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Old 4th June 2003, 01:50 AM   #11
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This is one of those bands I Just Donīt Get. Like Bruce Springstten. Certainly competent enough, but Iīm missing whatīs special about them (other than their PR, which is a product of true genius).

I think there was a great change in popular music in the mid-to-late sixties and U2 carried on the flame, at least when they started out.

If they were born ten years earlier, U2 would have been at Woodstock.

In an era when rock was dominated by bands in costumes and elaborate stage shows, synthesizers and computer generated beats, U2 appeared in jeans and T shirts. They sang meaningful lyrics about the situation they were in. Their style was the traditional lead guitar, bass, keyboard, drums.

While the American and English bands of the sixties were a result of civil rights movement and Vietnam, U2 grew out of the Irish situation. The parallels are enormous between early U2 and the Jefferson Airplane, Doors, etc of a decade or so earlier.
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Old 4th June 2003, 01:51 AM   #12
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Default Success Gone To Their Heads....

I have worked one of their shows (Pop-Mart tour) and have the local crew shirt to prove it.
The staging was impressive (mega tv screen), the sound was impressive, but I can take or leave their music - they always sound out of tune to me.
For really good rock, go and see an AC/DC show.
I have a good friend who used to work in a pub that they used to frequent - she says they were arrogant prima-donnas.

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Old 4th June 2003, 08:19 PM   #13
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What do you think of U2? They are or are one of my favorite band(s). They have produced music that I believe has changed my life. Not only is it lyrics, but the sound. The Edge is the master of digital guitar work, in my opinion. Bono is one of the greatest vocalists of all time, also in my opinion. Thanks to them some of my favorite producers are Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite, and Daniel Lanois. Their music is simply beautiful.
Hello Confusitron,

Though I can say I do like U2, in fact that what is today known as U2 is more product of the Eno and Lanois ideas, works and influence than U2 itself. Before their cooperation U2 was just one ordinary rock band. Their music almost completely changed with the Unforgettable Fire.

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Old 5th June 2003, 12:07 AM   #14
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But many older fans will tell you that this was infact their downfall. I listened to them on an old BBC Live recording the otherday. Perhaps it is because I remember it more from my now fading youth but I find that I enjoy those early albums much more. Part of it is for sure my dislike for complicated production of music.

I remember being greatly impressed with them when I did work that tour oh 20 years ago - they carried much more sound than light. It was basically two trusses of par cans without gels. They carried 24 subbass bins with many racks of Crown amps.

If you see one of thier tours today, I pity the local crew who had to hump all that stuff. I believe they have missplaced the prioritys.
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If you see one of thier tours today, I pity the local crew who had to hump all that stuff. I believe they have missplaced the prioritys.
Yeah, about 20 full length enclosed semi-trailers the last U2 tour I worked.

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Old 27th June 2003, 01:46 PM   #16
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Thanks for your thoughts! I personally like all of their music, not just the old stuff. Continue on if you please.
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Old 25th July 2003, 10:18 PM   #17
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Personally, U2 bores me to death.....probably with some exception, most of their songs have the same backbeat, guitar sound.....I dont think they are very good at playing their instruments..and so it shows as a limit to what they can compose.

Just my humble opinion...
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Old 25th July 2003, 10:52 PM   #18
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U2 is one of the few bands living music. When i grew up i liked more
the dark side of the independent scene back then. Nonetheless they created
another kind. U2 is unique and genious in their very own way, something that
would really left a nothing if never existed.
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Personally I dont like rock music (U2, Depeche Mode etc) but I saw how U2 performs Live - I apreciate how professionaly they work and perform.
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Personally I dont like rock music (U2, Depeche Mode etc) but I saw how U2 performs Live - I apreciate how professionaly they work and perform.
The most professional band I have seen live was YES, and they play their instruments arguably better than anyone,,,lyrics are a little obtuse, but the music and energy is always an emotional experience.
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