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About Matkin22

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  • Favourite U2 Album
    Original Soundtracks 1
  • Favourite U2 Single
    City of Blinding Lights
  • First U2 Gig
    Buffalo 2005
  • Recent U2 Gig
    Toronto 2, 2015
  1. It says his message was sent "in anticipation of" the communication. He had not received it yet, and probably did not quite realize the extent of the problems at that time.
  2. I posted this on atU2 and I'll post it again here.... Really? Worse than the recycled B-sides on Medium, Rare & Remastered and Artificial Horizon? Worse than the album tracks on Duals? Worse than the keychain that was the very first annual gift for U2.com subscribers? People will complain no matter what the gift is. I love (most) of the music releases even if some of them are re-issued B-sides/remixes. After the horrendous backlash that was Duals, U2 had to do something really special and we got it in a big way with U22 and From the Sky Down. North Side Story was just a book but it was unique and a fascinating look at early U2. Another Time, Another Place was not good for people who don't have a vinyl player. I don't have a vinyl player. But I loved it anyways because it was a new, completely unknown recording of U2 with some never-before released songs and the earliest released performances of others, and those without a record player could easily use the digital versions. The Serigraph collection is something completely new for the fanclub release, and it looks to be pretty high-quality. Not as high-quality as the lithographs which usually sell for about $100 US perhaps, but more than worth the $10 each that it translates to (without considering all the other exclusive articles and music you get from the website). Am I a fan of all the images? No. The band photo is similar to all the other pictures we ever see of the group, and the image of the group on stage could be better. In my mind they made a mistake by omitting an image of the group inside the screen during Even Better Than the Real Thing, and/or the Joshua Tree from the end of Streets which is one of the visual money shots of the tour. But that is the only mistake they made. For people to complain that it is lame, or that a $40 resubscription gift that would normally be $400 combined is a bad, last-minute idea... I'm afraid that I just don't understand that. The only bad thing I see is potential damage during shipping. People will always complain about the gifts, but really now. The only thing that would make this a bad gift is if the subscriber is blind.
  3. Spread the word! I posted an article on it over at U2Gigs; hope that helps to give it greater visibility. Will keep tweeting it out too. Anyone posted about it on the @u2 forums, interference, u2start, etc?
  4. A caution to all fans going to the Toronto shows; because of the Pan-Am games, the third lane of the Gardiner Expressway and other area highways such as the 401 now have a restricted use. They've been turned into special HOV lanes and you will need to have three people in your car to use them, or else risk an $85 fine. The lanes have special markings, so you can't end up in them by accident. As a result, traffic in the regular lanes may be slower/more crowded, so give yourself extra time. This applies to all the area highways, but the Gardiner Expressway is of biggest note because it is literally a stone's throw away from the venue. If you're going downtown Toronto, even from Pearson airport, you'll have to use it, so make sure you're careful about the HOV lane.
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