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Title: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 10, 2014, 03:05:59 PM
Watching Bono make a clown of himself last week in The Convention Centre, as well as the news that the new album has been put on ice, I hafta ask the question.

Is it time for U2 to pack their bags and retire?

See this blog which sums it up better than I ever could:

http://ourmaninstockholm.com/2014/03/08/the-unforgettable-ire/ (http://ourmaninstockholm.com/2014/03/08/the-unforgettable-ire/)

I mean they haven't meant anything to me for 20 years. But that's personal. Some would say McGuinness jumped ship when he saw a Beatle like mess looming as Larry becomes more and more frustrated with the antics of Bono. He could walk off the pitch with the ball any day now.

The rich and famous lifestyle has resulted in the last two albums (if I am being generous) being phoned in. Still pull off a good show playing the oldies but big swinging!

While I can see that perhaps some of the "pay your tax ye shower of cnuts" ire being directed at them may be over-simplified it's all about public perception and if you are constantly explaining you are constantly losing.

Also The Edge's beanie is ridiculous at this stage. Be proud of being bald. Most of us share his pain to some degree or other.

So - in summary. Time for U2 to fold up the tent and for Bono to stop annoying us?
I say yes.

(Sits back and waits for the abuse)




Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: seafoid on March 10, 2014, 03:10:28 PM
Watching Bono make a clown of himself last week in The Convention Centre, as well as the news that the new album has been put on ice, I hafta ask the question.

Is it time for U2 to pack their bags and retire?

See this blog which sums it up better than I ever could:

http://ourmaninstockholm.com/2014/03/08/the-unforgettable-ire/ (http://ourmaninstockholm.com/2014/03/08/the-unforgettable-ire/)

I mean they haven't meant anything to me for 20 years. But that's personal. Some would say McGuinness jumped ship when he saw a Beatle like mess looming as Larry becomes more and more frustrated with the antics of Bono. He could walk off the pitch with the ball any day now.

The rich and famous lifestyle has resulted in the last two albums (if I am being generous) being phoned in. Still pull off a good show playing the oldies but big swinging!

While I can see that perhaps some of the "pay your tax ye shower of cnuts" ire being directed at them may be over-simplified it's all about public perception and if you are constantly explaining you are constantly losing.

Also The Edge's beanie is ridiculous at this stage. Be proud of being bald. Most of us share his pain to some degree or other.

So - in summary. Time for U2 to fold up the tent and for Bono to stop annoying us?
I say yes.

(Sits back and waits for the abuse)
I agree. Bono on tax avoidance is just ridiculous. He sounds like the old farts of Geldof's parents' generation that Geldof used to slag off 30 years ago.   Time to move on and pay some tax.
And the high heels and permo shades. FFS.

 
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Billys Boots on March 10, 2014, 03:10:52 PM
Wouldn't disagree -  the Rolling Stones, who are probably the touchstone for this type of longevity, haven't produced anything of value in 40 years now.  It's pathetic really - take up the pottery or homebrewing Bobo!
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Bingo on March 10, 2014, 03:26:47 PM
But what is to replace them? X-Factor like manufactured singers who are merely puppets for a money making machine behind the scenes? Or walking tabloid machines like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyres and Rihanna who can sing but just allow themselves to walked over to make the money keep rolling in.

U2 can still produce decent songs, they aren't hitting the heights they set themselves but they can still belt be creative and write unique tunes. The Mandela song was really good I thought and has something behind it, not like the "songs" we listen to today. They'll fill stadiums. I dread to think who will be filling stadiums in 20/30 years time for the current chart darlings.

U2, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Bruce etc are badly needed to keep music as it has been.

They may not be great but they as good we got!
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: laoislad on March 10, 2014, 03:33:47 PM
But what is to replace them? X-Factor like manufactured singers who are merely puppets for a money making machine behind the scenes? Or walking tabloid machines like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyres and Rihanna who can sing but just allow themselves to walked over to make the money keep rolling in.

U2 can still produce decent songs, they aren't hitting the heights they set themselves but they can still belt be creative and write unique tunes. The Mandela song was really good I thought and has something behind it, not like the "songs" we listen to today. They'll fill stadiums. I dread to think who will be filling stadiums in 20/30 years time for the current chart darlings.

U2, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Bruce etc are badly needed to keep music as it has been.

They may not be great but they as good we got!
Don't forget Garth Brooks.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: armaghniac on March 10, 2014, 03:37:48 PM
You might as well discontinue Kerry, who are now merely good.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: 5 Sams on March 10, 2014, 03:38:11 PM
Watching Bono make a clown of himself last week in The Convention Centre, as well as the news that the new album has been put on ice, I hafta ask the question.

Is it time for U2 to pack their bags and retire?

See this blog which sums it up better than I ever could:

http://ourmaninstockholm.com/2014/03/08/the-unforgettable-ire/ (http://ourmaninstockholm.com/2014/03/08/the-unforgettable-ire/)

I mean they haven't meant anything to me for 20 years. But that's personal. Some would say McGuinness jumped ship when he saw a Beatle like mess looming as Larry becomes more and more frustrated with the antics of Bono. He could walk off the pitch with the ball any day now.

The rich and famous lifestyle has resulted in the last two albums (if I am being generous) being phoned in. Still pull off a good show playing the oldies but big swinging!

While I can see that perhaps some of the "pay your tax ye shower of cnuts" ire being directed at them may be over-simplified it's all about public perception and if you are constantly explaining you are constantly losing.

Also The Edge's beanie is ridiculous at this stage. Be proud of being bald. Most of us share his pain to some degree or other.

So - in summary. Time for U2 to fold up the tent and for Bono to stop annoying us?
I say yes.

(Sits back and waits for the abuse)

I'm a long time fan and think they are still brilliant live so we would be missing that part of the package....but I find it hard to disagree with anything you say above.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: seafoid on March 10, 2014, 03:41:31 PM
But what is to replace them? X-Factor like manufactured singers who are merely puppets for a money making machine behind the scenes? Or walking tabloid machines like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyres and Rihanna who can sing but just allow themselves to walked over to make the money keep rolling in.

U2 can still produce decent songs, they aren't hitting the heights they set themselves but they can still belt be creative and write unique tunes. The Mandela song was really good I thought and has something behind it, not like the "songs" we listen to today. They'll fill stadiums. I dread to think who will be filling stadiums in 20/30 years time for the current chart darlings.

U2, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Bruce etc are badly needed to keep music as it has been.

They may not be great but they as good we got!
The Gloaming are better than U2 are now 
Stadium rock may be banjaxed
Spinal Tap was originally a parody 
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: J OGorman on March 10, 2014, 03:52:42 PM
they are a great live band with a great back catalogue, well up to Achtung Baby. Some of the live shows starting with the Zoo TV one were unreal, really pushing the boundaries. Havent bought an album from them since AB, but have seen them live a few times. Making and playing music is what they do, if it was me, Id keep her lit (better than sitting at home scratching the bean bag)
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: whiskeysteve on March 10, 2014, 04:07:18 PM
Ponitificating on economics on that stage, on behalf of the Irish, is pure hubris for a multi multi millionaire rock singer. You ask the obvious indignant question 'who the f**k do you think you are?"

But I can ignore all that listening to something like 'Bad' when U2 is also about the edge, larry, adam, the music. Plus for all Bonos faults he is/was a brilliant singer - no one else can do that crescendo at the end of Bad like that.

I think, on the balance, the music of the band really gets obscured nowadays by personal gipes with Bono. I would lean more to ignoring him than getting het up and looking him to f**k off.

Unfortunately, that extends to being apathetic to ever seeing them live again. The last infliction of lecturing between the songs you are paying to see was enough.

Turning point for me on Bono from fan to apathy was hearing him waxing lyrical on the troubles at Slane in 2001 (no more IRAaaaa, no more UDAaaaaa, no more British Armyyyyy)... aye things would be simple if you were in charge u ballroot... conflicts are easy to resolve when you can preach populist, idealistic shite from the ivory rock tower.

But on the balance I love listening to U2 and always will. Even stuff from 10 years ago never mind the 80s heyday.

P.S. South Park nailed Bono as well as anything or anyone in recent years. A prancing prat.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: BennyCake on March 10, 2014, 04:11:53 PM
Bono is a dick, and U2 haven't done anything decent since about 2000. I used to be a fan but nowadays, I wouldn't watch them if they were in my front garden. If they retired, I really couldn't care less.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: NAG1 on March 10, 2014, 04:13:35 PM
Ponitificating on economics on that stage, on behalf of the Irish, is pure hubris for a multi multi millionaire rock singer. You ask the obvious indignant question 'who the f**k do you think you are?"

But I can ignore all that listening to something like 'Bad' when U2 is also about the edge, larry, adam, the music. Plus for all Bonos faults he is/was a brilliant singer - no one else can do that crescendo at the end of Bad like that.

I think, on the balance, the music of the band really gets obscured nowadays by personal gipes with Bono. I would lean more to ignoring him than getting het up and looking him to f**k off.

Unfortunately, that extends to being apathetic to ever seeing them live again. The last infliction of lecturing between the songs you are paying to see was enough.

Turning point for me on Bono from fan to apathy was hearing him waxing lyrical on the troubles at Slane in 2001 (no more IRAaaaa, no more UDAaaaaa, no more British Armyyyyy)... aye things would be simple if you were in charge u ballroot... conflicts are easy to resolve when you can preach populist, idealistic shite from the ivory rock tower.

But on the balance I love listening to U2 and always will. Even stuff from 10 years ago never mind the 80s heyday.

P.S. South Park nailed Bono as well as anything or anyone in recent years. A prancing prat.

Does Christy Moore also now fall into the category?
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: whiskeysteve on March 10, 2014, 04:17:26 PM
Ponitificating on economics on that stage, on behalf of the Irish, is pure hubris for a multi multi millionaire rock singer. You ask the obvious indignant question 'who the f**k do you think you are?"

But I can ignore all that listening to something like 'Bad' when U2 is also about the edge, larry, adam, the music. Plus for all Bonos faults he is/was a brilliant singer - no one else can do that crescendo at the end of Bad like that.

I think, on the balance, the music of the band really gets obscured nowadays by personal gipes with Bono. I would lean more to ignoring him than getting het up and looking him to f**k off.

Unfortunately, that extends to being apathetic to ever seeing them live again. The last infliction of lecturing between the songs you are paying to see was enough.

Turning point for me on Bono from fan to apathy was hearing him waxing lyrical on the troubles at Slane in 2001 (no more IRAaaaa, no more UDAaaaaa, no more British Armyyyyy)... aye things would be simple if you were in charge u ballroot... conflicts are easy to resolve when you can preach populist, idealistic shite from the ivory rock tower.

But on the balance I love listening to U2 and always will. Even stuff from 10 years ago never mind the 80s heyday.

P.S. South Park nailed Bono as well as anything or anyone in recent years. A prancing prat.

Does Christy Moore also now fall into the category?

In all honesty, and I get death for my taste in music, I am not a massive fan of Christy either.

But anyway, Christy nowhere near as elite as Bono. Bono is up on his own in his ivory skyscraper.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: dec on March 10, 2014, 04:27:16 PM
The Best of 1980–1990 is a fantastic collection of songs
The Best of 1990–2000 is a good collection of songs
The Best of 2000–2010 is unlikely to ever be released
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Bingo on March 10, 2014, 04:31:23 PM
Of course Bono is a dick but you knew that right? Before he even opened his mouth you expect that and just shake your head and wait till he starts singing again.

But he is massive for Ireland, that can't be understated.

Was actually talking to someone who was there on Friday when he give the latest wee rant/speach. He said the place was just captivated by him and you had people from all walks of life there - politically, business leaders, entrepeneurs, etc. They couldn't get enough of him and took in every word he said. Did he not say what we all want to say - Ireland took the pain, not the banks, the IMF, the investors, the Givernment etc but the people?

They see Bono, they think Ireland and its only good. Maybe they see him in a different light than we do. But he can open doors and sit at tables that very few can and certainly very few from this wee island.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: magpie seanie on March 10, 2014, 04:46:21 PM
I think the thesis is overly harsh on U2 and Bono in particular. Music aside I think they've done a lot of good over the years. Bono's "friendships" with some pretty distasteful characters like Blair, Bush etc don't sit easy with me but I suppose if you just abuse those fcukers you won't get the mto do anything constructive. I think he has managed to get them to do some good things they probably wouldn't have done without his input so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall though for me the music is what it's all about. Some of the songs mentioned and others are just as magical, even more so possibly, for me when I listen to them today. I think their powers are on the wane definitely but there's still the hope if they're writing that another nugget will appear.

Much prefer to have Bono spouting than the likes of Louis and Linda telling us what to like.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: AZOffaly on March 10, 2014, 04:47:24 PM
Of course Bono is a dick but you knew that right? Before he even opened his mouth you expect that and just shake your head and wait till he starts singing again.

But he is massive for Ireland, that can't be understated.

Was actually talking to someone who was there on Friday when he give the latest wee rant/speach. He said the place was just captivated by him and you had people from all walks of life there - politically, business leaders, entrepeneurs, etc. They couldn't get enough of him and took in every word he said. Did he not say what we all want to say - Ireland took the pain, not the banks, the IMF, the investors, the Givernment etc but the people?

They see Bono, they think Ireland and its only good. Maybe they see him in a different light than we do. But he can open doors and sit at tables that very few can and certainly very few from this wee island.

On a cushion.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: AZOffaly on March 10, 2014, 04:49:23 PM
I think the thesis is overly harsh on U2 and Bono in particular. Music aside I think they've done a lot of good over the years. Bono's "friendships" with some pretty distasteful characters like Blair, Bush etc don't sit easy with me but I suppose if you just abuse those fcukers you won't get the mto do anything constructive. I think he has managed to get them to do some good things they probably wouldn't have done without his input so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall though for me the music is what it's all about. Some of the songs mentioned and others are just as magical, even more so possibly, for me when I listen to them today. I think their powers are on the wane definitely but there's still the hope if they're writing that another nugget will appear.

Much prefer to have Bono spouting than the likes of Louis and Linda telling us what to like.

Agreed, but why does it have to be either/or. He's a condescending shitetalker, but a brilliant singer and probably a great ambassador for Ireland. Although I think Liam Neeson is a truly great Irish ambassador. But Louis Walsh and Linda Martin sicken my shit. I would take Bono all day over them, but I wish he'd just sing and stop pretending to be Mahatma Ghandi.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on March 10, 2014, 04:59:36 PM
Rasing aloft John Humes and David Trimbles hands together as someone whispers in his hear......ah Boner, these two are already mates...
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Brick Tamlin on March 10, 2014, 05:06:44 PM
I like U2s music because in my opinion it sounds good and it resonates with me in some small way, whatever that may be.
I don't think about the person singing it and what his political viewpoints are.
I like Coldplay's music; again I like how it sounds and find it an enjoyable experience listening to it, as I do with Springsteen, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Daft Punk etc etc etc.
Everyone has different taste in music but personally speaking it wouldn't bother me if the person singing was a nasty piece of work, a jumped-up midget or a gabshite. Im more into the music than the person singing it. Suppose it does help if the person singing or playing is interesting in some way and has a personality.

On U2 specifically, yeah I like their music and ive liked most of their albums right up until recently.
If they can keep making music I like then im all for it, work away.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: AZOffaly on March 10, 2014, 05:08:51 PM
I like U2s music because in my opinion it sounds good and it resonates with me in some small way, whatever that may be.
I don't think about the person singing it and what his political viewpoints are.
I like Coldplay's music; again I like how it sounds and find it an enjoyable experience listening to it, as I do with Springsteen, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Daft Punk etc etc etc.
Everyone has different taste in music but personally speaking it wouldn't bother me if the person singing was a nasty piece of work, a jumped-up midget or a gabshite. Im more into the music than the person singing it. Suppose it does help if the person singing or playing is interesting in some way and has a personality.

On U2 specifically, yeah I like their music and ive liked most of their albums right up until recently.
If they can keep making music I like then im all for it, work away.

That's grand until he starts telling you his political viewpoints in between songs, or as the intro to the songs, or at the end.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: lawnseed on March 10, 2014, 05:12:29 PM
Rasing aloft John Humes and David Trimbles hands together as someone whispers in his hear......ah Boner, these two are already mates...
If only he'd known trimble is 'friends of israel'

Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: J OGorman on March 10, 2014, 05:18:02 PM
Of course Bono is a dick but you knew that right? Before he even opened his mouth you expect that and just shake your head and wait till he starts singing again.

But he is massive for Ireland, that can't be understated.

Was actually talking to someone who was there on Friday when he give the latest wee rant/speach. He said the place was just captivated by him and you had people from all walks of life there - politically, business leaders, entrepeneurs, etc. They couldn't get enough of him and took in every word he said. Did he not say what we all want to say - Ireland took the pain, not the banks, the IMF, the investors, the Givernment etc but the people?

They see Bono, they think Ireland and its only good. Maybe they see him in a different light than we do. But he can open doors and sit at tables that very few can and certainly very few from this wee island.

On a cushion.

:-)
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: lawnseed on March 10, 2014, 05:31:59 PM
Yeap.. South park right on the money again. Bono is the worlds biggest turd
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: muppet on March 10, 2014, 05:45:09 PM
I think the thesis is overly harsh on U2 and Bono in particular. Music aside I think they've done a lot of good over the years. Bono's "friendships" with some pretty distasteful characters like Blair, Bush etc don't sit easy with me but I suppose if you just abuse those fcukers you won't get the mto do anything constructive. I think he has managed to get them to do some good things they probably wouldn't have done without his input so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall though for me the music is what it's all about. Some of the songs mentioned and others are just as magical, even more so possibly, for me when I listen to them today. I think their powers are on the wane definitely but there's still the hope if they're writing that another nugget will appear.

Much prefer to have Bono spouting than the likes of Louis and Linda telling us what to like.

Agree with Seanie on all of this.

Plus for Irish people to whinge about paying tax is beyond hypocritical. We help most of the world's mega-companies avoid paying tax, why the f*ck would a mega-organisation voluntarily like U2 pay more than they have to? A charity wouldn't pay more tax than they had to.

Finally, yes I find Bono's content struggle for the next great rock cliché all a bit tired now. But there are far greater (or should that be lesser) things to get offended by.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: magpie seanie on March 10, 2014, 05:58:45 PM
I think the thesis is overly harsh on U2 and Bono in particular. Music aside I think they've done a lot of good over the years. Bono's "friendships" with some pretty distasteful characters like Blair, Bush etc don't sit easy with me but I suppose if you just abuse those fcukers you won't get the mto do anything constructive. I think he has managed to get them to do some good things they probably wouldn't have done without his input so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall though for me the music is what it's all about. Some of the songs mentioned and others are just as magical, even more so possibly, for me when I listen to them today. I think their powers are on the wane definitely but there's still the hope if they're writing that another nugget will appear.

Much prefer to have Bono spouting than the likes of Louis and Linda telling us what to like.

Agree with Seanie on all of this.

Plus for Irish people to whinge about paying tax is beyond hypocritical. We help most of the world's mega-companies avoid paying tax, why the f*ck would a mega-organisation voluntarily like U2 pay more than they have to? A charity wouldn't pay more tax than they had to.

Finally, yes I find Bono's content struggle for the next great rock cliché all a bit tired now. But there are far greater (or should that be lesser) things to get offended by.


I was going to put this in and couldn't find the right words but you're spot on. Our entire economic model is based on - come here, pay less tax (and ignore a few laws here and there if needs be) and give us jobs.....pretty please.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Bingo on March 10, 2014, 06:06:19 PM
I think the thesis is overly harsh on U2 and Bono in particular. Music aside I think they've done a lot of good over the years. Bono's "friendships" with some pretty distasteful characters like Blair, Bush etc don't sit easy with me but I suppose if you just abuse those fcukers you won't get the mto do anything constructive. I think he has managed to get them to do some good things they probably wouldn't have done without his input so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall though for me the music is what it's all about. Some of the songs mentioned and others are just as magical, even more so possibly, for me when I listen to them today. I think their powers are on the wane definitely but there's still the hope if they're writing that another nugget will appear.

Much prefer to have Bono spouting than the likes of Louis and Linda telling us what to like.

Agree with Seanie on all of this.

Plus for Irish people to whinge about paying tax is beyond hypocritical. We help most of the world's mega-companies avoid paying tax, why the f*ck would a mega-organisation voluntarily like U2 pay more than they have to? A charity wouldn't pay more tax than they had to.

Finally, yes I find Bono's content struggle for the next great rock cliché all a bit tired now. But there are far greater (or should that be lesser) things to get offended by.


I was going to put this in and couldn't find the right words but you're spot on. Our entire economic model is based on - come here, pay less tax (and ignore a few laws here and there if needs be) and give us jobs.....pretty please.

On a much more basic level we love a black ecomony eg "ah go on, you'll do it cheaper for cash", "You'll not charge the VAT surely", "who pays me my expenses".....
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Armaghgeddon on March 10, 2014, 06:36:38 PM
I wish bands would make songs about how they feel about politics rather than have the likes of Bono preaching.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: THE MIGHTY QUINN on March 10, 2014, 06:41:48 PM
Bono is a dick, and U2 haven't done anything decent since about 2000. I used to be a fan but nowadays, I wouldn't watch them if they were in my front garden. If they retired, I really couldn't care less.
I could have written this.  You're spot on.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: BennyCake on March 10, 2014, 07:03:09 PM
Bingo, Bono is massive for Ireland? How? Bono is massive for himself and U2. That's all.

Bono sits at the high table these days, and pontificates about this, that and the other. The elitists have Bono in their back pocket and know how to pull the strings. Make poverty history and this bollix, it will never happen because it's all politics. Africa is still starving 30 years after Live Aid. Why? Politics. Bono isn't so stupid that he thinks he can sort all that out. He's found what he was looking for as his own song goes, and that's to feel self-important and hang around with the big boys.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Bingo on March 10, 2014, 07:23:53 PM
Bingo, Bono is massive for Ireland? How? Bono is massive for himself and U2. That's all.

Bono sits at the high table these days, and pontificates about this, that and the other. The elitists have Bono in their back pocket and know how to pull the strings. Make poverty history and this bollix, it will never happen because it's all politics. Africa is still starving 30 years after Live Aid. Why? Politics. Bono isn't so stupid that he thinks he can sort all that out. He's found what he was looking for as his own song goes, and that's to feel self-important and hang around with the big boys.

Benny, you've your mind made up and I have neither the will nor the desire to try and change it.

If it's all politics, and going by the above everything is, sure let them starve and soon enough the problem will go away. Let the bad Aids wipe them out help to speed up the process. And sure we'll all sleep well in our beds tonight.

Rock n Roll!
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: michaelg on March 10, 2014, 07:42:50 PM
Ponitificating on economics on that stage, on behalf of the Irish, is pure hubris for a multi multi millionaire rock singer. You ask the obvious indignant question 'who the f**k do you think you are?"

But I can ignore all that listening to something like 'Bad' when U2 is also about the edge, larry, adam, the music. Plus for all Bonos faults he is/was a brilliant singer - no one else can do that crescendo at the end of Bad like that.

I think, on the balance, the music of the band really gets obscured nowadays by personal gipes with Bono. I would lean more to ignoring him than getting het up and looking him to f**k off.

Unfortunately, that extends to being apathetic to ever seeing them live again. The last infliction of lecturing between the songs you are paying to see was enough.

Turning point for me on Bono from fan to apathy was hearing him waxing lyrical on the troubles at Slane in 2001 (no more IRAaaaa, no more UDAaaaaa, no more British Armyyyyy)... aye things would be simple if you were in charge u ballroot... conflicts are easy to resolve when you can preach populist, idealistic shite from the ivory rock tower.

But on the balance I love listening to U2 and always will. Even stuff from 10 years ago never mind the 80s heyday.

P.S. South Park nailed Bono as well as anything or anyone in recent years. A prancing prat.
I was at the same gig.  Worse still was the rambling shite about World Debt.  Each of the eight odd thousand punters had paid about 50 quid each to be there.  As I thought at the time, f**k up, play a few tunes and donate the £4,000,000 worth of revenue from ticket sales, and everyone's a winner.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: thejuice on March 10, 2014, 07:51:26 PM
In fairness they have some good songs but I haven't paid heed to a word he ever said beyond it. I'm sure he's meant well in his endevours but I you'd think he got rubbing shoulders with GWB he would have got to know how the world works and realised he as a musician, much like any of us, cant do much about it.

I was too young for when they truly "mattered" as a band. The thing is there is nothing wrong with bands keeping it going so long as they deliver live and play the hits. I love AC/DC and to be fair their albums have been from good to bad to awful since 1981 BUT live they are still hands down untouchable.

The thing is, the music industry  has changed a lot. It's unlikely that new rock bands will get back to filling stadiums unless they are really marketable. The industry wont take a chance on anything else. Given the avenues that are open to people nowadays with iTunes, Spotify and youtube, it baffles me that people find themselves being "forced to listen to artist x y or z". If you really don't like pop music, why would you find yourself watching and worrying about Louis or Linda on the Voice or X Factor or whatever.

There is a whole world of music out there at your finger tips, there could be some good original local artists down your street dying to be heard.

Now go out and find them, you'll be glad the day you do. I know I am.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: seafoid on March 10, 2014, 07:59:17 PM
It's tick tock for U2 really. Bono is quite bad at this stage. You’d have to say that money wise he still hasn’t found what he is looking for- i.e. enough money.  Maybe it’s vertigo.  Is he still wide awake? Maybe he’s not sleeping. 
If I were him I would let it go.
 
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: BennyCake on March 10, 2014, 08:02:37 PM
Bingo, Bono is massive for Ireland? How? Bono is massive for himself and U2. That's all.

Bono sits at the high table these days, and pontificates about this, that and the other. The elitists have Bono in their back pocket and know how to pull the strings. Make poverty history and this bollix, it will never happen because it's all politics. Africa is still starving 30 years after Live Aid. Why? Politics. Bono isn't so stupid that he thinks he can sort all that out. He's found what he was looking for as his own song goes, and that's to feel self-important and hang around with the big boys.

Benny, you've your mind made up and I have neither the will nor the desire to try and change it.

If it's all politics, and going by the above everything is, sure let them starve and soon enough the problem will go away. Let the bad Aids wipe them out help to speed up the process. And sure we'll all sleep well in our beds tonight.

Rock n Roll!

That's the general idea.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: muppet on March 10, 2014, 08:10:44 PM
It's tick tock for U2 really. Bono is quite bad at this stage. You’d have to say that money wise he still hasn’t found what he is looking for- i.e. enough money.  Maybe it’s vertigo.  Is he still wide awake? Maybe he’s not sleeping. 
If I were him I would let it go.

Bad.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Jell 0 Biafra on March 10, 2014, 08:24:25 PM
I think the thesis is overly harsh on U2 and Bono in particular. Music aside I think they've done a lot of good over the years. Bono's "friendships" with some pretty distasteful characters like Blair, Bush etc don't sit easy with me but I suppose if you just abuse those fcukers you won't get the mto do anything constructive. I think he has managed to get them to do some good things they probably wouldn't have done without his input so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall though for me the music is what it's all about. Some of the songs mentioned and others are just as magical, even more so possibly, for me when I listen to them today. I think their powers are on the wane definitely but there's still the hope if they're writing that another nugget will appear.

Much prefer to have Bono spouting than the likes of Louis and Linda telling us what to like.

Agree with Seanie on all of this.

Plus for Irish people to whinge about paying tax is beyond hypocritical. We help most of the world's mega-companies avoid paying tax, why the f*ck would a mega-organisation voluntarily like U2 pay more than they have to? A charity wouldn't pay more tax than they had to.

Finally, yes I find Bono's content struggle for the next great rock cliché all a bit tired now. But there are far greater (or should that be lesser) things to get offended by.

U2 as a mega corporation is going to try to avoid paying tax, of course.  But then it's a bit much for Bono to bang on about how governments should give more money to Africa (or whatever).  Exactly where does he think governments get their money in the first place?
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: seafoid on March 10, 2014, 08:33:15 PM
It's tick tock for U2 really. Bono is quite bad at this stage. You’d have to say that money wise he still hasn’t found what he is looking for- i.e. enough money.  Maybe it’s vertigo.  Is he still wide awake? Maybe he’s not sleeping. 
If I were him I would let it go.

Bad.
War
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: BennyCake on March 10, 2014, 08:54:07 PM
I think the thesis is overly harsh on U2 and Bono in particular. Music aside I think they've done a lot of good over the years. Bono's "friendships" with some pretty distasteful characters like Blair, Bush etc don't sit easy with me but I suppose if you just abuse those fcukers you won't get the mto do anything constructive. I think he has managed to get them to do some good things they probably wouldn't have done without his input so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall though for me the music is what it's all about. Some of the songs mentioned and others are just as magical, even more so possibly, for me when I listen to them today. I think their powers are on the wane definitely but there's still the hope if they're writing that another nugget will appear.

Much prefer to have Bono spouting than the likes of Louis and Linda telling us what to like.

Agree with Seanie on all of this.

Plus for Irish people to whinge about paying tax is beyond hypocritical. We help most of the world's mega-companies avoid paying tax, why the f*ck would a mega-organisation voluntarily like U2 pay more than they have to? A charity wouldn't pay more tax than they had to.

Finally, yes I find Bono's content struggle for the next great rock cliché all a bit tired now. But there are far greater (or should that be lesser) things to get offended by.

U2 as a mega corporation is going to try to avoid paying tax, of course.  But then it's a bit much for Bono to bang on about how governments should give more money to Africa (or whatever).  Exactly where does he think governments get their money in the first place?

They borrow it from the banks.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: THE MIGHTY QUINN on March 10, 2014, 09:40:40 PM
He also ponces round with the latest must have devices like iPhones while his pals at Apple revel in the publicity and shaft the world through tax evasion
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: muppet on March 10, 2014, 09:47:40 PM
I think the thesis is overly harsh on U2 and Bono in particular. Music aside I think they've done a lot of good over the years. Bono's "friendships" with some pretty distasteful characters like Blair, Bush etc don't sit easy with me but I suppose if you just abuse those fcukers you won't get the mto do anything constructive. I think he has managed to get them to do some good things they probably wouldn't have done without his input so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall though for me the music is what it's all about. Some of the songs mentioned and others are just as magical, even more so possibly, for me when I listen to them today. I think their powers are on the wane definitely but there's still the hope if they're writing that another nugget will appear.

Much prefer to have Bono spouting than the likes of Louis and Linda telling us what to like.

Agree with Seanie on all of this.

Plus for Irish people to whinge about paying tax is beyond hypocritical. We help most of the world's mega-companies avoid paying tax, why the f*ck would a mega-organisation voluntarily like U2 pay more than they have to? A charity wouldn't pay more tax than they had to.

Finally, yes I find Bono's content struggle for the next great rock cliché all a bit tired now. But there are far greater (or should that be lesser) things to get offended by.

U2 as a mega corporation is going to try to avoid paying tax, of course.  But then it's a bit much for Bono to bang on about how governments should give more money to Africa (or whatever).  Exactly where does he think governments get their money in the first place?

Most of them took it from countries in places such as Africa.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: BarryBreensBandage on March 10, 2014, 09:52:58 PM
I remember hearing John O'Shea from GOAL talk about Bono and the public persona he had.

He made the point that, realistically, if there was an irish issue regarding charity/poverty/recession or whatever, there were very few people in Ireland that would command global attention. He mentioned Roy Keane would be one that would get attention across Europe, but Bono becoming involved ensured that the world media attention was shone on it.

He also mentioned that both Keane and Bono had never once refused to help his charitable causes when he asked for help.
His view was, if Bono wasn't doing the work he was doing, who would be?
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: theskull1 on March 11, 2014, 12:59:13 AM
But what is to replace them? X-Factor like manufactured singers who are merely puppets for a money making machine behind the scenes? Or walking tabloid machines like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyres and Rihanna who can sing but just allow themselves to walked over to make the money keep rolling in.

U2, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Bruce etc are badly needed to keep music as it has been.

They may not be great but they as good we got!

 :o  ...Are you looking for a direct replacement (i.e. Iconic irish big stadium rock band) or do you just think there's no such thing as good new music?

I'm personally 20 years over U2...couldn't listen to them now ...I remember bono's pontificating had a big part to play in turning me off listening to them
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Jell 0 Biafra on March 11, 2014, 01:52:13 AM
I think the thesis is overly harsh on U2 and Bono in particular. Music aside I think they've done a lot of good over the years. Bono's "friendships" with some pretty distasteful characters like Blair, Bush etc don't sit easy with me but I suppose if you just abuse those fcukers you won't get the mto do anything constructive. I think he has managed to get them to do some good things they probably wouldn't have done without his input so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall though for me the music is what it's all about. Some of the songs mentioned and others are just as magical, even more so possibly, for me when I listen to them today. I think their powers are on the wane definitely but there's still the hope if they're writing that another nugget will appear.

Much prefer to have Bono spouting than the likes of Louis and Linda telling us what to like.

Agree with Seanie on all of this.

Plus for Irish people to whinge about paying tax is beyond hypocritical. We help most of the world's mega-companies avoid paying tax, why the f*ck would a mega-organisation voluntarily like U2 pay more than they have to? A charity wouldn't pay more tax than they had to.

Finally, yes I find Bono's content struggle for the next great rock cliché all a bit tired now. But there are far greater (or should that be lesser) things to get offended by.

U2 as a mega corporation is going to try to avoid paying tax, of course.  But then it's a bit much for Bono to bang on about how governments should give more money to Africa (or whatever).  Exactly where does he think governments get their money in the first place?

Most of them took it from countries in places such as Africa.

Not quite what I meant by "in the first place", but well played.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: ardal on March 11, 2014, 07:44:50 AM
I too liked U2 at an adolescent stage of my life but there is one thing that Paul Hewson said that still forces me to examine the physique of Irishness.

It goes a little like this:

"If an Irish person is driving through the country and sees a bit beautiful house, they think, fecking b**tard. let's destroy him."

But:

"If an American is doing the same thing, they think, I want that"
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: seafoid on March 11, 2014, 09:28:28 AM
I was disappointed when Bono failed to make poverty history.
 
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: J OGorman on March 11, 2014, 09:34:45 AM
as a wise man once said...is it not better, when in a position to able to maybe help influence change for the better, is it not better to say something than say buck all?
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Keyser soze on March 11, 2014, 09:43:35 AM
I too liked U2 at an adolescent stage of my life but there is one thing that Paul Hewson said that still forces me to examine the physique of Irishness.

It goes a little like this:

"If an Irish person is driving through the country and sees a bit beautiful house, they think, fecking b**tard. let's destroy him."

But:

"If an American is doing the same thing, they think, I want that"

Dunno what having a beer belly has to do with coveting your neighbour's goods  tho!! ;D
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: seafoid on March 11, 2014, 11:16:02 AM
as a wise man once said...is it not better, when in a position to able to maybe help influence change for the better, is it not better to say something than say buck all?
A lot of the problems Bono involves himself with are systematic and won't change even if people donate money. 
Aid is one. How effective is it ? Are there better ways of doing things ? Might have to hurt vested interests.
 And he has been on the go a long time and he's not open about tax.

He really does remind me of the people Geldof moaned about in his first biography, his Dad's friends.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: AZOffaly on March 11, 2014, 11:19:20 AM
I too liked U2 at an adolescent stage of my life but there is one thing that Paul Hewson said that still forces me to examine the physique of Irishness.

It goes a little like this:

"If an Irish person is driving through the country and sees a bit beautiful house, they think, fecking b**tard. let's destroy him."

But:

"If an American is doing the same thing, they think, I want that"

That's horseshit. Let's destroy him. What hyperbole.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Mayo4Sam on March 11, 2014, 12:31:52 PM
The Best of 1980–1990 is a fantastic collection of songs
The Best of 1990–2000 is a good collection of songs
The Best of 2000–2010 is unlikely to ever be released

Am I the only one who thinks they have some great songs since 2000

A best of would have:

Beautiful day
Stuck in a moment
Elevation
Peace on earth
Vertigo
City of blinding lights
Original of the species
No line on the horizon
Magnificent
Ordinary love


Not too bad, any other band would be happy to have that
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Bingo on March 11, 2014, 12:33:44 PM
The Best of 1980–1990 is a fantastic collection of songs
The Best of 1990–2000 is a good collection of songs
The Best of 2000–2010 is unlikely to ever be released

Am I the only one who thinks they have some great songs since 2000

A best of would have:

Beautiful day
Stuck in a moment
Elevation
Peace on earth
Vertigo
City of blinding lights
Original of the species
No line on the horizon
Magnificent
Ordinary love


Not too bad, any other band would be happy to have that

Moment of Surrender is a brillant song as well.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 11, 2014, 03:47:10 PM
I'm not a fan of Garth Brooks. My solution? Don't listen to his music.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: BarryBreensBandage on March 11, 2014, 10:55:38 PM
I too liked U2 at an adolescent stage of my life but there is one thing that Paul Hewson said that still forces me to examine the physique of Irishness.

It goes a little like this:

"If an Irish person is driving through the country and sees a bit beautiful house, they think, fecking b**tard. let's destroy him."

But:

"If an American is doing the same thing, they think, I want that"

That's horseshit. Let's destroy him. What hyperbole.

The version I heard was that someone sees a big house in America and says "I want to be that guy" - in Ireland they say "I want to get that guy". Same message I suppose.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: AZOffaly on March 12, 2014, 09:14:55 AM
Really. You think that when you drive by a nice house in Ireland, you say 'I want to get that guy'? Do you do that? I don't. What I normally say is 'Jaysus, thats a lovely house' and then forget about it. What you're talking about I think is the notion of Irish begrudgery. I think that's over played to be honest. I don't many people that genuinely resent others success. People do resent it when apparently successful people act in a superior way, but I don't know if that's begrudgery or healthy skepticism.

And in America, I think you'll find plenty of begrudgery. Listen to any sports talk show, and talk of what Athletes earn and all that sort of stuff.

I'm sure there's a grain of truth in what you say, but I don't like those sweeping generalisations.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: NAG1 on March 12, 2014, 09:26:38 AM
I too liked U2 at an adolescent stage of my life but there is one thing that Paul Hewson said that still forces me to examine the physique of Irishness.

It goes a little like this:

"If an Irish person is driving through the country and sees a bit beautiful house, they think, fecking b**tard. let's destroy him."

But:

"If an American is doing the same thing, they think, I want that"

That's horseshit. Let's destroy him. What hyperbole.

The version I heard was that someone sees a big house in America and says "I want to be that guy" - in Ireland they say "I want to get that guy". Same message I suppose.

I think this is a handy misconception, it seems to be a real notion lately of accusing ourselves of being begruders.

There is a difference from someone working hard and building themselves a nice house and paying for it, that to me gains respect from everyone regardless of what country you are in. Obviously there are those who have made their money in other ways illegally or through the misfortune of others which can attract this sort of attitude but this is not a uniquely Irish thing.

Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: muppet on March 12, 2014, 11:18:49 AM
Really. You think that when you drive by a nice house in Ireland, you say 'I want to get that guy'? Do you do that? I don't. What I normally say is 'Jaysus, thats a lovely house' and then forget about it. What you're talking about I think is the notion of Irish begrudgery. I think that's over played to be honest. I don't many people that genuinely resent others success. People do resent it when apparently successful people act in a superior way, but I don't know if that's begrudgery or healthy skepticism.

And in America, I think you'll find plenty of begrudgery. Listen to any sports talk show, and talk of what Athletes earn and all that sort of stuff.

I'm sure there's a grain of truth in what you say, but I don't like those sweeping generalisations.

What if it was a girl saying 'I want to get that guy'?
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: AZOffaly on March 12, 2014, 11:24:45 AM
That's very different.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Agent Orange on September 09, 2014, 10:55:58 PM
U2 have released their first album in five years as a free release on iTunes as Apple unveiled its latest smartphones.

At a launch event in California, U2 played a single from the new album, 'Songs of Innocence,' which Apple announced it had sent out for free to half a billion iTunes customers worldwide.

Frontman Bono described the album, the band's first since 'No Line on the Horizon' in 2009, as deeply personal and called the release "instant gratification."

"From the very beginning U2 have always wanted our music to reach as many people as possible, the clue is in our name I suppose - so today is kind of mind-blowing to us," Bono said.

"The most personal album we've written could be shared with half a billion people - by hitting send.

"If only songwriting was that easy."

Apple - which unveiled its first smartwatch as well as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - said that it would gift the album for free to customers who set up iTunes accounts in the next five weeks.

U2 - who released some of the most acclaimed albums in the 1980s including 'The Joshua Tree' and 'Rattle and Hum' - could have expected major sales for a new album.

While Apple did not disclose financial arrangements for the free release, U2 has collaborated for years on products with the iPod and iPhone company.

U2 is also hardly hurting for money, with Bono's net worth estimated at €465m.

Bono has long advocated for greater spending to help the world's poor, although the band has also come under criticism for moving part of its business from Ireland to the Netherlands, which has lower taxation.

In a world exclusive, Dave Fanning played the new album in full on RTÉ 2fm.

Dave Fanning always has the exclusive first radio play of new U2 albums.

iTunes experienced technical difficulties this evening due to the number of people attempting to download the album.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 10, 2014, 09:50:09 AM
Anyone know how to download it on the iPhone?
I can see it in itunes and play it but cant transfer it to my music on the phone
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: thebigfella on September 10, 2014, 10:28:31 AM
Anyone know how to download it on the iPhone?
I can see it in itunes and play it but cant transfer it to my music on the phone

Don't bother it's terrible.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: laoislad on September 10, 2014, 10:37:00 AM
Anyone know how to download it on the iPhone?
I can see it in itunes and play it but cant transfer it to my music on the phone
Do you need to sync your phone with itunes maybe?
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 10, 2014, 12:18:22 PM
Found it, cheers
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 10, 2014, 02:10:51 PM
Anyone know how to download it on the iPhone?
I can see it in itunes and play it but cant transfer it to my music on the phone

Don't bother it's terrible.

Did you listen to it?
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: muppet on September 10, 2014, 03:02:58 PM
It is a pretty harmless and safe album.

U2 fans will like it.

But it doesn't try anything new or reinvent everything like some of their earlier stuff. So it won't generate any new followers imho.

But I quite like some of it.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: thebigfella on September 10, 2014, 03:13:01 PM
Anyone know how to download it on the iPhone?
I can see it in itunes and play it but cant transfer it to my music on the phone

Don't bother it's terrible.

Did you listen to it?

Yep, Dave Fanning was polluting the radio waves with it yesterday and listened to it this morning. Dare I say Coldplay's last album is better and that's saying something. Still better than Garth Brooks though  ;)

Muppet summed it up but I do think fans will be disappointed.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 10, 2014, 03:27:00 PM
It doesnt seem like theres any huge hit on it like beautiful day or that but a lot of songs are good/very good.
First listen and I like it

But then I am a U2 fan
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Puckoon on September 10, 2014, 05:31:09 PM
First pass as a non U2 fan - album has some solid, if not groundbreaking tracks.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 10, 2014, 05:51:58 PM
Dave Fanning must have the sorest hands in Ireland with the constant pulling off of U2.

I will download and give it marks out of 10.
Word on the street is  that it's 'average'.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: seafoid on September 10, 2014, 06:12:04 PM
It is a pretty harmless and safe album.

U2 fans will like it.

But it doesn't try anything new or reinvent everything like some of their earlier stuff. So it won't generate any new followers imho.

But I quite like some of it.
So what you seem to be saying ,without turning yourself in 2 again, is that it is not bad.

I imagine that some day U2 will be as cool as the showbands. 
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: muppet on September 10, 2014, 06:22:49 PM
It is a pretty harmless and safe album.

U2 fans will like it.

But it doesn't try anything new or reinvent everything like some of their earlier stuff. So it won't generate any new followers imho.

But I quite like some of it.
So what you seem to be saying ,without turning yourself in 2 again, is that it is not bad.

I imagine that some day U2 will be as cool as the showbands.

It seems to be influenced by the likes of Coldplay & Snow Patrol in that it is safe and slickly packaged modern crooning.

All nice and grand and yes it is not bad, in the same way Coldplay & Snow Patrol are not bad. But I preferred when U2 were influenced by anything that forced The Edge to be brave and Bono to sound like he was in pain. The world was a better place when Larry vetoed any release because it did (or didn't) sound like U2.

Sometimes I wish they would go on a Radiohead like tangent for half a decade to see what comes out, instead of showing Stadium Rock bands, REM, INXS, Manchester Scene, Brit Pop and now Coldplay that U2 can match them all.

6/10
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: seafoid on September 10, 2014, 06:28:32 PM
It is a pretty harmless and safe album.

U2 fans will like it.

But it doesn't try anything new or reinvent everything like some of their earlier stuff. So it won't generate any new followers imho.

But I quite like some of it.
So what you seem to be saying ,without turning yourself in 2 again, is that it is not bad.

I imagine that some day U2 will be as cool as the showbands.

It seems to be influenced by the likes of Coldplay & Snow Patrol in that it is safe and slickly packaged modern crooning.

All nice and grand and yes it is not bad, in the same way Coldplay & Snow Patrol are not bad. But I preferred when U2 were influenced by anything that forced The Edge to be brave and Bono to sound like he was in pain. The world was a better place when Larry vetoed any release because it did (or didn't) sound like U2.

Sometimes I wish they would go on a Radiohead like tangent for half a decade to see what comes out, instead of showing Stadium Rock bands, REM, INXS, Manchester Scene, Brit Pop and now Coldplay that U2 can match them all.

6/10
It's hard to be creative continuously. PJ Harvey does it but not many others. And the middle of the road stuff will always sell .
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: foxcommander on September 10, 2014, 06:31:12 PM
Sometimes I wish they would go on a Radiohead like tangent

Very few if any bands can do that. They are on a different level.
In Rainbows. What an album.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: BarryBreensBandage on September 10, 2014, 10:10:16 PM
Sometimes I wish they would go on a Radiohead like tangent

Very few if any bands can do that. They are on a different level.
In Rainbows. What an album.

And very few if any bands can serve up some of the dross that Radiohead produce and get away with it. The only concert I have ever left early - used to love them.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Nigel White on September 10, 2014, 10:38:50 PM
Dave Fanning must have the sorest hands in Ireland with the constant pulling off of U2.

I will download and give it marks out of 10.
Word on the street is  that it's 'average'.
Fanning s a complete t**ser. The cnut must be the oldest DJ in the world.  His style is straight from the Smashey and Nicey manual
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: foxcommander on September 11, 2014, 04:43:42 AM
Sometimes I wish they would go on a Radiohead like tangent

Very few if any bands can do that. They are on a different level.
In Rainbows. What an album.

And very few if any bands can serve up some of the dross that Radiohead produce and get away with it. The only concert I have ever left early - used to love them.

Which gig was that?
There's plenty of other bands i've felt like leaving early but sat through it. Sting springs to mind...
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Post by: Owenmoresider on September 11, 2014, 09:35:50 AM
Dave Fanning must have the sorest hands in Ireland with the constant pulling off of U2.

I will download and give it marks out of 10.
Word on the street is  that it's 'average'.
Fanning s a complete t**ser. The cnut must be the oldest DJ in the world.  His style is straight from the Smashey and Nicey manual
He's not even the oldest in RTE!
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Post by: Eamonnca1 on September 16, 2014, 07:53:51 PM
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Post by: Agent Orange on September 16, 2014, 08:31:27 PM
You can see why they gave this album away, couldn't see too many paying for it. Could turn out to be a masterstroke by both apple and U2, but I doubt it.
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Post by: J OGorman on September 16, 2014, 08:38:35 PM
You can see why they gave this album away, couldn't see too many paying for it. Could turn out to be a masterstroke by both apple and U2, but I doubt it.

 U2 are huge globally. Ireland and it's U2 haters are but a mere drop in a big ocean. They could release an album much weaker than this and it would sell a bucket load. I'm no fan by any stretch of the imagination but there's one or 2 decent tracks on this one. Haven't bought ought by them since achtung baby (serious album)
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Post by: seafoid on September 16, 2014, 08:46:34 PM
Dave Fanning must have the sorest hands in Ireland with the constant pulling off of U2.

I will download and give it marks out of 10.
Word on the street is  that it's 'average'.
Fanning s a complete t**ser. The cnut must be the oldest DJ in the world.  His style is straight from the Smashey and Nicey manual
He's not even the oldest in RTE!
the 3 Fannings fab 50 albums are fantastic IMO . Great collections of music even if he does go overboard on U2 some of the time 
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Post by: Agent Orange on September 16, 2014, 08:47:30 PM
You can see why they gave this album away, couldn't see too many paying for it. Could turn out to be a masterstroke by both apple and U2, but I doubt it.

 U2 are huge globally. Ireland and it's U2 haters are but a mere drop in a big ocean. They could release an album much weaker than this and it would sell a bucket load. I'm no fan by any stretch of the imagination but there's one or 2 decent tracks on this one. Haven't bought ought by them since achtung baby (serious album)

I wouldn't be what you would call a U2 hater by any stretch of the imagination, but this is probably their weakest album to date. The first track on the album is ok, the rest is poor. Maybe time will be kinder to it, but I certainly wouldn't have bought it.
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Post by: J OGorman on September 16, 2014, 08:59:58 PM
You can see why they gave this album away, couldn't see too many paying for it. Could turn out to be a masterstroke by both apple and U2, but I doubt it.

 U2 are huge globally. Ireland and it's U2 haters are but a mere drop in a big ocean. They could release an album much weaker than this and it would sell a bucket load. I'm no fan by any stretch of the imagination but there's one or 2 decent tracks on this one. Haven't bought ought by them since achtung baby (serious album)

I wouldn't be what you would call a U2 hater by any stretch of the imagination, but this is probably their weakest album to date. The first track on the album is ok, the rest is poor. Maybe time will be kinder to it, but I certainly wouldn't have bought it.

Although I quoted you AO, it wasn't directed at your good self.  There's plenty on this island...I wish I was as shite as U2 ;-)
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Post by: muppet on September 16, 2014, 10:02:38 PM
You can see why they gave this album away, couldn't see too many paying for it. Could turn out to be a masterstroke by both apple and U2, but I doubt it.

Apparently Apple paid $100m for the album.

Either it was a great gift, or unwanted spam. But it is hard to see how U2 getting $100m is hard to turn into a disaster for them.
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Post by: Agent Orange on September 16, 2014, 10:12:29 PM
You can see why they gave this album away, couldn't see too many paying for it. Could turn out to be a masterstroke by both apple and U2, but I doubt it.

Apparently Apple paid $100m for the album.

Either it was a great gift, or unwanted spam. But it is hard to see how U2 getting $100m is hard to turn into a disaster for them.

I think the $100m includes a lot of promotional work by U2, though it is a hell of a deal. Maybe it is the way forward or even the end of the album as we know it. It's still a weak album in my opinion, but as I sait to a friend earlier maybe my musical taste has moved on.
Expect the next tour to be sponsored by apple in one way or another.
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Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 16, 2014, 10:16:54 PM
3.5/10

They will release 'Songs of Experience' which is supposedly a better set of songs next year I believe.

Some of the lyrics in this new album are so bad it's almost of the 'my dog spot' variety.

U2 have lost their way. Bono and Edge swanning around the world looking for their mojo and Larry and Adam phoning it in.

Not good.
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Post by: seafoid on September 16, 2014, 11:29:34 PM
You can see why they gave this album away, couldn't see too many paying for it. Could turn out to be a masterstroke by both apple and U2, but I doubt it.

Apparently Apple paid $100m for the album.

Either it was a great gift, or unwanted spam. But it is hard to see how U2 getting $100m is hard to turn into a disaster for them.
It mightn't be a disaster but say they feel they are musically impotent and can't make a decent album anymore. It's not like 100m is going to help that. Or that they need the money...
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Post by: Never beat the deeler on September 17, 2014, 03:02:53 AM
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Post by: BarryBreensBandage on October 18, 2014, 12:52:57 AM
Lest we forget....

No one ever held a tune like Bono did......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqh1pPS5vQU
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Post by: muppet on October 18, 2014, 12:59:23 AM
I have to admit the album is growing on me.  :(
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Post by: BarryBreensBandage on October 18, 2014, 01:30:48 AM
I have to admit the album is growing on me.  :(

Like
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Post by: Eamonnca1 on October 18, 2014, 02:49:58 AM
If you don't like them don't listen to them.
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Post by: cockahoop on October 18, 2014, 11:14:44 AM
I have to say the first five songs are top class and hold there own against most of there previous albums,they have made it very clear they were not trying to create new anthems such as bad,streets New Year's Day etc and wanted songs which could be played acoustic just as easy and having heard a few of the album songs acoustically they seemed to achieved that,IMO of course.
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Post by: red hander on October 18, 2014, 06:30:28 PM
If you don't like them don't listen to them.

TBF, it's hard to avoid listening to that twat Bongo pontificating.
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Post by: 5 Sams on October 18, 2014, 08:20:21 PM
Have to say I'd be a huge fan. Indulged myself on Spotify tonight and had a rattle through their back catalogue. One thing stood out. "Out of Control" from their first album is still one of their best songs.
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Post by: muppet on October 18, 2014, 08:21:15 PM
Have to say I'd be a huge fan. Indulged myself on Spotify tonight and had a rattle through their back catalogue. One thing stood out. "Out of Control" from their first album is still one of their best songs.

Great songs on that album.

The Electric Co, An Chait dubh etc.
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Post by: 5 Sams on October 18, 2014, 08:24:39 PM
Have to say I'd be a huge fan. Indulged myself on Spotify tonight and had a rattle through their back catalogue. One thing stood out. "Out of Control" from their first album is still one of their best songs.

Great songs on that album.

The Electric Co, An Chait dubh etc.

I will follow ...another class piece of music.
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Post by: lynchbhoy on October 18, 2014, 09:16:46 PM
Are U2 no longer 'cool' ????

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Post by: LeoMc on October 18, 2014, 09:48:14 PM
Are U2 no longer 'cool' ????

They have got too big and so must be brought down!
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Post by: johnneycool on October 18, 2014, 09:58:04 PM
If you don't like them don't listen to them.

TBF, it's hard to avoid listening to that t**t Bongo pontificating.

I'd be in general agreement with you but I thought he came across reasonably well on the graham Norton show last night. The other three seem down to earth  .
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Post by: Eamonnca1 on October 18, 2014, 10:05:32 PM
And it turns out he wears the shades for medical reasons. Just shows you. Judge not lest ye be judged.
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Post by: muppet on October 25, 2014, 08:54:21 AM
New album has seriously grown on me.

Every breaking wave will be a classic I think.

I have to tear up my earlier comments on the album (after 1 listen). It is one of their best (after 10 listens).
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Post by: Agent Orange on October 30, 2014, 04:00:15 PM
U2 rumoured to play Croke Park in 2015.
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Post by: balladmaker on October 30, 2014, 05:36:06 PM
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U2 rumoured to play Croke Park in 2015.

There goes at least one of Garth Brook's 5 shows then :-)
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Post by: muppet on October 30, 2014, 06:25:41 PM
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U2 rumoured to play Croke Park in 2015.

There goes at least one of Garth Brook's 5 shows then :-)

Garth was the Patsy.

U2 will get to play all of July now.
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Post by: Agent Orange on October 31, 2014, 04:27:27 PM
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U2 rumoured to play Croke Park in 2015.

There goes at least one of Garth Brook's 5 shows then :-)

Garth was the Patsy.

U2 will get to play all of July now.

Wasn't in The Script after all.
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Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 31, 2014, 05:24:27 PM
The Script - headlining Croke Park????

Well fcuk me.

Unless (to quote Oliver Callan) they are playing the bars!
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Post by: Tony Baloney on October 31, 2014, 05:27:05 PM
The Script - headlining Croke Park????

Well fcuk me.

Unless (to quote Oliver Callan) they are playing the bars!
Who are they supporting?
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Post by: 5 Sams on October 31, 2014, 05:57:33 PM
The Script - headlining Croke Park????

Well fcuk me.

Unless (to quote Oliver Callan) they are playing the bars!
Who are they supporting?

I heard Pharrell Williams was supporting them!!
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Post by: magpie seanie on October 31, 2014, 09:07:53 PM
Script me hole.
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Post by: armaghniac on October 31, 2014, 10:42:00 PM
I heard a guy from the Script on the radio, he was pleased to be playing in Croke Park For the First Time.
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Post by: DrinkingHarp on December 02, 2014, 01:17:32 AM
The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, filling in for Bono on the opening for Monday Night Football!!
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Post by: Bingo on December 11, 2014, 10:42:16 AM
Happy Days.

I'm doing the Berlin marathon on 27th September 2015. U2 are in town over that weekend, so have managed to get 2 tickets for the show on the 28th. Always wanted to see them in concert outside of Ireland and see how a different audience reacts to them.

Looking like a great trip now.  ;D
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Post by: muppet on September 10, 2015, 10:23:22 AM
Ticéadaí faighte!
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Post by: Bingo on September 10, 2015, 10:23:51 AM
U2 in the 3Areana and Belfast in November.

Great news that they have managed to get the show to Ireland, stage set up had to be changed to fit the 3Arena by all accounts.

Got 2 tickets this morning in the presale, so can look forward to the show now. Plus Berlin in a few weeks as well.

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Post by: Hardy on September 10, 2015, 11:38:23 AM
Ticéadaí faighte!

You got a ticket holder?
( :P )
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Post by: muppet on September 10, 2015, 11:41:09 AM
Ticéadaí faighte!

You got a ticket holder?
( :P )

@Jesuisticketholder!
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Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 10, 2015, 03:41:39 PM
Anyone know what the differences in pricing is?
Would love the standing tickets, was at the gig in Boston, savage show!
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Post by: muppet on September 10, 2015, 03:46:24 PM
Anyone know what the differences in pricing is?
Would love the standing tickets, was at the gig in Boston, savage show!

Seats are usually expensive in the 3Arena, even though standing would have you quite close to the stage. Very close by U2 standards.

Standing seems to start at €33 in the pre-sale.
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Post by: Gaffer on September 10, 2015, 11:33:19 PM
These boys haven't had a hit in years

Just touring the world singing the same old songs

I m staying at home!!!!
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Post by: ashman on September 11, 2015, 01:42:27 AM
When I took music seriously in the 80s and 90s bands toured to promote album sales whereas now they produce albums to promote tours. 
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Post by: thebigfella on September 11, 2015, 10:47:12 AM
When I took music seriously in the 80s and 90s bands toured to promote album sales whereas now they produce albums to promote tours.

Your point being?
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Post by: JoG2 on September 11, 2015, 10:58:00 AM
When I took music seriously in the 80s and 90s bands toured to promote album sales whereas now they produce albums to promote tours.

Your point being?

I think ashman unintentionally pointed out how the music business model has turned on its arse in the last 20 years, flipping how bands now make money to keep her lit

My question is, how seriously did he take music back in the day? We talking walking up to the till at Tower Records with Now That's What I call Music vol 3 with a scowl face on him?
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Post by: BennyCake on September 11, 2015, 12:09:13 PM
These boys haven't had a hit in years

Just touring the world singing the same old songs

I m staying at home!!!!

I'm with you, Gaffer.

I wouldn't watch them now if they were in the back garden. It's not just the music though. The main problem I have with them is Bono is an absolute tool.
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Post by: thebigfella on September 11, 2015, 12:50:19 PM
When I took music seriously in the 80s and 90s bands toured to promote album sales whereas now they produce albums to promote tours.

Your point being?

I think ashman unintentionally pointed out how the music business model has turned on its arse in the last 20 years, flipping how bands now make money to keep her lit

My question is, how seriously did he take music back in the day? We talking walking up to the till at Tower Records with Now That's What I call Music vol 3 with a scowl face on him?

Unintentionally pointed out the obvious or was there another point......
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Post by: Franko on September 11, 2015, 03:55:51 PM
When I took music seriously in the 80s and 90s bands toured to promote album sales whereas now they produce albums to promote tours.

Your point being?

I think ashman unintentionally pointed out how the music business model has turned on its arse in the last 20 years, flipping how bands now make money to keep her lit

My question is, how seriously did he take music back in the day? We talking walking up to the till at Tower Records with Now That's What I call Music vol 3 with a scowl face on him?

Unintentionally pointed out the obvious or was there another point......

Your point being...?
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Post by: muppet on September 11, 2015, 04:05:10 PM
These boys haven't had a hit in years

Just touring the world singing the same old songs

I m staying at home!!!!

I just checked the setlist for MSG. 7 of the 21 songs (excluding encore) were new.

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Post by: thebigfella on September 11, 2015, 04:06:24 PM
When I took music seriously in the 80s and 90s bands toured to promote album sales whereas now they produce albums to promote tours.

Your point being?

My point being
I think ashman unintentionally pointed out how the music business model has turned on its arse in the last 20 years, flipping how bands now make money to keep her lit

My question is, how seriously did he take music back in the day? We talking walking up to the till at Tower Records with Now That's What I call Music vol 3 with a scowl face on him?

Unintentionally pointed out the obvious or was there another point......

Your point being...?

That the obvious is being pointed out and you don't need to be serious about music to recognise how business model has changed. So is there another point?
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Post by: muppet on September 11, 2015, 08:55:12 PM
Interesting video for Every Breaking Wave: https://youtu.be/iYVEik7Lvc4 (https://youtu.be/iYVEik7Lvc4)
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Post by: STREET FIGHTER on September 11, 2015, 09:05:32 PM
Anybody got a presale code?
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Post by: Franko on September 11, 2015, 10:14:46 PM
Just that you felt the need to point out the obvious by pointing out that he was pointing out the obvious... Seems a bit silly IMO... :-X
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Post by: charlieTully on September 11, 2015, 11:25:21 PM
will this be a sell out in Belfast?
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Post by: Tony Baloney on September 11, 2015, 11:33:22 PM
will this be a sell out in Belfast?
Easily. Odyssey is tiny compared to their usual stadium tours.
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Post by: Eamonnca1 on September 12, 2015, 08:50:47 AM
Other than the fact that he's successful (and we all know the Irish attitude to one of their own who succeeded at anything) what exactly have people got against Bono? It's not like his tax arrangements have any direct effect on your day-to-day lives.
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Post by: Maguire01 on September 12, 2015, 11:29:24 AM
will this be a sell out in Belfast?
In less that 5 minutes. I'd expect more dates to be added for both cities, but they'll all disappear very soon too. We'll be at the mercy of the ticketmaster system.

Only positive thing is they've really clamped down on potential for touts, so don't be buying tickets thinking you can sell them on.


•    Fans buying floor sections will not receive a physical ticket. Think of the card used to make the purchase as your ticket. When you arrive at the venue, the venue staff will swipe your card at the doors and admit you to the standing section.
•    Students must also present their student ID for each ticket purchased.
•    Regular ticket holders must also present a valid govt issued photo ID for the purchaser only.
•    Paperless tickets are not transferrable. You cannot buy a Paperless ticket as a gift for someone else. You can only buy a paperless ticket if you (the card holder) will be attending the event in person. If you buy 2 paperless tickets, your companion must enter at the same time as you.
•    There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these rules.
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Post by: muppet on September 12, 2015, 11:33:30 AM
will this be a sell out in Belfast?
In less that 5 minutes. I'd expect more dates to be added for both cities, but they'll all disappear very soon too. We'll be at the mercy of the ticketmaster system.

Only positive thing is they've really clamped down on potential for touts, so don't be buying tickets thinking you can sell them on.


•    Fans buying floor sections will not receive a physical ticket. Think of the card used to make the purchase as your ticket. When you arrive at the venue, the venue staff will swipe your card at the doors and admit you to the standing section.
•    Students must also present their student ID for each ticket purchased.
•    Regular ticket holders must also present a valid govt issued photo ID for the purchaser only.
•    Paperless tickets are not transferrable. You cannot buy a Paperless ticket as a gift for someone else. You can only buy a paperless ticket if you (the card holder) will be attending the event in person. If you buy 2 paperless tickets, your companion must enter at the same time as you.
•    There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these rules.


If you buy with a Credit Card and it expires in the meantime, how are you fixed?
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Post by: Maguire01 on September 12, 2015, 12:22:24 PM
You bring the expired card with you.
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Post by: muppet on September 12, 2015, 11:28:51 PM
You bring the expired card with you.

So if a tout does this he can offload the tickets as long as he gives the expired credit card as well? The card is of course useless for any other purpose.
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Post by: moysider on September 13, 2015, 12:39:21 AM
Other than the fact that he's successful (and we all know the Irish attitude to one of their own who succeeded at anything) what exactly have people got against Bono? It's not like his tax arrangements have any direct effect on your day-to-day lives.

I dunno. I think likes of Seán Kelly, John Treacy, Sonia O Sullivan, Caitríona McKiernan, Phil Lynott, Brian O Driscoll, Liam Brady, Damien Duffy, Dennis Taylor, Pat Eddery, Michael Kinnane, Willie Mullins, John Jo O Neill, (Arkle, Istrabraq :D) Niall Quinn, Paul McGinley, Alex Higgins, George Best, Paul O Connell, Padraig Harrington, Bernard Dunne, Barry McGuigan, Rory Gallagher, Pierce Brosnan, Richard Harris, Peter O Toole, John Giles, Stephen Roache, Brendan Gleeson, Colm Meaney, Liam Neeson, Liam Clancy, Finnbarr Furey, Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Seamas Heaney, Denis Irwin, Paul McGrath, Ruby Walsh, Keith Wood and St. Patrick would be mostly liked I reckon.
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Post by: Hardy on September 13, 2015, 11:36:16 AM
I don't like Pierce Brosnan.
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Post by: Maguire01 on September 13, 2015, 01:57:17 PM
Other than the fact that he's successful (and we all know the Irish attitude to one of their own who succeeded at anything) what exactly have people got against Bono? It's not like his tax arrangements have any direct effect on your day-to-day lives.

I dunno. I think likes of Seán Kelly, John Treacy, Sonia O Sullivan, Caitríona McKiernan, Phil Lynott, Brian O Driscoll, Liam Brady, Damien Duffy, Dennis Taylor, Pat Eddery, Michael Kinnane, Willie Mullins, John Jo O Neill, (Arkle, Istrabraq :D) Niall Quinn, Paul McGinley, Alex Higgins, George Best, Paul O Connell, Padraig Harrington, Bernard Dunne, Barry McGuigan, Rory Gallagher, Pierce Brosnan, Richard Harris, Peter O Toole, John Giles, Stephen Roache, Brendan Gleeson, Colm Meaney, Liam Neeson, Liam Clancy, Finnbarr Furey, Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Seamas Heaney, Denis Irwin, Paul McGrath, Ruby Walsh, Keith Wood and St. Patrick would be mostly liked I reckon.
St Patrick isn't Irish.
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Post by: armaghniac on September 13, 2015, 04:10:03 PM
Other than the fact that he's successful (and we all know the Irish attitude to one of their own who succeeded at anything) what exactly have people got against Bono? It's not like his tax arrangements have any direct effect on your day-to-day lives.

I dunno. I think likes of Seán Kelly, John Treacy, Sonia O Sullivan, Caitríona McKiernan, Phil Lynott, Brian O Driscoll, Liam Brady, Damien Duffy, Dennis Taylor, Pat Eddery, Michael Kinnane, Willie Mullins, John Jo O Neill, (Arkle, Istrabraq :D) Niall Quinn, Paul McGinley, Alex Higgins, George Best, Paul O Connell, Padraig Harrington, Bernard Dunne, Barry McGuigan, Rory Gallagher, Pierce Brosnan, Richard Harris, Peter O Toole, John Giles, Stephen Roache, Brendan Gleeson, Colm Meaney, Liam Neeson, Liam Clancy, Finnbarr Furey, Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Seamas Heaney, Denis Irwin, Paul McGrath, Ruby Walsh, Keith Wood and St. Patrick would be mostly liked I reckon.
St Patrick isn't Irish.

It didn't take long for the anti immigrant sentiment to emerge.
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Post by: orangeman on September 14, 2015, 09:07:40 AM
£130 a ticket ??  >:(
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Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 14, 2015, 10:24:39 AM
I got standing for €70 each

Saw them in the garden in Boston in July, absolutely savage gig, probably the best I've seen them and that's over 20 years. Can't wait now!

For anyone that says they haven't had a hit in years, so what, they're new album is very good, three or four songs that are as good as anything they've produced.
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Post by: T Fearon on November 13, 2015, 09:44:05 PM
Nabbed two Upper South tier seats for Wednesday night at Odyssey for a total of £123.00 (including booking fee) this afternoon! ;D
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Post by: magpie seanie on November 14, 2015, 12:47:04 PM
Nabbed two Upper South tier seats for Wednesday night at Odyssey for a total of £123.00 (including booking fee) this afternoon! ;D


You paid for tickets?
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Post by: T Fearon on November 14, 2015, 04:02:22 PM
Yes,sadly,it happens,about once every two years  ;D
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Post by: T Fearon on November 19, 2015, 12:50:12 AM
Amazing gig in Belfast,even I, a veteran of gigs,was blown away.Amazing visuals with a screen placed vertically along a catwalk type thingy that connected the main stage to a mini one in the middle of the arena.

U2 are far from ready to shuffle off
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Post by: ONeill on November 19, 2015, 12:54:08 AM
Sounds amazing. The amazing visuals must have been amazing. Especially the screen bit and the catwalk thingy the way it connected and all. The mini one sounds class. In the middle too.
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Post by: rrhf on November 19, 2015, 05:05:10 AM
Yes totes amaze balls.   Dalkey living has not taken the hard rock edge of these guys one bit!
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Post by: tyroneman on November 19, 2015, 05:33:04 AM
What time did they start at?
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Post by: Maguire01 on November 19, 2015, 07:05:25 AM
Shortly after 8.30
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Post by: T Fearon on November 19, 2015, 07:09:54 AM
Finished up around 10.45pm.
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Post by: johnneycool on November 19, 2015, 08:52:17 AM
Finished up around 10.45pm.

A bit of pontificating, a few songs, a cup of horlicks and in bed by 11.00pm, rock'n'roll lifestyle.
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Post by: BennyCake on November 19, 2015, 10:37:53 AM
Finished up around 10.45pm.

A bit of pontificating, a few songs, a cup of horlicks and in bed by 11.00pm, rock'n'roll lifestyle.

And Bonzo saving the world during the guitar solos.
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Post by: johnneycool on November 19, 2015, 11:08:36 AM
Finished up around 10.45pm.

A bit of pontificating, a few songs, a cup of horlicks and in bed by 11.00pm, rock'n'roll lifestyle.

And Bonzo saving the world during the guitar solos.

Nah,
    We're only saving France at the moment, the rest of the world can wait.
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Post by: Declan on November 19, 2015, 03:40:09 PM
http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/11/19/world-just-13-u2-concerts-away-from-peace/ (http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/11/19/world-just-13-u2-concerts-away-from-peace/)
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: T Fearon on November 19, 2015, 03:56:30 PM
Ah it was a great gig al the same.We like being patronised after all.
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Post by: StGallsGAA on November 19, 2015, 11:58:44 PM
Amazing show.  Such is the tightness of the Edge's custom made beanie now that it's beginning to look more like a tattoo than a hat!
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Bingo on November 28, 2015, 10:18:39 AM
Absolute brilliant show last night in Dublin.

Great atmosphere and energy. Band on top form and thought Bonos voice much stronger than the Berlin show I seen. Was hoping that they'd finish with Bad and they did with One then added on as well.

I really like the new songs but felt a lot of crowd didn't know them.

Great for people watching with Dave Fanning sat behind me with the family and Enda Kenny sat 3 rows in front.

I'll watch the Toy show later LL  :)
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Post by: gallsman on November 28, 2015, 11:02:37 AM
Absolute brilliant show last night in Dublin.

Great atmosphere and energy. Band on top form and thought Bonos voice much stronger than the Berlin show I seen. Was hoping that they'd finish with Bad and they did with One then added on as well.

I really like the new songs but felt a lot of crowd didn't know them.

Great for people watching with Dave Fanning sat behind me with the family and Enda Kenny sat 3 rows in front.

I'll watch the Toy show later LL  :)

Sat?! Old fogie!
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Post by: Bingo on November 28, 2015, 11:47:11 AM
Absolute brilliant show last night in Dublin.

Great atmosphere and energy. Band on top form and thought Bonos voice much stronger than the Berlin show I seen. Was hoping that they'd finish with Bad and they did with One then added on as well.

I really like the new songs but felt a lot of crowd didn't know them.

Great for people watching with Dave Fanning sat behind me with the family and Enda Kenny sat 3 rows in front.

I'll watch the Toy show later LL  :)

Sat?! Old fogie!
You should note that I said they sat. I was bopping with the best of the young ones  ;D
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Post by: ballinaman on November 28, 2015, 11:54:27 AM
Absolute brilliant show last night in Dublin.

Great atmosphere and energy. Band on top form and thought Bonos voice much stronger than the Berlin show I seen. Was hoping that they'd finish with Bad and they did with One then added on as well.

I really like the new songs but felt a lot of crowd didn't know them.

Great for people watching with Dave Fanning sat behind me with the family and Enda Kenny sat 3 rows in front.

I'll watch the Toy show later LL  :)

Sat?! Old fogie!
You should note that I said they sat. I was bopping with the best of the young ones  ;D
CCTV of Bingo last night...beard coming on well I may add!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogrD7ulSqyg
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Post by: Main Street on November 28, 2015, 07:59:27 PM
I'm a pre- begrudger. I have never been a fan of U2 since years before they became famous, I suppose it had something to do with them being a particularly irritating  part of the toxic bohemian sub culture that emerged from ideological vagrants in Dublin  around the time of the hunger strikes.

However I don't see much validity in the argument about them not producing anything that can compare with their pre 2000 output, not many musicians/bands do. Afaic if a bands manage one classic then that's a huge success.
It's about live performances and U2 have plenty of top quality material + Bonos's ego, are still the band to fill the space created by  their juggernaut sized staging.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: ONeill on November 28, 2015, 08:15:59 PM
Adam Clayton scored for Middlesbrough in the 9th minute today.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Main Street on November 29, 2015, 12:05:59 AM
Absolute brilliant show last night in Dublin.

............. Enda Kenny sat 3 rows in front.
"government approved rock and roll"
BH
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Puckoon on January 09, 2017, 05:15:45 PM
Joshua Tree 30 year tour kicks off in May. Must admit to not having been the hugest fan in my youth - but over the last couple years I have really enjoyed the U2 albums from all decades. I am sure plenty on here have seen them live - good show? Hoping to nab some pre-sale tickets for the show at Levi's Stadium. Mumford and Sons opening for them.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: snoopdog on January 09, 2017, 06:01:00 PM
Joshua Tree 30 year tour kicks off in May. Must admit to not having been the hugest fan in my youth - but over the last couple years I have really enjoyed the U2 albums from all decades. I am sure plenty on here have seen them live - good show? Hoping to nab some pre-sale tickets for the show at Levi's Stadium. Mumford and Sons opening for them.
Seen them many times. Good gig apart from the ego preaching his political bs
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Post by: Mayo4Sam on January 09, 2017, 07:19:52 PM
Joshua Tree 30 year tour kicks off in May. Must admit to not having been the hugest fan in my youth - but over the last couple years I have really enjoyed the U2 albums from all decades. I am sure plenty on here have seen them live - good show? Hoping to nab some pre-sale tickets for the show at Levi's Stadium. Mumford and Sons opening for them.
Excellent gigs, saw them in Boston and Dublin last year and they were awesome
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Post by: seafoid on January 09, 2017, 07:24:07 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8dZwXnMrRU
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Post by: Eamonnca1 on January 09, 2017, 07:26:31 PM
Not sure if I understand all the hatred. Successful band that keeps on going and produces great shows, by all accounts. Uses their profile to highlight good causes too. Sounds like a case of good old begrudgery.
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Post by: DrinkingHarp on January 09, 2017, 09:44:40 PM
Joshua Tree 30 year tour kicks off in May. Must admit to not having been the hugest fan in my youth - but over the last couple years I have really enjoyed the U2 albums from all decades. I am sure plenty on here have seen them live - good show? Hoping to nab some pre-sale tickets for the show at Levi's Stadium. Mumford and Sons opening for them.

The Joshua Tree Tour was the first U2 concert I went to and have missed only 2 tours since.

The concert was in Murfreesboro TN and the opening act was The Bodeans and a special guest appearance of Naomi Judd with Bono on stage.

I also believe this is their best record next to Rattle and Hum or War. Will enjoy seeing this tour in the summer.

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Post by: 5 Sams on January 14, 2017, 01:08:31 AM
Looking forward to hearing my all time favourite U2 song live for the first time ever...Red Hill Mining Town...this will be enormous...and at HQ as well....only time I'll be there supporting anyone this year I suppose :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\
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Post by: Gmac on January 14, 2017, 01:43:40 AM
Mumford and son are the supporting act in the USA looking forward to May 17 in Levi stadium .
Saw them in 2015 in San Jose and they were excellent
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: 5 Sams on January 14, 2017, 01:50:41 AM
Mumford and son are the supporting act in the USA looking forward to May 17 in Levi stadium .
Saw them in 2015 in San Jose and they were excellent

Noel Gallagher is support in Dublin...lookin forward to that as well...Oasis were shite...him on his own  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: StGallsGAA on January 14, 2017, 02:14:04 AM
Joshua Tree 30 year tour kicks off in May. Must admit to not having been the hugest fan in my youth - but over the last couple years I have really enjoyed the U2 albums from all decades. I am sure plenty on here have seen them live - good show? Hoping to nab some pre-sale tickets for the show at Levi's Stadium. Mumford and Sons opening for them.

The Joshua Tree Tour was the first U2 concert I went to and have missed only 2 tours since.

The concert was in Murfreesboro TN and the opening act was The Bodeans and a special guest appearance of Naomi Judd with Bono on stage.

I also believe this is their best record next to Rattle and Hum or War. Will enjoy seeing this tour in the summer.

Rattle and Hum better than The Joshua Tree?  You have been drinking Harp!
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Post by: Puckoon on January 14, 2017, 04:07:25 AM
Mumford and son are the supporting act in the USA looking forward to May 17 in Levi stadium .
Saw them in 2015 in San Jose and they were excellent

Did you get tickets yet? Mumford and Sons are only supporting the first 3 shows (Vancouver, Seattle, SF) after that it's the Lumineers or one Replublic in the states.

Presale was a disaster. Got tickets, but not the ones I wanted and I can't re-sell them
Or transfer them. Credit card pick up only.
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Post by: gallsman on January 14, 2017, 09:15:28 AM
Rattle and Hum is definitely better than Joshua Tree. It has the creme of the JT and then adds to it, especially Desire, Silver and Gold and that version of Pride.
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Post by: DrinkingHarp on January 14, 2017, 10:07:14 PM
Joshua Tree 30 year tour kicks off in May. Must admit to not having been the hugest fan in my youth - but over the last couple years I have really enjoyed the U2 albums from all decades. I am sure plenty on here have seen them live - good show? Hoping to nab some pre-sale tickets for the show at Levi's Stadium. Mumford and Sons opening for them.

The Joshua Tree Tour was the first U2 concert I went to and have missed only 2 tours since.

The concert was in Murfreesboro TN and the opening act was The Bodeans and a special guest appearance of Naomi Judd with Bono on stage.

I also believe this is their best record next to Rattle and Hum or War. Will enjoy seeing this tour in the summer.

Rattle and Hum better than The Joshua Tree?  You have been drinking Harp!

Yes and No
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Post by: Dougal Maguire on May 13, 2017, 08:25:39 PM
Jaysus fair play to that Bono. He hasn't changed a bit in the 30 years since The Joshua Tree was released. The man hadn't a grey hair in his head.
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Post by: StGallsGAA on May 14, 2017, 11:08:06 AM
Jaysus fair play to that Bono. He hasn't changed a bit in the 30 years since The Joshua Tree was released.The man hadn't a grey hair in his head.

Neither had the Edge!   ;)
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Post by: naka on May 14, 2017, 11:39:15 AM
Watched the Vancouver concert last night on YouTube
It's like a tribute act in concert
Bono of course spouting the usual shite about poverty etc although I have yet to hear him donate his fortune.
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Post by: quit yo jibbajabba on May 14, 2017, 01:32:38 PM
Really hope someone goes to one of the gigs with a S F tshirt on again so he can make a wab of himself again  ;D
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Post by: Dougal Maguire on May 14, 2017, 01:56:10 PM
Watched the Vancouver concert last night on YouTube
It's like a tribute act in concert
Bono of course spouting the usual shite about poverty etc although I have yet to hear him donate his fortune.
Mind you he could give the poor plenty of advice on tax avoidance
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Post by: BennyCake on May 14, 2017, 02:15:29 PM
Jaysus fair play to that Bono. He hasn't changed a bit in the 30 years since The Joshua Tree was released.The man hadn't a grey hair in his head.

Neither had the Edge!   ;)

Actually, The Edge has the edge. He's youngest, so less chance of grey hairs.
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Post by: BennyCake on May 14, 2017, 02:17:21 PM
Watched the Vancouver concert last night on YouTube
It's like a tribute act in concert
Bono of course spouting the usual shite about poverty etc although I have yet to hear him donate his fortune.
Mind you he could give the poor plenty of advice on tax avoidance

That'd be more useful than his Making Poverty History crap.
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Post by: Main Street on May 14, 2017, 02:24:16 PM
Really hope someone goes to one of the gigs with a S F tshirt on again so he can make a wab of himself again  ;D
I wondered what you were on about, somehow I had missed this one. It's hall of infamy stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzRWYRyzX7I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzRWYRyzX7I)
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Post by: BennyCake on May 14, 2017, 02:51:00 PM
Really hope someone goes to one of the gigs with a S F tshirt on again so he can make a wab of himself again  ;D
I wondered what you were on about, somehow I had missed this one. It's hall of infamy stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzRWYRyzX7I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzRWYRyzX7I)

What a tool. He obviously watched too much of Paisley and the Unionist politicans over the years, with their SF/IRA crap.

He'd know a load about the North, coming from his priviledged Dublin Upbringing.
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Post by: quit yo jibbajabba on May 14, 2017, 04:38:49 PM
Really hope someone goes to one of the gigs with a S F tshirt on again so he can make a wab of himself again  ;D
I wondered what you were on about, somehow I had missed this one. It's hall of infamy stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzRWYRyzX7I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzRWYRyzX7I)

Beautiful ;D
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Post by: Puckoon on May 15, 2017, 05:35:49 PM
Opened with A rainy night in Soho in Vancouver this week, last night Eddie Vedder sang with them in Seattle - hoping for a great night in Levis Stadium on Wednesday! Mumford and Sons set list and the U2 set lists so far look awesome.
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Post by: michaelg on May 15, 2017, 06:18:55 PM
Really hope someone goes to one of the gigs with a S F tshirt on again so he can make a wab of himself again  ;D
I wondered what you were on about, somehow I had missed this one. It's hall of infamy stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzRWYRyzX7I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzRWYRyzX7I)

What a tool. He obviously watched too much of Paisley and the Unionist politicans over the years, with their SF/IRA crap.

He'd know a load about the North, coming from his priviledged Dublin Upbringing.

No fan of Paisley, but you cannot deny the, erm, close links - You must have been in a cave during all of the discussion following Martin McGuinesses's recent passing. 

Presumably this video was shot around the time of the Enniskillen bomb, so  fair play to him  for calling the guy out.  Given the guy being challenged was in all likelihood from San Francisco, he'll have known even less about "the North" than old Bono.   
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Post by: BennyCake on May 15, 2017, 06:32:33 PM
Had he been a Sinn Fein supporter, don't necessarily mean he supported the IRA's agenda. Does everyone who votes SF, support the IRA? Of course not.

Anyway, Bonzo is a musician (apparently). He should just sing his songs and then shut the fcuk up.
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Post by: Gmac on May 15, 2017, 08:03:39 PM
Saw somewhere he banned the Donald from attending any shows , ah well maybe il get to see barrack on Wednesday .
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Post by: michaelg on May 15, 2017, 08:05:45 PM
Had he been a Sinn Fein supporter, don't necessarily mean he supported the IRA's agenda. Does everyone who votes SF, support the IRA? Of course not.

Anyway, Bonzo is a musician (apparently). He should just sing his songs and then shut the fcuk up.

Perhaps not now, but I would imagine during the mid 80s when their vote was considerably lower than what it is now, a very significcent number of Sinn Fein voters would have supported the IRA's agenda.  The ballotbox in one hand and armalite in the other was hardly a secret.

Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Eamonnca1 on May 16, 2017, 12:06:15 AM
Can we re-name this thread "Begrudgers R US?"
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Post by: Dougal Maguire on May 16, 2017, 12:23:38 AM
Jaysus fair play to that Bono. He hasn't changed a bit in the 30 years since The Joshua Tree was released.The man hadn't a grey hair in his head.

Neither had the Edge!   ;)

Actually, The Edge has the edge. He's youngest, so less chance of grey hairs.
I think Larry, do you know who I am, Mullan is the youngest
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Post by: Dougal Maguire on May 16, 2017, 12:29:02 AM
Can we re-name this thread "Begrudgers R US?"
What a lad of bollix. The fact is that if Bono simply concentrated on the music, or if he practiced what ge preached as regards poverty etc then everything would be okay. But he doesn't do either of these things so that overshadows everything and that's why I dislike them. I was a huge fan for years, saw them in Newry Town Hall, but I wouldn't go to the back door to see them. The Rolling Stones, on the other hand, just class.

Actually, I lied a bit there. My brother and I wanted to see them in Newry Town Hall but we had no way of getting there.
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Post by: BennyCake on May 16, 2017, 12:30:46 AM
Can we re-name this thread "Begrudgers R US?"

Or how about "Bonzo is a tool"?
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: joemamas on May 16, 2017, 02:15:20 AM
Can we re-name this thread "Begrudgers R US?"
What a lad of bollix. The fact is that if Bono simply concentrated on the music, or if he practiced what ge preached as regards poverty etc then everything would be okay. But he doesn't do either of these things so that overshadows everything and that's why I dislike them. I was a huge fan for years, saw them in Newry Town Hall, but I wouldn't go to the back door to see them. The Rolling Stones, on the other hand, just class.

Actually, I lied a bit there. My brother and I wanted to see them in Newry Town Hall but we had no way of getting there.

Could not agree more.
He is a self righteous bollocks. Was at them about ten or twelve years ago at MSG.
General admission tickets were $133 can clearly remember which I thought was a lot of money .
He spent half the night talking pure shit talking about this that and the other. I swore never again.
If the were playing in the back yard I would go next door.
It was a year or two later news came out about tax situation.
Was even angrier if that was possible.
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Post by: Seany on May 16, 2017, 11:30:56 AM
Still the biggest band in the world.

Bono preaches a little, OK a lot.

But perhaps their campaigns just might have had some impact - Bono was the first person to talk about 3rd World countries needing Justice, not Handouts.  He spearheaded the Millennium Initiaitve to cancel 3rd World Debt. 

Bono's fortune (the vast majority of which he has given away secretly) is not going to solve third world poverty which is his major crusade.  To suggest all world problems could be solved by Bono handing his money over, is ridiculous. 

I also remember the song Walk On at 360 Tour when he got people to walk onto the stage with Aung San Suu Kyi masks.  He used this song to highlight her house arrest.  Shortly after, she was freed.  Up until then no one had a clue who she was.

During the ZooTV tour, he did nightly satellite links with Sarajevo.  After the war, they went and did a broadcast concert there.

He came to Belfast to do a concert to promote the peace process here.

Their music is also excellent and has stood the test of time.

An Irish band, biggest in the world, and making a difference.

...but sure wouldn't it be better if he was like Liam Gallagher; drugged out, can't sing, fighting, foul mouthed, acting the p***k everywhere he goes...
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Post by: AQMP on May 16, 2017, 12:11:54 PM
Still the biggest band in the world.

Bono preaches a little, OK a lot.

But perhaps their campaigns just might have had some impact - Bono was the first person to talk about 3rd World countries needing Justice, not Handouts.  He spearheaded the Millennium Initiaitve to cancel 3rd World Debt. 

Bono's fortune (the vast majority of which he has given away secretly) is not going to solve third world poverty which is his major crusade.  To suggest all world problems could be solved by Bono handing his money over, is ridiculous. 

I also remember the song Walk On at 360 Tour when he got people to walk onto the stage with Aung San Suu Kyi masks.  He used this song to highlight her house arrest.  Shortly after, she was freed.  Up until then no one had a clue who she was.

During the ZooTV tour, he did nightly satellite links with Sarajevo.  After the war, they went and did a broadcast concert there.

He came to Belfast to do a concert to promote the peace process here.

Their music is also excellent and has stood the test of time.

An Irish band, biggest in the world, and making a difference.

...but sure wouldn't it be better if he was like Liam Gallagher; drugged out, can't sing, fighting, foul mouthed, acting the p***k everywhere he goes...

Yeah and that turned out well!!
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Post by: Eamonnca1 on May 16, 2017, 06:08:50 PM
Still the biggest band in the world.

Bono preaches a little, OK a lot.

But perhaps their campaigns just might have had some impact - Bono was the first person to talk about 3rd World countries needing Justice, not Handouts.  He spearheaded the Millennium Initiaitve to cancel 3rd World Debt. 

Bono's fortune (the vast majority of which he has given away secretly) is not going to solve third world poverty which is his major crusade.  To suggest all world problems could be solved by Bono handing his money over, is ridiculous. 

I also remember the song Walk On at 360 Tour when he got people to walk onto the stage with Aung San Suu Kyi masks.  He used this song to highlight her house arrest.  Shortly after, she was freed.  Up until then no one had a clue who she was.

During the ZooTV tour, he did nightly satellite links with Sarajevo.  After the war, they went and did a broadcast concert there.

He came to Belfast to do a concert to promote the peace process here.

Their music is also excellent and has stood the test of time.

An Irish band, biggest in the world, and making a difference.

...but sure wouldn't it be better if he was like Liam Gallagher; drugged out, can't sing, fighting, foul mouthed, acting the p***k everywhere he goes...

Spot on. We probably won't know the full scale of his charity contributions until after he dies, same as happened with Prince.
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Post by: BennyCake on May 16, 2017, 06:20:08 PM
Still the biggest band in the world.

Bono preaches a little, OK a lot.

But perhaps their campaigns just might have had some impact - Bono was the first person to talk about 3rd World countries needing Justice, not Handouts.  He spearheaded the Millennium Initiaitve to cancel 3rd World Debt. 

Bono's fortune (the vast majority of which he has given away secretly) is not going to solve third world poverty which is his major crusade.  To suggest all world problems could be solved by Bono handing his money over, is ridiculous. 

I also remember the song Walk On at 360 Tour when he got people to walk onto the stage with Aung San Suu Kyi masks.  He used this song to highlight her house arrest.  Shortly after, she was freed.  Up until then no one had a clue who she was.

During the ZooTV tour, he did nightly satellite links with Sarajevo.  After the war, they went and did a broadcast concert there.

He came to Belfast to do a concert to promote the peace process here.

Their music is also excellent and has stood the test of time.

An Irish band, biggest in the world, and making a difference.

...but sure wouldn't it be better if he was like Liam Gallagher; drugged out, can't sing, fighting, foul mouthed, acting the p***k everywhere he goes...

The only difference Bonzo has made is to the size of his ego.
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Post by: Dougal Maguire on May 16, 2017, 06:26:10 PM
Still the biggest band in the world.

Bono preaches a little, OK a lot.

But perhaps their campaigns just might have had some impact - Bono was the first person to talk about 3rd World countries needing Justice, not Handouts.  He spearheaded the Millennium Initiaitve to cancel 3rd World Debt. 

Bono's fortune (the vast majority of which he has given away secretly) is not going to solve third world poverty which is his major crusade.  To suggest all world problems could be solved by Bono handing his money over, is ridiculous. 

I also remember the song Walk On at 360 Tour when he got people to walk onto the stage with Aung San Suu Kyi masks.  He used this song to highlight her house arrest.  Shortly after, she was freed.  Up until then no one had a clue who she was.

During the ZooTV tour, he did nightly satellite links with Sarajevo.  After the war, they went and did a broadcast concert there.

He came to Belfast to do a concert to promote the peace process here.

Their music is also excellent and has stood the test of time.

An Irish band, biggest in the world, and making a difference.

...but sure wouldn't it be better if he was like Liam Gallagher; drugged out, can't sing, fighting, foul mouthed, acting the p***k everywhere he goes...
Oasis in their heyday were a class act.  At least you saw what you got. I like some, indeed a lot of U2s music, it's Bono's hypocrisy and lecturing that gets me.
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Puckoon on May 19, 2017, 07:35:46 PM
Great show at Levi's stadium. Mumford and Sons were fantastic as usual. U2 - great entrance, sound was great (have heard a few folks online complaining - but I thought it was super). With or without you was probably their poorest song of the night. Bono seemed to slip on a lyric and it just didn't sound good at all.

Is Larry Mullan Jr just grumpy looking or is he busy counting to 4 all the time?
Title: Re: Time for U2 to shuffle off before the corpse smells?
Post by: Gmac on May 19, 2017, 10:48:55 PM
Great show at Levi's stadium. Mumford and Sons were fantastic as usual. U2 - great entrance, sound was great (have heard a few folks online complaining - but I thought it was super). With or without you was probably their poorest song of the night. Bono seemed to slip on a lyric and it just didn't sound good at all.

Is Larry Mullan Jr just grumpy looking or is he busy counting to 4 all the time?
the show was great the stadium was a disaster traffic in and out beer and food lines 2 miles long