Probably worth noting that U2 'distanced themselves' from it only when returning to the tour seventeen months after it came out. That is a very long time (Longer than the entire PopMart Tour!), and came after a significant gap. I think most fans believe that they would have played more NLOTH material if the tour had resumed on schedule in the USA in early 2010.
Yep. There's no doubt in my mind that had the NLOTH tour finished out in 2010 as originally planned, U2 would have continued to promote it by playing several songs off the CD each night. Almost two years after the release of NLOTH, it didn't make much sense to continue promoting it.
Young man, you should get your facts straight before having an opinion on something. There were 6 legs on the 360 tour. By the 3rd leg, they had given up playing a song from NLOTH as the opener (unheard of for nearly every previous tour). On legs 1 and 2 they were averaging 7 or 8 songs from NLOTH. By the 3rd leg they were averaging 3 or 4 songs from NLOTH.
Leg 1 ran from 30th June 2009 to 22nd August 2009 - 1 and a half months
Leg 2 ran from 12th September 2009 to 28th October 2009 - 1 and a half months
Leg 3 ran from 6th August 2010 to 8th October 2010 - 2 months
Leg 4 ran from November 25th 2010 to 19th December 2010 - nearly 2 months
Leg 5 ran from 25th March 2011 to 13th April - half a month
Leg 6 ran from 11th May 2011 to 30th July 2011 - 2 and a half months
You can clearly see they spent 3 months of touring 'promoting' NLOTH and 6 and a half months worth of touring distancing themselves from it.
As for UC's contention that they started distancing themselves from it 1 and a half years after it came out, as you can see, that isn't true either. They were playing pretty much the same setlist from December 2010 to July 2011 as they had been from leg 3 onwards (ie averaging 3 or 4 tunes a night from NLOTH and nothing from that record as an opener).
These aren't my opinions - they're facts