Originally posted by LeftCoaster:I'm usually a lurker, but I created an account just so I can complain about the inevitable setlist complainers.
This tour is for Australia/NZ/Asia who haven't had concerts since 2010!
This tour is not for US/Europe who have had the opportunity to see them 3 times in the last 4 years.
If you are rich enough to travel to these shows, good for you but don't expect dramatically different setlists. You know they don't do things this way. This is a short tour, why shouldn't they take it easy like a paid vacation and just make minimal changes to the JT setlist and maybe change a few songs at the beginning and end?
I'm just saying don't be surprised and don't moan about it when inevitably the setlists are boring to you since you've been listening to so many shows on Mixlr and Periscope all this time and/or attending shows.
I for one and thrilled for the Australian/NZ and Asian fans who get to see our boys again. They deserve it, and any show they get, it's going to be 100% new to THEM!
My only complaint about this tour is that the shows will be super early morning for me, so there's little chance I will be able to listen. I need my sleep. But thankfully we have U2start so I can listen to the shows later.
Lurker mode back on...
If they play the standardish Joshua Tree 2017 Tour setlist (with IWF, and not Little Things at the end), then the band will be playing maybe one or two 27 year old songs that the Aus / NZ / Japan haven't seen before, and all of the other songs will be no less than 15 years old.
It will have been nine years since these countries last saw U2. It would be foolish *not* to play at least some of the songs from SOE or SOI.
The JoshuaTree32 will be *new* to these areas, but the songs won't. The only rational and creative approach would be to play some of the newer songs from SOI and SOE in the set. If they come back with the standardish TJT30 setlist it will be a nostalgic cashgrab that makes the band look ashamed of their most recent three albums.
The only rationale in that case - apart from making the band even richer than they already are - would be to get the band up to live performance speed to make recording the next album smoother.
Personally I'd love them to open with
Blackout / Lights Of Home / I Will Follow / Gloria / Sunday* / NYD / Bad / Pride / The Joshua Tree
encore 1 : Dirty Day / Zoo Station / Fly / Stay / Wild Horses or
encore 1 : Beautiful Day / Ocean / Iris / Cedarwood Road / Sunday Bloody Sunday / Until The End Of The World
encore 2 : Best Thing or Breaking Wave / Beautiful Day* / Vertigo / Love Is Bigger / One
*not played twice, though. This isn't 2005.
That would be 30 songs and too long for them.