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  1. 19 points
    My. Husband. Just. Called. In. And. Was. Caller. 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE’RE GOING TO THE APOLLO!!!! I can’t believe it - holy s*it we’re going. Calling in works!!
  2. 12 points
    OK - So today i got to go for my first ever pre-sale for the Singapore show. Due to location and circumstance, I had never been in a position to go through this process before, so having been a member of U2.com for years, the Singapore announcement was a dream come true. Having watched from the sidelines for a number of years, i had always thought the moderators did a fanstastic job, and felt a strong sense of community within Zootopia. Today, when things went a bit awry in the presales, I experienced first hand what I have watched for years and I am very grateful. The image below pretty much sums up the roller coaster from this morning and for me two things are very clear: 1. buying tickets for these concerts is in no way a neutral experience, and 2. The moderators annd community are just fantastc. What is also missing from the picture is "thankfullness" to the mods, and to the community who actively participate in helping others. This is literally off the chart.
  3. 9 points
    It has been quite a ride... thanks to everyone, everyone, everyone who accompanied us on these #U2eiTour live threads... For a while, we will take a break... but coming next August: #U2eiTour in Europe!!! Hopefully, we will see all you again around here... until then, carry on and enjoy the zoo...
  4. 9 points
    My first show was also 1985, at the Worcester Centrum. I have attended every tour since then. U2 have ALWAYS been political, and if you don't like that, this is probably not the right band for you. I am not quite sure how you managed to attend 41 shows and not pick up on this. I just got back from the LA show and you are wrong. It was sold out. There is extra space at the Forum on the GA floor for safety, but all tickets were sold. Tickets for tomorrow's show are $500 on stubhub for the floor, only 9 seats left. So you are inaccurate, my friend. You also should probably take note that most Americans disapprove of Trump. Especially in cities like Los Angeles. That does not mean you aren't entitled to your opinion. But, as Bono said tonight, maybe try respecting the opinions of others and "if you can't keep an open heart, keep an open mind." Perhaps most importantly, it was a fantastic show. U2 have still got it.
  5. 9 points
    My experience from the 2015 and 2017 tours is that a select few fans manipulated the system to allow themselves prime positions in line without actually having to wait in line, going against previously announced venue rules, which put the majority of fans at a disadvantage. Generally, the venue will set a rule saying that people are not allowed to begin lining up before a set time. What then happens is that a select few fans decide that this rule doesn't apply to them, and start their own line, often not at the actual venue. Then, they show up at the time the venue says the line is allowed to begin, and demand that they be counted ahead of everyone who actually showed up at the time the venue said people were supposed to show up. These people even got violent at the Boston/Foxboro show in 2017. They had been told by the venue that they couldn't line up the night before and that their list wouldn't be honored. They had to be physically removed from the property. And yet, they decided that the line would begin at a Dunkin Donuts and that they deserved to be ahead of everyone who did honor the venue rules, and created a scene in an attempt to get things their way. These select few people will also start a list, and claim that because their name is written there, that they're actually ahead of you in line. Now, I have absolutely no trouble with the idea of writing down the order that people arrive in, and allowing people to leave the line temporarily to use a restroom or to pick up a sandwich to bring back to the line. I think that's just the decent thing to do. But the "list people" will show up at the venue the night before, put their name on a list, and then go home. Then, they'll come back in the morning, and say that since they were there for five minutes the night before, that they deserve to be in front of everyone who actually did wait overnight. I sincerely hope that U2's management will do something to curb this behavior in 2018. I have to say, the behavior of those select few fans in 2015 and 2017 really took away a lot of joy from something that had previously brought me so much happiness for so many different tours over so many years. I think the Bruce Springsteen "lottery" method is a great way to combat this. You show up between 2pm and 5pm to get a numbered wristband. At 5pm, a random drawing is held, and the number selected is where the line will begin. So, if 300 wristbands end up being given out, and #50 is drawn, then the person who has #50 becomes the head of the line and the line goes from #50-300, and then #1 goes in after #300, and then everyone who shows up after the wristband drawing goes after them. It puts control of the situation in the hands of venue and band security, where it belongs, and it keeps things much more orderly. Everyone who shows up early enough to get a wristband gets in ahead of those who don't, but it also keeps people from waiting overnight as it doesn't get you any advantage. The overnight queues tend to favor wealthier fans who travel from city to city and book a hotel in walking distance from the venue, while putting local fans who have to drive to the venue or have to work at a disadvantage.
  6. 9 points
    Yes it sound Pollyanna, but hey...there are good things that showed up from this presale/sale situation. This negativity, however deserved, is getting me down! In light of Thanksgiving week I will start by listing a few good things: It shows how much we love our band. How much faith we have in them (and I still have faith they will try to make it right—but It’s impossible to please everyone—back In Propaganda days we just didn’t have a place to complain together ?). How passionate we all are about U2. They are touring and making new music. The guys will be on SNL 12/2 and having the NYC/LA listening parties soon, maybe one or more of us will be lucky enough to attend (I, for one, am going to try my damndest for SNL and NYC!!!). Most importantly, it shows how lucky we actually are to be stressing over attending a concert. We are able bodied enough to attend and have at least some disposable cash to spend and the freedom to go where we want. There are far worse things we could be worrying over. Perspective ? Try to enjoy your Thanksgiving, my US friends, and your weekend, to all ??? xoxo ~Sue
  7. 8 points
    I'm tending to agree. I recall in my late teens - this band released 'The Joshua Tree'. I recall hearing the first single lifted off the album - it was called 'With or Without You' (i know you know), strange sound n all that and thinking 'what the feck is this - bit feckin wierd - this isn't 'Pride', this isn't 'Homecoming' , where is 'Bad' #2? - what the feck is this? this is slow!! Who recalls the first time they heard 'The Fly' as a first release off AB? Raised eyebrows? Always with U2, it wouldn't be the same U2 if they didn't pose the questions I think this release is full of 'growers' - I base that only on what I've heard - this is going to be an absolutely cool album quite possibly their best since HTDAAB, perhaps exceed that. Th'on 'With Or Without You' turned out not to bad after all. There's a lot of U2 haters out there - humans hate successful longevity as a trait. OK, as an honest U2 fan, No Line & SOI, whilst both containing great tracks, weren't critically acclaimed, and perhaps were perceived as weaker album releases - I struggle to buy into that. There is no such thing as a bad U2 album. There is such a thing as progress though. I believe this release will be progress. In your 50's - you will never replicate your 20's or 30's - life unfortunately curtails that to some degree - not many better than U2 at giving it a damned good go! Here's to 1st December!
  8. 6 points
    Since there is so much interest in Mr MacPhisto at the moment, I thought you might like to check out my dedicated MacPhisto fansite if you haven't been there recently or ever. Among other things I've added a brand new transcripts page for the EI Tour, which will obviously be expanded as the tour goes on. (It will take me a little while longer to bring this page up to date with the latest developments. This whole thing has come as a massive surprise - even though I argued that it was the perfect time to bring MacPhisto back, I never thought they would actually do it!!)
  9. 6 points
    Celebrating this beautiful day and the birth of the band with #u2t0925. Happy U2 day everyone!
  10. 6 points
    Emailed them once and they said no. Emailed them again and I got this response. Success!
  11. 6 points
    Ok - I promise that I didn’t ask Bono to pose for this shot, and further promise that this was taken on an iPhone (and not a recent one). Bono wishes all of MSG and America a Happy 4th of July, so to speak, during “American Soul”:
  12. 6 points
    ...and today is a truly blessed day. After months of collective feedback-giving about the formats available to us for the annual gift, we have finally been heard. If you look in your account information, not only is there a download link for mp3s, there is now a download link for WAV files! Those who want to have this collection on CD can now burn one on their own. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease" is the old expression; in this case, it finally came to pass. Sincere thanks to the mods who must have passed on our (numerous) complaints about wanting to have higher-quality downloads - and thanks to the higher-ups for finally acquiescing to a request that, frankly, was always a reasonable one. A very good U2 day!
  13. 6 points
    Any honest opinion is obviously legitimate , but one aspect of this album which I think is undeniable, is that it is an incredibly thoughtful album. It's incredibly honest, nuanced in some metaphorical mis-directions and I suspect, likely written quickly. Someone else here mentioned it seemed rushed. I think there is immense difference in rushing or pushing something out and being deeply inspired. If you experienced those moments, you know how the words, actions, art...whatever it might be, just 'write' themselves. This is an age 50 something- WAR There is such anguish and despair. There is hope, but its not naïve and may not be optimism per se. Just hope or a personal prayer possibly. It exists but isn't a guaranteed save. We all know the U2 character - esp Bono's, well enough after all these years to appreciate, the man has such deep soul and empathy - and evidently, is a tough enough dude to just go after those people or situations that cause so much harm. I am loving it now. I didn't initially. But in knowing where these tunes come from and not getting any younger myself, we have to consider the message, don't let evil win in your community or in the world. Call it out. I couldn't agree more. And so I sing these songs ( privately in my car ! - if you heard my voice you would appreciate that ) and they become 4 dimensional. Cheers.
  14. 5 points
    3 guessing by the activity on the forum! 😉
  15. 5 points
    This reminds me 360 Tour in Berlin 2009
  16. 5 points
    Just got my second Red Zone for Sydney #2! Coming from Los Angeles and beyond excited for my first trip down under. :-) Good luck to everyone!
  17. 5 points
    Love you Bono - No hard border - ever- no them, only us.....we've worked too hard to create peace here. The people , north n south, won't accept the past. Thanks for a fantastic tour.
  18. 5 points
  19. 5 points
    I was blessed and fortunate to have made it there - literally at the last minute. What a cherished memory.
  20. 5 points
    Haha my 9yo just said, “I really want you to win, but my brain kind of hurts from listening to these songs for so long.”
  21. 5 points
    Personally, i thought the 3 tier system was fairer too.
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    After Bad, it's my favorite U2 song. It's mind blowing to see it live. I think they skipped it because it's on so many other things that have been released. As for your confusion to my post about us asking for much-it was just a silly joke from being excited about this gift and the new tour. My gut tells me there is a decent chance they will play UTEOTW for TJT 2019 (mere conjecture but I think we'll hear it). It's a new tour in places they have not played for a long time, if at all. I too am hoping it makes the set list. I watch the EI live versions on YouTube all the time.
  24. 4 points
    The reason for discussing this is because we love u2 so much. The point is not that we're not thankful or something. This is about informing subscribers who paid their membership and are promised certain things. So confusing starts and then a forum is a great place to share feelings about this. The gift gor this year is among the best gifts they they've had, so inform subscribers and ship this great item. Money isn't the issue I think.
  25. 4 points
    RED ZONE issue requiring local address has been corrected.
  26. 4 points
  27. 4 points
    OK I'm done...Melbourne, Sydney 1 and 2, that should keep me going for another 9-10 years.
  28. 4 points
    Just some thoughts about Ticket Pick Ups at 7/11. I wandered into a random one the other day, and talked to the dude working there. You will need the Ticket Order Confirmation e-mail with your ticket number on it (about 15 digits). You can either print it out, before you go, or take your mobile device with it on there. (For example my confirmation e-mail was sent to my i-phone e-mail, so I will take the phone and show them the e-mail.) The staff enters your ticket information into the register and prints out the ticket(s) for you. They might get you to push a 'confirm' button on a screen. They will also give you a receipt to sign. And that's it. Simply say 'Ticket Pick up' and show the e-mail and you'll be fine. Don't forget to smile. The only small confusion I had with my dude at first was he thought I wanted to buy tickets at first. I recommend you take some I.D. with you (just in case) and maybe have the credit card with you...again just in case. Also maybe some small change in case there is a printing fee (maybe 300-400 Yen/ 3 or 4 bucks). Most staff will be able to understand simple English spoken a little slowly and clearly. The ticket confirmation e-mail also includes Japanese instructions for the Staff if they give you a WTF? look. but I don't think there will be any issues. this part of the e-mail: [STANDING FRONT/REAR, SS/S/A SEAT] Tickets must be picked up at a Seven-Eleven store in Japan prior to the show, and will not be issued at the venue. Tickets will be available for pick up from 20th November (Wed) from 10:00am. When picking up your ticket(s), you will be required to show your e-mail purchase confirmation to store staff. Please ensure you print this in advance or are able to access it on your mobile device. After the staff have confirmed the Ticket Number shown in your e-mail purchase, they will print your ticket(s). Make picking up the tickets a priority when you get into Tokyo. Don't leave it to the last minute. Don't lose them, they cannot be re-issued. I hope this is some help, it may be redundant as others may have already posted about it. Keep on Rockin' and Rolling.
  29. 4 points
  30. 4 points
    Barcaqueen, whoever you are - thank you your Mixlr is ??perfect
  31. 4 points
    what if... for one of the shows... Ali actually takes the call????? o_O
  32. 4 points
    Can’t go through today and not post this. 33 years ago today....
  33. 4 points
    <raises eyebrow> <to the googles... for a friend> =P
  34. 4 points
    I finally got the apartment I wanted. The living room faces due South. The bedroom faces due West. It will get great light. My current apartment only faces north. I get no direct sunlight. It's Summer now so it does not matter as much. In Winter it gets depressing. It shall be my fourth move in five years. The really good news is that the apartment is only down the hall from the one I currently rent. Not moving to another building is huge.. Ironically, I'm going to miss living above the lady below me. Since we started getting along...it's been fun. She has the most intoxicating laugh I've ever heard. Even when I'm down it makes me smile. I think she and I are going to play the rumor mill in the building and let them all chatter about how I'm moving because I don't like her. It should be fun to watch their faces when we happily greet each other in the main lobby. ?
  35. 4 points
    This is not a post that is going to reinvent the wheel. Any one who has spent any amount of time in the GA line will have had the same experiences. I was hoping that if folks do read this and may have lost their perspective of what being in GA is all about, then maybe they might find it in themselves to recalibrate a bit. I just came back from DC #2. The GA line was run by a super nice guy named, Brad, and a host of others(including my brother, Tim) who were truly nice people. They decided to jump in and volunteer to handle night #2 after getting a crummy response from the guy who was running night #1, who unfortunately exemplified the worst element of the U2 GA line. Those who attend scads of shows and have deemed themselves the experts. He deliberately was evasive about plans for night 2 and actually said that Brad and company weren't fit to run the line as you need a "veteran" to do so. That is a GA code for "I want to be in charge and have a single digit on my hand." Thankfully he was ignored. This same man has run numerous lines I have been involved in and is just not a nice guy. Rude, bossy and friend-less. Standing in the GA line is not a profession, it's a passion. It's about the camaraderie of spending time with fellow U2 travelers, sharing stories of shows you've been to and yes, wanting to get a great spot on the rail. But getting that spot on the rail shouldn't include forsaking your dignity and trampling others' in the process. The smiles and friendly interaction that give way to elbows on a stairwell and pushing someone out of the way to get a wristband. Seeing those same folks across the catwalk, singing along to songs about love, looking so saintly as the band goes up and down the arena leaves a bad taste in my mouth. If you are going to follow a band that talks a lot about respecting people and choosing to be compassionate towards your fellow man, well then a good place to practice is with your neighbors in line. I will continue to enjoy going to U2 shows and being a part of the GA process. To the folks like Brad, Kevin, Jeff and Jaime who I have met over the years and have had great experiences while they were running a line, thank you. To those who seemingly have lost their perspective on what the GA line is all about, I hope you find it. For your sake and ours. All the best.
  36. 4 points
    Disclaimer: I believe U2 is greatest band in the world. I haven't seen or heard a better band in my lifetime and I don't think I ever will. Also, I'm a paying fan club member and own almost everything they've ever released. If I don't have a physical copy of it, I'm sure I have it digitally. I believe U2 will release one more album after Experience and call it day. I'm thinking it's just a matter of time, I think they know they have nothing more to prove. Quite frankly, I hope they do what R.E.M. did. Put out one last amazing album and then call it a day. Everybody shakes hands and goes home. I also don't believe that the band can keep up the current touring pace at their age. A U2 tour lasts anywhere from 2 to 3 years. In my opinion, the I+E tour has never actually stopped. I would go so far as to say that The Joshua Tree 2017 tour was part of it. I would also argue that the stadium shows that were done were supposed to be I+E shows. Do I want them to retire? Selfishly, yes! There is a quality U2 possesses that no other band possesses, that goes for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Nirvana, and anyone else you want to add. That quality is nobility. Their music is noble and when it's played or heard, it reaches out for the very best of everyone of us. That just doesn't exist anymore. I don't want this band to go the way of the Stones. I love the Stones, but those guys look a little ridiculous these days. I just don't want to see Bono and The Edge trying to run around the stage at the age of 70. I'd be afraid it'd cheapen their music somehow, and knowing how the general public hates a sell out, it would look as though they have gone that route. Finally, Bono keeps referring to this "brush with his own mortality" recently, which I don't know if you've been keeping score at home, that makes three times recently that Bono has almost met a fatal end. If it was bad then, then that has to have some effect on his body, and I'm not a fan of the idea of Bono collapsing and dying on stage. Some of you will wholeheartedly disagree with me and I welcome that. I'd love to hear another perspective. Thanks for taking a second to read this crazy ramble. I hope you're all well in the U2niverse!
  37. 4 points
  38. 4 points
    Zootopians everywhere, nice to meet @dmway & @JCF just now...
  39. 4 points
    Apologies for my whoo-hoos if anyone is listening to Mark Baker’s mixlr. ?
  40. 4 points
    Man, I love Gloria live. Never gets old....
  41. 4 points
    While in the show, don't forget to say hi to Badsilver and also to Erin: Double bonus Zootopia-points if a Badsilver/Erin/You with the cool tshirt photo happens...
  42. 4 points
    Well 12 weeks on and I am still loving the album so much so that I have been revisiting albums as well and playing them before listening to SOE. So far listened to NLOTH, Zooropa, October, Unforgettable Fire and War and watched Under a blood red sky and Joshua Tree 2017Croke Park from YouTube! Fantastic stuff and still really enjoying SOE.
  43. 4 points
    I live in America. I suffered the State of the Union address last night. I despise President Trump. The reason I bring it up is that I love how the new cd and video shoots are political. I think they are spot on and being done through artistic expression.
  44. 4 points
    I felt like there was a better chance 10 years ago, rather than now. If they were hanging them up, they wouldn't' have tried to get this last album and tour out in back-back-back years. They also have a 12 year contract with Live Nation, that ends in 2020, and they took some upfront money, so I doubt they would want to pay it back, nor do I see them not honoring that contract. I also look at my favorite band, U2, and my favorite sporting team, the Yankees, and I break down whatever I can, because, 1 - I pay for it, and I want to see what I get out of it, 2 - it gives me an idea of how they operate, and what I can expect in the future. I won't get into details, but I've been pretty close to knowing, predicting a good lot of what they do and think . How tours are set up, length, when the team may retol to get under the salary cap, etc. You get the picture, and know that I'm not trying to blow smoke up your ass, and I'm on the artistic side, I'm not saying I'm predicting what they are working on, if I did that, then I'd be Nostradamus or something to that effect. So besides the contract with Live Nation, I think their record deal expires after this, or the next album. As in the past, when U2's contract was expiring, they put on a major tour, major publicity and tried to sell the most albums out of their trilogy. They usually do them in 3's. Here we have a free album with each ticket. Say they do 2 million tickets, that's 2 million albums to start off with. If it's like an average album sale, they could do 3-4m, if the album has mass appeal, could we be at 15 million. At this point, their label will want to ride this wave, and give them another contract. My feeling is that there is actually another album that is almost done, and they could release it next fall to complete the trilogy, as Edge has said, they scrapped the album after Bono had a scare. This complete the trilogy, and another tour, with a nice long break. The band also has touring down to a science, and probably are the most comfortable band on the planet, when it comes down to being restful during a tour, not saying it's not taxing, they just probably have it better than almost every band. If you haven't flown business class, on a long trip, you don't know the difference, it's like night and day. Imagine if you have your own plane, and after shows that are within a few hours of NYC, or Dublin, they fly back home that night, and are in their beds. No more going from hotel to hotel, and this is the biggest reason why bands retire. It's not easy, especially after you hit 40. While the band is rich, they have taken some hits recently. Edge put out a ton of money for his Malibu development, and was denied zoning, that's a lot of money, it was estimated at around $25m, I don't know if he sold the lots or kept them, but just planning for all this stuff is expensive, I know, I'm a real estate developer in NYC. Bono took some hits on his investments, and while he made a killing, he took some big losses. I would say he's ahead of the game, but it's human nature to want to make that money back, just saying. These guys also have a ton of kids, have a ton of homes, yacht's other ventures like Eden, etc, that has to be funded. And the U2 organization, is vast. They have a staff in the U.S and Ireland, people have been with them for a long time, and as they probably have a pension for them, the staff has also let them know, they don't want to retire, and why would you, having U2 as bosses must be great, even if they expect the best out of you The average age of the band is 55, the cream of the crop of musicians' don't retire (Bruce, Madonna, The Stones, The Eagle's (retire, come back, retire come back - could be a ticket ploy) They work less, and pull in the same money. I'd say that the band can do what they normally do for another 15 years, and then slow down once they hit 70. The average album takes 2.5 years. but these guys take lot's of breaks in between, it's not like you have to show up 5 days a week, when you make an album. When things are flowing, they work in overdrive, and when they get stuck, they probably take breaks, vacations etc. After 2.5 years, they do a month of plugging the album. Then, they hunker down in Ireland for 3 months, i.e. spend time with family, etc. March is 3 weeks of prepping for the show, they do about 2 months in the states, a month off, 2 months E.U, a month off, They either go to South America or Asia for 4 weeks, and are off for the year, or they come back to the states for 2 months, 2 -4 months off for winter, and they do another 3-4 months and the tour is over. As you can see, there are good breaks in between, and when you make $700 million for touring for about 2 years, with a good amount of breaks, it's not as hard as it would be if you were in a bus and staying in cheap hotels. So, unless there are health risks, they can continue this,or cut it back. Also, we've never seen a rock band. that have been on top for long, 40 years, been best friends for the entire time, made so much money, made so many relevant albums, (with some hiccups, according to them and critics ( not most of us U2 fans), sold out so many tours, been a media darling with no fallouts or distractions, make sure that their causes work and are relevant, seem to really enjoy what they are doing, and don't just go through the motions of being in a rock band, and had the best manager in the business, and made a smooth transition to Guy Oseary, and have really cared about their fans, before social media made you have to show that you cared and did things for your fans. Take yourself out of the your love for the band, imagine if you were one of the 4 gents in this band, the biggest, most successful bands in the world, would you want retire, heck no, you'd want the next band to have an even bigger hill to climb to get where you are. I just don't see greatness retiring anytime soon, if ever. Well, that's my 2 cents, Andreas
  45. 4 points
    The victim was ALLEGEDLY dealing heroin. The victim had a gun planted on him by the indicted officer. The indicted officer said "i'm going to kill this motherfucker" before approaching Anthony Lamar Smith's vehicle or seeing this imaginary weapon. The indicted officer was carrying and used a weapon that he was not authorized to have on duty. No officer is empowered to be judge, jury, & executioner. No human deserves to be shot in the street this way. #blacklivesmatter #anthonylamarsmith
  46. 3 points
    PM me, I’ll send you my number, Zhiv will be there too ?
  47. 3 points
  48. 3 points
    thanks for starting the meet up / live thread http://zootopia.u2.com/forums/topic/39452-u2-apollo-theater-meet-up-thread/
  49. 3 points
    I made a positive choice because instead of panicking due to hard, financial times, I chose to get prepared by stocking up on grape nuts, almond milk, instant coffee and bargain-brand soda. I've decided going out for coffee and lunch adds up so fate can bring on the "lean times" because this woman is ready!!!
  50. 3 points
    Mods, you are amazing. Thank you! (I didn't need their help, but I know how thankless it is).
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