I feel like #U2TheBestThing will grow on me over time. As a lead single I’m not sure. Nice to see a song about joy though. Matkin.
It strikes me that some lucky fans have already heard a full third of SOE. #U2TheBestThing
It was the best of things, it was the blurst of things.
Re: Best Thing. Nice to see Edge take lead vocals for a verse. Matkin. #U2TheBestThing
The New York Times have a detailed write-up about the Songs of Experience sessions: nytimes.com/2017/09/06/art…
Our article on U2’s new song You’re the Best Thing About Me, the lead single for Songs of Experience: u2gigs.com/article1222.ht…
@pandjraybould Not really. Cedarwood Road and Troubles are good. But I never listen to it. Nothing post-Pop is in my regular rotation.
@U2_australia Mate, that’s code for “incoherent mess like NLOTH”!
@stubby70 I’d go further and say it’s a pretty strong majority who favour Blackout.
@BrianovichIV Haven’t got it right since Vertigo led HTDAAB. Subsequent three have all been baffling choices.
@frankisaU2fan It’s SO abrupt. I don’t know how this got through any sort of quality control.
@WaitingOnASong Not sure we can judge The Blackout’s mix from a shithouse Facebook stream w/ crowd noise pasted in.
Producers for The Best Thing, by the way, are credited as Ryan Tedder, Steve Lillywhite, and Jacknife Lee.
Honestly, I’m let down. The Blackout made me think U2 could be regaining some form. This song has dashed those hopes. Your mileage may vary!
I (Ax) don’t like Best Thing, I’m sorry. Sounds like 3 songs mashed together. Maybe some of you dig it. Blackout far & away a better track.
“The best thing that ever happened a boy.” If a lyric won’t fit the melody & you cut one word to force it, there are bigger problems afoot.
@bijans They’ve completely overthought it, cut and pasted too many things.
Best Thing is now on Spotify. I (Ax) am giving it one more listen before saying any more about my opinion…
@U2ThreeChords Absolutely not.
@bijans Chorus, verses, solo - they don’t go together. Total mess.
Dave Fanning prefers Blackout. I (Ax) do too. I can’t believe they chose Best Thing as the lead single over Blackout.
This song is all over the place.
Right, about to play Best Thing, here we go: 2fm.rte.ie/player/
Oh just play it; chat later!
Fanning is now explaining the concept behind Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Says they’re letters to Ali, to his kids, to the world.
Dave Fanning about U2: “they’ve an album coming out”, probably 1 December.
No matter how Best Thing sounds, it’s going to seem brilliant after whatever this shithouse song on RTE 2FM is.
Those of you wondering when there’ll be a leak, here ‘tis. twitter.com/U2start/status…
Here we go, Dave Fanning has arrived at RTE 2FM. 2fm.rte.ie/player/
Apparently the RTE debut might be at 50-past-the-hour, not 45. They’re crapping on about soccer right now, anyhow.
@toolz2112 I like the idea of having international Aussie Rules test matches.
@toolz2112 Those Perthians and their secessionism. Seceding from accurate typing.
@toolz2112 It’s a fad, trust me. A Melbourne thing. I haven’t seen them in Wollongong either!
@SallieAnnG New Year’s Day is going to blow their minds. Best not tell them about The Joshua Tree yet, they’ll need some adjustment time.
Just 20 minutes until RTE 2FM get the world premiere of The Best Thing. #U2
@toolz2112 I’m not sure Perth has got electric guitars. Or electricity.
@U2start Is this Remy? Because you’re from such a large country eh mate?
@GoodbyePuckPie Just blame Adelaide and its wacky timezone. ;)
That’s 9:15pm in Adelaide and 7:45pm in Perth, but you folks still haven’t got War yet, have you? ;)
I (Ax) am delighted that The Best Thing will be with us at the civilised time of 9:45pm in Australia, not 2am like The Blackout!
@WTSHNN Oops, good catch!
That’s it for today from me, Ax. Hopefully Matkin will be here to take you through Minneapolis - just realised I’ve an appointment then!
@azcat92 Me too, and I’m still bitter neither it nor Electrical Storm made the Dublin 3 setlist.
@GnoccoFritto Yeah it’s sometimes been a challenge to pick whether he’s getting at Drowning Man or the actual Biblical verse he lifted.
There was no Hear Us Coming at the end of One, just Drowning Man. And that’s it. Same 21 songs as Detroit, same order. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Initially I thought it was a straight-up Isaiah 40:31 (“wings like eagles”) but then he did extra lyrics. Definitely Drowning Man.
Holy fuck Bono is snippeting Drowning Man over the end of One! #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
I heard one very loud “shut up!” in the background of @U2BROTHR’s Mixlr when Bono was talking about those bitter divisions.
Bono talking about seeing “bitter division in the United States”. But impressed about Texans helping each other after Harvey.
21. Another speech / One (snippet) #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@gilson_jr_ Haha yep well picked, that was Ax.
20. Speech about women’s rights / Ultra Violet (snippet) #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@carvajfcutah I’m sceptical, and expect a debut on Fallon’s show Thursday.
@gilson_jr_ I definitely think he’s a bit rusty right now after that month off…
@JereVenencia13 I reckon so.
@u2br Are you listening to a different show to us? ;)
Mysterious Ways slide solo good times. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
19. Mysterious Ways, which has a Miss You snippet at the start #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Snippet of Helter Skelter at the end of Vertigo. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@Anamasdal And as if to prove your point he goes and ad-libs new lines around “all of this could be yours” in Vertigo.
18. It’s time for Spanish lessons - Vertigo #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@Anamasdal Yeah, a bit more than usual it seems to me. Might be a couple we couldn’t pick live in RTSS & Red Hill too.
17. Elevation #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@sb_wreeldeal Don’t let the Beautiful Days grind you down.
Beautiful Day has a snippet of Starman. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
16. The encore opens with Beautiful Day, like in Detroit #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
That’s the end of the main set. So - encore. Any variations? Will Miss Sarajevo be back? Will Best Thing debut live? #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
15. Mothers of the Disappeared #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Exit has its usual snippets of Wise Blood and Eeny Meeny Miny Moe. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
14. It’s Walter Trump time at the start of Exit #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
13. One Tree Hill #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono talks about how sometimes U2 forget the joy The Joshua Tree brought to people because of the context of Greg Carroll’s death.
12. Trip Through Your Wires, “for the Dreamers” #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono: “We Irish were the Dreamers of our day. Economic refugees, that’s what we were… and I think we did OK by this country.”
11. Bono: “We have to stay awake to dream, do we not? Even in God’s country.” #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
I’m glad Ax is around for snippets tonight. I’m well out of practice.
@harbinger384 Oh, I didn’t catch that - will listen back later.
@Drea104 Yeah, going to need to listen back to that one.
Red Hill Mining Town #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Did Bono maybe snippet something softly at the end of RTSS, right before the harmonica? #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@sb_wreeldeal You want Matkin’s lukewarm takes rather than my piping hot ones? ;)
9. Running to Stand Still #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
America from West Side Story is also snippeted in Bullet. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bullet has a snippet of Edwin Starr’s War. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
8. “Here comes trouble” says Bono: Bullet the Blue Sky #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Hope everyone is enjoying tonight; my first U2 concert was Buffalo in 2005. Seems Ax referenced that night in our article!
If Bono’s going to shout “this song is for lovers to sing their hearts out”, then the Shine Like Stars verse is as appropriate as it gets.
Hi everyone, Matkin here. How you all doing on leg 3?
7. With or Without You #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
End of I Still Haven’t Found has a snippet of The Beatles’ Come Together. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
6. I Still Haven’t Found. Bono’s intro: “Here we are, here you still are; nothing’s changed, everything’s changed.” #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@coolian2 “He’s doing his fookin’ barooga again, let’s get out of here.”
Little snippet of California in Streets. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
I swear I heard one line as “where the sweets have no name”. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@coolian2 Barooga is what they called Bono doing drunk karaoke.
5. Streets opens the Joshua Tree part of the set #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
4. Pride #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono has snippeted Give Peace a Chance in 7 songs before but not in Bad. First was in ElecCo just after Lennon died: u2gigs.com/show1031.html
Give Peace a Chance snippet is followed by the usual snippet of America. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono’s getting the house lights turned off in Bad as usual. Snippet of Give Peace a Chance. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Oh, and yes, Bono (not always known for accurate tales) DOES have the date right, they really did play Buffalo the night Lennon was shot.
He adds that he hopes tonight’s show is a night nobody forgets for all the right reasons. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono on the 1st time U2 played Buffalo: “the night John Lennon was shot dead, I’ll never forget it” #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
3. Bad #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono on the support act: “thank you to the brilliant Beck and his band of troubadours”. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
2. New Year’s Day #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
1. Sunday Bloody Sunday #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
It’s go time! Whole of the Moon is playing in Buffalo. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@harrykantas I’m trying to jinx it here; the less I predict it, the more likely they are to play it and make me look like an arse. ;)
I’d suggest odds of Best Thing’s live debut are low. I expect it on Fallon on Thursday.
Hi, Ax here with you for #U2TheJoshuaTree2017 in Buffalo. Unsure if we’ve got Matkin today. Perhaps I’ll do some title puns in his stead. ;)