I'm afraid to say that I totally agree with your comment. It's the first tour I'm gonna miss since 1992, it's my decision but this revival tour could be a good thing instead I have the bad impression that it's only contractual because a tour was supposed to happen for live nation. I was gutted by the bands decision to scrap the I+E initial plan to have 2 different nights, I'm not saying the second night was awful but I bought tickets in the first place to have two different shows instead of a 3 songs rotation, but I still enjoyed the shows.
And with the band saying for almost 3 years that SOE is ready it is kind of bittersweet, it is their art and they make whatever they want with it... just don't write in the booklet of the freshly released album that the follow up is almost done and then spend 3 years arguing that it's 80% done and we need a radio single, and then saying the world is changing so we do a revival tour because the topics of our most successful album are relevant today (bullshit).
But this subscription is a complete joke. Asking people to fork over 50$ with a promise of something to come is not cool, and I have the impression that they don't care at all (management, band, I don't care who) and they have the excuse that the resale codes are enough to make us pay the subscription. I just have a tiny hope that the gift will be worth the wait as opposed to some people who are saying that we shouldn't care what we get as long as we get something. This gift is something for the fans, something we wait and are happy to get when it is rightly done (U22, edge's picks) and is a major let down when they do something uncool just to have an excuse that they did something (duals, litho).
I remember not so long ago people frustrated by McGuinness' management and the fact that the band was heading towards an easy cash grab road. Wonder what they think now....
Again I hope I'm gonna be proven wrong but expect a major let down with this years gift (probably something JT related.... again). Hope we'll find out soon (because soon is their favorite word for the last 3 years...)