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Worst opener from the last few tours

Miracle of Joey Ramone
17 (16.3%)
Cobl
19 (18.3%)
Breathe
46 (44.2%)
Elevation
7 (6.7%)
Mofo
15 (14.4%)

Total Members Voted: 95

Voting closed: January 12, 2016, 05:51:07 PM

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Offline dougie

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2015, 10:22:43 AM »
I enjoyed the intro of Breathe. The chaotic drumming  into searing  strums from The Edge. Then, Bono jumping up and down to get everyone up before singing was awesome. Then, the song- good, but not great.

Later in that tour, they opened with EBTTRT. Same kind of intro- wild sounds and chaos. This song fit this type of introduction. And, I loved it.

Miracle turned out to be a good opening song also.

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2015, 10:39:51 AM »
Breathe is one of the few good songs of NLOTH, but as an opener was terrible.

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2015, 11:18:15 AM »
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Return of the Stingray Guitar.

This. Just terrible.

Vertigo didn't work as an opener either. COBL was much better as the opener on the Vertigo tour.

I don't know if you can count Stingray Guitar. It wasn't really the first song, so much as it was music for Bono to take the stage. Almost like the mix of Elevation that would play as the band walked up, or Popmusik.  It was his post-surgery "Look I can walk again!" song.

The difference is Stingray was performed live on stage, the other two weren't.

That's true, but it also was instrumental background music for Bono to hop around and show off his working back.  If you watch the Turin performance, it definitely doesn't feel like the show has officially started yet.

Well alright, Beautiful Day is the worst opening song.  Opening with Breathe was a ballsy move.

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2015, 11:35:30 AM »
I really liked Miracle as the opener...AFTER Bono got to the stage and the guitar kicked in. I didn't really care for Bono's long stroll down the runway...but when Edge hit those first notes, I was just gone!
Who cares if everyone didn't know the song? Hard core fans (yes, I am one!) know the song   and I think enjoyed it.

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2015, 06:50:54 PM »
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I enjoyed the intro of Breathe. The chaotic drumming  into searing  strums from The Edge. Then, Bono jumping up and down to get everyone up before singing was awesome. Then, the song- good, but not great.

Later in that tour, they opened with EBTTRT. Same kind of intro- wild sounds and chaos. This song fit this type of introduction. And, I loved it.

Miracle turned out to be a good opening song also.

I thought that Breathe was a great opener, especially the way they did it live. And if there's one song in the show where wonky lyrics can slide by, it's the opener when everyone is screaming anyway.

I'm a little iffy on the new version of EBTTRT. So much pre-recorded material.

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #20 on: December 20, 2015, 06:01:01 PM »
With the exception of Mofo, none of these opening songs were very memorable.  After each of the respective tours had ended, you just seem to forget about them as opening songs.  It's probably too soon to tell with the Miracle of Joey Ramone, but I get the feeling we'll probably forget about it in a couple of years.  It's not that the songs are absolutely terrible, it's just that they don't leave very lasting impressions if you happened to attend those concerts.  And on that note, I did not vote for any of these songs.

- Mofo: the only time U2 has ever entered a stadium set to a disco/pop song. Has not been done since.
- Elevation: U2 actually entered the stage with the house lights on during the Joshua Tree Tour when they opened with Stand By Me.
- COBL: Aside from the questionable lyrics of the song, visuals that were employed during the song's opening can be seen as a derivative of the visuals used during the opening of Zoo Station.
- Breathe: Agree with the sentiment here on this thread, this song just seems to lack the oomph or energy of past tours that started with better opening songs.
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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2015, 07:21:14 PM »
Not that cobl is a bad song (it's not) but it's an encore opener at best. So that's my vote. Breathe would be a close second.

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #22 on: December 20, 2015, 10:09:39 PM »
I don't understand why Mofo is even an option on here.

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2015, 06:08:00 AM »
Mofo is top 3 best openers.

Worst was Breathe by a mile, just no punch.

Miracle is forgettable but the crowds really sing along which makes it so much better.

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« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2015, 07:21:45 AM »
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I don't understand why Mofo is even an option on here.

It was definitely the best entrance, as well as one of the best opening songs.


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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2015, 06:43:42 PM »
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I don't understand why Mofo is even an option on here.

It was definitely the best entrance, as well as one of the best opening songs.

I wouldn't put it on that list either, but it's not unjustifiable:

1) Too many sequencers
2) Adam's....clothes?
3) The opposite of a sing-along
4) Was Edge's backup singing real on the first leg of the tour?

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2015, 07:06:29 PM »
How in the world does Mofo have any votes? It kicks the proverbial ass of all the other songs on the list.

Elevation, while not a great song, was a pretty decent opener. COBL was good. Breathe really didn't do anything for me (as with most of the crowd) and EBTTRT ended up being a much better opener on 360. The Miracle is a pretty weak song an I hope is dropped next time they tour.

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #27 on: December 21, 2015, 09:36:37 PM »
im gonna change my vote to Breathe. At least COBL was a <relatively> successful single, Breathe wasn't a single and sure wasn't a sing along. Yea yea i know neither was Zoo St. but that was a GREAT opener.

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« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2015, 10:13:06 PM »
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I don't understand why Mofo is even an option on here.

It was definitely the best entrance, as well as one of the best opening songs.

I wouldn't put it on that list either, but it's not unjustifiable:

1) Too many sequencers
2) Adam's....clothes?
3) The opposite of a sing-along
4) Was Edge's backup singing real on the first leg of the tour?
I really doubt that Edge wasn't lip-syncing. The "Woo-Weh-Woo--Woo-Weh-Woo" thing definitely sounds pre-recorded.

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Re: Worst opening song.
« Reply #29 on: December 22, 2015, 08:25:40 AM »
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I don't understand why Mofo is even an option on here.

It was definitely the best entrance, as well as one of the best opening songs.

I wouldn't put it on that list either, but it's not unjustifiable:

1) Too many sequencers
2) Adam's....clothes?
3) The opposite of a sing-along
4) Was Edge's backup singing real on the first leg of the tour?
I really doubt that Edge wasn't lip-syncing. The "Woo-Weh-Woo--Woo-Weh-Woo" thing definitely sounds pre-recorded.

and Bono was definitely lip synching the intro "woo-oooh" to Elevation.

Mofo was a great opener, a great rock song.