According to this article in the observer: You are not allowed to view links.
The writer questions is the JT really a masterpiece of just half a masterpiece.
To paraphrase this article he suggests that side 2 is just U2 coasting and dialing it in and very underwhelming with the best track being Mothers of the Disappeared on side 2.
While my first reaction to the article is what the hell is this guy on, not that I agree with him but I can see his point of view.
While most of us on this forum (or at least me) are going to JT30 to finally hear side 2 the writer says that most only recognize the first 6 songs and don't care about the rest.
Now originally when the album came out, I thought the whole album was great and not just side 1 and loved hearing the side 2 songs live at least the ones that were played.
I guess now because I have been listening to U2 so long and seen them so many times live that they have continuously played side 1 songs live to death that I am actually sick of them and mainly going for this tour specifically to hear the side 2 songs.
But to play devils advocate the average fan most likely will be going to hear side 1 and not side 2 as most will probably tune out or go to beer stands or bathroom break at this stage. I will take the opportunity to hit the beer stands during side 1, as I heard these songs so many times.
Also again to play devils advocate, if U2 thought side 2 was soo great, why the absence of these songs for so long, really since the original JT tour in '87.
What are your thoughts?