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To add to this..I was the U2 fan that  saw the leak and posted details on ATU2.com...I saw the leak on the website & I was accused by others of making it all up etc etc..

 

What I saw:

 

I randomly went to u2.com and there was the presentation and interactive stage presentation similar to the one used in 360 tour.

 

The stage is the long catwalk,with the guitar techinicans to the left of the stage and a mini orchestra was to the right of the stage (the EBW orchestra)  Band was in the middle of the stage, Larry's drumkit was on a round platform which I assume will turn.

 

There is a 360 double sided screen - I believe the screen will be one used in the RAI tv performance and graham Norton performance.

 

There was no B stage or a main stage.

 

The presentation must have been on the site for a minute.  It was them removed.  From what I saw it looked stunning.  Simple but modern

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It was a damn lucky spot 13, the rest of us will have to wait, but I'm sure in the end we will all just enjoy seeing the band :)

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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! :)

 

I'm sure you'll still go to the show even if you find out that you've got B- seats compared to A- seats, and I'm sure you'll still have a great time.

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An orchestra?.......

 

Can someone point me to someone who has a precise (as of 2015) recollection of the redacted stage design presentation?

Edited by Sigma957

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See the post by "13 senses" just a few posts above.  And the orchestra thing makes sense given the band's performances of "Every Breaking Wave" during their European promo tour (on various tv shows, etc.), which was a very nice (and very different) arrangement including a string section.

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a lot of peeps have asked me to sketch/draw the stage design I saw on U2.com when they posted the Innocence & Experience Interactive Tour presentation by mistake.

 

I am not a very good sketch artist.. and draw it from a birds eye view - The link is below

 

http://s76.photobucket.com/user/theU2bonzo/media/U2%20stage%202015-page-001_zpsslyuijor.jpg.html

 

The drawing is made from the view of a birds eye view

We all know by know the stage is a long catwalk going across the GA floor..

So we have a rectangle shaped stage - the band will be able to utilise the stage bar Larry who will be on a turning circle stage.

There was amps and speakers I believe or other equipment's on the stage.  The orchestra was to the right of the stage and crew was to the left.

The screen is like a mini version of the 360 but its double sided LED screen on top of the catwalk stage going across the whole catwalk in 360 degrees.

Fans are right in the action as well as the red zones who I forgot to add to the drawing.  The set up reminds me of the Metallica stage from 2-3 years ago

as I said before set the set up is modern but it looked more stunning on the interactive presentation.  Nothing to complex not like 360

 

http://s76.photobucket.com/user/theU2bonzo/media/U2%20stage%202015-page-001_zpsslyuijor.jpg.html

Edited by 13 Senses

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Awesome, thanks 13, I think it's going to feel really quite intimate for most with this set up.
So excited to see them in an arena, I much prefer arena's as a general rule, if for no other reason than you can't bet on the British weather :P

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