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Drove out to Vegas for N2, have a ticket for L.A. N2, and will buy one for N1, but Only if there is a ticket price drop, which still hasn't occurred.

Taking a vacation back east in June, and could alter my itinerary a bit to be in Philly for N2.  Given the lack of any real difference in the setlists so far, I'm probably not going to bother.  Obviously U2 is being pretty upfront about the fact the songs are going to remain 95%+ the same for every show on the tour, and while it would be great to see them again, it would not be $100+ great.  The ticket prices are just too high to justify paying them multiple times, for essentially the same experience, and one which if I really wanted to, I could also follow to a certain extent on Periscope over the next few months.

Would not be surprised to see more empty seats in the lesser markets as the tour continues, since without people traveling to cities outside their own, these venues will have a hard time selling out to locals willing to pay the high ticket prices, which pretty much top off at $330+ in every market, big or small.

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I saw both nights in Vegas, and will admit it was disappointing to get virtually the same setlist both nights; but, since I was in GA the first night and then the nosebleed section the next, I can say I really did enjoy the difference in perspective and feel like it was worth the money and effort to see both shows.  That’s just me though.  Would I have gone for a third night?  No way.









Ah hell, who am I kidding?  Of course I would!


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In fact Vegas 2 gave us one less song that Vegas 1, and nothing new from one night to the other. I admit I was disappointed by that.

The shows themselves were awesome.

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I liked the night one setlist, a lot. But I'm pretty bummed out that they dropped Wild Horses after one night -- it sounded great. I also think pulling Song for Someone out of the Innocence section is a strange choice (and I was hoping to hear it since I didn't catch the 2015 tour).


I would agree at this point that buying tickets to multiple nights isn't a necessity for U2 at this point. Obviously it's a blast, but time and money are always limited. It's not quite worth it for me anymore. Better move would be to hit every leg that they're in your neck of the woods, because things can change significantly in those cases. 

Anyway, bring back Wild Horses and Song For Someone please :)

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Here's my 2 cents...

I actually enjoy the first half of the show more than the second half, though I enjoy the whole show.  But if I could wave a magic wand, I'd make some big changes to the second part, and some small tweaks to the first part.

For the first part of the show.:

While "I Will Follow" is always great live, they have played it a lot in recent tours (sometimes swapping ElectricCo or Out of Control, which they could do this time as well).  To fit with the SoE theme, a mind-blowing choice out of left field would be "Another Time Another Place" instead.  Or, to really get the crowd going, play "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" before "The Ocean", just like how they used to end their shows in 1981.

I can live without "Beautiful Day", even though I don't mind it.  But make sure to play "Red Flag Day" at every show. 

My selfish set list for first part of show:

  • Love is All We Have Left
  • The Blackout
  • Lights of Home
  • Red Flag Day
  • Gloria
  • Another Time Another Place / 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (alternate them each night)
  • The Ocean
  • Iris
  • Cedarwood Road
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday [not really necessary, but since they use it to help tell the story for Raised By Wolves, let it remain]
  • Raised By Wolves
  • Until the End of the World

For the second part:

Here is where I have more wishes as a die-hard fan, and would make some radical changes.   I respect the crowd-energizing choices of Elevation, Vertigo, and Desire to open the second set, as well as "Pride" to fire up the crowd, but I am tired of them all, and would make substitutions.  Here is a chance to inject some variability into Night One vs. Night Two set lists, to keep things interesting.  The two nights would differ significantly in the second half of the show, with half the content being variable.

I also respect the band's desire to perform their new songs (YTBTAM, GOOYOW, American Soul), but I don't care for American Soul, and would lose it, replacing it with "Please" or even "New Year's Day" (the full-on, full-length version) at that juncture in the show.  And to have more SoE content, play "The Showman", maybe switching off with "Invisible", which is also part of the SoI/SoE period.  I would drop "Acrobat" to its more powerful position, right before equally powerful "Love is Blindness" to close out the main set.

Add a couple of surprises that will go over well (the first four slots allow for that), and here's my selfish second part of the show:

  • Electrical Storm / Magnificent (alternate them each night)
  • City of Blinding Lights / Vertigo (alternate them each night)
  • Crumbs from Your Table / Miracle Drug (alternate them each night)
  • Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses / Heartland (alternate them each night)
  • You're the Best Thing About Me
  • The Showman  (maybe alternate with "Invisible" each night?)
  • Get Out of Your Own Way
  • Please / New Year's Day (alternate them each night)
  • One / Pride (alternate them each night)
  • Acrobat
  • Love is Blindness

Closing with "Love is Blindness" (live version that we know and love) would be huge.

For the encore:

It extends the evening, but I would include four songs, and "Two Hearts" is long overdue to bring out in all its joyous glory.  Then get back to SoE, with "Little Things" followed by the two current closing songs.  I was thinking of having "Walk On" in there as well, but the more I played it over in my head, the more I realized it doesn't really fit anywhere in the SoE tour, and the night would be winding down already, so four songs are enough here:

  • Two Hearts Beat as One [or else play on alternate nights in position of "Gloria" above, then have only a 3-song encore]
  • The Little Things That Give You Away
  • Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
  • 13 (There is a Light)

So there you have my personal dream concert for the SoE tour.  A total of 27 numbers, 7 or 8 of which alternate between Nights One and Two.  10 songs from SoE.

They could start the show at 8:20 PM instead of 8:30 PM, to still end by 10:50 PM.  The first half would be stable and virtually unchanged from the actual set list, whereas the second part would be totally overhauled, and would have many alternating slots.  "True fans" would want to attend both versions (as is typically the case anyway).

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I went to both show in SJ and Vegas.  I wish I knew they were not going to change the SETLIST. Throwing in one or two variable tunes every night is all I hoped for- why? Because out of 40 plus arena shows I've seen, they always changed it! Heck, in London in 2015, every show changed at least 4 songs every show. The big change for the second LV show was dumping my favorite E &  I song and not replacing it with anything.

Very disappointed in the SETLIST. Not going to add any shows this year. Going to Chicago to see the SF Giants at Wrigley and I might as well go U2 anyways. Come on, throw the multiple show fans a bone.

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The main problem that I've been having with the setlist is that the encore is pretty anticlimactic and basically all ballad.  'One' obviously gets the crowd going and 'Love is Bigger than Anything' is great live, but concluding with '13' and Bono exiting from the opposite end from Larry/Adam/Edge as the music fades has to be the least excitement I've ever experienced (no pun intended) for a U2 finale.  It's a bold move to swap the tried and true '40' with a less soulful version of "Song for Someone" and a less interesting use of the "Ultraviolet" prop. 

Also YTBTAM is a great song (possibly the catchiest on new album), but maybe not the right choice to remix/acoustic as fans are still just getting to know it and want to rock out to it.  I think I'm the minority, but Summer of Love is the best song on the new album! 

All that said, LOVED the show, good mix of telling the ie story that they want to tell, throwing in a few classics (they'll never play enough Achtung Baby for me), understandably leaving out J Tree (although casual U2 fans will be disappointed), and the energy from the guys night in and night out with such a big, visual spectacle has to be appreciated!

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On 5/13/2018 at 11:47 PM, nyru2 said:

If fans choose to go to more than one show, especially knowing there isnt going to be much variation, then its on them really. One show a tour is enough for me. It doesnt make me less of a fan than someone who goes to 10 shows.  If you read the interview with Willie Williams, he said there wont be that much variation because of the visuals and the storyline. 

The point is the opposite, people have bought tickets to more than one show because they do play some different songs. Like they have done on every tour since Zoo TV tour.

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