If U2 had split in 1990:

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Zoo adam

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If U2 had split in 1990:
« on: May 03, 2024, 04:02:48 PM »
Would they have gained the same legendary status Led Zep have? Who some say are the greatest band ever.

Says Led Zep released 8 albums. All 8 tracks. And one live album. In a 10 year period.

They did not release singles.

They were a top live band.

If U2 had split at the end of the Lovetown tour, would they have gained the same status?

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2024, 04:13:34 PM »
i dont understand the question



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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2024, 04:14:31 PM »
No.  R&H would have been their last album.  The story on U2 would have been that they got lost up their own assholes with that movie and could never find their way out.

They might have been considered on par with The Cure or Simple Minds, at best.

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2024, 04:28:09 PM »
Status among whom?

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2024, 04:40:49 PM »
No.  R&H would have been their last album.  The story on U2 would have been that they got lost up their own assholes with that movie and could never find their way out.

They might have been considered on par with The Cure or Simple Minds, at best.

I disagree. The Cure and Simple Minds were no where near as popular as U2, especially in North America.

Also, Rattle & Hum sold over 14 million albums and had multiple hit singles. Wasn’t the critics favourite, but the fans ate it up. Led Zep finished on In Through the Out Door, an album most consider to be their poorest.

U2 wouldn’t be looked at in the same league as Zeppelin, but they would still be considered the biggest band of the 80’s and we’d still be hearing the 80’s hits on classic rock radio.
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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2024, 04:53:48 PM »
Think there would be major disappointment if they had split in 1990.

Led Zep partly split because John Bonham died. The Beatles split after 10 years after releasing more material than U2 & Led Zep put together.

With 2/3 year gaps between albums becoming the norm, quitting when it looked like they had much more to offer would have been disappointing.

Andy Summers said he believed The Police had a lot more hits in them. But Sting wanted out. Pleased that Bono didn't.

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2024, 04:54:03 PM »
I believe they could have quit almost anytime after TJT and have legendary status. Probably not the same as Led Zeppelin that is a more archetypical rock band but definitely up there.

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2024, 05:08:33 PM »
U2 quitting in 1990 could be looked at as either quitting at the top, or as cowardice. Probably a combination.

After TJT & flashes of brilliance on R&H, it would have been frustrating if they had quit.

Also would have been surprising, as there had been no public Beatles esq disintergration & no one in the band had died.

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2024, 05:18:29 PM »
John Bonham dying helped create Led Zeps status.

Fans can say they could have achieved a lot more but Bonham died a classic rock star death.

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
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Zoo adam

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2024, 05:37:36 PM »
Never believed they would split in 90. Despite the rumours. Did expect them to take a break, which they were entitled to.

A good job they didn't split.

Bono would have become Sting. But more irrirating.

Edge would have formed a new band where he was lead singer.

Adam would have become an author.

Larry would have gone into acting.

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2024, 05:59:43 PM »
Wow these alternate outcomes are all worse than the last 20 years of U2.

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2024, 06:15:26 PM »
No.  R&H would have been their last album.  The story on U2 would have been that they got lost up their own assholes with that movie and could never find their way out.

They might have been considered on par with The Cure or Simple Minds, at best.

I disagree. The Cure and Simple Minds were no where near as popular as U2, especially in North America.

Also, Rattle & Hum sold over 14 million albums and had multiple hit singles. Wasn’t the critics favourite, but the fans ate it up. Led Zep finished on In Through the Out Door, an album most consider to be their poorest.

U2 wouldn’t be looked at in the same league as Zeppelin, but they would still be considered the biggest band of the 80’s and we’d still be hearing the 80’s hits on classic rock radio.

well we'll never know but I just don't see it that way.  As a very big fan back then, even I was a bit put off by their level of obnoxiousness as portrayed in that bombastic movie.  the album was OK but a bit of a mess.  the American folk thing was cringe worthy.

as for them being the biggest band of the 80s... maybe, but the public has a short memory.  their lasting imprint would have been their complete pomposity, Bono lecturing anyone and everyone and Larry crying at Graceland.

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2024, 06:49:28 PM »
No.  R&H would have been their last album.  The story on U2 would have been that they got lost up their own assholes with that movie and could never find their way out.

They might have been considered on par with The Cure or Simple Minds, at best.

Rattle And Hum was a massive hit with U2 fans and the general public. Worldwide, it is their third biggest selling album to date. They were and would be regarded multiple levels above The Cure and Simple Minds. They were unquestionably the most popular band in the world at the time.

If U2 had broken up just after Unforgettable Fire, then you would have the comparison with The Cure or Simple Minds.

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Re: If U2 had split in 1990:
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2024, 06:51:54 PM »
Would they have gained the same legendary status Led Zep have? Who some say are the greatest band ever.

Says Led Zep released 8 albums. All 8 tracks. And one live album. In a 10 year period.

They did not release singles.

They were a top live band.

If U2 had split at the end of the Lovetown tour, would they have gained the same status?

Hard to say, but at a minimum they certainly would have been very close to it, as they are today, if not quite at that level.