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July 7th, 2002

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psykoboy2:
I'm currently hearin: The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

On the decision to continue on with the tour, given that their bassist just passed away, a long time fan of "The Who", said he had seen every tour since '69, but would not see any on this tour or future tours. His response, "Would U2 tour if Adam Clayton died?".

More than likely, they wouldn't. In fact, if any one of them passed on, I think U2 would be over, as a band anyway. I'm certain of it, really. Although, my question on this subject is:

If a member, any member, of U2 died, and they continued to tour....would you go see them?

I've seen them live only about 4 times in the last 5 years I guess. I saw them once on PopMart and 3 times during Elevation. I think I would pass on seeing them if something like that ever happened and they continued to tour. But, I have never seen The Who live. I'm pretty young, 23, and just took control of a classic rock radio station here where I live. I've been hearing a lot of music I have never heard before...and I like it. I had just started listening more and more to The Who about a month or so before their bassist died. I plan on seeing them on this (probably their last) tour.

The Who's manager said that Townshend and Daltrey view the tour as a tribute to John (their bassist). Townshend quickly corrected that statement as he isn't for touring after what happened but feels he owes it to themselves, ticket buyers, promoters, staff, all sorts of people to continue with the tour.

I don't mean this to be such a downer of a post, and originally I was only going to make mention of what that fan had said (it's in this weeks Entertainment Weekly), but the question hit me though, and I was curious as to what others would do in such a situation.
 
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From:ephignia
Date:July 7th, 2002 12:40 am (UTC)
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That's a really interesting question.

I would certainly go and see them if a member died, although I believe they've stated very plainly that if any member left (or died, I assume), that would be U2's end.

First of all- all four of them are fantastic musicians, and I don't doubt that they could still put out some good tunes if one of them weren't there to contribute. Their sound would be different, but still worth checking out (although, without Bono's voice especially, it would certainly seem really, really foreign).

Secondly- I'd feel like I was giving up on 'em if I didn't go. I'd have to follow that tour, if only for sentiment's sake. ;)
From:xanthos
Date:July 7th, 2002 01:14 am (UTC)
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Hmmm. I don't want to sound like I'm playing favorites, but if Bono or Edge died, I probably wouldn't. If Adam or Larry died, then yeah, I probably would.

My reasoning behind this is that it just wouldn't be the same if Bono wasn't there to write lyrics and be the voice. Sure, Edge does lyrics as well, but Bono's input would be gone, and who would sing? Edge could, I suppose, but it would just be odd.

One of the things U2 is known for is Edge's very unique guitar sound. Anyone knew would be totally different, or just a cheap knock-off that trys to hard to be like the original.

Adam or Larry's parts aren't anything too tough to play, though. There really isn't a distinct U2 drum and bass sound, as the uniqueness is up to Edge and Bono. Still, it would just be very weird.
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From:u2_goddess
Date:July 7th, 2002 01:37 am (UTC)
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I would see U2 if a member died. I would support them probably no matter what. But, I doubt that they would continue as U2. Sure, I bet if one or more ::knocking on some serious wood here:: died, the others might pursue other musical avenues. Hell, I hope they might even still play together! But it wouldn't be U2. It would be something else.

There are some bands that can pull off not having their original line-ups and still be successful. Just look at Thin Lizzy and Def Leppard for example. I don't think U2 could pull it off. No, I restate that. I don't think they would want to. They are a unique group of individuals that I think have a very strong concept of what they are and what they bring together to make up the whole U2 phenomenon.

But, to the other half of the coin. I don't blame The Who for touring. Hell, I am seeing them on the 28th. But, it'll be a little different. It's not like they have never gone on without another member before. Hello original drummer.

My two cents. :o)

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From:theshadowcat
Date:July 7th, 2002 09:01 am (UTC)
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Interesting thoughts.
From:loopaygirl
Date:July 7th, 2002 09:35 am (UTC)
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if I could see the who I would. no entwistle or moon, but at least I'd get to see townshend and daltrey before I die. I'm ony 19 and a big fan of a lot of old, classic rock. I wasn't around back in the day and didn't have the chance to see some of my fav acts. thus any chance I got to see any of those people I love I'd probably take, whether it was original line up or not. whether or not I'd see u2 with a different line up. I'm not sure. I've already seen them. It would depend on some things...... :/
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From:innocuousmusing
Date:July 7th, 2002 10:31 am (UTC)
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First off, I must say that just the thought of any of the boys dying is... horrible. Absolutel horrible. It's not Nuclear-Warhead-On-New-York horrible, or Third-World-Children-Starving-To-Death horrible... more like Howard-Stern-As-President horrible or Mother-Teresa-Died horrible... But still, a very, very troubling thought. After this post, let's not mention the dying of our boys again, hmm? Heh!

Now, with that said...
As long as it wasn't Bono (who is the soul of U2 with his voice and with his lyrics), or The Edge (who is the heart, with that great guitar of his), I think I'd still feel like I would be going to a U2 concert, if they continued touring. But...like other people have said before. I don't think they would.




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From:scaryrich
Date:July 7th, 2002 02:56 pm (UTC)
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ok. But... lets say one of the members quit then, i doubt U2 would continue as a band, but there would be no stopping Bono or any of the other 3 i'm sure, from making music. It's their lives. They'd go on making musuc, just not as U2.
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From:innocuousmusing
Date:July 7th, 2002 07:40 pm (UTC)

Oh goodness....

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Thinking about one of them quitting...Ah, it's probably foreign to them by now to think of NOT being in U2.
How long have they been U2? I'm not sure they have it within themselves to quit. Then again...I have never sat down with any of them. I can't say I know them.


But.... if -I- were part of a beautiful something for 20+ years, I don't think I would do very well trying to give it up.

Bono... Oh, I love his voice. I will always listen to him, no matter what he's doing. It doesn't matter. Just as long as I can hear him. He's one of the top three crooners of all time. Frank Sinatra.... Sammy Davis. Jr... and Bono.. Of course, Bono. So... with or without U2, I would go to hear him. And that's not even taking into account his star-abilities. He can draw an audience in, make them watch him... He's got a great deal of energy and charisma. He could get by on that alone.

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From:scaryrich
Date:July 7th, 2002 11:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh goodness....

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yeah good point, but one of them quitting is better than one of them dying, no? :P
My top three singers would be Bono, Sinatra and Kurt Cobain
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From:innocuousmusing
Date:July 8th, 2002 09:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh goodness....

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Yes...Quitting is MUCH better than dying, you've got me there, heh!

Kurt Cobain? Hm!

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