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  1. People, don't put so much weight on the grammys, it's nice for U2 to win, but if they don't...so what. Grammys usually, but not always, reflect only what's "popular" at that time...in the charts. I don't recall The Smiths, The Cure, REM, Guns and Roses, Smashin Pumpkins, etc.. etc..( you get my taste), winning a truckload of grammys. Every now and then someone like Green Day, or even U2 cleans up, but mostly it will reflect what's popular in the charts, not what is creative and artistic. Having said that, as a long time U2 fan, started following them in 1983...let's put to rest the notion that NLOTH is "one of U2s greatest albums". It isn't. Period. I don't want to say anything negative about U2, love them, saw them 3x on this tour already. But give it up. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, absolutely, but when I read so much praise for this album I think ..."have they ever listened to War, Unforgettable, Joshua, Rattle and Achtung?" (nothing will ever match that run...not to mention Boy, which is pretty damn good). October, forgettable for the most part; Zooropa was ok; POP interesting, but can't really say that it was good; ATYCLB was a nice rebound; HTDAAB imho was their best album since Achtung. NLIH, not very good, sorry. Granted, I am older and would prefer to hear more of the "older stuff", not older hits, as those are always played, but the older gems that rounded out those albums. I mean, Beautiful Day, I like it, good song...but as "popular" as it i,s it'snot even in the top ten of U2 songs...maybe, maybe top 15. and there's nothing in NLITH that's even in the top 30. Ok, don't mean to offend anyone. Just my thoughts. Now back to work, I needed a break.
  2. I hope that they don't feel compelled to play the same setlist. As of now I have tkts for Montreal, but won't go unless there are changes...I saw them three times already this tour and Dublin was the best of all three. The US shows were practically identical. I'd like for them to replace Walk On or Stuck in a Moment with Angel of Harlem. One with All I Want is You. I'd like them to not rely so much on ATYCLB, and maybe hear some older stuff. Ultraviolet was great to hear, but replace it now with maybe Acrobat or Trip Through Your Wires, or another less played song. I'd like to NOT hear Elevation. I'd like to hear Bad more often and just throw in a couple of more surprises...like One Tree Hill, Mofo in its entirety, A Sort of Homecoming would be nice, and more Party Girl!
  3. I am surprised that there's is so little push for material from Boy to Atchung. Besides the songs that they MUST sing for ALL fans from these albums, as well as their heavy play of ATYCLB and new stuff (I'm surprised that HTDAAB got so little play - although five years from now when they tour again I am sure you will hear some other songs from it, it was a very successful album for them) I wish that they would dig in and play stuff like Two Hearts Beat As One, Gloria, 11 O'clock Tick Tock, Party Girl, God Part II, Red Hill Mining Town, One Tree Hill, etc...Wouldn't it be great if they just blew things up and half the set was made up of second tier popular songs. It wouldn't kill me to go a show without One, WOWY, ISHFWILF, Beautiful Day, Vertigo... there's a lot of great stuff that they just don't play...hell I'm dating myself, but play Under A Blood Red Sky, throw in Bad, some Joshua Tree- Hum- Atchung and a little of the rest of the albums and I am happy...I know it can't happen, they have to please everyone, I was very happy to hear Stay and Bad and Ultraviolet this tour and very excited about Unforgettable Fire...although Bono changes the best part of the song unfortunately, I guess to fit fit his voice now.
  4. Saw multiple shows (Dublin-DC-Charlottesville) setlist pretty much the same (particularly is US), unlike Vertigo tour, which had more variety. Would like to see them in 2010, but not if same setlist. I know that songs from upcoming new album will be included, but do you think there'll be additions/subtractions to present setlist, i.e. Angel of Harlem (every night), I Will Follow, The Fly, Running To Stand Still or surprises, i.e. Lemon, Acrobat, Gloria, One Tree Hill, Two Hearts Beat As One? Thoughts?
  5. I'm just saying folks, as a long time U2 Fan (saw them by complete accident as a 15 yr old when they played a college in the US when War had just comeout)...that..(and I cannot emphasize this...I love U2, the band that has been with me since those days...) you don't have to love everything that they door put out!! Clearly I'm older now...but in my humble opinion, this is an Ok album, with songs which would be fillers in other U2 albums, it's ok, notgreat. Now the concert that they put on...awesome! Great show, Bono sounds great overall, band is tight, I'm seeing them two more times in the US. I'm glad people think that the album is great, its great for the band, I want them to be around for a long time. I don't expect them to hit a home runevery time out, although they have done so almost always...but after their last album, which I thought was really good for a band that has been around thislong...I was hoping that this one would be good as well, and in my opinion, it is somewhere after Boy, War, Joshua, Atchtung, ATYCLB, HTDAAB, UnforgettableFire...it's in the bottom half of their albums. My opinion. And at the Dublin concert that I saw, to end on that song...big letdown. It's all I'm saying. We all love U2, everyone has an opinion, but I do thinkthat, as with anything, if you grew up listening to Joshua Tree, Atchung Baby, Unforgettable Fire, to that era, that's the stuff that you like. I havefriends in their twenties who think Beautiful Day is their best song ever...I say, great song...one of their top twenty, love hearing it, great comeback afterPop, but I'll take any song on Joshua Tree over it, even the ones they never play live, anything on Unde A Blood Red Sky. I think these types of discussions are very interesting and its a tribute to U2 that they've been able to cross a couple of generations...with newmaterial. So lets hope their supposedly next album is a winner. I always look forward to any new material from them.
  6. C'mon guys, I know that we all love U2...but we are not sheep, are we? I saw them in Dublin and it was the only time that the crowd sat down...no one knewthe song, it's an Ok song, at best. Ok, so 40 may be over played (although I still love it as the last song) but go with a classic that everyone is goingto enjoy, to close the show. Make a new song the next to last song, ok, but the last song has to send people out wishing for more. And who says that the ending has to be a slow song? The Stones always ended their shows with satisfaction, Jumping Jack Flash (the times that I've seenthem)... Otherwise a great show.
  7. I can't believe that U2 has kept the entire encore intact throughout the european leg. I saw the third show in Dublin and I know people who went to allthree. There were very few changes on the setlist. I am going to see them twice in the US, I hope that they add more variety to their show. Last tour wasamazing in that regard, as their encores, especially, were pretty different if you saw them two nights back to back, so it was worth seeing them several times. Also, I have to say, great show, but few surprises on the setlist...i know that it's hard with so many required songs, but that's why they shouldchange the setlist a little more show to show. any comments?
  8. It's a shame, but have you noticed that Bono is not singing the last words at the end of Unforgettable Fire...He skips the lines: "I'm only askingbut I...I think you know" and "ever after, this love in time. And if you save your love, save it all". I am glad that they are performing the song, and can't wait to fly to Dublin to see them next week, but those lines and the way that they are sung, arepart of what makes the song so beautiful. And these are not points in the song taht he needs to go high with his voice, so I don't understand why he isnot going through with those lines... Any thoughts?
  9. I am sure that U2 will mix it up some, but I find it hard to believe that they would do away with so many of the standard U2 songs. Although I've seenthem several times, there are many people who will see U2 for the first time...what a shame if they didn't get to hear WTSHNN or SBS or even Beautiful Day. Granted, I can do without some of these songs...I've heard them too many times, but I still expect 50 percent of the show to consist of the oldstandards...and it is quite alright, because there is nothing quite like hearing and singing along in a packed house to Pride or WTSHNN. I hope that they do play some rarely played songs like Wire, Unforgettable Fire, Acrobat, Two Hearts Beat as One, etc...I hope that they play Bad when I seethem, etc... I hope that they don't play the entire NLIH album, 6 songs will suffice for me. I hope they do away with Bullet, and With/Without You forexample...never my favorites. I thought that Vertigo was a great mix of old, new and standards. I hope that they match it with a diffrent, but equally good setlist.
  10. Had High School soccer practice at an university in upstate New York, where U2 was playing their spring fest in May 1983. We snuck into the outdoor show afterpractice. War had come out. I got hooked on this new band (and I just wanted to hang out and see the college girls) Listened to Boy and October. UnforgettableFire comes out and I think that Wire, Pride, Bad and A Sort of Homecoming are amazing! I still do. Then Joshua Tree hit and WOW!. For those fans who are a bit younger, the anticipation for Joshua Tree in 1987 was amazing, U2 was becoming bigger, and you knew that their next album would besomething special, and when it came out, it was like, Wow! I have to say that later that year REM's Document came out (my second favorite band) so thatyear in college was amazing musically (let me include Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by the Cure, New Order's Substance and Depeche Mode's Music for TheMasses all around the same time). Wasn't crazy about Achtung Baby when it first came out, but grew to love it. I am glad that ever since then they've been able to continue to put outgreat music. But I am biased, I'll admit it, as good as this new stuff has been over the past ten years...and it has been good. To me me nothing comparesto those eighties- early nineties albums.
  11. Had High School soccer practice at an university in upstate New York, where U2 was playing their spring fest in May 1983. We snuck into the outdoor showafter practice. War had come out. I got hooked on this new band (and I just wanted to hang out and see the college girls) Listened to Boy and October. Unforgettable Fire comes out and I think that Wire, Pride, Bad and A Sort of Homecoming are amazing! I still do. Then Joshua Tree hit and WOW!. For those fans who are a bit younger, the anticipation for Joshua Tree in 1987 was amazing, U2 was becoming bigger, and you knew that their next album would besomething special, and when it came out, it was like, Wow! I have to say that later that year REM's Document came out (my second favorite band) so thatyear in college was amazing musically (let me include Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by the Cure, New Order's Document and Depeche Mode's Music for TheMasses all around the same time). Wasn't crazy about Achtung Baby when it first came out, but grew to love it. I am glad that ever since then they've been able to continue to put outgreat music. But I am biased, I'll admit it, as good as this new stuff has been over the past ten years...and it has been good. To me me nothing comparesto those eighties- early nineties albums.
  12. My favorites, not necessarily what's best, i.e. I am a NY Jets fan...but they're not very good, I know. 1. Joshua Tree 2. The Unforgettable Fire 3. Atchung Baby 4. War 5. Boy ( great album!) ------------- 6. HTDAAB - close 6th 7.ATYCLB NLOH is too new to rank, I am still feeling it out, but I like it. Under A Blood Red Sky is my favorite live album of all time.
  13. 1. Joshua Tree 2. Achtung Baby 3. The Unforgettable Fire 4. War 5. Under A Blood Red Sky (I know it's a live album...but ooh soo good). By the way, love seeing so many U2 fans, but in all honesty, and respectfully, these are the albums that made U2. ATYCLB, HTDAAB and NLOTH are good albums, nodoubt, but truly, they cannot compare to the ones listed above. And the Unforgettable Fire is w/out a doubt, the least appreciated U2 album, but the songs areamazing. It is my favorite. I was a freshman in college at the time...so I am dating myself. With songs like Bad, Pride, A Sort of Homecoming, Wire, TheUnforgettable Fire, MLK...not the most hyped, but the jewel of their catalog.
  14. Drop: Bullet, W/Wout You, Elevation Replace with: The Unforgettable Fire, 11 o'clock tick tock, One Tree Hill...and play the full version of BAD!
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