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360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« on: December 02, 2011, 12:11:39 PM »
After watching the Rose Bowl video the other day, I was reminded of how good the NLOTH songs sound (in my opinion) and if U2 had taken a bolder approach to the setlist, the tour could have made the case for the album. Imagine if the setlist had been like this:

...start by getting people rockin' with
1. NO LINE ON THE HORIZON and keep it going with
2. BREATHE and kick it up a notch with
3. BOOTS and turn it up to 11 with an extended solo version of
4. STAND UP COMEDY and then make it intimate with
5. MOMENT OF SURRENDER and continue the vibe with
6. UNKNOWN CALLER and freak people out with
7. ZOOROPA....

after that they could play all the greatest hits they wanted until the encore which would be...

18. CRAZY TONIGHT (dance version)
19. MAGNIFICANT (regular version)
and then whatever else they wanted.

That would have made the case for NLOTH and they could've said "We don't need those 'elevation' kids, this is where we're at now. This is what we're into". And I would've had a lot more respect for them.



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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011, 12:22:35 PM »
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After watching the Rose Bowl video the other day, I was reminded of how good the NLOTH songs sound (in my opinion) and if U2 had taken a bolder approach to the setlist, the tour could have made the case for the album. Imagine if the setlist had been like this:

...start by getting people rockin' with
1. NO LINE ON THE HORIZON and keep it going with
2. BREATHE and kick it up a notch with
3. BOOTS and turn it up to 11 with an extended solo version of
4. STAND UP COMEDY and then make it intimate with
5. MOMENT OF SURRENDER and continue the vibe with
6. UNKNOWN CALLER and freak people out with
7. ZOOROPA....

after that they could play all the greatest hits they wanted until the encore which would be...

18. CRAZY TONIGHT (dance version)
19. MAGNIFICANT (regular version)
and then whatever else they wanted.

That would have made the case for NLOTH and they could've said "We don't need those 'elevation' kids, this is where we're at now. This is what we're into". And I would've had a lot more respect for them.

By booking a massive stadium tour for 360 (and by calling it "360"), U2 sowed the seeds for NLOTH's disappearance themselves, unwittingly or not.

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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011, 02:03:57 PM »
They started off the tour with lots of NLOTH songs it should be noted. I think they scaled back on them due to the tepid reaction to the album amongst casual fans. I wish they'd tried out SUC, WAS and Cedars - the first 2 in particular could've worked out great. Maybe they'll make rare appearances in the future.

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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011, 02:27:09 PM »
Cedars could have been absolutely chilling live. Hoping they decide to return to the song on the next tour and give it a chance in the arena setting.

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011, 02:36:13 PM »
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Cedars could have been absolutely chilling live. Hoping they decide to return to the song on the next tour and give it a chance in the arena setting.

Even arenas might be too big for many of U2 most interesting songs (of which Cedars is one).

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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2011, 02:46:50 PM »
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Cedars could have been absolutely chilling live. Hoping they decide to return to the song on the next tour and give it a chance in the arena setting.

Even arenas might be too big for many of U2 most interesting songs (of which Cedars is one).

Perhaps a <10000 seat arena?
« Last Edit: December 02, 2011, 07:26:21 PM by Midnight is Where the Day Begins [Dr. Middy][Wilde Boy 1] »

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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2011, 06:47:52 PM »
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After watching the Rose Bowl video the other day, I was reminded of how good the NLOTH songs sound (in my opinion) and if U2 had taken a bolder approach to the setlist, the tour could have made the case for the album. Imagine if the setlist had been like this:

...start by getting people rockin' with
1. NO LINE ON THE HORIZON and keep it going with
2. BREATHE and kick it up a notch with
3. BOOTS and turn it up to 11 with an extended solo version of
4. STAND UP COMEDY and then make it intimate with
5. MOMENT OF SURRENDER and continue the vibe with
6. UNKNOWN CALLER and freak people out with
7. ZOOROPA....

after that they could play all the greatest hits they wanted until the encore which would be...

18. CRAZY TONIGHT (dance version)
19. MAGNIFICANT (regular version)
and then whatever else they wanted.

That would have made the case for NLOTH and they could've said "We don't need those 'elevation' kids, this is where we're at now. This is what we're into". And I would've had a lot more respect for them.

I would have loved that.

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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2011, 09:32:22 PM »
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After watching the Rose Bowl video the other day, I was reminded of how good the NLOTH songs sound (in my opinion) and if U2 had taken a bolder approach to the setlist, the tour could have made the case for the album. Imagine if the setlist had been like this:

...start by getting people rockin' with
1. NO LINE ON THE HORIZON and keep it going with
2. BREATHE and kick it up a notch with
3. BOOTS and turn it up to 11 with an extended solo version of
4. STAND UP COMEDY and then make it intimate with
5. MOMENT OF SURRENDER and continue the vibe with
6. UNKNOWN CALLER and freak people out with
7. ZOOROPA....

after that they could play all the greatest hits they wanted until the encore which would be...

18. CRAZY TONIGHT (dance version)
19. MAGNIFICANT (regular version)
and then whatever else they wanted.

That would have made the case for NLOTH and they could've said "We don't need those 'elevation' kids, this is where we're at now. This is what we're into". And I would've had a lot more respect for them.

By booking a massive stadium tour for 360 (and by calling it "360"), U2 sowed the seeds for NLOTH's disappearance themselves, unwittingly or not.
^ Agree.  I think there was a lot of room to cut out war horses in this last leg and give me some more No Line!  I understand the argument that casual fans might be turned off/disengaged, but I bet many would have sought out those new tunes or given the record a chance after some spirited performances. 

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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2011, 10:44:46 PM »
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After watching the Rose Bowl video the other day, I was reminded of how good the NLOTH songs sound (in my opinion) and if U2 had taken a bolder approach to the setlist, the tour could have made the case for the album. Imagine if the setlist had been like this:

...start by getting people rockin' with
1. NO LINE ON THE HORIZON and keep it going with
2. BREATHE and kick it up a notch with
3. BOOTS and turn it up to 11 with an extended solo version of
4. STAND UP COMEDY and then make it intimate with
5. MOMENT OF SURRENDER and continue the vibe with
6. UNKNOWN CALLER and freak people out with
7. ZOOROPA....

after that they could play all the greatest hits they wanted until the encore which would be...

18. CRAZY TONIGHT (dance version)
19. MAGNIFICANT (regular version)
and then whatever else they wanted.

That would have made the case for NLOTH and they could've said "We don't need those 'elevation' kids, this is where we're at now. This is what we're into". And I would've had a lot more respect for them.

By booking a massive stadium tour for 360 (and by calling it "360"), U2 sowed the seeds for NLOTH's disappearance themselves, unwittingly or not.
^ Agree.  I think there was a lot of room to cut out war horses in this last leg and give me some more No Line!  I understand the argument that casual fans might be turned off/disengaged, but I bet many would have sought out those new tunes or given the record a chance after some spirited performances. 
I agree! They could have remove SBS, Walk On, Pride and I Still Haven't found...

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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2011, 10:54:04 PM »
hey, i love the NLOTH album but i love them even MORE for not playing SUC.

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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2011, 11:00:09 PM »
I don't think anyone can fault them for playing 7 new songs when the tour first started. But by booking stadiums from the get-go, they tried to begin at the place that ZooTV built up to. It was inevitable that they'd back off and resort to hits and warhorses.

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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2011, 11:12:39 AM »
I was so happy.  When I finally saw them live.  It didn't matter to me what songs they played.  There are very few U2 songs, I am not crazy about.

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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2011, 11:44:39 AM »
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I was so happy.  When I finally saw them live.  It didn't matter to me what songs they played.  There are very few U2 songs, I am not crazy about.
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Re: 360 Tour: If U2 had more confidence in NO LINE...
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2011, 12:50:27 PM »
I'm still curious as to why they didn't even try Cedars of Lebanon or White As Snow even once. I would have preferred White As Snow acoustic over Stuck In A Moment acoustic.

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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2011, 12:57:22 PM »
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I'm still curious as to why they didn't even try Cedars of Lebanon or White As Snow even once. I would have preferred White As Snow acoustic over Stuck In A Moment acoustic.

Stuck in a Moment is a hit.