U2 in Mumbai: Now with trip report!

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stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 15136
edited January 10 in Music
This December. I just got tickets for the last night of the Joshua Tree tour.

I know many are annoyed by Bono and they haven't put anything out in a while that touches UF, JT, AB or ATYCLB, but I am rather a bit excited to say the least.

We've been to India before but never Mumbai. should be a brilliant experience all round
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  • Awesome! I thought their last 2 efforts were pretty good actually, some nice hooks and well thought out for a band of their age/stature. Compared to their contemporaries of a similar stage in their career, I thought both sounded pretty fresh and modern.

    Did you go to the Euro leg of the tour?
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 5852
    Achtung Baby will always be their high point to me.  Better individual songs on earlier albums but as a complete album AB is a humdinger.

    Have listened sporadically since but they are certainly one of the greats.
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  • Awesome! I thought their last 2 efforts were pretty good actually, some nice hooks and well thought out for a band of their age/stature. Compared to their contemporaries of a similar stage in their career, I thought both sounded pretty fresh and modern.

    Did you go to the Euro leg of the tour?
    No, I last saw them in 2005! I'm in Abu Dhabi, so while we've been hoping they might come here on the way home nothing's announced so far, but Mumbai's an easy trip from here, so we'll make a long weekend of it. 

    I do agree on their output compared with pretty much anyone else still releasing records into their 4th decade, but they have gone from "every album is essential" to "2 or 3 good songs" with the last couple, for me. 
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  • I didn't think they were still going.
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  • Awesome! I thought their last 2 efforts were pretty good actually, some nice hooks and well thought out for a band of their age/stature. Compared to their contemporaries of a similar stage in their career, I thought both sounded pretty fresh and modern.

    Did you go to the Euro leg of the tour?
    No, I last saw them in 2005! I'm in Abu Dhabi, so while we've been hoping they might come here on the way home nothing's announced so far, but Mumbai's an easy trip from here, so we'll make a long weekend of it. 

    I do agree on their output compared with pretty much anyone else still releasing records into their 4th decade, but they have gone from "every album is essential" to "2 or 3 good songs" with the last couple, for me. 
    Ah I won;t reveal and details then, but I had a thoroughly good time. I imagine it'll be a special one being the last one of the tour.
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 368
    Is this a continuation of the Experience tour?  If so you're in for a treat, I went to the O2 one last October and it was brilliant.  Loads of deep cuts, really early stuff, and a hell of a show.
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  • Bezzer said:
    Is this a continuation of the Experience tour?  If so you're in for a treat, I went to the O2 one last October and it was brilliant.  Loads of deep cuts, really early stuff, and a hell of a show.
    No, it's another round of the Joshua Tree tour from 2017. The whole album in order, bookended with classics from other albums. When it first toured for the 30th anniversary they were opening with Sunday Bloody Sunday, then a couple off Unforgettable Fire, then TJT, then Achtung Baby and later stuff. It's going to be much more "greatest hits" than E+I, especially as their first show in India, but I'm sure it'll be spectacular.

    Obviously we'll get Still Haven't Found and One Tree Hill, which I've been wanting to hear live pretty much forever, and they put Ultraviolet in the encores most nights last time round, which will keep me very very happy if they repeat this time out. I'd also like Out of Control, which wasn't played on either of the last tours. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ileW2h5FAoU
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 368
    Ah nice!!  That's the only tour I've missed in years ... typically the one I could potentially get to clashed with another gig I was at!
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  • Yeah, I was very keen on the first run and almost made it to the Rome show, but a mate's wedding in Oz conspired against me. Wasn't going to miss this one. 
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  • SRichSRich Frets: 569
    Apropos of nothing..........Ultraviolet on the U2360 tour (saw 'em in Croke Park and Cardiff Millenium) contained the most visceral guitar parts I've ever heard.

    "There's things I want, there's things I think I want 
    There's things I've had, there's things I wanna have" 
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  • SRich said:
    Apropos of nothing..........Ultraviolet on the U2360 tour (saw 'em in Croke Park and Cardiff Millenium) contained the most visceral guitar parts I've ever heard.
    Yup, it’s awesome. Thought I am still just a tiny bit disappointed Edge plays a simpler guitar line that on the ZooTV tour, cost that version was utterly amazing
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 15136
    So this was already a few weeks ago now so I thought a brief trip report was overdue.

    I’d had a few shit weeks at work and some depression-related health shit, so wasn’t really in the mood and actually not particularly excited in the run-up, including a 90 minute drive, and the ticket girl almost refusing to give us our ticket because we hadn’t brought the right credit card with us, as no one told us we had to!)

    Thankfully I was wrong and they’re still absolutely worth the reputation as probably the greatest live act around. We got the usual massive screen and tree-shaped B-stage, opening with pre-JT songs, then the full Joshua Tree, then an encore of post-JT stuff. I was well aware of the Streets intro with the blood red screen and rockstar pose etc etc, but when it came I was honestly in bits. I’d just about got myself together by With or Without You, until Bono launched into the rarely-heard-of-late “shine like stars” outro, at which point I was a mess again, but good catharsis after feeling shitty beforehand. 

    Other highlights for me were One Tree Hill, a guitar-heavy In God’s Country and Exit, and finally hearing Ultraviolet live. I’d have loved Out or Control and All I Want Is You instead of Desire as the final pre-encore song after the main JT set, but I’m not complaining. 

    In other news, the band and crew were actually staying in the same hotel as us, which was kind of cool. I kept seeing crew guys I’ve seen interviews and videos from countless times which was rather odd. Didn’t meet any of the band, but saw them a couple of times heading in and out, and shared the breakfast room with a very casual Adam Clayton on our last morning. He was with his family so I didn’t say anything but did the usual “man-nod”. 




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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 15136
    Now of course, I’m hoping they do a 30th anniversary “Zoo.com” tour in a couple of years. Not AB end-to-end, but some kind of a reinvention of that tour would be something to see...
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