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  1. dmway

    U2 dreams

    I looked for a dedicated thread on this topic, but I couldn't find one. (If there is one, and I just missed it, mods, please place this thread in the appropriate place.) I usually don't dream about the members of the band ever, but last night (i.e., Sunday night/Monday morning), I had two in short succession. Thus, I had the inspiration to start this thread (somewhat embarrassingly). Neither dream is incredibly remarkable - I was just amazed I had any in the first place. The first was one where I, for some reason, was having dinner with at least some of the band. If I had to guess, it seemed to be during an off-day on a tour. The funny thing about it is that The Edge seemed to be left holding the bag - that is, he seemed to be the one getting everyone together for this dinner and looked a bit frazzled that he was doing it instead of normal minders of the band for such an occasion. I felt like I was one of two people who was supposed to be following him to the table (with whom I allegedly was, I have no idea). Edge flew through this crowded anteroom and up some stairs - so quickly, I was sure I lost him. But, when I climbed the stairs, I found our guitar hero pretty quickly. BUT, he was off like a shot again! Through a door and down a dark hallway, we finally emerged in a somewhat dark dining room. It wasn't very full yet. The Edge seemed to unwind a bit once we were there. He pointed to a seat for me to sit in (and for whoever I was with), and he sat down on the other side (I guess to be with the other band members, although I didn't see Adam or Larry; Bono's presence was implied - not directly witnessed, but a certain Bono-ness (Bono-itude? Bono-osity?) was hanging in the air). Of course, as with many dreams, it anti-climactically ended there. The next one was more dramatic, but briefer. I was in a back-stage room where the band was (allegedly), and then a very strange thing happened. A very excited woman wearing a JT t-shirt jumped at me and knocked me off my feet! Was she a covert security agent who thought I was a baddie? No - it didn't feel like that. Did she mistake me for someone in the band? That feels closer, but not quite right. Was I getting a bizarre vicarious experience of what it was like sometimes being in U2, as if I were one of the members of the band? THAT'S what it felt like. I'd love to tell you which member if the band I was apparently channeling, but I couldn't be certain. If I had to guess, it would be either Bono or Larry. She was blond, buxom, and screaming - so much so it woke me up. I feel like I have a new respect for the band, now although I do hope none of them have ever had to endure that (but they probably have). I didn't realize that listening to boots from U2 shows before bedtime was so programming to the dream world, but apparently they are...
  2. dmway

    This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I'm wondering if they played TLTTGYA during the JT anniversary shows having already decided that they weren't going to play it on the SOE tour - i.e., they thought so highly of the song, despite not including it in the later tour's setlist, that they wanted to give it public airing in advance of the album's release. That's my best guess...
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    The World Cup Thread

    Agreed. England should have hosted the WC this year and the USA should have had it in 2022. Since we now have it (along with Canada and Mexico - a great idea, IMHO) in 2026, you certainly should have it for 2030 - it would be beyond farcical were it to be otherwise. And, yes, the vast human toll just for the construction of stadia that will be used for just a few weeks is almost too tragic for words. I hope Blatter never has a comfortable night's sleep again...
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    The World Cup Thread

    P.S. Good luck to France tomorrow! I hope you win because you have certainly been the best team since the start of the tournament.
  5. ...and a bit more, now that I have finally heard it all. One of the sites that rates shows has said that the recording of this show is one of the best ever, and I have to concur. The band and audience were fully on for MSG 3, and the recording captures that. It is lovely to have a permanent reminder of such a wonderful concert. A great show is coming your way soon, Europe!
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    The World Cup Thread

    Yes, congratulations to Belgium! Without the super-heroics of Lloris in the semi-final, IMHO, Belgium would have won the WC this year. I also have to agree with our site Padawan - England is in a great position going forward. If I am remembering correctly, England is the current U-20 and U-17 champions right now too. So, combine that with the fact that this is the best finish from England in 28 years, and this particular team is quite young itself, I'd be placing a lot of money on the Three Lions in Euro 2020 (and 2024) and the next WC in 2022 in Qatar (unfortunately - proof positive that FIFA under Sepp Blatter was nothing more than a bribery syndicate ).
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    This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Since @Canadanne has a MacPhisto website, I hope she knows about this!
  8. What music do you listen to when you need to perk up your spirits (besides U2 - I regard that as a given since we are all here )? From U2's contemporaries, I would have to say that I gravitate to Simple Minds, R.E.M., New Order, and INXS. Their songs are almost relentlessly positive, and I like their album tracks as much as (and often more than) their singles. I also have to mention The Cure - their songs aren't always positive, but they always satisfy when needed. From older bands (60s/70s), there are several: The Beatles are always a source of comfort - there's always a feeling of "everything-is-or-soon will-be-ok" when I hear their songs; Pink Floyd (their work from 1968 to 1975, that is), if (for whatever reason) I don't mind lingering in a less-than-perfect mood and I need sounds which are relaxing to accompany it (it amused me in an interview that Bono said that U2 had an occasional "Pink Floyd side" to some of their songs/albums - I have thought the same thing about their mellower songs/albums); and Led Zeppelin and Genesis (1970 to 1983, mostly), if I need something more energetic. From the 90s/new millennium, there are fewer. If I need a cathartic release, I'll pull out NIN, but the release only happens after I finish listening. The is also a band who opened for U2 on some dates on U2360 from NYC called Interpol - they have the same effect as Pink Floyd for me, but their sound is more like Joy Division. I also want to say someone like Coldplay, but I think I would be lying... (If you divined that I'm not overly fond of new music in the new millennium, you would be correct.) So, who are your go-to bands for an emotional lift?
  9. (I looked for such a thread, but I couldn't find one - if I accidentally made a duplicate, please feel free to combine with the pre-existing one.) Depeche Mode, Sun. June 3, Philadelphia 😎
  10. ...and thanks to the humble suggestions from kind and friendly folk, I have been able to track down this show for my listening pleasure! The comment about The Edge's guitar sound during "Cedarwood Road" that was made by a woman standing near me (and also made in my own mind at the same time) still holds true - even on the recording his sound is awesome! I'm still on the first half of the show, but so far this listening delight is filling the void I have felt since the day after Uncasville (July 4, to be exact). More later...
  11. I'm of two minds about this idea too. When I first heard it suggested, I thought, "Well, perhaps, but probably not - they've already done a walk-down-memory-lane tour with JT." Then, I thought about it more, and it seemed a little less outlandish. IF there is a long break coming up, and IF they wanted to ease back into touring again coming off of the break, this would be an ideal way to do it. You wouldn't need a new album, you would be playing AB in its entirety in order which was never done in the past (like JT), you could still play lots of other songs in addition, there would be demand for such a project among general concert fans, not just U2 devotees like ourselves - it would be a useful way to get back into action again. Do a new album after it's over (or have one pretty much done in advance, like SOE was essentially finished before the JT anniversary). But, ultimately, who the hell knows? I'm sure the band has no idea right now either.
  12. dmway

    The World Cup Thread

    No love for New Order?
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    What's the word on a DVD for JT17?

    Yes, I loved those VHS tapes too - wore them all out! Sony always makes good stuff - that's why my 5.1 system is Sony. (It's also why I'm aching for everything in BluRay too - odds of surround sound are increased with BluRay (yes, there is 5.1 for DVD as well, but for BluRay it is more likely and sounds a bit better).) I'm hoping for a double serving this Xmas - but I'd be happy for just JT if they wanted to release things more progressively.
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    This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    That is indeed a weird lyric. It almost looks like an intentional inversion of "hot as a can of mace in a handbag" except why would such a can be described as "hot"? I just looked at the "official" lyrics here on the site, and they give that line as "hot as a handbag and a can of mace" - that's a little better, but still a bit strange. https://www.u2.com/lyrics/92
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    What concert are you seeing next?

    Interpol is very NYC and thrives on being menacing - well said! That's why I love them so much. There was a nice write-up over here on the Cure show you saw - complete with clips. I hope they are touring over here soon. I had just come back from England two years ago, just as they were wrapping up their North American shows in 2016. I haven't seen them since the Curiosa festival back in 2004 and I'm ready to see them again! https://ca.news.yahoo.com/just-like-heaven-cure-celebrates-40-years-perfectly-curated-london-anniversary-concert-034233839.html
  16. I love this movie and Bono's appearance in it!
  17. dmway

    This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    The “happened a boy” bit I think is pretty straightforward - “happened to a boy” wouldn’t have fit the rhythm of the song, so he just left out “to”. I think he has done this before, i.e., left out a word so as not to affect the flow of the lyrics with the music. I also have a definite opinion on the second too. However, I wouldn’t feel right posting it on this thread yet. You, IMHO, are barking up the right tree with what you wrote.
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    This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    When I was living in England, I did get to appreciate his music a bit. I liked him better solo than with Take That too. However, I do wish he would not jeopardize Mr. Page's house. I know The Edge, his buddy from "It Might Get Loud", wouldn't like it either. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/08/stairway-to-heaven-jimmy-page-castle-is-his-home-led-zeppelin
  19. Yes - MSG 3 is only fractionally ahead in my mind. Newark was stellar.
  20. dmway

    What's the word on a DVD for JT17?

    Well, I'm with you in the preferring-the-physical-item category. You know, I'm of two minds (at least) about DVD/BluRay releases for JT 2017 and for e&i 2018. They could very easily release JT this holiday season; there really wouldn't be any reason to wait. Also, DC was just recently recorded (ostensibly for release) - so were the Apollo Theater show and the Newark show in 360 degrees. These are already in the can. They aren't on the road again until the end of next month. Thus, it is not inconceivable that one or more of these could be out this Xmas season - as I already said, if they are planning a release for the JT anniversary tour, I would think that would definitely come out this year. It's whether or not the e&i tour makes it out this year too - the European tour would be over by the time they would be releasing e&i to the market (if they have a view to releasing it this year). I even wonder if they would do some kind of deluxe live set that would include both, whether for Xmas this year or by next summer. I also wonder if they are planning to upgrade the pre-U2360 shows to BluRay anytime soon - that would be a great set.
  21. ...and a P.S. to celebrate a week's passing since I saw one of the best U2 shows I have ever seen - in fact, the last two I saw were among their very best ever, IMHO. I am so grateful that the band (and their team behind the scenes) designed and executed such an amazing tour. It is only a few days after the Mohegan Sun finale, and I already miss seeing/hearing this concert. As I already said in a previous post, I hope they set a record for how quickly they can bring a DVD/BluRay to market for this tour; I'll be pre-ordering the deluxe version (whatever it turns out to be) immediately. Thank you, U2, for everything - please come back as soon as you can.
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    This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    He was too busy making sure Sessions was separating parents and children at the border and putting the kids in cages. More seriously, though, he has quite a bit dividing what little attention span he has. He also didn't say anything last summer when the criticism of him was much more pointed via that movie clip they found - that still makes me laugh! It's from a real movie too: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trackdown-trump-character-wall/ Back on topic: SOE is the brightest gem of 2017 and 2018.
  23. I concur - "Streets" is unique and "Blinding Lights" is as close as they have (or anyone else for that matter) to it.
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    What concert are you seeing next?

    HAVE FUN, and tell Robert Smith to come over here for the autumn! (I'm catching Interpol in a small club in Philly next month.) My next show is Beck at MSG, NYC on the 19th - I can't wait!
  25. Oh, those who do it are only trying to be useful. There may be some in certain cities who may get too full of themselves. The ones who really know what they're doing always liase well with the arena/stadium staff - when it works, it's an efficient, symbiotic process. The lines I was in in Philly, Newark, and NYC were perfect - both those working the line and the venue staff themselves. Sometimes it's the venue staff that are the problem - just ask GA veterans of last year's and this year's shows in Boston. That one guy in DC above is the only one I have heard negative things about. My $0.02, FWIW...