Briscoe, as usual (but not all the time
) you've hit the nail on the head. This is indeed all about money.
My first thoughts were: A 30th Anniversary Tour of JT? Why not War or TUF? Why not a 20th Anniversary of POP? Because ALL of the Gen Xers (myself included) have disposable income. ALL of the Gen Xers own JT, and for the vast majority (not including myself), this was the album that introduced them to U2. And Gen Xers aside, every single casual U2 fan (aged 12-82) owns JT.
My second thought was: The SOI tour opened almost 24 months almost to the date, in the same city as this new tour. U2 used to tour every 4-5 years.......No new album (again, I'm not expecting one for another 2-3 years), no crazy artistic stage show, just an "anniversary tour".
My third thought was: new manager = new business ideas=new ways to make more money.
Frankly I'm not impressed; those of you who know me and my cynical views on casual fans, know that I dislike going to concerts because I have to deal with casual fans ("What side of the stage does The Edge usually stand on?"
) . I'm also not impressed because I hadn't budgeted for this - I was planning for a 2019-2020 world tour. Having said all that I am going to Vancouver, I will bear the burden of being hassled by the casual fans, and at the end of the night I will be re-energized and grateful. Plus I'm going with Beli so I get to see her!