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  1. I was extremely lucky. I got 2 GAs for Nassau Coliseum in the eXperience pre-sale and picked up a third in the Citi pre-sale. One for my husband, one for my teenager and one for me. I was shut out by VF for both Springsteen on Broadway and for the Harry Potter Play - standby for both events, no codes, no chance at tickets. I was fortunate enough to score lottery tickets for SoB (phenomenal show!). I am hoping that we can get tickets for HPP eventually. I know how badly that system works and was shocked at the ease of getting tickets for U2. That said, only allowing the fan club members to buy 2 tickets and allowing the sponsor's group 4 tickets is disgraceful. Not having GA tickets available for the innocence pre-sale was also a huge mistake. Distributing codes to the fan club members via a lottery was a travesty and needs to be rectified when they add more dates.
  2. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Honestly, I don't miss those days. The lack of other responsibilities that allowed me to get up at 4am (or stay up until 4am) was fun on one level. These days, that is simply impossible, regardless of how much I may want to see a concert - a dog that is looking for a walk at 5:45 every single morning and a teenager who needs to be rousted out of bed at 6:45 for school (or sometimes earlier for hockey games) makes for a different, more complicated life, but one that I wouldn't trade for anything. OK, the work that ties me to a computer 6+ hours a day is something I could do without, but that's what's paying for these tickets.
  3. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    I got a single GA for Nassau Coliseum during the Citi presale. I had gotten 2 GAs for that show in the eXperience presale (for hubby & me) and wanted a third so our daughter could come with us. It would have been great if I'd only had to go through the process once, as a Fan Club member. In the end, I got what I wanted, but I know how lucky I was. This was a mess and I know that a lot of people were not as lucky as I was.
  4. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Citibank is one of the largest banks in the US. Citi cards are just the credit cards issued by that bank and you need a US Government issued Social Security Number to get one. Legal resident non-citizens can be issued SSNs, with the right paperwork (people with student visas, work visas, Green Cards). I have a Citicard, so I was able to register for and get a code for the Citi presale. I agree with you though. Fan club subscribers should have been treated far better than they were and much better than the Citicard members.
  5. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    You're not the only one. I'm 5'2" and will be dancing on the floor. I can't justify spending $1000 for three tickets. I'm good with spending $300 for a really fun evening out with my husband and daughter.
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    9:00am venue time. For me, Nassau Coliseum.
  7. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Change that. I got what I wanted - but on my phone, not my laptop. A single GA for Nassau Coliseum. Whew. I don't need or want anything else. I suspect there was a delay in getting the website updated relative to the app. Good luck to everyone!
  8. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    9:01, code worked, "nothing available" You didn't miss anything.
  9. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Yes. It came a little before 7am EST. Hopefully it works. I only want one GA ticket.
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    It seems that you, like me, live in NYC. I managed to score lottery tickets for SoB. I absolutely never thought it was possible - not after two years of trying and failing for Hamilton lottery tickets. I entered the Springsteen lottery a few times, for nights when I knew I was able to go. What do you know, I got the text yesterday morning saying I won. Back row of the mezzanine, but in the house. Give it a shot - what's the worst that will happen? Good luck!
  11. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    @Turkued I agree with much of what you are saying. I went through the Springsteen on Broadway fiasco. Got nothing; standby but no codes for either round. I did end up with lottery tickets for tonight! Thrilled and excited about that one! I also went through VF for the Harry Potter play and again, neither my husband nor I got anything. Try explaining that one to a 13 year old who writes Harry Potter fanfiction in what little spare time she has. I had no problems getting part of what I wanted for this tour - I have 2 GA tickets in hand right now. I am happy about that. I would have been happier if I had been able to get the three tickets I actually wanted (one for the 13 year old, one for her father, one for me). I have a code for the Citi presale and hope to grab a third ticket then. There are two major problems with the U2 presale right now. First - it should not have been a lottery for fan club members. I understand the "we can't guarantee access" language because they know there are resellers among the fan club membership and they wanted the ability to weed them out. But they should have been up front about the fact that it was going to be a lottery for everyone else - before they asked us for another $40. Let us decide if we are willing to pay that much for a lottery ticket (my answer, given my prior experience with VF, would have been no). I have a suspicion that the lottery decision was made by Ticketmaster, based upon the number of signups vs. the number of tickets available. Second - ticket limits. 2 tickets for fan club members and 4 for Citicard holders? I happen to be both, but that makes absolutely no sense. It was a 2 ticket limit for the 2015 tour, also an arena tour and that is understandable, on some level, given the limited quantity of seats available. But make the limit consistent across the presales. And make it 4, please. Ticketmaster is a monopoly and acts like it. Hence, the screwups and technical gliches of not having sites ready to launch on time, endless dropped sales, etc. They have exclusive contracts with almost all of the major venues in the US and Canada. You can't use MSG or Barclays without using TM. And U2 can't play NYC without going to MSG. It's a fight we have been losing for 20+ years. And that's as much as I can say in language that can be used outside of a hockey locker room. Vent over, thanks for listening. Good luck to all! May everyone eventually get what they want. @mich40 @Max Tsukino @bigwave And many, many thanks to the moderators here - you do what seems to be an almost impossible job. Thank you for your assistance, patience, and good humor.
  12. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    You aren't the only one. I was completely shut out, but I know a lot of regular people who did get tickets. All of the celebs were comped for opening night and told "this is it, no more" I'm waiting to hear from one friend, if her husband has to be out of town the night they have tickets, she will take me, otherwise her husband gets that ticket. Wait and hope.
  13. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    The simple answer is "they have to use Ticketmaster." TM has a monopoly contract for ticket distribution at most major venues in the US and Canada. You cannot have an event at spaces like Madison Square Garden, the Prudential Center, the Meadowlands, etc. unless you agree to use Ticketmaster to distribute the tickets. There is no other way to do it. If U2 wanted to ONLY play at non-Ticketmaster venues, the closest they could get to New York City would be Wells Fargo arena in Philly. Otherwise, you are playing at Irving Plaza or Webster Hall, to a crowd of 2,500 people or so.
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    Talk to the people, like me, who got completely shut out of Springsteen on Broadway and the Harry Potter Play. Yes, the band sets the broad range/cap on ticket prices, and given the size/spectacle aspect to U2 shows, their ticket prices will be much higher than the stripped down set of a Springsteen show, simply to cover their much higher production costs. And yes, absolutely, there is also a profit motive in there, too. The debacle that is TicketMaster's Verified Fan system is entirely on TM. Their secret sauce for determining who gets access to purchase tickets is a disaster. U2 should not have signed on to that, after seeing the hash they made out of the Springsteen on Broadway sale and the Harry Potter Play sale.
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    A large part of the problem is the Ticketmaster/Livenation monopoly. Don't get me started on that one. Suffice it to say that TM controls ticket distribution at most major venues in North America. Their servers. Their screwups. And they have no incentive to improve customer service - regardless of how you define customer (ticket buyer or performing artist).