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I enjoy the Monster record - but I was not a huge fan of the live show on the cd deluxe edition -- enjoyed the music on the live set, but I thought Stipe's vocals were off -- to much straining, from what I remember. I have not listened to in a while.


Back to that  From the Sky Down DVD -- wish they would have done more about the recording of Achtung Baby.

Decent enough doc, though. I don't remember the Rattle and Hum film getting panned when it was released by critics and such - the band talks about in the Sky Down video - I remember enjoying upon it's release. 

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Yep, they botched Staring At The Sun on the opening night of the PopMart Tour in 1997 and since then they have only played it acoustically. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) & Stuck In A Moment You Can’t

Yes - it was so much better.    I guess we will see what they do - they could call it Back in Dublin. Or Highway to Derry. 

There was no cell phones the last time around. It did sound catchy.

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3 minutes ago, Analogman said:

I think it was more made fun of or written off In Europe rather than here. I think it's great. I saw it twice when it played in theaters. 

BB King: Y'know, I don't play chords too well

Bono: Don't worry Mr King, Edge will handle that :D

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I have not watched that documentary. I think in the U2 by U2 book they also talk down the film/album. 


I am watching it now. I see what you are saying. That is pretty much the same stuff he goes on about in the book. It will be interesting to see if he carries on with those beliefs in his new book.


But to me my favorite U2 albums/time span will always be The Unforgettable Fire/The Joshua Tree/Rattle and Hum. 

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5 hours ago, Analogman said:

Mr. u2roolz - are you going to post about the new U2 album?

😏I will, but with a severe lack of enthusiasm. I don’t know if you remember, but I mentioned this “new” record back in the fall when it was supposed to be released alongside Bono’s book in November. It would’ve been a perfect holiday release for a Xmas gift, but releasing it in the middle of March makes little sense to me.

I view it as an obvious cash grab and the timing is kinda strange. They’re supposed to have a residency at the Sphere in Vegas in the fall and I can’t see how an “acoustic” record plays into a stadium show, hence why the whole things feels oddly placed. Maybe release it for the holiday season of 2023, after the residency in Vegas. I keep hearing that they will utilize the groundbreaking technology of the Sphere to focus on some sort of Zoo TV tribute or “reimagining”. 

I feel the same way about Jeff Tweedy’s Together At Last. I listened to it once and that was it. I love seeing his solo shows for the acoustic versions of his amazing music and hearing his witty banter, but something about releasing acoustic versions of your songs as a record doesn’t do anything for me. Maybe it’d better if it was a “gift” for his Substack subscribers, if we could go back in time. 

The coolest news that I heard about U2 recently was that they are upgrading all of the raw footage of Rattle & Hum to 4K. What do they plan on doing with that? I have no idea. Maybe release it to their YouTube page. Or include it in some 35th anniversary this year. That’s one record that hasn’t gotten the anniversary treatment and I’d rather spend money on that, instead of “acoustic” reworkings. 

I found an excellent audience recording on YouTube of Bono’s show which I sadly missed (search: Bono San Francisco 2022.) He seemed to show up and meet fans at the entrance of the venues on that tour. That would’ve been amazing. There’s footage of him interacting with fans outside the entrance of the Boston Orpheum. 

Bono’s show is pretty cool. I think the reworked songs work well with just him on the stage, but he tells his story in a well paced manner…for the most part. A few parts lag. 

I’m also extremely surprised that he’s going to do a residency at the Beacon in NY for 7 or 8 nights, instead of taking the show on the road. I’ve heard that two shows were filmed this past November: NY & Dublin. Maybe they’ll show up on a streaming service or somewhere else. It could be for footage for Letterman’s Netflix series, My Next Guest, for which Bono is going to be a guest in the next season. 

Then there’s the whole business with Larry Mullen, jr. possibly sitting out the Vegas residency, due to his back issues. I feel like this is the beginning of the end for them. He started the band and he can end it. Either way, the stuff that’s planned for the next few years feels like a swan song: that 40 song “acoustic” record in March, a Vegas residency in the fall, a new album whenever and that Netflix biopic series in 2024ish. 

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One more thing…they do some cool releases for the official fanclub which is expensive when you consider it can be just a single audio disc or a DVD @$40. 

This collectible cd set of unreleased live versions of Achtung Baby was announced exactly a year ago. Ok. We didn’t get an official track list until last September. Lol. Then it took two more months for 2 song downloads to show up. Anyways, my gift appears to be coming to me on the last day of February. Lol! 

I laugh because around this time of year, they’re supposed to announce the 2023 gift. A couple of years ago the gift was a live concert from Berlin 2018 which was awesome and way better than a book or vinyl, in my opinion. 

Lastly, the real gem of this set is a rare live solo acoustic version of So Cruel taken from the outdoor Zoo TV show in Detroit’s Silverdome. It’s simultaneously exciting & frustrating that they have tons of shows recorded. Will ever ever see

them or hear them? It’d be a nice cash flow for them. Also keep in mind that they don’t have a live show presence at all on U2’s Sirius XM channel, like Pearl Jam does. 



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When I saw that thing about Vegas I wondered how they would do that without Larry. The Black Crowes did a similar release some years ago. It is actually pretty good. We'll see. 


I read his book. But I had to read it quick - it was through a library ebook. 



U2 is the only band releasing new albums that I am still buying. I have pretty much gave up on everybody else. 

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11 hours ago, u2roolz said:

Lastly, the real gem of this set is a rare live solo acoustic version of So Cruel taken from the outdoor Zoo TV show in Detroit’s Silverdome.


It's additionally impressive that they have this kind of material and that it sounds good enough to release - the Silverdome (indoor football stadium which has since been imploded) was notorious for terrible sound.

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Larry Mullen, Jr. is definitely sitting out the Vegas shows --- be weird seeing them with Larry.


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The press release also confirmed the absence of drummer Larry Mullen Jr., who had to undergo surgery earlier this year. They also shared that Bram van den Berg will fill Mullen’s role during his truancy. 


“It’s going to take all we’ve got to approach the Sphere without our bandmate in the drum seat, but Larry has joined us in welcoming Bam van den Berg, who is a force in his own right,” added his bandmates. 



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Well, I’ll bring some good news…a rumor recently surfaced about a new U2 single that is set to drop on September 29th (the opening day of their Las Vegas residency at The Sphere). 

I’ve read that the band (minus Larry Mullen, Jr.) arrived in Vegas the day after Labor Day to begin rehearsals and are traveling to Los Angeles after rehearsals to finish up mixing this single. 

Good news: Larry recorded drum beats to use for future recordings, before he had his surgery, so he should be on this. 

The (sorta) Bad News: U2’s Instagram story a few weeks ago had music that sounded like an updated intro to Ultraviolet (Light My Way). Are they re-recording it? Could be. The residency is named U2-UV. 

It’d obviously be great to have an entirely new song. I think most people are over them trying to “reimagine” their own catalog to keep putting out, while they scramble to figure out the next step. 

There’s also the big possibility that they miss the rumored date and it comes out before the end of the year. 

Re: Larry missing Vegas - Yeah, I was extremely upset when I heard the rumors which turned out to be true. That was one of the things that they seemed to take pride in: always being the same 4 guys since high school. I know that it is/was a point of pride for the fanbase. 

I’ve seen tons of backlash online all over social media, as I’m sure most expected to see, including myself. However, I think almost every Vegas show is a near sellout.

I don’t have tickets. I’d really love to go to visit the recently announced Zoo TV exhibit at one of the casinos and catch the screenings of 5 U2 related films with rare concert & studio footage, etc. 

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They were the last intact (famous) band (since Dusty - ZZ Top - passed). I have to wonder if that will be permanent. The same thing happened with Cheap Trick and now Aerosmith (stand in drummers that is).

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4 hours ago, Analogman said:

They were the last intact (famous) band (since Dusty - ZZ Top - passed). I have to wonder if that will be permanent. The same thing happened with Cheap Trick and now Aerosmith (stand in drummers that is).

As I was about to reply to you, I was perusing FB and saw a YouTube video of U2 (with Larry!!) performing a new song, Atomic City, on Fremont St in Vegas last night. Looks like it was a music video shoot.

Wow! This is getting odd. Larry is there for the music video shoot. Hmm. One of the dirty rumors from this past year was that Larry had already left the band, but the fans didn’t realize it yet. This must be mostly PR to keep things looking like everything is ok for a potential 2024 tour that would feature Larry. 



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5 minutes ago, Analogman said:

That's interesting.

Yeah, very interesting. The song is in the same wheelhouse as The Miracle Of Joey Ramone, but I like this tune a bit better. Looking forward to hearing the single without all of the audience noise. 

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26 minutes ago, Analogman said:

There was no cell phones the last time around. It did sound catchy.

I just read that they did perform I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For in between takes of the new song. I guess that music video was filmed on the same exact street: Fremont. Looks different, but I guess that’s what 36 years does to a place like Vegas…


I also found out that those were paid extras to be in the crowd. Not sure if they were told to take out their smart phones to make it look authentic.

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