No other U2 album has been dissected by the press as maliciously as "Songs Of Experience". Some critics may have judged with a greater sense of proportion, but the fourteenth studio work of the Irish superstars will certainly not go down in history as a masterpiece. U2 play it safe with their contemporary stadium sound, but at the same time try to appeal to younger listeners. Bono admits this bluntly. Recently he explained that in times of Spotify you have to work more on the quality of the single song to get it on the radio. The times of clearly defined singles are finally over.
U2 - The ultimate live band
The true greatness of U2 proves itself in its live capabilities. Like no other band in the world, the Irish have been able to stage themselves anew again and again over the past four decades, and have captivated even the most critical of audiences. While their studio albums are subject to strong qualitative fluctuations, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are still a power on stage today. eclipsed shows why and garnished the whole thing with concert memories of its authors.
THE WAR TOUR (1.12.1981 - 30.11.1983)
Saturday, 20 August 1983: WDR broadcasts the "Rockpalast" open air from the Loreley - with a singer in a black T-shirt, black jeans and a storm hairstyle, as if Elvis had been caught in the engine of a jumbo. A guy with insane charisma who sings hymnal songs about bloody workers' uprisings, gets a girl from the audience to dance on stage and marches through the rows of spectators with a white flag. In addition there is a guitarist who fires one staccatoriff after the other and an incredibly tight rhythm section.
SUPERTRAMP - 40 years "Crime Of The Century"
Actually they were already dead. Even dead as a doornail. After two albums that sold as well as soap-flavoured chocolate and, according to guitarist/singer Roger Hodgson, didn't sound much better, the chapter Supertramp seemed to be over in 1971 - because everything really went wrong. The band, which at that time consisted of Kevin Currie, Frank Farrell, Dave Winthrop, Rick Davies and Hodgson, fell apart after a disastrous Scandinavian tour.
AC/DC - Temporary power outage
When a band from the Range U2s plays in front of an audience of electric market customers and private radio listeners and - exclusively - lets itself be looked over the shoulder by the tabloid press, then something is rotten in the state of Denmark, then rock'n'roll has lost its teeth and claws, and the artist makes himself the executive organ of institutions with which he should have nothing to do. And in the case of U2, it's already the second fat cell within two months.
First the Apple deal, which cost the telecommunications giant 100 million US dollars, and which ensured that the thirteenth U2 epic "Songs Of Innocence" was simply downloaded onto the mobile phones of 500 million customers - whether they wanted it or not. A campaign that triggered a true Shitstorm and went mad as a marketing campaign. Which Bono has now also realized.
The next big thing
The new album is here! It's called "The Incident." As with every new recording of Porcupine Tree, the expectations of fans and critics are enormous: The band has long since earned a reputation as an innovator of art rock. Will the album be the next big thing? Or is it a lot of smoke for nothing? According to bandleader Steven Wilson, "The Incident" is one of the best things he has ever created.
Metamorphosis of a Band
The Great Rock Latinum
Very few musicians manage to create a completely independent brand with their sound - Carlos Santana is one of them. 40 years ago he and his band named after him put Latin rock on the map with their debut album. We follow the traces left by Santana in the sixties and seventies.
"We're under pressure with every new album."
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.