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OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: December 17, 2011 02:39

BILLY JOEL OUTS U2 LIVE ACT

12/16/2011

Is there more to a U2 show than just the four members of the Irish band? Billy Joel says there's more than meets the eye. During a lecture and performance this week at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Joel told the crowd that "Bono's gonna kill me for this..." before saying that when he attended a U2 show in New York he learned that additional musicians were underneath the stage supporting the quartet. U2's use of supporting players, not unlike Pink Floyd during the 70s, has long been rumored but never openly reported. The U2 camp has not commented on Joel's bombshell.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: Justin ()
Date: December 17, 2011 02:41

They're literally under the stage? Seems uncomfortable.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: December 17, 2011 02:43

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Justin
They're literally under the stage? Seems uncomfortable.

I've heard they punch tiny airholes into the stage for these performers, so it's not as uncomfortable as you probably think.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: December 17, 2011 02:48

U2's live act is the stage. They should all be under there; U2, the 'supporting' players, everybody. Just disappear and let the crowd concentrate on watching all the pretty lights.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2011-12-17 03:01 by tatters.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: 71Tele ()
Date: December 17, 2011 02:52

Was Billy Joel drunk at the time?

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: Midnight Toker ()
Date: December 17, 2011 02:56

Does not surprise me. I was wondering where the extra guitars were coming from last tour. Thought OS was prerecorded.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: stonesrule ()
Date: December 17, 2011 03:01

I wondered what Blondie was up to.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: theimposter ()
Date: December 17, 2011 03:04

Not news to me. There's only one guitar player in the band, yet in every show we hear multiple guitars. There is no keyboard in the band, yet we hear keyboards during U2 shows. Pretty much a closed case there.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: MKjan ()
Date: December 17, 2011 03:20

Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage

As if there were any musicians at all on the stage to begin with.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: mtaylor ()
Date: December 17, 2011 03:21

U2 should be open about these things - people with some musical knowledge do hear it right away.... fx the keyboard. The keyboard sound doesn't come out of nowhere, so somebody does play .....

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: December 17, 2011 03:34




Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: Edith Grove ()
Date: December 17, 2011 03:36

What was Billy Joel thinking when he did this ?





Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: hwkn ()
Date: December 17, 2011 03:38

Unless they have the keyboards pre sampled and the Edge or Bono hits a pedal on the stage that triggers it.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: Kurt ()
Date: December 17, 2011 03:58

No, Billy Joel is right.

There is definitely a piano/keyboard UNDER the stage.

Been that way for awhile.
He's right when is says they should at least be honest.

We bitch about the sidemen here all the time. At least we can acknowledge them properly on tour.

U2 has outgrown their own image.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: melillo ()
Date: December 17, 2011 04:11

to be fair i have been to many u2 shows and the edge is always using pedals, i dont think its other people playing backstage

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: Chris Fountain ()
Date: December 17, 2011 04:18

Chuck Berry never was asked such an inquiry!!!!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2011-12-17 04:20 by Chris Fountain.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: Naturalust ()
Date: December 17, 2011 04:24

That why U2 is such a wimp band. Bono is interesting and seems good for the world but as a rock band? I always though they sucked after Streets with no Name and One. But this news, if true, really kills it all for me. Bye U2! peace.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: Max'sKansasCity ()
Date: December 17, 2011 04:26

BILLY JOEL OUTS U2 LIVE ACT
.... The U2 camp has not commented on Joel's bombshell


Is this really a "bombshell"?... more like a firecracker.. lady finger?

People have been doing this reinfroced stage sound for years... Look at Rush, there is no way can they reproduce all those sounds in their songs with 3 people live on stage.

I am not U2 fan... Heck the more I know em, hera em...the less I like em.... U2 is like taco bell they have 3 songs(ingredients) and rework them in to 25 menu items..... but as far as extra people, tape, Blondie back stage etc etc... the only band I ever heard say anything about it was Tom Schultz of Boston. VERY unusually at the end of the show Tom said "Every sound you heard tonight was produced by someone you see on this stage." It was an odd moment, for me anyway.

Should bands, performers, all artist be required to state on a disclaimer handed to those in attendence, what is what... and who is who.... and yadda yadda yadda?

nah.... never gonna happen... gimme another beer.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: Jah Paul ()
Date: December 17, 2011 04:30

Billy's correct...U2's keyboard player under the stage is Terry Lawless.





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2011-12-17 04:32 by Jah Paul.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: Borncrosseyed ()
Date: December 17, 2011 05:01




Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: December 17, 2011 05:48

TEN guys under the stage???

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: zumabitch ()
Date: December 17, 2011 06:04

I think that the U2 have got dwarves under the stage, and the Rolling Stones have Martians. Or vice-versa, I don't remember.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Date: December 17, 2011 06:22

This has been known for years. It really became a machine with ZOO TV. U2 used recorded parts/recordings and samples of recordings to support various parts of whatever songs, Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World being a great example. Some of them were triggers from the drums, others were cued by technicians and some were played by the guitar tech, for example, a wah-wah pedal while Edge walked around. They've never not admitted it, they've just never made a point to talk about it.

But it's certainly no secret. Not sure why this is "news".

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: trainarollin ()
Date: December 17, 2011 06:26




Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: December 17, 2011 06:29

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WeLoveToPlayTheBlues
Not sure why this is "news".

Maybe it's the first time one of their 'competitors' has talked about it in public?

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: 71Tele ()
Date: December 17, 2011 08:06

I have a bit of a problem with anyone over the age of 25 calling himself "The Edge", but hey, that's just me...

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: NoCode0680 ()
Date: December 17, 2011 09:01

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trainarollin



It's funny, because it's true. But in The Edge's defense, he freely admits it. In "It Might Get Loud" he flat out says he's not a great guitarist and that he relies on effects pedals, and demonstrates one U2 "riff" with the effects turned on, then turns it off showing what he's actually playing and how simple it is. If he really believed he were some guitar God I might be a little more put off by him, but he's pretty humble. At least as far as his technical skill is concerned.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: TornAndFried ()
Date: December 17, 2011 09:40

Quote
Jah Paul
Billy's correct...U2's keyboard player under the stage is Terry Lawless.


Terry Lawless has been playing backing keyboards for U2 on the last 3 tours going back to 2001. He has a keyboard station set up underneath the stage and follows the band via video monitors and headphones. They have brought him up on the stage from time to time and Bono has acknowledged him by name on occasion so it's not a really big secret...just something the band prefers to keep low-key. They found it better to have a live musician adding these extra parts rather than doing it by computer so they could have more flexibility with the tempos and song arrangements. He often counts off the tempos (similar to Chuck Levell) and triggers some of the pre-recorded backing tracks to some songs to supplement the live sound. Terry is the only additional musician that U2 uses, and I should note that Edge plays all of his onstage piano parts himself. [www.terrylawless.com]



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2011-12-17 09:47 by TornAndFried.

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: 71Tele ()
Date: December 17, 2011 09:41

Quote
Edith Grove
What was Billy Joel thinking when he did this ?



That he really enjoys the feeling of wearing a skirt and tights?

Re: OT: Billy Joel Says U2 Has Additional Musicians Playing Under The Stage
Posted by: NoCode0680 ()
Date: December 17, 2011 09:55

Quote
71Tele
Quote
Edith Grove
What was Billy Joel thinking when he did this ?



That he really enjoys the feeling of wearing a skirt and tights?

No, he was thinking "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die"



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2011-12-17 09:56 by NoCode0680.

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