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  1. I had a good view that night!
  2. Thanks for the comment and the MacPhistos! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
  3. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Most of the 2018 speeches now have downloadable MP3s [MOD EDIT: LINK REMOVED] Also, if anyone has never heard the MacPhisto rehearsal before the start of the Zooropa Tour, you may be interested to know it's finally on YouTube!
  4. I'm still waiting for them to finish their reports on the last two concerts! Someone give them a poke.
  5. Thank you! I come bearing good news. For those who wanted to read it, I've finally finished my big ol' ramble about MacPhisto's tour of Europe. Be warned, it's quite a long read - there was a *lot* more to analyse than on the first leg! Themes, style, what was new, what was back and better... so much amazing stuff going on. I hope I've done it justice! I've also been adding various bits & pieces to the transcripts page, and will be updating the profile page soon.
  6. Sorry this is taking me so long - progress is steadily being made, but there's so much stuff I want to include, it's like trying to put a huge jigsaw together. Plus I decided to watch the whole 'Vertigo chapter' of every single show, since I spent most of last year trying to avoid spoilers! I've rewritten and expanded some of my existing report now that I've seen the show for myself and gained a better understanding of its themes, but the Europe write-up remains a work in progress. While you wait, you could always check out the custom Error 404 page I added recently: http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/404.html Inspired by the original version of U2.com which had MacPhisto on the 404 page! Can't quite remember which image they used (does anyone know if it was archived anywhere?), but I remember thinking it was a nice touch. The links page is also finally up-to-date with lots of YouTubey goodness from the tour.
  7. I compiled some upcoming UK gig dates at the end of last year - might as well paste them here as well: Saturday 2nd February - U2Baby at Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa Saturday 2nd February - U2 2 at The Witchwood, Ashton-under-Lyne Sunday 10th February - U2UK at Butlins, Bognor Regis Saturday 23rd February - U2 2 at The Brook, Southampton Friday 1st March - U2UK at Eleven, Stoke-on-Trent Saturday 2nd March - U2Baby at The Globe, Cardiff Saturday 9th March - U2 2 at Biggin Hill Social & Sports Club, Westerham Saturday 16th March - U2 2 at The Beaverwood, Chislehurst Saturday 16th March - U2UK at The Flowerpot, Derby Saturday 23rd March - U2Baby at The Assembly Rooms, Chichester Saturday 23rd March - U2 2 at Doncaster Social Club Friday 29th March - U2 2 at The Longfield Suite, Prestwich Saturday 30th March - U2UK at The Concorde Club, Eastleigh Thursday 4th April - U2Baby at The Cavern Club, Liverpool Saturday 13th April - U2 2 at The Old Courts, Wigan Thursday 18th April - U2Baby at The Horns, Watford Saturday 20th April - U2UK at Richmond Holiday Centre, Skegness Friday 26th April - U2Baby at The Bier Keller, Bracknell Friday 10th May - U2UK at O'Rileys, Hull Saturday 18th May - U2Baby at The Woodley Arms, Stockport Saturday 8th June - U2Baby at The Half Moon, Putney Saturday 8th June - U2UK at Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek Saturday 15th June - U2UK at The Beachcomber, Brean Friday 21st June - U2 2 at The Robin 2, Bilston Saturday 22nd June - U2Baby at Marlow Rock Bottom Friday 28th June - U2UK at Real Time Live, Chesterfield Saturday 29th June - U2 2 at Hawick Town Hall Saturday 13th July - U2 2 at Party In The Car Park, South Yorkshire Sunday 28th July - U2Baby at Glastonbarry Tribute Festival, Romilly Park, Barry Thursday 8th August - U2UK at Castell Roc, Chepstow Castle Sunday 25th August - U2 2 at The Ultimate Tribute Festival, Colebrook Park, Tunbridge Wells Friday 20th September - U2Baby at Party In The Park 2, Himley Hall Thursday 3rd October - U2Baby at The Cavern Club, Liverpool Saturday 2nd November - U2Baby at The Half Moon, Putney Saturday 14th December - U2Baby at The Woodley Arms, Stockport Sadly I won't be seeing any of them... the only one sort of near me is in Southampton and I think even that would be too awkward to get to. :\ More Dorset shows please, Fake U2ers!
  8. I've seen the full range from awful to amazing and everything in between!
  9. I saw them twice in 2017 (once with an IE Tour-inspired show, once with a mixture of the JT Tour and other hits). They don't sound exactly like the real thing, but I really enjoyed both shows and would gladly see them again anytime they return to these parts. The singer does look uncannily like Bono at times, too!
  10. https://www.u2.com/news/title/you-decide Erm.... this set is meant to be live songs from the IE and EI Tours, isn't it?? I thought Little Things was only played on the Joshua Tree Tour....
  11. Anyone else burst out laughing at this news story today? "Big Mac, I call him. But actually, now that I think about it, he's more... the Burger King!"
  12. Writing this mainly to prevent the thread from archiving itself before I've finished with it. I haven't forgotten that dmway asked me to post here when the website is fully updated, but it's been such a busy couple of months that I haven't had much time to work on it. Hopefully I'll get back to it very soon!
  13. Canadanne

    U2 dreams

    I had a U2 nightmare the night before last. I was going to see a show in Manchester, which is somewhere I've never been in real life. I turned up early in the morning to join the GA queue, and was quite relieved to find it, as I had no idea where it would be. Even better, there were only 20-odd people ahead of me! We had to wait outside for a couple of hours until the building opened, like in London. Then just as they let us inside, I suddenly noticed that everyone had a number on their hand except me - I'd forgotten I needed to get one! So I had to go right to the back of the queue, losing hundreds of precious places. Arrrgghh! That's when I woke up and found it wasn't real anyway. Jeez, the tour is over - why am I still having anxiety dreams about the GA line?!
  14. I assume you have to resubscribe in order to receive the downloads, since it's all part of next year's subscription package.
  15. I resubscribed early so I can get the downloads in January instead of waiting. (I might have left it until the end of the year, but I wasn't sure how long the option to resub early would remain available.)
  16. OMG, an actual CD (and photo book)?! I was all ready to hurl something at my computer screen if it turned out to be another vinyl gift. Thank you U2.com!!
  17. I still need to update some other parts of the website, but you can now enjoy every single MacPhisto speech in text, audio or video form here (with references explained, if you need it). Thanks so much to all the streamers and tapers and filmers for letting us hear these! I'd love to know which ones were your favourites. If I really had to choose, I think I'd go with Philadelphia 1 from North America and Madrid 1 from Europe. To the band, Marc, and everyone else who helped to make this happen - I can never thank you enough for what you have given me over the past few months. Enough joy to last a lifetime. ❤️ Now I can officially stop whining about the lack of MacPhisto references on every tour!
  18. The happiness derived from this horned gentleman is quite often the only thing that prevents the bastards grinding me down, so it's very appropriate that this song is now associated with him. ❤️
  19. Not a straightforward choice for me. In terms of the overall production, I think IE was the best. JT is easily the one I enjoyed most in person (that indoor stage & screen layout just didn't work at all for someone as short as me). But EI had MacPhisto, which means more to me than anything! So... *shrug*
  20. Haha, here you go - http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/ EI Tour transcripts - http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/transcripts/ei_index.html
  21. I will! So much to say about this European leg, this might keep me busy into next year.
  22. Words are better, every time. Thank you. I was certainly not expecting to spend half my year transcribing speeches, but nothing could have made me happier than dropping everything to do so.
  23. I just wanna say thanks to everyone here for the pleasant company over the past few months. This forum is like a breath of fresh air compared to the others I've tried - it's so nice to find somewhere I can talk about my favourite songs/albums and have people actually *agree* with me, instead of insulting me! Often I feel quite lonely in this fandom, so I've really enjoyed hanging out with you guys during the shows.
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