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    Happy Holidays! I hope everyone has a peaceful season.
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    Nov. 1 (cont. again) The Beatles/Cirque du Soleil show “Love”. I heard about it when it first came out, but I never would have thought I would see it. I never saw myself ever being in Las Vegas; thus, seeing it would be impossible because it is exclusive to The Mirage casino in LV. Well, let me tell you something about the show: “Love” is so good that it is worth going to LV just to see it - yes, seriously. If I were ever to go to LV again, I would stay long enough to see it at least twice, possibly three more times. It’s just that stellar a show. Now, how the hand of destiny was involved in our seeing the show. We knew that tonight was our last night in Vegas - we had two things to do ideally before leaving: see Fremont Street (for the reasons set out above) and/or see “Love”, preferably both. If forced to choose, Fremont Street prevails over “Love” (we love The Beatles too, but we’re U2 fans, first and foremost). Those who have been reading regularly on the site may know that I wrote a Mother’s Day thread back in 2017. Back then, it was the first one after my Mom passed from leukemia in October 2016. I wrote the thread then as a tribute to her - she loved Bono and, believe it or not, we ended up, as if by fate, seeing the Pittsburgh “Vertigo” show together. In any case, since her passing, I have felt her presence in my life on a few occasions, with some feeling like she had exerted her will from beyond to bring things about in a good way for me. I felt her presence that night, and, in my humble estimation, she assisted us in going to Fremont Street and see “Love” (can you already guess that she adored The Beatles as well?). We missed the 7 pm show to go to Fremont Street. That left only the 9:30 pm show. At 9:05, we were still in our hotel room and hadn’t settled on going yet. Finally, we decided to try to make it. We drove to the casino next door (Treasure Island - I had remembered seeing that they had free parking there when we had shopped at Ross earlier in the day) and hoped we could walk over to The Mirage in time to see the show. Unbeknownst to us (but very gratefully received), Treasure Island has a tram that runs regularly to The Mirage. We waited no more than a minute for a tram to arrive. We were inside The Mirage by 9:20, but now where do we go? We choose a direction, but it turns out to be the wrong way. I get a very strong intuitive impression to turn around. We turn around and eventually find the theater where “Love” is being performed. (Did you know that The Mirage built their theater specifically to host the “Love” show? They did.) We are behind only one person at 9:26. They finish their purchase, we race up to make ours (asking for their least expensive tickets), we get the tickets, walk speedily to the ticket-taker, and proceed swiftly to our seats just in time for the show to begin. If we didn’t have some kind of intervention on our side, we wouldn’t have made it - there were so many reasons not to make it on time. Oh, and what a show! There isn’t a bad seat in the place. The seating is in the round, and it affords you sights such as these below. Of course, outstanding music accompanies the jaw-dropping gymnastics of Cirque du Soleil.
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    Nov. 1 (cont.) The Fremont Street area of the town is now called the "Fremont Street Experience" - considering that it is very much like what the visual equivalent of Jimi Hendrix' original band might be, I would have to say that it is a very appropriately-named area. When you enter the area, it has a vaulted ceiling (I think this would more accurately be called a "barrel vault") which is illuminated with quite amazing graphics - pictures can't do them complete justice, but they will have to suffice here. There were street performers here that were breathtakingly good. There are also people who dress as celebrities and walk around the street - you might think that these would simply be leftovers from last night's Halloween, but people do this all the time. I was able to join in the fun a bit in this regard with my "Fly" outfit. I was quite happy to get quite a few knowing looks and pleasant laughs of surprise with the word "Bono" thrown in - my $0.02 contribution to the evening's merriment. There are some extra shots of the casinos that also feature briefly in the ISHFWILF video. But, enough of this - let's give you some pictures to imagine the scene (w/ a word of regret - due to what we think is a glitch in iOS, some pictures, when reduced, are being rotated by 90 degrees completely at random when attempts are made to post them here. This is leading to many shots I would prefer to include (e.g., the famous neon cowboy, with an additional shot of your humble narrator in full Fly regalia - that jacket I found at Ross completed the look) being left out for now - when that problem rectifies itself, more shots will be added. My deepest apologies.) :
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    Fotoset now on flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKP3BjU And I will offer high res pics for anyone with a spare XXL t-shirt! Come on - be a kind soul! :-))
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    Hi, Google rankings are presenting web surfers with horrible content coming from the following source:- "Alternative Nation (blog)" and is everywhere It relates mainly to Bono. I think someone from the U2 team should contact google to take this content down because it is very negative and very misleading content. It appears to be trying to damage the band or brand. The content is complete and other JUNK and is everywhere on google so needs to be taken down. Regards, John
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    GREAT write-up of your trip to Oz! (It’s nice to have an illustrated travelogue of a U2-related trip, isn’t it?) I’m glad you were able to accomplish a dream - it always feels good to do so.
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    Fly By Night was the first guitar riff I ever learned. Rush was my band when I was a kid. I saw them dozens of times. Led Zep was too inaccessible. Rush was always touring. It cost eight dollars to see them for the Hemisphere's tour. The Spirit of Radio tour was ten bucks, I think. Nobody sounded like Rush. They are phenomenal musicians-each in is his own right. Live, they were like looking up and seeing a freight train running me down. I survived and wanted to do it again as soon as the show ended.. Neil Peart's lyrics encompass a lot of different subjects. They are very intelligent. I respectfully disagree with dmway above. You won't know some of their best music if you only listen to their later work. I never noticed Geddy Lee's voice being better or worse. It just was. (no offense, dmway-I understand, and agree what you were saying about his voice.) Very early music: I suggest Fly By Night, Bastille Days and Working Man 2112 is epic. You cannot understand Rush without 2112. (assuming you want to do so) It's a very important album in the history of rock and roll. The 2112 suite (first half of the album) taught me how dangerous power, in the wrong hands, can be..It scared me. It's about a govenment, in the future, which takes away music, for the greater good of all. It's only 20 minutes long. I'd listen as a history lesson, but that's just me. It's science fiction in rock and roll. There are parts where I start to get a bit overwhlemed, however, it's very dynamic and quickly changes tempo. Give a listen to Discovery (around the 7 minute mark) I love Alex Lifeson's guitar expressing how a human being might discover a guitar for the first time, not know what it is, pick it up and try to discern truth..The 18:15 minute mark-turn it up as loud as possible and hold onto your seat. They were pretty much told they'd be ruined if they released 2112. It was not true. Rush is now third, behind The Beatles and The Stones, for the most consecutive gold or platinum albums released by a rock band. A Farewell To Kings album: Xanadu and Closer to the Heart are not to be missed. Xanadu is my favorite Rush track. It's based on the Coleridge poem. It introduced me to poetry. The beginning of A Farewell to Kings sparked my desire to study classical guitar. I heard that tonality and was hooked. Hemispheres-listen to The Trees. Rush wrote original morality tales and made them kick ass with rock and roll. This is a great example. La Villa Strangiata birthed my love of flamenco music. (long instrumental I would not suggest to a new listener) Alex Lifeson is a very underrated guitarist. Permanent Waves-The Spirit of Radio is the obvious choice. Jacob's Ladder is often overlooked. It's one of my favoirtes. This is the album where they start to play with pop, punk and other sounds. As dmway said, this migh be the point where you start to like their music the most. Much is still progressive but more contained. All four of these albums were released between 1976 and 1980. Neil Peart is one of our best drummers He is so good that I don't feel a right to say that. He also wrote profound lyrics. Fans still debate their meaning. . He was, and shall continue to be loved. 😭 And the men who hold high places Must be the ones to start To mold a new reality Closer to the heart Closer to the heart.
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    Finally, yesterday I got my U2 Live Songs of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE! Yay!!
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    No problem - other people responded mid-tale as well. All comments welcome at any time.
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    I had to bet ten bucks when I was in Las Vegas. I did it so a friend would be quiet about me not gambling. I was pissed because I could've bought a cd. We did a circular route on that trip. I'd never been. Driving through the desert, at night, between Las Vegas and Califonia is an amazing experience. One can see the moon forever. Add U2 on several prerecorded mix tapes. I was driving and my trip companion was sleeping so no talking turned it into something very special. I'm glad you had a great trip.
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    Happy New Year to all the mods and the rest of Zootopia! 😎 2020 is going to be a significant year for U2 and all of their fans - I feel it!
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    Why is this so hard for them? This is not difficult stuff! Courtesy?
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    Here’s is a great article of photographs and commentary by the band’s official photographer, Ross Stewart, from the Mumbai show. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/u2-concert-mumbai-india-exclusive-behind-the-scenes-photos-935746/
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    Nooooo! Always been a casual Tolkien fan but I only got stuck into some of the posthumous releases within the past decade (The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and Morgoth's Ring). I'm so indescribably grateful for all of Christopher's hard work to share that extra material with us! What a sad day.
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    The Rules of Engagement I sit on the hill with my back to the sun. My lover and I hand in hand. We look up in time as flashes of light batter the land. They speak of us like specks of dust. They cannot know what they sow as blow after blow we fall to the snow. One man falls another rises yet he brings with him a vision that despises. We are the makers of our mistakes. He only put breath into us yet he doesnt forsake. What then can we do but watch and wait. Sitting on the hill untill the hour grows late. Resurgance of love backed up by action is the answer to heal the faction. Dream on Daddy dont let go. No never let go because this world I know will be without me someday but you my darling must find your way
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    Another time another place
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    My local BBC radio station started and ended this evening's 6-8 Saturday night show with Rush songs by way of tribute. I have to admit that, while I'd heard of the band, I'm not very familiar with their actual music - it's quite possible, those two songs are the first two of theirs I've ever heard. And I liked them, so now I shall investigate further
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    I know the Piazza Plebiscito quite well. I was very fortunate to visit Naples several times. I fell in love my first stay. Grazie. Have a great show.
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    I get off topic too, but could we please keep this thread about the 2019 subscription gift and not something from the past? There are already enough problems for those who are still waiting for their gift. Let it go, start a seperate thread or don't resubscribe. (or) Take the energy of past frustrations, put it into remembering those are still waiting for this gift and hope they get them soon. It hurts when people call the fanclub a joke, and such. It's not true. I wish they'd start calling the gift a bonus because it's only one part of being a paid U2.com subscriber. .That being said, I hope those who have not, do get their 2019 gift soon.
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    I was still secretly hoping I'd see Rush live again. I went to every tour, from Hemispheres to Snakes and Arrows-usually multiple shows and as many as possible. I remember watching him and doing air percussion to The Trees on the Hemispheres tour. Dang, this sucks.
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    I hope you're right, but..... I doubt that.... Soon for u2.com means a year, is my experience.
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    Oh yeah, I forgot to post Monday was Christmas for the Ukraine, Orthodox and other churches. By the way, I bought a small, white cake to celebrate The Epiphany.
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    That was done in 2015 when a Boy era London show was released on double 10". It was titled "Another Time, Another Place." I'd love to get a War or UF era show with songs that are no longer played.
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    Love versus Hate Love heals and hate steals Love in the light. Hate in the shadows. Two strong words can be bedfellows. Where do we stand in this moment in time. Some of us shine while others decline. I pray for the ones caught in the fires they are not there because of evil desires. He walked on water and now hovers above the raincloud. Oh sweet Jesus pour it out and drench the land with your tears. Your love is our life though we toil in strife. Your Fathers creatures are screaming in the night not knowing if left is right or right is wrong. We all belong in a warm embrace. Bring us all into your fold and save the human race.
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    Arrived on 24th December....A gorgeous Christmas gift....♥️♥️♥️♥️
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    Look what I got for Christmas?
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    Thank you very much for saying so! 😊 As I said at the beginning, we wanted to share the memories of the trip with everyone in the hope that, if there were some here wanting to do something similar, we could show that you could go to all these U2-related places with not too much effort (if you plan the route right - there was only one part of the trip that was trying; that’s the part of the trip I’ll be writing about next.) I’ll also share the info that we received in advance of the trip at the end of the thread.
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    While acknowledging that this is very much a first world problem, it's disappointing to see that all has not been good at the Auckland GA line. I've said it here before and I'll say it again, surely the band could get involved in this . It wouldn't take much to put some sort of random system in place that would be seen to be 'fair' to all. They have done so before. This was one of the issues that I believe the fan forum that Guy Oseary mooted a couple of years ago could have been used to address.
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    Agree 100% regards the self serving U2 mafia who 'ran' these lines. It's a shame Justin and other U2 security support them. Although Seoul entry with numbered tickets was beyond ridiculous and dangerous. U2 security coukd have coached the Korean stadium in how to manage as with Tokyo culturallythere was an expectation people would get into numbered order not taking into account the mixed nation crowd.
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    I still think they should give us a FULL LIVE I+E Concert as the nExt Gift...... WHY Is IT SO HARD ? I vote for Glasgow, November 2015 !!!!!!!
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    Finally got it after almost seven weeks after e-mail notification.... and more than a year since it had been announced. BUT It's a great gift!!! I hope the next gift will be sent out a lot quicker. Please learn from the mistakes.... Live Nation or whom it will concern.
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    Wow, you're right, what a crowd! It helps having a stadium sized stage, enveloped by an arena, the seats so much closer. The noise from the crowd was so great! Unlike the gigantic cricket/ALF grounds used in Australia, where the crowd was so far away. But in general, the Japanese crowd were into the show so much more! Looking up towards the seats, & seeing everybody standing for the majority of the show! Love is Bigger got a much, much better reception from the Japanese than the Brisbane crowd, that's for sure. Singing the oh, oh, oh, oh's, in full voice. Of course your experience is influenced by those around you. My girlfriend & I were by the top-of-the-tree, with a young Japanese women directly behind us. She was so into the show! Jumping, crying, screaming! It was such a great experience to see how the show effected her. We had our own private party on many occasions. Turning away from that beautiful screen & the band on the main stage, to sing, dance, embrace & jump like lunatics together. Such a wonderful experience.
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    Saw this legend tonight. He was checking out Noel.
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    Been a fan since 84. Seen the boys live about 20 times now. Last night’s performance was on the podium of best ever I’ve seen. Just magnificent. They give so much, particularly Bono. No way are they winding things down. Back for more tonight.
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    Also, whatever happened to just showing up on the day of the show? None of this "check in three days before" nonsense. As Canadanne said, on I&E I had no problem simply rocking up at 2pm and joining the line, but on TJT and E&I it was all wristbands, sharpies... That said, I'm gonna go ahead and start the GA line for Mumbai right here, right now. I'm numbers 1-170, everyone else needs to check in at Brighton pier in the UK 15 days before the show. (I'm not actually going)
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    whatever happened to staying in the line? it's not right that people can take a number then piss off and check in every now and then. I have seats for my show so I don't have to be concerned with this crap. imo if you line up you stay in line unless you need a loo or food break... or a shower. if you leave the queue for longer than it takes to go home and have a shower I say you lose your spot
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    It's made it to news websites now. https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/117202408/new-zealand-u2-fans-livid-with-internationals-over-general-admission-system-in-auckland-gone-rogue?cid=facebook.post What started out as a cool fan thing has mutated into a sense of entitlement and a way to game the system. Venues need to grow some balls and draw a line in regards to this. I saw Muse at the O2 in London a couple of months ago. I arrived at the GA line to find a group of fans writing numbers on people's hands as they entered the line. At one point venue staff came and said this was unofficial and therefore they as a venue would not recognise it. A few people got upset but I applauded internally. More venues need to follow that example.
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    From the album: U2 Cartoons

    © ChemScrapes

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    I know a lot of RUSH fans who are U2 fans and vice versa. Wondering if the band is going to say anything about heartbreaking news of the death of Neil Peart...???
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    Same old faces ....
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