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76 shows in 5 years...
« on: November 18, 2016, 05:34:15 PM »
Someone posted elsewhere in forum that U2 have played 76 live shows in the last 5 years....

Assuming this figure is true what are your thoughts about it?...



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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 05:39:08 PM »
I think the 76 show factoid came from U2gigs.com.  Of those shows, 18 songs were played at every single show (about 80% of the setlist static).  Wow.

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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2016, 06:08:50 PM »
I don't think we should be criticising them on this issue: they've been in a band for 40 years, and probably energy levels are sagging regarding both recording and playing shows.  If they don't want to do more shows and put out more records that's okay with me - a band just doing stuff just because there is a demand is a band cashing in and quality is going to suffer.  It's also clear that they want to base their live shows on material they think the audience wants to hear, and mix that in with new stuff.  Even in the 80s their set list was 80% the same, probably higher.  Zoo TV and Popmart virtually 100%. 

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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2016, 07:54:59 PM »
That's still better than many bands who have been around 20 years, much less 40.

Also after playing the monster that was the U2 360 tour for as long as they did....can't really blame'em for scaling back.

Now if the same thing happens the next 5 years....that will be disappointing.

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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2016, 12:07:27 AM »
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I think the 76 show factoid came from U2gigs.com.  Of those shows, 18 songs were played at every single show (about 80% of the setlist static).  Wow.

Out of a 24-25 song setlist, it's not that bad. Could be worse, they could be a greatest hits act. When part of your audience is the "common folk" there's an obligation to at least play a few hits. And u2 has too many older hits

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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2016, 04:29:17 AM »
My answer to the OP is that they should do 77 shows. No, 78. Near me.
 'nuff said.

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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2016, 12:38:58 PM »
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Someone posted elsewhere in forum that U2 have played 76 live shows in the last 5 years....

Assuming this figure is true what are your thoughts about it?...

I think it's reasonable for a band of their age, especially if it turns out they have played something like 150 shows in the last 6 years come this time next year.  The tickets for i+e went on sale in December in the year before the tour kicked off, so I'm anticipating new dates being announced in the not-too-distant future.


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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2016, 02:09:14 PM »
It's actually more like 76 shows between May and December 2015. But long live fuzzy math.

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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2016, 02:30:16 PM »
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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2016, 10:56:53 PM »
Best.  Thread.  Ever.

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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2016, 02:36:29 AM »
It's like saying in August 2014 - they've release 1 album in 10 years. We'll yes that was technically correct. But add a month either side and it's 3 al ums in 10 years.

These guys should be politicians.

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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2016, 02:45:34 AM »
They've only done 76 shows in the past five years. 

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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2016, 04:51:35 AM »
Quite amusing to see some (albeit a small group) people attempting to frame the thread as a criticism, or a negative...."how is this a thread" "it's actually blah, blah, blah" "long live fuzzy math" wah wah wah....

Where in the o.p. does it say "Only 76 shows" or "A mere 76" or suggest it is a poor output?

Seems those getting upset by things are the ones who think the number is low...It may be a very healthy number for a band made up of men in their mid to late 50's...or it may compare very favourably  with other artists who have been around as long as u2 have as a band....but hey don't let that get line of thought get in the way of unbalanced discussion, eh...
 
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Re: 76 shows in 5 years...
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2016, 05:18:09 AM »
Well you did ask "what are your thoughts on this?"

Clearly some people feel defensive about the number.