Grace (gracejames) wrote in u2,
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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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