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Check this out for some hints towards what could be a very visually stimulating stage design:

 

http://esdevlin.com

 

Amazing portfolio of work, and guess what her current project is?

Great find, some really amazing sets in there, together with the boys ambition in terms of set design this could be a something quite special

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I knew she worked on the Olympics, I didn't realise she worked with Muse! This should be good!

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Check this out for some hints towards what could be a very visually stimulating stage design:

 

http://esdevlin.com

 

Amazing portfolio of work, and guess what her current project is?

 

I saw the MUSE arena tour that she was part of, along with The Pet Shop Boys 'Electric' tour, and the Kanye West 'G.L.O.W in the Dark' & 'Yeezus' tours.  All of those were unique designs and fit really well to the songs. Should be very exciting for the U2 tour.

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News regarding stage design?

Will it be in the middle? Any picture?

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Nothing official yet.  Aargh.  I think it's really obnoxious that U2 hasn't clearly specified/released this--especially since knowing the design is critical to buying tickets intelligently.  Along the same lines, I can't imagine what the justification for withholding this could be.  I don't know, maybe some aspects of it aren't yet finalized or something (?)

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Nothing official yet.  Aargh.  I think it's really obnoxious that U2 hasn't clearly specified/released this--especially since knowing the design is critical to buying tickets intelligently.  Along the same lines, I can't imagine what the justification for withholding this could be.  I don't know, maybe some aspects of it aren't yet finalized or something (?)

I think your last line might answer your own concerns. However, I do seem to recall, although I could be wrong - that is was a few pics released from a fan in Europe (or manufacturer of the structures) initially that gave us a first taste of what the 360 rig was going to look like, before anything from official sources. That was of course, an outdoor rig on a huge scale so very difficult to keep under wraps.

With this tour thus far being an indoor tour with regards to venue - much more easy to keep things 'secret', keep fans guessing - all part of the excitement.

On a personal level, I just buy ticks without a real preference to position, it's the sound and general atmosphere that carry me, although I appreciate others consider and scrutinise these things more closely. Don't think your use of the word 'obnoxious' is well placed in fairness though in the context of the subject - final plans on set design etc etc would, I imagine, be a bit out of the band members control - they will, in my opinion, be more focused on the how their songs will work sonically and visually within the confines of where they have to work. They'll have input on 'tweaks' only at this stage I would suggest 3 months out from the start of the tour.

As usual it'll be up to the odd leaked picture or some formal tour marketing that might give us our first glimpse! :)

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Another reason I like GA, takes all the headache out of this stuff, I'll worry about it when I start getting a bit creaky :P

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I do think that we could see something interesting in terms of visual effects, there's a lot of great tech out there now and an indoor set provides many possibilities...call it feeling in the waters, could be wrong, but this designer seems that way inclined

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I know it perhaps sounds a bit harsh, but I'd say "obnoxious" is perfectly fair.  Yeah, I know I said above that maybe aspects of the stage/set design might not be finalized (as a potential explanation), but the more I think about it, I don't think that adds up as a reasonable explanation.  At least 95%-plus of the stage setup has likely been fixed for quite a while now--probably since before the original tix went on sale.  Further, U2 themselves has always been quite involved/aware of the stage/set design through the years--no way they just hand this off to others.  And for many people in seats, it's a big deal to know what's up w/the stage.  Bottom line, right now, one just doesn't know what one is getting into w/many of the seat locations, and that's key to buying tix (at least for those who care where they are in relation to the band/stage)--and all this is all the more important given how expensive many seats are, not to mention major expenses for travel, hotels, etc.  And how are people supposed to judge whether to try for RZ tix without knowing these things?  And to top it all off, a few weeks back there was some kind of mistake/leak where the entire design was (very briefly) leaked, right here on u2.com--and then very quickly removed.  So again, it's not like any significant stage/set changes have been in the offing for some time now.  I don't mind being in the dark about the setlist, special effects, what they're wearing, whatever--but I do mind not knowing where my doggone (and very pricey) ticket is.  Now of course, for folks like you who aren't that concerned about these matters, no big deal, but for some of us it is.  And oh yeah--this is the first time this (i.e., no real info on the stage design prior to tix going on sale) has happened.  For 360, for example, the general setup was disclosed before any tix went on sale.

 

Bottom line, to be fair, if somehow major aspects of the stage/set design have really been up in the air (as you suggest?), OK, maybe all this makes sense--and if information to that effect eventually comes out, I'll eat my words.  But if, as I suspect, this has actually been essentially set for months, to not disclose this before tix went onsale is truly obnoxious.  After all, for folks like you, it's no big deal either way--but for folks like me, it's huge.

 

Nothing official yet.  Aargh.  I think it's really obnoxious that U2 hasn't clearly specified/released this--especially since knowing the design is critical to buying tickets intelligently.  Along the same lines, I can't imagine what the justification for withholding this could be.  I don't know, maybe some aspects of it aren't yet finalized or something (?)

I think your last line might answer your own concerns. However, I do seem to recall, although I could be wrong - that is was a few pics released from a fan in Europe (or manufacturer of the structures) initially that gave us a first taste of what the 360 rig was going to look like, before anything from official sources. That was of course, an outdoor rig on a huge scale so very difficult to keep under wraps.

With this tour thus far being an indoor tour with regards to venue - much more easy to keep things 'secret', keep fans guessing - all part of the excitement.

On a personal level, I just buy ticks without a real preference to position, it's the sound and general atmosphere that carry me, although I appreciate others consider and scrutinise these things more closely. Don't think your use of the word 'obnoxious' is well placed in fairness though in the context of the subject - final plans on set design etc etc would, I imagine, be a bit out of the band members control - they will, in my opinion, be more focused on the how their songs will work sonically and visually within the confines of where they have to work. They'll have input on 'tweaks' only at this stage I would suggest 3 months out from the start of the tour.

As usual it'll be up to the odd leaked picture or some formal tour marketing that might give us our first glimpse! :)

 

Edited by mike7man

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It does seem like it is difficult to know how many seats you can sell on the floor, and for RZ, without having the stage dimensions pretty well locked down. So, while I'm not among the concerned, it doesn't seem possible that this is unknown information. 

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