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  1. I remembered that, but I thought that the report from Vancouver on Friday was that they didn't...
  2. Merch outside the stadium?!? Can you move the camera a bit further to the left? What are those gold shirts?
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    Please play the Joshua Tree on Shuffle

    Hi U2 mods and fans -- Just a quick note to voice my enthusiasm for the Joshua Tree tour, but also my hope that the band will buck the trend of playing the album front-to-back during the show. Having seen a number of "play an album" shows by beloved artists like Peter Gabriel, Patti Smith, and the Breeders, I have to say that while it's a fun concept, it removes one of the best elements of seeing a favorite artist live -- not knowing what is coming next. While I'll be very happy to hear all of the Joshua Tree tracks played on concert night, I'd much prefer them to be jumbled up with each other and with other tracks rather than played in sequence. Keep us guessing! Thanks, -Like a Song
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    Please "shuffle" the Joshua Tree

    (@adrnik: That Rolling Stone link isn't working for me, BTW... "I get an "oops, we can't find what you were looking for" )
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    Please "shuffle" the Joshua Tree

    Awwww... :'( In the "hope springs eternal" category, when we were this many months away from the start of the i+e tour, I believe there was still the expectation that the two shows would have "a completely different feel from one night to the next", and we all know how that turned out... so arguably there's still time for change to occur. What's the best way of getting this opinion in front of the band though? I can't think that I'm alone in music fans in thinking this way. Ooh, a concert with Drowning Man and/or Acrobat would be a dream come true. My last few U2 shows I've really wanted to hear them dig into deeper cuts more than they have and not just to stick to the hits. Something to hope for.
  6. like_a_song

    Please "shuffle" the Joshua Tree

    U2 members, managers, and fans -- As someone who has attended several "play an album" style concerts by beloved artists like Peter Gabriel, Patti Smith, and The Breeders, I humbly ask that U2 consider not simply playing the Joshua Tree from front to back at some point during the concert on this tour. The reason I request this is that a big part of the appeal of concerts -- beyond seeing the artists live, the crowd, and the volume -- is not knowing what will be played next and the surprise and anticipation that leads to. So while I definitely like the idea of revisiting a favorite beloved album like the Joshua Tree (the first rock concert I ever saw!), I hate the idea of knowing what song will be played next for an hour of the show. To that end, please consider either putting the Joshua Tree on shuffle or of mixing other songs between the Joshua Tree numbers. Sincerely, -like_a_song
  7. Even though Bono may not have worked "Love Will Tear Us Apart Again" into "With or Without You" anymore, is Bono still doing his impersonation of Ian Curtis's frenetic arm-dancing style early in the show? (I can't recall which song). He did it both nights in Vancouver. -Brad
  8. Hi Chadd: Again, if you're the kind of fan who would go see them for two consecutive nights on any of their tours, nothing about i+e should stop you -- you'll get a solid pair of very similar shows (and, granted, they were less similar than, say, the Vertigo tour where a second night in Seattle would have gotten you only 3 new songs out of 18). On the other hand, if you're the kind of person who, like me, would normally balk at spending $230 for a second night of tickets, you might end up feeling cheated by the way the tour was advertised compared to what you got. Swapping out 6 of 24 songs, reordering 1 or 2, repeating a 10-song sequence, and using nearly identical visual effects (the Lykke Li video footage being the main exception I can think of) does not -- for me -- come close to meeting the pre-sale description of "a completely different feel from night one to night two," which is what caused me to buy for both nights. If I'd known, I would've stayed home on night two. And if I were seeing them at any other city later in the tour, I'd want someone to give me a heads-up like this so I could make an informed decision before I went. -Brad PS -- Merged setlist below (B = both nights, 1 = 1st night only, 2 = 2nd night only): B: The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) 1: Out Of Control B: Vertigo 2: California (There is no End to Love) B: I Will Follow B: Iris (Hold Me Close) B: Cedarwood Road B: Song for Someone B: Sunday Bloody Sunday B: Raised By Wolves B: Until The End Of The World B: Invisible B: Even Better Than The Real Thing B: Mysterious Ways 1: Desire 1: Sweetest Thing 2: Angel Of Harlem 2: When Love Comes To Town B: Every Breaking Wave B: Bullet The Blue Sky B: Pride (In The Name Of Love) 1: The Troubles B: Beautiful Day B: With Or Without You 1: City Of Blinding Lights 2: Miracle Drug 2: Bad B: Where The Streets Have No Name 1: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 2: One
  9. My review: I saw both shows and think that this tour features a truly awesome show, but not the pair of two distinct shows that was originally billed (and the tour program still seems to imply is the case, which seems... inaccurate at best, embarrassing at worst). First, the good: The band sounds and looks great (as always), and the setlist combines a number of new favorites from Songs of Innocence with old favorites and standards. The stage setup and visual effects were generally very strong, though I liked them best when used in a more minimal way. For example, usually in arena or stadium shows, my eyes tend to be drawn to the video screens rather than watching the band live, which always seems unfortunate (why not just stay home and watch videos?). For that reason, I *loved* the way "Even Better than the Real Thing" was staged in such a way that each band member was juxtaposed with a close-up image of themselves playing, permitting us to see them live and zoomed in simultaneously without looking back and forth from screen to show. On the other end of the spectrum, Cedarwood Road was a really nice example of using the visual effects in creative ways that fit the music well (particularly the two different paces of the visuals depending on the speed of the song), including a clever dimming of Bono's spots at just the right time to make him disappear behind a vehicle in the "foreground" and a perfectly timed cherry tree when that lyric was sung. Yet the strongest moments for me were the most human ones. The cellphone camera operator from the audience on night #1 did a great job of filming the band in a way that felt warm, close, and personal, like a home movie. The young lad who Bono brought out of the audience for Beautiful Day on night #1 was also great to watch, moving from rapt attention to celebration over the course of the song. Night #2's cellphone operator seemed to feel a bit less comfortable moving around (maybe didn't receive as much encouragement to do so from Bono). The disappointing aspect for me was how much the two shows ended up being similar. Usually when U2 tours, I only go to one of two nights in my city because the setlist tends to be so much the same (semi-understandably, due to their production values), and so once is typically enough for me. So when I heard about this tour involving two distinct nights, I was excited. Primarily because U2's catalog is so deep and so full of favorites for me that this seemed like a no-brainer way to feature more songs (and maybe more songs off the beaten path) than usual. I bought the tickets figuring that there would be some amount of overlap from night 1 to night 2, guessing it to be about 1/3 of the set, primarily focused on new material that they'd want to feature on both nights. The NYT article telegraphed that that original vision had eroded somewhat and suggested that half the show would be the same and half different, so I adjusted by expectations to anticipate about half the songs to be the same. So to end up with a setlist that was 3/4 the same and which rarely ventured away from songs that are mainstays on every tour was very disappointing ("Out of Control" and "Bad" being two highlights off the recently beaten path for me, with the strong showing of R&H songs on both nights being notable as well). In the NYT article, I saw this rationalized as "not wanting anyone to feel like they'd been there on the lesser of two nights", but if that's the case, I don't think the show should've been billed as being so different from one night to the next. Nothing from the second night said "experience" to me more than the first night said "innocence", and beyond the setlist similarities, even the patter was quiet similar at times, particularly for the long portion of the setlist that overlapped. The main thing that saved the second night from being a complete disappointment was that our seats were so different that we got to see the show from a completely different vantage point (the floor the first night, which was great for seeing the band when they were on our side of the arena, but terrible for seeing the visual effects; and then the 3rd level on the second night, which was the complete opposite). If our seats had been in the same places both nights... I would've felt ripped off by night two, I'm sorry to say. So I think that U2 and their management and promotion should call a spade a spade. This is a great, solid show for U2 and no doubt will be a solid tour, but it looks to be one that features minor variations on a single show, not a pair of shows that are somehow distinct from one another. Quoting from the original show announcement, Bono said "We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two." A great concept, but not something they've achieved here. If you're like me and typically prefer not to see the same show twice on a single tour, go once and revel in it. If you don't mind seeing the show multiple times, go twice -- just don't be fooled into thinking that you're going to get a completely different feeling on night two. -Brad (U2 fan since `87)