Why I’m Going to ONLY 3 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE shows

Because I have been getting many questions and everyone seems so shocked, I thought I would explain myself in one place for everyone to reference. I am allowed to change my interests aren’t I? And I am allows not to love the new album yes? I am only going to THREE concerts on this upcoming eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour. Yes only 3 – Nashville and the two in DC.

In my 30 years of being a U2 fan, I have been to 100 U2 concerts over the past 25 years, and I think I am just kind of over it – the whole concert going experience. I still love U2, but no longer feel the need to see the same show multiple times in the same tour. After my 100th show in June in Cleveland on the Joshua Tree 2017 tour, I just felt I was done and even cancelled my upcoming shows in Detroit and San Diego on the following leg.

I told myself I would only go to my local show (which is DC) and only travel if U2 played Memphis (my favorite city) or Las Vegas (my second favorite city). Well U2 will never play Memphis again after the Popmart fiasco, but they are playing Nashville again and I have been wanting to get back to Nashville and see all the new stuff that has popped up there since 2011. I am also combining it with a trip to Memphis – just three hours away. Sadly the Vegas show is just two weeks before the Nashville show, so I think I will save my return to Vegas for another time. I am going to both DC shows since it is just an easy drive and metro ride away. But for the first time I am not going to the shows in Philly and NYC even though they are only two and three hours away from me.

Never thought I’d be one of those fans who said “I like their old stuff” with regards to U2, but here I am. Maybe after 30 years and 100 shows, I’m just kinda over it. After first listen, I’m not a fan of SOE with its VERY repetitive lyrics, but it’s still U2 so it’s good just not great – it doesn’t touch my soul. Honestly SOE feels like leftover tracks that were not good enough to be on SOI. “There is a Light” is just another version of “Song for Someone,” but not as good. “American Soul” is VERY similar to “Volcano,” but not as good. And “Lights of Home” has similar lyrics to “Iris” (free yourself to be yourself). IMO in regards to U2’s last albums, SOE is not even as good as SOI (which was not amazing) and much worse than NLOTH (which I loved). I don’t even like it as much as HTDAAB, and I am not a fan of that album. With that said, I do like (like not love) “The Little Things,” “Your the Best Thing” and “Book of Your Heart.” The days of the passion and soul touching of Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby and All That You Can’t Leave Behind are gone. I really think the critics who think SOE is the best album since Achtung Baby are not longtime fans. Maybe I’ll enjoy it after more listens or after hearing it live or maybe not. “I like their old stuff.”

This will be the first tour I will have gone to less than eight shows. Eight shows has always been my minimum – from the jump. I saw 8 shows on ZooTv, 8 on PopMart, 27 on Elevation, 8 on Vertigo, 24 on 360, 15 on ieTour and 10 on Joshua Tree 2017. At those 100 shows over the past 25 years, I have met and talked with each member of U2 at least once and got my photo with three of them, was handed drumsticks during the show by Larry himself (once on Elevation and once on ie), was handed Larry’s 40th champagne bottle from Larry himself, was hugged by Larry twice (including one time on his way to stage) and was able to give the book I wrote about all of my U2 experiences to Larry. I have realized every U2 dream I ever had. There is nothing more I want – just to enjoy the music.

So yes I am ONLY going to three U2 shows on this upcoming eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour. Now I am normal U2 fan instead of a crazy, obsessed U2 fan. I will always love U2 and cherish all the wonderful memories I have had on the road with U2.

POSTSCRIPT 

I honestly had no idea my post would invoke such reactions. Many people have been commenting on facebook and twitter, and I really appreciate everyone sharing their thoughts. I thought I was alone in feeling this way, and I had just had enough of the touring scene. My lack of enthusiasm has nothing to do with the ticket buying process or that this tour is too soon because I felt like this during Joshua Tree 2017 tour and was trying to ignore it or hoped it would change. With the exception of the first Joshua Tree 2017 show, the rest of the tour just didn’t do it for me like the shows used to. I wasn’t completely over the top nutty thrilled like on previous tours (which was disturbing to me since JT is my favorite album and I cried when they announced the tour). Maybe the trick is just seeing one or two shows but that was never enough for me before. I never thought it was my newfound lack of enthusiasm was U2, I thought it was just me and I had run out of excitement after 100 shows in 25 years. I will always love U2 (I mean I am still seeing them twice this tour) and cherish all the great memories, but it’s just not the same for me anymore. Glad to know I am not alone in feeling this way and again thanks to everyone for sharing their thoughts!

POSTSCRIPT 2

Never thought I’d be one of those fans who said “I like their old stuff” with regards to #U2 but here I am. Maybe after 30 years and 100 shows, I’m just kinda over it. After two listens, I’m not a fan of SOE with its VERY repetitive lyrics, but it’s still U2 so it’s good just not great – it doesn’t touch my soul like the others have. Honestly SOE feels like leftover tracks that were not good enough to be on SOI. “There is a Light” is just another version of “Song for Someone,” but not as good. “American Soul” is VERY similar to “Volcano,” but not as good. And “Lights of Home” has similar lyrics to “Iris” (free yourself to be yourself). IMO in regards to U2’s last albums, SOE is not even as good as SOI (which was not amazing) and much worse than NLOTH (which I loved). I don’t even like it as much as HTDAAB, and I am not a fan of that album. With that said, I do like (like not love) “The Little Things,” “Your the Best Thing” and “Book of Your Heart.” This is just my opinion, nothing against U2 – I’m just not feeling SOE. And it’s ok. Doesn’t mean I am attacking U2 or not a U2 fan just because I don’t blindly love everything they release just because they release it.  The days of the passion and soul touching of Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby and All That You Can’t Leave Behind are gone. I really think the critics who think SOE is the best album since Achtung Baby are not longtime fans. Maybe I’ll enjoy it after more listens or after hearing it live or maybe not. “I like their old stuff.”

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2 Comments on Why I’m Going to ONLY 3 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE shows

  1. Romona Jennings // December 1, 2017 at 8:21 pm // Reply

    We can love U2 and note love all of their work. I am still listening to SOE (for the first time) I should give NLOTH another listen, could never really connected to the songs with the exception of MOS.

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