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Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?

Yes, it's a mix of new songs, hits and a few surprises the set is fine
46 (66.7%)
No, it's a mix of new songs, too many hits and very few surprises
23 (33.3%)

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hrsan

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Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« on: June 22, 2015, 02:00:20 PM »
Personally, I think the setlists are fine.  A good mix of new songs, hits and room for a few surprises.  There are a couple of songs I could do without, but for the most part, I think it's fine and look forward to my show.



LemonadeSupernova

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2015, 02:13:31 PM »
Analysing and criticising the minutiae of a tour such as setlists is the lifeblood of community forum such as this when a band is active.

LemonadeSupernova

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2015, 02:19:22 PM »
Option 2


PatateTony35

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2015, 02:28:53 PM »
Too many hits? you're kidding? this tour is the right balance between old hits, new songs and some rarities. if you want more rarities then cut some of the new songs. they can't do a show only to the big big U2 fan who knows every song and don't want to hear pride. so yes those setlists are great.

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2015, 02:30:07 PM »
It's obvious they could rotate 2 or 3 additional songs, lose very little impact of both the hits and new songs and keep it fresher... but they're kinda lazy about setlists.

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2015, 02:38:19 PM »
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It's obvious they could rotate 2 or 3 additional songs, lose very little impact of both the hits and new songs and keep it fresher... but they're kinda lazy about setlists.

It's a comfort zone thing and being self-employed there's no boss to push them out of it.

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2015, 03:02:25 PM »
Of course the setlist gets more criticism than it deserves.

Funny thing is we all love Zoo TV and Popmart and those sets were WAY more static that i&e.

People love to complain and whine. It makes them feel more important I guess.

LemonadeSupernova

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2015, 03:06:08 PM »
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Of course the setlist gets more criticism than it deserves.

Funny thing is we all love Zoo TV and Popmart and those sets were WAY more static that i&e.

People love to complain and whine. It makes them feel more important I guess.

For me it's not a static vs. flexible setlist issue; it's the setlist itself.  While I thought the setlists for Zoo TV/Zooropa and PopMart were very good, I feel that the setlists on this tour - of the ones I've seen - are just ok. 

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2015, 03:21:34 PM »
If you check the stats, the band has played the largest variety of songs for any first leg of a tour... EVER.

Sure, some of their choices may not be exactly what people are hoping for. I would so love a song from Pop or Zooropa for that matter, or for them to get rid of songs like Pride and I Still Haven't Found. But right now the band are giving us both a show with a lot of meaning and heart (especially the opening 10 songs), while also providing plenty of variance in what show you may see.

I'll be pleased in whatever they play for me. As long as the show has passion and heart, that's fine by me.

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2015, 04:23:26 PM »
The tour is called Innocence &Experience? Old and new?

LemonadeSupernova

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2015, 04:26:34 PM »
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The tour is called Innocence &Experience? Old and new?

We're still waiting on the songs of experience.


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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2015, 04:36:11 PM »
True but the theme is the same

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2015, 04:42:54 PM »
I hope Invisible gets jibbed by the time they come back home, along with some of the 00 tracks, hopefully replaced by pop and Zooropa songs.

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2015, 04:49:32 PM »
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Funny thing is we all love Zoo TV and Popmart and those sets were WAY more static that i&e.

I'm not complaining about the setlist being static, I'm complaining about the songs that are being used in the set.

ZooTV and PopMart were both filled with songs I'd love them to be playing now. There was no Beautiful Day or City Of Blinding Lights back then and Mysterious Ways sounds so much better with the extended solo towards the end like they used to do.

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Re: Are the setlists getting more criticism than they deserve?
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2015, 05:22:55 PM »
New songs aside do you think U2 are playing songs that are easier to play....by that I mean songs they have played pretty regularly down the years/most simple arrangements or songs they are well practiced in...

Look at the last show in Montreal for example:
Out of Control
Vertigo
I will follow
Sunday bloody sunday
Until the end of the world
Even better
Mysterious Ways
Elevation
Stuck in a moment
Bullet the blue sky
Pride
With or without you
Beautiful Day
City of Blinding Lights
Streets
40

That's the list of songs played minus the new ones.

That is very, very unadventurous in my view.