10 November 2011
'All Three Show Openers...'
Band members aside, few know U2360° as well as Show Director Willie Williams.
But forced to choose only 22 songs in selecting the tracks for 'U22'.
.. what would he choose?
Here's Willie's thinking and, below, his tracklisting. Jump into the comments with what you think of what he's included... and what he's left out.
'This was a difficult choice mostly because, through complete force of
habit, I kept thinking of it as a set list. It became considerably
easier once I'd abandoned the notion of this list ever being performed
live so I could start with all three openings of the show - first the
2010 opening ('Stingray'), moving on to the 2011 opening ('Real Thing') then
popping back for the 2009 opening (Breathe).
There was temptation to
abandon all the hits in favour of the rarities but given that this is in
some way supposed to represent the tour there were a few reinvented
classics which it would have been rude to leave out - the 'Arab Spring'
remake of Sunday Bloody Sunday, the intense 360 immersive version of
'Still Haven't Found' and, most of all, Beautiful Day as a 'duet', with
Commander Mark Kelly performing on the International Space Station.
The pillars of the 360 show have to be there of course: City of Blinding
Lights, 'I'll Go Crazy', Moment of Surrender, 'Boots'. It is also a great
opportunity to immortalise some of the songs that only appeared briefly
on the 360 tour, particularly Your Blue Room and the spontaneous medley
of All I Want is You / Love Rescue Me. It seems only right to give
space to the songs that we may not hear performed again for some time
(Scarlet, Unforgettable Fire) and then there are my personal favourites
to cram in (Ultraviolet, Zooropa, No Line).
Given enough space I would
have probably included all 46 songs (plus the unreleased ones and a few
more that never made it beyond soundcheck) as they all played their part
in building the character of the tour. However, the rules said 22 only
so, for better or worse, this is how I'll remember U2360° - a remarkable
collection of U2 songs that references every one of their albums... if
you count the 16 bars of 'Discotheque' mashed into 'I'll Go Crazy'.
The Return of the Stingray Guitar
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Get on Your Boots
I Still Haven't Found
One Tree Hill
No Line on the Horizon
The Unforgettable Fire
All I Want is You / Love Rescue Me
Beautiful Day (with Mark Kelly)
Your Blue Room
City of Blinding Lights
I'll Go Crazy
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Hold Me Thrill Me
Moment of Surrender
Out of Control
The standout track? Has to be Ultraviolet. Listen carefully enough and you can almost hear the mirror ball...
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