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    Bono - what a wanker!

    Cancelling Paris Concerts After Attacks Was the Biggest Mistake of U2’s Career.


    Another empty gesture. (Photo: Google Commons)

    In Paris on the evening of Tuesday, November 18, a legendary band from the Emerald Isle stood on stage in a rock club. In the face of fear, in the face of terror, in a city that is the epicenter of the world’s anxiety and the word’s beauty, this group sang rousing anthems about war and peace, about bridging ancient hostilities caused by ignorance, about loving your fellow man even if their religion is one you were raised to hate. This foursome used the power of simple rhythms and soaring vocals to bravely raise the flag of hope and brotherhood.

    U2 had the opportunity to make possibly the grandest and most meaningful gesture of their careers. But they didn’t. Fuck them forever.

    That band, of course, were Stiff Little Fingers from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who performed as scheduled in Paris last night. U2, on the other hand, cancelled concerts in Paris this past weekend in the wake of Friday’s terror attacks.

    Rock and roll is full of empty gestures, many of them beautiful, some of them stirring, a very, very few of them even necessary. After all, amongst our greatest icons is a multimillionaire, one of the wealthiest musicians of his era, who sang, “Imagine no possessions.” Rock and roll sends shivers up our spine, and leaves our lives inspired and our jaws agape. But it is also defined by the raised fist that meets no flesh.

    When Jim Morrison mewled, “There’s a killer on the road/His brain is squirmin’ like a toad,” the Vietcong didn’t exactly drop their weapons, jump out of their spider holes and sing “Kumbaya.” And all that shrieking about “White Riot” didn’t keep Thatcher from rising to power, did it? But it was great fucking theatre.

    This past weekend, U2 found themselves in the perfect place to do something exceedingly rare: They had a chance to actually make a meaningful gesture (those two words are generally oxymoronic).

    I genuinely understand why U2 couldn’t go through with the EnormoDome gig they had originally booked in Paris, and the accompanying HBO simulcast; I understand the responsibility they had for hundreds of employees, both in their organization and at HBO, not to mention the fans who could potentially be a target. But are you telling me they couldn’t busk in the street, or show up at a club? Maybe they could have even opened for Stiff Little Fingers, the band who inspired much of U2’s strident lyrical imagery and emotional force.

    Do not wait for some organized concert. Go there and hold hands with the frightened and the mourning; engage the ignorant with words, music and the peculiar fool’s gold glimmer of stardom; and give a soapbox to the tolerant, wise and compassionate.

    A few paragraphs back, I spoke of the very exclusive category of “necessary” gestures. Over the last few days, U2 missed the chance to make one of those; they missed the chance to urge tolerance when intolerance is rampant; they missed the chance to educate amidst an epidemic of ignorance; they missed the chance to say that the faith of the oppressors is also the faith of the oppressed.

    (Ohhhh but they did have their picture taken at the memorial.)

    In a career bursting with gestures, U2 had the opportunity to make what could have been the grandest and most meaningful gesture of their careers. Never, ever would U2’s message of Coexistence have had more meaning; Bono, the Edge, Clayton and Mullen could have begged for compassion, shed tears of mourning, shredded chords of anger. They could have walked in the bloody path of atrocity and opened their arms to the angels of peace. In other words, they could have done everything U2 always do in every concert; only they could have done it in a setting where it actually would have meant something.

    But they didn’t.

    Fuck them forever.

    Fuck them for underlining that there’s a paste-filled gem set in the paper mache ring of our rock and roll dream. Fuck them for reminding us that all those slogans really do mean virtually nothing. Fuck them for not trotting out one of their most gorgeously meaningless catchphrases—something about “In The Name of Love”—and placing this cheap, bubble-gummy piece of zircon in a setting where it actually would have meant something, where it would have sparkled like a diamond.

    In 1968, The MC5 and Phil Ochs sang as the truncheons of Mayor Daley’s Chicago Goon Squad rained down on their skulls; in 1973, Victor Jara sang in Chile Stadium, his hands broken, his fingers burst and his death imminent, because a gesture was important and the world was watching.

    I literally have no idea why U2 passed on this opportunity. Perhaps, to give them the benefit of the doubt, they were afraid of being labeled opportunistic; well, pal, revel in that, underline those accusations and give them a new context, make certain the world is watching so you can say, “This atrocity happened here, these obscenities of intolerance and violence can unite us, not divide us.”

    In 1968, The MC5 and Phil Ochs sang as the truncheons of Mayor Daley’s Chicago Goon Squad rained down on their skulls, because a gesture was important and the world was watching; in 1973, Victor Jara sang in Chile Stadium, his hands broken, his fingers’ burst and his death imminent, because a gesture was important and the world was watching; in mid-November 2015, U2 could have fucking tuned up some acoustic guitars and sang “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and preached coexistence, because the world was watching.

    Every musician of any goddamn importance and political and social pretension—Dave Grohl, Billy Joe Armstrong, the loathsome Sting—should be in Paris tonight singing their songs. I mean, that’s a fucking no-brainer. Do not wait for some organized concert. Go there and hold hands with the frightened and the mourning; engage the ignorant with words, music and the peculiar fool’s gold glimmer of stardom; and give a soapbox to the tolerant, wise and compassionate.

    U2 had the perfect chance to do that. For some reason they didn’t. Of course, it would have all just been a gesture. But now is the perfect time for a gesture.

    The Biggest Mistake of U2?s Career | Observer

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    Probably cancelled out of respect for the dead terrorists

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    it was cancelled by the french authorities.

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    Vous Aussi non plus

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    Sponsored by the Save Bono Foundation.

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    Given that the French police will have enough on their plate at the moment, I think the last thing they need is to be used as security for a concert....Respectful and correct decision....but would be a nice gesture to hold the concert at a later date and use the profits of the event to help the families of the victims..

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    #prayforbono.

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    I thought all U2 fans were suffering through menopause by now

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008
    Given that the French police will have enough on their plate at the moment, I think the last thing they need is to be used as security for a concert....Respectful and correct decision....but would be a nice gesture to hold the concert at a later date and use the profits of the event to help the families of the victims..
    U2 are wealthy enough to pay for the extra security themselves. The best gesture would have been 'the show goes on'. The terrorists win this round.

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    U2 play Belfast Innocence & Experience gig at the SSE Arena


    U2 perform at Belfast's SSE Arena for the first time in almost a decade. Its also their first concert since cancelling their Paris gig following the tragic events that have unfolded

    The Irish rock legends had just completed two nights of a four-night run in Paris last week when Islamic State terrorists struck the French capital.

    The band's shows on Saturday and Sunday were dramatically called off, with frontman Bono lamenting, "This is the first direct hit on music that we've had in this so-called 'war on terror' or whatever it's called."

    And on Wednesday night, the band returned to live action in a city that has witnessed its own share of bloodshed over the years.

    The SSE Arena must be amongst the smallest venues the supergroup has played in years.

    And they were determined to create an intimate atmosphere for their fans.

    Bono entered from the back of the hall, striding along a walkway and holding his fist aloft triumphantly, before joining guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr, on stage.

    "We're a band from the northside of Dublin called the U2, formerly the Hype," the sunglasses-sporting vocalist announced.

    The foursome were welcomed like heroes, and the feeling was mutual.

    "You are heroes to us," Bono told the sold-out crowd.

    "It's great to be here in the heart of Belfast."

    Opening track The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) harked back to the days before U2 had ventured outside Dublin.

    But even then, they were tuned into the news coming from the north.

    "What was happening up here made a big impact in our teenage years," Bono said.

    The first few numbers were played punk-style, four guys in a row, blasting it out.

    The jolting riffs of Vertigo had the whole arena bouncing, while a massive I Will Follow got everyone singing along.

    And Iris (Hold Me Close) was a deeply personal tribute to Bono's late mother.

    But it wouldn't be a U2 show without some grand spectacle, and the video screens were soon sparking into life.

    Sunday Bloody Sunday saw a procession of murals from both loyalist and republican areas, alternating with the slogan, 'Remember the victims'.

    And despite the events of the past week, the band didn't flinch from using explosive sound effects and a striking car bomb graphic to introduce Raised by Wolves.

    Nor did they drop the controversial video footage they have been using during the song itself.

    A roll call of notorious Northern Ireland terrorist atrocities played out on screen, from the Miami Showband Massacre to the Omagh bombing, ending with a dedication to all the victims of the Troubles, with an emphasis made on 'all'.

    There was no explicit commentary about Paris during the set, though the iconic Eiffel Tower peace logo was shown alongside the message, 'Stronger than fear'.

    The Syrian Civil War was also referenced in powerful images during a brooding Bullet the Blue Sky.

    If things could get a bit heavy at times, the quartet also knew when to switch gears into big, roof-raising hits.

    An Italian fan was hauled on stage to dance with Bono for Mysterious Ways, while With or without You closed the main set in epic fashion.

    It may have been a difficult few days for U2 - for the world - but last night proved you can't keep a good band - or their audience - down.

    Review: U2 play Belfast Innocence & Experience gig at the SSE Arena - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

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    send the sanctimonious prick to ebola land to do a free concert.

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    ...and what of this lad?
    Doesn't say much.




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    From the security point of view, the right thing to do, and almost certainly told by the authorities who needed every man on the street.

    I think Bono is a cock, but this is just bollocks.

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    Bono's a cnut!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen View Post
    Bono's a cnut!

    A little known trivial fact: Bono is Celtic slang for a women's neither regions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen View Post
    Bono's a cnut!
    I concur, thread should have a different title.
    I would like to add the following..

    He wears tinted sunglasses all the time.
    He's a 50 year old man who calls himself 'Bono'
    He's in U2
    That one story about him flying his hat first class to a gig after he left it at home
    Tax evasion
    Does charity work in a way that strikes people as narcissistic and 'look at me, look how wonderful I am, saving all the children'.

    BONO - HE'S A CNUT

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    Bono's besty,

    Bob geldof ? ( Spelling ) is in Bangkok at the moment on some speaking tour with a heap of other Semi famous punters.

    Seen him on Telli last night, Jesus he is a sad coont and worst of all he can not sing like Bono. He looks around 110 years old now.

    That's life Huh.

    But U2 were fooking brilliant on there prime.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    and what of this lad?
    Doesn't say much
    Nor does this lad


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    ^

    The thing with that fuker is his voice is still brilliant.

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    Just thinking a concert by him would be far better than one by bono.

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    ^

    U2 are pretty shit hot in concert so I reckon I go U2 first and Cat second.

    Usorf or whatever the fook he calls himself now ain't a regular at concerts though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    and what of this lad?
    Doesn't say much
    Nor does this lad

    Cheers, Norts!
    Cat still is premier.

    ....and walks the walk.

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    Lets face it he don't exactly need the money ,, and I am sure if I was that minted up I wouldn't want to put myself in that position .

    There was a whole lot of bravado going around before the England / France game this week and lets face it , ( IF ) things had gone wrong all the bravado would have changed overnight into " It was crazy for this game to go ahead " etc .
    I'm proud of my 38" waist , also proud I have never done drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    Bono is Celtic slang for a women's neither regions.
    Well, a taint is neither hole...Tis the little land-bridge in between the two, innit?...

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