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October 27th, 2001

She wore LEMON... @ 08:03 pm

hapavox:
Besides NY Post columnist's, Dan Aquilante, horrible bash of Bono in this past weeks paper..I found another disgruntled being! Singer KELIS who opened up for U2 over the summer in select European shows, went on to describe her experience as..."seriously bizarre!" She also claims, "there were many people there, but they had not really come to see me?!". I suppose Kelis wasn't being sarcastic when she stated that either..

I think that's why it's called an OPENING ACT slot! Besides, who cares about Kelis anyway? In my opinion she's NOT in the caliber of top acts who have opened up on the ELEVATION TOUR thus far. Top musicians/performers such as PJ HARVEY, STEREOPHONICS, GARBAGE and NO DOUBT had/have the opening slot for our Dublin Boys. I heard rumours over this past summer that Kelis was originally hired by U2 and their management to open up some gigs in Europe last spring because MACY GRAY(a Bono fave.) could not sign-on because of previous commitments. In a sense, Kelis was really a last minute fill-in! Overall, most people pay and show up to see a U2 show. The opening act is cool, but that's really all it is! U2 are the MAIN ATTRACTION and that should be perfectly clear to everyone on-hand that night..
 
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From:u2lynne
Date:October 27th, 2001 08:36 pm (UTC)
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I think I am going to miss PJ when I see No Doubt in Oakland. I was so not into her for the two San Jose shows and the first Boston show. At the second Boston show Aims, Connie, and I were actually be-bopping to her a bit (we were at the rail just outside the heart) and at the next show, we were jumping up and down to her. I would love it if I was seeing her again.

As for Kelis and her quote that the audience wasn't there to see her.... Um, yeah, right, OK, see ya!
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From:hapavox
Date:October 27th, 2001 09:06 pm (UTC)

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PJ was interesting when I saw her for 3 shows as opener on the 1st Leg of the tour. Yeah, I didn't really get into her in the first 2 shows I saw for some reason. But, when I was at the DC Elevation 6/14 show I started to dig her a bit more. She's got good songs and a swagger attitude to back it up too! Anyway, I think Principle Management and her label may have dragged her on the tour for promotional purposes because her new/recent album was being pushed out. AND, guess who her manager is? Yup. You guessed it, PJ Harvey's manager is Paul McGuinness! So, Paul may have had a lot to do with her being the opening act for the 1st Leg of the Elevation Tour with the exception of The Corrs in Ft. Lauderdale and Nelly Furtado in Charlotte..

NO DOUBT should be interesting actually. I bet they can 'move' the U2 crowd! They're a vibrant and energetic young band...especially since they're playing their home-state too! Expect good things from them at your Oakland show and remaining West Coast dates..

As for KELIS, I've really got nothing else to say that's positive about her! Dissing the band on paper(interview) that took a chance on her doesn't fly too well with me! She should've been more grateful for that rare opportunity she was given..
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From:u2lynne
Date:October 27th, 2001 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I knew all that about PJ (the PM connection and all), but I really did warm up to her after three other shows :) I think it was because the GA crowd was really warmed up to her, and also being GA was so charged! It was just so much fun.

I am really looking forward to No Doubt even though other people have said they didn't like them. I'm open to whatever! :)
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From:heathervox
Date:October 27th, 2001 09:21 pm (UTC)
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I was at the DC 6/14 show too.....

I agree with what you said about Kelis, hell she was at Slane. 80,000 fucking people there to see U2 and she was asked to join them. I was not all that impressed.

PJ Harvey did start to grow on me too. I remember the first show this tour and all I wanted was for her to get the hell of the stage so I could see U2 who I have been waiting for years to see again. But by DC I was recognizing songs and singing along a bit.

I would have been happy to see Garbage or No Doubt. I really like both of those bands and would have thought they could have filled up an arena by themselves. I would definatlly go see Garbage as a headliner.

OK I am babbling......
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From:hapavox
Date:October 27th, 2001 09:42 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, the 6/14 show was ok...for me. I just thought the crowd was a bit 'stiff' that night from where I was sitting...GC Sec.102 to be exact. Didn't feel too much energy and the vibe from the super-expensive-overpriced seats/section. Hehe. U2 seemed to be in fine-form and Bono's extended rant during 'Bullet' about Mark David Chapman was amazing! I think he also mentioned that they played 'The Bayou' 20yrs. ago in DC or somethin'. Alright, I'm startin' to ramble off too..

Yeah, saw GARBAGE open recently on 10/16 here in Chicago and was highly impressed. Shirley Manson has a presence and a definite sense of humor onstage. She's not as 'stiff' as PJ. But, they're both good muscians/performers in their own unique and creative ways I guess. I wouldn't be surprised if GARBAGE launched their own tour in the coming months or even next spring/summer..
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From:heathervox
Date:October 28th, 2001 06:31 am (UTC)
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Well for that show I was in the heart right in front of Adam. Only had my friends in front of me. It was the typical setlist, nothing really exciting like I had seen before, but the heart always has the energy.
Missed Garbage this time around due to an illness. I don't know if I would travel to DC or Baltimore like I did for U2, but I would see them if they came closer.

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