Originally Posted by detroit1
people reading the info on the U2 blue ray for June have to be dissappointed with the song list. No new years day, no desire, no angel of harlem; no I will follow
these are some of their best songs!
U2 made a conscious effort last year to skip a good number of their most overplayed live hits like the ones you mention above (although all of the above except I Will Follow *were* played on a few scattered dates earlier in the tour) as well as Pride, Bad and especially Bullet the Blue Sky. All those songs have been included on most of their numerous home video releases documenting previous tours.
On the other hand, the band brought back deep cuts "The Unforgettable Fire" and "Ultraviolet" which in the case of Ultraviolet, have never appeared on any officially released live home video and a live version of TUF is only previously available on the live Paris dvd included in the deluxe box set of the Joshua Tree album. Not coincidently, those two songs were among the best highlights of the 2009 shows.
That aside, I was at this show and caught most of it from inside the pit (I decided to go out to about the 50 yard line on the field 2/3rds through the show to get the whole "spectacle" of the production). I've seen 24 U2 concerts dating back to 1981 and never missed a tour except for the "Lovetown" tour in '89-'90 because they didn't tour North America. IMO, despite the absolutely incredible stage production, this was U2 weakest tour from a musical standpoint. Much of this has to do with the songs off the "No Line On The Horizon" album simply did not translate well live, plus the overall weak and poorly paced setlist and the band's somewhat lackluster performance.
I *was* looking forward to the upcoming Summer tour but I after the Rose Bowl show, I am waiting to read if substantial changes have been made to the overall set when the tour resumes before committing to another show or two.
I'll definitely pick up this release on Blu-ray, but it's far from the peaks this band is or was capable of.