judas1

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About judas1

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    Male
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    NY/NJ
  • Interests
    Everything about NYC. Going to concerts, working out, traveling. NY Yankees. Beaches in Greece.
  • Favourite U2 Album
    Achtung
  • Favourite U2 Single
    It rotates, and it's a rather large rotation.
  • First U2 Gig
    Giant Stadium, Zoo TV
  • Recent U2 Gig
    San Diego, JT
  • Best U2 Gig
    Yankee Stadium Zoo TV
  • Favourite U2 Person
    Bono
  • Fav. Other Bands
    Depeche Mode, Afghan Whigs, 90's grunge (can't name em all)

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  1. Not only was I lucky enough to get a ticket from a fan in Georgia, via N.C., who I helped make it up to the show, but he graciou sly gave me the setlist he got during the show. What an unbelievable fan base.
  2. It was great meeting all of you yesterday, had a blast. Andreas, I'm the one in shades near the far right end.
  3. I don't know why anyone would sit there and wonder if this is the last album. They have been saying that about U2 since the 90's. In the old day's, lot's of bands broke up, and most of them got back together, if they weren't dead, or a drug addict. U2 circumvented that, by not being drug addicts, or breaking up. They took some real time off between albums, and it helps that they actually made some real money and could have afforded not to tour all the time. If you were them, why would you retire, it's easy to say, I've made my millions and I want to retire, but put yourself in their position. They have made the money, the glory etc, they all have their side projects, so they can't say, all I've done is the music and I need something more. They take time to smell to flowers. Why wouldn't you continue doing this, at your pace, as they have done, until you aren't able to do it. Everyone is living into their 80's and 90's, and these guys have the best in medical care. Sit back and enjoy the ride, and if they come out one day and say this is it, mourn or do whatever you have to at the time. There is so much more to to enjoy than mourning the death of your favorite band, when they haven't even given you a reason to think they want to retire. If you really look at it in another light, there gust bust the asses when they want to make an album and when they are off, they are enjoying their lives in the south of France. Enjoy life my friends, there is more out there in life, if you look.
  4. judas1

    NYC #3 Presale nonfunctional

    1st stimple process in a long time getting GA's with ticketmaster, I got in on 1 try. Kudos to everyone for fixing previous issues.
  5. judas1

    Will there be a Songs of Ascent?

    I think the Album will come out, they usually do Albums in 3's. I feel that there are songs that didn't make this album due to the health scare, and they rewrote those songs. Since the U.S tour is over after June, they have 2 months before a September EU tour, followed by Asia/Australia, there is time to add some more songs to another album. They can sneak the album out in the fall, kind of like a Zooropa thing, and see if it takes off. As they will most likely tour the U.S next spring, and follow up with EU after, they can add the new songs to the Album. My feeling is that this album will be the biggest commercial success since ATYCLB, not just on how well I like it, but they are in full promo mode, I haven't since the likes of them doing this in a long time. If my feeling is right, and it's a full blown success, when they come back, they can either mix in the new songs, or do what they intended to do with this tour, one night of SOE and one night of SOA. In order to do this, make it work, and get enough seats for all fans, they would have to play 4 shows in each arena, with more for bigger markets. You put the seats for sale, before the album comes out, with so many people clamoring to see the tour, they aren't doing to many shows, so the market can be heated up, your casual fan may want to see 2 shows, as each one will be different. It makes sense, since they wanted to do this originally, they held back on the number of shows, they are promoting the heck out of an album, that feels like it's going to take off like a classic album, and put out the other album. The kicker is, that after that tour, they take a year off, do an Achtung Tour (we know they are talking about it) and take 2 years off before putting out something new. Their contract with Live Nation is till 2020. If you have the success of this tour, 2018-2019, you dangle and Achtung Tour for 2020 to resign a new fatter contract. Don't forget, they signed a 12 year contract, with part of the money up front from Live Nation, $120m. Another 10 year contract, for the most successful band, would top that. And if you all think they are going to retire, what band making this kind of money has ever retired. Even the ones who hated each other, GNR, have gotten back together. I don't know the deal for the record contract, but the 1st one on that deal was NLOTH, add these 2 albums, and I'm sure the re-release of JT could have been throw in there, they are probably due for a new contract after SOA. This would be their last big payday, and based on the promo's they are in full swing for contract negotiations. Fear not, I have a feeling we'll be seeing the lads for a long time, and a lot more in the next few years. Besides, what else do they have to do, their kids are all grown up.
  6. The arena only holds 12,000, so it's going to be more intimate. They may have to tinker a little bit, but floor should hold same amount of people.
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    Did Verified work, kind of?

    I think you have to look at stubhub and realize that some fans are selling one or more of their GA's, and taking that profit to pay for other shows. The other is, when fans do post it on another site, to make money to pay for shows, scalper's but that ticket and drive it up. It's not just scalpers, although they probably make up 75% of it, either way it sucks. As for the NY shows, people in NY need things to go to, and they use stubhub as an avenue to get tickets up to the day of the show. While most fan's can't pay $300 for a ticket, in NY, that's the price of a really good meal. And if you only have 1 NY show, people who travel to see U2, make NY a destination, to much competition for 1 NY show. If they are planing on doing 5-8 shows in NY area, the only way to make sure fans with pre-sale are in, is to post all the shows the same day, that way no one is shut out, but I'm not involved in their boardroom, who know their reasoning. I don't agree with it, but these are factors we are competing with. I also don't think there is a science to getting ticket sales down to a science. Bands don't work together to fight this issue, they are their own business. If they only tour once every 2 -3 years. (I'm talking about all bands, not just U2) they set their tour dates, try to figure out a way to get the most tickets to fans, and do the sale. Issues arise, and they try to use that for the next tour, but at that point, scalpers have studied their tactics, and compensate. There is a lot of money to be made, especially when you get a band like U2, they probably make the most money on a tour like this for the year, so they go all out. It's a big business, these scalpers actually have an office, a staff, and know people buy tickets on an emotional level, so they get you every time. A concert is a big night out for someone, they spend their hard earned money to make a day of this, and get purged from the start of ticket sales, getting crap for taking off for a concert, spending cash to park, eat out, tail gate, spend a ton of money in venue, foot, liquor, shirts. If you are lucky, you get away with only spending $200 for the day, for a lot of people it's much more. I don't see this ticket issue going away, it's been here since I was a teenager, and it will probably be here till I'm in my 90's. The complaining factor starts for each show, but if Pearl Jam and REM went to capital hill to fix this about 20 years ago, and we are still here dealing with this issue, it's not going to get fixed.
  8. I felt like there was a better chance 10 years ago, rather than now. If they were hanging them up, they wouldn't' have tried to get this last album and tour out in back-back-back years. They also have a 12 year contract with Live Nation, that ends in 2020, and they took some upfront money, so I doubt they would want to pay it back, nor do I see them not honoring that contract. I also look at my favorite band, U2, and my favorite sporting team, the Yankees, and I break down whatever I can, because, 1 - I pay for it, and I want to see what I get out of it, 2 - it gives me an idea of how they operate, and what I can expect in the future. I won't get into details, but I've been pretty close to knowing, predicting a good lot of what they do and think . How tours are set up, length, when the team may retol to get under the salary cap, etc. You get the picture, and know that I'm not trying to blow smoke up your ass, and I'm on the artistic side, I'm not saying I'm predicting what they are working on, if I did that, then I'd be Nostradamus or something to that effect. So besides the contract with Live Nation, I think their record deal expires after this, or the next album. As in the past, when U2's contract was expiring, they put on a major tour, major publicity and tried to sell the most albums out of their trilogy. They usually do them in 3's. Here we have a free album with each ticket. Say they do 2 million tickets, that's 2 million albums to start off with. If it's like an average album sale, they could do 3-4m, if the album has mass appeal, could we be at 15 million. At this point, their label will want to ride this wave, and give them another contract. My feeling is that there is actually another album that is almost done, and they could release it next fall to complete the trilogy, as Edge has said, they scrapped the album after Bono had a scare. This complete the trilogy, and another tour, with a nice long break. The band also has touring down to a science, and probably are the most comfortable band on the planet, when it comes down to being restful during a tour, not saying it's not taxing, they just probably have it better than almost every band. If you haven't flown business class, on a long trip, you don't know the difference, it's like night and day. Imagine if you have your own plane, and after shows that are within a few hours of NYC, or Dublin, they fly back home that night, and are in their beds. No more going from hotel to hotel, and this is the biggest reason why bands retire. It's not easy, especially after you hit 40. While the band is rich, they have taken some hits recently. Edge put out a ton of money for his Malibu development, and was denied zoning, that's a lot of money, it was estimated at around $25m, I don't know if he sold the lots or kept them, but just planning for all this stuff is expensive, I know, I'm a real estate developer in NYC. Bono took some hits on his investments, and while he made a killing, he took some big losses. I would say he's ahead of the game, but it's human nature to want to make that money back, just saying. These guys also have a ton of kids, have a ton of homes, yacht's other ventures like Eden, etc, that has to be funded. And the U2 organization, is vast. They have a staff in the U.S and Ireland, people have been with them for a long time, and as they probably have a pension for them, the staff has also let them know, they don't want to retire, and why would you, having U2 as bosses must be great, even if they expect the best out of you The average age of the band is 55, the cream of the crop of musicians' don't retire (Bruce, Madonna, The Stones, The Eagle's (retire, come back, retire come back - could be a ticket ploy) They work less, and pull in the same money. I'd say that the band can do what they normally do for another 15 years, and then slow down once they hit 70. The average album takes 2.5 years. but these guys take lot's of breaks in between, it's not like you have to show up 5 days a week, when you make an album. When things are flowing, they work in overdrive, and when they get stuck, they probably take breaks, vacations etc. After 2.5 years, they do a month of plugging the album. Then, they hunker down in Ireland for 3 months, i.e. spend time with family, etc. March is 3 weeks of prepping for the show, they do about 2 months in the states, a month off, 2 months E.U, a month off, They either go to South America or Asia for 4 weeks, and are off for the year, or they come back to the states for 2 months, 2 -4 months off for winter, and they do another 3-4 months and the tour is over. As you can see, there are good breaks in between, and when you make $700 million for touring for about 2 years, with a good amount of breaks, it's not as hard as it would be if you were in a bus and staying in cheap hotels. So, unless there are health risks, they can continue this,or cut it back. Also, we've never seen a rock band. that have been on top for long, 40 years, been best friends for the entire time, made so much money, made so many relevant albums, (with some hiccups, according to them and critics ( not most of us U2 fans), sold out so many tours, been a media darling with no fallouts or distractions, make sure that their causes work and are relevant, seem to really enjoy what they are doing, and don't just go through the motions of being in a rock band, and had the best manager in the business, and made a smooth transition to Guy Oseary, and have really cared about their fans, before social media made you have to show that you cared and did things for your fans. Take yourself out of the your love for the band, imagine if you were one of the 4 gents in this band, the biggest, most successful bands in the world, would you want retire, heck no, you'd want the next band to have an even bigger hill to climb to get where you are. I just don't see greatness retiring anytime soon, if ever. Well, that's my 2 cents, Andreas
  9. I had no luck with the Citi, but I wasn't expecting much. I've spoken to some people who got the GA, and my feeling was that, they threw in some GA's for each venue, say 100, and the rest was for the other seats. Most GA's were probably gone by yesterday. My thought is this is the way they packaged this sale: Experience members - Probably were given the biggest allotment of GA's. Innocence - Just a decent amount of GA's were given to this group, as a lot of scalpers can still be with this group. Citi - It's a marketing thing, who know's if it's just a live nation relationship, or U2 got a marketing budget, either way, assume the least amount of GA's were available. General Sale- at this point, the least amount should be available, plus, with the CITI presale, a lot of the tickets have been sold for the 1st show. They will either add the extra show when they sell out, which makes sense, or they can do it the following Monday, and everyone can talk about more U2 tickets going on sale while having a Thanksgiving feast (remember, everyone celebrates this non religious holiday. With all the confusion, they may feel like they have to wait, so they can explain what to do the following week. I think what they really are going to look at, is how quick the major markets sell out, if it's quick, they can say, we are adding 2 shows at the Garden, and 1 or 2 shows in NJ, as there are plenty days after the show in NJ to tag on. There is no reason for them not to do 6 shows between MSG and NJ, and 1 more for Long Island. There are days left for this scenario, only way they don't do it, is that they want the hype to be so big, that when they come back, they could do 8-10 shows at MSG, same type of deal in CA, and they can add more cities when they come back and do 2 shows at each venue. At the end of the day, it's a business, they aren't doing 14 shows and flying out, they have expenses, and I'm just talkin about U2 and the staff and tour expenses. You have to figure they would do 25-30 shows, do EU, and make their way back for the 2nd leg. I don't think we'll be disappointed in the end. One last thing, we should all pay attention to the scalping market, if prices are way to high, and there are limited tickets available, than this whole gambit worked, and we should be thankful. Even though you may not have gotten your G.A for whatever show, you know that other fans did, which we can all be gracious about, but we'd all still love a GA for each show we want to go to.
  10. judas1

    Montreal and New York not part t of this tour?

    There is a train from Penn Station NY that takes your right to the Meadowlands, both NY football teams play here as well, NYC has no space for a football stadium, and all stadium shows U2 has ever played in NY was actually played in NJ.
  11. Hi, I need 1 Ga for each of these shows. Thanks
  12. judas1

    Floor versus Red Zone

    Red Zone is good if you are looking for space, but on the floor and you can move in and out of GA. So you can always get in early, to front of stage and once it get's to unbearable you can always move to the Red Zone and move freely, great if you have kids or can't stand the congestion.
  13. So I was at the filming of the Elevation, Live From Boston and during the 3rd song, Until the End of the World, Bono grabs my arm, and starts pulling me towards the stage. An unbelievable moment. I had a picture taken from behind, but didn't think much of it. Then one day at work, I get a call from a co-worker, who I took to a few shows and he became a huge U2 fan. He tells me that I'm in the video, where Bono grabs my arm, and that it's about 3 shots, and anyone can clearly see that's it's me. The story gets even better. A couple years later, Bono is doing a fund raiser in Philadelphia, and is doing a meet and greet, but won't sign autographs. I pull my arm out again, I'm rather tall, and yell out, "Bono, sign my Elevation DVD Picture" To the dismay of others in line, he smiles at me, takes the photo and says, " You sure know how to make an entrance, dontcha" He signs the pictures, shakes my hand and walks past everyone on line. Amazing U2 moments for me. Autograph photo attached.