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Old 04-23-2021, 10:45 PM   #21
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Old 04-24-2021, 08:36 AM   #22
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Kind of related .,, What about a song like Acrobat which was not played for so long but which then was devastatingly good when they did play it. Why did they wait so long?
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They’re dumb.

See also: Exit
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Old 04-24-2021, 12:00 PM   #24
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Also Zooropa.
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Old 04-24-2021, 12:06 PM   #25
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hoping we’ll be able to add Please to the list after the Zoo Redux
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Old 04-24-2021, 12:43 PM   #26
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hoping we’ll be able to add Please to the list after the Zoo Redux
Agree. If I could bring any song of theirs back from the dead live, it would be full electric Please. (I’ve grown to accept we’re not going to get God Pt II).
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Also Zooropa.
I don’t think removing a whole part of the song constitutes being a great live version.
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I don’t think removing a whole part of the song constitutes being a great live version.
Oh I mean the 2011 Zooropa, not the ‘93 version (though the snippet was very nice in ‘15).
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Old 04-25-2021, 11:13 AM   #29
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I think it's too bad that the band never plays full-band versions of Stay (Faraway, So Close) anymore. Since Zoo TV they've only done acoustic guitar-only versions, which are pretty good, but just not the same level as something like this:
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The first verse of Stay in 2018 was the same acoustic arrangement they’ve used since 2001, but after that it was full electric, and it was very good. https://youtu.be/IYKBnwWDnEM
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I thought of some others(I wouldn't say I thought 'wtf' for all of them, but still worth a mention):

New Year's Day - they almost never do the 'maybe the time is right' bridge and 'so we're told this is the golden age' last verse live...they did it once or twice during Lovetown, and then they all of a sudden did it every show(I think) on the JT30 tour in 2017, but never after that IIRC.

Unforgettable Fire - the 360 versions omitted the whole second half of the song, lyrically at least.

In God's Country - for some reason, some of the performances on the original JT tour in 1987 were abbreviated, including the one in the R&H film.

Stuck - I think they removed the second pre-chorus at some point('you were such a fool/to worry like you do' etc).

Walk On - I can't remember exactly, but I think there were some times they played it without the guitar solo and 'home' middle 8. I know the Tribute To Heroes performance was like that. I think that's the best part of the song.
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Yeah while I was very happy they brought The Unforgettable Fire back on 360, was less than thrilled with the arrangement.
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Yeah while I was very happy they brought The Unforgettable Fire back on 360, was less than thrilled with the arrangement.


Yeah, what the hell was that all about? Kind of amazing they broke that (and later, Scarlet) out at all but still.
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Yeah while I was very happy they brought The Unforgettable Fire back on 360, was less than thrilled with the arrangement.
Sometimes they nail it (Acrobat, Exit), sometimes they don’t (UF 2009, Red Hill Mining Town 2017).

Speaking of them getting it right, though: One Tree Hill on Vertigo was amazing. After 16 years.
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RHMT was an atrocity with the canned horns and no guitar.
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I’d put 2018 Dirty Day in the “better than not having it at all” category. It’s still a monster song in those shows, it just would have been better if they’d committed to it a little more.
That’s one of the things that makes me really wary of them revisiting Zoo TV. The energy, anger, feel & arrangements etc of the AB & Zooropa songs, firstly on the indoor leg and the the outdoor ones were so special, I think there’s a real danger of a new version of those shows being a pale imitation.

The RTTS guitar riff on Zoo TV was amazing... The swagger & rhythm of Bullet on Pop Mart... We can all agree that the “stars” in WOWY should always be in right?
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No, we can’t all agree. I’ve been consistently saying that Stars is dumb and adds nothing to the song. The lyrics are Hallmark card level.

Hear Me Coming should always be played with One, however.
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I'm somewhere in the middle. I love having the extra 'verse' (although it's hardly that, it's three lines) because it makes the song swell upwards one final time, which is awesome, but there's absolutely nothing special about the lyrics.

Hear Me/Us Coming, however, is truly transcendent, and for me elevates One into the upper echelon of live U2.
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Theoretically, 'One' could have been born out of the 'Stars' verse.

Like cobl, I like the extra verses because of the bonus crescendos but I've also felt that they never lean into them as much as they could. I'm not saying they should jam (shuddering at the thought of improv-Bongolese every night), but the live codas of these songs nowadays always feel like a tease than a proper outro.
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For me, it's not about Shine Like Stars (though I like the extra verse), but the extended guitar part that comes just before it, R&H style.

I mean, compare this

https://youtu.be/nhU24xxbnsU?t=228

With this (even with the nice Love Will Tear Us Apart snippet)

https://youtu.be/6DeDzsCGbsQ?t=233
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