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brendo1704

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  1.  I saw U2 for the first time in October 1989 in Sydney on the love town tour. I was still at school, had just started to drive, and lining up for 3 hours at the Jolimont Centre in Canberra to get tickets also saw me get my first ever parking ticket.  In those days (before mobile phones) my sister had no way of telling if I would be successful to get tickets for us, so she went for telephone sales and we ended up with four tickets, two of which we passed onto a friend and her brother.  All four of us had a road trip to Sydney and stayed in a hotel near Ultimo (where the Entertainment centre is).  It was my first night out in Sydney - the atmosphere was electric – U2 cover bands in pubs (which I couldn't enter because I was underage) – just incredible.

    Next time I saw U2 was when I was living in the UK with my wife in 2001, and managed to get tickets for Paris, and soon after in Birmingham.  For Paris, we made a holiday out of it. Arrived on Bastille day, got absolutely drenched in a downpour, Salvador Dali museum, and so many other great memories.  At the concert, we asked some fellow Aussies in front of us to take a pic (35 mm film!).  They kept hesitating because another Aussie behind us was photobombing us.  They asked him to stop because they didn't want to waste our film and he just said “Nope!”.  So our pic at that concert has some bloke behind us with a huge grin on his face (see below).  For Birmingham, we drove from Southampton in our “new” second hand car – which decided to stop suddenly on the way.  We were just stuck.  Again – no mobile phone, no one would stop to help us….we were just stuck (along with an Italian colleague from work – who was not very happy about the situation).  Eventually the car started again and we made it to the show while the opening act was still playing. We never figured out what went wrong with the car.

    In 2005, I was living in NZ and managed to get tickets for the March 17, 2006 show in Auckland for the Vertigo tour.  The show sold out so quickly – there was a news story showing people crying because they missed out – so, I considered myself very lucky. My wife and I had been living apart for 15 months while I started a new job and she was due to join me on March 1 2006 - so the concert was going to be our first trip away from Wellington. That was the  leg that was postponed due to The Edge’s daughter being sick.  We hung onto our tickets ready for the rescheduled shows, and when they were announced we were unable to attend as it was a little more than a week out from the expected arrival of our first child. So, we were able to get a refund on the ticket and of course our disappointment didn’t last long at such an exciting time of our lives. 

    Since then we have never been at a situation that would have allowed us to easily seen the band. So when the Singapore announcements came there was no question that my wife and I would want tickets, and my daughter, whose arrival nearly 13 years ago prevented us seeing the rescheduled show in NZ, will also come along (and of course her younger brother).  I used up all my four presale allotments for Nov 30th show, and I will happily be competing for the Dec 1st show in the public sales as I have every other time I have seen the band.  If luck is with me, my wife and I will get an extra show.  If not, we move on with yet more happy memories and another story to tell.  This time my kids’ wide eyed faces will be in the mix and I just can’t wait.

     

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  2. 21 minutes ago, B1is said:

    Singapore - single use codes....

    The story appears to have changed here.  The email before the original presale said you can split across multiple shows (see below).

    Now today's email says one show only. 

    It's not great that the rules change half way through?

     

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    This is the only presale left...so in reality it isn't really changing halfway through. This limitation through sportshub  also potentially illustrates why the SG show dates were released after all other presales had ended.


  3. 5 hours ago, Rob_W said:

    Tried calling and they said because code has been used they can't help. I explained that the website didn't allow RZ + other sections and was advised that its due to a different delivery method.

     

    They said I have to wait until the main sale on Thursday :(

    Maybe try clearing the cache on your browser? I was told my code was invalid after a mobile browser issue. Clewring cache may help or use a different device?


  4. Got my tickets - kids coming too!

    I have been a member of this community for years never once thinking I would be in a position to access presales.  Therefore I always told myself I would be more calm.  After ignoring advice from my wife and using my phone over her laptop, I am now getting the world's biggest "I told you so" as well as a few glares for shouting at my phone and a few moments of panic.  

    This is probably old news to many of the experienced campaigners here but will share my learnings here anyway:

    1.Much better booking through computer for anyone in the same position.

    2. Always listen to your wife!

    Thanks to the mods and others for your helpful advice.

     

     

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  5. 1 hour ago, unforgettableu2 said:

    Brendo....

    I attempted to replay "Is That All"? in my head to search for similarities with TLTTGYA.......but failed, so then I played it......and I didn't find it to resonate the same.  I do hear a similar spiritual theme return in SOE....that was clearly evident in the October album.  A theme of who I am? What is my purpose? What does God want from me? I also hear unresolved anger,  sadness and emptiness caused by Iris's death and issues with how Bono's dad dealt with it. Maybe Bono went full circle with these very  emotions as a young man....now as a older middle aged man, who experience his own near death experience????

    But, I honestly think of "BAD" every time I hear TLTTGYA......not the same sound....but just the way the song builds and spirals into this pressurized emotion being suppressed  by anxiety, pain and fear......that  suddenly bursts to reveal and expose all the truth that has been numb/desensitized for so long.

    It is just the guitar part at the end.  If I was a musician I could give you some chords I guess.  The sound of the guitar in the end, to me, sounds like the melody from is that all (is that aaaa-aaaa-aaaaalll".  

     

    Yes...I am pretty much musical dufus.  Having said that I have great taste in music :)

     


  6. Its interesting to go back and look at reviews from U2's earlier stuff. Two stand out as super interesting  - JT and UF. 

    For UF - rolling stone said Eno was an unecessary extra. There was also a comment about the album just going on and on and leaving many fans asking what happened.

    For JT - rolling stone said that it was not quite a return to the fire of war..but a step in the right direction. Also said there were no sure fire hits on the albu.m.

    No real point to this post. Just interesting to browse back.


  7. 9 hours ago, globaltraveler said:

    Isn't that funny?  That is the song my 4 year keeps asking me to play.  I'm not sure how little kids connect with that song but I think it's great.  When she was 2 she loved "Every Breaking Wave" and "Song For Someone," I hope U2 knows they are making a lot of new fans that are a lot younger than they had anticipated!

    My kids too. 10 and 6 year old both sing "when the lights go out, its time to go to bed, silent reading's over now". Classic.

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  8. The way I see it, this band is in an unprecedented position.  There is no benchmark.  How many bands have been around for this long, generating new material that really does span generations?  This is possibly why they are so polarizing.  I also find that depending on the stage of my life, the albums have different meaning to me - and that is cool.  There is nothing wrong with being your own influence (as opposed to recycling ideas) in order to break new ground. I believe we all do that.

    The whole concept of an album is different nowadays, as is our way of experiencing them (I used to have to fight my mother and sisters for the turntable in the eighties).  A lot of bands sell collections of songs and some sell albums - I prefer the albums and this band consistently puts them out. SoE is a good-un for me.   

     

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  9. 3 hours ago, Nickford0074 said:

    Thank you for this. I was dumb enough to pre-order the album and now can't enjoy it for a week. I'm tempted to check out the leak but feel it would ruin the "experience" for me. 

    I am in the same boat.   I also ordered on pre-order and it only left the US on 29th.  So, my initial listening was via spotify, followed by a download from iTunes (Amazon wouldn't let me because I don't live in the US).   I actually drew this before the release to suggest another "world first release".

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