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Old 05-07-2017, 06:48 PM   #1
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SPOILERS - Vancouver Rehearsals Part 2

We are well over 1000 in the old thread.

In the first 4 days, we have seen 21 songs rehearsed heavily - all being played on most days. This biggest takehomes so far are:

- the return of A Sort of Homecoming
- the arrangements for The Joshua Tree songs are all full band/proper and not watered down acoustic versions
- a new song, The Little Things That Give You Away has been rehearsed at least 4 times, and appears to be the closer.

They have been ending on Miss Sarajevo lately, but numerous reports have indicated the sound dropping, but continuing, or the sound cutting, but the lighting continuing. This could indicate that the band wish to keep the song as under wraps as possible before the tour starts.

The set itself is firming up, with only some small questions left to be answered:

- Will any songs before War show up?
- Will the new song slot in at the end, as expected?
- Will ASOH, SBS, or a song as yet unrehearsed open the set?
- Will they add to the 21 that have been rehearsed?

The set they are running through most is:

1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
2. New Years Day
3. A Sort of Homecoming
4. MLK
5. Pride

6-16 - The Joshua Tree

17. Beautiful Day
18. Ultraviolet
19. One
20. Miss Sarajevo
21. The Little Things That Give You Away
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:55 PM   #2
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Great recap!

My guess to the questions you post:

- Will any songs before War show up? (Yes. I'd wager a rotator of I will follow, out of control or Gloria)

- Will the new song slot in at the end, as expected? (No. Makes more sense as the beggining of an encore.


- Will ASOH, SBS, or a song as yet unrehearsed open the set? (ASOH)

- Will they add to the 21 that have been rehearsed? (2 more. 1 pre war and 1 other we dont know)
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My guesses:

- I Will Follow will show up eventually, maybe Out of Control too.
- Yeah, I think the new song will close. Some will disagree with me, but I think it makes more sense as a closer than Miss Sarajevo. Ideally, they'd stick "40" after The Little Things.
- I'd like ASOH to open, but it looks like their leaning SBS.
- one or two more. They've stuck pretty closely to these 21 so far so I'm not expecting them to do many more
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Also: who can confirm they've been rehearsing the new song with the volume turned down?
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NYD, A Sort of Homecoming, MLK, Ultraviolet, I'm in ecstatic. And the Oilers are killing Anaheim tonight. My only issue issue is we're flying out to Vancouver on Tuesday night for the concert so will miss game seven. Good times though
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I fully expect them to play Desire and/or Angel of Harlem at some point. It doesn't really make sense to me to celebrate The Joshua Tree and not acknowledge Rattle & Hum, which was conceived whilst on tour in 1987 and is a continuation of their exploration of American roots music.
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I'm not sure about them opening with SBS, usually they go for something more upbeat to start the night. ASOH would be better. But I'm thinking I Will Follow, Out of Control, or Gloria. Something not rehearsed yet. But we'll see on Friday!
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I hope 21 songs isn't it. However, if one of them is ASOH, every wrong throughout the years will be immediately forgiven.
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I wonder how prepared U2gigs mods are to include Bieber's "Baby" as a snippet, in UltraViolet.
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The first night run through (not including the new song) ran 1 hr 41 minutes. I'm not hung up on the number of tracks but it does seem like they need to add at least 30 minutes to the show. Either they stretch out the songs or they add more songs or a combination of both. But 100 minute show would seem inappropriate for a special tour like this IMO.

Personally after hearing all this rehearsal, nothing would make me happier than if the last song they played was MOTD (after playing JT in order and no encore) and left the stage with the album picture on the screen. But it's obvious that isn't going to happen.
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Toss in I Will Follow and Gloria and slap 40 to the end and you've got yourself a set... although I do think the chronological theme is a little silly, especially when beautiful day is opening the encore out of order. I actually think it's a little lazy and uinspired, which clearly means it was Larry's idea as he's not on board
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Toss in I Will Follow and Gloria and slap 40 to the end and you've got yourself a set... although I do think the chronological theme is a little silly, especially when beautiful day is opening the encore out of order. I actually think it's a little lazy and uinspired, which clearly means it was Larry's idea as he's not on board
Agreed. I posted something about this in the setlist prediction thread, but I'm really not a fan of the chronological setlist idea. Makes the show more of a career retrospective relative to The Joshua Tree rather than a tour recognizing the album's continued relevance.

I think the song sequence they have now mostly works, but if the show is explicitly pointing out the chronological order, it'll make it worse.
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