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That's true, but what I'm saying is - U2 has so many big giant hits, that they could not play one hit, and simply replace it with a different hit, and a mass audience would still be happy.

U2 didn't play With Or Without You regularly during the third leg of the 2001 Elevation tour, or the first two legs of the 2005 Vertigo tour.  Those shows were still sellouts and still some of the most critically and commercially successful U2 shows of all time. 

I don't think anyone's saying "don't play any hits" - it's more "You have more big hits than you can play in a single night anyway, so how about playing some different big hits this time?"

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17 hours ago, vertigojds said:

That's always my big wish list item for any tour - I want it to be different from the previous tour.  With U2, when they have a new record, they usually play about 8 songs from the new album,

 

While I like the new album I'd be sad if they took up 8 slots from it for the show.  So much better stuff to play in their massive catalog.   

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I, too, like others here, would be fine without Pride and One, even though they are fantastic songs.  I'd be fine with dropping Beautiful Day, too.  But like the previous poster pointed out, most folks in the arena are seeing one U2 show on a tour and they want the hits, and the crowd gets excited for the hits, so I get why they play them. And for the record I could NEVER get tired of SBS!  If they are going to play American Soul this tour, I hope they drop Bullet.  (Of course at the end of the day I'll be thrilled no matter what they play!)

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I do get that they can't drop all the warhorses because there are new and casual fans who want to hear the hits. That said, I've seen other acts as a casual fan and was disappointed not to hear certain hits, but I also realize that if they're touring behind a new album there's no way they're going to play all the stuff I know. I'm just happy to hear at least some songs I love, probably a few I didn't even realize I knew, and definitely a bunch I haven't heard but might be pleasantly surprised by (or not sometimes).

All that being said, I would love to go an entire tour without Pride, unless there is a special occasion for it like MLK Day, passing of gay marriage, or similar occasion where it totally fits. WOWY is one I'd be happy to never hear again, unless it includes the "shine like stars" coda. I've been pig sick of that song since 1987. Beautiful Day is nearing retirement for me, and it could use a break for at least one tour.

Other songs that could use a rest for me are Still Haven't Found, I Will Follow (I know! But switch it up with Gloria, Electric Co, or bring back Two Hearts, maybe even A Celebration). Even Streets is one I probably wouldn't miss if they really shook up the set list, though the energy still gets me

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I say this with the caveat that I wasn't at the show last night, and that shows have the potential to play very differently in person than they read on paper.

But with that said... the opening night setlist of the 2018 tour featured a total of 13 songs that I had heard on the 2015 tour.  I was genuinely hoping for more variety, and more new songs.  Which is not to say that it's a bad show or anything, but I'm surprised that it's so very similar to the I&E version of the tour.

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Tough debate on what to scrap, all I want to hear is Heartland........

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I agree with the people who say they use need to mix it up every time they go out. Give some songs a rest, let us miss them, and then bring them back refreshed / revitalized. 

However, there are a handful of songs that have either never done it for me or that I'm just tired of:

  • Still Haven't Found (this is among my least favorite U2 hits, weird I know)
  • Elevation
  • Stuck in a Moment
  • Sweetest Thing (not really played that much so it's not a major problem)

Honestly that's all I'm coming up with, though. I get people who are tired of Mysterious Ways / Real Thing / One, but I never get tired of anything from Achtung Baby. With or Without You is great when they play it properly but I feel like they didn't do that until they went back to the drawing board for the JT2017 tour and played it like they did back in 1987. 

Like many others, I'd be fine with them dropping stuff like Beautiful Day, Vertigo, Pride, etc. and replace those with other songs from the era that get played less often. 

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Beautiful Day

Elevation

Vertigo

Sweetest Thing

One is a great song, but I wouldn't miss hearing it live at this point.

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I really wish they’d drop Pride already. Man does that song need a rest.

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On 4/16/2018 at 6:08 PM, apis38 said:

One, Pride, COBL, Elevation

And Beautiful Day, WOWY.

Some are overplayed (One, Pride, WOWY), some just aren't played very well any more (Elevation, Beautiful Day) so they all lose the effect they used to have. I wouldn't mind they were interchanged with other songs during shows. So they're more rarer now.... 

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A little more rotation would be spiffing. 

I'm overjoyed to hear ABOY is back, for example. But then again, I'd prefer they rotate Red Flag / Gloria instead of NYD ; NYD has been played on almost every tour ever, and it should have a break. Swap out Elevation / COBL for other songs. The problem is U2 have 'too many' hits, if you can have such a thing. 

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