There. I said it. And I am. I am pissed at U2.
For those of you who have read my posts over the years, you know I am not a fawning, blubbering ‘oh my gawd they’re perfect’ U2 fan.
I was truly looking for something to be delivered to us by now. I actually expected it.
And now I know a lot of you would say ‘Larry, come on, how is this anything new’. I know. Why would I hold U2 to any kind of release schedule? They have historically been mind-numbingly slow at getting material out. What right do I have to be surprised NOW?
It really isn’t about their historical snail’s pace of getting the material just right.
We get teased by a raft of new songs live. We get this dribble of numbered vinyl Wide Awake in Europe. So explain this to me. Vinyl is vinyl. Numbered is limited. So why couldn’t this be released before Christmas as a download only with or without (don’t say it) a cd?
With the apparent raft of material they have, a Christmas gift to the fans would have been great. With the cancellation (don’t be picky – it was a cancellation and reschedule – not a delay) of the North American leg because of Bono’s injury, it would have been nice to give all us loyal fools just a little taste of what’s to come.
Am I out to lunch on this? Am I wrong?
See, I have been annoyed before. I have been disappointed on occasion. But I always knew what I was dealing with and accepted it. For whatever reason, this time is really getting to me.
And you know what? I think it’s a fair criticism. We’ve got a new album coming. The May date better be wrong. February or March better be the target. We’ve got cast recordings from Spiderman to look forward to. And one day maybe I’ll actually believe that U2 will put out a club release (hahahahahahahahha that is so ridiculous). Yeah, U2 performing Dave Guetta channeling The Clash remixed by Blue Man Group!
Why couldn’t Mercy have been a radio release off an EP? And from a business perspective, a pre-Christmas release could have generated some serious coin and interest in what’s coming.
So flame away. Does anyone feel the same? Am I a lone wolf in a pack of rabid lemmings?