Is it just me or is there are definite lack of buzz around the start of the latest U2 tour? I’m a fan–I have been since 1980–but for a reason I find both perplexing and disturbing, I find myself going “Meh.” And it’s not just me. I’ve spoken to hard longtime super-hardcore U2 fans and they feel the same way.
This is odd. Every U2 tour dating back to the mid-80s has been met by frenzied expectations, tons of hype and loads and loads of media coverage. But that seems to be lacking for Innocence + and Experience. We’re all rather flummoxed about this unusual ambivalence and we’ve been trying to analyze our change in attitude. Is it because
- We’ve been underwhelmed by the last two albums?
- The gap between No Line on the Horizon and Songs of Innocence was too long?
- Of the Apple stunt with the release of SoI?
- The knowledge that no tour by any band (not even U2) will ever match the spectacle of the 360 Tour?
- We’ve been there, done that so many times before when it comes to U2 concerts?
- That we’ve come to the conclusion that U2 is no longer the driving musical force they used to be?
I’m still a fan, of course, and I’ll end up seeing a couple of shows on this tour. But I’ll go just because it’s something I’ve always done, you know? On the other hand, though, maybe they’re off to just a slow start. Maybe things will build once the tour actually gets underway.
Or maybe not. Check out this article by Marsha Lederman in today’s Globe and Mail headlined in the paper (but not online) as “How Long Must They Sing This Song?”