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Old 06-30-2011, 09:33 PM   #1
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An interesting look back on the setlist changes...

Here's 06-30-2009, Barcelona, the first night of the 360 tour...

Breathe
No Line On The Horizon
Get On Your Boots
Magnificent
Beautiful Day
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Movin' On Up (snippet)
Angel Of Harlem / Man In The Mirror (snippet) / Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (snippet)
In A Little While
Unknown Caller
The Unforgettable Fire
City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
MLK
Walk On / You'll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
Where The Streets Have No Name
One

encore(s):
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender

And here's last night in Florida, 2 year later...

Even Better Than The Real Thing
The Fly
Mysterious Ways
Until The End Of The World
I Will Follow
Get On Your Boots
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / The Promised Land (snippet)
North Star
Beautiful Day / Space Oddity (snippet)
Elevation
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Miss Sarajevo
Zooropa
City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo / La Bamba (snippet)
Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Scarlet
Walk On

Encore(s):
One
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender / Jungleland (snippet)

Interesting isn't it?
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So much improvement in two years.
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I actually prefer the 2009 setlist. The opening with Breathe, and songs like UF and Ultraviolet. They were class songs, and the fact they played more NLOTH songs is a bonus. Even though the new set has the Achtung Baby opening, (which is amazing, i must say ) I think the set is missing songs like UF.
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UV is still being played, since it's rotational with Batman.

I do miss UF in the set, would probably put that over Miss Sarajevo. But if I had to choose between UF and Zooropa? Oh zooropa baby!
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I actually prefer the 2009 setlist. The opening with Breathe, and songs like UF and Ultraviolet. They were class songs, and the fact they played more NLOTH songs is a bonus. Even though the new set has the Achtung Baby opening, (which is amazing, i must say ) I think the set is missing songs like UF.
Never understood why, of all the songs, they had the nerve to throw it away. Easily the highlight of the 2009 shows along with UV but NOOOOOOO they just had to do it again. I keep wondering, how are those " meetings' in general? Bono: "Guys: UF sounds fantastic, let's get it out of the set?"
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Never understood why, of all the songs, they had the nerve to throw it away. Easily the highlight of the 2009 shows along with UV but NOOOOOOO they just had to do it again. I keep wondering, how are those " meetings' in general? Bono: "Guys: UF sounds fantastic, let's get it out of the set?"
I think even the band would not be able to say why some songs get dropped. It just happens and everyone moves on. Willie commented on this in one of his diary entries (when discussing the return of EBTTRT):
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I think even the band would not be able to say why some songs get dropped. It just happens and everyone moves on. Willie commented on this in one of his diary entries (when discussing the return of EBTTRT):
hmmm. funny actually when you think about. " why did you stop playing that fantastic song?" Bono: "I do not know, we all love to play it, it just dissapeared for some reason".
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I wonder if UF just didn't work as well in every venue. At the show at FedEx Field in Maryland, I felt like it was out of place-----it was great to hear it, but it sounded like far too much of it was either pre-recorded or played by someone in underworld beneath the stage. It just didn't feel very organic.
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UV is still being played, since it's rotational with Batman.

I do miss UF in the set, would probably put that over Miss Sarajevo. But if I had to choose between UF and Zooropa? Oh zooropa baby!
Zooropa definitely - especially since I just saw it live. I'm sure they were tired of UF, though it worked great live.

The setlist has really improved, there's always some experimenting once the tour starts, but it took a while for them to get it right. The early setlists were good, though.
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The Unforgettable Fire
City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight

Was probably one of my favorite flowing block of songs in any U2 tour ever. I love how it all worked together.

 
And then the weird SBS transition came and ruined it
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As cynical as it is, this may be the real reason:

In 2009, they were marketing for the UF remaster.
In 2011, they're marketing for the AB/Zooropa remaster.
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You raise a valid point there.
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As cynical as it is, this may be the real reason:

In 2009, they were marketing for the UF remaster.
In 2011, they're marketing for the AB/Zooropa remaster.
If they were marketing for UF remaster, wouldn't they have played more songs off the album. i.e. Wire.

I still think UF should still be played, it gets the crowd going, and they always pull it off as a performance.
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They played UF, Pride and Bad, that's about all UF songs that have been played in the last 20 years. Save the rare performance/carnage of ASOH.
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