This is not a hating post at all, I'm sure the JT shows will be great and successful.
The variety of topics discussing the past few tours have all descended into Is/Isn't it a Greatest Hits tour? It's the same as back in the old Wire days when the Greatest hits albums were released... the debates are similar.
What makes this easier to deal with is to just accept that it's all about money. The JT tour is not about art, not about F$#%king up the mainstream, not about breaking new ground. It is about money.
And that's fine! Bands are allowed to make money, no bands set out to be anything but big.
If this wasn't about money, they would be touring new areas other than those they played 18 months ago. The US. Europe. Those markets again get the gigs because... they are the strongest financial markets for the band to play.
Edge embarrassed himself in the interview about the reasons behind the tour. Bono pulled it back a little bit.
They're a big band, with huge earning power, and this tour is exploiting this to its maximum.
I'm sure they'll be great shows. I've bought tickets to one of the shows in Berlin (remains to be seen if I get there). But I've done it having fully accepted that I'm paying money for something designed purely to make a lot of money in a relatively short period of time. I give money, they give me a show, deal done.
Just accept that it's about money, about using nostalgia to make that money, and to extract large sums from those who can now afford tickets over $150 - The over 35s.
I've accepted it. It works. It's business.
And it's good business.