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Old 05-13-2008, 10:31 PM   #631
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Or they could take notes from the 1989 version of themselves.
Even then, there wasn't THAT much diversity, comparatively speaking. They did 38 unique songs at 47 shows, and I think only 31 of those songs were U2 originals.
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Can't decide if I want the boot. The idea is amazing, but I don't know how exciting it would be to listen to without being there.

The explanation was funny "...so we don't send you home suicidal!"
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Even if they don't change the amount of songs they play, re-arranging the set every night would be welcome - not just having this "this set for Night 1, this set for Night 2" baloney.
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I wish U2 would realize that as time goes by, nostalgia gets stronger and stronger, and people REALLY want to start hearing older stuff. *TUF coughcough*
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Even then, there wasn't THAT much diversity, comparatively speaking. They did 38 unique songs at 47 shows, and I think only 31 of those songs were U2 originals.
I actually wanted to try creating a number of decent same setlists for tours like ZooTV, where they really could have done some great things and never did.

That was a kick ass show on an individual basis, but as a whole never did much.
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What the hell is The Unforgettable Fire?

Apparently they soundcheck a ton of stuff but never play it. I still don't understand that, what have they got to lose?
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I think that a band with a catalogue as deep as U2 has absolutely no excuse for not doing varied setlists. This whole idea that they need to keep it static and packed with hits for the casual fan is clearly complete bollocks, and anybody who believes that needs to stop being such a blinded U2 defender.
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The casual fan might not like it too much.

U2's number one rule, proven time and time again: we'd rather get a new fan than keep an old one.
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I think that a band with a catalogue as deep as U2 has absolutely no excuse for not doing varied setlists. This whole idea that they need to keep it static and packed with hits for the casual fan is clearly complete bollocks, and anybody who believes that needs to stop being such a blinded U2 defender.
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For the record, on his current tour Springsteen has so far performed 103 different songs at 68 shows (not counting rehearsals).
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The casual fan might not like it too much.

U2's number one rule, proven time and time again: we'd rather get a new fan than keep an old one.
Which makes enough sense for it to be a legit reason, and they throw the hardcore fans some bones, but they can't please everyone.
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Even then, there wasn't THAT much diversity, comparatively speaking. They did 38 unique songs at 47 shows, and I think only 31 of those songs were U2 originals.
Jesus. Springsteen did a single show back in 1980 that was 38 songs long.

That's one show. One night.
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I actually wanted to try creating a number of decent same setlists for tours like ZooTV, where they really could have done some great things and never did.

That was a kick ass show on an individual basis, but as a whole never did much.
ZooTV definitely had a lot of unrealised potential. Even just simple substitutions: Zooropa opening instead of Zoo Station, or Acrobat instead of UTEOTW.
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Would ANY U2 fan be disappointed if they didn't hear Elevation during the Vertigo Tour? I mean, really? I can understand those who want Pride, but something like Elevation being played every night just pisses me off. Even if it was a better version. It's just not that good of a track, and there's so much else they could do there.
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Jesus. Springsteen did a single show back in 1980 that was 38 songs long.

That's one show. One night.
The guy's a beast.

Have you seen any of the Springsteen sketches on Ben Stiller's old Ben Stiller Show?

'Tales of Springsteen' is one of my favorite things ever. He not only shows up and plays all of his songs at a bar, but makes everyone drinks, cleans the place up, and shines a guy's shoes.
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