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Old 05-14-2017, 11:35 AM   #1
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This is NOT what we wanted

Starting this tour's shows with Sunday Bloody Sunday, tuned farther down to compensate bono's voice- may I add, is the laziest idea they've ever pursued.

IT'S THE JT TOUR! Start the show with Where the Streets Have No Name with the guys rising above the stage (zoo tv style). It's a stadium show; it's logical, gets the crowd excited, and move those songs to the middle of the JT album set so they don't bore non-hardcores with Exit and Trip.

This might possibly be the most uncreative thing the guys have ever done on tour.

There, I said it.

And yes I'll still be attending
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Starting this tour's shows with Sunday Bloody Sunday, tuned farther down to compensate bono's voice- may I add, is the laziest idea they've ever pursued.

IT'S THE JT TOUR! Start the show with Where the Streets Have No Name with the guys rising above the stage (zoo tv style). It's a stadium show; it's logical, gets the crowd excited, and move those songs to the middle of the JT album set so they don't bore non-hardcores with Exit and Trip.

This might possibly be the most uncreative thing the guys have ever done on tour.

There, I said it.

And yes I'll still be attending
I'm afraid you're right....

I really thought, listening to the rehearsals, that this was running order was absolutely not what the real setlist-order would be. Seems like they're deliberately are looking for the most sterile non-tension-building openings, the last 3 tours...

Only thing now I can think of for the next tour is the guys walking on stage, in full light, during My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion, Bono underway eating a bag of chips, Edge cycling on a bike to the B-stage, then the boys pick up their samba-balls, banjo and trumpet and opening the SOE-tour, or ZOO-TV tribute tour with a japanese karaoke-version of Vertigo.
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Rising from under the stage is cheesy as hell and only worked in Zoo TV context.
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Rising from under the stage is cheesy as hell and only worked in Zoo TV context.
I really was expecting some rendition of what they did for Outside Broadcast because Edge blamed the presidency for the lateness of their album in a Rolling Stone article. Yet, they took the safe way out- kind of surprising for a band who's survived really on standing up for what they believe in.

So you don't like the idea? Hit the crowd with BTBS, RTSS then Streets. Kill two birds with one stone, especially considering the whole idea of the tour.

Far more prolific idea than opening their show with rendered version of a song about people dying.
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You have to keep in mind, some of these shows will still be daylight when they start, starting with Streets would be a terrible idea.

I know most are glad IWF is taking a break, but I thought it would have been a good opener for this type of show.
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You have to keep in mind, some of these shows will still be daylight when they start, starting with Streets would be a terrible idea.

I know most are glad IWF is taking a break, but I thought it would have been a good opener for this type of show.
'87, they started with Streets at night and IWF in day shows Popmart also had many day shows with a less quality screen.

My point is this: If Bono is going to stand around and hang on his mic a lot more, it's extremely necessary for a band to come out hot. It's fair to state that U2 and The Stones are the top grossing stadium touring acts of our time. I don't expect Bono to be Jagger, but I expect the music EXPERIENCE to be as great- hence why they never start their concerts with a song like Gimme Shelter.

Again- whose idea was it to start their concert off about people dying??
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'87, they started with Streets at night and IWF in day shows Popmart also had many day shows with a less quality screen.

My point is this: If Bono is going to stand around and hang on his mic a lot more, it's extremely necessary for a band to come out hot. It's fair to state that U2 and The Stones are the top grossing stadium touring acts of our time. I don't expect Bono to be Jagger, but I expect the music EXPERIENCE to be as great- hence why they never start their concerts with a song like Gimme Shelter.

Again- whose idea was it to start their concert off about people dying??


Did Bono "hang on his mic" more than usual on opening night?
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It's exactly what I wanted: a setlist of great songs played well, a ton of live rarities, and a good new song.

But yeah, fuck starting with a song about people dying. Play I Will Follow. No death in that one.
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Well, it's certainly been played to death, amirite???
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Well, it's certainly been played to death, amirite???


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Did Bono "hang on his mic" more than usual on opening night?
Everyone's a comedian

BVS, you'd know more than anyone how many threads have been written over the years begging to drop SBS. Karma at its best.
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It's exactly what I wanted: a setlist of great songs played well, a ton of live rarities, and a good new song.

But yeah, fuck starting with a song about people dying. Play I Will Follow. No death in that one.
Never said I disliked the setlist; it's what us hardcore fans have been asking for years. Songs just need to be shifted.
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BVS, you'd know more than anyone how many threads have been written over the years begging to drop SBS. Karma at its best.


What?!

I literally don't understand a single part of this. I was asking a serious question, and no I don't understand how that's karma.
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I have no problem with SBS opening. It sends the crowd nuts. It's one of the band's most popular live songs, even as performances of it have been weaker than its eighties best (though Elevation was its nadir and it has improved since then). Those opening drums get people up and moving straight away.

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'87, they started with Streets at night and IWF in day shows Popmart also had many day shows with a less quality screen.
Streets on the JT Tour opened shows that were indoors or where the sun set early enough for the red intro to be effective. When it was still too light, Streets was either moved much later or dropped entirely (it was played at only just over half the European shows). I Will Follow did not open a single concert on that tour.

It's no accident that on the Vertigo Tour, COBL moved later in the setlist on the European leg. For songs performed while it was still light they did not use the screen or only used it lightly. The screen and accompanying effects only kicked in for COBL in the middle of the main set. (This didn't quite work in Norway, but it was effective in most other countries.)

I won't be surprised if they tweak the set in Europe to have a slightly longer opening sequence and a shorter encore, so that Streets can be played more like seventh or eighth.
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Old 05-14-2017, 04:00 PM   #15
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Having only seen U2 twice before Friday night, I thought opening with Sunday was awesome. Obviously the subject matter is not the most uplifting, but it's a great song and I thought there was a good amount of energy. I loved the whole show, although I did notice the crowd did seem to be a bit subdued. I'm not sure if that's the bands fault or what, but to be honest I find most Canadian concerts outside of Montreal to be rather dull; I guess we are a bit too polite?

I actually liked how they ended on a new song. Yes it was a bit different, but I thought it was a really good song. The final part of the show did drag a bit though, especially MS. But that's a minor complaint for me.

Obviously I'm a more casual fan, and I can appreciate the more hardcore fans may be looking for something different, but I'm a bigger fan of them after that show than before.
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