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I am confused about the sound check thing. How long before the concert is that done. I was aimlessly wandering around the outside of soldier field for one tour and could not figure where to go. I could hear music playing and it was during the day. do they leave the venue after sound check and come back? another time I waited with my with a group of fans and my sister at what seemed like the entrance-tons of black SUVs coming in and out. I seem to remember them just driving past right before showtime.

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I am confused about the sound check thing. How long before the concert is that done. I was aimlessly wandering around the outside of soldier field for one tour and could not figure where to go. I could hear music playing and it was during the day. do they leave the venue after sound check and come back? another time I waited with my with a group of fans and my sister at what seemed like the entrance-tons of black SUVs coming in and out. I seem to remember them just driving past right before showtime.

Usually between 4 and 5pm for a 7:30 concert start time.  I've hung out with Adam after soundcheck in Albany, NY afterwards and he was so nice.  As a general guide, four hours before they hit the stage they do soundcheck, eat dinner, and do their pre show rituals which likely include naps and then warm up in the dressing room.  

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I am confused about the sound check thing. How long before the concert is that done. I was aimlessly wandering around the outside of soldier field for one tour and could not figure where to go. I could hear music playing and it was during the day. do they leave the venue after sound check and come back? another time I waited with my with a group of fans and my sister at what seemed like the entrance-tons of black SUVs coming in and out. I seem to remember them just driving past right before showtime.

 

As others have reported soundcheck can vary. For example during the last tour stop in Seattle a few years ago, I took a guess and found where I felt where they would be entering. Even though I had met Bono and the others in the past a few times, my goal was to get an 11x14 photo I took of Bono on stage during the Zoo TV Tour signed, it had been 20 years pretty much and the photo I took was nice and was hoping at the very least I could get him to sign it.

 

U2 tends to do things big so they have a convoy of black SUV's, and a police escort so you can hear them coming. Why they would want to have all this attention is beyond me, but I waited around 12pm at the spot, no one else were there but then an hour later a few other fans came up and waited with me. Around 2:30pm the police escort arrived and by this time there were about 30-40 fans waiting and they drove through the area waving to the fans. Off in the distance I could see them exit their SUV's and start to go in. None of the fans waiting were doing anything so I yelled out for Bono to come back, he turned around, and then hopped on the back of a State Trooper's motorcycle and drove over to us. He got off and signed for a few people and did kind of a small "U" shape amongst the crowd. Luckily some of the others waiting said "Bono that guy has been waiting the longest" so he looked up at me and then saw my photo. I mentioned I took that photo 20 years previously and he looked and asked "You took this?" and I told him where it was from and he said "Wow, that's nice". He signed it and then had to go. None of the other band members for this tour stop came over. Soundcheck started around 3pm or so. As another member pointed out, after soundcheck they sometimes leave again or stay at the venue and take a nap or do thier pre-show preperations, have dinner, etc.

 

So if you are hoping to try and meet him or others, just follow my three "P's"...patience, professionalism, and persistence. It will happen eventually and that is really the best time to try and meet them, as they aren't a backstage band, they leave right after a show generally. 

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First time red zone and i'm hopeful of getting a back stage tour, not bothered about meeting the band, be good to see the set up and get to see behind the scenes. I heard the red zone is smaller, i guess because its not stadiums it will be reduced to scale. Hope we get lucky!!

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