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#1 HansasHeroes1991

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 08:21 PM

Given what has been said by members of U2 about this upcoming tour and holding off on releasing Songs of Experience until later in the year,
I find myself thinking of what songs will be played this time around.
Of course, The Joshua Tree LP is a given.
However, that's eleven songs and U2 typically does another thirteen or more tunes each night.
I remembered something Bono once said about opening up the Zoo TV shows with Acrobat.
He thought it would be a bit of a f*** you to the audience though.
The song has never been played in concert or anywhere else from what I know.
I think it's time that Acrobat got its comeuppance.
After the experience of 2016,
everyone talking of living in a post-truth era,
that song has a new power.

I also think that U2 will reference many of the great artists lost in 2016.
While Bowie, Prince, George Martin, George Michael and Leonard Cohen spring to mind,
Alan Vega and Buckwheat Zydeco also died in 2016.
Alan Vega's Suicide was a great influence on U2.
Buckwheat Zydeco played support on The Joshua Tree tour.
Bono can be seen asking about them,
if I recall correctly,
in Rattle and Hum outtakes floating around on YouTube.
The B-sides from The Joshua Tree era are very special to fans.
I won't be surprised if they're played regularly.
Here's the set I thought might be cooking at the moment.
I think the songs fit the themes U2 have discussed of late.

Acrobat
The Fly
Until The End Of The World/Anthem
New Year's Day
I Will Follow
Vertigo
Desire
Spanish Eyes
Silver And Gold
Sunday Bloody Sunday/Please/Hallelujah
Bad/Ruby Tuesday/Sympathy For The Devil/Walk On The Wild Side/Norwegian Wood


Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Exodus
With Or Without You/Shine Like Stars/Love Will Tear Us Apart
Bullet The Bullet Sky
Running To Stand Still/Dirty Old Town
Red Hill Mining Town
In God's Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Exit/Riders On The Storm/Gloria
Mothers Of The Disappeared/El Pueblo Vencera


City Of Blinding Lights
Beautiful Day
One/MLK

Pride (In The Name Of Love)

Angel Of Harlem/People Get Ready
Sweetest Thing

Party Girl

"40"

I don't quite know where U2 will drop in references to Bowie or Prince.
Desire's rhythm seems to work with that of Faith by George Michael.
Bono once covered Hallelujah,
so maybe he'll touch on it again,
as he has from time to time.
Whatever happens,
I am very happy that they're back!


Edited by HansasHeroes1991, 06 April 2017 - 09:15 PM.

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#2 joshthetree

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 07:55 PM

Nice set list
fact is fiction and TV reality

#3 Brumador

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 02:07 PM

Very nice😍

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 02:15 PM

We;ll Shine like stars in the summer night......We'll shine like stars and it will be alright.....One Life, One Love, One Blood......With or Without You....*. Insert  Extended Edge solo.....*



#5 Brumador

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:49 AM

Very nice😍

#6 mochidachshund

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 08:04 AM

Nice set, but I dont think we'll see any form of Acrobat until after 2018. I think Vertigo or the miracle will open.



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 08:14 PM

I've been wondering about this too. I sure hope they don't only play songs from JT. I want more!  :)

 

B sides would be cool. Also hoping we get to hear something from the next album...

 

Bad/Ruby Tuesday/Sympathy For The Devil/Walk On The Wild Side/Norwegian Wood <-- Would be really cool!!! 



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:46 PM

Great set list but have a feeling the boys will concentrate on the albums before JT so Boy, October, War and Unforgettable Fire songs getting aired again before hitting JT and finishing with 40 !

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 12:27 PM

Great set list but have a feeling the boys will concentrate on the albums before JT so Boy, October, War and Unforgettable Fire songs getting aired again before hitting JT and finishing with 40 !

 

Hope so but I think it will be a mix of old and new


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 09:28 PM

Theme wise I know they will play the Political Card....I just hope they don't beat me over the head with the fact that America has an Idiot for a Ruler....

#11 HansasHeroes1991

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:26 PM

I dunno...

Bono talked about the B-sides in the Facebook Q&A with fond memories and great appreciation. 

I have a feeling that at least some of those will get an airing somehow. 

 

As for Acrobat, 

I think that the lyrics, 

in the new world disorder of alternative facts, 

fake news, 

and the sharp right turn in Western politics that has occurred in England,

the U.S.,

and elsewhere,

make that song's stock value rise to meet our present circumstances with wringing hands holding themselves back from becoming clenched fists.

 

The words of Acrobat,

 

"don't believe what you hear,

don't believe what you see,

if you just close your eyes,

you can feel the enemy..."

 

and

 

"no, nothing makes sense,

nothing seems to fit,

I know you'd hit out,

if you only knew who to hit", 

 

resonate in a new way now... 

 

Meanwhile,

The Fly is the phone call from Hell. 
Until the End of the World is, 

well,

a harbinger of the Apocalypse. 

As themes go, 

I feel a Welcome to the Terrordome vibe coming. 

No holds barred. 

I think the aforementioned Set One that I predict/propose IS a kind of Songs of Experience package.

I won't mind if they give the present show a break for a few months and perhaps merge their new show with elements of the last tour's presentation when the next album arrives...


Edited by HansasHeroes1991, 14 March 2017 - 10:28 PM.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 05:02 PM

I think and hope they'll focus the majority of the setlist on the 80s. This is my ideal setlist which I created on Spotify and plays really well.

Beautiful Day
Out Of Control
The Electric Co.
Gloria
I Will Follow
Running To Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
The Unforgettable Fire
Trip Through Your Wires
Exit

One Tree Hill
In God's Country
Angel Of Harlem
Desire
Bullet The Blue Sky
New Years Day
The Sweetest Thing
All I Want Is You
Where The Streets Have No Name
Pride
With Or Without You

Mothers Of The Disappeared
Sunday Bloody Sunday
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Bad
One
40

#13 HansasHeroes1991

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 05:44 PM

I can see a lot of merit in playing every Joshua Tree without strictly adhering to performing the songs in the album's running order.
I just don't think it's going to happen.
Since the album will most likely be the second set,
that just leaves what the first set and encores will be.
I like your song choices a lot!

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