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  • Favourite U2 Album
    Achtung Baby
  • Favourite U2 Single
    The Fly & All I Want Is You (tie)
  • First U2 Gig
    June 15, 1986 - "Conspiracy of Hope" tour - Giants Stadium
  • Recent U2 Gig
    June 28, 2017 - MetLife Stadium - E. Rutherford, NJ
  • Best U2 Gig
    Apr. 7, 1992 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX
  • Fav. Other Bands
    Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Genesis, The Police

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  1. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Oh, my comments were exclusively about the new album. I wholeheartedly agree about their deal with LiveNation/Tickemaster - I have never been a fan of that - my previous comments here would only confirm my overall disapproval of that arrangement. The pre-sales so far (before and during) have been quite ham-fisted - I personally have been lucky (i.e., things have worked out as they were supposed to), but too many others have not been. (Please keep in mind that I think the moderators here should get some kind of award/recognition for having to field the justifiable complaints from the list membership - let's hope things don't go so poorly again.) I also think that making people re-subscribe, even if their memberships were active and not on the verge of expiring, just to be able to participate in this round of pre-sales was just a naked money-grab. They get nothing but a hairy eyeball from me for all this. I just don't want people taking their proper disagreements with U2's unfortunate management relationship out on the new album itself - hating one doesn't mean you must hate the other. That's what I was obliquely getting at...
  2. Yes - exactly what I was trying to say when they first announced this set. I have absolutely no interest in buying a turntable either - I think very many people here share this opinion as well. If they are hell-bent on releasing vinyl without a CD option (I'm also strongly in favor of the list membership being polled for such things in advance), at least let us have a download option WORTH HAVING - NOT crappy mp3s! PLEASE let us have downloads either in lossless format or at least WAV format (that's the CD format, to those who don't already know). Those who want to convert such files to mp3s can do so very easily and free of charge - everyone wins. Someday I hope and pray basic logic will prevail...
  3. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I'm very happy you posted this. Like many on here (some may even have a selective memory about that time - you know who you are), when UF first came out, I was VERY disappointed in it. I wanted another "War"-like album. UF wasn't that. Boy, am I glad that U2 didn't consult me when they were recording UF. I think it's the single most important album they ever made (not my favorite, but most important - it proved they could change their sound and still be intriguing). Without UF, there is no JT or really AB as well - similar leap of faith involved for AB as for UF. I also remember the "no sure-fire hits" comment from Rolling Stone in their review of JT as well - a bit laughable now, isn't it? Has everyone heard the old line, "Opinions are like @ssholes - everyone has one, and they all stink" ? If you haven't, now you have (I apologize for any bruised sensitivities). The Romans had the more intellectual, "De gustibus non est disputandum" (Literally, "About tastes, there must be/can be no dispute"). Something moves you or it doesn't - that's the truth. I was hoping for a harder-rocking, rawer sounding album. That part of me is occasionally let down by SoE. However, U2's creating on SoE what I didn't even know I would be open-minded to absolutely adores this album - the same experience I had with UF after War. I have to force myself not to listen to it - yes, I'm actually fearing I will listen to it so often I could risk burning out on it. The last time I had this experience? Listening early-on to AB. Now, AB will always be my first love with U2 overall, just as War is my favorite 80s U2. However, liking War doesn't mean I can't like UF - I like both very much; it just took a little longer to appreciate the second. Yes, there's Ryan Tedder production on this album; however, there is also a lot of Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite production too - the last time they worked in tandem on a U2 album? HTDAAB, my favorite post-90s U2 (although most of the post-90s work I quite like, except for ATYCLB - I can leave that one behind...). So, I'd humbly suggest continuing to listen to it. (Claims of their potentially becoming "evil" certainly are quite hyperbolic.) I hope something moves the current detractors eventually. IMHO, this is the nicest complete whole from them since HTDAAB at least, if not AB - not necessarily as good either (time will tell), but I have trouble listening to it without wanting to hear all of it. That doesn't happen with every album - it is happening with this one.
  4. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    While I am certainly no fan of having producers like Ryan Tedder on this album (and the last one), I have to say I'm enjoying it more and more with every listen. Little snippets go through my head of every song long after I've stopped listening (yes, this is a positive thing, i.e., the hooks are working). Every day a different song attracts my attention, and yet one of the songs I look forward to hearing the most is the single (Adam and Larry rule in that song). More later - a lot of these songs will sound great live...
  5. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    ...and my order is on the way as well. Projected arrival on Fri., Dec. 8 and, yes, 2CDs are coming, as I had guessed. I can now give a copy or two as an Xmas gift.
  6. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I hope they didn't tell you that because December 8, 2017 is a Friday this year! Ticketmaster is trying to mess with calendars now...
  7. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I have received the email for both of the tickets I have bought. I am intrigued to see if I end up getting 2 copies of the CD (I'm thinking that I will - I'll let everyone know)... On a related front, I have received my pre-sale ticket in the mail today for the first Philadelphia show - so others who got tickets for this show and don't have them yet should watch their mailboxes closely over the next few days.
  8. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I'm in the middle of my initial listening to the CD - I'll wait for universal opinions about it until I've listened to it all the way through a few times. BUT, did anyone else notice how much better "You're The Best Thing About Me" sounded on CD rather than the YouTube version? It actually rocked on the CD version! I liked the YouTube version very much, but the proper CD version was extremely powerful! (Of course, this comment blends nicely into my comments on the gift for this year - WAV files ALWAYS sound better than mp3s!) More later - this is definitely a more upbeat album so far...
  9. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    I got an email for both shows I got tickets for, and, yes, they were sent by Ticketmaster. It is a physical copy; I didn't see a download choice in those emails. It was about 7 to 10 days after the fact that I got mine - I would think you would get one any day now.
  10. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Thank you all! I can delete it in peace.
  11. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Sorry to bump my own post, but I'd really like to know if anyone else got this download link - and if so, what is it for?
  12. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Was your code a fanclub code or a different one? Did you get one or two tickets with your code? If you only got one, your fanclub code is good for two tickets, whether that's two tickets for one show or one ticket for two shows.
  13. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    If they didn't come to a specific city you would prefer in May or June, they will certainly be visiting on following legs - so, don't think they're not eventually coming to a place near you. They are beginning their tour here in North America, then clearly they are going to UK/ROI/Europe to hit the summer festival season. After that, they will either go to another region of the planet, or (much more likely) right back to North America in the autumn to hit all the cities that they may miss on the first leg. So, don't think, if your city is not on the first leg, that they won't ever be coming. You're right, they would never leave out Phoenix - if they don't come on the first leg, they will be there on future NA legs. They have followed this pattern for a very long time. So, sooner or later, they're coming!
  14. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Extra shows popping up in the first part of the tour now too... Las Vegas and Chicago now have second shows listed:
  15. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    You're welcome!