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Please guys be more daring with the setlist!!

Surely songs from Pop falli to the category of 'Experience' as well as so many others that we're currently not hearing.

Much as I love them I'm bored of Vertigo, Elevation and Desire no matter how ther're mixed...

Why not some venue shaking Mofo or partying Discotheque???

WhennI look Around the World, Stand Up Comedey, California... To name just a few!!

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8 hours ago, BAD_WOLF said:

Please guys be more daring with the setlist!!

Surely songs from Pop falli to the category of 'Experience' as well as so many others that we're currently not hearing.

Much as I love them I'm bored of Vertigo, Elevation and Desire no matter how ther're mixed...

Why not some venue shaking Mofo or partying Discotheque???

WhennI look Around the World, Stand Up Comedey, California... To name just a few!!

Elevation was awesome. Singing that final EL-A-VA-TION of each chorus is like a tiny bit of heaven sent down for all of us to sing together.  It's one of my favorite parts of the show. I've been calling it a story. Others have used narrative which seems much more apropos. There is a definitive narrative to this show as it wraps up SOI and addresses what it happening in America.  I've been trying to figure out how Little Things and Landlady and Wild Horses could fit into the narrative.  I wanted to hear them all.  The show was so good it did not matter even though I really want to hear all three live.  Pride is the one song I least want to hear because I've heard it so many times.  It was one of the best parts of the show.  I too wanted to have a more varied setlist but the one they are doing works and it does so very well.  Acrobat is sensational.  I can't think of a word to describe how amazing it is live.  I'm just a fan saying this and giving my opinion.  If you are seeing the show in America-I doubt the setlist is going to change much.  Red Flag Day and Gloria and All Because Of You seem to be the three variables. I hope you have a great time.  It's a stunning show.  13 was so great it gives me goosebumps typing this.

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Trouble is these days that we get to see the set list before we see the show, whereas 20 years ago we didn’t. So now people think the set list is boring before they start whereas in fact it isn’t boring and is a fantastic show. I remember thinking the innocence tour set list looked weak but wow was I wrong when we got there the way it all entwined together. Just hope I get to see Red Flag Day and Gloria at the London gigs. Finger crossed. 

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On 6/16/2018 at 2:20 AM, Manohlive said:

Elevation was awesome. Singing that final EL-A-VA-TION of each chorus is like a tiny bit of heaven sent down for all of us to sing together.  It's one of my favorite parts of the show. I've been calling it a story. Others have used narrative which seems much more apropos. There is a definitive narrative to this show as it wraps up SOI and addresses what it happening in America.  I've been trying to figure out how Little Things and Landlady and Wild Horses could fit into the narrative.  I wanted to hear them all.  The show was so good it did not matter even though I really want to hear all three live.  Pride is the one song I least want to hear because I've heard it so many times.  It was one of the best parts of the show.  I too wanted to have a more varied setlist but the one they are doing works and it does so very well.  Acrobat is sensational.  I can't think of a word to describe how amazing it is live.  I'm just a fan saying this and giving my opinion.  If you are seeing the show in America-I doubt the setlist is going to change much.  Red Flag Day and Gloria and All Because Of You seem to be the three variables. I hope you have a great time.  It's a stunning show.  13 was so great it gives me goosebumps typing this.

 

On 6/16/2018 at 3:49 AM, KEV ANGELL said:

Trouble is these days that we get to see the set list before we see the show, whereas 20 years ago we didn’t. So now people think the set list is boring before they start whereas in fact it isn’t boring and is a fantastic show. I remember thinking the innocence tour set list looked weak but wow was I wrong when we got there the way it all entwined together. Just hope I get to see Red Flag Day and Gloria at the London gigs. Finger crossed. 

Well said. "Gloria" will (IMHO) stay in the setlists for sure. I would also be confident that "Red Flag Day" will be played. I also strongly agree with Manohlive that "Pride" is, quite surprisingly, a real highlight on this tour, and I said as much in my review of the Philadelphia shows.

What struck me about the setlist so far is how well thought out it is - the flow from one song to the next is brilliant. Just as I think that SOE is one of the best cohesive wholes they have ever made, I feel that E&I is the same for the live shows. The last tour, if I'm divining the thinking of the band properly, was to set up this tour - the last tour (I&E) was more snapshots, so to speak, of their growing up in Dublin; this tour, is them now as more mature people and taking a longer view - not just isolated moments, but the scope of one's whole life. To use an old-fashioned word to describe it, this show is "heavy" - not in a negative sense, but the fact that it is deep. They have a strong message this time (if you wanted a more light-hearted show, you're right - this isn't it). However, that doesn't mean is isn't fun - I had lots of fun and did lots of thinking at the shows I've seen so far (best of both worlds, really). The current state of America also is informing the show - how could it not? U2 cares about such things, and these times are not like any other.

I also love that they are doing something on E&I that, if I am remembering setlists properly over the many years, that they haven't done since AB/ZooTV - the shows start with the first song or two from the beginning of the album and they end with the last song or two from the album. That's high praise, i.e., that the band is treating SOE like AB. I like the equation - those two albums are among their very best (IMHO) from start to finish over the course of their whole career.

Variety is there too over the whole tour, e.g., at the Uniondale show, they played "The Electric Co." - that means, at that show, there were three songs from "Boy" in the set - when was the last time that happened? Recently, they seem to be alternating between "Gloria" and "All Because Of You" after "I Will Follow" - they're not doing that to disappoint people; they're doing that because they think the set fits the message they want to convey best with those two songs right now. The Edge said recently that this tour was a thank you for the long-term fans, i.e., the ones that appreciate the thinking that they have always shown in their song selection live. All I can say is thank you to them for their thank you - it's a very good one.

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