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GA was good...i was near the steps that came down for Cedarwood Road. either end would have been good but GA was good....except for Mr number 6 in the GA line...he was the worst U2 fan I have ever met in 31 years of going to U2 gigs. Pushing against people and threatening to punch people. Really unnecessary behaviour...he was wearing a green shirt with U2 Hewson on the back...if you know him tell he is a @^%#&(*&

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GA was good...i was near the steps that came down for Cedarwood Road. either end would have been good but GA was good....except for Mr number 6 in the GA line...he was the worst U2 fan I have ever met in 31 years of going to U2 gigs. Pushing against eople and threatening to punch peope. Really unecessary behaviour...he was wearing a geen shirt with U2 Hewson on the back...if you know him tell he is a @^%#&(*&

Good to see you naming and shaming airwalk, totally unacceptable behaviour , good for you

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thanks :) yeah been going to concerts for a few years now...first U2 gig was 31 years ago so someone pushing violently back against people especially females and being a complete rude &^%*($ is so not U2...I have met some great friends through U2 GA and this guy is not worthy of being a fan. If anyone knows him (as he had been in the GA line) let him know that pushing against people when you have the fence is so not on...and then threatening to punch people who are half your size does not make you a big man.But other than that GA was great-another lovely lady and her son let an 11 year old onto the fence and I was surrounded by other nice people - shame this guy was there with his 'i lined up and no one is getting near my 1.5 metre squae real estate' attitude. Mate I have been in GA before and queued for days...been on stage 3 times with One/Amnesty and you had plenty of room so leaning back into people is not a way to have fun (especially for the people trying to enjoy themsleves) and holding up a banner to obscure views of eople who have travelled from Australia Germeny etc...you have no more right to see or be there than the next person and hopefully next time you pick on someone in the crowd they will have a boyfriend or not be a 5 foot tall female and give you a bit of your own medicine (sorry everyone but I travelled across a few continents and almost 2 days to be there last night and nearly fainted before they started so to have someones ass pushed into my crotch and be threatened is not on)...update I did LA 3 seated (drunk VIPs surrounding made it not so great) but LA 4 GA with some brilliant new friends and was the best of the 4 concerts I have seen so far this tour

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People like this should be thrown out, period.  Did anyone tell security about this guy?  Did they take any action?

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a guy nearby ended up pushing him back and not sure if he said anything to him but he was not happy with him and a securty guy stood in front of him towards the end and also got him and his friends to take down their banner but no i was so buggered and was crying just being there so couldnt have dealt with anything further - normally i wouldnt put up with this - and i did shout at him that after 31 years of U2 gigs he was the first a&^hole I had met...I was just standing there and he would take a few steps back and bend down and do the push his ass in my crotch manouvre and pushed back really hard when he already had heaps of space...like with his feet apart almost a metre back from the fence and then put his arms against the fence and push back and when I didnt move (as I hadnt moved - he had) he threatened to punch me and stood really heavy on my feet and was aggrsive to others ...he was like 6 feet tall and I am like 5 feet tall... just so unecessary when there was room for everyone and people right behind and beside me and then he would give a big heave and push me into people ....everyone else round were great though. No GA tonight for me though - fist time seated at a U2 gig. ANd I am a GA veteran so I know what acceptable behaviour is...taken my nieces when they were 11 and 12 to a gig in Melbourne Australia as well as when I had 2 broken legs went in my wheel chair but ended up using my crutches...anyway glad to be there - I didnt make the GA q as had travelled from Australia and arrived at like 1am after more than 30 hours travelling so slept for a few hours before heading down. Was Joe number 1? seen him at a few gigs over the years ... although my first U2 gig was 1984

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Strange how nobody knocked him out wouldnt have lasted long in london maybe it was his lucky day not having anyone near him that does not take any shit

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From the pictures I've seen it looked like there was quite a bit of room in the GA sections. Was that actually the case? 

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The pictures do seem to show a fair amount of space.  Also interested to hear more reports as it looked like being right on a rail was perhaps not the best place to be.  Also looked like the stage was only a few feet off the floor though.  Nice for up front to not be so looking up but wonder how that was from back of floor.

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How was it for those who came in late, room to move ? Sardines ?

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Came in late because we have GAs for Van2 and last night was just supposed to be a recon mission. Wound up South side right where Edge fell off the stage, you can actually see us in the footage that they were running on the network news that we saw this morning on Good Morning America. Point is the people on the rail right in front of us were there all day in the GA line and they got a spot on the rail, good job on their part.  We instead toured Vancouver, met a .com friend from Los Angeles and another friend that just landed earlier from England, drank some pints, ate tons of wings and we were all right there too only we had a awesome day in Vancouver, not in the GA line.

Tonight we decided we will probably do the same but hang back further but more to the middle as you cannot see the band in the screen if you are too close. A quick note about the screen. If you are on or near the rail and are looking up you cant see the band. It took quite a while before we realized that Larry was right in front of us during Invisible. Step away from the screen folks.

I have been doing this a while and have sent plenty of days in the GA line, I have paid my dues, and have had some really great experiences but it really not that necessary for this tour. Relax, have a beer, use the bathroom you are going to be really close no matter where your at on the floor!

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Came in late because we have GAs for Van2 and last night was just supposed to be a recon mission. Wound up South side right where Edge fell off the stage, you can actually see us in the footage that they were running on the network news that we saw this morning on Good Morning America. Point is the people an the rail right in front of us were there all day in the GA line and they got a spot on the rail, we toured Vancouver, met a .com friend from Los Angeles and another that just landed earlier from England and we were all right there too only we had a awesome day not in the GA line.

Tonight we decided we will probably do the same but hang back further but more to the middle as the whole section where the band is in the screen cannot be seen if you are too close. A quick note about the screen. If you are on or near the rail and are looking up you cant see the band. It too quite a while before we realized that Larry was right in front of us. Step away from the screen folks.

I have been doing this a while and have sent plenty of days in the GA line, I have paid my dues, and have had some really great experiences but it really not that necessary for this tour. Relax, have a beer, use the bathroom you are going to be really close no matter where your at on the floor.

Thanks for this...due to work and traffic, I probably won't get to San Jose until close to 7/7:30pm on Monday. Nice to know we'll be able to see just fine even though we will be late arriving!

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There's a super-good question!  Please help, Vancouver GAers!

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No problem with credit card entry. They swiped my card, didn't check ID. We got there fairly late, and as others have said, had no problem finding good spots. I was probably fairly close to bedoe69 on South side, just a bit farther up from where Edge fell off, with just enough people between me and the spot where he fell that I have to admit my friend and I didn't even notice! I've got lower bowl tickets for tonight and I'm looking forward to getting to see the screens a bit better...

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The credit card entry sucked!!! :(   I had lost my orginal credit card so contacted ticketmaster and they sorted it out by crediting my orginal credit card then recharging my new one so i thought everything was going to be sweet :)  but oh no!!! there was a guy going around the GA line asking if anyone had changed there credit card and i said yes but he said ill come back and he never did so i thought i was ok well how wrong was I!!!  I have lined up for 13 hours and got to the swipe thing and it wouldnt accept my card.  They then took me to the office downstairs and they had to see my new credit card and the receipt from my orginal credit card and then print me out a ticket.  Then take me back upstairs and take me threw the red zone which they were not going to let me thru so i yelled at him and said dont piss me off my stress levels were thru the roof by then.  So I could have got a rail seat but no!!! but luckly i saw a guy i knew and made a bee line for him and stood in front of him so was a couple of rows back.  I hope nobody else has this problem.  Great concert but they need to get rid of that!!!

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Strange how nobody knocked him out wouldnt have lasted long in london

 

Amen to that. Would like to meet this twat at the O2 in October.. ;)

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Strange how nobody knocked him out wouldnt have lasted long in london maybe it was his lucky day not having anyone near him that does not take any shit

 

I am 6'3, over 300 pounds....I would have loved to have had him push me.

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Strange how nobody knocked him out wouldnt have lasted long in london maybe it was his lucky day not having anyone near him that does not take any shit

 

 

I am 6'3, over 300 pounds....I would have loved to have had him push me.

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this is the ass from VAN 1post-356373-0-26947500-1431794558_thumb.jpg

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CREDIT CARD W/ NEW NUMBER ENTRY

Sorry you had trouble with credit card entry. My experience was very different. The card I used back in Dec was part of a we-suspect-your-card-was-compromised event where the bank canceled my card and issued me a new number. I called Ticketmaster Canada and after some research, they did the same: refunded and reran the transaction on my new number. (Note: When I called Ticketmaster US for the Chicago show, though, they wouldn't -- so that's still to be sorted out. More on that below.) Day of the show, Rodgers Arena staff were very organized; they came through the line an hour before the doors opened and (1) pre-checked bags in line so that it wouldn't slow us down at the door and (2) escorted people whose cards weren't the same as the original purchase to the box office. My husband went with them to make sure and all went fine. The doors opened and we got in no problem (with the exception that the wristbanders were so overwhelmed that that was a slight hang-up). I know it's stressful. I worried all week and especially in line all day whether or not my card would work (basically the scenario you lived; I'm so sorry), but they are doing the best they can. And I appreciate the system trying to keep things fair by cutting out scalpers. For those of you going to future shows, just go to the box office to have it checked yourself as they may not come thru the line looking for you.

 

TICKET TRANSFERS

That said, it does get tough though if plans change and want to sell or transfer your ticket. Strangers buying tickets from the people next to us in line had to join us in line because the box office wouldn't let them transfer tix, even that day (they said it's because it was a TM transaction). We were all fans and hung out, but they did have to coordinate entering together on the original credit card.

 

I'm now having to sort it out with a US show and it's not as smooth. I called Ticketmaster US to tell them about the cc number change. They just told me to show up at the venue with copies of all the transactions ... When I asked why they wouldn't do what TM Canada did and just rerun the transaction they said that's not what they do. When I told them I may not be able to go to the show and asked about how to transfer or refund the ticket, they said (1) allowing transfers depends on the venue and (2) they wouldn't refund my ticket because it is "sold out." So I'm either out $80 or I'll have to call them back during a ticket drop and it isn't "sold out" anymore. Hopefully they will be more helpful then.

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GA Vancouver was great. There is so much rail to be had, it spreads everyone out. I got in line at 8am and was 2nd row in front of Edge and 5th person from the runway. The father and son behind us joined the line at noon. The people in front of me at the Edge rail had been there since Sunday. It looked like the other GA front liners were in the corners where the runway hits the main stage. Note, I think they allowed a lot more people on the floor the 2nd night as it looked a lot more packed. Maybe the first night they were more conservative with their numbers to see how the crowd would disperse. If you are up against the runway, or at the end of the E stage, you will not be able to see the long runway screens and they play a big part in the experience. Best to do 2 shows: one up-close with the band and another standing back on the floor or with seats with a view of the screens to take it all in. (At LEAST 2 shows, that is ;) )

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I didn't go all the way to Vancouver to watch TV. So not seeing the screen much didn't really bother me. Being up close was the experience. And the crowd energy behind me and across from me.

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