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Back in the Nineties I’d been to a few TV studio recordings to see bands that I liked; such as Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, The Wonder Stuff and The Mission, appear on TFI Friday, The Word and Rock Steady. I loved those bands and I frequently saw them in club sized venues. U2 on the other hand have always been huge and they have always been my favourite band, they don’t small gigs really do they?

 

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. When we reached the pub we found a few more people who were going that had red wristbands, what did the colours mean we wondered?

 

When we got back to the outside the studio and met up with Bigwave and a few other U2 fans, we discovered that they all had purple wristbands on too .The door staff told us that we should join the back of the long queue but also that we would all be called up early to enter as we were the completion winners, 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.

 

After some introductions from the warm up guy and lots of TV crew running around the place, at 8pm U2 appeared silently on the stage in front of us and the show’s familiar theme music played out as we watched the titles on a huge monitor. Chris Evans said a few words, we all cheered , cameras moved through the air, the band started up and before I knew it I had Bono two feet away from me live on TV and I was singing my heart out to Raised By Wolves and wondering if I looked like an idiot grinning away on everyone’s TV. The four minutes of the song flew by and we were soon being shuffled backwards so that the catwalk stage could be removed.

 

A couple of other bands played: Slaves were one of them, they were impressive , I saw Bono keenly watching them from the guest balcony, a lot of other musicians of his standing probably wouldn’t have been doing that . Take That were another of the support bands, they played one song, they have never been my cup of tea but their more recent work has caught my ear as being credible competent pop musicians, so far from how they were twenty three years ago though. U2 were interviewed upstairs although I will have to watch my TV recording to find out what they said as it was quite noisy in the studio.

 

Fifty minutes after it all started , the TV crew were moving us around a bit and U2’s catwalk stage extension was brought back , no mean feat by the crew as they did this in a huge crowd with little spare time. The lads came back on and we were treated Vertigo during which I became aware that it was nearly 9pm and show finish time. U2 stayed on stage, the cameras carried on rolling and we had Song For Someone and Out Of Control, all for the extended Saturday night edition of the show.

 

It was an amazing night, I never ever dreamed that I would get to see U2 play a “gig” this small , I never thought I would be a couple of feet away from them , I still can’t really believed that it happened , Thank you U2 TFI Friday and  Zootopia for making this happen , I hope that they can give us fans the chance to do something again. 

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Reallt great you all had such a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing your reviews here, makes us feel the excitement too

Hello there, welcome back:))

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Reallt great you all had such a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing your reviews here, makes us feel the excitement too

Hello there, welcome back:))

Hi Anj ... how are things?

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It was the end of last week when I found out that U2 were to be guests on the first in a new/final series of TFI Friday, I had to be there! I started the week trying all sorts of ways of applying for a ticket, it got to Thursday, the day before the show & I started to panic, panic to the point of even following & retweeting Take That! (don't judge me!) I had no success (yes, I immediately unfollowed Take That! Haha), but then a friend informed me that U2.com had tickets to give away, so I hit the Zoo & posted my name in the hopes of being drawn out of the hat.

At 7:45pm I saw a tweet from a fellow Zootopian (Chichard41) whom I hadn't seen since the Vertigo tour saying he had a spare ticket & if someone wanted it, then 'shout him', yep, I shouted loudly & he heard me, I was going to TFI Friday with U2! A couple of good friends (also Zootopians) also wanted to go to the show & had also entered the U2.com draw for tickets. Time was ticking away & suddenly I got a pm from Bigwave informing me my name had been drawn out of the hat for tickets! I couldn't believe my luck! I spoke to chichard41 & he said he would take one of my friends in with him & I'd take in the other, we were all set & absolutely gobsmacked that we were all going to get to see this performance.

Friday comes around, show day, I'm running late due to train delays & my friends are panicking. None of us believe we will see U2 until we get inside the venue, our stomachs are turning & the anxiety kicks in. Finally, we are let into the venue!

 

Oh My God! We're inside! It's tiny! We were expecting a long trek to the stage area but it was literally just in front of us! Adam's side, Edge's side, right at the tip of the mini catwalk, where do we go?!!!! We opted for Edge's side as a few Take That fans had gone Adam's side, we were So Close it was ridiculous! Right in front of Edge's pedal board, holy *enter expletive here*!

 

The show starts, intro by the presenter Chris Evans & straight into U2 'Raised by Wolves' to open the show. Wow! This is so intimate it's ridiculous! Edge is standing 4 feet in front of us, we are jumping & singing at the top of our lungs! BINGO! Bono gets registration 1385WZ correct ;)

We are ecstatic! There can't be anymore than 200 people in this audience, you'd have to travel back in time to the late 70's to see a crowd this intimate & small watching now one of the biggest bands in the world!

 

The show moves on with live performances from Sounds of the Sirens, Take That & Slaves, one number each, interviews with Steve Coogan & Saoirse Ronan.

 

U2 are closing the show & we hear Uno, Dos, Tres, Catorce! The audience goes wild & pogoing ensues, it's loud & it's fantastic, it's like being in a concert in your own living room! The show is off air after Vertigo and the audience is in for a surprise, U2 keep on playing! 'Song for Someone' is up next, that song just gets me every time! I'm standing there in awe, turning to watch my friends, seeing the emotion from Bono, just ......Wow! Then we get a treat! 'Out of Control'! You have to sing your heart out & jump like crazy to this one, it's a given. Bono picks up a bottle of champagne, cracks it open & sprays the audience, I get a bit of champers in my eye, but I don't care, This. Is. AWESOME! I sing at the top of my lungs just like everyone else and I don't want this to end, this is just so close, so intimate, so freaking amazing! It was a mini gig of maximum awesomeness!

The show ends, one of my friends has a drumstick from Larry & a guitar pick from Edge, another gets the champagne bottle that Bono sprays the audience with. There's champagne still in the bottle, so between the four of us, we drink it & celebrate!

 

Thank you so much to all the people at U2.com, this was one I won't forget in a hurry!

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It was the end of last week when I found out that U2 were to be guests on the first in a new/final series of TFI Friday, I had to be there! I started the week trying all sorts of ways of applying for a ticket, it got to Thursday, the day before the show & I started to panic, panic to the point of even following & retweeting Take That! (don't judge me!) I had no success (yes, I immediately unfollowed Take That! Haha), but then a friend informed me that U2.com had tickets to give away, so I hit the Zoo & posted my name in the hopes of being drawn out of the hat.

At 7:45pm I saw a tweet from a fellow Zootopian (Chichard41) whom I hadn't seen since the Vertigo tour saying he had a spare ticket & if someone wanted it, then 'shout him', yep, I shouted loudly & he heard me, I was going to TFI Friday with U2! A couple of good friends (also Zootopians) also wanted to go to the show & had also entered the U2.com draw for tickets. Time was ticking away & suddenly I got a pm from Bigwave informing me my name had been drawn out of the hat for tickets! I couldn't believe my luck! I spoke to chichard41 & he said he would take one of my friends in with him & I'd take in the other, we were all set & absolutely gobsmacked that we were all going to get to see this performance.

Friday comes around, show day, I'm running late due to train delays & my friends are panicking. None of us believe we will see U2 until we get inside the venue, our stomachs are turning & the anxiety kicks in. Finally, we are let into the venue!

 

Oh My God! We're inside! It's tiny! We were expecting a long trek to the stage area but it was literally just in front of us! Adam's side, Edge's side, right at the tip of the mini catwalk, where do we go?!!!! We opted for Edge's side as a few Take That fans had gone Adam's side, we were So Close it was ridiculous! Right in front of Edge's pedal board, holy *enter expletive here*!

 

The show starts, intro by the presenter Chris Evans & straight into U2 'Raised by Wolves' to open the show. Wow! This is so intimate it's ridiculous! Edge is standing 4 feet in front of us, we are jumping & singing at the top of our lungs! BINGO! Bono gets registration 1385WZ correct ;)

We are ecstatic! There can't be anymore than 200 people in this audience, you'd have to travel back in time to the late 70's to see a crowd this intimate & small watching now one of the biggest bands in the world!

 

The show moves on with live performances from Sounds of the Sirens, Take That & Slaves, one number each, interviews with Steve Coogan & Saoirse Ronan.

 

U2 are closing the show & we hear Uno, Dos, Tres, Catorce! The audience goes wild & pogoing ensues, it's loud & it's fantastic, it's like being in a concert in your own living room! The show is off air after Vertigo and the audience is in for a surprise, U2 keep on playing! 'Song for Someone' is up next, that song just gets me every time! I'm standing there in awe, turning to watch my friends, seeing the emotion from Bono, just ......Wow! Then we get a treat! 'Out of Control'! You have to sing your heart out & jump like crazy to this one, it's a given. Bono picks up a bottle of champagne, cracks it open & sprays the audience, I get a bit of champers in my eye, but I don't care, This. Is. AWESOME! I sing at the top of my lungs just like everyone else and I don't want this to end, this is just so close, so intimate, so freaking amazing! It was a mini gig of maximum awesomeness!

The show ends, one of my friends has a drumstick from Larry & a guitar pick from Edge, another gets the champagne bottle that Bono sprays the audience with. There's champagne still in the bottle, so between the four of us, we drink it & celebrate!

 

Thank you so much to all the people at U2.com, this was one I won't forget in a hurry!

Another great review of that magnicent moment !

Goosebumps reading all this stuff and feeling the emotions you all experienced!

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@U2_Moe: you're completely forgiven for following Take That ... It was all for a good cause

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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, and to an invited audience of 200 or so.


 


Having unexpectedly been awarded production tickets less than 24 hours before the show, the usual element of thinking “I'm-going-to-see-U2-in-a-bit” is absent. Instead, it's a relaxed ramble down to the studio in Central London, picking up a Lilac wristband (numbered 7), and a gentle bite to eat in a pub. Come 6.45, it's back to the theatre, and being called back in the bands specific guests.


 


So... the actual seeing U2 part of it is both surreal, and feels.. utterly normal. 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. They have sincerity and substance. Sometimes too much of both, and are too sincere. The performance is short, and from where I am, strange : “Raised By Wolves” is performed with me within actual touching distance of Bono, being front row.


 


Up close you can see U2 not as icons, metaphors, or avatars, but as people : with hairs on their wrists and watches and wrinkles who laugh and look at each other and spend time together. Seeing them on TV and in stadiums, it's easy to forget that U2 aren't just these megaglobalrockstars but people who – and I have seen it with my own eyes – sometimes play the wrong notes and pull silly faces.


 


There's a minor reshuffle as the band move things around, and we see Take That, and Slaves, and Songs To the Siren, and Steve Coogan. U2 come back at the end for a mini gig, with a raucous “Vertigo” that slips back into the old fashioned, and glorious world of 'blokes making a racket'. There's jumping and air pointing and all kinds of noise. The girl next to me tries to touch Bono's crotch. How much fun is that? The broadcast ends, and they slip into “Song For Someone”, which is a great ballad which reminds me so much of being young.


 


“I was told it would only hurt the first time...” he sings. Edge closes his eyes, and it's a room that seems lost in music. Afterwards, they bring out the white Explorer, and normally this would be “Beautiful Day”, but – and for me, I've only seen them play this once before – it's “Out Of Control”, the small debut single that never charted, and gets played rarely (only 7 times between 2002 and 2015, for example, and not at all between 1990 and 2000), and the band slay it, delivering it with the kind of passion and noise that bands half their age have. They may be growing old, but they're not getting stale. Yes, you can hate them, or their “Legally Compliant Tax Evasion” business practices, or perhaps the idea of their sincerity, and I get it, but you can't say with legitimacy that they ever … stopped trying, even if they didn't always suceed. With that last song, years fall away, and U2 become the band they were when they were 20 – hungry, ambitious, brave, unafraid to be stupid and make a big noise. And isn't that what music is all about?


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Reallt great you all had such a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing your reviews here, makes us feel the excitement too

Hello there, welcome back:))

Hi Anj ... how are things?

Ok thanks, how bout you?

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Reallt great you all had such a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing your reviews here, makes us feel the excitement too

Hello there, welcome back:))

Hi Anj ... how are things?

Ok thanks, how bout you?

 

All good too, thanks ... Pretty busy with a 7- and a 9-year ild running around.

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wow this sounds amazing, i didnt see the thread about the free tickets (was off work too :( but was knee high in decorating and gardening!)

 

I watched it twice and saw the extended version on Channel4 as well, great to see Zootops on TV and recognised some guys in the front row, awesome experiance for you all.

 

Enjoyed Slaves as well.

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