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September 3rd, 2006

Random U2ness @ 10:48 pm

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I'm currently hearin: Blood - Editors

Things that have come up, things I've been wondering, yadda yadda.

*iTunes just released another "Essentials" playlist, Best Live Rock or something. U2 landed only one song, the Under a Blood Red Sky version of 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'. And that was on the "basics" list. Poo on iTunes.

*Were "A Man and a Woman" and "One Step Closer" played at any point during the Vertigo tour?

*Does any one have an audio version of "Bad" from the R&H DVD? I know, I know, bad me, not going to u2usendit. But I'm already here!

*anyone else into Editors? They are my latest music obsession. They are definitely influenced by U2. But some of the guitar part in "Lights" sounds directly lifted from "Wire". Thoughts?
 
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From:corianderstem
Date:September 4th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
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Nope, A Man and a Woman and One Step Closer were not played on the Vertigo tour ... yet. (But I wouldn't hold my breath.)
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From:ladyclayton
Date:September 4th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
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"A Man and a Woman" was not played at all during the Vertigo tour. I don't believe "One Step Closer" was either, unless it was used as a snippet in something else.

I like The Editors!
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From:axver
Date:September 4th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
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A Man And A Woman and One Step Closer have been neither played in full nor snippeted. I wouldn't hold my breath for One Step Closer (though I think it would work as a snippet in Bad), but I actually think that if U2 are going to pull out a little surprise for the final leg of Vertigo, it could be a Bono-and-Edge-only acoustic version of AMAAW. It would be dead easy for them to learn in a short space of time, and it's a summery song so it would be the appropriate time of year to play it. It was quite popular on Aussie radio the summer HTDAAB came out anyway ...
From:walrusoct9
Date:September 4th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
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I could swear One Step Closer was excerpted at some point on the tour...one of those Bono snippets. On the other hand, I could be confusing it with one of the tribute bands I've seen doing that...but I think it's possible.

A Man And A Woman, thankfully, has never been played live. I still can't believe that made the album while "Are You Gonna Wait Forever" was a b-side.
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From:axver
Date:September 4th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
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I can assure you that One Step Closer has not been snippeted in any form by U2. I maintain the setlist database on U2-Vertigo-Tour.com and have been following the tour extremely closely; now, I don't claim the database to be infallible (we're often finding more snippets to add), but given the way people have been hanging for HTDAAB material - and the manner in which Crumbs's debut was greeted when it finally came - it would be [i]very[/i] remarkable if a One Step Closer snippet of any form had slipped through unnoticed.

AMAAW is at least better than Vertigo and ABOY, I'll give it that.
From:walrusoct9
Date:September 4th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
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I really hope you're kidding about that last bit...at least Vertigo and ABOY had some heavy guitar stuff, something the rest of the album was severely lacking.

You're probably right about OSC...it was probably one of the tribute bands. The "one step closer to knowing" refrain only has two chords, so it could be sung over the end of any number of other U2 songs. My bad.

I saw them do "Crumbs" only once, at the Omaha show...and being that it's virtually the same song as "Walk On," it was surprisingly kind of a trainwreck. I still would've loved to hear "Are You Gonna Wait Forever" live though...I love that song.
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From:axver
Date:September 4th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Vertigo and ABOY have heavy guitar stuff? Heh, well, my favourite genre of music is progressive metal, and I also go for death metal, so Vertigo and ABOY feel pretty soft in comparison! And I really just dislike them, I think they're the worst songs on HTDAAB. They both have lyrics that make me cringe (the alternate version of ABOY has some not-so-bad lyrics and I don't understand why U2 ditched them!) and they feel a bit too empty of the "U2 spark" for me.

Given how easy it would be to snippet One Step Closer, I'm really surprised it hasn't been snippeted. I thought that it would certainly appear in a song like Bad or RTSS, or maybe as a segue into Streets. I'm honestly disappointed it hasn't been done because it's my third-favourite on HTDAAB despite the bashing it usually receives.

That Crumbs performance in Omaha was the last one - it's been done seven times so far. I'm extremely doubtful that it will be done at the final Vertigo shows, but I hope it is because I really like it (even if it has been plagued by difficulties live). When it finally debuted live on 23 September 2005, it was cause for huge excitement, though it was initially greeted with severe skepticism as a prank had been pulled not long beforehand during the European leg, claiming Electrical Storm had been snippeted and Crumbs performed, even though neither had actually happened.
From:walrusoct9
Date:September 5th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
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*shrug* I'm an Evergrey fan, but I think it's hard to compare the two. ;)

Most of the lyrics on HTDAAB make me cringe...I really do feel Bono was spending so much time saving the world he forgot to write lyrics...a lot of it feels very rushed to me. But it's definitely an Edge album, except for "A Man And A Woman," and that's good enough for me.

The alternate version of ABOY is way better...no idea why they didn't use it. It was less...jesus-y, and had a great chorus.
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From:axver
Date:September 5th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
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Heh, well, I suppose it constitutes heavy for U2 at least!

I have a really hard time thinking of any lyrics on HTDAAB that are good, but Vertigo, ABOY, and OOTS in particular really make me cringe. LAPOE wouldn't be so dreadful if it weren't for "where is the love?" I just find it hard to believe that this album of wishy-washy lyrics came from the same lyricist who gave us beautiful poetry from 1984 to 1990 (Promenade, One Tree Hill, Heartland, Wild Irish Rose? Excellent!) and the powerful, introspective, deep lyrics of Pop. I understand that Bono's in a different place mentally now, but that doesn't mean the lyrics have to suffer! I hope he tries a bit harder for the next album.
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From:canadanne
Date:September 4th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)

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I don't claim the database to be infallible (we're often finding more snippets to add)

Since you mention that, I was trying out the personal concert stats thingy the other day, and I noticed that you're missing a London Calling snippet from the end of the 22/8/01 show. I haven't had time to check the rest yet...

(And while I'm commenting in this thread, I can't believe anyone would seriously claim that Are You Gonna Wait Forever is a better song than A Man And A Woman!)
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From:axver
Date:September 4th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, thanks for that! I hadn't spotted that one. :)

(And yeah, AYGWF was a b-side for a reason. I'm not the world's biggest fan of AMAAW either, but at least it's a bit distinctive in U2's catalogue and a good enough summery song.)
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From:claudiathefish
Date:September 4th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
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The Editors' guitars do sound a lot like the Edge's Unforgettable Fire sound. "Lights" sounds like "Wire" and "Indian Summer Sky" combined.
From:obiwandoodle
Date:September 4th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
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I've got the audio of Bad from R&H if you still want it.
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From:obiwandoodle
Date:September 6th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
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Sure, here you go.

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=528B7E583BCC594F&rcpt=

Let me know if you have any problems with the link, and I can always email it.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:September 7th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
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I don't particularly care for either song, but I picture "One Step Closer" in my head as a live track, and it just so works. But then why put that song in when you've got stronger tracks like "Miracle Drug" and SYCMIOYO on the setlist...

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