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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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!!)
  5. 6 points
    Celebrating this beautiful day and the birth of the band with #u2t0925. Happy U2 day everyone!
  6. 6 points
    Emailed them once and they said no. Emailed them again and I got this response. Success!
  7. 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”:
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 5 points
    This reminds me 360 Tour in Berlin 2009
  11. 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.
  12. 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.”
  13. 5 points
    Personally, i thought the 3 tier system was fairer too.
  14. 4 points
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 4 points
  19. 4 points
    Can’t go through today and not post this. 33 years ago today....
  20. 4 points
    <raises eyebrow> <to the googles... for a friend> =P
  21. 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. ?
  22. 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!
  23. 4 points
    Man, I love Gloria live. Never gets old....
  24. 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.
  25. 3 points
    ...and I did only see Interpol. 😎 But they dazzled as usual.
  26. 3 points
    My Resurrection Saturday 2019 U2 song of the day.
  27. 3 points
    This January I have drunk no Alcohol, cycled 500 miles and climbed 7500 metres whilst doing this. Healthy.
  28. 3 points
    Picked up the Kiss Me, Kill Me, Thrill Me 12" which sounds tremendous.
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    next... AMSTERDAM!!! until then.... stay cool, girls and boys...
  31. 3 points
  32. 3 points
    yeah, maaaan... (not that we actively encourage anything, kids... stay in school)
  33. 3 points
    I’m going to stick with this GA thing - I’m on front rail again! ? Tonight it is New Order in Washington, D.C.?
  34. 3 points
  35. 3 points
    @JCF @dmway Happiness is main stage rail in front of Adam all night, w/ JCF and “The Fly” (homage anyway).., ?
  36. 3 points
    I think it's more of about Ali bringing him back to his senses after the mega-ego, at least that's how I see it.
  37. 3 points
    thanks for starting the meet up / live thread http://zootopia.u2.com/forums/topic/39452-u2-apollo-theater-meet-up-thread/
  38. 3 points
  39. 3 points
    How are people still getting this idea that the band will work on and release Songs of Ascent? Especially since it became Songs of Experience and the band have stated they feel a long way from that No Line on the Horizon-era of material?
  40. 3 points
    In a 1,500 seat theater there is no bad seat
  41. 3 points
    I was at that show and went crazy when I realzied they were playing Gloria. Everyone looked at me like I was nuts, but I didn't care. It was GREAT. I can't imagine not having the crescendo and the bright lights of Streets. There was a time I couldn't imagine not having One in the setlist. Will they play a gig without Beautiful Day? I could go without it. I do enjoy it live as the "Touch me.", and the guitar that goes with it seem especially potent live. I'd skip it in lieu of something else. I've mentioned this before: I would love to hear them do Love and Peace or Else instead of Bullet. I've been tired of Bullet since Popmart. I did enjoy it, every much, during the IE tour. I hope they drag out Love and Peace.
  42. 3 points
    I remember it was a rainy evening and that took a bit of the shine off of it. Also, Bono was frustrated that the crowd was so far away from the stage. Yes - I remembered about this year's break for Glasto; when I said "touring cycle", I meant for the entire tour (i.e., this tour is going into 2019 and conceivably even 2020). Yes - it would be good for them to go to the places they haven't gone to since the 90s. I hope they hit some/all of them. I agree with the "too many cooks in the kitchen" comment. I always like it better when they limit input to two or three outside voices instead of more. For example, I was very glad to see Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite producing again on this album, but I'd kind of like to see Ryan Tedder move on. Too much gloss on some tracks... I'm not sure I agree with the rushed or incomplete opinions, though. This album was finished (in their eyes) a year before it was finally released - the 2016 election is what changed that and gave us the JT anniversary tour in its place. Now, I'm sure they worked on a few more things on it during the delay, but they were prepared for it to come out as a finished work in 2016. Also, IMHO, this is their most complete work, their most cohesive whole, since at least NLOTH, if not AB. I can't bring myself to listen to it without wanting to hear the whole thing in order. But, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, good music is in the ear of the listener. It still nice to talk about it all here.
  43. 3 points
    yes! And Adam, on the last part of the song.
  44. 3 points
    Oh Jeeeeeez, I just didn't recognize this thread when I joined this community last year, sorry But I had a very good start here and already connected with some super nice people Hope you don't mind if I do a little belated introduction. 35 years old, from Germany. I am completely addicted to music, I literally live through music. Love going to gigs and playing guitar Well yeah, obviously I maybe love U2?! I stumbled across this site accidentally when I decided to join the fanclub when buying tickets for JTT2017 went down worse than buying tickets for IETour. Sadly I only started to go to U2 gigs in 2015. There is no real excuse, maybe money issues when I was younger, when I went to school I was always broke and afterwards the first years didn't went down that well, so yeah... I started going to gigs on a regular base when I was already 27 years old. My first real and conscious memory with U2 is my teenage me, watching MTV and then suddenly "Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me" came up... I was hooked. And they never left me since. I only really regret that I was still too young for attending a Zoo TV gig and too stupid and broke for going to Elevation tour. I'm just super happy that I still have the chance to make a bit up for everything I missed and that the lads still like to go on tour for us Ok, sorry for rambling around a bit too much eventually. Have a nice evening/night/day wherever you are!
  45. 3 points
    Personally I would be more than happy for them to go without this amazing, all singing , all dancing, super LED, etc, etc screen and just have the band and maybe a less technological screen or two and then drop the prices by at least 30%. I'm there for U2, not technology.
  46. 3 points
    I went to Dublin for I&E and it was great! Dublin is a nice compact city good for walking and plenty of cab or bus options. Definitely stay away (do not get a room!) from Temple Bar, overpriced pubs and too touristy. We stayed on the North side, Castle Hotel, which is really nice too. Lots of shopping and of course great pubs all around. There's all the usual touristy things to do like Guinness factory and the like. Try the 'little Museum Dublin', they have a section that is all U2 related. There is also a rock and roll museum of Ireland, not far from Temple Bar. If you want a private fan tour of u2 related sites, check out Dave Griffith's tours, he is a friendly great guide around the city for about $30 or so. The 3Arena where the show most likely takes place is smallish, about 12k people fit in there. Its easily accessible by the local rail. Most of all HAVE FUN! It is a blast to be where U2 is from!
  47. 3 points
    mod team: Mich40, Bigwave, Max Tsukino... links to PM here ---> http://zootopia.u2.com/staff/ You can PM one of us and add the other two to your message... btw... we are still compiling the information...
  48. 3 points
    I was a huge REM fan and I think their case was slightly different. After Bill Berry left the spell was broken and they struggled to keep the magic alive. Their last four records never quite hit the heights of pre-1996 and the remaining members had other projects they wanted to pursue. I can't imagine Larry Mullen driving a tractor just yet! Frankly, I think U2 love performing together more and they are a much better band now than REM were at the end. The idea of U2 'doing an REM' fills me with dread, particularly since they are still making great music. You have to leave age out of it; all the decent rockers are getting on now. The Stones are magnificent now and more power to them ; Mick gives hope to us all! So, with the greatest of respect for your view jreed, I am in wholehearted disagreement with you! I will gladly trot along to see U2 in their 60s, 70s, 80s. Johnny Cash did it with style, Leonard Cohen did it, Bowie did it, BB King... All the greats. And U2 are great.
  49. 3 points
    Some get tickets some don't, that's the way it is.
  50. 3 points
    Can someone official please clarify........Do we link to Ticketmaster USA even if we only want shows in the UK/Europe? Please don't tell me to take a lucky guess........whoever runs this website should state CLEARLY what European fans should do on our account page, or MODS should be able to find out correct information and make an official post. Suppose we link now to Ticketmaster now because it states we need to before the 12th to get verified and get a pre sales code for a USA show and we don't use it.....and then next month, we are told that to be able to get UK pre-sales, we have to link to our Ticketmaster UK accounts to get our pre-sales code, yet we would already have one?1 Its al so confusing! All we want to know if.......if we don't plan on attending a USA show, should we wait for UK dates and then link to Ticketmaster UK
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