Now it’s time for me (Ax) to sleep; it’s closing in on 3am Aussie time. Thanks for the company & nice to have a song exceed my expectations.
@tombhoy73 First song at any rate. And if it goes up on streaming those streams will be counted for charts.
@BirdieNumNums_1 Agree entirely. I was middling after the teaser; this beat my expectations.
@sb_wreeldeal It’s telling when you track the 360 sets and watch that opening blast of 4 new songs get eroded.
@sb_wreeldeal That was the cruelest part, that another top five song for me is what broke my heart.
@sb_wreeldeal And I know it’s dumb luck and all that shit but fuck, songs that are all-time evoke emotions that don’t follow simple logic.
@sb_wreeldeal I’d just got back to Australia. Felt completely flat; passed it off as jetlag.
@vindersandhu89 Definitely getting Magnificent-meets-Zoo Station vibes from the intro too!
@_Dream_Out_Loud Yeah I definitely think it worked better as a gig opener than it did as a lead single.
@sereeasily Better than I expected. I’m actually pleasantly surprised.
@sb_wreeldeal DO NOT START ME ABOUT ASOH
There’s a reason I was quiet for the rest of the Europe leg.
@sb_wreeldeal EBW might’ve been a bit too adult-contemporary to be lead single but still not as clumsy as Miracle.
@sb_wreeldeal Kinda guilty? For listening to the leak…? Oh man, no guilt from me. What that says about teenage Ax’s ethics…
@_Dream_Out_Loud Ehh, putting aside liking Miracle or not, I don’t think it was the best choice for lead single.
@prderocher We’ve got Best Thing to drop in a week and disagree about to get the earth back on its proper orbit. ;)
Ax’s 1st-listen hot take: U2 haven’t had a lead song from an album this good since Vertigo. Boots & Miracle were mis-steps; Blackout is not.
@Sanity_M Those remain the best U2 concerts I’ve seen. So much fun, and Boston was a great city to visit.
@Sanity_M That was 2005. I joined the site in Feb or March I think, just in time for the tour, and saw the band in May.
@duuuaaaane It’s so funny to think back to it now. Single songs?! Seems mad. And how long they took on my shitty dialup!
A few months later I joined Matthias in working on this site, saw U2 in Boston a couple more months later, then fast forward, here we are.
Luckily the power and Internet came back within a couple of minutes. I stayed up for hours listening to those songs. Simpler times, really.
Halfway through there was a huge thundercrack & my Internet died. I shouted “FUCK!” so loud I don’t know how I didn’t wake up whole house.
Turned out it was a friend telling me each song was going up online. This was summer in Queensland so a huge storm broke at the same time.
Who remembers HTDAAB leaking? I (Ax) was 17, I was just going to bed when my computer dinged & I decided to check who was messaging me.
@Naomi_U2Sydney If they bloody tour Europe and North America again before coming down here, I will…
@_Dream_Out_Loud In any case I’m aware that 1,000 streams = 1 sale.
@Naomi_U2Sydney Wouldn’t know since it never fucking came here!
@SilRigote That was so long ago, I (Ax) was 13, had no Internet, and only owned two U2 CDs!
@teddyD66 We’ll post a direct link closer to the time too. :) Just over one and a half hours away now.
@_Dream_Out_Loud …even if U2 reckon The Best Thing is the *true* lead.
@teddyD66 They will be broadcasting it live on the official U2 Facebook page.
@bonojour Yøu trusted me, Ax, in the first place?
No matter what the song sounds like in 2 hours’ time, the promo for SOE is already the best U2 have done for a new album in a whole decade.
Hey, Ax here. Looks like I’m sticking it out until 2am Aussie time for the new single. Make my sleep deprivation worth it, U2!
Architects singer halts gig after woman is groped bbc.in/2xdEWv5 Good on you lads, no place for that anywhere
I know I hurt you and I made you cry. Did everything but murder you and I. But love left a window in the skies, and to love I rhapsodize.
About 1 hour left to vote for the battle of the Bands final U2 vs. Oasis. twitter.com/MichaelRees84/…
I (Ax) had been told the band were unsure whether The Best Thing or Blackout would be the lead single. Looks like B… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Battle of the Bands final U2 vs. Oasis. Have you voted yet? Please RT. twitter.com/michaelrees84/…
Time to vote if you have not so far. twitter.com/michaelrees84/…
Still fantastic youtube.com/watch?v=P01yM_…
Happy Birthday The Edge! youtu.be/5-EW58RlrbQ
@BasBoudewijn I’m (Matt) pretty sure we see a tour next year most likely with the I+E stage.
Here’s my (Matkin’s) U2 concert stats. u2gigs.com/myshows/25580 64 songs, 56 snippets over 7 shows. Only missing Pop.
Oh dear RT @MichaelRyanRuiz: Liam Gallagher played 4 songs and left. On brand
So after this tour I got no new city added to my stats but 7 songs: 4 JT, ASOH, TLTTGYA, DLBIA w/ Noel. Not bad for a tour w/o new album.
This is my all-time favourite prank. Matkin. youtube.com/watch?v=cgrSyo…
@_TurboMike_ No sorry. We never filmed that part.
@BayBoy16 Should be ok now.
@BayBoy16 Thanks for the heads up. Will fix quickly.
@bonojour Must make you a very happy girl ???????? Added these two to my stats as well and some JT of course.
@bethandbono It was great to see you all over Europe :)
Sorry the report was a bit belated—Matt got setlist in database, and his videos up, but I (Ax) dropped the ball! Busy moving into new home.
Hamburg Süd containers leave the stadium area in Brussels so the stage will probably go back to the US by sea.
@smooney14 Guten Morgen :)
@OscarsPop I guess sometimes we block others but at least we try to avoid it. That photo earlier was a good example what we never do.
@U2ThreeChords I’m sure I’m a pain sometimes myself but at least I try to get the camera not higher than required.
This is what you should NOT do … https://t.co/XS4VeFNDsI
@markpeterboro Thanks a lot for the quick updates Mark!
@wooster30 That is perfectly fine ????????
@wooster30 Sorry but no way. Not even close.
Going live on Mixlr ‘U2 live from Brussels ‘. Listen here: mixlr.com/u2gigs
Network slowing down already but I’ll try to mixlr for U2. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@saschakremer Wüsste ja nicht dass du noch unterwegs bist. Man! Wünsche eine tolle Show ????????
@cvodb Wait I come over! ????
@EdgeFest He’s really good! Maybe best I saw opening for U2 over the years. Ok, Muse in South America was great.
Going live on Mixlr ‘NGHFB live from Brussels ‘. Listen here: mixlr.com/u2gigs
@U2santos Thank you. Will look into it the next days. Thanks again!
@U2santos Can you pls submit via website? It will get lost here. Thanks!
NGHFB soundchecking now. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
No more soundchecking after that third take of Vertigo. Enjoy the last Euro show, everybody! -Ax
@mosci68 The rest of the band have often soundchecked without Bono.
Next is Streets, then two abbreviated takes of Vertigo, still no vox. Third take of Vertigo now, longer. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Though now a second take… #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Not a full MW at soundcheck. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Now time for Mysterious Ways. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Soundcheck in Brussels right now. NYD, whole song, but no vocals. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017