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Title: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: Joe Electric Co on August 21, 2010, 02:15:48 AM
Hi All,

I love U2 - I love them most when they experiment and do things a little left field, I loved Pop.  I have seen them several times live, last summer the second night at wembley they were just on fire.

However, these recent new shows just look v.dull and plain, the setlist looks v.tired - I can't fathom why they have got rid of songs like Breathe and No Line On The Horizon which added something fresh and new to the set.  Why do they persist playing Sunday Bloody Sunday?! It is tired and similar to what they did with Bullet The Blue Sky, needs to be dropped.

Furthermore, when will they stop trying to sound like a distorted chugging AC/DC/Black Crowes with their new material, get on your boots was bad enough, but jeepers that song Glastonbury sounds awful.

Come on boys, stop playing it so safe, go back to experimenting and being exciting.  You have such huge talent, don't waste it!

Also, Bono and Adam look like they should stop eating cakes!


*Rantover*
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: TheFlyingLemon on August 21, 2010, 02:21:49 AM
They experimented with adding 3 new songs to the shows. Plus not all experiments eventuate as successes.

Cheers for your input.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on August 21, 2010, 02:23:04 AM
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I can't fathom why they have got rid of songs like Breathe and No Line On The Horizon which added something fresh and new to the set. 

Return of the Stingray Guitar, North Star, and Glastonbury are fresher and newer ;)
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: singnomore on August 21, 2010, 02:32:04 AM
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Hi All,

I love U2 - I love them most when they experiment and do things a little left field, I loved Pop.  I have seen them several times live, last summer the second night at wembley they were just on fire.

However, these recent new shows just look v.dull and plain, the setlist looks v.tired - I can't fathom why they have got rid of songs like Breathe and No Line On The Horizon which added something fresh and new to the set.  Why do they persist playing Sunday Bloody Sunday?! It is tired and similar to what they did with Bullet The Blue Sky, needs to be dropped.

Furthermore, when will they stop trying to sound like a distorted chugging AC/DC/Black Crowes with their new material, get on your boots was bad enough, but jeepers that song Glastonbury sounds awful.

Come on boys, stop playing it so safe, go back to experimenting and being exciting.  You have such huge talent, don't waste it!

Also, Bono and Adam look like they should stop eating cakes!


*Rantover*

I was at Turin and ive seen them quite a few times and that was one of the best shows i've seen (including my War tour show!) Place was jumping! I have to say if you follow stuff on Twitter that could put a real downer on how you feel things are going?
Bottom line for me - I've never seen them so up for it!
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: jick on August 21, 2010, 08:04:04 AM
U2 are pushing 50.  Give them a break.  You will never see an artist create their most commercially successful work at 50.  The older you get, the older your fanbase gets.  So crowds get "slower" as the tours progress.  You can't beat Father Time.

Give them a break.  We are lucky to even have them where they are now.  Other bands have long been dead, disbanded, or have members in prison.

Cheers,

J
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: Miami66 on August 21, 2010, 08:12:52 AM
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U2 are pushing 50.  Give them a break.  You will never see an artist create their most commercially successful work at 50.  The older you get, the older your fanbase gets.  So crowds get "slower" as the tours progress.  You can't beat Father Time.

Give them a break.  We are lucky to even have them where they are now.  Other bands have long been dead, disbanded, or have members in prison.

Cheers,

J

well said Jick :)
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: whitewave on August 21, 2010, 08:25:31 AM
They have added new songs!  Besides many of us that have listened to them for years love songs like SBS and Bullet.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: hbarakat on August 21, 2010, 03:11:52 PM
I am excited by this turn of events.  I am jealous of everyone seeing them now as I saw them at the Rose Bowl last year.  I am not a fan of NLOTH and wish I was watching this set list.  That I may go see them next June at Angels stadium.

And there is nothing wrong with straight forward rock music which is what Glastonbury is.  Some of the best music is simple and straight forward.  If I want something else I will listen to Radiohead.

Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: AchtungPiano on August 21, 2010, 03:47:52 PM
THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!  >:(

they could afford to get rid of One and Streets though...
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on August 21, 2010, 05:36:13 PM
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THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!  >:(

they could afford to get rid of Streets though...

WHAT?!?!?!

Streets is THE live U2 song.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: gnmmet on August 21, 2010, 05:39:22 PM
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THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!  >:(

they could afford to get rid of One and Streets though...

BLASPHEMY!!!!
 ;)
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: Tumbling Dice on August 21, 2010, 05:53:17 PM
I Will Follow *sighs*




Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: pfctsqr on August 21, 2010, 05:57:15 PM
Dropping Breathe was a great move.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: StrongGirl on August 22, 2010, 12:40:52 AM
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U2 are pushing 50.  Give them a break.  You will never see an artist create their most commercially successful work at 50.  The older you get, the older your fanbase gets.  So crowds get "slower" as the tours progress.  You can't beat Father Time.

Give them a break.  We are lucky to even have them where they are now.  Other bands have long been dead, disbanded, or have members in prison.

Cheers,

J

well said Jick :)

Well now, I am pushing 50 with the band and U2 and I can rock with the best of them! I see no signs of either of us slowing down   ;) :D
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: briscoetheque on August 22, 2010, 12:43:42 AM
Actually i think it's great that finally someone has had the balls to start up a thread about U2's current setlist.

For too long, people have been silent on this issue. Refusing to talk about it, refusing to discuss the makeup of the 2hrs and 15 minutes in a U2 concert.

We need to talk about these issues and to start having the strength and confidence to start a thread about U2's setlists.

NO MORE SILENCE! START A SETLIST THREAD!
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: JSab on August 22, 2010, 01:38:58 AM
I agree that some songs they play all too often... but then when one actually goes to the show, it doesnt matter what they play, its EPICALLY AWESOME regardless. Those songs are always enjoyable in my books. I also would like to see them play some less mainstream stuff, but then oh well, you get what you're given. You have every right to put your opinion forward though ;) also, GOYB really shouldn't have been on the album at all imo...
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: JasontheJedi on August 22, 2010, 08:07:01 AM
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Actually i think it's great that finally someone has had the balls to start up a thread about U2's current setlist.

For too long, people have been silent on this issue. Refusing to talk about it, refusing to discuss the makeup of the 2hrs and 15 minutes in a U2 concert.

We need to talk about these issues and to start having the strength and confidence to start a thread about U2's setlists.

NO MORE SILENCE! START A SETLIST THREAD!

So is this number 20?
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: briscoetheque on August 22, 2010, 08:19:00 AM
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Actually i think it's great that finally someone has had the balls to start up a thread about U2's current setlist.

For too long, people have been silent on this issue. Refusing to talk about it, refusing to discuss the makeup of the 2hrs and 15 minutes in a U2 concert.

We need to talk about these issues and to start having the strength and confidence to start a thread about U2's setlists.

NO MORE SILENCE! START A SETLIST THREAD!

So is this number 20?

21 baby  ;)
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: markreed on August 22, 2010, 10:04:09 AM
if you're disappointed by these setlists, you weren't a fan in 1997, when the shows were 90% identical.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: Bobo on August 22, 2010, 10:27:59 AM
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if you're disappointed by these setlists, you weren't a fan in 1997, when the shows were 90% identical.

Thats not fair Mark. I think most that are disapointed ARE the long time fans. Just wishing for ummm....I dont know, something like "RHMT". We all know U2 if far more deeper then their "hits" for the casual fans.

Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: JasontheJedi on August 22, 2010, 10:40:59 AM
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Actually i think it's great that finally someone has had the balls to start up a thread about U2's current setlist.

For too long, people have been silent on this issue. Refusing to talk about it, refusing to discuss the makeup of the 2hrs and 15 minutes in a U2 concert.

We need to talk about these issues and to start having the strength and confidence to start a thread about U2's setlists.

NO MORE SILENCE! START A SETLIST THREAD!

So is this number 20?

21 baby  ;)

Dang, the 36 I predicted is going to be under.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: markreed on August 22, 2010, 11:07:26 AM
whats to be disappointed about? There's new-never-before-released songs in the set, and no two nights are exactly the same setlist wise. Besides which, they'd be a ton of moaning if they didn't play One or WOWY or Streets : aside from Streets, there isn't one song they've played at every show in the past 20 years.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: AchtungPiano on August 22, 2010, 11:41:25 AM
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THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!  >:(

they could afford to get rid of One and Streets though...

BLASPHEMY!!!!
 ;)

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THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!  >:(

they could afford to get rid of Streets though...

WHAT?!?!?!

Streets is THE live U2 song.

well you guys are the ones who want something different and complete shockers! I could see SBS being more intense and upbeat and fun than Streets, which is fantastic but got old a while ago. in the Rose Bowl DVD, the Streets just seems tired (and so does SBS unfortunately), while the songs that really get the crowd going are the fun, upbeat ones, like Sexy Boots, Magnificent, Crazy Remix, Vertigo, Elevation, etc.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: eddyjedi on August 22, 2010, 11:49:31 AM
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THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!  >:(

they could afford to get rid of One and Streets though...

BLASPHEMY!!!!
 ;)

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THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!  >:(

they could afford to get rid of Streets though...

WHAT?!?!?!

Streets is THE live U2 song.

well you guys are the ones who want something different and complete shockers! I could see SBS being more intense and upbeat and fun than Streets, which is fantastic but got old a while ago. in the Rose Bowl DVD, the Streets just seems tired (and so does SBS unfortunately), while the songs that really get the crowd going are the fun, upbeat ones, like Sexy Boots, Magnificent, Crazy Remix, Vertigo, Elevation, etc.

Streets just seems tired

WHHAAAATTT!?

What dvd are you watching?
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on August 22, 2010, 11:51:02 AM
Buddy, you've never been to a U2 show right?

You'll find out why we all hold Streets so dear when you go, thats all I gotta say ;)

From being at a U2 concert in which Streets was played, I can tell you first hand that Streets is THE song that got EVERYBODY jumping up and down, SCREAAAAAAMING, and going simply out of their minds insane.

And the best song on the Rose Bowl DVD was Streets.  Did you not see the crowd ROARING, going crazy, or jumping around like their heads were on fire?  Did you not see Bono pounding his heart during the songs climax while his 3 best friends encircled him with smiles on their faces while the crowd, bathed in red, were the happiest they've ever been?

Go to a U2 concert, then I dare you to come back and say Streets is tired :P
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: AchtungPiano on August 22, 2010, 11:53:16 AM
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Buddy, you've never been to a U2 show right?

You'll find out why we all hold Streets so dear when you go, thats all I gotta say ;)

From being at a U2 concert in which Streets was played, I can tell you first hand that Streets is THE song that got EVERYBODY jumping up and down, SCREAAAAAAMING, and going simply out of their minds insane.

And the best song on the Rose Bowl DVD was Streets.  Did you not see the crowd ROARING, going crazy, or jumping around like their heads were on fire?  Did you not see Bono pounding his heart during the songs climax while his 3 best friends encircled him with smiles on their faces while the crowd, bathed in red, were the happiest they've ever been?

Go to a U2 concert, then I dare you to come back and say Streets is tired :P

well you are correct i still haven't been to a concert yet due to my young age and the cancelations...
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on August 22, 2010, 11:54:50 AM
See Streets live
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: Tumbling Dice on August 22, 2010, 01:49:43 PM
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if you're disappointed by these setlists, you weren't a fan in 1997, when the shows were 90% identical.

I don't have a problem with a fairly static set provided the show is brilliant, which is what Zoo TV and Pop-Mart were.

Rotating and moving songs around does not make a great show be.

They had the ideal opening IMHO, but they couldn't resist tinkering and now we've got Beautiful Day & I Will Follow as the openers.


Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: Gravy11 on August 22, 2010, 07:39:59 PM
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THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!  >:(

they could afford to get rid of One and Streets though...

Good point with Streets I mean in all seriousness....Floyd without "Comfortably Numb", Zep without "Stairway" and AC/DC without "For Those About to Rock..." still would put on good shows right? I went with Classics because those songs made their shows complete. You pull Streets and 99% of the crowd would rush the stage and hold them at gunpoint until they played it...Me? I would just grab one of Edge's axes and butcher the hell out of it until they played it to redeem the song. Might work... ;D
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: JSab on August 23, 2010, 03:58:33 AM
Out of all the versions of Streets I love the Popmart version the best - cause they got the song, and did something different with it. I think it would be cool if they did that again to freshen up the older songs, give it a small bit of NLOTH flair, something to make it a little more special for this tour... even though a song like streets is rediculously good regardless.
Its only tired if you think its tired, I love seeing all the different live versions where they have that (possibly million watts or more) flood of light near the start of the song - its the greatest :D

I think this thread is too subjective, everyone has different opinions and its hard to really come to a conclusion. Everyone wants something different, which is fine, I guess its more a thing of accepting and enjoying what we get given :)

Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: briscoetheque on August 23, 2010, 04:25:16 AM
I agree... This thread is too subjective. Let's start another one ;)
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: JSab on August 23, 2010, 06:31:00 AM
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I agree... This thread is too subjective. Let's start another one ;)

Haha yesh :P, but I guess this is a good place for people to vent their angers. Its always nice to vent. But it never works here, cause we all want something different *fights ensue*.

I think everyone needs to see if they can say what they've said about the setlist while they're at the concert :P the songs are alright at home, if a little too mainstream and overplayed, but at the concert, they're
as fresh and enjoyable as they always are :)
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: briscoetheque on August 23, 2010, 06:59:57 AM
Exactly. Judge a setlist not by how it looks on a webpage.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: The Promenade on August 23, 2010, 12:46:39 PM
Spot on. Saying this thread is too subjective is like saying the whole forum is too subjective. People tend to say that when they simply don't agree with something but can't articulate why. 360 is safe and predictable. 3 or 4 new songs makes it the same safe and predictable tour but with 3 or 4 new songs.  :-\
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: AndyU2 on August 23, 2010, 05:43:44 PM
Either way if U2 takes or adds to the setlist there's always a rant about it.  Maybe they should play all of the songs? That would take care of everything.  :P  ;)
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: gnmmet on August 23, 2010, 05:58:16 PM
As long as there's no Pride  :P  :D :D :D

Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: The Promenade on August 24, 2010, 02:59:04 AM
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As long as there's no Pride  :P  :D :D :D


.   Yes! A greatest hit by all accounts - avoid...  :-\
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: JSab on August 24, 2010, 06:21:38 AM
:P I think U2 should just play covers the whole concert. Then they'll really get in the sh**s.
Title: Re: Concerned By New Poor U2
Post by: TheFlyingLemon on August 24, 2010, 06:28:22 AM
Or maybe Vertigo 3 TIMES in one show. With one version being played on the banjo.