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Old 06-14-2008, 03:18 PM   #1
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2009 Setlist: Sure bets or surprises?

So let's assume they'll play 6-7 new songs from the album. Maybe they'll play the whole album. If it's really good, I'd be happy with that. That leaves a good 12-16 older songs to be played depending on how many from the new album.
Now comes the point where the question is asked, "What will be in the setlist?"
I think Vertigo and Elevation actually brought out quite a few rarities not heard in quite some time. So, let's see what tunes might be sure bets and what might be surprise appearances.....

To me, some sure bets would be:
-Streets
-WOWY
-Pride (I'd like them to drop it)
-One
-Mysterious Ways
-Beautiful Day
-NYD (please drop it)
-SBS (pretty please drop it)
-Vertigo
-COBL
-Bullet (enough is enough)
-Bad
That's 12; combine those with 8-10 new songs and there's the setlist.

However, I'd be happy to hear:
-HMTMKMKM
-A Sort Of Homecoming
-Please
-One Tree Hill
-Stay
-Kite
Those are at least somewhat feasible to me, in that the've been played live, full band.
Of course my biggest hopes would be:
-Heartland
-So Cruel
-Exit
-Mothers Of The Disappeared
-Mofo
-Zooropa
However I don't think those stand a chance in hell.
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i'm not sure what U2's plans are as far as remasters in 2009, but if they were to release Unforgettable Fire next year, i wouldn't be suprised to see them break out the title track and "Sort of Homecoming".

it would also be nice to see more Zooropa and Pop represented this time around. i remember there were early rumors in 2005 that they were rehearsing "Lemon".
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So let's assume they'll play 6-7 new songs from the album. Maybe they'll play the whole album. If it's really good, I'd be happy with that. That leaves a good 12-16 older songs to be played depending on how many from the new album.
Now comes the point where the question is asked, "What will be in the setlist?"
I think Vertigo and Elevation actually brought out quite a few rarities not heard in quite some time. So, let's see what tunes might be sure bets and what might be surprise appearances.....

To me, some sure bets would be:
-Streets
-WOWY
-Pride (I'd like them to drop it)
-One
-Mysterious Ways
-Beautiful Day
-NYD (please drop it)
-SBS (pretty please drop it)
-Vertigo
-COBL
-Bullet (enough is enough)
-Bad
That's 12; combine those with 8-10 new songs and there's the setlist.
At most, they'll play 8 songs or so from the new album. I'd guess more in the 5-7 range.

From your locks list:

Locks
Where the Streets Have No Name
Beautiful Day
Vertigo
One
Pride (In the Name of Love)

Between Frequent Appearances and Locks
Bullet the Blue Sky
Sunday Bloody Sunday
With or Without You
New Year's Day
Bad
Mysterious Ways

Of course, this is just a prediction, not what any of us want.
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Window in the Skies had BETTER be a lock. Bono said it "might be U2's best song."
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Beautiful Day
Streets
Vertigo
COBL
One
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Elevation

...the above for sure. Every night. No doubt.

SYCMIOYO
OOTS
Walk On
Bad
WOWY
Until the end of the world
I will Follow
The Fly
Mysterious Ways
New Year's Day
Angel of Harlem
Desire

...the above will be played often.

PRIDE needs to crash and burn like the Stock Market in '29. Unless they strip it down or do something different with it. Fuck.

Also, I can't wait for the new album.
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PRIDE needs to crash and burn like the Stock Market in '29. Unless they strip it down or do something different with it. Fuck.

Also, I can't wait for the new album.

WELL SAID.
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i pray that they unleash Unforgettable Fire and/or promenade on us...hearing that full band live would just be the greatest thing ever...but with promenade theres alot of production to it so it would probably sound different live..i just wanna hear bono put some passion behind it and belt it out.
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Window in the Skies had BETTER be a lock. Bono said it "might be U2's best song."
Bono probably doesn't even remember they ever wrote Window in the Skies.
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I want to see any of these.

I really, really hope they give the 90s post-AB some coverage this time(as well as Ultraviolet FROM AB). And that UF title track would be magical if done right live, if it's anything like it was during the JT tour.

Seconds
Surrender
A Sort Of Homecoming
Wire
The Unforgettable Fire
Exit
Ultraviolet(Light My Way)
Lemon
Dirty Day
Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
Discotheque
Mofo
Please
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I think of all the songs Unforgettable Fire is the one that I'd like to hear most, it would be a real surprise. Maybe they could change it a bit, like they have done with The Fly, but it would be fantastic to hear that song again, as it is one of my favourites. I was glad that they brought back Stay, Whose Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses and Into The Heart in the last 2 tours.

The Vertigo tour had a big AB influence, maybe the new tour can include more UF or Zooropa material. I agree with most of namkcuR suggestions, Surrender, A Sort of Homecoming, Wire in particular and how about Lady with the Spinning Head or Night and Day?
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Well, while I'd love to see all of the tunes mentioned so far, I think that most of them are unrealistic, to say the least....."Promenade"?..."Seconds"?...."Surrender"? You got a better chance of seeing a 3 legged ballerina.....

I really hope that "Elevation", "Pride", and SBS are dropped entirely...
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Sunday Bloody Sunday need not be dropped, ever.

How looooong, how long must we sing this song?

FOREVER.

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I can't believe the news today...
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hmm, too soon to say
a lot depends on the new material and the "theme" for the concerts

Unforgettable Fire is my favourite album and might well be my favourite tour
but even back then i don't think they were able to really make those songs work comparative to the album version

I do think they will have to get rid of some of the big songs
since they basically just have too many of them now
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Bono probably doesn't even remember they ever wrote Window in the Skies.
Heheh... the WITS-bashing on this site is relentless, but Bono, despite his penchant for hyperbole, has only ever said some variant of "I think this is our best song" about 3 tracks: Window in the Skies, Stay, and Streets.

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U2's collection of songs is so massive right now it must be overwhelming to think about for them....but I think the new album will be the primary determinant in deciding which songs go where in the setlist.

Taking the new album out of consideration, I'll just say that I think The Unforgettable Fire title track is coming back, A Sort of Homecoming, In God's Country, Stay, October, 11 O Clock, Even Better than Coldplay, Please, Dirty Day, and Kite will be returning in some way...I wouldn't be surprised if any of these became regulars throughout the tour....

Then for the songs much less likely to show up regularly but do have a possibility I guess: Exit, Acrobat, Red Hill Mining Town, Heartland (oh that would be the greatest thing ever )

and of course others but that's all I can think of off the top of my head right now...

oh and I'm really curious what happens with One Tree Hill next tour....I have a feeling they'll continue playing it only in certain places unfortunately...although by doing that they retain the magic behind One Tree Hill I think....maybe not, but it seems like that song is just so special every time it is played, and I think that's because we really haven't heard it much over the past 25 years
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Heheh... the WITS-bashing on this site is relentless, but Bono, despite his penchant for hyperbole, has only ever said some variant of "I think this is our best song" about 3 tracks: Window in the Skies, Stay, and Streets.

I was just kidding. I actually like the song and enjoyed it a lot when I heard it live in Hawaii.
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First: Bono is allowed to love whatever song they do and think it's their best. Cool; alot of musicians are like that. If he truly thinks WITS is one of their best, so be it.
Second: to me, that song is an outtake if I ever heard one; it's boring, unoriginal, and I hate how the video has all the old images up there to remind us all of their greatest moments, of which WITS is certainly not imo.
Anyways, surely they have forgotten about this tune by now, and we won't be hearing it live ever.
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I would go crazy for an acoustic performance of Stay, which doesn't seem too unlikely.

And in my wildest dreams, Discotheque.
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The need to play <falsetto>LEMON</falsetto>. Although I doubt Bono could sing it.

I'd love to see... anything... from Pop or especially Zooropa. Also, non-Bad-and-Pride TUF (although do keep Bad, please).
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