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Joshua Tree Bono 2017 versus Joshua Tree Bono 1987

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I'm curious how 2017 Bono approaches RHMT considering how I feel about his voice. I'm guessing a lot of fans are jazzed to hear that song live. That song comes across as really difficult to sing.

I'm wondering if they might cheat a little and have Edge perform it solo like SBS at PopMart.

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Cool Story - My wife and I went to a show in Chicago for the Vertigo Tour.  We had general admission tickets.  Got there early enough to be 3 people from the center of the "circle".  Needless to say, once the concert got going, it was hot and crazy.  It was not for my wife.  So, she said, "I'm just going to the back of the floor, I'll meet up with you after".  She went to get water and was walking back to the floor and passed the sound section.  One of the sound people said, "Hey, is that for me?" meaning the water, she said sure and threw it to him.  Well, he let her into the sound sections, sat her on a stool and put production headsets on.  She heard the voice feed from Bono's mic,all of the feed back from the production people, etc. etc..  I forget what song they were doing, but she said one point, one of them was yelling....all hyped up....saying,"HE'S ON...HE'S ON....HE IS IN RARE FORM.  LISTEN TO HIM TONIGHT.  HAVEN'T HEARD HIM THIS GOOD SINCE......"  Anyway, since this was about voice and all...she heard the raw voice feed and was amazed....and apparently so was the crew that night.  She left with that experience plus some crew (not for public) Vertigo memorabilia...pins, posters, etc..   

That is a great story. I am a part tim sound engineer and Id probably rather sit where she sat than up front! 

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Cool Story - My wife and I went to a show in Chicago for the Vertigo Tour.  We had general admission tickets.  Got there early enough to be 3 people from the center of the "circle".  Needless to say, once the concert got going, it was hot and crazy.  It was not for my wife.  So, she said, "I'm just going to the back of the floor, I'll meet up with you after".  She went to get water and was walking back to the floor and passed the sound section.  One of the sound people said, "Hey, is that for me?" meaning the water, she said sure and threw it to him.  Well, he let her into the sound sections, sat her on a stool and put production headsets on.  She heard the voice feed from Bono's mic,all of the feed back from the production people, etc. etc..  I forget what song they were doing, but she said one point, one of them was yelling....all hyped up....saying,"HE'S ON...HE'S ON....HE IS IN RARE FORM.  LISTEN TO HIM TONIGHT.  HAVEN'T HEARD HIM THIS GOOD SINCE......"  Anyway, since this was about voice and all...she heard the raw voice feed and was amazed....and apparently so was the crew that night.  She left with that experience plus some crew (not for public) Vertigo memorabilia...pins, posters, etc..   

     Love this story !!!!

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Cool Story - My wife and I went to a show in Chicago for the Vertigo Tour.  We had general admission tickets.  Got there early enough to be 3 people from the center of the "circle".  Needless to say, once the concert got going, it was hot and crazy.  It was not for my wife.  So, she said, "I'm just going to the back of the floor, I'll meet up with you after".  She went to get water and was walking back to the floor and passed the sound section.  One of the sound people said, "Hey, is that for me?" meaning the water, she said sure and threw it to him.  Well, he let her into the sound sections, sat her on a stool and put production headsets on.  She heard the voice feed from Bono's mic,all of the feed back from the production people, etc. etc..  I forget what song they were doing, but she said one point, one of them was yelling....all hyped up....saying,"HE'S ON...HE'S ON....HE IS IN RARE FORM.  LISTEN TO HIM TONIGHT.  HAVEN'T HEARD HIM THIS GOOD SINCE......"  Anyway, since this was about voice and all...she heard the raw voice feed and was amazed....and apparently so was the crew that night.  She left with that experience plus some crew (not for public) Vertigo memorabilia...pins, posters, etc..   

We went to Chicago shows but they won't put the caps on the water so you can't throw them.  I am not trying to pour water on the story, pun, since that is cool but we had water and u could have the bottle but they take cap, or they put it in a cup, more easily spilled.  Anyway, I would like to think that is cool.

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bmillis, I suppose we're all different in what we're looking for in a live show. For me, it's never been about how good or bad Bono's voice is. I've never thought that he has a traditionally great voice. But, what he may lack vocally he makes up for with his immense passion. It's that passion that hooked me when I was a kid and keeps me hooked to this day. So, even when he can't hit a note, or isn't able to perform vocally as he did decades ago, I'm not bothered because the passion, message, and meaning are all still there. You ears are just tuned differently. I wouldn't go, either, if I felt the performance would make me cringe!

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Sorry...I know I'm going to get flamed for this...   Bono can't sing anymore.  His range is gone....especially his lower register.   I'm not trying to be mean spirited but I can't fathom shelling out money to see the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 when I know I'd be getting Bono 2017 versus Bono 1987.  I know, I know....people get old and their voice changes.  However, I'm at the point where I find his voice annoying and I cringe when I hear him sing from their older catalog...i.e. Joshua Tree.  And I'm not cringing because I don't like him...it's more of a feeling of pity.  I know that many think his voice is great...so if you feel that way I hope you got tickets and enjoy the show.  Me...I'm bowing out.  I've seen them over a dozen times and it's time to call it quits.  

 

Anyone else feel the same way?   Again, not trying to start a war...just my opinion.

I'm happy to say I completely disagree with you, bmillis, and I think I'm even being objective (which is hard as I am a diehard fan). I've been a fan of U2 since the early 80's and was there for the original Joshua Tour. I think that Bono's voice may have deepened with age, but lately I've been listening to Songs of Innocence non-stop (it took me a while to get into it, but now that I am, I love it --- as much as J. Tree) and Bono's voice is rich and spot on. We just got back from holidays so on the plane I had Songs of Innocence on and Wow. So . . . no, I don't agree with you. If you're talking about live shows, it probably depends on how he's feeling, how much he's been singing, and whatever else goes on with a singer's voice.

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Cool Story - My wife and I went to a show in Chicago for the Vertigo Tour.  We had general admission tickets.  Got there early enough to be 3 people from the center of the "circle".  Needless to say, once the concert got going, it was hot and crazy.  It was not for my wife.  So, she said, "I'm just going to the back of the floor, I'll meet up with you after".  She went to get water and was walking back to the floor and passed the sound section.  One of the sound people said, "Hey, is that for me?" meaning the water, she said sure and threw it to him.  Well, he let her into the sound sections, sat her on a stool and put production headsets on.  She heard the voice feed from Bono's mic,all of the feed back from the production people, etc. etc..  I forget what song they were doing, but she said one point, one of them was yelling....all hyped up....saying,"HE'S ON...HE'S ON....HE IS IN RARE FORM.  LISTEN TO HIM TONIGHT.  HAVEN'T HEARD HIM THIS GOOD SINCE......"  Anyway, since this was about voice and all...she heard the raw voice feed and was amazed....and apparently so was the crew that night.  She left with that experience plus some crew (not for public) Vertigo memorabilia...pins, posters, etc..   

Love this! Thank you.

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To be honest, when they performed SYCMIOYO at (I think it was) the Grammys in 2005(?) I thought they were finished. I even said I wouldn't pay to see that. Maybe Bono was just having an off day, because I haven't heard him sound like that since.

 

His range isn't what it used to be, but he can still get up.

 

I might be thinking of a different performance, I just watched the Grammys one and it was quite good.

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