'Monumental Task'

22 Nov 201138
He's been making U2 sound at their best onstage for more than three decades but after hearing every song at every show on U2360,  Joe O'Herlihy found it a 'monumental task' to come up with a setlist of  just 22 songs for 'U22'.  So we let him have an extra one... (Editors Note: no-one else gets a 23rd track.)

Let us know what you think of his selection in the comments below - here's Joe:

'My song list is very much a collection of my favourite songs from the tour. They are in no particular running order, so hopefully my version of the U22 set list will have you smiling, literally from ear to ear.
'In choosing my U22 song set list from the suggested 46 songs, I fear that U22 will have its work cut out to match what the U2360 tour set list had to offer.  From a fans perspective, this is a monumental task to give anyone.
'Being a fan myself for the past 33 years, I’m indeed honoured that the band ‘let me in the sound’ all those years ago. It makes it all the more significant that the U2360 Tour offers the fans the chance to have a lasting memento until the next tour by the biggest and best touring band in the world.

1. Breathe - Best opening song of the tour for me, Larry at his best.
2. Get on Your Boots - The live performance, really makes this great song ignite.
3. No Line on the Horizon - Best new song in the set.
4. Magnificent – The new summer 2011 live remix takes this song to the subconscience forever.
5. New Years Day - Just rewards, for our fantastic audience at the show in Poland.
6. Beautiful Day - The higher ground lift to elevation.
7. Elevation - Going up, communication, connection, lift-off, away we go.
8. Still Haven't Found What I’m Looking For - Oh, the joy of a full stadium singing in unison.
9. Moment of Surrender – Just, such a beautiful song.
10. Sunday Bloody Sunday - My heart strings pulled apart every time.
11. City of Blinding Lights - Sonic sorcery, the most uplifting song.
12. I'll Go Crazy Tonight - Remix 'Club Stadium' version.
13. Bad – The painful reality of our youth.
14. One - Thought provoking, what might have been.
15. Where The Streets Have No Name - You can’t hear a U2 Show without 'Streets'.
16. Ultraviolet (Light My Way) - My favourite song on the  tour set list.
17. One Tree Hill - Greg Carroll, G Dub, always a tearful moment for me.
18. With Or Without You. Also the fans favourite.
19. Even Better Than the Real Thing - U2360 Tour 2011 remix version.
20. Zooropa – The WOW spectacle showpiece song of the tour.
21. I Will Follow - Send them home, sweating for more.
22. Out of Control - Fans love a surprise, goodnight and thanks for the dance.

The standout track? Well that gives me a chance to squeeze in another song. It has to be 'Stay (Far Away So Close)'. Now if we could only get the band to play a full band version of this song, maybe next tour.  Too bad it’s not U22 Plus + + + + + +.

The U2360 Tour took us around and around and around the world.  I hope U22 takes you even further….'

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Too many songs to choose from
I wouldn't even know where to start.
I really hope...
...the boys decide to put the unselected tracks on i-tunes. I want them ALL. You can't possibly bag on anyone's choice of setlist, as one can't go wrong with any of the available tracks. I will say, however, that I'd prefer to have access to a live version of a great obscure song like "Spanish Eyes" over yet another version of, say, "City of Blinding Lights."
I agree! This is the best list so far.... One Tree Hill - I've forgotten this song in my list
Where's The Unforgettable Fire???
The best song ever
look get that wow wow
David Bishop
Bad is just the best song ever. I am a youth worker and this just explains everything. Best song of all time. I am glad it has made the top 22!!
Miss Sarajevo
Don't forget Miss Sarajevo from the tracklist!
Falling At Your Feet
Great to see Breathe and No Line in that setlist. I don't know why these were dropped. Out Of Control is a great finisher. MOS can't really fit into the middle, but maybe just before the last encore. Stay(Far Away So Close) was played in Berlin, but instead, those excellent Czech U2 fans played the instruments. No one got Edges guitar though. Great setlist Joe, greetings from Cork.
Great Choice Joe
Would like to have seen The Fly and North Star included.
The Standout Track!
You are right Joe!..."another opportunity to squeeze in a track!" Bonus!
Joe's 'Stay' comment is the only reason why I didn't vote for it! FULL BAND would be fabulous!!! See what you can do about that, Joe ;o)
so close!
love almost all of this. I just have to have Hold Me, Thrill Me... and I have to say that the earlier version of Magnificent was FAR superior to the sleepy remix from the later tour dates.
Perfetc list
Just missing Electrical Storm
Amazing Track-List
If that CD came out in Argentina too,it would be even more perfect than what it already is!!!I t's very awesome with Out of Control at the end and at the begining Breathe. You chosed very well although there's not Vertigo or 40 But you're still amazing,perfect & awesome!!
Monumental Joe
This is a beautiful setlist that comes very close to a real U2 concert. I am glad that he has chosen some of my favourites such as Zooropa and Ultraviolet (Light My Way). I also love his selection of some tracks from No Line On The Horizon, but I miss Unknown Caller and also some great rarities such as Electrical Storm and Scarlet.
1. Breathe - Best opening song of the tour ! 2. Get on Your Boots 3. No Line on the Horizon 4. Magnificent 5. New Years Day 6. Mercy 7. Until The End of the World– U2 MASTERPIECE! 8.The Fly 9. Moment of Surrender – U2 MASTERPIECE! 10. Sunday Bloody Sunday 11. City of Blinding Lights 12.Unknown Caller 13. Bad 14. One 15. Where The Streets Have No Name 16. The Unforgettable Fire - BEST SONG EVER ! 17. One Tree Hill 18. Ultra Violet (Light my way) 19. Even Better Than the Real Thing - U2360 Tour 2011 remix version. 20. Zooropa 21. I Will Follow 22. Out of Control + bonus track = North Star !
Great Setlist!
A great setlist but i do miss The Fly and Until The End Of The World. :(
hey joe where ya goin with that setlist
only 22 no wait 23? no wait 46? hey how about a lineup from each show so fans can have the show they went to??? and if they went to three shows they would maybe buy the others from the site?? just an idea what about special guests from outer space???? yes a daunting task!!!! so many songs so little time!!!! do it press it send it so i can crank it up and f... the neighbors!!!!!
I like it...
...good choice...but I do miss Vertigo and at the same time I feel it's an impossible task to only choose 22....I want them all on my list! :)
Lucky Joe
I love it... please tell the lads they must hit the tour road in '12. Love, samlaura
Perfect (at least with the bonus track)
Stay is the standout track for me having seen concerts at all 3 legs of the tour. For the rest of Joe's suggested set list I also agree - the only one I am/was not crazy about is Zooropa...
Love for No Line on the Horizon!!!
I LOVE this list and the justifications. I especially appreciated having so many tracks from NLOTH, it's a beautiful, beautiful album.
Andy B
No surprise - this is totally perfect!. Why not have the 23rd track as a bonus. Or another tour in 2012 to hear the other ones again :-)
No better person.
That's about right! Great set Joe,we all bow in your presence,if anyone knows what a setlist should look like.This is pretty much the reality.
From the horses mouth
Bang on Joe! I reckon there's no one in the world in a better position to make this call. And I also like his insiders perspective on each of the songs. Absolutely cannot wait for this CD!!!!!!
That's it!!! I wish could be mine all your words ...
When is the release date for this CD??
just go on tour again!!!!!!!
Great list!
Joe O'Herlihy's list is fantastic. It is also great to hear someone from the U2 camp give props to the 'No Line On The Horizon' songs !!
great stuff joe
i totally agree with you, this is indeed the most suit-able tracklist for U22. thank you!!!
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