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  1. I feel like an AB30 box set is going to be a tough challenge if they decide to go that route. The 20th anniversary edition was absolutely epic, blowing the doors off of the super-deluxe sets that followed it. My only complaint about it was that it missed a remix here and there, but honestly, it was such an incredible collection of the music from that era, including a lot of Zooropa material, that I feel like an attempt to make a new AB box set might be too much of an uphill battle.
  2. I've got everything except War and Rattle & Hum on vinyl, both of which I'm avoiding for now. I got bamboozled on Pop and Zooropa with colored vinyl, and I don't want to make the same mistake again. I'm tempted at times to just go for it anyway and ignore potential color vinyl releases, but I haven't hit that point yet, haha. I've enjoyed many of the albums on vinyl, with that RSD release of Boy being a particular highlight. It had an amazing sound and really helped me appreciate the album more.
  3. I'm a bit late in adding this, but I wanted to put it out there that choosing All I Want Is You and Streets in the EP for this show was a fantastic choice. We got Bad/40/Streets from Boston and All I Want Is You/Streets within a few months of each other? Absolutely fantastic. These were some of U2's finest live moments.
  4. Agreed. To me, the colored vinyl records have been the worst offenders, at least in the case of Pop and Zooropa. They should have been released concurrently with the standard black vinyl. Given how close the colored vinyl came out after the regular stuff, it was either poor planning or an outright money grab. I'll give U2 credit for the albums like TUF, HTDAAB, and NLOTH that had the colored editions released right out of the gate with the standard re-releases. I long for proper deluxe versions of Rattle and Hum, Zooropa (I know AB20 kind of covered it, but I think there's more opportunity here), Pop, ATYCLB, and HTDAAB, but I think that the vinyl re-releases are okay at the moment. I just hope that once these are said and done, and with only five albums left that are missing colored vinyl releases, that some of those deluxe editions will follow soon afterward.
  5. 1 - The Blackout 2 - Lights of Home (St Peter's String Version) 3 - You're the Best Thing About Me 4 - Every Breaking Wave 5 - Cedarwood Road 6 - Raised By Wolves 7 - Summer of Love 8 - Volcano 9 - This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now 10 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way 11 - The Troubles
  6. I'm sure they have a pretty good idea of what they want to drop in from each tour, but I want to submit the following requests from E&I anyway. The Blackout, Lights of Home, All Because of You, Zoo Station, Dirty Day, Elevation, Even Better Than the Real Thing, Desire, Vertigo, Staring At the Sun, and You're the Best Thing About Me. I know some of those were replacements for others on each leg (EBTTRT replacing Desire, for example), but they'd be nice touches. I didn't go to I&E, but if Cedarwood Road, Bad, All I Want Is You, Zooropa/Streets, and 40 made the cut, there'd be no complaints from me.
  7. Interestingly enough, I thought WOWY was one of the highlights of TJT30, and while I do like the song, it's pretty middle-of-the-road on my best-of rankings. As far as it having power and energy, I can see it maybe having the first, but it has never been a song from which I would expect energy. It's a mellow song.
  8. I love the idea of a rarities collection. Some of us missed the boat on the The Complete U2 digital box set from iTunes, and while I've been able to pick up singles here and there and the AB box set, it would be nice to have those brought back along with some of the remixes from recent years like those on Artificial Horizon.
  9. I posted this on another site, so my apologies if some of you are seeing this twice, but I just wanted to share some thoughts. My full-fledged U2 kick hit about this time last year (maybe a little later) when I saw that U2's albums had gone on sale on iTunes leading up to the 30th anniversary re-release of the Joshua Tree. I had purchased the Perfecto Remix of Mysterious Ways and the Fish Out of Water remix of Even Better Than the Real Thing from the deluxe edition of Achtung Baby, and I decided to pay the few extra dollars to complete the album. I owned the original version of it and enjoyed it immensely, but there I was playing through some of the added material and discovered some brand new favorites like Lady With the Spinning Head, Blow Your House Down, and Where Did It All Go Wrong?, stunned that there was finally a deluxe edition of an album with extra songs actually worth purchasing. Fast forward through months of completing the studio album collection and playing U2 pretty much non-stop to December, when Songs of Experience was finally released. It was the first U2 album I was actually anticipating prior to its release instead of discovering later (or at the last minute, as in the case of Songs of Innocence), and I was so excited to play through it as the songs finished downloading... ...only to find myself highly disappointed. Gone was the U2 that I really enjoyed and instead I found myself with a bunch of late-career rock stars sounding like they were desperate to join the ranks of pop stars less than half their age. I gave it multiple additional chances and tried my level best to appreciate it and perhaps come to discover things that didn't grab me on the first listen, but it just wasn't winning me over. My U2 fixation neared burnout earlier this year, several months after its release, and wanting to avoid growing tired of the songs I once loved, I took a bit of a U2 breather. A few heavy hitters or otherwise newer discoveries from other albums retained spots in various playlists of mine, but for the most part, I was focused on finding some new music to balance things out a bit. At some of my shifts at work, I had been assuming DJ duties and rather just throwing on Spotify to some Top 40 or 80s channel (why is that decade's music so popular?), I would play through albums in their entirety to try and expose everyone to "new" music, or at the very least songs that the same overplayed hits had overshadowed on their respective records. Today, I decided to add Songs of Experience to the list, and lo and behold, I found myself enjoying the album far more than I ever had. I maintain much of my criticism of the record that I had previously made, but gone was the animosity behind my critique. There was something about approaching the album with an eagerness to listen to U2 again as well as already knowing exactly what to expect that enhanced my appreciation of it. It seemed so refreshing, and that despite following up the quartet of juggernaut albums that preceded it on today's list (Achtung Baby, Full Moon Fever, The Outsiders, and Hotel California). I apologize for the long-winded nature of this, but I just figured I'd throw it out there for anyone else like me who perhaps gets jaded on an album, or at the very least not won over early. Play it a few times to get a feel for it, but then put it on the physical or digital shelf for a bit and cleanse your palette with some other music before coming back to it a few weeks or months later. You might be surprised what you find.
  10. This album was definitely the Adam and Larry show. "The Blackout" may be Adam's signature song. The bass just thunders on that one. I only wish The Edge would have brought the guitar parts to go with the stellar rhythm section. I might have a more favorable opinion of the album in that case.
  11. Interesting that you bring up One. I'd be glad to see it gone entirely as it's never really had a rest ever, save for that one I+E show. I realize the significance of it for the bad, as well as its enduring popularity, makes that unlikely, however.
  12. Top requests: - Zoo Station - Last Night on Earth - All I Want Is You (for my wife) Second tier: - I Fall Down - Surrender - Hawkmoon 269 - Gone - Mysterious Ways - Love and Peace or Else - Dirty Day - Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car - Some Days are Better Than Others - Kite Other assorted goodies: - A Sort of Homecoming - Trip Through Your Wires - Where the Streets Have No Name - Even Better Than the Real Thing - Discotheque - Do You Feel Loved
  13. LNOE and Gone are high on my wishlist, but Discotheque and DYFL would also be pretty welcome additions. I would hardly expect all four, of course, but those are my four requests ranked.
  14. Interesting you brought up those Justin Timberlake prices. My wife wants me to take her to a Justin Timberlake concert, but took one look at the prices for this upcoming tour and said, "...but not this time around." I agree that some U2 tickets are pretty steep and I sure as heck wouldn't pay them, but my tickets to Paul McCartney that had me on the second seating level in the Amalie Arena in Tampa at the far end of the stage were more than double the price of the U2 GA tickets for TJT30 and this one. It's demand that drives these prices as much as anything, so I don't really have any qualms about them since they're an awful lot cheaper than just about any other big name. My issue with Live Nation was the way that gobs of GA tickets wound up in the hands of scalpers and as resale tickets on TM, which flew in the face of everything U2 was supposedly trying to prevent. I think Live Nation/Ticketmaster is about as close to scum as organizations get because they have a near monopoly here in the US and deliver awful service just because they can, but I don't blame them too much for prices (I put that on demand/the artists themselves). I do think many concerts are prohibitively expensive, but I just don't go. We've got Jimmy Buffett and Eagles coming to town, but we aren't going. Way too expensive.
  15. I'm going to try to balance realism with my wishlist: 1) The Blackout 2) You're the Best Thing About Me 3) Song for Someone/13 blend 4) All I Want Is You (Walk to the Water snippet) 5) A Sort of Homecoming 6) City of Blinding Lights OR Love and Peace or Else (if the latter, drop it behind LNOE) 7) Elevation OR Beautiful Day Every Breaking Wave 9) Get Out of Your Own Way *Intermission/Kendrick Lamar interlude to e-stage portion) 10) American Soul 11) The Fly OR EBTTRT 12) Zoo Station 13) Mysterious Ways 14) Dirty Day OR Stay 15) Gone 16) Last Night on Earth 17) Moment of Surrender OR Unknown Caller 18) Bad 19) The Little Things That Give You Away 20) Where the Streets Have No Name 21) Electric Co. OR Out of Control OR I Will Follow 22) Gloria OR I Fall Down OR I Threw a Brick 23) New Years Day OR SBS 24) Vertigo 25) Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way I developed this to include something from every album (sans Original Soundtracks 1), and also to fulfill at least a bit of wishful thinking. It wouldn't be my dream setlist, but it combines a little bit of reality with desire.
  16. Thank you! Now here's hoping that something similar will come about on June 18th in DC! LOL
  17. Sykoo, if they cut the SOI songs, I won't be particularly upset. I included them as an expectation, but definitely not as a wish-list item. Even if they got replaced with one of the standards that I had suggested cutting or if it meant that some songs I suggested as part of rotations both got played, that would be fine with me. As far as an AB tour, I think that's a wish so many of us have after the TJT experience, but it would be 100% nostalgia and probably destroy their argument that the TJT tour was inspired by events going on in the world. I do buy the argument that recent world events gave that album a renewed sense of purpose, but I still think it was a bit of a nostalgia deal. And to your point about the overlap between our lists, I'm just glad that someone else who wants Pop songs to make a return shares my desire for Gone and LNOE and not Please.
  18. - The Blackout - You're the Best Thing About Me - Elevation or Vertigo - A Sort of Homecoming - City of Blinding Lights OR Beautiful Day - Kite - Every Breaking Wave - All I Want Is You (Walk to the Water snippet) - Get Out of Your Own Way *Intermission/Kendrick Lamar interlude to e-stage portion) - American Soul - Lady with the Spinning Head - Zoo Station - Mysterious Ways - Dirty Day OR Numb - Gone - Last Night on Earth - Moment of Surrender OR Unknown Caller - Bad - The Little Things That Give You Away - Song for Someone/13 blend (cut on shorter nights) Encore - Where the Streets Have No Name - Electric Co. OR Out of Control OR I Will Follow - Gloria OR I Fall Down OR I Threw a Brick - Surrender (alternates with 40) - Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way - 40 (alternates with Surrender) I know some (maybe most, lol) of these are pipe dreams, but here is some of my rationale: - Every album is represented. - Hits are kept, but some songs that have been in the setlists for ages (SBS, NYD, Pride, One, and just about the entirety of the Joshua Tree) get a much-needed break for a while. - Plenty of juicy rarities for the fans, all of which is solid enough that even those not familiar with them should find them pretty exciting live (LWTSH, LNOE, the October selection) - One of the aforementioned cut hits could be slotted in as a replacement if a rarity flops (NYD takes over for Surrender, alternate Gone and LNOE if two Pop selections prove to be too much and either reduce the setlist by a song or slot in another heavy hitter) - There's thematic flow, either in the style of song (slow, heavy songs to end the main set, the band's first three albums delivering an energetic encore, energy ebbs and flows to keep the show interesting the whole way through) My biggest concern is that too many crowd favorites are absent, but I'd like to think that the TJT30 tour covered so many of them that this could be the tour to get a little adventurous. However, as I mentioned, if stuff flops, there are plenty of substitution opportunities, like the following: - One takes over for Kite - Gone and LNOE rotate nights, WOWY slots in between The Little Things and Song for Someone or closes the set if the next idea is implemented - EBW and Song for Someone rotate (retaining their respective current positions), the setlist can be reduced by a song or NYD can be added after YTBTAM
  19. Is anyone having any success with GAs for the round 2 verified fan onsale or the general onsale? I struck out on DC the whole way through.
  20. I don’t want the album to be a farewell album, if for no other reason than I want the band to go out on a high note, which this album is not. I also know that U2’s sound changes from time to time to suit what’s going on or explore new territory, but the SOI/SOE style is the first time I think it didn’t really work out for them. The stand-out tracks from both albums would likely have been forgotten if they were on albums with some of the more notable hits. Slap Vertigo onto SOE and The Blackout would have been the nickname for the other 12 tracks on the album. I kid, I kid. I just think that every album had at least one legendary song (maybe not NLOTH quite so much in the eyes of most, although I think Unknown Caller is fantastic and the album itself one of the most consistently good ones in their entire catalogue), and while I enjoy a few from SOI and SOE (Summer of Love is the latest from SOE to grow on me), I just don’t think that, in an overall sense, they really delivered the goods on the sonic front. The rhythm section really brings the thunder, and I like a lot of the lyrics from both albums even in spite of some of my earlier qualms, but I just feel like the vocal and guitar styles are more pop than rock in the wrong ways.
  21. I've played through this album end-to-end only once so far, and I find that it takes multiple listens to really form a proper opinion, but so far, I'd say it's probably in the bottom rung for U2 albums for me. I had an endlessly long review that I deleted to avoid any TLDR issues, but, at least after my initial play-through, this album is so-so, possibly even duking it out for the position of my least-favorite U2 album with its predecessor (October would be in contention as well because when it's bad, it's bad, but Gloria, ITABTAW and especially I Fall Down cover a multitude of sins). I think that SOE benefits from many strong lyrics in a lot of areas, and the occasional references to songs on the predecessor (American Soul drawing much of its chorus from a snippet in Volcano and 13 appropriating the chorus of Song for Someone and turning it on its head to suit the theme of this album), but when it's using names like Fred, Ned, Jack, and Zack to preserve rhyme scheme, well, come on, even at their silliest, U2 is better than that. I also don't like the flip-flopping between political and personal. At times, the lyrical themes make it feel like two albums stitched together. I have no problem with albums having multiple lyrical themes from song to song, but when there's a disproportionate level of lyrical strength between one theme (the personal being very powerful) and another (the political not so much), it creates a rough contrast. My biggest issue, though, is the sound of the album. It suffers from the same problem as SOI, which is that it sounds like generic top 40 radio. Gone is U2's usual brand of either creating their own sound or modifying an existing sound with their own flavor (i.e. the 90s material), and instead we're stuck with a Coldplay or OneRepublic album that just happens to have Bono on vocals. I think that when SOE succeeds on the sonic front, it does so far better than SOI, but when it flops, it falls hard. I also think that even some of the highlights (The Blackout, for example), have a structure that seems like it's building to something that never materializes. To expand on that, in the chorus of The Blackout, you get this bass drum beat that sounds almost club-ish, but you have the guitar and the bass in full-on rock mode. I feel like a drum beat that's not so focused on the bass drum alone would have made that song more explosive. YTBTAM suffers even more from an energy drop-off, where you have these amazing guitar-driven verses only to bleed off that energy into the softer chorus. I'd say that The Little Things is probably the album's strongest overall performance, and YTBTAM, American Soul, and The Blackout are all strong in their own rights. I also think that the album reaches the point of being a tear-jerker in several spots (13 is one of those songs where, were it accompanied by glass of wine, the listener would likely be reduced to a blubbering mess), and I can admire the vulnerability it takes to go there. In an overall sense, though, I'd probably put the album near the bottom of the U2 catalogue based on my first impression. I don't rule out it being a grower, even if I've played the living daylights out of a few songs, but I don't see it climbing high in my rankings. Oh, and one last highlight: Adam Clayton's bass. Good grief, does that man bring the thunder on this thing. On a side note, I really hope it's not a goodbye album, but it sure as heck comes off as one in some areas.
  22. I had a problem getting YTBTAM and the remix of it even downloading to my phone, but I'll give a shout-out to Apple's support technicians, because I've had similar problems before and they get it to work every single time. If you aren't able to get it to sync this time, hit them up.
  23. Random question: is anyone else having a problem with both the regular and Kygo remixes of YTBTAM downloading with the digital copies of the album? It won’t let me download those two.
  24. In that case, sell your tickets at face value. I actually took a loss of a few dollars on a Magic game (although I sold mine on Ticketmaster directly). Those tickets were gone in seconds. I don’t have a problem with reselling your tickets, but if life happens and you try to make a profit off of it, my sympathy disappears. Sell them at face value.
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