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  1. 7 points
    Couple of points, yes some of the answers I gave (my interpretations, not there in ANY official capacity - as I stated in the podcast) - some of the facts I were given were not correct. And in fact I would go further, I was misled on some things which I relayed on that episode. for which I have asked the atu2 guys an opportunity to go back on to explain. We mods are not employees of ticketmaster, we are fans. We relay what we can, when we can. We follow guidelines and try our best to represent fans when we can, and point fans in the right direction at all times. Whilst I understand your frustration at the moment, yours and many others, I am not the enemy. Mods are not the problem. We put up with a lot of crap from all sides, and plenty of good stuff. We are not angels. We are not perfect. But we are the best you have, so don't kick us when things are going not the way you like it. We may kick back.
  2. 6 points
    My theory...it's all in the fine print of "Verified Fan" and my sincere belief that if we were assigned a presale group that meant we were verified. In reading U2.com/help: Can I register for other Verified Presales if I participate in the Verified Subscriber Presale, like Verified Citi and Verified Fan? Yes, you may register for the other Presales in addition to the U2.com Verified Subscriber Presale. Please note, registration does not guarantee you will be verified, receive a code, or have the ability to purchase tickets through the other Presales. Note: "Does not guarantee you will be verified." In reading http://help.ticketmaster.com/verified-fan/ Am I guaranteed tickets if I get a #VerifiedFan code? If you have been randomly selected to receive a code it will unlock the ability to access tickets. However, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed. Note: "If you have been randomly selected to receive a code...." This is new to U2.com subscribers, and unless you actively researched this OCD-style (like I have), you wouldn't have connected the dots here that the Verified Fan system was a lottery. How is that lottery chosen? According to http://help.ticketmaster.com/verified-fan/: Ticketmaster #VerifiedFan was designed to separate actual, human fans from bots and scalpers. The system aims to thwart bad actors who are in the business of taking away tickets from fans just so they can resell them. Our technology analyzes every registrant to make sure they are real people interested in going to the show. Please note: Registering does NOT guarantee you will be verified, receive a code or have the ability to purchase tickets. So, looking at this, it was an algorithm used by Ticketmaster that determined if "you've got the gifts to get me through the gates of that mansion." The algorithm apparently didn't take into account number of years of loyalty to U2.com, number of U2 concert tickets you've purchased through your TM account, if you've bought stuff through the U2.com fan shop, or the like. Not sure what the algorithm it was! But good people, loyal to U2 for decades were shut out of the ticket buying for this tour. Is that how the band truly wants to reward it's loyal of loyals? Is this how the band wants their legacy to be remembered - by letting a computer algorithm determine the legitimacy of their fan base? This is absurd! So, yeah - the fans who were shut out don't have a leg to stand on at the moment, and I can understand why the mods are having to dig out of a backlog longer than they've ever had to do before becuase it wasn't crystal clear to the fan club what it all meant - that we were entering a LOTTERY system through verification. That having an assigned presale group wasn't the confirmation...that setting up your account wasn't enough. That in some cases, being a member of the fanclub since its inception online wasn't enough. It's a tough pill to swallow and it's justified. This is why people like myself kept asking questions - this is why @bigwave came on our ATU2 podcast to answer questions. This is why we questioned...everything....! And still, we're facing this situation which, quite frankly, is worse than 2005 because this time it wasn't the scalpers who kept the loyal fans out of the concert - it was Ticketmaster themselves with their algorithms. It's not a perfect system, but it shut out some very good, loyal people who have traveled the world to see this band - and who most likely will be forced to pay a scalper for their tickets. In this way, the statement of "U2 cares about their fans and they are committed to making every effort possible towards getting tickets into the hands of fans only." hurts more than ever to so many shut out of the process.
  3. 3 points
    I'm sorry, that's not what I meant. I mean, let's say you live in Boston and register to be verified for the Boston show. It's then a two step process - the first step is verifying that you're real, the second is giving you a code. Many people will pass the first step, but few will get a code. If you don't get a code, you never get a chance to buy tickets for that show. So even before the Boston show goes on sale, Ticketmaster decides whether or not you're allowed to go to their webpage to purchase tickets for it. In the past, everyone had a chance to try their hand at buying tickets. Now, only a select few will. In the past, extra tickets would often be quietly released on Ticketmaster in the days, weeks and months after the initial onsale, so even if you didn't get a ticket the first day, there was still hope. Now, if you don't get a code, those opportunities won't exist for you. Bruce Springsteen is in the middle of an 80 show run in New York City, and I'm a huge fan. But thanks to Ticketmaster's Verified Fan policy, even though I was "verified", I was not selected to receive a code, so I was not allowed to even try to buy even a single ticket to any one of those 80 shows. Ticketmaster just decided that even though I passed my test, I shouldn't be allowed to try to buy tickets. And this is going to happen to a lot of people in the general onsale for U2. It's one thing to try to get tickets and not be successful -- it's another thing entirely for Ticketmaster to determine that you're not allowed to even try your luck in the first place.
  4. 2 points
    In theory, they could lift the verified requirements for future dates. I think the big problem with the Verified approach - which I think was created with the best of intentions - is that it's portrayed as a one-step process when it's really a two step process. In the first step, TM tries to sort out real accounts from bots and scalpers, and that's a great thing. But the second, less publicized step, is that they then select only a handful of people who passed verification to receive codes for purchases. I think in the future, it would be better and more fair for everyone if TM verified who was real and who was a bot, but then issued codes to everyone who passed verification, instead of running a lottery to determine which verified people should get codes for purchases. This would weed out bots and scalpers, and then give all people who are actually fans an equal chance to try and get tickets. Right now, it doesn't seem like fans are getting that equal chance, and I think that's the more troublesome part.
  5. 2 points
    Not really shocked at this point, but get the frustration. Tickets for the past couple tours were similarly priced. The closer you get to the stage the more expensive the tickets. I got lower bowl tickets for MSG this time around for about $100 a piece (after all the stupid fees), which is more or less what I paid for similar seats on the Innocence tour. I paid $150 a piece for JT tix for what I would consider to be OK seats. Tickets anywhere near the stage were around $300 a piece...
  6. 2 points
    Try closing everything and starting over, that happened to me because I had the page up too early.
  7. 2 points
    I worry that they will, or if they don't, they'll come up with something worse. Switching Paul McGuinness for Guy Oseary says to me that the band, from a business perspective, is interested in maximizing revenue as a top priority. Look at Oseary's other client: Madonna. Madonna is someone who maximizes every revenue stream, from concert tickets priced at obscene levels before it was popular to do so, to other merchandising and "VIP" programs. You don't hire Guy Oseary if you want to have a good relationshop with your fans and provide a quality show at a reasonable price. You hire Pearl Jam's guys if you want that. You hire Guy Oseary if you want to extract every last cent from a fan base. On the other hand, what's essentially LiveNation's monopoly in major tours was gotten by paying above market value for each of the acts they got. U2 now just gets a flat rate for their work, and it's an extraordinarily high number. The only way for LiveNation to have a chance at recouping that investment is to set prices at extraordinarily high levels. On the last tour before LiveNation ran the band, the cheapest ticket was $50 and the most expensive ticket was $150, and the floor tickets were at the cheapest price level. On the next tour, where LiveNation ran the ticket sales but Paul McGuinness still managed, which was a mere four years later, the top price went to $250, the floor tickets jumped to $75, but the cheapest ticket was $30. So, prices actually came down for the worst sections, and there were affordable opportunities. Four years after that tour, the next one begins, this time without McGuiness, and the $30 tickets are gone, and the top ticket has jumped to $300. Two years after that tour, it's now almost $350. This is far above what inflation has done in the same period. I'd love to see some sort of an indication that the band actually care, but it's hard to find one. I say this as a long time fan who has seen every tour over the past twenty years. I think U2 made a decision that they don't want to be involved in the day-to-day business anymore, and don't really care about the details of where the money comes from or how they get it. I think they are so far removed from the actual process that they have no idea it's not running smoothly like it used to. But I also think it's their responsibility to be aware of how business is being conducted in their name, and I think this has been a huge failing and a huge blemish on what had been an extraordinary career.
  8. 2 points
    I am still waiting for my email and pissed I left my "membership" lapse, have been for over 13 years... therefore in the innocence group.. I just checked ticketmaster for Chicago and if what I click is true GA is already gone..... Fuck that. Sorry but I find it crappy that this will be the first time is over 20 yrs i am not able to get GA tix.. At this point I am getting to old for this shit. I will try tomorrow and if no GA then I am done. Call me a snob, but it's either GA or nothing.
  9. 1 point
    Hello to all you nice u2 fans ! the last few years/tours i just have this feeling as being ripped of from our favourite band...ticket prices rocketing, merchandise prices as they are all designer pieces, etc., delivery fees as if you ordered a train and not t-shirt, waiting for your order for months... And now the newest, needing to renew a valid subscription in order to get a presale code (for only 2 tix), needing to order the cd or vinyl to get 2 more codes, the whole additional time, stress, costs, searching for accurate information ? Certain EU countries are valid for this preorder, certain not (but all paying the same)...a lot of disappointments lately...and the stuff i heard from SOE so far is not promising either. Is it worth it ? Don't they realise that they are not gaining so many new fans and they should really take more care about the existing ones ? All of this is leaving a bitter feeling...unfortunately.
  10. 1 point
    Again there is confusion over Verified Fan and Verified Subscriber. As I understand these are two different things. While the chance of fraudulent buyers is still possible with Verified Subscribers, it is clearly less likely especially with the Experience Group and that algorithm should either not be applied or adjusted to reflect this. I fear this will not get any better. There is no incentive for anyone to "fix" this in the favor of U2.com subscribers regardless of how long we have been members. U2 can clearly sell out shows on their own and Live Nation has other competing interests that are more lucrative than fan clubs.
  11. 1 point
    There are two problems with the $300 seats. There are too many of them. I totally get having the very best seats $300. Every tour has top level seats for that much. Getting a good seat to a baseball game in Chicago, Boston or NY costs that much. Nevermind Broadway. But every single seat in the lower level is absurd. The second problem is they sell every single one of them, so they are not going anywhere.
  12. 1 point
    Even with Subscription/Membership you still get out of control pricing on some of the worst seats available. If I wanted to get robbed I would have just gone to STUBHUB from the getgo.
  13. 1 point
    Same here. I have been trying for GA on all shows since 10 am (and still am) and not one seen. 6 other friends have not seen one either. For JT, it took about an hour or two before GA suddenly dropped. However, this is seeming to add up to no GA for iNNOCENCE presale (which is the entire point of why most people purchase presale).
  14. 1 point
    It's all 100% true i have been shut out of 4 shows o wanted to go for since this thing started , Never got codes for ANY of the shows even though i "Qualified" , one show i did okay as it was at a casino & the Casino keeps some of the tix to sell through their own system . I did get a U2 code for today , but when i logged in all that was available to me were the $650 "Packages" for the 1st 20 minutes , then they released some tix that were all pairs in the upper balcony sections , i was able to pull up one Loge seat as a single , then you go on some of the side sites like stubhub & there is almost 200 GA tix already listed ...... people have to realize , or at least bands do that Ticketmaster is the Biggest scalper going , they do all their own in house side selling & keep what they want .............. is there an answer ? only one is if EVERYONE stops going out to shows & sadly that won't happen .................. Good luck to everyone & i hope some can get good seats
  15. 1 point
    I didn't have any issues with the email or texted code like a lot of people seemed too. However Ticketmaster's website was a complete mess. It accepted my code, but then wouldn't show me ANY available regular tickets, just the VIP and (RED)Zone packages, which were $259 to start, up to $650 - yikes! Yesterday I saw someone say they had better luck with the Ticketmaster app, so I pulled that up on my iPad and right away found 2 tickets in my price range. Didn't like the location though, so I let those go and then it found me 2 right at half-court, albeit the very last row of the section 317. If the staging is similar to the I&E tour, these seats should end up being pretty good. I was quite relieved when the transaction was done. Ticketmaster really needs to get their act together, I don't understand why the app works fine and the website didn't. And I hope the band is made aware of the nightmare that a lot of fans are having with this pre-sale. Sadly it seems that their are issues with the pre-sales EVERY TOUR now.
  16. 1 point
    bschamberlain, that is just unfair. Being abusive to the moderators here is seriously offside. Try to put yourself in their shoes. All they can do is pass feedback on. They don't control anything other than these forums - and the fact they haven't shut you out speaks to how hard they work to try to make up for deficiencies at ticketmaster, scalpers, and other issues with presales and sales. Search the forums and you will see they have always done a great job of trying to sort things out for people by directing them where they need to go, and making issues know to "the powers that be". I can tell you they have helped me out with issues a number of times. You owe them an apology. By all means, be abusive to ticket master. 95% of the world will agree with you. Feel free to rant about the band's management. Lots will agree with you. They clearly tried to solve an ongoing problems with scalper's bots, and the solution had serious problems. At one time or another, we've all been super frustrated by a presale. Blowing off steam at those responsible who should have done a better job is fair. But leave the moderators out of it.
  17. 1 point
    Up to 4 tickets GA in each location ranging from 250-550 each on StubHub. Thanks for verifying these fans team.
  18. 1 point
    Thanks for the excellent post and helping to clarify this fiasco. It's a very sad day to not get tickets and to feel so helpless. "And some days have bouncers and won't let you in"
  19. 1 point
    Every time a new tour is announced, hope springs eternal that the ticketing process improves (particularly for subscribers) but every time the process is full of holes. I wasn't involved in the US leg this time but really hope they iron out the gremlins before announcing the European leg. I also hope they become more transparent about the very ambiguous statement about the opportunity for verified subscribers to receive a presale code. Anyone longing for the days of spending two hours pressing redial or lining up at a TM store?
  20. 1 point
    love_and_light, I'm right there with you. I didn't even get a code, so couldn't buy tickets. I suspect that even if I did, my experience would be much like yours and others in this forum. I gave up trying to figure out what was going with my code (or lack of it) and have also resigned to the fact, that I might miss e+i 2018. I know there is still a change that I'll get tickets, so try again on Monday. Again, I'm not hopeful. I saw JT once at Levi's Stadium and consider myself lucky to have gone. i+e 2015 was a great tour and I was fortunate enough to have good seats. Alas, my heart is breaking, too. Trying to get U2 tickets is one of the very few things in life that gives me a little anxiety. This time around was pretty stressful and ultimately disappointing. I still love our lads from Dublin, but this time around I may have to watch them from afar.
  21. 1 point
    yeah it is pretty bad. embarrassing for the band. i paid u2 .com about a thousand bucks and have no ticket. but i have a code ....a code that doesn't work....
  22. 1 point
    I think at the end of the day, the band is responsible - they've hired LiveNation to do business in their name. They've hired Guy Oseary, a manager known more for grabbing every last dollar than for fostering community relations. To be clear, these are legitimate business choices, but U2 have always acted as if music was more than a business for them. Their actions over the last few years have shown that something has changed and that they no longer hold to this philosophy. In and of itself, that's fine, even if it's not a choice I would have made in their shoes. But to act as if you care about the fans and not the money, when every business decision in recent years has favored maximizing revenue over customer service and transparency, it's hard not to feel that something has gone very wrong. Meanwhile, this presale nonsense (and the Verified Fan nonsense that will follow during the general onsales as well) have managed to distract the conversation from the fact that U2 are charging $325 for upper level tickets.
  23. 1 point
    DISGRACEFUL PRICES. YOU ARE SELLING OUT U2. How can the average fan afford this? The answer is that they can't. And as for reserving a lot of the best seats for the VIP packages - I am furious. Basically, if you're rich you get the best views. So much for standing up for the poor Bono. I'm finding it harder and harder to defend you when many of my friends are criticizing you. Maybe they were right after all?
  24. 1 point
    I think it's a little bit of an unknown at this time. For the Springsteen Verified Fan thing on Broadway, people who entered for the first set of dates who didn't get a code did not need to re-enter for a chance at the second set of dates. Fans who did get a code for the first set of dates had to re-register if they wanted a chance to win a code for the second set of dates. For Ed Sheeran's Verified Fan tour, additional registration periods were held for added dates. So I would guess that if you registered previously for an existing date, it may carry over for a new date, but it also may not.
  25. 1 point
    I have that question out there too - what happens for added shows? Do we have to go through all of this again??? So far, no reply - presumably because they're still figuring this set of shows out. I find it difficult to believe they're only doing 1 night in key cities like Chicago, LA, Boston and NYC.
  26. 1 point
    In the past, I believe the fan club presale codes have worked for additional shows. So I would think an innocence or experience code would work. My question is whether I can save my Citi presale code (if I get one tomorrow) for a future show. I don't know whether TM typically offers the Citi presale for additional dates. But, since that one has a 4 ticket limit rather than two, it would allow me to take some friends. I'm holding out hope that a second MSG date gets added on 6/26, which would be a better date for me.
  27. 1 point
    Ive dealt with other verified fan ticket sales like the Bruce Springsteen on broadway for example, my code worked for all future dates added. They simply opened registration back up though and enabled more people to join in addition to everyone who already got a code
  28. 1 point
    Got a code but for 30 minutes kept telling me there was an error, I tried my phone, loptop, desktop, everything... eventually took the code. The seats TM is offering me now are bad, tried different cities but no luck, so I'm giving up. I love these guys to death but I'm actually at peace if I don't see them...went through the painful process to be verified and I've been worried about it, all that for this? There's a point in life where you just got to let it go. I follow them around all the time, just saw the JT shows many times, I've been more than excited for this tour, but this is just like any relationship, I love the band with all my heart, they've been there for me and I've been there for them, but even if my heart is breaking for not getting tickets, I'm happy I'm making this decision. I know they will be more chances next week but I already know I won't be too crazy about it. Love you guys so much. Thanks for everything!
  29. 1 point
    It's actually really easy to stop scalping, but no one has the will to do it. You make all tickets will-call only. The person buying the ticket is the only one who can pick up, must show both the credit card used and a matching photo ID, and they must enter the venue immediately upon picking up. Credit card entry (CCE) is an attempt to do this, but the rules aren't enforced evenly, so it doesn't do what it's supposed to. Though the rules state it's not allowed, Ticketmaster does allow you to use a prepaid credit card for these purchases, which don't have any corresponding ID. Venues rarely check the full ID, they just scan the credit card. If they enforce the rules, including turning people away for having a disposable credit card and non-matching ID, scalping becomes impossible. You can't scalp an airline ticket. Ticketmaster and the venues just need to treat tickets for shows the way tickets for air travel are treated and scalping would be finished overnight.
  30. 1 point
    I would've loved to see this tour but I'm out - $50 to register for $312 seat ( Atlanta ). I feel like I've been scalped by the band... 1/2 ( $156/ea ) would've been reasonable. I didn't even get to the "convenience" fee and taxes... Wow!
  31. 1 point
    THANKS SO MUCH! Sherry. And us Fans need to keep hitting them via social media and any other means possible.
  32. 1 point
    It's not even just about GA going fast. It's just ridiculously expensive tickets and very disappointing as a longtime fan.
  33. 1 point
    My girlfriend and I both had codes. One works, one doesn't. Not that it matters with the seats that are available. This was the worse pre-sale I have ever experienced. My text says "...powered by #Verified Fan", Not sure who they are but they should be FIRED!
  34. 1 point
    Well that sucked. Tried both Chicago and St. Louis but was unable to find any handicap accessible seats available. I enjoy the yearly gift, but being able to purchase tickets before the general onsale is the main reason I buy a fanclub membership.
  35. 1 point
    Screw this- I'm going to wait for another Los Angeles date-this is insane...
  36. 1 point
    I suspect that they will release more tickets as the day goes by. This is what happened for the JT tour this year. I think it's their way of discouraging resellers.
  37. 1 point
    No GA's or RZ's. Maybe I'm a snob, but I won´t see U2 with any VIP package or in a 300 bucks balcony!! I only enyoy in a GA I don´t need the special tour lanyard and gift. I just want to see U2!!!! no GA's for fanclub subscribers?? Please, RESPECT the fans. It's your main asset
  38. 1 point
    How are there no GA tickets left in most of the venues. No way these all sold out to “verified fans”. How is Nashville already gone.
  39. 1 point
    gpmakecki is right on the money with the credit to the mods! They do a great job trying to help with things beyond their control. Big Wave has solved many a problem for many a subscriber in the past. Even a thankless job deserves thanks from time to time. Thanks Big Wave! (But I'm not sure that sleeping like a baby is the reference you want to make on a U2 forum post SoI )
  40. 1 point
    I sign up for U2.com membership before every tour. I only do it for the tickets. Never again.
  41. 1 point
  42. 1 point
    on behalf of the 3 of us, thanks for the support
  43. 1 point
    I got tickets for Vegas yesterday. They were sold through AXS. I was not able to set up account night before so it was a challenge to set that up while trying to purchase tickets in time they allot you. Especially when on your phone at work. I got kicked out 3 times before I could get tickets. Also couldn’t see what seats were available on a map so you kind of had to take what they gave you as best option. I had had no problem with link or code just AXS. I would recommend using a computer rather than a phone for ease and speed. Good of luck everyone
  44. 1 point
    Got online at 10 am to try and purchase Vegas tickets. $330 minimum if you wanted to actually see the stage and sit in the lower tier. This is so disheartening. After all these years, I may have seen my last U2 show. I didn't purchase tickets. Can't justify the price (especially when you add on travel and hotel costs). I am hoping they will add shows at "lesser" venues that intersperse some reasonably-priced tickets in the lower tiers. Denver? Salt Lake City? Was Vegas (being Vegas) an anomoly? Started the day excited - Ending on a real bummed-out and sour note.
  45. 1 point
    We did RedZone for TJT ...best money spent. You can go in and out of the RedZone area. At Gillette they had a beer stand in the Red zone, lots of room to move around.
  46. 1 point
    I paid $395 each for two (need 3, but whatever) It's also RZ1 and we wanted RZ2 (really, not complaining!) I wonder if they'll let us go back and forth????
  47. 1 point
    I don't think it is intended to rub it in, just to let people know that it is actually working for some.
  48. 1 point
    Worse story ever- I lost my camera 2 days after visiting in June 2014!!! My husband had graciously helped me find it and hiked out there with me- so I had a photographer the whole time, too!!! I managed to capture 3-4 on my cell phone before leaving, realizing I'd want to post online right away, so those are all I have . I did sign the notebook, so there is proof there somewhere!
  49. 1 point
    I'm not offended at all, and it's a legitimate question. I've been thinking about it a little while since I read your post and while I don't have a perfect answer, here's my idea, based on a real-life example. On the 2015, my mom joined as a paid subscriber just for that year so that she could get a pair of tickets. She was in the second group because she signed up after the tour had been announced. She was able to purchase the tickets she had wanted to buy without a problem. This suggests to me that having secondary groups aren't necessarily bad. It seemed to be that Ticketmaster had separate inventories for the two groups. In other words, for example, the first priority group had its allotment of GA tickets, and then the secondary group had its own allotment too. The groups weren't just a matter of lining people up but also setting aside inventory for each group. But I'd make the inventory more favorable for the early groups. I think someone who paid membership fees in off-years should have better choices than someone who signed up yesterday. So I'd say do the same. Just have a third group with Propaganda in addition to the other two groups. Because U2 generally tours once every four years, but the fan club makes you pay an ever-increasing amount each year, fans who don't let their subscriptions lapse on off years should get an extra perk. I mean, I paid subscriber fees for U2.com in 2004-2018, (fourteen years) but only purchased tickets in (some tickets went onsale in different years than the actual show) in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2017. So that's probably eight years I paid a $50 membership fee - or $400 extra in total - for something that gave me nothing of value in those years. You might be in the same boat. I think having the first group as it now is justified because we're paying a huge tax to be in it. I guess I'd just make the argument that Propaganda subscribers have paid an additional tax beyond that. It's not so much a matter of years put in or "I'm a bigger fan than you" but "I've been billed more and want something of value for what I've been asked to pay."
  50. 1 point
    Something has been bugging me since I went to see the two U2 shows in Phoenix, and I can't quite put it into words yet, but I'm going to try... Each day, before the sound check, I waited outside the venue in hopes of getting autographs. I arrived around noon each day. I waited with a crowd of other people, and it was hot, I was thirsty, and I needed to use the bathroom, but I didn't dare give up my space. Most of the other fans around me were very nice, but some people were rather pushy and rude. On day one, I saw Bono and Adam, but couldn't get close enough for an autograph. I did, however, see the two of them very close. Close enough to see their eyes, their skin, their hair. I heard them speak. It was amazing to be so close to two famous people I admire so much. It was surreal. Day two, The Edge came out and this time I managed to get an autograph from him. When The Edge first came out to greet the fans, he was smiling, but after 15 minutes or so, he didn't seem very happy. He was polite, but it seemed forced. This made me start thinking about the fact that these four amazing people that make up U2 are, in fact, people. I started thinking about what their daily lives might be like. I tried to really imagine what they go through... For example, I traveled to Phoenix to see them and the time zone change really has messed me up. Two days later, I still feel "strange." Imagine changing time zones, day after day, for months! Yes, they are famous; yes, they make tons of money. You can argue that point all you want, but they are still human beings. This experience (seeing them up close) has made me think about all they've had to sacrifice to bring their fans the wonderful gift of their music. Their songs have touched my life deeply. I've actually made some major changes in my life at various times because their song lyrics really made me stop and THINK. Now I'm thinking about what they've given up to give their music to their fans. Things that the rest of us take for granted: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and even mundane things - like the freedom to go wherever we want whenever we want. If I want a pizza, I go out for pizza. They can't even do that without being mobbed. You might argue that they could pay someone to bring them pizza, or maybe they love the attention, or maybe that's the price they pay for fame, or maybe you think the huge amount of $$$ they earn is worth what they've had to give up... But I, personally, think it would suck. When I saw The Edge that second day, I sensed frustration and maybe even a bit of sadness from him. If ever I have the privilege of meeting anyone in the band again, I don't think I will shove anything in their faces for an autograph. I'll just observe and try to express my gratitude for all they've given us (and all they've given up for us). I hope this makes sense! (And yes, I have been told on many occasions that I think too much!)
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