nice to see you back here,
I recall on FaceBook there were not only hints but also a kind of a poll ('likes' contest), which was supposed to make people choose between Soft Top, Hard Shoulder and It's All Gone as additional old stuff played at 2012 gigs:
https://www.facebook.com/ChrisReaOffici ... 1393146953
https://www.facebook.com/ChrisReaOffici ... 7100531982
I assume Max Middleton's return had a certain role in picking these 2 numbers as live versions of both songs feature an extended Fender Rhodes solo by Max.
As for me, I love It's All Gone in both live and studio versions, but I would rather chosse Soft Top, Hard Shoulder as its live versions played in 1993 tour is what really blows me away.
I think It's All Gone "won" the "contest" not only becase it is more popular and got more "likes", but also since Chris thinks it one of his most important works ever, and he once had a special and memorable appreciation of its live version by Eric Clapton at Montreux'86, which meant a lot to Chris, check it out in these interviews:
To be honest, it did not like the 2012 live version that much in comparison to 80s versions, I heard it live at St. Petersburg and on the bootleg recording from Royal Albert Hall, maybe these ones were far from the best performances of that tour and you were lucky to hear a better one.