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Title: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: Tumbling Dice on October 10, 2009, 06:17:17 PM

I think the song that's been most sorely missed from the 360 tour is Bullet The Blue Sky, a centrepiece of all U2 live performances prior to this tour.  I think we will see a reprisal of this song next year and it will lend the production more gravitas.  I think the best interpretation of BTBS was during the Vertigo tour with The Edge's understated but effective guitar solo.  What are your thoughts?
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: nolinehere on October 10, 2009, 06:20:42 PM
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I think the song that's been most sorely missed from the 360 tour is Bullet The Blue Sky, a centrepiece of all U2 live performances prior to this tour.  I think we will see a reprisal of this song next year and it will lend the production more gravitas.  I think the best interpretation of BTBS was during the Vertigo tour with The Edge's understated but effective guitar solo.  What are your thoughts?

Glad it was finally given a rest, overplayed and tired.

Now if only they'd do the same to One, Pride, WOWY....

Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: The Unknown Caller on October 10, 2009, 06:51:52 PM
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I think the song that's been most sorely missed from the 360 tour is Bullet The Blue Sky, a centrepiece of all U2 live performances prior to this tour.  I think we will see a reprisal of this song next year and it will lend the production more gravitas.  I think the best interpretation of BTBS was during the Vertigo tour with The Edge's understated but effective guitar solo.  What are your thoughts?

Glad it was finally given a rest, overplayed and tired.

Now if only they'd do the same to One, Pride, WOWY....



Yeah... well, one of those is behind the times, and one just isn't happening.

I'm very, very sorry Bullet is gone. :( Of all past versions, my favourite is probably the extended Elevation Tour version... it's a totally different song in many ways, but still, I love it so much!
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 10, 2009, 06:54:15 PM
visually: Zoo TV. the whole stadium almost went into shock as those burning crosses rose up on the screens.

musically: Popmart or Elevation. Popmart for the groove, Elevation for the harshness it added to the show.

#@!

Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: daveyg on October 11, 2009, 07:23:33 AM
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I think the song that's been most sorely missed from the 360 tour is Bullet The Blue Sky, a centrepiece of all U2 live performances prior to this tour.  I think we will see a reprisal of this song next year and it will lend the production more gravitas.  I think the best interpretation of BTBS was during the Vertigo tour with The Edge's understated but effective guitar solo.  What are your thoughts?

Glad it was finally given a rest, overplayed and tired.

Now if only they'd do the same to One, Pride, WOWY....



I would have dropped WOWY long before Bullet, although I have to agree, it's getting abit overplayyed. Though they could have ended the show with the likes of Bullet as (well teh Irish gigs anyway) they ended with Moment of Surrender which was a major "What the?" moment for me for the gig
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: U2alwaysforever on October 11, 2009, 08:44:13 AM
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I think the song that's been most sorely missed from the 360 tour is Bullet The Blue Sky, a centrepiece of all U2 live performances prior to this tour.  I think we will see a reprisal of this song next year and it will lend the production more gravitas.  I think the best interpretation of BTBS was during the Vertigo tour with The Edge's understated but effective guitar solo.  What are your thoughts?

Glad it was finally given a rest, overplayed and tired.

Now if only they'd do the same to One, Pride, WOWY....



With Or Without You was dropped almost the entire 3rd leg of the Elevation tour. So it's had it's bench time. One I think should probably be locked in along with Streets.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: The Unknown Caller on October 11, 2009, 11:14:45 AM
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I think the song that's been most sorely missed from the 360 tour is Bullet The Blue Sky, a centrepiece of all U2 live performances prior to this tour.  I think we will see a reprisal of this song next year and it will lend the production more gravitas.  I think the best interpretation of BTBS was during the Vertigo tour with The Edge's understated but effective guitar solo.  What are your thoughts?

Glad it was finally given a rest, overplayed and tired.

Now if only they'd do the same to One, Pride, WOWY....



With Or Without You was dropped almost the entire 3rd leg of the Elevation tour. So it's had it's bench time. One I think should probably be locked in along with Streets.

The band certainly seem to feel this way!
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: JasontheJedi on October 11, 2009, 12:03:54 PM
I've only seen U2 on the Vertigo tour, but I really enjoyed that version.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: daveyg on October 11, 2009, 12:09:01 PM
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I think the song that's been most sorely missed from the 360 tour is Bullet The Blue Sky, a centrepiece of all U2 live performances prior to this tour.  I think we will see a reprisal of this song next year and it will lend the production more gravitas.  I think the best interpretation of BTBS was during the Vertigo tour with The Edge's understated but effective guitar solo.  What are your thoughts?

Glad it was finally given a rest, overplayed and tired.

Now if only they'd do the same to One, Pride, WOWY....



With Or Without You was dropped almost the entire 3rd leg of the Elevation tour. So it's had it's bench time. One I think should probably be locked in along with Streets.

One leg of one tour? whoa lads! I like the song but to me, who has seen the band live since '87, I find the song has been played to overkill. I personally wouldnt lose a minute's sleep if I never heard the song live again but I'm fully aware I'm one person in a 70 or 80,000 full stadium at a U2 gig, the majority of whom want to hear it!
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: u2and on October 11, 2009, 12:32:36 PM

I'll go with the Elevation version.

Loved the way they slammed the UK, France, the USA etc for being the major arms dealers (in the intro to Bullet).

That was the last time I saw the U2 I knew and loved speaking out...
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on October 11, 2009, 01:08:56 PM
Elevation, because of the power of it overall and lyrically.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: An Cat Dubh on October 11, 2009, 03:04:54 PM
Joshua Tree Tour or Zoo TV versions for me.

Vertigo version was the absolute worst. Kind of embarrassing to watch and surely the reason it has been dropped from the current tour.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on October 11, 2009, 03:44:35 PM
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Joshua Tree Tour or Zoo TV versions for me.

Vertigo version was the absolute worst. Kind of embarrassing to watch and surely the reason it has been dropped from the current tour.

I think Edge did one of his best jobs on that version, but they kinda made it bad with the ending, they took off the strong part of the song.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: briscoetheque on October 11, 2009, 06:19:26 PM
Didn't we have this thread like < a week ago?

http://forum.atu2.com/index.php/topic,8529.0.html (http://forum.atu2.com/index.php/topic,8529.0.html)
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: Chip on October 11, 2009, 11:35:38 PM
I'm glad it's gone from the set list -- a great song, but way overplayed. Best version was Zoo TV.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: u2and on October 12, 2009, 01:16:00 AM

Strange that Bullet has been dropped.

I would much rather they dropped Pride or Streets. Bullet is way superior lyrically and musically...
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: macphisto96 on October 12, 2009, 11:44:51 AM
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Strange that Bullet has been dropped.

I would much rather they dropped Pride or Streets. Bullet is way superior lyrically and musically...

I'm not sure they could get away with dropping Streets because it is the emotional lynchpin for the show.

I'm glad they dropped Pride, at least for a bit.  Same with Bullet.  I love both songs but there are others I'm happy to hear like The Unforgettable Fire or Ultraviolet. 

They have such a large catalog that it's impossible to keep everyone happy.  I'd love to hear some stuff off the back end of Joshua Tree.  I'd love to hear something other than Stay or The First Time off of Zooropa (and Dirty Day, Lemon, and Daddy's Gonna Pay looked awesome live).  I'd love to hear Kite again, or Original of the Species as it was fantastic on the third leg of Vertigo when they finally figured it out. 

And I could live without Sunday Bloody Sunday too.  Why not play Seconds or Two Hearts Beat As One off of War?

But it's a balancing act for them between the fans, the casual fans, and what they like to play.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: magnificent2009 on October 12, 2009, 12:37:00 PM
Best live version of "Bullet" was on the Elevation Tour. Larry's drumming was tight. Edge was brilliant. I loved how Bono shined the spotlight around the top deck of the arena. Great version overall.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: efdeat on October 12, 2009, 05:12:45 PM
ZooTV - maybe it depends which show, bootleg, etc you are thinking of.  The UDA/IRA/etc list at the end of the Elevation Bullet (at least, in the version I know) is more disjointing than powerful for me.  I think Bullet does not fit the feel of this tour, but I would love to see me some Edge prowess with The Fly since they aren't playing UTEOTW every night.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: TheHype on October 12, 2009, 05:32:37 PM
Hands down the Joshua Tree version. This shouldn't even be a discussion. With that said I could go the rest of my life without seeing BTBS played again. Same goes for WOWY, since this song has lost some meaning. Other songs old timers like me are tired of have taken on important meanings. Songs like Streets, One, and SBS are too important to leave off the set list. Since I've seen 31 shows I'd like the band to come out and play the entire new album with about a dozen other non-hits added in. I know I'll never see that show so I'm pleased with the 360 set lists. Anticipating 'The Unforgettable Fire' and 'Ultraviolet' the most when I attend Glendale, Vegas, and Pasadena.
Title: Re: Tour that had the best 'interpretation' of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'
Post by: bonovox66 on October 12, 2009, 06:00:32 PM
Personally I'm glad they have finally retired it. I loved it on the Joshua Tree and Lovetown Tours, but never thought it fit in with the 90s tours or even Elevation. Don't get me wrong I love this song, I just thought it no longer had any meaning or relevance. It meant something in the 80s. With that being said I would have to say my favorite version is from the Vertigo Tour. I fell in love with this song all over again during Vertigo, it seemed to have a meaning again. The song was relevant once more. However, I think playing on this tour would have been overkill. It'll come back one day, but I'm glad for the break.
Honestly I'd be happy with anything they'd play, but I've said for almost 20 years now that it needed to be retired. No song needed to be put on the shelf more than Bullet (I was proven wrong on Vertigo though).

On a side note: We must remember that 99% of the audiences are casual U2 fans and bought tickets cause they thought it would be a good time (they might own 3 albums). U2 has to play certain songs that people expect, but at the same time play songs that inspire them to keep playing live. Its a fine line to walk.