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"Bad" (Live Version) by U2.
tabbed by Matt Stewart

Okay, here is a complete full tab for this incredible song.  It's bits
and pieces of what everyone else has contributed, but all together in
one format.

*NOTE: Tune down the guitar a 1/2 step.
        Use a 0.4 second delay with 2-3 repeats (turn delay volume up           all the
way), some chorus, a little gain (make sure it sounds   clean).

Okay, there are three main riffs to this song.  It's a really simple
song when you break it down; getting the right sound is the hardest
part.

OPENING RIFF
------------
The opening riff is played throughout most of the song - during the
verse mostly.  The key to playing it is muting the strings while letting
the high notes ring.  In the tab below, the parentheses - ( ) -
surrounding the notes indicates that you mute those strings (i.e., keep
your fingers on the frets indicated but do not push strings down onto
fret board).  Also note that when you play the "ringing notes" (i.e., as
indicated below, the 12th fret on the high E and the 10th fret on the B
string, only play them once, and let the delay pedal play the second
note that you hear.... I say that because I had a bad habit of striking
those strings twice).  

e-----------------------------12-------------------------------12---
b-------------------------------------------------------------------
g-------------------------------------------------------------------
d--(12)--(12)-(12)-(11)-(11)-------(12)--(12)-(12)-(11)-(11)--------
a--(12)--(12)-(12)-(12)-(12)-------(12)--(12)-(12)-(12)-(12)--------
e-------------------------------------------------------------------


e-------------------------------------------------------------------
b-----------------------10------------------------10-----10---------
g-(9)--(9)-(9)-(7)-(7)------(9)--(9)-(9)-(7)--7-------7------7------
d-(7)--(7)-(7)-(7)-(7)------(7)--(7)-(7)-(7)-(7)--------------------
a-------------------------------------------------------------------
e-------------------------------------------------------------------

That's opening riff, repeat it over and over.

BRIDGE RIFF
-----------
The bridge riff is pretty basic; it is like playing A and Asus4 chords
apperegio.  Anyway, this part of the tab enters the song usually when
Bono begins to sing "Woo hoo, woo hoo, woooo hoooo.... Let it go..."
It also is played when Bono sings "Colors clash, collide in bloodshot
eyes...If I could you know I would..."

e---0---0---0---0---0----------------------0-------------------
b-2---2---2---2---2---2---3---3---3---3-------3---3------------
g-----------------------2---2---2---2---2-------2--------------
d--------------------------------------------------------------
a--------------------------------------------------------------
e--------------------------------------------------------------

SOLO
----
The solo is pretty basic as well.  Edge many times will improvise on
this part, so I am not too technical with the tab, but the main riff is
here:

e----12----12----12----12----12----12----12----12----12----12----
b-14----14----14----14----14----14----14----14----14----14----14-
g----------------------------------------------------------------

e----10----10----10----10----10----10----10----10----10----10----
b-10----10----10----10----10----10----10----10----10----10----10-
g----------------------------------------------------------------

Well, that's the tab to the song.  Only 3 riffs.  I highly suggest
listenting to the song and play along with it to get your timing down.  
Good luck, and Enjoy.  Send questions or comments to stewgift@aol.com
-matt
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Bad by U2
Tabbed by daniel.zigman@bialik.netaxis.qc.ca
Use delay and tune down 1/2 step for all live versions.
I've heard about ten verions of this song and they're all different.
I've tried to give as much of the improvisations, solos and fills as
I remember.

synth riff:
  A
E-------------17--------------------
B-14-17-17-14----14-17-14----------- 2x
G-----------------------------------

  D
E-------------17--------------------
B-15-17-17-15----15-17-15----------- 2x
G-----------------------------------

main riff:
     Asus4   A        Asus4   A        
E-------------12-12-------------12-12----------  
B----------------------------------------------  
G----------------------------------------------   
D-12-12-12-11-------12-12-12-11----------------  
A--0--0--0--0--------0--0--0--0----------------
E----------------------------------------------

  Dsus2   D                  Dsus2   D
E----------------------------------------------------
B----------10-10-----------------10---10-------------
G-9-9-9-7------------9-9-9-9-7-----7----7------------
D-0-0-0-0------------0-0-0-0-0-----------------------
A----------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------

Edge sometimes uses these fills when playing live:

E----------------------------------
B------------10p7---7h10-----------
G---9-9-9-7------------------------
D---0-0-0-0------------------------
A----------------------------------
E----------------------------------

Chorus:
  A                   D
E-------------------------5---5---5---5-5-----
B---5---5---5---5-5-----------------------5---
G-6---6---6---6-----6-7-7---7---7---7-------7-

Live outro jam:
  A
E-------12----12----12---12-12----12----12----12--
B----14----14----14----14------14----14----14-----
G-------------------------------------------------

  D
E----------------------------------------------------
B-12-14-15-15----15----15----15-15----15----15----15-
G-------------14----14----14-------14----14----14----
D----------------------------------------------------

Live Aid improvisations:
E-------12----12----14-14p12--12----12----14-14p12----------
B----14----14----14--------------14----14----------14-14----
G-----------------------------------------------------------

E----------------------12-12-------------12-12-------
B-12-14-15-15----15----------15-15----15----------15-
G-------------14----14-------------14----------14----
D----------------------------------------------------

Edge sometimes played this solo during the Zoo Tv tour (unless you've
heard this, you probably won't be able to make heads or tails out
of it) 

E-12-9--9h10p9------------------------------------------
B--------------12-10-7-7--7-7-7p5-3-2h3p2---------------
G-------------------------------------------------------

---------------
Here is my suggestion about the live outro jam version :
from: Thomas SCHULTZ 

-12------12------12------12------12---------10------10------10------10------10-------
----14------14------14------14------14-12------10------10------10------10------10-12-
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------0-------0-------0-------0-------0----------
0-------0-------0-------0-------0----------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Delay setting : 435 ms ( based on the "Wide Awake in America" version )
Tuning :        1/2 step down


From: ppalmer@ironwood.cray.com (Peter Palmer)
Subject: TAB: Bad (U2) - for one guitar

Bad by U2
from the album Unforgettable Fire

I play this song differently from the great two guitar 
version in the archive (tabbed by Scott Yanoff, yanoff@csd4.csd.uwm.edu).
So, here it is 
for one guitar:


     Asus4   A        Asus4   A        
-------------12-12-------------12-12----------  note: set your delay so
----------------------------------------------  you just play 
----------------------------------------------  eighth notes, letting the 
-12-12-12-11-------12-12-12-11----------------  delay fill in the sixteenths.
--0--0--0--0--------0--0--0--0----------------
----------------------------------------------


  Dsus2   D            Dsus2   D
E--------------------------------------------------
B----------10-10-----------------10-10-------------
G-9-9-9-7------------9-9-9-9-7---------------------
D-0-0-0-0------------0-0-0-0-0---------------------
A--------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------

The intro Ds to each verse have this small difference:


  Dsus2   D                  Dsus2   D
E----------------------------------------------------
B----------10-10-----------------10---10-------------
G-9-9-9-7------------9-9-9-9-7-----7----7------------
D-0-0-0-0------------0-0-0-0-0-----------------------
A----------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------


Live Aid and Wide Awake in America lick at the ending jam:

     Asus4   A           Asus4   A        
E----9--12--9-12--9--12--9-12-------9-9---
B-----------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------
>

     Dsus2   D           Dsus2   D        
E----9--10--9-10--9--10--9-10------9------
B-----------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------

Chords (c/o Scott Yanoff):

If    you twist and turn away.
Asus4 A   Asus4 A   Dsus2 D    Dsus2  D

If    you tear yourself in two   again.
Asus4 A   Asus4   A        Dsus2 D     Dsus2  D

If I  could, yes I would
Asus4 A      Asus4 A

If I     could, I would let it go.
   Dsus2 D       Dsus2 D

	         Surren   - der,         dislocate.
Asus4 A  Asus4 A    Dsus2   D   Dsus2  D

Asus4 A  Asus4 A  Dsus2 D  Dsus2  D

If     I could throw this lifeless
ASus4  A       Asus4     A

Life- line to the wind.
Dsus2 D		       Dsus2 D

       Leave this heart of clay,
Dsus D	          Asus4    A

See you walk, walk away,
Asus4   A         Dsus2  D

      Into the night.
Dsus D        Asus4  A

        And through the rain.
Asus4 A     	       Dsus2   D

      Into the half-light,
Dsus D        Asus4  A

        And through the flame.
Asus4 A     	       Dsus2   D   Dsus2 D

If I could throw myself,
set your spirit free.
I'd lead your heart away,
See you break, break away
Into the light.
And to the day.

(Here, suggested start jamming with regular A and D chords)

/*Note fom Pete:  I bar (barre) them on the 5th fret here*/

Hoo, hoo    Hoo, hoo   Hoo, hoo.    
A          	       D 

Hoo, hoo    Hoo, hoo   Hoo, hoo.    
A          	       D 

To let it go,
  	      A

And so to fade away.
          D

To let it go,
  	      A
 
And so fade away.
          D

I'm wide awake.
               A

/*Note fom Pete:  I play open chords here until the
main riff starts again.*/


I'm wide awake.   wide awake,       
	       G             E	    (Now switch back to chords from intro)

I'm not sleeping.
Dsus2   Asus4 A

Oh, no, no.

If you should ask then maybe
They tell you what I would say.
True colors fly in blue and black,
Bruised silken skies and burning flag.
Colors crash, collide in blood shot eyes.
A                                   D	  (Once again, regular chords now)

/*See notes above.*/

Hoo, hoo    Hoo, hoo   Hoo, hoo.    
A          	       D 

If I could, you know I would.

If I could, I would let it go.
This desparation.
Dislocation.
Separation.
Condemnation.
Revelation.
Temptation.
Isolation.
Desolation.

Let it go,
And so to fade away.
To let it go,
And so fade away.
Oh, no
I'm wide awake.
I'm wide awake.
I'm not sleeping.
Oh, no no


BTW, the versions on Live Aid and Wide Awake In America are moved down
a 1/2 step.  I find that most of their live stuff is 
Tuned down like that.  

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Pete Palmer 
ppalmer@cray.com
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Here's my tab for the Live version of "Bad" by U2.
tabbed by m. stewart, mps133@psu.edu
The tab is really easy, there are only three tab fomations to play.  

Use a digital delay of about 0.4 seconds when playing the song.

INTRO/VERSE

e--------------------12-12-----------------------12-12-
b------------------------------------------------------
g------------------------------------------------------
d--12---12-12--11-11-----------12---12-12--11-11-------
a--0----0--0---0--0------------0----0--0---0--0--------
e------------------------------------------------------

e------------------------------------------------------
b-----------------10-10-------------------10---10------
g--9---9-9--7-7-----------9---9-9--7----7----7----7----
d--0---0-0--0-0-----------0---0-0--0-------------------
a------------------------------------------------------
e------------------------------------------------------

Repeat the INTRO/VERSE tab until the bridge.
Bridge begins when Bono begins to sing "...hoo hoo, hoo hoo ....."

BRIDGE:

e------0-----0----0----0---0--0---------------------------0-------
b----2----2----2----2----2--2------3----3----3----3--------3---3--
g--2--------------------------------2----2----2----2----2------2--
d-----------------------------------------------------------------
a-----------------------------------------------------------------
e-----------------------------------------------------------------

Repeat the bridge until Bono sings "..I'm not sleepin'..."


ENDING JAM:

e-9-12--9-12--9-12--9-12--9-12--9-12.........9-10--9-10--9-10--9-10..
b--------------------------------------------------------------------
g--------------------------------------------------------------------
d--------------------------------------------------------------------
a--------------------------------------------------------------------
e--------------------------------------------------------------------

That's the whole song, at least the way that I play it.
The tab formations go like this thru the song:
1.  INTRO/VERSE
2.  BRIDGE
3.  VERSE
4.  BRIDGE
5.  ENDING JAM
6.  VERSE

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*Bad--My favorite song, it's in A, and it's 
actually 2 guitars together.  I'll write a VERY 
simplified version of it for just 1.

1---------12-12                 1------------------------  
2--------------                 2---------10-10---10---10
3---7-7-6------                 3---9-9-9--------9---9---
4---7-7-7------   (repeat)      4---0-0-0---------------- 
5---0-0-0------                 5---0-0-0----------------
6--------------                 6------------------------

Leniart, Brandon K
leniarbk@jmu.edu
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