When you’re an artist with a 100-plus song catalog, it’s inevitable that lots of tracks fall through the cracks. That problem is doubled when playing to a stadium crowd every night. U2 has been on their 360 tour for more than two years now, pushing through an increasing number of setbacks and distractions. Bono‘s back injury canceled the band’s Glastonbury appearance and delayed their North American dates for a year. Promises of four new albums have stalled for the moment. Spiderman…just Spiderman.
But despite all that, U2 has returned stateside this month for the final trek of what’s now officially the highest-grossing tour of all time. They’ll play all throughout North America (with a stop over at Glastonbury) before finally ending in Moncton, Canada on July 30th. But just because this tour’s been an overwhelming success, doesn’t mean there aren’t some songs we’d like to hear that haven’t made the cut. While rarities like “Miss Sarajevo” and “Zooropa” have found a place alongside “Beautiful Day” and “One”, there’s always time to shake up the set some more.