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  1. U2 have been playing fairly standard, non-rotating setlists since 1978. Apart from Lovetown, every tour has followed a basic format cemented early in the tour where about 85-90% of the set is the same every night.
  2. Because... http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html
  3. There are plenty of bands that, when they tour, only play 1-3 - or even no - songs from the latest record. Even Depeche Mode are currently only play *three* songs from the new LP on their tour.
  4. 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.
  5. The setlists are built around the narrative theme of the lyrics and visuals. In this show, SBS, Pride, and I Will Follow are key parts of the show in terms of the story being told. Changing some of the setlists, and adding more variety, where they have multiple shows would be great - for example, RFD, Wild Horses, etc - would be lovely, but only in songs that aren't a key part of the narrative. It is quite frustrating that they work up a new song (Zoo Station, Magnificent, Satellite Of Love, Two Hearts, Crystal Ballroom, Miracle Drug, Lucifers Hands, The Troubles) and play them about 1 show in 20 and some only once.
  6. If you think he looks old, there are some 58 year olds you should meet.
  7. You are directing your anger at the wrong place. The people who ultimately and finally signed off and agreed the process are responsible for the situation. Not fansites, nor forum Mods Also journalists (good ones at least) wait for the facts to shake out, wait until the end of the event in question, and collate information with suggestions to make sure this won't happen again.. as opposed to firing off in-the-heat-of-the-moment rants. I very much understand why you are angry, and I would be too in the circumstances, buts lets direct it to the people actually responsible.
  8. As a general thought, I predict renewed subscriptions in the US will drop dramatically in the next subscription round.
  9. This seems worse than 2005, Overall, I think the lack of information has been bad news. if the site had been open and upfront on the lottery system, we wouldn't've liked it, but we would have understood it. The band needs to take a much, MUCH harder line on resale sites : cancelling every seat and ticket on those sites, and putting the tickets up to subscribers that didn't get a ticket in individual sales : cancelling say 900 tout tickets, then selecting 450 unpicked subscribers in the Experience batch with a "you have 24 hours to buy this ticket, which no one else can buy" offer, for example. This is labour intensive, but fan goodwill, once lost, is hard to get back. I guess this will have a direct real-world impact on dropping subscriber levels in future. Part of the fanclub deal for many, in fact the main part of it, has always been ticket access.
  10. Seeing U2 anywhere is kind of rare – especially when they tour Europe only twice a decade. Tonight, they perform a 4 song set at Cochrane Studios in central London ; their longest UK appearance in over six years, and to an invited audience of 200 or so. Having unexpectedly been awarded production tickets less than 24 hours before the show, the usual element of thinking “I'm-going-to-see-U2-in-a-bit” is absent. Instead, it's a relaxed ramble down to the studio in Central London, picking up a Lilac wristband (numbered 7), and a gentle bite to eat in a pub. Come 6.45, it's back to the theatre, and being called back in the bands specific guests. So... the actual seeing U2 part of it is both surreal, and feels.. utterly normal. There's 200 people here, and I'm near enough to the band to both touch them (which I get excited, and do, at one point), and count the buttons on their shirts if I really want. U2 are so huge, and so used to headlining stadiums, that playing a small room is probably a bit alien. Stripped of the presentation, the video screens, moving walkways, huge claws, lemons, cars, disco balls, and so on, U2 are at heart, a damn good band. They have sincerity and substance. Sometimes too much of both, and are too sincere. The performance is short, and from where I am, strange : “Raised By Wolves” is performed with me within actual touching distance of Bono, being front row. Up close you can see U2 not as icons, metaphors, or avatars, but as people : with hairs on their wrists and watches and wrinkles who laugh and look at each other and spend time together. Seeing them on TV and in stadiums, it's easy to forget that U2 aren't just these megaglobalrockstars but people who – and I have seen it with my own eyes – sometimes play the wrong notes and pull silly faces. There's a minor reshuffle as the band move things around, and we see Take That, and Slaves, and Songs To the Siren, and Steve Coogan. U2 come back at the end for a mini gig, with a raucous “Vertigo” that slips back into the old fashioned, and glorious world of 'blokes making a racket'. There's jumping and air pointing and all kinds of noise. The girl next to me tries to touch Bono's crotch. How much fun is that? The broadcast ends, and they slip into “Song For Someone”, which is a great ballad which reminds me so much of being young. “I was told it would only hurt the first time...” he sings. Edge closes his eyes, and it's a room that seems lost in music. Afterwards, they bring out the white Explorer, and normally this would be “Beautiful Day”, but – and for me, I've only seen them play this once before – it's “Out Of Control”, the small debut single that never charted, and gets played rarely (only 7 times between 2002 and 2015, for example, and not at all between 1990 and 2000), and the band slay it, delivering it with the kind of passion and noise that bands half their age have. They may be growing old, but they're not getting stale. Yes, you can hate them, or their “Legally Compliant Tax Evasion” business practices, or perhaps the idea of their sincerity, and I get it, but you can't say with legitimacy that they ever … stopped trying, even if they didn't always suceed. With that last song, years fall away, and U2 become the band they were when they were 20 – hungry, ambitious, brave, unafraid to be stupid and make a big noise. And isn't that what music is all about?
  11. I thought so. Still, it's weird seeing me on TV (the stripey top is a high vis jacket,really!). I wrote about it, and thanks as ever, to everyone for sorting this out. http://www.thefinalword.co.uk/content/view/1334/35/
  12. Have any of you seen any of the European shows yet? We caught 2 Turin shows and to me, it's the best U2 period on stage since "PopMart".
  13. So Julie, are you still never going to wash that hand?
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