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Old 02-24-2009, 07:09 PM   #1
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2009/10 - The return of The Unforgettable Fire

If there was ever any hope of this spectacular song being played live at a U2 show it is now. Given that some of the songs on NLOTH have a similar feel I am here and now predicting the return of this wonderful classic to the setlist.
Hope I'm right. What do you think?
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This is probably the best chance it has had in these last two decades. I think there will be a ton of rarities that will be considered but you never know what will actually make it into the setlist.
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UF is also being remastered this year. so ya, that helps.
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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U2 managed to play this song pretty well in 1984 and back then it was one of the few songs that needed sequencers. So it would have been hard back then and in spite of that they did ok. Wonder how good it would sound today with their comfort with using sequencers and also Edge's added arsenal of guitar effects? Would love them to play it again.
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A first encore comprising 3 or 4 UF songs, plucked from A Sort Of Homecoming, The Unforgettable Fire, Promenade (to debut!), Bad, Indian Summer Sky, MLK

Night 1

Indian Summer Sky
Promenade
Bad

Night 2

A Sort of Homecoming
The Unforgettable Fire
MLK
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I adore Promenade. Dunno if it would work live.

Indian Summer Sky was pretty rubbish the few times they did play it during the UF tour.

MLK would only have meaning if it was being sung for someone. MLK himself? Maybe with images of him on the screen? A little revisionist for U2 perhaps. Who else could they sing MLK for?

Bad live is a total
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A first encore comprising 3 or 4 UF songs, plucked from A Sort Of Homecoming, The Unforgettable Fire, Promenade (to debut!), Bad, Indian Summer Sky, MLK

Night 1

Indian Summer Sky
Promenade
Bad

Night 2

A Sort of Homecoming
The Unforgettable Fire
MLK
Needs more Wire; less MLK.
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The Unforgettable Fire is high atop my list of songs that I want to hear brought back to the live set. I think whether or not U2 will play it on this tour or on any other future tour depends on one thing and one thing only: Can Bono handle it on a nightly basis? It's one of the more vocally challenging songs in U2's catalog.
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This is one of those oldies that is very likely to return. And I'm rooting for Ultra Violet as well.
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Promenade could definitely work as an acappella snippet, before or after a song.
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U2 should just play The Unforgettable Fire (the album) followed by NLOTH and just walk off stage and I'd be happy

Of course the encore would be Twilight, Acrobat, Zooropa...
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I think if they're going to go with this apparent TUF connection then they'll probably do it through Bad. I hold hopes for ASOH.
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My opinion is that since they revisited Boy/October/War on the last tour, its Unforgettable Fire's turn this tour. I reckon we'll see A Sort of Homecoming, TUF, Bad, maybe MLK
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I'm hoping for that to happen. Only some time ago I started appreciating this song, it's a great one. All the slow songs they have on the new album are very slow so they will need a more energetic slow song like TUF. I really hope that they bring it back and that they change it a bit, making it cooler.
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U2 should just play The Unforgettable Fire (the album) followed by NLOTH and just walk off stage and I'd be happy


TUF is coming back...I can sense it. Wire+TUF+Promenade would be fantastic.
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fingers crossed for this to make a return
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TUF is coming back...I can sense it. Wire+TUF+Promenade would be fantastic.
I sense it too. Let's hope we're right.
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I would probably spontaneously combust if they played this, much like I did when An Cat Dubh found its way into the setlist during the last tour.
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U2 should just play The Unforgettable Fire (the album) followed by NLOTH and just walk off stage and I'd be happy
Yep. I'd shell out mega-bucks to see this night after night too.
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This is probably the best chance it has had in these last two decades. I think there will be a ton of rarities that will be considered but you never know what will actually make it into the setlist.
They rehearsed it for Elevation. So it had a shot back then. So they have thought about it fairly recently.

My prediction, it wont be done again live. I think its a great song but I dont think it is one of their better live songs. Bono struggled with the main chorus live even back in the 80's. By the same token I certainly wont be complaining if they decided to play it.
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