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3 hours ago, U2LAWoman said:

Sounds like a good opener. It's always so strange hearing a song for the first time, it takes a few listens to feel the song and I have to read the lyrics to get the feel.

So sorry you are unable to make the Detroit show. Happy Birthday and praying for Houston and Texas.

So weird but I always listen to a U2 song three times then pass judgement...by then it is part of the catalog in me brain

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3 hours ago, toyoracer said:

Woo, this is like an early birthday present for me since my birthday is tomorrow! I love this song. It invokes feelings of 'Achtung Baby'. Now...when is the tour?

 

I wonder will they play "The Blackout" in the leg opener in Detroit? I was going to go, but can no longer, since I can't leave from Houston (pray for us here), so I won't know. I will see what social media says after the show.

Oh no! Prayers! I may have no one to go to Minneapolis or Indianapolis or St Louis with me...my brother may have to watch my dogs....if you find yourself in those cities in a few weeks...maybe you can have the other spot...hate it to go to waste

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It's getting better listen on listen for me, really like the opening and would like more of that sound. Think the radio edit might be better as currently it's too repatative and exhausting in its current length. Still looking forward to the album release and hope there is a nice deluxe edition.

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At first i just wasn't sure but it's grown on me and the chorus is really catchy. It sounds like even better than the real thing at the beginning. I prefer the best thing and little things to blackout at the moment but that could change after a few listens.

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17 hours ago, bigwave said:

hi folks, less than 15 mins to go, was lucky to be one of those at the thing that this will end up being... any questions after its released, I will do my best to answer..

I didn't knew you were there. Would have loved to meet & greet in real life :-)

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This song sounds soooo much better when heard on a good sound system with all bass/ woofer effects. You can feel each band member playing their instrument to their best. Adam's bass, Larry's drums, Edge's riffs & Bono's wonderful voice... all of them are on fire. This song has the tempo of Acrobat, Vertigo & Volcano but in a way it feels better than all of them & i look forward to being part of the GA when they perform this live. It will sound way better in live. 

Overall i have huge expectations from SOE after the amazing SOI album & the I&E tour in 2015. Going by this song & "Little things" i believe SOE album will be one of their most memorable albums perhaps even better than SOI more so because they have spent extra 1 year on this work & have gotten the opportunity to better it so many times by arranging listening sessions with the test audience lately.

Its time to start saving seriously for the SOE tour now. :)

 

 

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32 minutes ago, sazshackle said:

At first i just wasn't sure but it's grown on me and the chorus is really catchy. It sounds like even better than the real thing at the beginning. I prefer the best thing and little things to blackout at the moment but that could change after a few listens.

I was thinking less Real Thing and more Zoo Station, as some people on here seem to have mentioned. 

I really like the song, but I feel like I'll appreciate it more when I've heard it without all the audience sounds that were overlaid for the video, when I can hear everything more clearly.

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I was there too, one of the lucky few, really proud that U2 picked my hometown and one of the first cities outside UK and Eire to 'give U2 a break', as Bono once said. When I received the confirmation mail that I was invited I immediately started to find out where in Amsterdam this was going to be. And then, on Friday afternoon, I received a call to come to the Westergasfabriek (Western Gas Factory). So I invited a school friend, who is a U2 fan since the 80's too (in fact she wrote a book about U2) and we headed to the venue. We had to wear black or grey clothing without huge logo's and were told to keep our mouth shut about it. 

When I arrived I already thought that the filming was not taking place in the Gashouder, which is really huge, but in a small club called 'Westerunie' which is just next to it. Some people, who were on site posted stuff on Twitter, as they do, so the whole 'secret' was blown hours before it actually happened. It's a public place. 

We had to wait for hours outside while speculating what was going to happen. My friend was really worried U2 were going to perform a new song and shoot the video (which was spot on), but the song was going to be performed a couple of times and it turned out to be a 'reggae kind of ballad' or even worse... When we finally were inside the Gashouder my thoughts were right, there was no filming there, we just had to wait a little (ie: hours) more and were forced to leave our phones and sign all kinds of documents which told us we were entering a new kind of North-Korea :-)

Then they led us to the Westerunie and U2 performed this song five times, we were in this small venue full of cameras and cranes and stuff. These cameras had to change spot a couple of times before U2 played the song again. In fact it's really exiting to see no single camera or crane in the video!

At a certain moment Edge had troubles with his guitar, Dallas couldn't fix it and Bono got annoyed. He tried to cheer us up by doing a small Stand-up comedy routine: "A dyslectic walks into a bra" :-D

When it was all over we where crying for more, sung 'how long to sing this song' but the lads didn't play any extra songs for us. Bono was apologizing and asked people of the record company if we could listen to a brand new song of the forthcoming album, which they did. 

When I came home (just 10 minutes on the bicycle) I found out that Dutch newspapers and TV where mentioning this special gig already, but they were all wrong with the facts about what really happened. One of them actually wrote that 300 fans where hired and they were all dressed in black :-) I even wrote an article about this, called 'fake news' and was really worried I let too many secrets out, but fortunately I didn't. Here it is (for all Dutchies): http://www.gogmeunited.nl/fake-news/

About the song: I've heard it before, and immediately liked it. Which is not always the case when U2 comes with a first single from a new album... 

About the venue: last time I was at Westerunie it was for the funeral ceremony of a good friend of ours which passed away way too early. She was a huge U2 fan, so in some way that circle is round now.

 

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