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Old 02-11-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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Should Every Concert Close With '40'?

Part of me wants to say 'no' simply for the sake of variety, but man--there's nothing like the way a show ends with '40'....the band leaving one-by-one, Larry last...the whole crowd singing as they make their way home....
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Some of the magic would go off if people expected this to happen each and every night.
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You meant to say Bad rather than 40. I never thought it'd be such a brilliant closer as it's proved to be. Awesome way to end a show.
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You meant to say Bad rather than 40. I never thought it'd be such a brilliant closer as it's proved to be. Awesome way to end a show.
Yeah, Bad would rock as a closer. I actually saw it close a show this tour, but technically, the People Have The Power snippet closed... I wouldn't mind seeing it close in its pure form.
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the best part of 40 is the crowd singing along walking out of the stadium etc., why not have the crowd do this before the 1st encore and save bad as the closer?
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Bad was such an amazing closer.

it's fine to snippet 40 in Bad, but other songs work well too...we sang "people have the power" for a while after they left stage because that was the snippet, and it worked really well.
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I think the Vertigo closer is amazing ucks:
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Every show should end with Vertigo after 40.

I don't think there's anything cooler than the beauty of 40 and the band leaving one by one and everyone thinking the show is over and then BAM! Vertigo.

Except I guess if they did that every show it wouldn't be unexpected anymore

I think every tour should have a different closer. The return to 40 was cool for this tour, but I think next tour should have a closer from the new album, if there's a song good enough to close (presumably the last song on the album?). Or a return to Walk On, actually, which is a fantastic closer. or Love is Blindness, what a closer that was or Streets. Has U2 ever closed a show with Streets? That would be interesting.
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I think they should all end with Exit...... too literal?

Not that I'd mind hearing a concert with Exit one more time.

STREETS would be my favorite closer, because it would leave me on a high-note.
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Gone should close. Not just for its title, either. Imagine Edge rocking the place out by extending the Gone solo. That'd be such an awesome way to go out.
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40 is an incredible closer but Bad is just out of this world.
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Every show should end with Vertigo after 40.

I don't think there's anything cooler than the beauty of 40 and the band leaving one by one and everyone thinking the show is over and then BAM! Vertigo.
hahah actually, now that you say it like that, i think that would rock!! no offense, but until I swa the Vertigo clip from Milan was i convinced that Vertigo as a closer wasn't a waste of a song.

when did they play Bad as a closer?

i personally REALLY REALLY like 40 as a closer, but of course that might change once I hear Bad as a closer ;]
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I've seen Walk On close 4 times and "40" close once. The latter was just amazing, with the band dropping off one by one, leaving Larry on his own. I love when Larry stops drumming for a moment and then picks it back up again. I Bad. Bono pulled me on stage during this song at my very first U2 show. I would love to see this as a closer.

tuwie I think they closed with "Bad" a handful of times this tour, Once in Madison Square Garden... I'm not sure.
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Gone should close. Not just for its title, either. Imagine Edge rocking the place out by extending the Gone solo. That'd be such an awesome way to go out.
you're so right.
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i think 40 is the quintessential closer, but i don't think it should be used as the closer every night. the magic might wear off if it's used every night. i'd say i'd like it if maybe 60% of the shows closed with 40. the rest could close with bad, mayhaps?
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I still think that 40 is a great closer, but having seen an ending with vertigo, the intensity and high it sends you off on is amazing.
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when did they play Bad as a closer?
Live Aid.

It debuted as a full tour concert closer on 12 May 2005 and closed two more shows that month (I was there when they used it as a closer on 26 May and it was out of this bloody world). It was then used eleven times as a closer on the third leg - at one point, it was rotating with 40 as the closer, with 40 one night and Bad the next.
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Axver, you must be great with mathematics. You are incredibly good with numbers. Do you have an inside source? How might I become as informed as you?

I'm not being sarcastic either, I truly envy your knowledge of U2 setlists!
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No...50% of the time maybe.

Can't Help Falling In Love was the best U2 concert closer ever, imo.
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I agree with maybe 50% of the time. Every time I hear the first notes of this song I feel so sad like I want to cry because it reminds me of shows I have been to when this IS the last song and so I know the show is over.
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