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  2. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    41843 - We had stormy weather here as well this afternoon. Also - STAR WARS TONIGHT!
  3. U2 songs of experience your possible setlist

    New Year's Day was one of the major highlights of The Joshua Tree tour for me this summer, so I'd love to hear it again. Was gutted not to hear A Sort of Homecoming so would very much like them to play that one. Agree that the setlist could do without Beautiful Day, Elevation and Vertigo this time round. I reckon Lights of Home would work well in the same area of the setlist that Iris/Cedarwood Road occupied on I&E. Plus, they HAVE to play The Little Things. It'll be so much better this time than on The Joshua Tree tour because everyone will actually know the song!
  4. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I could go into a lot of detail about what I like and dislike about this album, but I'll spare you, and just say this: It's been a long time (like 15 years?) since I've found myself with NEW U2 songs stuck in my head (in a good way ) and randomly singing their NEW songs to myself as I go about my day... but I actually am doing that with SOE. Thumbs up, U2. I think we fell out of sync for a while, but we're back in step with each other again! Thank you for this album!
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  6. U2 songs of experience your possible setlist

    Yes, please give these a rest. I also really dislike "Sweetest Thing" - sorry, Ali. I think Ali is totally cool, though! Personally, I've never been lucky enough to hear "40" or "All I Want Is You" (I've seen 16 live shows since 1997). I'd really love to hear one or both of those.
  7. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    This one??
  8. I agree. Most of these types of issues could be fixed with a better staff, or at the very least better training. The question is: who is responsible for that, TM or the venue? From what I've heard, TM is notoriously cheap in regards to staffing at the lower levels. I always thought that all of those fees paid for stuff like that. But my guess is, they are probably finding areas where that can cut costs and that is one of them. Some of the staff is okay, but I got the feeling many of them were new at it. I will also venture a guess and say that they probably have a lot of turnover, which again creates training issues. And I'm right there with you in the fact that going to a live concert was one of the best things in the world. In my youth, I went to as many as I could afford. Now, I'm down to one band. They are my favorite and I've been a fan for a very long time. So it is a little sad to know that this awesome experience can be marred extraneous things like pre-sale fiascos, inadequate staffing and downright ineptitude. I've long accepted the rising costs of tickets (ZOO TV was $27.50 for me) and thankfully, I make more money now to afford it. I personally think the fees charged should be enough to hire a better team to manage properly to prevent delays/bottlenecks/etc., but what do I know?
  9. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I also wonder. Any clues ?
  10. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    41842 Stormy weather evening
  11. And to finish with this subject : This was my first experience with a TM Verified Fan Pre-sale and I hated it Since I'm in Montreal Evenko handled the pre-sale and it went smoothly so I didn't understand some of the postings about pre-sales in TM venues so now I get it. Hope the whole Verified Fan process self-destructs and goes away , no one will miss it . Luc PS : $1000 for GA tickets , what the ....??? Isn't Swift's fanbase mostly young girls , who's the idiot who decided they can afford those prices ?
  12. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    First listen I was disappointed, second listen not disappointed as much, third listen really growing on me. Don't listen to a stream or MP3 the quality just isn't good enough as its so compressed. Stick the vine l or CD on crank up the volume and it sounds better instantly.
  13. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    41 846 we’re here whenever you need to vent.
  14. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Reached #5 in the UK, one spot higher than Songs of Innocence.
  15. U2 Don't Promote their Best Songs?

    I get where you're coming from, but wouldn't that be kind of like one of those movie marketing campaigns where all the best bits of the movie are in the trailers?
  16. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    41,845 Feeling fed-up with a couple of toxic individuals who make everything all about them,but Heaven forbid they're happy for or supportive of others. Sorry for the vent, but these types really baffle me fr some reason.
  17. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    41 844 enjoy your film. Padawanbeck84. ☺😊
  18. Zoo Xmas card exchange 2017 (Merged/All Info)

    No worries because we all have "been there" where Holiday chaos and daily lives are concerned. I should know because my family and I are currently moving into a smaller place as a result of $$. So as many Americans would say "take it "one day at a time".
  19. But, isn't that already happening now? For example - every single major concert I've bought tickets to for the past years, including every arena and stadium show, has stated on the Ticketmaster page that tickets are not available for sale at the box office on the first day of the sale. Most of these type of shows either sell out completely in the first day, or all of the best seats are gone the first day. So if you're someone who needs to go down to the box office and pay with cash in the first place, you've probably been out of luck for some time. Is that completely fair? No, but I don't think CCE changes that equation significantly. It's really surprising to me how many more loopholes there are on this tour compared to the last tour. Ultimately, though, I think this could be fixed and made more efficient. I've been to two credit card entry venues before (I live in New York State, where it is illegal, so it's only when I travel for a show that I experience it). I did CCE for the U2 shows in East Rutherford and Philadelphia in 2017. It worked like a charm for me. For the Philadelphia show, I had GA and had been in line all day, and the CCE process didn't appear to slow down that line. They scanned our credit cards and checked IDs while we were in line, long before the doors actually opened. For the East Rutherford show, I had seats, and I simply walked up to the gate, swiped my card, showed my ID, and was let in. It was honestly the shortest line that I've ever had at that venue. Undoubtedly, the people using the devices need both training and practice on them, and the venue probably needs to ensure that all available gates are being used which may mean hiring a few extra ticket takers than they normally would for a regular "rip the ticket" type event. But, as ticket buyers, we're routinely charged ticketing fees of $20 or higher for each ticket, and at many venues, charged an additional $5 "venue management" or "facility" fee. We're being charged through the nose on fees, and the money from those fees should be used for stuff like this. If Ticketmaster wants to charge over $20 extra for fees, they can use some of that money to ensure that the venue can handle redeeming the tickets that they've sold. If each venue wants to charge $5 extra, they can use some of that money to ensure that the venue is properly staffed and that the entry process is smooth. I know I'm here complaining a bunch, and I worry I may give the impression that I hate everything, all the time, and that's really not true. But it's just immensely frustrating to me how going to a live concert used to be my favorite activity in the world, but all of these different little things keep getting in the way of just being able to go and have a good time. I don't think anybody is saying that the artist or the venue don't deserve to be paid for their performance or facility, but for how expensive the tickets are to begin with, and then all of the fees added, I feel like we as ticket buyers have done our part, and we're not getting the quality of experience that those dollars should buy.
  20. PLEASE, NO...not Stuck in a Moment!!
  21. Your welcome, unforgettableu. BTW, my name is Rich. Yes, there is a fine balance between just enough water to stay hydrated and drinking too much so that you're going every 20 minutes. I've had Reserve Seats for the past 2 tours and got to go whenever I wanted, but I found that I stayed put as well. I remember having a great spot for 360 and was locked in some time after Lenny Kravitz ended his set. There was a period where I took the opportunity to hit the bathroom one last time. But when I got back, I knew I'd be there for the rest of the night. It also limited by beer intake. Yes, you were very lucky to score GAs. They are very, very hard to get. I don't know much about Bono's health, other than what was hinted at in recent news. But now that our boys are closer to 60 than 50, I'm sure that they are all taking their health issues much more seriously. We all love them so much so to even think that this might be their "last ride" is distressing. I've always wondered how they would announce their retirement, even though I think that it is far away. Or at least I'd like to believe that.
  22. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    41, 843 - Excited tea-time/early evening counting! I'll get my costume ready after dinner
  23. Will there be a Songs of Ascent?

    Not me...as I think when we hear Songs of Ascent that will surely indicate that the end is coming.
  24. I understand, the older and more settled we get, the more difficult it becomes to trow caution to the wind... My travel to shows has decreased dramatically since kids came along. I finally hit show 50 last summer for TJT in Miami after missing i/e completely for reasons mentioned. No show close by and not able to travel. I'm glad they added Atlanta this time because I swore to myself if they dissed Dr. King's hometown again, I wasn't travelling again. I will say best experience I had was Zoo TV, myself and 2 buddies went to Boston for St Patricks day show and all ended up with GA. Same for Charlotte. Have you been to u2start.com? It's a fan site... around tour time they usually have a forum set up for fans either looking to swap, acquire or sell. You won't always find what you want, but you can post what you're looking for and maybe get a result. Worth a try... Plus it's a cool site. If you're in NC, why aren't you trying Atlanta? And btw... I'm still convinced there will be seats released. That they are blocking out until they sell out the high dollar seats. I also suspect that this is why there haven't been more 2nd shows announced. I think they (LN/TM) were expecting us to revolt against that ridiculous $329 price point .
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