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October 12th, 2005

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gracejames:
I'm currently feelin: bored bored
I'm currently hearin: Levitate - U2

I might get flogged here.

I’ve seen U2 4 times on this tour. All have been good shows, some better than others.

Boston in May – the band seemed unsure and really working hard at trying to have a good time. There was more ‘Bono from the pulpit’ than rock from the heart.

June in Dublin – Despite the rain, the band seemed genuinely happy to be home. It was the first show in Ireland and while not the best (that would be the last show – the one I did not attend L ) it was amazing seeing them in their home.

October in Boston – It was the first time I got into the ellipse – so of course it was magical. As long as they were only a few feet from me that probably could’ve played the hits of New Kids on the Block and I’d be happy. The second night, they were looser and more playful than I’d ever seen. They were having fun. I was having fun.

But I’ve walked away from the 4 shows thinking this: it’s starting to seem like a movie with alternate endings. If you’ve seen more than one show, you know what’s coming next. You might get a surprise ending, but the body of the show doesn’t change much. Some would say that the show is geared for those who come to a show and want to hear their favorite songs. After being a U2 fan for 23 years and being an online fan for 8 – most of their shows are attended more than once. There are many of us that see as many shows as we can afford/handle. We travel to other cities or countries to see them. I guess I’d like to see more variety. Yeah, the light show and message are great, but switch it up a bit. I love Where the Streets Have No Name – but it’s starting to lose its impact on me.

This doesn’t mean that I’m not going to try to get tickets to the December shows. Or if they swing back around for a 2006 tour that I would sit it out. They just have a huge catalogue of music. It might be time to dust it off and give it some new life.

Anyone feel like this?
 
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From:siorai_gra_
Date:October 12th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
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I think they're doing a good job of mixing in some other songs. For goodness sakes, I saw Gloria and the Ocean played! Most people at each show aren't repeat show attenders. There are lots who are, but of the 18,000 or so in the arena, there really arent that many. I saw them twice on this tour, but 5 times on the last. Nothing ever seemed stale to me.
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From:gracejames
Date:October 12th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I must be going to the wrong shows. I missed An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart and Gloria when it was played during the 1st leg. I have yet to hear Bad. I was very excited to get Crumbs the other night. But I have to admit that I can live another 3 years without hearing Pride. It’s a great song, but so is A Sort of Home Coming or One Tree Hill.

Sorry, I guess I’m still praying for that show where the setlist is from your dreams. And I not a huge Dave Matthews fan, but my friends are – so I have seen more than my share of shows. You rarely get the same song if you have back to back shows. I guess I’d like to see more of that with U2. I mean, they must get tired of playing Vertigo each night, right?
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From:ladydeakin
Date:October 12th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
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You know, I agree with this.

I saw them play 3 times on the last tour and by the 3rd time, I was a bit let down that it was the same show over and over again, and the DVD again, same stuff.

I'm only seeing them once on this tour as I figure, y'know, even though they're my lifelong favourite band, I am not going to bust my butt to go see the same thing over and over again.
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From:siorai_gra_
Date:October 12th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
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haha if they were tired of Vertigo they must really hate I Will Follow! (maybe thats why they havent played it on this tour?) I dont mind hearing the same stuff alot, but I can see where you might wanna hear some new stuff. But Im if the band is sick of something then they would change it around.
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From:shardofnarsil
Date:October 12th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I totally hear what you're saying. I'd love it if they switched up their setlist all the time, like say, DMB or Phish. Maybe it's harder for them because Bono has trouble remembering lyrics? LOL I don't know.
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From:gracejames
Date:October 12th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
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They attempted WGRYWH the 1st night of Dublin. It was pretty bad. We all cringed.
They could always print lyrics like they do for Michael Stipe of REM.
From:walrusoct9
Date:October 12th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I agree...

Other than "Streets," which at least for me never loses it's impact (even though they really fucked up the lighting on this tour), there isn't any one song they HAVE to play. They've done shows without Pride, Sunday, I Will Follow, New Year's Day, Still Haven't Found, WOWY, etc. So long as they play a few of these songs, everyone will be happy, but they don't have to pick the same ones every night. I am all about them playing new songs, but even those they could switch up a bit since they've now played 10 out of the 12 songs live.

I really think they need to look into alternating more songs...drop "Beautiful Day" and put in "Walk On" or something from Rattle & Hum. "Electric Co" is amazing, but it could be alternated with "Out Of Control" or "11 O'Clock."

I don't know...everyone's always like "most people only see one show," which is true, but so long as there were a few of the really big songs over the night, none of them would mind if they dropped "The Fly" and played "Ultraviolet" instead, or, for the love of god, give "Bullet" a rest after playing it on every single tour since '87.

I'm not complaining about the quality of the shows, every show i've gone to this year has been great, but sometimes I worry that even the band is getting bored, and I wonder why they aren't changing it. In Milwaukee they were on fire for the first 5 or 6 songs, and then they got to the "Beautiful Day" through "One" part of the main set, and they'd done all those songs in the exact same order since April, and it did seem like it was more of a routine than a heartfelt performance, until they got to the encores and got to mix it up a little bit again.
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From:wydok
Date:October 12th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I do have to agree with the fact that some songs have gotten old, like Bullet. It's a great song, but like you said, it's been played every tour since it was released.

But, I said the same thing about New Year's Day, and then lamented the fact that I didn't get to hear it at the concert I went to. *shrug*
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From:wydok
Date:October 12th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry, but this complaint has boggled my mind this tour. ANd it's not like any other tour has been done any differently.

I don't think they expect people to come to multiple shows (although experience proves otherwise). In fact, the reason they added the lottery for the ellipse was that they were sick of seeing the same faces over and over again up front.

If you are going to multiple shows, it should probably be one per leg. They changed a few songs during leg 2, and again during leg 3.

Do other bands use a different setlist every night? Do you think U2 as the time or energey to come up with 4 - 5 rotating setlists?
From:amerrydeath
Date:October 12th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
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I think they know that people come to multiple shows, and I really don't think it could hurt them THAT much to switch around one or two songs in the main setlist, not just the encore. They did it more so in the spring, I felt; I went to Boston 2 and 3 and the difference between the setlists was amazing:

(May 26)
City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo / Walk This Way (snippet)
Elevation
Gloria
The Ocean
Beautiful Day / Dream On (snippet)
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own / No Regrets (snippet)
Love And Peace Or Else
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet The Blue Sky / The Hands That Built America (snippet) / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
Running To Stand Still
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Where The Streets Have No Name
One

encore(s):
The Fly
Until The End Of The World
Out Of Control
With Or Without You
All Because Of You
Original Of The Species
Bad / 40 (snippet)

(May 28)
Love And Peace Or Else
Vertigo
Elevation
The Cry
The Electric Co. / Bullet With Butterfly Wings (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
An Cat Dubh
Into The Heart
City Of Blinding Lights
Beautiful Day / Here Comes The Sun (snippet)
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
New Year's Day
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet The Blue Sky / The Hands That Built America (snippet) / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
Running To Stand Still
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Where The Streets Have No Name
One

encore(s):
The Fly
Until The End Of The World
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
All Because Of You
Yahweh
Party Girl
Vertigo

But last week it just wasn't the same, it was much more of a band going through the motions the first night to the second. Not that the shows weren't amazing; they just lacked something the spring shows had.
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From:rational_twists
Date:October 13th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
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I saw them at Madison Square Garden last night, and believe me it was still amazing! But I also noticed their energy wasn't quite what it was when I saw them in the spring. But then I realized... this was their 4th show in New York in the last week, and they still have another one coming up before they get to move on (only to come back again next month). They've been touring since March and still have another 2 months before the end of this leg. They're probably exhausted by now! I do think they've been playing too many classics per show. I could have very well gone without Still Haven't Found, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride, or even One and had them throw in some obscure stuff. But they still put on an amazing show. :)
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From:gwytherinn
Date:October 13th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
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I agree completely. It makes me sad to think I may never get to hear some songs live. But I'll definitely never get tired of hearing Sunday Bloody Sunday or Bullet the Blue Sky live.

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