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August 27th, 2007

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mcfrye:
I have a list of songs that U2 has yet to play live. Out of these songs, which do you think would work in a live setting, and how?

4th of July
A Man And A Woman
A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel
Acrobat
Are You Gonna Wait Forever?
Bass Trap
Big Girls Are Best
Dancing Barefoot
Deep In The Heart
Drowning Man
Electrical Storm
Elvis Presely And America
Endless Deep
Grace
Hallelujah (Here She Comes)
Heartland
J. Swallo
Lady With The Spinning Head
Love Comes Tumbling
Luminous Times (Hold On To Love)
One Step Closer
Promenade
Red Hill Mining Town
Red Light
Salome
Some Days Are Better Than Others
Stranger In A Strange Land
Summer Rain
The Playboy Mansion
The Refugee
The Three Sunrises
Walk To The Water
When I Look At The World
Where Did It All Go Wrong
 
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From:trinimacphisto
Date:August 27th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, well, since I have only watched the Sydney and Vertigo Chicago DVDs and once I watched Slane on TV, I have no clue what could make any song sound great live lol
But when I was reading the list, Hallellujah (Here she comes) stood out to me. I think if they played it in those tiny acoustic sets, it would be pretty cool, but maybe it's too much of a fan song and not many people would know it so it wouldn't work... I dunno
But I think it would be cool to see it live :D
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From:scruby
Date:August 27th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
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The song I most one to be heard played live in a U2 show is "Red Hill Mining Town". I love this song so much and I was so disappointed when I learned they don't play iy live. It has been a dream of mine to hear it live.
I would also really love t see "Acrobat" live. It's one of my U2 favorite songs and I didn't know they don't play it.
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From:beatlette
Date:August 27th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Same. I like both songs and would love to hear them live :(
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From:ajamison
Date:August 27th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Acrobat
Grace
Hallelujah (Here She Comes)
Luminous Times (Hold On To Love)
When I Look At The World

....These are all in my Top U2 songs....so sad they haven't been played live! :^(
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From:wolfp10
Date:August 27th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I could see Grace being used as an ending song, or as a bridge between songs.
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From:writergeek313
Date:August 27th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
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I was actually really surprise they didn't do Dancing Barefoot when Patti Smith opened the third leg Vertigo MSG dates. That would've been amazing to see.
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From:axver
Date:August 28th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
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I was somewhat expecting it to be done with Patti Smith too; it would have been far better than Instant Karma was, that's for sure.

Interesting fact (at least to me): when the band invited a number of fans into a soundcheck on the Lovetown Tour, they did in fact play Dancing Barefoot. So, like Acrobat, it's one of those "played but not" songs.
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From:queenallie03
Date:August 27th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Drowning Man and Promenade are two of my top 10 U2 songs, so I would love if they played it live. A Man and A Woman would be another one that I think would be good live, if only acoustic(I have the acoustic and I like it better than the studio).
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From:like__a_song
Date:August 27th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
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a man and a woman and acrobat. both are incredible, emotional songs that would have trememdous power when played live. i'm also DYING to see that!
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From:inner_angel
Date:August 27th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
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You read my mind! I totally agree on those two, very powerful songs, would be great live... Ahhh I can only dream with the guitar solos and the emotional cracking voice...
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From:almadri
Date:August 28th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
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The ones I'd like to hear are:
Acrobat
When I Look at the World
Promenade
Hallelujah (Here She Comes)

The songs that would work in a live setting (out of the ones I know):
When I Look at the World - I always picture Bono singing this song with minimal accompaniment from The Edge on Stage B (just like they did with The First Time in Vertigo tour)
Red Hill Mining Town - song to play right before the first ending of the concert, leading to first encore.

Sadly, I don't think my two favorite songs, Promenade and Acrobat, are fit to play in a big concert setting... I can only picture U2 singing this live with only me, myself and I in the audience. :P
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From:axver
Date:August 28th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
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Your list is missing a few, such as Treasure (Whatever Happened To Pete The Chop?), which I would love to see live. It wouldn't even matter if Bono doesn't know the lyrics, because it's really just a stream of consciousness and he could sing whatever the hell he likes! Barely anyone would be any the wiser.

I think a fair few of the songs would work live, e.g. I'm surprised A Man And A Woman was not done on the Vertigo Tour, especially acoustically. Speaking of the acoustic set, I normally hate it but Summer Rain probably wouldn't be so bad. But personally, I'd most like to hear the following:

1. Acrobat: Tribute bands have proved that this would own a million times over. Now, if tribute bands can make this sound incredible, then surely U2 could top them and blow the entire venue away.
2. Heartland: This would be so beautiful live, though I'm not sure if Bono would really sound good on the vocals any more (same goes for Red Hill Mining Town). A Heartland --> Streets segue on Lovetown would have been magic (which they somewhat did, with Bono snippeting Heartland in Streets' intro twice, with wonderful results).
3. Promenade: I don't think this one would be too hard, and it would lead nicely into something like Bad or WOWY.
4. The Three Sunrises: Now this would own as a second encore opener.
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From:tranquil_eyes
Date:August 28th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC)
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Electrical Storm, Heartland, Acrobat and Drowning Man

These are all my favourite songs and just the idea of seeing them live makes my heart beat faster. Not to say that these songs would necessarily sound better live. I mean, I believe Edge/Bono said that they couldn't improve on the album version of Drowning Man, but even so, it's the idea that your band is playing the songs that you have an emotional connection to...
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From:mrslat
Date:September 1st, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I can't believe they've never played Acrobat live, but they definitely should. Red Hill Mining Town, too... hmm.

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