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#1 Re: The Sunset Strip » U2 - Songs of Surrender » 10 weeks ago
One more thing to consider. For all we know perhaps U2 has a new album ready but don't wanna release new material until Larry is healthy enough to tour? That's speculation on my part, I have no idea, but I do know Larry has back issues and wants to take a year to get healthy. A band like U2 won't wanna release new material if they can't tour it.
#2 Re: The Sunset Strip » U2 - Songs of Surrender » 10 weeks ago
The fans giving them shit for this are in the minority. What this album is, is giving fans studio versions of the songs the way Bono has been performing them during his solo shows promoting his "Songs of Surrender" book. The song selection isn't strange as the songs are those Bono speaks of in his book and what they meant to him.
Also U2 has stated they are working on new material for a new album and have been for a while now. It's not far off. They aren't promoting this as their new album. Simply the reimagined album. They know fans want new music but they also know fans have enjoyed these shows by Bono with the songs being performed in a new arrangement.
Also the songs will all be likely acoustic and toned down and sung in a different key which in all likelihood makes it easier for Bono to sing as he ages. So now if they decide to toss in one of these reimagined songs on their next tour and perform it this way, fans won't be shocked and will likely be happy to have heard them this way as it will be familiar. It allows them to be more versatile in their live shows in a way.
Also think of it this way. Sometimes people just wanna chill at home with some soft music in the background and they don't feel like having Achtung Baby or Boy playing at their full tempo. This album will fit nicely in that regard and it will also be a much more pleasing album to play in coffee shops or lounges. Maybe some people think that's lame but let's face it they're getting older as is their fanbase and sometimes hearing slower acoustic versions of songs you love is cool. U2 has never done this before and the fact they are doing it big with 40 songs that span their career is actually cool. Anyone can sit here and say there are too many songs missing but those songs will be different for each individual. There's 40 songs here. That's 3 or 4 albums worth. So they don't have Mysterious Ways or Bullet the Blue Sky. They do have Wild Horses, 11 O'clock Tick Tock, and Two Hearts Beat as One though. You can't have every song in the discography. So you get a few more deep cuts rather than singles which have been featured prominently their entire career. That's cool.
At the end of the day some bands *cough cough.. GnR* haven't done a damn thing other than tour since 2008 and in the minds of some since 1993. U2 has released music consistently the last 22 years, albeit slowing down, but that's the way things go as bands age. I will admit my initial reaction to this was also that is' lazy but the more I think about it, at this stage of their careers this is actually a cool move by U2.
#3 Re: The Sunset Strip » Metallica - Lux Aterna » 15 weeks ago
You're right. I went to Philly to see them and splurged on the VIP shit. Never again lol. Completely forgot that show when I wrote my post. Still, excluding that, where they only did 25 cities, they usually do arena shows outside of festivals. The fact that they're doing single digit stadium shows in 2022 and 2023 within North America leads me to believe they're going to resume arena shows to support the new album in 24.
I did the VIP thing too for Denver and I thought it was worth every penny. Got to skip the line up for GA, had early access to the entire stadium so we walked around in the upper decks and took pictures of the stage and empty stadium, got food and beer and a t-shirt and then early access to the floor which allowed us to have front row. I thought it was amazing. Saw them in Vegas a year later at T-Mobile arena and I will say I enjoyed the stadium show better.
#4 Re: The Sunset Strip » Metallica - Lux Aterna » 15 weeks ago
I managed to get badass seats for two shows for their upcoming tour. August 23 & 25........ 2024
I dig the new song. It's not their best ever but I like it.
Wow....not even playing Toronto...and Pantera as an opening act?! Wtf is that about?
Now you know how the rest of Canada feels when you guys get shows and the rest of the country doesn't. Montreal ain't that far.
Not my take at all. They're doing Stadium tours, something they haven't done on a mass scale since the early 90s with guns. Any other stadium show has been a festival or a one off like they did in Pittsburgh, Buffalo and San Francisco recently. Metallica already runs their own label so they've completely cut the industry out of their control. Doing these big stadium shows around the country allows for the true fans the opportunity to travel several hours to somewhere and get 2 nights of kickass music. Pittsburgh and Buffalo certainly didn't suffer attendance this summer despite being smaller markets because they pulled in fans from around the country (and probably globe).
I fully expect them to resume arena shows in 25 where they hit every major market.
They literally did a stadium tour in North America in 2017. They played all over the place. I saw them in Denver and had friends who went to Vancouver and Edmonton, all stadium shows. Volbeat / Gojira and Avenged Sevenfold opened for them.
#5 Re: The Garden » Covid 19 » 20 weeks ago
I'm unvaccinated. I caught it back in March (I think, never tested). Felt a bit crummy for 2 days, stayed home for a week to be sure like a rational, responsible adult and was back to full health within 6 days. Definitely felt way worse in the past with regular flus and colds. Get your endless boosters though every 4 months or whatever fuckery they are recommending these days. People might wanna look at lifestyle choices and healthy living as a more viable long term approach rather than endlessly injecting themselves with poison that doesn't work worth a shit. Crazy how everyone who's pumped full of poison seem to struggle getting over this thing. It's almost as if......... Then again I'm an 'anti vax conspiracy theorist".
#6 Re: Guns N' Roses » Favorite Guns N'Roses Songs? :) » 30 weeks ago
This is tougher than it sounds. Obviously I could list a bunch of favorite songs but it would be like 20-30 songs. To make a top 5 or even a top 10 would be pretty hard. It's hard to even single out a couple of really big guns.
I think I have to categorize them.
1. Songs you play to people who say GN'R sucks:
I tried to come up with a third song but I think maybe that's it? You can't call any of those songs boring, pretentious, gay or that Axl sounds like the neighbourhood cat.
Over the years I've always noticed that Civil War really seems to be the one GnR song non fans and even those who say they suck can agree on and say is a great song. If I were to show a non fan a GnR song it would be Civil war and then possibly Nightrain.
4. Songs you play when you just want to get drunk and kick in a window:
I would add It's So easy to this. Also you're right about Jungle. in terms of firing up a crowd, Welcome to the Jungle is THE song. It gets played regularly at sporting events to this day and does the trick every single time.
5. Party songs:
-Used to Love Her
I can't say I agree with KOHD or Used to Love here being in this category. I'd pick songs like Rocket Queen and Mr. Brownstone instead of those two.
#7 Re: Guns N' Roses » Favorite Guns N'Roses Songs? :) » 30 weeks ago
SCOM is their crowning achievement…perfect in all ways…5 dudes nailing their assignments…same with WTTJ but I like sappy love songs!
Faves…Civil War Estranged Coma Locomotive Sweet Child and …My Michelle! Your daddy works in porno now that mommy’s not around…too fucking good!
I would listen to the argument that SCOM is their crowning achievement, mostly because it's the greatest guitar solo ever in my opinion.
#8 Re: Guns N' Roses » No new single this year? » 30 weeks ago
I don't care about any new single unless it's something they've written and recorded from complete scratch since they reunited.
#9 Re: The Sunset Strip » Most Recent Movie You've Seen » 30 weeks ago
I watched a movie on Netflix the other night called Metal Lords. About two high school kids trying to start a metal band and win battle of the bands. It's only 90 minutes or so and was enjoyable enough. GnR's version of Since I Don't Have you is in the soundtrack along with Metallica, AV7, Pantera, Black Sabbath etc etc. It's worth watching if ya have a bit of time to kill.
#10 Re: Guns N' Roses » Favorite Guns N'Roses Songs? :) » 30 weeks ago
It depends on the day I guess. I love the obvious ones like Jungle and SCOM, Rocket Queen is killer but I find that to be two songs in one and I like the final 3 minutes infinitely better than the first half. It's So Easy is pure attitude. YCBM is what hooked me onto GnR. Coma is epic but you don't always wanna listen to it. dead Horse to me is their most classic rock sounding song. Nightrain would probably be the one song I'd show to a newbie who had never listened to them before. Civil war is so badass. If I had to choose though with a gun to my head it would probably be SCOM, but in all honesty November Rain is their crowning achievement. Honestly I don't know. How do you pick just one?