Saturday, July 03, 2010

U2: Dream Set List

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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)
Seconds (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)
Unforgettable Fire
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
Mysterious Ways
Discotheque (clip) (or perhaps Mofo?)
Ultraviolet (clip)
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?


Anisa said...

Love the setlist! Its even better than the real thing.
Personally, I would add in God's country, and Walk On.

Andrea said...

Oh, Anisa. I forgot about "Walk On". That was one of the big tear-jerking moments of 360. Yes, let's include that, perhaps as the second encore in lieu of 'With Or Without You" (although Ewan will be disappointed).

From the Rose Bowl U2ube broadcast

Jorge said...

So many possibilites... the band can figure out the flow but
this is the shortlist but Zooropa has to be first.

The Fly
New Year's Day
Desire (Mirrorball suit versions)
Moment of Surrender
With or Without (stars shining ending)
Miss Sarajevo
Unforgettable Fire
Original of the Species (Milan version)
The First Time
Viva Davidoff
Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crash Car
Satellite of Love
All I want is you

Andrea said...

Jorge - I love that you included Zooropa because that is probably my top U2 song lyric-wise. I never thought of it as a live performance, though. Could be very interesting...

ewan said...

My ideal (but most improbable) U2 setlist. 27 songs as per Jorge.
This was one of the most difficult things I've ever done in my life. haha

Main Set:
City of Blinding Lights
Out of Control
Two Hearts Beat as One
Until the End of the World
11 O’clock Tick Tock
Miracle Drug
Unknown Caller
A Sort of Homecoming
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
New Year's Day
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Drowning Man
Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (acoustic)
One Tree Hill
Lady with the Spinning Head (extended dance remix)
Where the Streets Have No Name

Encore 1:
Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
Walk On

Encore 2:
With or Without You

Emergency substitutions:
Lady with the Spinning Head for I'll Go Crazy…
Two Hearts for Elevation or Pride
Out of Control for The Electric Co.
One Tree Hill for Running To Stand Still or Kite

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