Re: Re: Slick JT/Humble Bono

J ([email protected])
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 07:27:57 -0700 (PDT)

    Actually, for one I agree with Rob. Bono's humility in the Joshua
Tree was evident but it became more evident in the suceeding tours,
especially Popmart. The sparse lighting in the JT Tour is a little
bit of an exaggeration on Rob's part. Of course every tour was
well-planned and the lights were very much present such as the red
lighting in Streets during JT and Popmart.

    If there was anything about the JT Tour, it served as a breeding
gournd of all the good things to come. U2 has never been more humble
than they have been now. If Rob likes to stick to his "thanks you for
your patience" example in Springhill Minigh Disaster, I would like to
cite too Bono's "Thank you for your kindness" in Sarajevo. That was
sheer humilty when he credited the crown for carrying him in an
otherwise vocally poor show. In San Diego, he admitted that he
screwed up SATS the previous night in Vegas. A Bono from the 80's
would never be sorry for a bad voice and instead try to scream out
every chord in the book to make up for his missed chords. That was
his way to make up for a bad show, but now Bono is more composed.

   Going the the Governor Mencham and MLK thing, U2 have learned to be
more subtle in their political hints. In Chile, they did not directly
denounce Mr. Pinochet but begged that God is the judge. He never took
sides when he intoruced Please but preferred to emote through the
song. In the 80's, Bono would just babbly up a speech in the middle
of SBS to state a political view. If you look at the Popmart shows
now, Bono doesn't give lengthy political speeches anymore.

   In the Streets video and in the SF Free concert, Bono basically
broke the law thinking he was above the law. However, in Popmart,
Bono asked permission from the mayor of Kansa to film LNOE. Now
that's law abiding. It's a sign of maturity.

   U2 hasn't changed since the 80's in terms of views and ideas but
what has changed are their ways of expressing it. Bono is now much
better in expressing his views both in speaking and in singing. The
emotionally filled, vocallly controlled Popmart shows are now a lot
better than the screaming semi-arrogant "street lighted" JT Shows. U2
has definitely been more humble now than they ever have been. But the
JT Tour was their breeding ground for humiltiy. Believe it or not,
with fame comes humility (at least in U2's case). And I would like to
thank Mr. Okorn for pointing that out. For once I agree with him...


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