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October 8th, 2005

Thoughts on the Conan appearance @ 11:26 pm

rockingthemike:
I'm currently feelin: bored bored
I'm currently hearin: Neon Lights - U2

I'll put it in a cut just in case some haven't seen it yet.


1. Performances. It might've been my parents crappy VCR, but did Bono sound 'off' during "All Because of You"? It just didn't sound right to me. Then again, considering how much singing that man has done in the past six months, he's allowed the odd crappy performance. ;) "Original of the Species" was absolutely gorgeous (and string quartet to boot!!). I personally skipped over "Stuck in a Moment..." since I don't care for the song, but "Vertigo" rawked!

2. Interviews. They all seemed a bit stiff. Poor Larry and Adam looked bored. The segment on the One Campaign was great, but I found the questions in general pretty generic and ho-hum on Conan's part.

3. Comedy. Conan on the street with the fans was funny. The Year 2000 bit was funny in parts, but I found most of it fell flat.

Overall, I have to say I was pretty unimpressed. Not with the band. The boys absolutely rocked, so it's gotta be Conan. I don't watch him on a regular basis, and I think I clued into why Thursday night.
 
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From:walrusoct9
Date:October 9th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
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Well, ABOY was the first song...just about every show I've been to this year, Bono's started out a little rough and it's taken him a couple of songs to really get in full voice. He sounded great by the time they got to "Original," I thought.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:October 9th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
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Ah... fair enough then. :)
From:walrusoct9
Date:October 9th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
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it'll be interesting to see the Chicago DVD. They played "Vertigo" second and it was pretty bad vocally. Then they played it again at the very end of the show (first time on the tour that they played it twice) and it was 100 times better.

So, naturally, when they aired clips from Chicago on television a few months ago, they used the earlier, crappy version...we'll see what ends up on the DVD.
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From:arcmorality
Date:October 9th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)

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Didn't they play Vertigo twice the same night in Seattle?
From:walrusoct9
Date:October 9th, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
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damn, you're right. I totally forgot about that. My bad.
From:leelee_cakes
Date:October 9th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
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Yay Seattle 2! *glee*

(still has mad Seattle 2 love)
From:nonsvch
Date:October 9th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
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i thought it started great and fell a little flat at the end. i appreciated Bono's ONE campaign message and such, but i wanted another interview session with the entire band, not just Bono.
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From:arcmorality
Date:October 9th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)

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Yep agree with you on pretty much everything. Never saw Conan before (being from the UK) but yeah he is not funny. Even that Year 2000 thing wasn't funny.

But no complaining really, was cool. Tho I expected more considering allot of my American friends had raved about how funny Conan is.

Ohh SIAM a song I'm not keen on neither, sounded really cool with its new arrangement.
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From:sapphires13
Date:October 9th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
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This wasn't a typical episode of Conan though. Looking at it as a U2 fan, I loved it, but as a Conan fan... it wasn't up to par. He's a lot funnier normally.
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From:djmlm41
Date:October 9th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
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Thank you, being a Conan fan myself I think people should know that Conan was a lot more serious Thursday. I think it was because he was in such awe that U2 as there since he's such a huge fan.
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From:fulpakru
Date:October 9th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
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conan seemed nervous throughout. can't really blame him though ;)
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From:hachiemachie
Date:October 9th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
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That's almost exactly what I was thinking. I love Conan, but if I wasn't a U2 fan, then I would have been a tad put off by the whole episode. I like it more when Conan is being a spaz too and he was rather reserved.
From:xxradiohead
Date:October 9th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
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as an american, i've only watched conan once. something about his face scares me. perhaps it's because he looks like he came straight from having his entire face put into place by a team of five hundred plastic surgeons.

i watched it about 3 years ago on new years eve with my cousin. it was actually a pretty hilarious segment, but i was tired, so my amusement could've been more than it should've been.

ever since then, three minutes into his shows and i'm scanning HBOs.
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From:sunlightlotus
Date:October 9th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
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Well I have to disagree. I completely loved the show :)

But he did sound strained in singing.
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From:tinamachina
Date:October 9th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
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XD your icon rules!
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From:hard2explain8
Date:October 9th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
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I'm a huge fan of Conan and an even bigger fan of U2. I honestly don't think it's fair to say that it was Conan that made the show sub-par. This wasn't the typical show, and word on the street is he was nervous being a big fan. I also don't think of U2 as being particularily prone to staged humor. Don't get me wrong, I find the boys funny, but obviously not well-versed in the type of humor that Conan works in. I thought parts of the show were good, but the only performance I was really impressed with was "Original of the Species"...too bad my tape cut off at the end of "Stuck In A Moment" so I totally missed Vertigo!!!
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From:whatsername_31
Date:October 9th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
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You could tell Conan was super nervous..it was kinda cute. I mean, even famous people always have that one person they meet and just think, wow...
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From:rockstarsex
Date:October 9th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)
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Am I the only one who thought Bono sounded great during ABOY? Original of the Species was lovely. Stuck In a Moment made my cry and usually I don't like that song. At all. And fucking NBC cut off half of Vertigo.

I didn't want to hear so much about Bono's humanitarian efforts. It's not that I don't care, or don't appreciate Bono's efforts, but I think talking about them (for ten minutes...?) should be reserved for a show like Oprah. *shrugs*

But yeah, this wasn't the typical Conan where he's all goofy, it was alot more serious, because it's a big huge fuckin deal having U2 on your show, especially for Conan, who's a huge fan and was probably nervous.

I WANTED TO SEE BONO AND CONAN DO AN IRISH JIG. that's all.
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From:whatsername_31
Date:October 9th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
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I thought Bono's voice was pretty hoarse, even when he was talking. I hope he gets a few days rest between shows at least sometime. It has to be so hard to sing everynight. Especially when you pour yourself into the music like Bono does.

I don't think Larry and Adam got to talk enough. I did want to hear a bit more from them.

Over all though, I loved the show. I am a huge Conan fan though, so maybe that made a difference?

Yeah Conan is one of those comedians you either like, or don't..ya know?
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:October 9th, 2005 07:11 am (UTC)
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You know, I've never much cared for "Stuck in a Moment", but I really liked it the other night acoustic. Maybe because I haven't had to hear it one hundred million times on the radio like a few years ago. As for the rest of the songs, I thought Bono sounded great, actually. I think the roughness of his voice forced him to really use his skills as a vocalist and sing the notes a little differently. But that's just me.

I agree about the interviews, though. Larry's never one for talking about himself, and Adam's too polite to tell anyone to piss off (even if they deserve it...). Also, watching Conan O'Brien try to be funny reminded me why the only "late night" I watch is the Daily Show. Now *that's* a show I'd love to see at least Bono go on.
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From:deniro_humper
Date:October 9th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
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I thought it was pretty awesome. Although Conan annoys me as an interviewer this was one night where he didn't totally turn the interview around on himself.
Anyway, I noticed the roughness in Bono's voice but bloody hell, who wouldn't sound rough after all those continual nights singing.
I also usually ALWAYS hate that In the Year 2000 crap but I laughed this time.
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