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Have always been a "Pit" GA queuer. Due to cancer, chemotherapy next year blah blah, have bought Red Zone tickets for Glasgow for the first time. On ticketmaster it says something about possibility of being selected for backstage tour, which would be awesome

 

Does anyone know how you will know, how to enter ??? etc  Do you have to do something to enter or is it randomly selected from Red Zone tickets.

 

Any idea ??

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Sounds like it's randomly drawn from the RZ tix--seems like you don't have to do anything beyond what you already have.

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Sure.  Another thing--you'll get an email from TM not long before the show with more RZ details.  Of course, look that over carefully for any info regarding your question!

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Have always been a "Pit" GA queuer. Due to cancer, chemotherapy next year blah blah, have bought Red Zone tickets for Glasgow for the first time. On ticketmaster it says something about possibility of being selected for backstage tour, which would be awesome

 

Does anyone know how you will know, how to enter ??? etc  Do you have to do something to enter or is it randomly selected from Red Zone tickets.

 

Any idea ??

 

I hope you get selected! During the 360 tour, I had seen a lot of Red Zone fans thinking "backstage tour" meant a Meet and Greet which wasn't true. I had Red Zone but wasn't selected, I spoke to someone who did and they said it was about a 20 minute tour behind the scenes on what goes on, etc. They said it was informative and were told to meet up about 30 minutes before the concert began (opening act) for the tour. Some didn't want to go I heard because they didn't want to lose their spot in the Red Zone but those who did I heard didn't see any band members, etc. Who knows what will happen during the upcoming tour.

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Hey thanks for that !! I hope I get selected :D Although must say 20 minutes before the show?? Come ON ?? I too would be worried about losing my much guarded place.

 

what do you think of Red Zone. Have only ever been right on the rail at the front  in touching distance so guess this will ne a new experience for me !!

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I think the people in RZ are more chill about guarding their place, since it is mainly going to be people who want to just drift in at show time and not queue up.

 

If you want to get there ASAP and seize the rail, have at it. Fine by me. I'll still be home when you're doing that. ;-)

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Yes, I had a tour included with my VIP tickets for 360. We toured the stage after the opening act that was about it. We did not meet any band members. Our seats were in the 100 section but I was able to slip down into GA because I still had my red zone arm band from the night before.

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Hey thanks for that !! I hope I get selected :D Although must say 20 minutes before the show?? Come ON ?? I too would be worried about losing my much guarded place.

 

what do you think of Red Zone. Have only ever been right on the rail at the front  in touching distance so guess this will ne a new experience for me !!

 

Red Zone for the 2015 tour will be considerably smaller than during the 360 tour, I believe it is limited to 50 people on each side. I still feel that the Red Zone sections are next to the B stage despite what the floor plans look like on the TM/Live Nation site. If it is true that there are only 50 people in each Red Zone section, that will make it much more comfortable and relaxed. It will be easier than being in standard general admission, that's for certain.

 

Honestly I have never been in the Red Zone myself, although I had Red Zone tickets that I won but there was a documentary filmmaker who bought them from me the day of the show. He was doing a documentary about singing on stage with U2 as that is his dream, nice guy, unsure what became of it. He felt if he was in the Red Zone, Bono would see his sign and invite him up. I told him if he just hung out with me before the show, he could possibly meet Bono or another band member and explain what he was doing. He had a small crew with him and opted not to. Before the show I figured out where the band would be driving their motorcade through and where the band would be entering, and I ended upi meeting Bono for the fouth time that day. I then met with the guy getting the Red Zone tickets from me and he started to film himself picking up the tickets. I told him had he waited with me, he could have been able to make his plea to Bono afterall, he was bummed about it, and rightfully so. He ended up getting my Red Zone tickets, I was fine with selling them to him, I have seen U2 before from the front row so you don't get much better than that but that was long before Red Zone ever existed. But you will have a fantastic time regardless because the section is so small!

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Yes, I had a tour included with my VIP tickets for 360. We toured the stage after the opening act that was about it. We did not meet any band members. Our seats were in the 100 section but I was able to slip down into GA because I still had my red zone arm band from the night before.

 

Yeah I believe the tour is quite short, that is what I heard from others who were on it, about 20-30 minutes long and during some shows it was before the opening act took stage though. Who knows, maybe it will be different for this upcoming tour. When it comes to trying to meet the band, the best way is right after they arrive for soundcheck, sometimes Bono or others will come out and meet fans for a brief time. Generally look for the entrance to the back of the venues and the gathering of fans, generally it's not many fans who seem to ge there to wait. It's not guaranteed you will meet them but Bono has always been very good about coming out in the past, even if for ten minutes or so. Since U2 isn't a "backstage band", right when they leave the stage, they are already in their SUV's driving away before the fans are even out of the venue.

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I am confused about the sound check thing. How long before the concert is that done. I was aimlessly wandering around the outside of soldier field for one tour and could not figure where to go. I could hear music playing and it was during the day. do they leave the venue after sound check and come back? another time I waited with my with a group of fans and my sister at what seemed like the entrance-tons of black SUVs coming in and out. I seem to remember them just driving past right before showtime.

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Usually the sound check is sometime in the mid/late afternoon; they usually arrive sometime in the mid-afternoon.

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They don't always do sound check for every show when they play multiple shows in a city, so sometimes they'll arrive later.

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Thank you and then do they leave again after sound check if they have one??

 

Thanks!

 

Eileen

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I am confused about the sound check thing. How long before the concert is that done. I was aimlessly wandering around the outside of soldier field for one tour and could not figure where to go. I could hear music playing and it was during the day. do they leave the venue after sound check and come back? another time I waited with my with a group of fans and my sister at what seemed like the entrance-tons of black SUVs coming in and out. I seem to remember them just driving past right before showtime.

Usually between 4 and 5pm for a 7:30 concert start time.  I've hung out with Adam after soundcheck in Albany, NY afterwards and he was so nice.  As a general guide, four hours before they hit the stage they do soundcheck, eat dinner, and do their pre show rituals which likely include naps and then warm up in the dressing room.  

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I am confused about the sound check thing. How long before the concert is that done. I was aimlessly wandering around the outside of soldier field for one tour and could not figure where to go. I could hear music playing and it was during the day. do they leave the venue after sound check and come back? another time I waited with my with a group of fans and my sister at what seemed like the entrance-tons of black SUVs coming in and out. I seem to remember them just driving past right before showtime.

 

As others have reported soundcheck can vary. For example during the last tour stop in Seattle a few years ago, I took a guess and found where I felt where they would be entering. Even though I had met Bono and the others in the past a few times, my goal was to get an 11x14 photo I took of Bono on stage during the Zoo TV Tour signed, it had been 20 years pretty much and the photo I took was nice and was hoping at the very least I could get him to sign it.

 

U2 tends to do things big so they have a convoy of black SUV's, and a police escort so you can hear them coming. Why they would want to have all this attention is beyond me, but I waited around 12pm at the spot, no one else were there but then an hour later a few other fans came up and waited with me. Around 2:30pm the police escort arrived and by this time there were about 30-40 fans waiting and they drove through the area waving to the fans. Off in the distance I could see them exit their SUV's and start to go in. None of the fans waiting were doing anything so I yelled out for Bono to come back, he turned around, and then hopped on the back of a State Trooper's motorcycle and drove over to us. He got off and signed for a few people and did kind of a small "U" shape amongst the crowd. Luckily some of the others waiting said "Bono that guy has been waiting the longest" so he looked up at me and then saw my photo. I mentioned I took that photo 20 years previously and he looked and asked "You took this?" and I told him where it was from and he said "Wow, that's nice". He signed it and then had to go. None of the other band members for this tour stop came over. Soundcheck started around 3pm or so. As another member pointed out, after soundcheck they sometimes leave again or stay at the venue and take a nap or do thier pre-show preperations, have dinner, etc.

 

So if you are hoping to try and meet him or others, just follow my three "P's"...patience, professionalism, and persistence. It will happen eventually and that is really the best time to try and meet them, as they aren't a backstage band, they leave right after a show generally. 

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First time red zone and i'm hopeful of getting a back stage tour, not bothered about meeting the band, be good to see the set up and get to see behind the scenes. I heard the red zone is smaller, i guess because its not stadiums it will be reduced to scale. Hope we get lucky!!

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