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Offline cathalmc

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Re: Who makes U2's setlists?
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2010, 12:47:42 PM »

I reckon Bono tells everyone what he wants to sing and that's the end of it.

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Re: Who makes U2's setlists?
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2010, 08:05:03 PM »
The setlist is dictated by the market forces, fan demans, U2 choices, the theme of the tour, and the synchronization with the images on the screen.

But the strongest decider would really be market forces.

When the Vertigo Tour was postponed due to illness in the family, U2 returned to the final leg a year after playing much less songs from HTDAAB album.  Why?  Because it was utterly unnecessary because the album had already cleaned up 2 consecutive Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2006, winning 9 overall.  So when the tour came back for its delayed finale, U2 found themselves played their greatest hits and two new singles - Window In The Skies and Saints Are Coming because that would promote their U218 release.

When the 360 Tour started, it was also timed with the impending release of the 25th anniversary edition of The Unforgettable Fire. Hence, U2 revived from the dead songs from that album such as "The Unforgettable Fire" and "MLK".  Now the smoke has cleared and there is no need to push that album, U2 have benched it again.

After the postponement of this year's US leg, it had become apparent that NLOTH has already been a dud and nothing they can do will rescue the sales of the album.  What did U2 do?  Junk the NLOTH songs.  Now, they are claiming to "experiment" with new songs but we all know the truth and the tune they are singing - a new album release or an EP is coming soon or U2 are gauging the possibility of releasing such.  So they are roadtesting the songs to ensure the next album won't be a dud.

I am certain for the legs next year, we will see a resurgence of Achtung Baby songs since the 20th anniversary edition of that incredible album is going to be released.

Of course, the complete exclusion of anything from POP or Rattle And Hum or October means that it is not the direction they want to take for the meantime, but they will surely revisit those in the future.  They are probably benching Rattle and Hum for now because they will promote it heavily on their next tour come 2013 where it will be a 25th anniversary release.

U2's setlists are sometimes predictable but they are very well thought out.

Cheers,

J



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Re: Who makes U2's setlists?
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2010, 08:11:43 PM »
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I am certain for the legs next year, we will see a resurgence of Achtung Baby songs since the 20th anniversary edition of that incredible album is going to be released.

I also agree that they'll do these tracks: The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Tryin To Throw Your Arms... will probably added (along with MW, One, UV?, UTEOTW already played now) it will have a lot of AB material. Almost a third of the setlist, hopefully they rotate some of the songs with the current AB songs (Not including MW or One)

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Re: Who makes U2's setlists?
« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2010, 09:44:57 AM »
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The setlist is dictated by the market forces, fan demans, U2 choices, the theme of the tour, and the synchronization with the images on the screen.

But the strongest decider would really be market forces.

When the Vertigo Tour was postponed due to illness in the family, U2 returned to the final leg a year after playing much less songs from HTDAAB album.  Why?  Because it was utterly unnecessary because the album had already cleaned up 2 consecutive Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2006, winning 9 overall.  So when the tour came back for its delayed finale, U2 found themselves played their greatest hits and two new singles - Window In The Skies and Saints Are Coming because that would promote their U218 release.

When the 360 Tour started, it was also timed with the impending release of the 25th anniversary edition of The Unforgettable Fire. Hence, U2 revived from the dead songs from that album such as "The Unforgettable Fire" and "MLK".  Now the smoke has cleared and there is no need to push that album, U2 have benched it again.

After the postponement of this year's US leg, it had become apparent that NLOTH has already been a dud and nothing they can do will rescue the sales of the album.  What did U2 do?  Junk the NLOTH songs.  Now, they are claiming to "experiment" with new songs but we all know the truth and the tune they are singing - a new album release or an EP is coming soon or U2 are gauging the possibility of releasing such.  So they are roadtesting the songs to ensure the next album won't be a dud.

I am certain for the legs next year, we will see a resurgence of Achtung Baby songs since the 20th anniversary edition of that incredible album is going to be released.

Of course, the complete exclusion of anything from POP or Rattle And Hum or October means that it is not the direction they want to take for the meantime, but they will surely revisit those in the future.  They are probably benching Rattle and Hum for now because they will promote it heavily on their next tour come 2013 where it will be a 25th anniversary release.

U2's setlists are sometimes predictable but they are very well thought out.

Cheers,

J




i unfortunately agree with jick here regarding the market forces playing a role in deciding the set-list. It's corporate u2 at it's worst.

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Re: Who makes U2's setlists?
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2010, 08:13:33 PM »
Yeah... I told Willie they needed to put <SPOILER EDIT> back in the set list!  ;D