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Old 07-03-2009, 11:08 AM   #1
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Breathe: GREAT song, NOT an opener!!!

Who out there agrees that there are SEVERAL other songs from NLOTh that could be used as better openers than Breathe?

Breathe is my favorite song on the new album by far, but it does not belong in spot #1! U2's best shows are about a dramatic build at the beginning (JT Tour, Zoo TV, Popmart, Vertigo tour) and Breathe does not provide that type of build.

I would feel much better seeing Breathe in the #2 or #3 spot than up front.

Now, all that said, I think the song ROCKS live...
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Magnificent >>>> Breathe would be a great opener. The drums kick in right after the audience is psyched up from magnificent and BANG, breathe.
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It's actually kind of growing on me as an opener, there’s something about how when the full band kicks in and the CLAW lights up that is pretty cool. I'm sure the same effect could be duplicated with NLOTH or Magnificent though...
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I like the idea of it much better now than I thought I would. I still think NLOTH would be their ideal opener but Breathe works.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:27 AM   #5
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I feel like Magnificent will find its happy spot at spot #2... I'm not sur what the opener could be but, I know that after the opener's heard, Magnificent will be the song that drives home the fact that one is at a U2 concert. Spot #1 is usually requires more subtle-ty.

I think, contrary to Vertigo, this tour will follow more of an Elevation-style opening...

Elevation (?) -> BD (Magnificent)
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:28 AM   #6
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I like energy so I think Get On Your Boots >> Vertigo would keep me jumping
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Probably NLOTH
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I have a feeling it will settle at NLOTH -> Mag
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:10 PM   #9
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Fez- Bring POrn

HOw many times do i have to say this. Fez when the band walks in
Bring Porn to sing

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I think Breathe would be killer as the kickoff to the encore, but its working well as an opener as well, even if Magnificent would be the obvious choice.
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NLOTH would have been the obvious one for me, but Breathe works much better than I would have imagined....
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I wasn't thrilled about Breathe opening when listening to the audio. But after watching a video of the band's entrance and the claw beginning to awake, I think it's pretty cool.

Still wouldn't mind hearing Magnificent open though.
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Yeah I don't really like Breathe as an opener, maybe an encore opener but not for the main set when Boots or Magnificent would work much better. U2 have had much better openers in the past, and I think this is one of the lesser ones for sure.
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I won't judge it til i see it in person, but it seems cool to me, with the drum intro and all. and the audience reaction when Bono appears is classic.
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I suspect in the UK, they'll open with Boots
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When I read Breathe was the opener I didn't know what to think, but, really, after being there I can say it works perfectly, yes it's not the obvious opener, and that's the message: we are about a subtler (and cooler) kind of concert than in the Vertigo tour, and Breathe is a grower and leaves the audience ready for more, then you get NLOTH and Boots and suddenly everything explodes with Magnificent, the sequence is magical, I hope you can experience it.
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I was thinking this as I was out for a run listening to the album...

(Fez Intro)
1. Fez
2. Mag

Encore:
#. Breathe
#. Streets


Fez has a great intro, it sounds really U2 when it kicks in... I could just see it working. Then Mag and it'd be like, f'in U2... rawk

Breathe, after hearing the regular set with all its ups, would intense and like "they've still got it". Someone said it doesn't make a great opener... I agree, but to open the encore would be awesome. Then into Streets

Wow, perfect
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I'm just glad that Magnificent wasn't the opener... that would have really disappointed me.
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FEZ-Being Born would be the best new song to open with. NLOTH would be the second best choice but I think it would sound better if they played it more like the album version. I do like the song Breath but I agree it doesn't really fit as an opening song. I think WTSHNN, BTBS, Zoo Station, Mofo, Elevation and City of Blinding Lights all work really well as opening songs from their previous tours.
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I don't think Breathe works as an opener- it's a rocker but not a momentum-building rocker in the mould of Vertigo, Elevation or Zoo Station (which along with Queen's One Vision is the ultimate concert opener imo). It would be better in the encore with NLOTH as an opener.
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