Re: I don't care if I get flamed for this...

Robbie Robinson ([email protected])
Mon, 31 Aug 1998 07:45:18 -0700

Brian Rossi wrote:
> J wrote:
> >Thus, U2 are past their "popularity" prime but definitley stil in their
> >"creative" prime.
> I'd have to agree with with comment, Its something that i often have
> thought about in recent times.
> I look back at ZOOTV and the hype and excitement that surrounded the whole
> tour as compared to POPMART. I remember being at a football game at the
> M.C.G. back in early 93 and finding out about the Melbourne show for the
> first time via an advertisement on the big screen at half time. From then
> on the whole media hype in terms of U2 specials, interveiws etc etc as well
> as the attitudes of the public in general seemed to be more U2 crazy. Even
> at the time when U2 came to town for ZOOTV people seemed to be more tuned
> in to what U2 was doing and more interested in them. Now im not Saying
> that people wernt interested during Popmart but I think that even though it
> was probably a better, bigger and more powerful show the general atmosphere
> and hype surrounding the return of U2 to town seemed to be on a far smaller
> and less receptive scale by the general population as a whole.

Don't you mean U2's popularity with the *media* is down.
The media in general tried to ignore or even put down U2,
especially in the United States. The album got great reviews
and the shows were fantastic (and the tour sucessful), but
The media was not supportive of the band like they were
during Joshua Tree and the AB tours. They decided to bash
instead of hype this time. That kept some of the
less interested music fans away for the shows, but it
showed just how many hard-core fans and music listeners
that don't let the media decide who they like there are.
I'm not really sure why the media did this, maybe they just
got tired of raving about U2 and decided it would be more
fun to bash them this time.
That's how logical the press is :p
I know that is normal behavior in the British press.


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