agreed. until i want to watch/hear from home I'm glad they are. haha. But i was the only one front row in Phoenix without my phone in the air. the selfie stick was icing on the cake for me. I wanted to grab it and throw it.
A set list of all b sides/songs not known by the crowd? equals no energy, awkward and no fun. people are there for entertainment, fun and a show. singing along is part of a concert experience. not knowing the songs cause disconnect.
just enjoy it for what it is. most bands do not tour for 40+ years with original members or can play and sing as well as U2 can.
Bono's vocals in Phoenix were mesmerizing... I couldn't believe my ears.
He says, "Don't shoot, I'm an American. America is not a country, America is an idea!" Then on to The Hands that Built America. His entire rap during Bullet the Blue Sky is incredible. It's bigger than Ferguson or Baltimore.
Old Bono talking to Young Bono.
The masses want to hear the songs they know. The average fan in the stadium do not know the new songs or the "deep cuts", and it makes for a disconnected audience. It will have to be done in away to please the majority and to keep the energy up for a great show. Give them a chance to get going.
A recent article stated they decided against this idea due to fans feeling they would get "the second best night", so they are going to do a varied set list during the second half of the show now supposedly. We will just have to see!