Optimax, I'm guessing you think we never really landed on the moon and that Elvis is alive too
Either you've failed to understand my message, or you just take me literally on purpose.
What I mean is that often big commercial organisation and companies try to manipulate the consumers by coming up with clever things to make them believe they have freedom or choice and therefore trying to enhance the excitement of something 'new'.
U2 took this concept and parodied it with ZOO TV and especially The Fly tried to tell us that we would be all better off if we just try to initiate our own thoughts of what freedom should be rather than letting other (companies) tell us what to believe.
Now 20 years later the company U2 inc. (not the band!) is doing the same thing to us. They are using the failure of the previous 'offer' and now make us believe that we're in charge of what the offer is! Everyone gets a vote! People feel they're involved and respond positively. But 'we' fail to see the limitations because we're distracted by the opportunity to be 'involved'.
The limitations are in this case:
1. The lack of the new/unreleased songs from the list
2. The fact that whatever we choose it is going to be YET ANOTHER set of live songs!
May I remind you that BEING at a U2 Show is a completely different thing than HAVING a U2 Show (on cd/dvd)? It is nice to experience the show when you're actually there, and it is also nice to have the same show you've been to (nostalgia). But having a 'selection' of Live tracks of the previous tour is not so exciting at all... I can think of many other things U2 could do to please true fans. Because that is what we are, we pay subscription because we are fans right?
Fans don't care whether or not something has commercial value or not. So why not giving us some demo's of old albums, or some video-outtakes or making-offs that only fans are interested in? How about a dvd with some old ZOO TV material that was recorded? Why does it always have to be 'current' material? Why does it always have to be in perfect condition? Why does it always have to be Pride or Streets Or Sunday Bloody Sunday? Why not more of those little snippets they made themselves during the recording sessions of their albums?
There is so much more material out there that they don't use, simply because they think it has no commercial value, but it is exactly THAT stuff that they can make U2 fans happy with...
But no.. we have to pay $50 for a 'selection' of live songs of the 360º degree tour. We've already had quite a few Soundboard/Radio shows of this tour and a DVD. But we're still paying for something that we don't REALLY want.
I'm sorry if you think I'm complaining, but I think U2 fans are not truly getting what they should have for $50. And for that reason... I'm out.