Why U2 – Reason #18

whyu2U2 are frequently referred to as “The Biggest Band in the World”, and I suppose that the meaning of that phrase is open to interpretation, but at the end of the day, I’m not sure how true it is. “Best Band in the World”, sure. All day, every day, but “biggest”? I think that it might be truer to call U2 something along the lines of “World’s Biggest Cult Band”. Wikipedia states that “A…musical artist…will be said to have a cult following when it has a small but very passionate fan base.” and I think that that describes U2 to a tee. I don’t know many people who like U2, if I’m being honest. I can only think of one that I encounter daily in my physical life, and that’s my wife, and before I came along, she couldn’t have cared any less about U2 than she did. Even online, U2 haterism is rampant, so I maintain my theory that U2 definitely don’t belong listed among the most popular bands in the world, and you know what? That suits me just fine. I’ve generally found that people who like U2 are intelligent, responsible, and generally speaking, good people. They care about what happens in the world around them. For U2 fans, “life’s not fair” isn’t a valid explanation, and neither is “because I said so”. U2 fans are literate, curious, and accepting, all of which are traits that are echoed in the band itself. I know that our guys, Bono especially, worry sometimes that they don’t appeal to a wide enough base of music listeners, but I for one am glad that U2’s music and lyrics weed out some of the riff-raff, so to speak. It means something to be a U2 fan, and I’m proud to be part of that group. If you’re reading this, chances are that you should be proud, too.

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    broadsword
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    U2 are frequently referred to as “The Biggest Band in the World”, and I suppose that the meaning of that phrase is open to interpretation, but at the
    [See the full post at: Why U2 – Reason #18]

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    joepit
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    Joshua, we all know music is subjective and I am not one that deals with hyperbole, but the numbers do not lie. U2 holds the record for the biggest tour in history and the most grammy’s. Enough said!

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    Leeny
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    Joe, as much as I wanted to play devil’s advocate by asking who else had a three year tour with a giant hole in the middle, I did some research and there is no doubt.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_concert_tours

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    According to this Wiki article (which is admittedly incomplete) U2’s 360 not only holds the top spot for highest grossing tour, but their Vertigo tour is in the #6 slot as well!! Not too shabby.
    Moreover, several other bands’ tours lasted more than one year, so U2’s ranking can’t simply be because 360 was able to capitalize on fans who would go to multiple legs of the tours.

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    joepit
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    I agree Leeny, so what’s your point?

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