What a great way to spend a Friday night. An intimate TV studio in London with U2 opening & closing the live show (and playing a couple of extra songs after it ended... just for us
Huge thanks to the u2comteam and TFI team for sorting the Zoo out with some tickets (right up the front too!), and for looking after us so well while we were there...
Heres what the zootops made of the night (adding our review highlights here as they come in, and you can check out more in the TFI thread too..)
I was one of the very lucky ones who won tickets to see the TFI Friday show. I've been a fan for over 20 years and was over the moon at getting this very exclusive chance to see them up close and personal.
I got there early in the hope of meeting them all as they entered the building and was fortunate enough to meet Adam.
The atmosphere was electric, I've been to U2 stadium tours and they have a presence of their own, but to be literally a foot away from Bono as he sang Raised By Wolves was totally awesome, I was dumbstruck and had to keep pinching myself that I was there and it wasn't a dream. (read full review)
It's still all sinking in... Feels a bit like a dream but I've seen video evidence that this actually happened!!!! Anyway here we go:
Friday night I got to participate in something really special... Being part of the TFI Friday audience was a fantastic experience on so many levels. I've been at the front for a lot of gigs (U2 ones included) but this was something different. It was like you were on the stage with them. I thought the atmosphere was electric and the band were on top form. We were treated to four fantastic songs. Loved hearing Raised By Wolves and Out Of Control, which was out of control! (read full review)
Just want to say a massive thankyou U2.Com for last night's Tix to TFI. Had an amazing night in frount of the stage, never been so close to the band before and we'll worth the 35 year wait to touch Bono's hand!!!! Lovely meeting the other Zootopians as well... (read full review)
Seeing U2 anywhere is kind of rare – especially when they tour Europe only twice a decade. Tonight, they perform a 4 song set at Cochrane Studios in central London ; their longest UK appearance in over six years...
There's 200 people here, and I'm near enough to the band to both touch them (which I get excited, and do, at one point), and count the buttons on their shirts if I really want. U2 are so huge, and so used to headlining stadiums, that playing a small room is probably a bit alien. Stripped of the presentation, the video screens, moving walkways, huge claws, lemons, cars, disco balls, and so on, U2 are at heart, a damn good band.... (read full review)
So it was with great excitement late on Thursday night they I discovered that I had won a place in the U2 TFI Friday Ballot for myself and a friend and I was going to have to change a few plans for the next day and get to London.
My friend and I arrived at the studios quite early and after checking off names and ID, we were given purple wristbands and told to come back by 7pm, off to the pub it was then although only for one as I didn’t want to have to find a toilet during a live TV Broadcast.
These purple bands gave us priority.. After a bit of confusion from the stewards we were called up early and we went in to the studio and managed to grab spots all around the stage, wow that was a tiny stage. (read full review)
(photo by Alan Ivory)