording and cease playing live (at least on the scale they are used to), I would be thrilled.
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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2020, 09:33:58 PM »
If Christie Brinkley circa 1984 massaged my balls, I too would be thrilled.


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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2020, 10:26:40 PM »
If Christie Brinkley circa 1984 massaged my balls, I too would be thrilled.
omg...that made me laugh so loud! and then again, ick.  ;D
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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2020, 10:32:22 PM »
U2 Inc isn’t going to fold anytime soon, folks.

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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2020, 11:38:58 PM »
I reckon there will be a vaccine within the next year.

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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2020, 12:07:57 AM »
If Christie Brinkley circa 1984 massaged my balls, I too would be thrilled.

Christie Brinkley present day still brings it my friend. You wouldn’t be saying no to a little tongue tickle from her!

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Re: Will Coronavirus Finish U2 Off?
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2020, 12:10:38 AM »
If anything, forced inactivity will result in some creativity from them. We will have a vaccine next year, and by next summer we will have an antsy group of fans looking to go wild.

I say this will give u2 a reason to tour


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