I'm started to get tempted to swear.
U2 have done plenty of good stuff post 1998. Whist TJT30 is the first obvious retrospective tour they have ever done, U2 should never pretend that any part of their career or body of work doesn't exist. I might be the only person who doesn't want to live in the past, and I'm fascinated with seeing where U2 go now with and it will be very demeaning if they just become a global touring jukebox of 30 year old songs to please people who want to pretend that it's still 1987. Leave that to The Rolling Stones.
It is annoying when a band you love ignores certain periods of their history, even when it makes logical and popular sense. And they are always chasing a moving target. If you asked everyone here to create a dream 22-song setlist, no holds barred, I feel pretty confident that the odds of any two being alike would be remote. Even if you set up certain parameters, like only two songs from each album or something like that. One person's Beautiful Day -- a song that I never get tired of -- is another person's Elevation, a song that I think should never have been played again after the tour of the same name. I am sure there are people here who feel the exact opposite about just those two songs.
I can't imagine seeing U2 and not getting Streets, but we know at least one person here is good and sick of it. One man's coffee is another man's tea ...
I've been critical of the folks who don't understand why U2 won't revisit Pop, but I get it from both perspectives. I'm on the other side of that argument in the Springsteen camp. I adore Tunnel Of Love. Love it. Love every single note on that album, and Bruce rarely plays anything from it, and when he does, it is almost always either Brilliant Disguise or Tougher Than The Rest. I've seen him 10 times, and I have gotten Tougher once, and no others. Why? Well, TOL's sales were a massive fall off from BITUSA, a lot of the songs are mid-tempo and would send half the audience to the beer line, and worst of all, this album came from a terrible time in Bruce's life when his marriage was failing. Just like U2 aren't eager to look back at Pop and all the of the crap that surrounded it, Bruce probably doesn't enjoy performing those deeply personal and deeply self-effacing songs.
So I understand. But I still want to hear them.