Saturday, July 03, 2010
U2: Dream Set List
I had big plans for July 3rd. My agenda has the day blocked out with big letters: U2. Today would have been my ninth U2 show and the fourth within less than a year. When I scored my set of floor tickets last October, I looked forward to spending a summer's day in the line-up outside the stadium. Depending who got the other three tickets, maybe I'd even set up camp in the wee hours of the morning since July 3rd falls on a long weekend. No need to use a vacation day and a whole day of recovery time!
But, this weekend won't play out like that since our hero Bono has suffered a major medical set-back. All the North American shows are postponed with no dates rescheduled yet. Jokes aside about Bono carrying the weight of the world on his back, the cancellation of the tour leg is a very big deal for the one million ticket holders who made plans, booking flights or hotels, for the roadies and crews and venue workers and for countless other people. It's crazy when you think about it: so much disruption all relating to one man's spine.
I don't mind too much that the show has been put off for an uncertain number of months. I feel as though little time has passed since 2009's U2 Week.
On the occasion of the canceled concert, I present to you my ideal concert set-list. For performances, U2 can select from a 20 year catalogue of passionate rock anthems plus 10 years of less memorable adult contemporary tunes. I'm a very loyal woman so I will follow U2 no matter what, but you'll note most of the songs I've picked are pre-2000.
Fake Upcoming Toronto 360 Tour Set-List, Date TBD:
I Will Follow (clip)
Crazy Tonight (hyper Latin version)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill me (so underrated!) (clip)
Until the End of the World (My #1 fave. I miss early '90s Bono!)
Stay, acoustic (clip)
Miss Sarajevo (clip)
New Year's Day
Staring At The Sun, acoustic (clip)
City of Blinding Lights (seriously my best moment of 2005) (clip)
Desire (or Hawkmoon - band's choice!)
Out Of Control (compare '83 clip and '01 clip)
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Discotheque (clip) (or perhaps Mofo?)
Acrobat (has never been performed live)
Beautiful Day (clip) (it's all about which ending variation is played)
an emotional and sentimental finale: All I Want Is You (clip)
second encore, the standard With Or Without You
fade out with 40
Okay, after going through song lists and YouTube footage, I'm now kinda sad not to have a concert soon. Fellow U2 fans, what's on your ideal set list?