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Old 05-09-2018, 06:31 AM   #101
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I've just updated the San Jose write-up to cover this topic:

U2's San Jose #2 setlist, 08/05/18 - U2gigs.com
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"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
"And as for Bono, he needs a colostomy bag for his mouth."

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Old 05-09-2018, 06:35 AM   #102
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Wait, fuck, I just realised Invisible was counted as from SOI, not non-album. Gonna have to revise the stats. Hang on.
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Ian McCulloch the U2 fan:
"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
"And as for Bono, he needs a colostomy bag for his mouth."

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Old 05-09-2018, 06:51 AM   #104
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Alright, it's accurate now.

atu2 can get in line behind you, Headache, to fight me at JT30 Melbourne.
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Ian McCulloch the U2 fan:
"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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I thought no IE show had more than eight SOI songs, but it turns out two did have all nine that got played live:

U2 Montreal, 2015-06-16, Bell Centre, Innocence + Experience Tour - U2 on tour
U2 Inglewood, 2015-06-03, The Forum, Innocence + Experience Tour - U2 on tour

That last one is especially notable because you also get two other new songs: Invisible and Ordinary Love.

No other show had more than eight SOI tracks, not even those where Lucifer's Hands or the Crystal Ballroom were played.

On Vertigo there were two shows that get to nine from HTDAAB if you count Fast Cars:

U2 Chicago, 2005-09-21, United Center, Vertigo Tour - U2 on tour
U2 New York, 2005-10-07, Madison Square Garden, Vertigo Tour - U2 on tour

Those are the only other instances since the turn of the millennium of 9 songs from a new album.

And the last time there were ten songs from a brand new album? The first six shows of Popmart.
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Fuck. I'm glad I went to night 1 instead.
I'm the opposite. Still pissed I missed The Troubles and Volcano. But at least I got a full version of AIWIY at one of the two I went to.
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I'm the opposite. Still pissed I missed The Troubles and Volcano. But at least I got a full version of AIWIY at one of the two I went to.


You shit me sometimes. I love you, you have such good taste in music normally, but then you’re upset you missed a song as shit as Volcano.

Like I really do admire how positive you are about U2, but come on man. The Troubles, totally agree. But there’s literally 150 U2 songs I’d rather hear than Volcano (and at least a quarter of the set they’re currently playing).
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I love its retro 80s post punk sound, it's not the kind of thing they usually do anymore. Better than the adult contemporary sound of Every Breaking Wave. I'm not so hung up on the lyrics just because they're basic.
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You shit me sometimes. I love you, you have such good taste in music normally, but then you’re upset you missed a song as shit as Volcano.

Like I really do admire how positive you are about U2, but come on man. The Troubles, totally agree. But there’s literally 150 U2 songs I’d rather hear than Volcano (and at least a quarter of the set they’re currently playing).
I'd like you to lost all 150 songs.

In order from Best to worst, please.
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Wait until The Good Song is dropped for Ordinary Love and Every Breaking Wave comes in for SATS.


Do you fucking know how to use spoilers?
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Spoiler-free mixed thoughts from the first night.

I thought there were some setlist pacing issues. They're still there, but night 2 just clicked more.

Maybe it was the band, maybe it was the crowd, maybe it was because I was on the rail.

That was mostly it. I just didn't feel much excitement or fun the first night, other than two songs.

I think seeing them so much in thr last three years is part of that.
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I think if I was disappointed by anything thus far... aside from the encore needing a major shot of adrenaline... is that it kind of feels like they punted on the story telling from this album and just leaning on the Innocence story.

Sure, one could argue that the first part is Bono's near death experience, and then he reflects back on his childhood and his mom's death and growing up in Dublin and all that stuff. And that works. But then it just stops after the intermission, and it's a mix of random songs and America humping until all of a sudden you get to the last song and HEY, remember that story from the beginning!?! Here's the ending to that! Oh and btw show's over. Byyeieieieeeee.

Like... If you're going to go for it, go for it. Do the whole main set as a story arc. Then the hit parade in the encore. Seems kinda lazy.
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I don't disagree with that. Re the encore and other rando stuff (apologies if I've already said this):

 
As beautiful as the closer is, it is suuuuuper confusing as an ending. Unless the band is okay with not leaving to wild applause, I guess?

Lights of Home felt a lot better the second night. As did Get Out, but still major meh there.

I took a pee break the first night during Best Thing. It's better than the acoustic version they played on JT, but not by much.

Second show was probably the most I've enjoyed Elevation in ages. I like that they use the original live intro.

Fuck, Acrobat just killed. I can't believe I've seen them play it. Twice!
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Dang, Cori. Conspiracy theory or not, I will listen for the MRI noises and all that. I think that’s going to be pretty powerful for my friend who’s going through health issues. As of now, she is planning to make it to the Vegas show. I’m so glad!


I saw Volcano in Colorado. It’s fun live.
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Glad your friend is planning to make the show!

Here is a Twitter link to a transcription of that intro bit:

 
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Glad your friend is planning to make the show!

Here is a Twitter link to a transcription of that intro bit:

 
fixed the twitter link for you because i was curious what it was.
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I don't disagree with that. Re the encore and other rando stuff (apologies if I've already said this):

 
As beautiful as the closer is, it is suuuuuper confusing as an ending. Unless the band is okay with not leaving to wild applause, I guess?

Lights of Home felt a lot better the second night. As did Get Out, but still major meh there.

I took a pee break the first night during Best Thing. It's better than the acoustic version they played on JT, but not by much.

Second show was probably the most I've enjoyed Elevation in ages. I like that they use the original live intro.

Fuck, Acrobat just killed. I can't believe I've seen them play it. Twice!
 
I get that same feeling and re: the closer and that's only from watching on video. Seems like nobody in the crowd realizes the show is over at first, and then once they do they just kinda bail. Super awkward.
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they probably don't want to end on the same song on consecutive tours... but jeez Little Things could accomplish the same thing, theme wise, that 13 does but finishing with some juice rather than just a bleh.
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well yea, it's speculation. but all things considered, what else would it be? the screen even moves up and down over Bono the way a patient getting an MRI would... and we start with a song called Blackout or, followed by a song about seeing the lights in a near death experience.

What I don't get is why he won't just talk about whatever the heck happened. I mean... he's singing about it and designing shows around it, but won't discuss it? Weird.

 
If he had, like, a heart attack, I don't think he would want people to know that.
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