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  1. Hello Everyone, Thank you very much for taking the time to click on this post. I hope you'll consider what I write and digest on it. Also, I hope you're all enjoying the new U2 album, I am very much! Down to business--- Why do features like Verified Fan and Fan Club presales exist? They are sold to us based on the belief that charging high prices for concerts is wrong, and that "true fans" shouldn't have to pay high prices to attend concerts. It is argued that ticket scalpers charge unfair prices for tickets, and the aforementioned intervention resolves this by making it more difficult for scalpers to both obtain and resell their tickets. I want to make two points clear in this post: First, the prices which are sold on the secondary market are in fact "fair." Second, Paperless ticketing, verified fan and Fan Club presales have proven to be ineffective at filtering out only "true fans." To discuss my first point; Prices on the secondary market are fair. U2 is obviously a massive band. They have devout hard core base and have no trouble attracting in casuals to enjoy their spectacular shows. A relatively small 24 stop US tour(as of this writing) in 25000 seat venues combined with U2's popularity is bound to create expensive ticket prices. I am reminded of the 2016 World Series in which the Cubs were attempting to win their first World Series in 108 years. For home games at Wrigley Field, Standing Room Only Seats were being sold on the secondary market for ~$1500; their face value was $200. This reveals to us a very important point; the value of tickets is not determine by its face value; the true values of tickets is revealed by the secondary market. I won the ticket lottery and had the fortune of going to those games at face value. I also went to many regular season games. One thing stood out to me that differentiated the crowd at the World Series; no children were in attendance. Mostly everyone who attended was an adult who could truly appreciate the event. Why is this? Likely because the higher price of the secondary market dissuaded casual fans to attend and thus filtered the way more authentic folks to attend the game. Forcing true fans to jump through a bunch of red tape, drop an extra $50 bucks, and spend hours learning how to purchase tickets is time consuming and frankly stressful. To discuss my second point; Paperless ticketing, Verified Fan and Fan Club Presales have failed at filtering out "true fans." Did anyone ever bother to look at StubHub for the Joshua Tree Tour? Notice that "paperless" tickets were still being sold in GA. Scalpers had found a work around paperless ticketing the event. I am sure there were multiple ways around it. One way I heard about was using a prepaid debit card and using a fake ID matches the name on the card. Underage folks do similar things to get into bars, it makes sense it works for concerts too. Another complaint with paperless ticketing is that the inability to transfer to ticket to someone else is quite difficult. Because the tickets cannot be transferred and sell out quickly, it commits one to attending an event 5-6 months ahead without full assurance they'll be able to attend. Combining this with the inability/extreme difficult to transfer the ticket just makes life more difficult for folks. Another gripe is that if a middle aged fan who may have fell out of touch with U2 hears about the tour and has a rekindled interest, because he didn't hear about the tour in the two week window before the ticket sale, Ticketmaster's policies force him to be unable obtain a the beast seats in the house ticket for what may have be his favorite album as a youngster. As for verified fan, I have heard to process was very confusing. I was going to buy another year subscription, but after seeing all the hassle, I am done. I am not going to be Ticketmaster's puppet as they spew me propaganda; they are a monopolistic company and they only care about their profits; which is fine. But the way they lie and act as if they are on my side is sickening. Again, in my case Verified Fan did no verification at all. It only discouraged me from using the system. I rolled my eyes as I laughed at the 4 different presales, and all the accounts that had to be created. Its insane. In my view, the costs of paying for members ship and the time it takes to hop through the red tape is higher than the costs of just buying a ticket on StubHub at market value. I'd rather support a broke student trying to turnover some cash over evil Ticketmaster. Lastly, Fan Club presales. There was a time when the only way to take advantage of this offer was if you were an engaged fan who kept up with rumors and news, enjoyed the community and didn't hop on the bandwagon before a tour was announced. Those days are long gone. The fact that anyone can become a verified fan at the checkout at Ticketmaster.com has convinced me its just a way to get another $50 out of us. In Conclusion If Ticketmaster wants to sell U2 tickets below market value and forgo profits, that perfectly fine! However, when Ticketmaster/U2 create a bunch of frustrating red that ultimately fails in achieving its goals, and instead just wastes the precious time of the fans it claims to protect I feel compelled to writing an opinion about it. I suppose the basis in this post in the irony that Ticketmaster points the fingers at scalpers and claims they are villains. The way I see it, Ticketmaster is the villain. I will not be renewing my U2.com subscription. I do plan on attending the shows, but I will wait a month or two for the full shows to be announced and choose from the selection there on the secondary market. Songs of Experience has proven phenomenal album, and I think that it will be very special to hear it live. I hope everyone has a good day! if you've read all of this, I thank you for devoting some of your time towards reading this post. I hope you found it at the very least engaging.
  2. The blackout American soul Red flag day zoo station the fly sunday Bloody Sunday Desire (acoustic) angel of Harlem (acoustic) Stay Lights of home Summer of Love Love is blindness all I want is you Where the streets have no name encore Evem better than the real thing mysterious ways Pride in the name of love Get out of your own way Your the best thing about me The little things that give you away 40
  3. Could this sale go any worse? First the link fo the presale for Los Angeles didn't allow Innocence group access until 5 or 10 minutes into the sale and now both my friend and I got texted faulty codes for the public onsale. SERIOUSLY TM??? Seriously U2? Somebody please tell me who to contact about this! This is freaking ridiculous...never had this many problems in my 20 years of being a fan who went to 2-4 concerts each tour.
  4. So for the innocence presale I got an email the night before with information, and I figured I would check to see if there was an email sent out today. I haven't received anything, but in the email confirming I had registered for tomorrows onsale ticketmaster said to plan on hearing from them again on the 19th (today). Has anybody here gotten an email from them today? Im hoping to see if I'm in the dark or if they haven't started sending them out yet.
  5. U2songs.com today releases the message underneath. If I understand well there will apparently be a change for the presales. This worries me. The presales for a tour worked perfectly until now. Has U2.com more information about this? "From the FNAC site... When pre ordering the album you will later get a presale code for two tickets. These will be distributed the day of the presales (FNAC site says between January 1 and March 30) and it says that U2.Com members will have a chance to use their codes first. This is a European chain, so the dates mentioned her probably refer to the European onsale dates and not the North American ones (which we are told will happen earlier.) Looks like entry into the presales could be quite different this time out. Thanks to U2start.com and U2Valencia for their information about these offers." ps: Fnac is a large French retail chain that sells amongst others cds, books and electronic products.
  6. From the album College Assignments

    I was required to create an Image Text poster drawing on the ideas of 1970's surrealist concrete poetry. I decided to create a nice poster for the 2017 Joshua Tree tour. The background contains lyrics from the album's songs, the tree is made from track titles, and the stage and silhouettes of the band members are formed using the text "U22017." Fonts used: Ailerons by Adilson Gonzales (https://www.behance.net/gallery/25541553/Aile) Palatino Linotype
  7. Need advice

    Hi everyone, I'm new here. Luckily I have just learned U2 are playing in my place , Argentina, in October . I'm in the clouds!!! I need advice for the ones who have already been in TJT concert. tomorrow is the pre-sales and I want to have the best seat possible (forget about how much, I've already sold my kidney!! JOKE!!!!!) Any piece of advice, please?????? Thanks!!!!
  8. What do you think about this? Yes or no? October 2017? Next year?
  9. Please can someone lucky enough going to the opening night share a photo of the merchandise on offer AND if someone has a VIP ticket, then a photo of the gift too! Way too impatient to wait until the London shows! Cheers
  10. Collector Tickets Arrived?

    Hi Guys, I'm just wondering if anyone has received their UK Collector Tickets yet? ...waiting in anticipation by the door! Mike
  11. TJT Vancouver

    From the album The Joshua Tree 2017

    I made something today.. (:

    © made by Adrienne Allen -- JT graphic belongs to U2

  12. I know this is super early, but I was wondering if anyone is thinking about hosting a start of tour kick-off party? (@u2.com - I'm looking at you!) The night before the i/e tour in Vancouver in 2015, @u2.com hosted a tour kick-off party at a local pub in Vancouver. My wife and I went and had a FANTASTIC time! My favorite part was talking to all the fans from all over the world who gathered there for the start of the tour. Plus they had some great prizes.
  13. Is the Little Red Dot in for a treat in 2017. http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/exciting-times-at-the-hub Not since Pop Mart didn't come has a rumour been this strong.
  14. U2 Ellend Road Leeds

    From the album ewe too

    The crowd at Elland Road Leeds watching U2 perform in 1987

    © as per watermark

  15. From the album ewe too

    U2 The Joshua Tree Tour Leeds, UK 1987 poster

    © U2

  16. From everything that I've read, the band is back in the studio, writing, recording and working hard at getting the next album out. I was little hopefully that that would be touring again this year. But it's June and I don't think that is likely. My guess is the earliest that they could possibly hit the road is 2017.
  17. From the album We are Family Foundation Gala

    Looking and sounding GREAT Bono tore the roof off the We Are Family Foundation Gala and was extra great spending time with fans before hand. Someone looks tour ready...!!!

    © Adrienne Allen

  18. From the album i+e MSG

    From the catwalks at MSG pre-soundcheck. Super impressive.

    © Adrienne Allen

  19. From the album i+e MSG

    I think this was MSG 7 or 8

    © Adrienne Allen

  20. Hi everyone, I have a hard copy ticket (seat) for the second Belfast show on 19th November. The seat is in section North middle and is a pretty good seat. I have gotten GA tickets since buying this seat, so have no use for it any longer, but I will be at the concert myself and can give you the ticket in person. Face value is 170 pounds. I will sell it at half price though - or will be happy to swap it for any kind of ticket for the the second or fourth show in Dublin (24th or 28th November). I just don't want it to go to waste. Best regards, Connie
  21. White out Belfast Nov 18

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Dutchelevation/status/665905053039988736
  22. VIP PARTY PACKAGE: when to show up?

    Hi everyone, I have a VIP PARTY Package for Sunday 15th and I was wondering when we are supposed to show up before the show starts? Anyone who had the experience and could help?
  23. Hi - I've a spare ticket for tonight 30th October, face value - let me know if you're interested.
  24. Hi, I've been a U2 fan for years and a member of U2.com since the begining (and a member of U2 World Service/Propaganda before that), but even so I was unsucessful at getting tickets, even using my presale code. I did wait as I'd read that they were going to play in Ireland and I had a feeling it would be around my birthday. Sure enough they announced a date in Dublin on the 28th November - my actual birthday. I was so excited but I wasn't able to get tickets despite trying for hours, and then having friends and family try for me on the Monday too. I'm gutted. My favourite band, in my favourite country, on my birthday. Denied! ...at least so far. I'm not going to give up hope until the Irish guy in the cool shades sings!! Can anyone help me? I can't afford the crazy prices that the ticket touts are selling them for. I am also happy to go to either the Glasgow or Belfast shows. Kind regards, Gems x
  25. Here's a video of a fan in Turin requesting Acrobat. Bono says "We looked at it yesterday actually." https://www.facebook.com/U2.360gradi/posts/1035863576454200 Spread the word. Maybe we can get it played if the community really gets involved in this. Thoughts?