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Old 08-15-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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Rank the Tours

Since this thread has (d)evolved into discussion about peoples' favorite tours, I think it's time for a real thread for us to rank U2's tours! Simply rank them and, preferably, put a justification. But no, I will not be making a giant spreadsheet and turning it into a PDF file at the end.

I'll post my own rankings later.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:59 AM   #2
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Why not just declare ZOOTV the winner now and be done with it? That way we can dispense with the formality of actually doing the survey, since the outcome of any poll around here where ZOOTV/AB is on the ballot is pretty much assured.
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Because this isn't about declaring a winner. I wasn't planning on doing any calculations. This is about creating a discussion. Moreover, even if ZooTV will almost certainly take first place for most people, I'm interested to see what tours do well after ZooTV.
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Why not just declare ZOOTV the winner now and be done with it? That way we can dispense with the formality of actually doing the survey, since the outcome of any poll around here where ZOOTV/AB is on the ballot is pretty much assured.
Some people might legitimately hold that opinion
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Some people might legitimately hold that opinion
Well, I didn't say the opinion wasn't legit (it was a great tour, after all), just saying that the outcome of the poll, at least the #1 spot, is assured.
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What are we ranking - the setlists, the stage, the concept, the band's overall performance, Bono's voice at the time, or what?

I'd say
Popmart for concept/spectacle (it tops ZooTV IMO)
360º for stage/setlist

Elevation would maybe be the overall winner, simply because I like the "less is more" approach, but short sets and Bono's voice detract it a bit.
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What are we ranking - the setlists, the stage, the concept, the band's overall performance, Bono's voice at the time, or what?
Rank based on whatever your overall impression of tours, based on whatever you think makes a tour good. That in itself almost certainly varies tremendously from person to person.
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1. War Tour
2. POPMart
3. Whatever tour it was that had that show at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
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1. ZooTV
2. 360°
3. Elevation
4. Lovetown
5. Popmart
6. Vertigo
7. Joshua Tree
8. The rest

ZooTV is tops for me (hive?) because of the setlists, the sound, and the spectacle. Everything clicked for them on that tour, and the indoor and outdoor shows were both creatures of their own, but spectacular in their own right.

360° brought back and improved some of my favorites, like The Fly, Even Better Than the Real Thing, Ultraviolet, and Hold Me Thrill Me, but I was disappointed how the No Line songs disappeared.

Elevation may not have had mindboggling sets (which is why it's at #3), but the intimacy was superb and the performances were regularly awesome.

That's the justification for my top 3, at least. The rest were still great in their own ways.
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Rank based on whatever your overall impression of tours, based on whatever you think makes a tour good. That in itself almost certainly varies tremendously from person to person.
Is actually having, um, been to the shows you're rating a criteria?
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For my rankings, I'm excluding 360. It's the only tour that I've seen in real life, so I think it's unfair to compare it to bootlegs of the rest.

1) ZooTV
2) PopMart
3) Vertigo
4) Lovetown
5) Elevation
6) The Unforgettable Fire
7) The Joshua Tree
8) War
9) Boy
10) October

If I were to rank 360, it would probably be either second or third.
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Is actually having, um, been to the shows you're rating a criteria?
No, but it's something worth noting. This is for everyone's opinion, not some formalized ranking.
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Vocals - Joshua Tree
Setlists - Lovetown
Band performances - Lovetown
Spectacle - ZooTV (far more coherent than Popmart visually, and the amusing characters Bono threw together put it over the top)

Nonetheless, Lovetown didn't go on long enough to justify giving it the top spot (it's barely a full tour), nor did they play Zooropa tracks on that tour. I know where my heart lies.

1. ZooTV
2. Lovetown
3. Joshua Tree
4. Unforgettable Fire
5. Vertigo
6. Popmart
7. Elevation
8. War
9. 360 (yeah, I was ambivalent towards this tour until the final leg; I was intrigued by it to start, but I always felt it was too moody)
10. Boy
11. October
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I'm only gonna rank the tours I've seen:

1. ZooTV (1st show at age 14 & it was insane!!)
2. 360 (The stage, setting, setlist)
3. Popmart (very close to being 2nd)
4. Vertigo
5. Elevation
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