April 19th, 2004

ZooTV

If I could throw this lifeless lifeline to the wind ...

Oh wow, this is beautiful. See Axver get verbally bashed by a moron! The scary thing it's from back in the days of YTF, as my obvious reference in the post and the date proves. I remember arguing with that guy on an MB too. What a twit. That really made me laugh, and it reminded me of home (home being YTF, for those not in the know). And to the idiot who wrote that: I live with myself just fine. The truly stupid part is that he put his address online.

Sob, it's the last day of school holidays. For this reason, I would like to tell you all a story. It features a lot of U2, U2-related jokes, hypocritical Christian-related jokes and such, but it is still a story and you will enjoy it. This was written during a conversation between saintcheney and myself yesterday.

This little superstition is necessary for understanding part of the story;

'Bees were once considered to deliberately sting those who swore in front of them, and also to attack an adulterer or unchaste person. It was once held to be a sure sign that a girl was a virgin if she could walk through a swarm of bees without being stung.'

It's also rather amusing in itself. I would explain some of the various U2-related jokes and all, but no, that'd take me too long. Just read the story and enjoy.

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I have rediscovered ZooTV. Not that I lost it in the first place. I've just realised I'm an idiot because I call MacPhisto's suit red in the above story when it's really mainly gold. I guess I had that red Fly suit on my mind or something. Bono should've used that suit in more than just a rehearsal.

But GAH, ZooTV is AWESOME. I truly wish it had more setlist variation, because that's what ruins it for me. The stage is AWESOME (all it needs is a forty foot lemon), the music is AWESOME, the effects are AWESOME, and most importantly, BONO'S VOICE IS AWESOME. It is a true tragedy that he can no longer sing the ZooTV falsetto, because songs like Dirty Day, Lemon, and Can't Help Falling In Love With You are just amazing. I still feel the Joshua Tree/Lovetown voice was better (go watch RAH, it proves my point perfectly), but ... ZooTV!

Now, I would like to counter some common U2 heresy.

Heresy 1: If a song opens a tour setlist, it will never reappear again.
Answer: This is blatantly untrue. The following songs have opened sets and reappeared on later tours: Stories For Boys, The Ocean, 11 O'clock Tick Tock, Out Of Control, Gloria, Where The Streets Have No Name, I Will Follow, Bullet The Blue Sky, Desire. There could be more, I'm working off memory here. Sure, Zoo Station's vanished and will never return, but I feel there's potential for Mofo to crop up again, and Elevation was a very popular single so I cannot see it being scrapped. What's more, Beautiful Day opened an Elevation Tour show and it won't be going anywhere out of the regular setlist fast.

Heresy 2: If a song closes a tour setlist, it will never reappear again.
Answer: Only ONE song has closed a tour setlist and never reappeared again - Love Is Blindness. People also cite Popmart, but that's an absolute pile of garbage. The following songs closed Popmart shows;
One - if this were to stop appearing, there'd be riots!
Unchained Melody - it was played on Elevation
Wake Up Dead Man - commonly played on Elevation
MLK - reappeared with Streets during the 2002 Super Bowl half-time show
40 - closed the 1 February 2001, Pre-Elevation Tour gig at the Astoria in London and was regularly snippeted between Bad and Streets on Elevation

And ... I have no more heresy. But if you have U2 heresy, I have answers!
  • Current Music
    'Lemon (27 November 1993, eeeewithvideo!)' by U2