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  • First U2 Gig
    NJ 4/12/85
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    Foxboro June 2017 RZ
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    NJ 4/12/85

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  1. Agree that viewing the show from two perspectives makes the static setlist more tolerable. I was down front night 1 Boston and in the lower bowl night 2. Different experiences and enjoyed both. The visuals are great for sure and I think I preferred the seats, taking in the whole show including the e stage. But I think the setlist is lacking especially the opening and encores and the flip of All Because of You for Gloria (really?? thats not a fair trade!!). I understand the concept but it just isn't as engaging as i+e was for me. I don't need to hear the JT songs again, but also don't need One and Desire again...
  2. dont think there are any merch stands before security. if you want to pm me, I'm going again tonight and could try to get one for you.
  3. mahalo and glad to help lizzd! nice to meet you, and hope you find a great spot tonight. met so many nice people over the past few shows. liked i+e more than e+i but still a great show. last night was fun, tonight should be even better! going to enjoy an elevated view from the lower bowl!!
  4. The fire sales of seats as shows approach is surprising. But better to get something for the seat than have it go unsold. i sold my GA for Boston 2 after a long night in the red zone and picked up a nice lower bowl seat for $106 this morning. That seat, I'm fairly sure, was $325 in December and $171 on Thursday. A friend said the same thing happened for Chicago 2. It certainly is risky to wait, but this model seems to be more common when they can't put asses in the seats...
  5. I just received this email from the Garden. . . *IMPORTANT INFO FOR GA TICKETHOLDERS: GA ticketholders may visit the West Entrance of TD Garden beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the ticketed show to receive a GA wristband. GA Wristbands will be numbered chronologically and will be given to guests with valid GA tickets for that evening’s show on a first come, first serve basis. Guests with numbered wristbands are invited to line-up in chronological order NO EARLIER than 5:45 p.m. on the night of the event at the GA Entrance located on the West Side of the TD Garden, adjacent to Tasty Burger, at Stair 4. GA doors open at 6:30.
  6. Yep. This has always been the dirty little secret of the concert industry. Hold backs, presales, diversions, all secret unless some type of lawsuit happens and even then I don't think the data is ever made public. There was a huge outcry in 2007 and 2012 over springsteen Tix being diverted and fans being redirected to TMs resale site. I know some legislators in NJ were looking into what happened, and some fans (including me) were actually given an opportunity to buy tickets that were held back. but I don't think any actual data on holdbacks or actual sales was ever released. The data is certainly there with TM. And with public funds paying for some of these buildings where the events take place, you'd think citizens should have a right to know what's going on. But you are absolutely right that transparency would make these entities more accountable to concertgoers...
  7. I think the previous post referred to which section of red zone, rz1 (adam) or rz2 (edge). I misread it at first as well. But it is true that on the chrome browser it was not clear whether you were getting rz1 or rz2 until after going through the purchase process. I wound up with rz2 which was cool...
  8. Was the same on TM for Boston where no experience presale RZ tix seemed to be available (kept getting offered standard GA). There was a drop down for RZ in the options for the experience presale in the third dropdown box (# of tix, type of ticket, location of ticket). But selecting that was fruitless. Then I noticed in the second dropdown box an option for VIP RZ. I selected that rather than the experience presale group and that was how I got my RZ. Could be the allotment for experience RZ was temporarily exhausted after about 10 seconds (I got in immediately), but a RZ for the fan club just never popped up for me and I was trying for 10 mins. Certainly confusing, and arguably glitchy. . . many other things were glitchy, especially for the longtime subscribers that didn't get verified or didn't get a code. ..
  9. The part about not being a scalper, and not "winning the lottery" is what makes no sense. Isn't that what the fan club is all about? Not having to hope you get into the system for a chance to get tickets. It seems that joining the fan club is designed to guarantee you *access* to the presale. Doesn't mean you'll get the precious GA or the tix you want, but you are supposed to be guaranteed a chance. My read of the fine print was that it would be 2 layers of security, meaning everyone in the fan club should have had an opportunity to be verified by TM as not a bot or scalper, and then if verified, they would get a code. The point of adding the TM verified layer seemed to me a way to try to weed out the scalpers that purchased fan club membership. It did not seem that the intent was to then add a third lottery layer, (1) fan club, (2) verified, (3) lottery among those fan club members that were verified. Other verified events had the lottery element, e.g., Springsteen on Broadway. But that element of random selection shouldn't have been the case here for fan club members. Maybe I misunderstood the intent . . . I'm fortunate I was able to get a Boston ticket through the club. But I had to give up my second club ticket to a friend who fell victim to the verified garbage and didn't get a code despite 15+ years as a member here. No worries as he will help me out for additional dates since he got things sorted and received a code after the initial onsale thanks to the mods here. But that snafu should not have happened.
  10. very strange. perhaps that is to comply with the transferability law in NY state. but even still, since you can't get the wristbands, etc without showing the CC or ID, why bother mailing it. could be it was set up wrong in the system. I've had that happen with springsteen GA before where they allowed print at home and then changed it after the fact to hard tickets only that had to be picked up at the venue. who knows. best of luck!! but once they hit the stage, all this clusterf**k hopefully will be forgotten!!
  11. was able to grab 2 GA for Newark through the citi presale (desktop; used to have luck with the cell app but not recently). got in immediately and had no issues, thankfully. also toyed around with Boston and MSG after grabbing Newark. There were still Boston GA at 9:05-9:10, but no GA for MSG. Did find a red zone for MSG after a few tries. Thought about it, but 1 RZ is enough for me! Some decent limited view seats for MSG, but most everything good in the lower level was the VIP pricing. Seriously, $331 for first 8 rows of the upper level at MSG?? $175 maybe as it is a good view. but $300+, no thanks. . .
  12. Surprised to hear that they are mailing Red Zone tix. That may be a glitch. I thought everywhere RZ tix are will call pickup at the venue only. By contrast, regular GA are being mailed this time around ( I got a pair for Newark thru the Citi onsale this morning), and I think that is because of the verified fan process already being a supposed check on scalping. Whether that will be as effective to deter scalping compared to credit card entry, well that remains to be seen; I suspect a big NO on that one.
  13. try page 10 of the thread Did anyone receive the email today here
  14. GA should be transferable, but double check the fine print on your receipt. Ultimately if you got hard tickets they are yours to do what you will. It would seem the "verified" process, in theory, means fewer scalpers and therefore no need for credit card only entry.
  15. RZ is will call only, at least for Boston (I assume other cities). Non-transferable. Was that way for JT. YMMV for MSG due to NY state law that I believe requires a transfer option. GA is hard ticketed from what I've read. Chicago was for sure, and I read DC and Philly were hard tickets also.
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