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So... This Joshua Tree Tour Thing...

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I'm of course excited for U2 to be doing something this year but I'm rather bummed by what it is they intend to do, even if it's the Joshua Tree. While I completely get it from a commercial standpoint (JT was HUGE) I was really hoping for some kind of POP retrospective - maybe actually "finishing" the album. I feel like the sounds and the imagery actually fit better today than it did back in 1997. It bums me out that when U2 gets backward looking (which they claim they never do) they seem to gloss over everything from 1993-1997. That was my favorite period! And they already did something with the Joshua Tree.

 

On top of that, how is this going to coincide with the release/promotion of SOE? Are they not doing a tour in support of that? I'm really confused.

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^^ Rolling Stone 

they've already said that SOE isn't coming out till fall (winter?) 2017, which likely means 2018 and SOE tour 2018- this transitions from SOI to SOE.  JT was arguably the last of innocence went they chopped it down to experience.   Also wouldn't be surprised if LiveNation said they needed to fulfill touring requirement and this does that as well. 

What 2016 taught me is that if you have a chance to see your favorite band (artist) play/perform- do it!  They (and us) aren't getting any younger.  
 

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Valid points. Just kind of a bummer is all.

 

Also I was really thinking SOE was coming this spring.

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I'm annoyed that Pop seems to be getting snubbed. Granted the album isn't quite as ground breaking as TJT was back in the '80s, but far more so than the albums that followed it.

 

We're so embarrassed about Pop here's Beautiful Day for the billionth time!

 

I consider 1987-1997 to be their golden era, so both albums fit into that window. There's great stuff either side of it, but that's their most solid work imo.

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Indeed and agree. All I've read shows that's this seems to be a "brilliant" idea for concert requirements and livenation. Some of you may remember the Days of "evil Ticketmaster" and this smells the same.

 

U2 / apple / livenation / some new platform and that is being tied to SOI it all mends together to mean more revenue for livenation in the days of artists not making as much. U2 is a cash cow.

 

POP isn't an Interest generator to the "casual" fan and added In with zooropa most would be like WTH. A smallish venue gig to celebrate those two albums would only satisfy a very small group of hardcore fans, myself included.

 

So alas, we are stuck dreaming of the impossible, but hey at least we are dreaming out loud.

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Hope we get a bit of Silver and Gold, Sweetest Thing & Spanish Eyes etc thrown in. Like if they just do JT, IT'LL BE A FAIRLY SHORT GIG!  ;)

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Indeed and agree. All I've read shows that's this seems to be a "brilliant" idea for concert requirements and livenation. Some of you may remember the Days of "evil Ticketmaster" and this smells the same.

 

U2 / apple / livenation / some new platform and that is being tied to SOI it all mends together to mean more revenue for livenation in the days of artists not making as much. U2 is a cash cow.

 

POP isn't an Interest generator to the "casual" fan and added In with zooropa most would be like WTH. A smallish venue gig to celebrate those two albums would only satisfy a very small group of hardcore fans, myself included.

 

So alas, we are stuck dreaming of the impossible, but hey at least we are dreaming out loud.

I do totally agree with this from the business standpoint. As in, looking at it from a money-making business sense a JT tour would certainly make more money than, say, a POP tour. But, I'm not arguing for THAT. I guess I'm just disappointed that instead of a remaster and reissue of POP we're getting a second JT tour, and a third (fourth if you count the best of) retrospective of the JT era. Why not chuck a POP reissue out to fans? They did it with October!

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Whilst I am happy to see the band on tour again, I feel it is not right to tour the Joshua Tree. The band has made promise after promise regarding SOE and now it is likely they'll have a creative streak in 2017 and postpone SOE until 2018 or beyond.  It is better to under promise and over deliver - U2 please take note.

They need to complete SOE fully and then consider touring with the Joshua Tree. 

 

Whilst being in the UK is great, I feel for fans in Australia, South America,  South Africa, NZ and the far east. We can get selfish in Europe and the USA. I'd be happy for them to tour there first - even with the Joshua Tree to give our brothers and sisters there a chance to see the band.

 

I appreciate the changing Political climate and relevance of the Joshua Tree. In my mind that album is firmly set in the late 80s - I listen to it to remind me of that era. If the songs have relevance again, then pull them into the SOE shows - don't re-invent something you have done perfectly. 

 

Having said all this, I will be eagerly using my presales code like everyone else!

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