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The Long Players perform U2's The Joshua Tree 

When: Fri., June 4, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $15
More than 25 years spent carrying the weight of the world finally caught up to U2 singer Bono last week, causing rock's most messianic star to break his back and thus forcing the postponement of his band's forthcoming U.S. tour. While stateside U2 fans won't get an opportunity to say “HELLLLLO, HELLLLLO!” to the band until 2011, those in Nashville can still find what they're looking for — or at least some consolation — at the Cannery Ballroom, when sonic reconstructionists The Long Players apply their note-perfect tributary talents to the band's colossal 1987 masterpiece The Joshua Tree. From Coldplay to Kings of Leon, countless bands have ridden U2's formula of sweeping stadium anthems and uplifting earnestness to the highest echelons of superstardom. But none has ever made an album that sounds like The Joshua Tree. By coupling the band’s already well-hewn new-wave textures with an idiosyncratic (Irish) interpretation of American music, the album’s transcendent moments of rousing sonic grandeur still set the bar for any band with epic aspirations. The LPs may not have a 10,000-ton stage to rock on, but given their reputation, the sound will be big as ever. Good luck to whichever guest vocalist gets saddled with the task of tackling “Bullet the Blue Sky.”
— Adam Gold

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