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just an idea that many have talked about, wouldn't it be wonderful if somehow this tour there could be a 'free' show only for U2 subscribers...?

 

How could that work? Where would it be? Only subscribers (1 ticket, no swaps, no guests... there is no them, only us?)

 

Greedy? Never happen? Overdue?

 

Thoughts please (yes I will get into hot water even mentioning it) 0)

 

 

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Bowie did something like this and if I remember correctly there was a rollcall for people members to put their name in if they were interested in attending for an undisclosed event in whatever-city (it was London in this case) @ such-and-such date. No venue info or otherwise was given, it was just a rollcall to check "are you willing to drop everything -right now-" because it may involve booking flights and whatever.

 

Then it was basically a lottery between those people that responded. Can't remember if tickets were sent out or you had to collect them or what, but I seem to remember an ID check there as well. Then they put up the gig and broadcasted it to cinemas across the world where people could go to watch it.

 

Similar thing with Nick Cave, with a gig at Koko in London (that'd be an awesome venue but very very small). Put your name forward to be in the lottery able to buy tickets. In that case "winning" the lottery allowed you to buy 2 tickets. "Tickets" weren't supplied. The winner had to show their ID at the entrance and then they'd get 2 wristbands that you had to put on then and there.

 

And I think Stones did something similar here in Paradiso and it basically wasn't announced at all until the day the tickets went on sale, but I don't think that's a good way to do it.

 

I think it would be lovely for them to go back to basics and a small club. I think it would be super exciting for them to play a small crowd and get that club-feel back too.

 

Olympia in Dublin, Koko or Shepherd's Bush London, Paradiso in Amsterdam, Bowery Ballroom or Terminal 5 in NY... 

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I think that would be great! And maybe have everyone get a random ticket asaigned instead of allowing us to choose. Or let us choose our tickets based on seniority...

 

Buy definitely have physical tickets and allow to swap. My only bummer about mobile tickets is the fact that there's nothing to keep as a souvenir.

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With the Bowie thing it was restricted to 1/non transferable. Rollcall was last half of August, gig was in the first half of September. This automatically reduces the amount of people trying to get tickets and no need for swapping.

 

Got a nice looking ticket to keep after the event... I still have mine! :)

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I would love it! I suppose the one ticket per subscriber thing wouldn't be great for me, because my boyfriend is a U2 fan too, and I've always thought there's no point in both of us paying a subscription, since most of the benefits wouldn't really improve by having two subscriptions (eg. would there really be a point in each of us having our own individual Artificial Horizons CD??... not really). Having said that, I've been a subscriber since two years before my boyfriend and I even started dating, so maybe I'm just rationalising away his not having a subscription, when the truth is he just hasn't subscribed and, since getting with me, no longer has a reason to, meaning it wouldn't exactly be unfair to deny him a ticket to this hypothetical gig.

 

I do think it wouldn't happen though. Main reason - it'd be at odds with what U2 are always trying to do, and now more than ever... get a new audience. They don't need to appeal to us, because they know we aren't going anywhere! So, if they wanted to put on a free gig for anyone, it'd probably be for the people who've never shown an interest in U2... that's the people they really need right now, from their point of view.

 

As for the location... Dublin, of course! I go to see the tribute band Rattle N Hum at the Sugar Club on Leeson Street... imagine trying to pack all of us into there! We'd probably need somewhere a little bigger...

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Oasis did a few 'free' shows prior to an album released.  Fans were selected at random via an email competition.  The winners had to bring a copy of the email and photo I.D to the show.  Wristbands only.

 

The Stone Roses did something similar two years ago in Warrington.

 

In 2006 Noel Gallagher played a series of 'free' acoustic concerts around the world.  The winners were selected at random from the official Oasis site, during a competition.

 

The problem U2 will experience is they have too many fans in every country in the world.  I suppose they could look at this forum and see which current live members have been here the longest?  But it will probably cause more trouble than it's worth, as there will be fans from the late 1970's early 80's who would argue they deserve first rights to a free concert.

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Well if you make it short notice in (for example) London, that will cut out 95% of the subscribers already, since they won't be able to get there in time anyway, or don't want to make the commitment/additional investment. 

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Hey didn't some Irishman once say "they may lose the pop fans but we don't need them"

 

I'm in. Last free U2 gig was a rehearsal in Lakeland FL for the Zoo TV tour. 8 song set including "So Cruel" which they never played in concert that I'm aware of. They tried the song 3 or 4 times but never got through it. There were about 30 of us in the arena.

 

I would vote for a LA & NY show just to be able to please the US fans. I'm in for Dublin again for sure. Croke Park 360 was awesome.

Bono - Dublin July 24th 2009 Croke Park

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