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  2. GOOYOW is awful. am I missing something?

    Oh boy, you dont want to get me started. In an attempt at restraint... *breathes..* U2 wanted to go pop. So they, ahem..., invited a pop producer to the U2 camp who I dont think should have been given such a large role but they think he’s a perfect and flawless unicorn who can do no wrong so hey he’s now been handed the keys to the kingdom and a seat at the table of U2. Im still making peace with that... *breathes...meditates...* Moving on, Much of the poppy stuff is coming from his influence. This song is no different. That said, I enjoy the song. Not love but enjoy. Beautiful Day for me wins hands down as a really great song, timeless, & I do hear its influence but I dont mind. I liked the nods on the album to previous songs. The one I didnt get personally was You're the best thing... but loved the video & that Bono wrote it for Ali. Always cute. This song I can see how one not too in to pop might not like it. My taste musically is broad so I usually enjoy U2s musical adventures they take us on with a few exceptions. I think pop is super in & has been for a while so perhaps thats why many love this track. I think they are choosing the pop songs as singles because pop is what is popular. Also, Bono & Edge live in the US much of the time so I think the US politics are from that. Its basically a mess right now & as a US citizen having to live thru the mess feeling helpless I can appreciate the political stuff, its a nice gesture that I am appreciating. Just do what I do, create playlists with the stuff you love to here & put away the rest.
  3. Rattle & Hum 30th Anniversary

    i'd lose my lid if I heard Heartland.......
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  5. eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour Heading To Europe

    Managed to get tickets for Manchester so I don’t need my retailer presale code anymore, I was going to give it to a friend, however someone on twitter suggested doing this would mean they’d cancel the tickets I’ve already purchased and render the code unusable...is there any truth to this does anybody know??
  6. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42 198 Night reading
  7. Yesterday
  8. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    The video for 'get out of your own way' is awful. Like cartoon cut outs - no live features of the band. What happened the roof top leaks in Mexico City where it felt like a video was being made, with excitement. Not impressed at all - and feck the US president - we all know he's a dick!
  9. GOOYOW is awful. am I missing something?

    Must admit - the video is fooking awful. Not impressed with that.
  10. Why no Scottish dates once more

    Unfortunately those are the 2015 dates from the Innocence tour
  11. I believe this year marks the 30th Anniversary of Rattle and Hum. Is it worth a re-mastered release? If so what other additional material could be included? Lastly, could songs (including some of the rarer tracks) be aired in the E&I tour?
  12. Disgraceful Europe to UK Delivery Charges.

    Got a ticket for a band in Frankfurt last October through even time and postage to Ireland cost more than the gig ticket,no print optionb or box office collection.
  13. u2 song of the day

  14. GOOYOW is awful. am I missing something?

    You're missing a tour - and some lettuce!
  15. GOOYOW is awful. am I missing something?

    Love your passion. Personally I think Get Out Of Your Own Way is a fantastic track. I also think its segway into America Soul is superb - and whilst you don't like that tune either because of it's angst against America or whatever - I just love American Soul because of it's groove.. I don't really listen to the lyric that much, just the thump of the groove. We all see and hear different stuff in a sound and track. Good luck BB, You guys deserve some gigs - hopefully soon within the next 10-18 months.
  16. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42, 197 - We had snow too, but only a little bit. As long as there's no ice... I don't like it when it gets icy.
  17. U2 Don't Promote their Best Songs?

    I completely agree on the NLotH singles. I tend to change the order of songs on most of their albums as well. Magnificent should've been the first single. I can hear DJs having to say, "U2 is back and their new single is Magnificent..." How'd they miss that opportunity??? In the case of their new album, Your The Best Thing About Me was a great choice for first single. After that, it's the question of a great song vs. a great single. Not every song can be both. Personally, I'd go for Lights of Home, Red Flag Day, and Summer of Love. The Blackout could've been a single, too. Summer of Love is a bit understated when you think of what's on radio. Then again, consider what With Or Without You must've seemed like in the context of spring 1987! That was a game changer. I know a few Lady Gaga fans who love the fact that she is singing on Summer of Love. It could be a dark single. Some pop needs to go there though.
  18. Why no Scottish dates once more

    No Manchester either.
  19. A clear PEBCAT problem.
  20. 2nd night rumours

    I have no idea, but one thing’s for sure: I would disregard 09/21, since there’s another show at the same venue by another artist on the 22nd, and U2’s load out and the other artist’s load in would make it less than probable. Per my calculations, I’d say 09/19, but it’s just me looking at the itinerary and the calendar.
  21. 2nd night rumours

    One thing is sure there will surely be a 2nd date. If it is Sep19 why would they not put the onsale first. I don't remember I2 evere adding an extra show before the date of the first show.?
  22. Why no Scottish dates once more

    Looks like a mockup. I can't make out Amsterdam, Oct 7th. It seems to be taken by.... Barcelona? But an ingenious approach!
  23. I haven't got any sort of response back from that message I sent in on Thursday....
  24. I sent a message to the shop asking if there was anything they would do to make up for the membership item mishap and of course nobody has answered me :rolleyes:

  25. SCOTTISH FANS ARE IGNORED AGAIN

    Yeah, I don't think it lasted 30 years.
  26. The Action Thread Part Two

    403 GIRLS AND WOMEN Over 19,000 people know #GirlsCount. You need to join them. October 19 2017 | By: SAMANTHA URBAN GIRLS COUNT Every girl counts. 130 million girls don’t have access to an education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one. JOIN THE COUNT 130 million girls didn’t go to school today. Not because they didn’t want to, but because they weren’t given the chance. They are denied an education for a variety of reasons, from cultural norms and costs, to violence and extremism. The result is that these 130 million girls don’t have a fair chance to live a decent and productive life, and the entire world misses out by not benefitting from their potential. This is a global crisis—we need to sound the alarm to our elected officials. It’s up to us to push them to mobilize resources and support key policy reforms that get these girls in school. 130 million is a big number. But this isn’t about numbers: It’s about real girls with hopes and dreams being denied the fair chance of a future. So we want to make the world pay attention to these girls by counting them. One by one. Out loud. All the way to 130 million. One number for every girl denied an education. We’re asking you to join us in creating something that can’t be ignored. It will take as little as five minutes of your time and it really does make a difference. People of all countries, faiths, races, genders, and political ideologies are welcome. Everyone will take the same action: Claim a number and film yourself counting it out loud for our elected officials to hear and see. More than 19,000 people have already joined the count. Add your voice and show your elected officials that we care about making girls’ education a priority.
  27. Why no Scottish dates once more

    I’ve zoomed in on the official tour t shirt with your dates on the rear squint your eyes......Glasgow! looks like nov 6&7th
  28. The Action Thread Part Two

    459 EDUCATION This brilliant NGO is helping mums fight poverty in Sierra Leone 9 August 2017 12:36PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin By Imogen Calderwood, Street Child For many families in Sierra Leone, education is out of reach for one reason: poverty. Thousands of children are kept out of school simply because their parents don’t earn enough money, so instead of going to school, these young children have to generate income – often in dangerous work environments out on the streets. This tragic pattern, unless broken, has the potential to repeat itself endlessly and trap families in poverty for generations. But with a small helping hand, UK NGO Street Child has proven how mothers can be given the power to build a sustainable source of income for themselves so that they can send their children to school, long term. Aminata’s Story Aminata, from Makeni in Sierra Leone, is just one of these mums. Street Child’s social workers work on the streets of Sierra Leone, on which some 50,000 children depend for survival. They work with the families of poor or street-connected children to give them the tailored package of support they need to help empower them so they can lift themselves out of extreme poverty and afford the costs of educating their children in the long term. Many mothers choose to set up food stalls so they can feed their children a nutritious meal as well as making money to send them to school. Others set up small shops to sell everyday items to their local communities. Emma’s Story Emma and her son John are another family in Makeni who have been supported by the scheme. In 2015, Emma was struggling to support herself and her young son. Relying on the generosity of her neighbours and selling palm wine where possible, she was barely earning enough money to survive. She was unable to send John to school, and instead he was forced to work on the street helping her sell palm wine. Emma and John with their new stall. Emma received a business grant that allowed her to start her own market stall outside her house. Today, she sells rice, oil, onions, seasonings, tomatoes, soap and more. Now Emma can afford to send John to school and she has big plans for expanding her business to keep their lives moving forward. What is so effective about this business scheme, is that it doesn’t make the families dependent on outside help. It sets them up with a sustainable income for years to come and new hope for the future. A young student, Lucy, at her school in Kenema District in Sierra Leone’s Eastern Province. Street Child’s family business officers provide mothers like Aminata and Emma with business training, planning, grants, loans and savings schemes. Officers work with families to develop and implement a business plan that works for them, and to entrench a pattern of saving to meet future educational expenses. The idea of the scheme is to look to the future. A sustainability review carried out by Street Child found that 84% of businesses were still operating successfully two years after the initial business grant was given out. Furthermore, 91% of children enrolled in school were still attending. To find out more about Street Child’s work in Sierra Leone – as well as Liberia, Nigeria and Nepal – visit street-child.co.uk.
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