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  1. U2 2020/2021...The REAL I/E Tour=Boy+Achtung Baby???

    I would love a trend of the band touring almost every year. Of course, as my husband is quick to point out, my defense in upending our family's summer plans so that I can get to 3-6 U2 shows with "But this is a once-in-5-years opportunity!" ring a little hollow now that I have claimed that for 3 of the pat 4 summers! LOL.
  2. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.
  3. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/bono-u2-state-of-the-world-what-he-learned-from-almost-dying-w514442 This was a really great read!! It's so long I need to go back and read it again. But two things came up that I found really interesting - Bono's explanation of where Summer of Love came from, the song that OneRepublic had advertised a while back as their next single. His explanation isn't exactly coherent. But it's there and explains the connection. The other thing that I appreciated reading were his thoughts on why he cares so much about getting U2's music out into the world and onto the radio. I know we have discussed that question a lot here in various forums.
  4. That's too bad. I didn't like it when I first read the line, but then when I read the next line about there being no place for male rage, and that's what much of rock has been, I understood what he was saying and it made sense.
  5. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Yes, I was going to volunteer the same! And I think, having watched some of the songs from the BBC, that they need to bring along an orchestra, too. Can you imagine??
  6. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I wonder if they have more "Passengers" albums in them. Pure experimental stuff...I remember Adam saying something in an interview once about maybe one day just making music for themselves and the fans, not aiming for relevance and radio play. Anyway, I'm still pleasantly surprised at how much I love SOE. I wasn't expecting to, so I'm so glad I love it. I totally understand yours and others' critiques of it, they make sense. Luckily I just love the music, the sound, the lyrics, on this album so the critiques don't get in the way for me! I can't wait to see the shows live.
  7. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Sorry I mischaracterized your feelings on SOE! And yes! I keep thinking "This is a Roy Orbison kind of song!" when I hear The Showman. I think I just love the musicality of SOE more than SOI. I love every single song. On SOI there are plenty I just don't connect with, don't enjoy listening to (Cedarwood Road, Raised by Wolves, Iris, Song for Someone) - but wow they all popped when performed live, that's for sure! (Except Song for Someone. I just don't like it. There are a few U2 songs out there I just don't like. I can't imagine anyone liking all 200+ of their songs! I really like 13 There is a Light, though!) I do love Miracle of Joey Ramone, This is Where You can Find Me, and like you, The Troubles and Sleep Like a Baby. And the piano/live version of Every Breaking Wave is a masterpiece to me. Funny how the album version just doesn't do much for me. And I guess I really am connecting with Bono's personal, direct lyrics on SOE. I'm like you, I love everything they do! And some things I love more and some things I love less. (OK. Except for Get on Their Boots. LOL. I just wish they had never made it and I cringe when I hear it!) I wonder if the effect of Achtung Baby had a lot to do with them being in their 20s and most of us fans also being in our 20s or teens at that time. (I was 17.) I wonder if that had so much with the hitting -you-over-the-head effect. Who knows....I love the U2 ride and I'm so grateful that this deep into their career they are reaching deep and making meaningful, well crafted music like this!
  8. My poem about the new album SOE

    Thanks for sharing the poem! I love it!
  9. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Interesting you don't love this album yet, UnforgettableU2...since from what I've read you post so far you are so in tune with U2's spiritual side. I am also looking for their NEW SOUND like the hammer over the head that AB was, oh so many years ago...and while I don't feel like SOE overall has that new sounds, I was delighted and surprised by the sounds of Love is All We Have Left (yes it's straight out of Passengers but new for U2 as themselves), Summer of Love (though apparently it was a gift from OneRepublic?), and The Showman (I have never heard this sound from them). But overall it packs such a heartfelt, heartwrenching, searching, soul punch for me, between the new and old sounds, and with the lyrics. I feel like, sound-wise, the songs do not have that "synergized whole" as you mention; they do sound like they were recorded in bits and pieces in many different places with different producers, but somehow for me the lyrics tie them all together, as do the bookends of the first and last songs. I really didn't love SOI, so I was so happy to love SOE. I really enjoy reading all the reactions on this thread to the album, with all the varying impressions.
  10. Achtung Baby: why?

    Gorgeous take on Achtung Baby, all of your words ring true!! I was 16, 17 at that time, too, and had the same first reaction - surprise, maybe a little horror....and then....it all started to sink in...and it became my all time favorite U2 album. My first U2 show was Zoo tour in arenas in Massachusetts. Blew me away. I viscerally remember sitting on the beach on the Jersey Shore on vacation, reading U2 at the End of the World cover to cover over a couple of days. Fantastic book.
  11. Is 14 the last

    I doubt it and certainly hope not. As the guys are quick to point out, this is the only job they've ever had! Bono had talked for a while of a trilogy, that would finish with Songs of Ascent. Hopefully that will come down to us in a few years. All that said....and I truly want them to keep making albums forever....if this were their last, what a beautiful and poignant work of art to go out with....
  12. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Thanks! Like I said, the entire essay was so obnoxious it was hilarious. I was such a 13-year-old snob, but I stand by my 30 year devotion to U2!
  13. Love this! Can't make it from the US but love it!
  14. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Unforgettableu2 -- What's funny is that I apparently knew this was not common at age 12 and 13, to be so into U2, as I recently was cleaning out some bins of stuff and found not one, but TWO essays that I had handed in to be graded in 7th and 8th grade, all about my devotion to the band. So obnoxious...I wrote something like "while other pre-teens like myself are into Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, I prefer the deeper sounds of U2." LOL! Anyway, I fell in love with With or Without You on the radio, got the record, watched them on TV collect all their Grammys, and I was hooked. There may have been a pre-teen crush on Larry Mullen. I just listened to Joshua Tree over and over nonstop and, like you, felt like these musicians were playing and singing the unarticulated parts of my soul. Got a tape of Under a Blood Red Sky and just could not believe my ears when I heard Sunday Bloody Sunday. Never had I heard anything like it. It's still my #1 favorite U2 song, 30 years later. A great memory is me and the boy next door, both of us in 7th grade, almost getting into a fist fight about whether the live or studio version of SBS was superior. Then I got October and it was all over. Tomorrow, October, I would listen to over and over. I do feel like U2 reach into the threads of radiance that are all around us at all times, and hand that connection/experience to us in the form of a musical gift. It was that feeling that pulled me in then....I had no idea that many years later I would earn a masters of divinity...but yes I'd say that even as a pre-teen I was drawn in by their spiritual side as much as the music....and it hasn't changed! I know what you mean about it feeling like a calling. I like some other bands, I mean I enjoy them, but my relationship to U2 is just on a whole other plane and I can't imagine feeling that way about any other band. And experiencing them live, oh my goodness.....
  15. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Same here. I think you described it well. I always feel like my face *must* be shining like Moses when he came down from Mt. Sinai, after U2 shows! It's always a little rough coming back down to Ordinary Time after being in U2 Time for several few days.
  16. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Yes to all! I was just a few years behind you, "waking up" to U2 at age 12 with Joshua Tree in 1987...and I have never gone back....yes, Bono's intense spiritual journey is one of the things that speaks to me so much in their music, and in his work.
  17. I have wondered the same thing. Many of the songs on SOE are what I imagined to be be what Songs of Ascent would sound like. I would love to hear Songs of Ascent next. But for now I am so happy with SOE.
  18. Dedication to my fellow U2 fan

    Thank you for posting and sharing. Thinking of your friend.
  19. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Yes!! Moment of Surrender is one of their absolute masterpieces for me. I keep thinking of it when I listen to The Little Things. (Every song on Little Things has another U2 companion song for me, sometimes two, that I feel like it's in conversation with, either musically or lyrically.. These two are musical companions for me, if not lyrically, but they share the same spiritual aching.)
  20. Thanks for writing this out. It gives me a different (and less cynical) perspective on the high ticket prices.
  21. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I am falling more and more in love with it every listen. And that's a lot of listens so far.
  22. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I know, it's frustrating. I haven't gotten any CDs yet (and I bought a number of tickets), and the download I was able to get from Ticketmaster/U2.com was in a format that I could only get onto my desktop and couldn't get into iTunes or onto my phone which is how I listen....so....I just paid the money to get it off iTunes. Yes the delivery is an issue but once I had the album in hand it all melted away, because it's SO good. I just can't let the delivery problems sour it.
  23. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    That is one thing, one of the many things, I love about this album. I agree, it is very intentional in its sequence, and putting Little Things, directly after The Showman is completely brilliant. "The showman gives you front row to his heartThe showman prays his heartache will chartMaking a spectacle of falling apartIs just the start of the show oh"