5.09.2005

Et Tu, U2?

Jeff went up to Chicago to see U2 play at the United Center on Saturday. He came back with a mixed review. He's worried that the band has given up on its 90's songs in order to keep playing well worn old favorites.

He thought the Chicago Tribune review really captured how he felt.

I'm still looking forward to seeing them in December, but I hope they won't feel as compelled to give everyone a tour of their greatest hits by then.

3 comments:

Shawn said...

This is what they played at the start of the tour:

CITY OF BLINDING LIGHTS
VERTIGO
CRY/ELECTRIC CO.
AN CATH DUBH
INTO THE HEART
BEAUTIFUL DAY
NEW YEAR'S DAY
MIRACLE DRUG
SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN
LOVE AND PEACE OR ELSE
SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY
BULLET THE BLUE SKY
RUNNING TO STAND STILL
ZOO STATION
THE FLY
ELEVATION
PRIDE IN THE NAME OF LOVE
WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME
ONE
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
YAHWEH
40

Josh could give you a detailed review I'm sure, but I think he's missing in action again...

Cheers.

Jeff said...

Here's the setlist from Saturday:

Love and Peace
Vertigo
Elevation
An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart
City of Blinding Lights
Beautiful Day
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
New Year's Day
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running to Standstill
Bad
Pride In The Name of Love
Where the Streets Have No Name
One

Zoo Station
The Fly
Mysterious Ways

All Because of You
Yahweh
'40'

It was strange to hear their songs in blocks, i.e. the stuff from "Achtung Baby" together, the stuff from "Unforgettable Fire/Joshua Tree" together. They seemed to mix up the songs better on previous tours, and even earlier on this tour, as shawn's setlist demonstrates. (BTW, the second Chicago show seemed to have more of a mix.)

As eileen said, my biggest criticism is the lack of music from the late '90s. Nothing from Zooropa. Nothing from Pop. Only two songs from All That You Can't Leave Behind. These albums contain excellent music that would be great to hear live. It's disheartening to see that the band is turning its back on a large chunk of it's musical output simply because those albums didn't sell as well.

In any case, I don't feel U2 is at a point where they have to become the Rolling Stones and play only their greatest hits on a tour.

Shawn said...

I think they just get bored playing the same stuff so they mix it up a bit...

That's cool if you catch a good show and lame if catch a crap one. I hope you catch a legendary one in December.