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Title: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: Anthony02 on March 19, 2009, 10:42:20 PM
Ive been seeing this song all over the forum. Its been in projected setlists, fav songs live, songs to retire, where should it be in the setlist, etc. You get the point. Ive read positive and negative things about this song. IMO, this is U2's most powerful song LIVE. Emphasis on live. Whether its DVD, IPod, or a live show Ive been to, it still hits me the same everytime. I get chills and a bit of a wet eye. Just a bit. :)  Cheesy sounding, maybe. But Streets (live) hits my soul like no other song can. The intro, the red background, the Edge guitar, the way it brings the crowd together. Powerful s***! It does seem like god has walked through the room, when its played live. (taken the quote away from whatever bandmember said it, I forgot.) So Im making this thread to discuss Streets. (live)  Does it hit you the same way? If not, why and what song does? Should it be retired? Etc..... Please positive and negative posts. Im interested to see both sides. You got my thoughts, so discuss......       
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: NOLA Fly on March 19, 2009, 10:44:43 PM
My favorite live song.  They should never stop performing it.  They can change around whatever else they want, but it's not a U2 concert if they don't play Streets.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: adamsmark on March 20, 2009, 12:04:16 AM
Oh, please drop this from the setlist, U2. Or, do an acoustic version. It's time to dream it up again.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: JasontheJedi on March 20, 2009, 12:49:04 AM
This is the song that made me love U2. I first heard Street at the Super Bowl in 2002 (I'm a slight newbie, but don't worry, I have their entire back catalogue). I thought to myself, "Who is this band? Why haven't I heard of them? And why is this music giving me chills?" I've only seen U2 live once and Streets was an absolutely incredible part of the concert. It also helps that I'm a runner and the first line of the song is "I want to run!"

If you haven't seen Without Limits (1998), here is the trailer utilizing the long intro of Streets:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQojAJAClIY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQojAJAClIY)

You can't go wrong with a combination of running and U2. (Unless of course you hate running, then maybe)

Thankfully, we don't have to worry about it being dropped from the set list. I'm pretty sure they've said something along the lines they would never drop it.
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Post by: Anthony02 on March 20, 2009, 02:04:28 AM
Nothing wrong with being a newbie JJ. I read an article where Edge said it would stay. Bono the same. So I think we're ok. 
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Post by: Anthony02 on March 20, 2009, 02:07:03 AM
And it is a great workout song JJ.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: Terrasidius on March 20, 2009, 03:47:57 AM
I think its one of those songs that has become old, they have worn it out, yes the crowd may like it when it comes on but the crowd would no doubt like to hear other songs in its place if they could. You can do a song so much it loses its spark. I dont think they will drop it but I think they should, replace it with something else. Its had its few decades and more, let it rest in peace.
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Post by: sceptic prophet on March 20, 2009, 04:10:03 AM
For me "Where the Streets have no Name" is one of U2's greatest classics ans it still gives me the chills. I don't usually listen to bootlegs and also only ocasionally will play the Joshua Tree album, so I've never really got the chance to get tired of it. I personally think they should continue to play it live as long as they live.

But my choice for best U2 live song ever is "Bad". In fact, this could be the best live rock song ever. Pure genius.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: TheFly on March 20, 2009, 07:42:41 AM
Streets should definitely NOT be retired live, although i do wish Bono would take a little more care over singing it. Definitely the most powerful song live, probably the most powerful song full-stop.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: Hohat on March 20, 2009, 09:27:20 AM
I completely agree that it needs to stay in the live set, but I think messing with the opening backdrop a la Vertigo Tour really messed it up. It's essential to have the red background and the lights going up just at the right time - with the Elevation and ZooTV tours being the high points for me in that regard!
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Post by: Dream Out Loud on March 20, 2009, 10:20:52 AM
i seem to remember a quote that they are fully aware the fans would riot if they didn't play Streets.
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Post by: Walrus on March 20, 2009, 10:26:52 AM
If they drop this from the setlist I will most likely whither away and die. :'(

Streets is such a powerful song, it's a classic, they should never stop playing it.
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Post by: aarond on March 20, 2009, 10:41:02 AM
If they play this and Sunday Bloody Sunday then I don't care what else they play. Well they should probably play One also.
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Post by: eddyjedi on March 20, 2009, 10:44:46 AM
An amazing song, although I think they should change it up a bit in the set and move it to either the start ot the end or something just to keep it interesting
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Post by: U2alwaysforever on March 21, 2009, 11:42:37 AM
lol they're not gonna drop it, everyone ion this forum is probably a big U2 fan, and people saying retire it have likely heard it played like 30 times live, but for the rest of the world, seeing u2 first time, or 2 or 3, they're gonna want to hear streets. I'd love to hear acrobat, drowning man, some days or better than others, but lets face it guys, streets will be played (I think iv'e been to 19 shows, and hearing it for the 20th time... well i cant wait, great song and always will be).
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: in_eden on March 23, 2009, 09:34:54 AM
Street is such a "moment" live... kinda like Sunday Bloody Sunday used to be... but go back to the long intor with all the red... like ZooTV...
Actually they should probably drop With or Without You. It was the first U2 recod I bought (I was 9) and is one of my favorite songs... but they've lost the mojo on this one. It hasn't been good live since the Joshua Tree tour (when it went on for like ten minutes).
I'd rather see Bad anyday!
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: One Tree Hill on March 24, 2009, 10:00:32 AM
Heres the problem' streets' is an amazingly uplifting song its a song that is such an awe inspiring opening concert track,slowly pulling you in and building to such crescendo's...also it is one of those songs that can come in on the outro singalongs of another song as they did with the Vertigo tour(well at least at Twickenham England)everyones singing 'All I want is you'..well mainly just the 'you ooh'..and 'streets' crept up on us...
The problem is a couple of things....the boys have been playing it live for over 20years..now as a singer in a covers band myself,songs can lose there shine,not always but sometimes..and its normally the favourite songs that you play night after night..Lord knows how Mick Jagger breathes new life into 'satisfaction' night after night..could be the money incentive more there..anyway............... the main other problem when a band is trying to push their latest album..then some songs have either gotta go or be rotated..or they willl just have to play longer and do all our favourites.............
I think this time round if they do 'streets'..I would love to see it as an encore..yyyyeesesss innndeeeddeeee
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: bw on March 24, 2009, 12:19:10 PM
I wouldn't feel cheated if it was shelved. But I certainly understand those who consider it U2's anthem. I have the same feeling towards "Bad". I believe that song truly defines U2 as a live act - which is why U2 is U2 - and creates a mood and energy unlike no other song.

Higher up on the "dont play" list, for me, are "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation".
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: unforgettable fire on March 24, 2009, 12:39:12 PM
Beautiful Day introduced me to U2, but Streets live at Slane Castle absolutly did it for me. Everytime I hear Bono's epic wail, or even think it, I get goosebumps everytime and even get slightly teary. It just forces your soul free and any/all inner pain that you've might have experienced instantly goes away when I hear his wail.

Just... my god.. :'( And since then I was forever a fan.

Streets represents EVERYTHING U2 is. Streets IS U2. U2's shows would NEVER be the epic experiences they are without it. It represents a turning point, a climax, an entry to the brighter side of life. There's not ONE day that I go out without even listening to Streets at least once! It's taken a VERY specal place in my heart and the hearts of "most" U2 fans.

Whether it's a show or the human heart, Streets always delivers the absolute BEST of U2, full power and no holds bars.

The only other song that I think rivals it is Bad. Also another spirit lifter and I think might have been a precurser to Streets when it was made.

As for songs that should be left off their setlist.. I can't say. I like to think that any song they choose is for the benifit of whatever show they play, wheather people like it or not.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: analogk on March 25, 2009, 07:36:29 PM
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I completely agree that it needs to stay in the live set, but I think messing with the opening backdrop a la Vertigo Tour really messed it up. It's essential to have the red background and the lights going up just at the right time - with the Elevation and ZooTV tours being the high points for me in that regard!

I agree about the version of the song during the Vertigo tour.  I talked about this in another thread.  Drop the African flags.  Go back to the red background and bright lights when the song kicks in.  One of the best openings was during the Elevation Tour.  The lighting in the rig above the stage started to spin and then once that cymbal crashed, it was bright.  Very cool!
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on March 30, 2009, 02:26:55 PM
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I completely agree that it needs to stay in the live set, but I think messing with the opening backdrop a la Vertigo Tour really messed it up. It's essential to have the red background and the lights going up just at the right time - with the Elevation and ZooTV tours being the high points for me in that regard!

I agree about the version of the song during the Vertigo tour.  I talked about this in another thread.  Drop the African flags.  Go back to the red background and bright lights when the song kicks in.  One of the best openings was during the Elevation Tour.  The lighting in the rig above the stage started to spin and then once that cymbal crashed, it was bright.  Very cool!

I agree with the African Flags thing, take it out. Personally i think that they should put back to red background, and play it like they first did when they came out with the entrance, except use it to start the second set.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: ABloodRedSky on March 30, 2009, 08:29:56 PM
I agree with whoever previously said that fans who have been to numerous of their concerts wouldn't mind if it was gone.

I'm 18 and was too young to go alone during the previous two tours, as my parents are not huge fans. My other two friends going with me this tour have also never seen U2 live. WE LIVE FOR STREETS =)

Yes, possibly the majority of the audience has seen it more than once. But do you older fans really want to punish the younger fans for coming along later by taking away Streets?  :'(

That said, I would love the all-red background =)
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Post by: Thunder Peel on March 30, 2009, 08:40:43 PM
It's my favorite U2 song, so obviously I want it to stay and it always does. It's the one song that I feel they should play at every show.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: Silver Lining on March 31, 2009, 12:43:57 PM
I read somewhere recently - I think it was an interview with Bono, but I could be mistaken - that Streets was going to be dropped from the Vertigo tour because they couldn't think how to fit it in. It was only when the idea of including it complete with the flags as part of the "long walk to equality" section came about during rehearsals that it was "saved".

Personally, I can think of a long list of songs that I wouldn't mind being dropped in favour of other newer or less frequently heard tracks, but not Streets. It still gives me goosebumps hearing it live, and long may it continue to do so!
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: Malachi on March 31, 2009, 01:28:18 PM
This is the one song I want to see live. I love this song. I would be upset if they didn't. But I know that they will.

 Unforgettable Fire described it perfectly.

Mal
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: Achtung_Habs on March 31, 2009, 03:57:03 PM
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I read somewhere recently - I think it was an interview with Bono, but I could be mistaken - that Streets was going to be dropped from the Vertigo tour because they couldn't think how to fit it in. It was only when the idea of including it complete with the flags as part of the "long walk to equality" section came about during rehearsals that it was "saved".

Personally, I can think of a long list of songs that I wouldn't mind being dropped in favour of other newer or less frequently heard tracks, but not Streets. It still gives me goosebumps hearing it live, and long may it continue to do so!

This quote was actually in U2 By U2, Bono said they discussed throwing it out of the setlist as they thought they couldn't do justice to the song after the Elevation Tour, but Adam and Larry basically vetoed this decision and the band looked for a new way to showcase the song.

I'm not at all worried they will find a way to showcase the song with the completely epic stage set they have.
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Post by: Chip on March 31, 2009, 06:53:44 PM
U2 won't drop Streets -- as much as the band members might sometimes want to give it a rest, it's too much of a "God walking in the room" experience (not just a crowd pleaser) for them to give it up. Now I hope they keep "City of Blinding Lights" around as well, but I'm betting I'll be disappointed on that end.
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Post by: jick on March 31, 2009, 07:38:30 PM
Streets has been played in every major concert since 1987, and since then it has consistently been U2's showstopper and kept virtually the same arrangement and melody.

They will surely keep it in the setlist because it is always the pinnacle of the show.

On another note, this is just proof how futile U2 have been over the last 21 years trying to write something that will top Streets.  Even Mullen said in the Knicks game halftime interview that Streets is his favorite song.

21 years on, they still can't write something better.  I guess those who say it was downhill after the Joshua Tree were right, but thank God it was just a gradual hill down (maybe the occasional bunker like POP and Passengers) but they are generally still close to the top of the Joshua Tree pinnacle hill.

Cheers,

J
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Post by: analogk on April 11, 2009, 08:01:44 PM
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Streets has been played in every major concert since 1987, and since then it has consistently been U2's showstopper and kept virtually the same arrangement and melody.

They will surely keep it in the setlist because it is always the pinnacle of the show.

On another note, this is just proof how futile U2 have been over the last 21 years trying to write something that will top Streets.  Even Mullen said in the Knicks game halftime interview that Streets is his favorite song.

21 years on, they still can't write something better.  I guess those who say it was downhill after the Joshua Tree were right, but thank God it was just a gradual hill down (maybe the occasional bunker like POP and Passengers) but they are generally still close to the top of the Joshua Tree pinnacle hill.

Cheers,

J

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Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: joegtheog on April 11, 2009, 08:06:49 PM
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Streets has been played in every major concert since 1987, and since then it has consistently been U2's showstopper and kept virtually the same arrangement and melody.

They will surely keep it in the setlist because it is always the pinnacle of the show.

On another note, this is just proof how futile U2 have been over the last 21 years trying to write something that will top Streets.  Even Mullen said in the Knicks game halftime interview that Streets is his favorite song.

21 years on, they still can't write something better.  I guess those who say it was downhill after the Joshua Tree were right, but thank God it was just a gradual hill down (maybe the occasional bunker like POP and Passengers) but they are generally still close to the top of the Joshua Tree pinnacle hill.

Cheers,

J


Jick is Don Quixote and POP is his eternal windmill.  I am getting more and more convinced that Jick went to POPMart and the lemon fell on him, causing a recurring trauma of sorts.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: Gravy11 on April 12, 2009, 06:26:55 AM
I would stake my entire U2 collection (1500 songs) on the fact that they will NEVER retire "Streets".  They all pretty much say how much they like performing it live.  Edge especially.  My thing is when they just launch into Edge's arpeggio off of the D chord.  Start with the keyboard boys.  Always! I just read that Eno was the one who came up with that intro.  Thought it was Edge.  I know Edge did recorded the arpeggio beginning and then brought it in.  I also read that Eno almost destroyed the tape it was so frustrating.  I think it was Eno at least.  Glad he developed patience! Great song and live it is unstoppable.
Title: Re: STREETS-R.I.P? I dont think so...
Post by: efdeat on April 12, 2009, 08:20:33 AM
So I am sitting in multiple-mile backup #2 on I-95 . . . things are not even crawling, and I have no idea which lane is closed.  Which song do I play over, over, and over again to keep my spirits uplifted?  STREETS from Slane Castle!  It is not my favorite U2 song, but with its chord progressions, suspensions, and energy it transports me in a special way.  I was doing my best to keep my foot on the brake pedal and not jump - and great music inspires movement.  I almost honked my horn b/c I was drumming on the steering wheel.  Yes, U2 needs to play this live.
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Post by: boom boom on April 12, 2009, 08:41:23 AM
There would be a riot if they didn't play it, but was surprised they didn't play it on the Live in Paris DVD so you just never know.