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Watching U2 at Glastonbury. Why are they great? Bono is no mighty singer and they’ve been doing much the same for 30 years . . . but they are.

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  1. Man Friday
    June 25, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Better than an evening at the Mallard ‘putting the world to right’?

    • June 25, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Cameron can’t sing, John can’t play bass, and I lost my Edge years ago.

  2. Man Friday
    June 26, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Touché!

    • June 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

      I forgot to add that mathematicians and engineers make crap drummers.

  3. June 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I think they are the last of the big bands, won’t quite see the same thing again. Not because the talents not there but because the structure that got them(and others) there has begun to decompose.

    Just finished reading The Loner, brilliant writing, was gutted at the end.

    • June 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

      That structure wasn’t perfect. Best live band I ever saw was Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, contemporaries of Bruce and the E Street, (and I saw them too) but where is Johnny Lyon now? Last seen making covers of Tom Waits songs. Why were you gutted?

  4. June 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Because your writing and characterisation were so damn good. Was sure you were going one way and you went the other and a bit further. Don’t want to give out any spoilers but was blinsided.

    I have only read three books that I have experienced emotional/physical reactions to in my life and this was number 4. It was also my first of yours.

    Keen to check out your other work now.

    • June 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Cheers, Sean. Check out ‘Grapefruit Moon’ too, Southside Johnny with La Bamba’s big band. L B was the exuberant trombone player in the Asbury Jukes of the 1970s, when they toured as support to Graham Parker and wound up being given an extra gig in London, all to themselves.

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