Tuesday, September 13, 2005

U2 @ The ACC

Just got back from the U2 show at the A.C.C. Amazing!!!I'll admit I wasn't expecting to be blown away, but wow! just some relatively simple light effects/light curtains and a somewhat circular stage ringed in lights like those rope lights, a little like the Elevation tour, but man was it powerful! Extremely entertaining and almost spiritual. Now I get it when people say a U2 show is like a religious event. To anyone going Tuesday, Friday or Saturday, have a great time, I know I did!

8 comments:

Anna said...

I totally agree, the concert was amazing, truly a great time. This was my third time seeing U2 now, and they just keep getting better!!!

Patrick said...

Come on...has U2 seriously come out with anything new or interesting since "Achtung Baby"?

Time to face facts...Bono's got nothing new to say, The Edge has to learn some new riffs, and it's time to give up looking for political direction from overpaid musicians.

If Bono wants to take a stand, let him take a stand against insane CD and concert ticket costs.

World Bank indeed.

Moniz said...

Dude!! It was a great show. That's all I said. Live they are a force to be reckoned with. You definetly have some valid points about their output since "Achtung" and Bono's soapboxing, but as performers, very few put on a show that is of the calibur I saw last night!

patrick said...

I still don't think it's worth the cash to listen to a has-been pseudo-political band rehash the same old tired tunes. Bono's chest-thumping is just another detractor.

What did you pay for the tickets?

Gotta be more than some lights and lasers to get me to go to watch political grandstanding.

To be honest, I never saw the allure in U2. But, then, I don't see the allure in the Beatles, either.

Moniz said...

You don't see the allure in the Beatles?!?! You do realize that they changed the face of popular music. The Beatles gave birth to a million bands who inturn gave birth to more. If the blues are the roots of all forms of rock, the Beatles are the roots of todays pop music(for better or worse). Even though they were really a rock band they pretty much standardized (though not invent) the modern pop song. And this isn't just an opinion, but a pretty solid fact.

As far as not seeing the point in seeing U2. Good for you. You think their music is tired, and you are entitled to your opinion. As I am to disagree with you. Believe me I am not easy to impress regarding live performances. Hell, I went to see Green Day who I love and was totally disappointed with their grandstanding performance. But U2 put in a pretty passionate show and it showed. You don't like them, fine. But to say you don't see the point...is assuming your is the only opinion.

patrick said...

Some points...because that obviously touched a nerve.

"You don't see the allure in the Beatles?!?!"

No, I don't.

You do realize that they changed the face of popular music. The Beatles gave birth to a million bands who inturn gave birth to more.

Fine! Good for them! There has been some good music springing from any music genre evolution, and a blindingly large amount of bad music, too. Doesn't mean that I have to LIKE their music, their message or their hair.

If the blues are the roots of all forms of rock, the Beatles are the roots of todays pop music(for better or worse). Even though they were really a rock band they pretty much standardized (though not invent) the modern pop song. And this isn't just an opinion, but a pretty solid fact.

I am not questioning their place in history, just their place in my CD rack. I'm happy to give them credit for introducing the "perky pop song" to the masses, but they also took part in the broody, LSD-induced tripe movement that (no surprise that you like them for THIS reason) had an anti-establishment pseudo-intellectual political message in it. Bleah. People shouldn't take align their moral compass with musicians. Pure and simple.

Face facts - music is everywhere. Even Green Day (jeez, there's ANOTHER ONE for you) has an entirely political message in their "American Idiot" CD. (I have to admit, at this point, I LIKE this CD, but not because of any message, but because it's loud).

If you think that the majority of people who listen to this music is a) politically savvy and b) really able to discern the inherent difference between "rock-n-roll" and "political agenda", you're overstating the intelligence of many, many listeners.

What better way to spread YOUR ideology than to put it into the heads of teenagers who like the whole idea of going against the establishment with no clear idea of HOW or WHY to do it. And do it in FM stereo!

I cling to my right to not like the Beatles. Their place in music history won't change based on MY opinion, and they're welcome to the accolades that they generated from this. Their music stunk, in my opinion. Their message was lame. John Lennon was a gifted songwriter? Please. He found a way to get everyone on his side by being some sort of psycho-reformist dope. There's no message in there...other than "If you make something incomprehensible enough, people will think it's poetry." Why don't people see this?

As far as not seeing the point in seeing U2. Good for you. You think their music is tired, and you are entitled to your opinion. As I am to disagree with you.

Ok, this I agree with. You certainly are entitled to disagree with me.

Believe me I am not easy to impress regarding live performances. Hell, I went to see Green Day who I love and was totally disappointed with their grandstanding performance. But U2 put in a pretty passionate show and it showed. You don't like them, fine. But to say you don't see the point...is assuming your is the only opinion.

Nope. It's not assuming that MINE is the only opinion, just that MINE is AN opinion. I also don't see the point in garden gnomes, phones that take pictures and Office 2003. This doesn't mean that there aren't those who find these things useful and valuable (as you do with U2 concerts). Obviously, given that U2 is sold out everywhere, there are many like you. Doesn't mean I'm right or wrong.

They ARE old, they ARE tired and they ARE fossilized grandstanders. My opinion. If you wish to say "Extremely entertaining and almost spiritual. Now I get it when people say a U2 show is like a religious event." then you're not setting the bar very high, again in my opinion.

Moniz said...

Fine. We agree to disagree. But not about camera phones. I like my phones to be, wait for it, PHONES! Not my media centre. Phone with cameras, mp3 players, video capability, games,etc. Then when you need to make a call the battery is dead!

patrick said...

You da man, Moniz.

It's been a pleasure talking to you!