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What Was Your Favourite Song(s) Of Each Night?  

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  1. 1. Your favourite song(s) of Show 1? Please choose up to 3 (three) songs...

    • The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
      1
    • The Electric Co.
      5
    • Vertigo
      1
    • I Will Follow
      0
    • Iris (Hold Me Now)
      2
    • Cedarwood Road
      0
    • Song for Someone
      0
    • Sunday Bloody Sunday
      3
    • Raised by Wolves
      4
    • Until the End of the World
      3
    • Invisible
      1
    • Even Better than the Real Thing
      2
    • Mysterious Ways
      0
    • Elevation
      0
    • The Sweetest Thing
      1
    • Every Breaking Wave
      2
    • October
      1
    • Bullet the Blue Sky
      1
    • Zooropa
      2
    • Where the Streets Have No Name
      4
    • Pride (In the Name of Love)
      2
    • With or Without You
      2
    • City of Blinding Lights
      1
    • Beautiful Day
      1
    • Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / One
      3
  2. 2. Your favourite song(s) of Show 2? Please choose up to 3 (three) songs...

    • The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
      0
    • Out of Control
      6
    • Vertigo
      1
    • I Will Follow
      1
    • Iris (Hold Me Close)
      1
    • Cedarwood Road
      2
    • Song for Someone
      0
    • Sunday Bloody Sunday
      0
    • Raised By Wolves
      6
    • Until the End of the World
      3
    • Invisible
      2
    • Even Better than the Real Thing
      3
    • Mysterious Ways
      1
    • Desire
      0
    • Angel of Harlem
      3
    • Every Breaking Wave
      2
    • October
      1
    • Bullet the Blue Sky
      3
    • Zooropa
      0
    • Where The Streets Have No Name
      5
    • Pride (In the Name of Love)
      1
    • With or Without You
      2
    • City of Blinding Lights
      0
    • Beautiful Day
      2
    • Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
      1


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40 wasn't played on neither of the first two London nighst so........

 

 

 

 

And about Bono, what exactly do you mean, Jaana?   He does seem tired on many nights but I think it's because of the accident and the recovery phase combined with his age, of course....But I'm sure you don't mean Bono's lost the passion and the fire, do you?   What other change did you mean ?

Think he's talking about the audience singing 40 right after With Or Without You during and before the encore. I could hear a bit of that only.

 

Nice pics Lorri and love reading the reviews of people who were actually there. : ) 

 

As for Bono, I wouldn't want to see Bono in jet black hair dancing and doing the Zoostation jiggle wiggle moves like a youngin and trying to imitate a younger version of himself. Bono looks very comfortable and cool in his "elder"? self and he's doing it right, right by cool and nothing else. There's a lot of causal movement you still capture in him, but certainly don't wanna see Bono as an older version of himself, as what The King, Elvis did. That was just sad.

 

I think some of us look at Bono, U2 as an image that can remain forever and that's never going to happen. Reallly, when I look at U2 in concert pics today. I really do think wow...this band is STILL very very COOL and HOT(I'll throw that in too, ha)and more power to them.It's never about looks and cool, but U2 not only has that going for them but they are without a doubt..the best f-in rock and roll band EVER, in albums and in concert. When you are there with them, they really show you what they are! It's impressive!! 

 

 

Cheers!! I still can believe that we were that close!

And totally agree with your view of Bono.  The man has cool bones, he is the very epitome of cool. Well, apart from in that lycra/cycle helmet combo, that was perhaps not such a cool look :)  What I loved more than anything about this tour is that it's 90% about them, no gimmicks or fancy stage stuff, just four blokes making an incredible sound - sure there is the screen, but on the stage it's them.  Being cool.  

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South Side GA last night - the closest I have ever been at a U2 gig!

 

The show was awesome from start to finish, can't wait to do it all over again on Thursday!!!

 

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What side would you recommend? South or North? And If I am going for the rail, would the Main stage rail, catwalk rail or the E stage rail be the best? And how early do you think we have to get in Line to get to teh rail?

 

100% South!!  I took the advice of someone on here and chose South, SO glad that we did as it seemed to be that they spent more time facing that way, but that could of course be a warped view!

 

We didn't queue at all, walked straight in just before 7.30 and were two from the rail on the catwalk - with a lot of room around us too.  We were able to dance, walk about etc and it wasn't at all squashed like I expected it to be.  But if you want to get on the rail then I am guessing those spaces were taken by the people who queued from early in the morning - I get why people want to be that close, but at this show you miss so much if you are standing under the screen on the catwalk.  

 

Main stage or catwalk?  I would chose catwalk, toward the E stage - then you get the best of both.  But it is of course personal preference

 

I am going on the last show in London, have GA tickets. I just have some questions. What is the best side, the north or the south? And if we get it to the rail, what will you recommend, the main stage rail, the catwalk rail or the E stage rail? I have noticed that it is not neccesary to que up early for good spots, but if I want a rail spot, how early do I have to Get in line?

 

Hi - as above really.  We are going again Thursday and are going for South again, it really was perfection!!  We almost got in line early in the morning, but am so glad that we didn't now, for two reasons, firstly we were only two from the rail without queuing at all and secondly you don't see the screen if you are on the rail and the screen is an integral part of the show.

 

Okei, then I think I will just relax and dont Get in line to early to head for the rail. I have been to all the last tours, and have always been in the red sone or heart, but then we have qued for 6-8 hours. It is so cool to could see my stars AS Close AS possible, but if I can come AS Close AS you tell without Queing I think I will go for your advise and head for a spot south side towards there catwalk going over to the e-stage. As I could see from your pictures you where really Close without being at the rail. But how far back do you have to stay to see the screen?

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Okei, then I think I will just relax and dont Get in line to early to head for the rail. I have been to all the last tours, and have always been in the red sone or heart, but then we have qued for 6-8 hours. It is so cool to could see my stars AS Close AS possible, but if I can come AS Close AS you tell without Queing I think I will go for your advise and head for a spot south side towards there catwalk going over to the e-stage. As I could see from your pictures you where really Close without being at the rail. But how far back do you have to stay to see the screen?

 

 

You can see the screen from 2/3 deep if you tip your head up!  We found that most people stepped back a bit when the screen was on, which made it easier to see, and then forward again when they were on the catwalk. I went to Madison Square Garden and was in seating, so had seen the screen (which is awesome!!) and this time just wanted to get as close as I could - I think we were really lucky and were able to experience the best of everything because everyone in South side around us were just so friendly/moved around together.  People went off to get drinks and were able to get straight back in to the spaces they were in, no elbowing for spaces which I have found at other concerts.  I guess us U2 fans are just a thoroughly decent bunch :)

 

Have a look at my album of pics for an idea of how close we were

 

https://flic.kr/s/aHskjxi7zg

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From the atmosphere on night one the older classic songs went down much better and my own opinion is because they are  in a different league to the new stuff.The new stuff was good but the classics went down much better. The biggest indicator is the atmosphere and noise level from the crowd which went to another level.It wasnt flat during the new songs but by comparison it was so you could tell what the majority of people wanted to hear.Even better than the real thing whilst not one of my favourites was incredible especially with the screen.Set list could be much better whilst we all have different faves the new songs are the lower points.The miracle is a poor opener choice just like breathe was to begin with on 360 . Didnt like new version of sbs parts of it sound badly out of tune.Not everyone would agree its just my opinion.and the show was brilliant but i think it could be even better.

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Inevitably a proportion of the crowd will be more familiar with the big hits than the more recent tracks. But also remember that they are basically touring SoI so playing a larger number of songs from that album. For the rest they can cherry pick the crowd pleasers from across all the other albums... Pride and Streets got a big reaction but if they had played five or six tracks from just UF or from JT would they all have gained the same level of response?

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I was at four 360 degree shows - 2 in London and 2 in Dublin. For me the fact they aren't playing in the Round on an arena tour is a big disappointment.

London 1 felt a bit flat and the fact you can't see the band close up for the whole show in standing adds to that.

The new stuff is ok but doesn't light me up the way the old songs do.

Next up for me is London 4.

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I was at night one and two, it's hard for me to be objective, I had a fantastic time both nights, second night was especially good, Desire and Angel Of Harlem really continued the party atmosphere that Mysterious ways started and got everyone moving with some real feel good factor, Bono was much more engaged with the audience throughout the show and seemed to enjoy it more, I saw far more smiling and laughter from the other band members too (except for Adam who is ALWAYS smiling :) ).

 

It is harder for me to judge how the new songs came across as I think you have to be able to take in the screen to fully appreciate them, but the songs that rely less on the screen as part of the performance were captivating, Iris and EBW, SFS was also wonderful but I think because I was near the e stage so saw more of Bono's performance.
I certainly can't say anything bad about the new songs, so that's got to be good!

 

I might not be the biggest Noel fan, but I really appreciated the ISHFWILF duet, simply because I know they have been good friends for a long time and it's nice to have that sense of chemistry, plus it was the first time I have seen ISHFWILF live and being my all time favourite song I was reduced to tears of joy.

The down and out rock show at the start has oodles of energy and was perfectly executed, the intimate section was oozing love and feel good factor whether it was EBW or Desire (Desire was full band, not acoustic which as pretty damned special!).

I still commend the decision to introduce the Zooropa rather than Mother and Child Reunion segue to Streets, it works flawlessly and perfectly transitions the mood from EBW, October and BTBS into the sky high reaches of Streets, which is then followed by Pride to give all that energy somewhere to flow before WOWY.

The last injection of energy before the final song works nicely (you wouldn't want to be gently swaying for 3 whole songs at the end), One was of course a great opportunity for the audience to be together one last time, but for me ISHFWILF followed by All You Need Is Love had a far more upbeat feel whilst still achieving the unity the last song reaches for.

 

This one of my photo's taken from night 2 during Desire

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In terms of best places to stand, I did both shows on the North Side rail by the e stage, but honestly I don't think there is a bad place to be, it just means that you will get a slightly different show, we had LOTS of Bono time on the runway, we quite accidentally positioned ourselves at what seemed to be his favourite stop point near the e stage and he spent most of that time facing us (got lots of eye contact and some smiles  :wub:  ).

However you don't get so much time from the rest of the band, Adam and Edge stop far less frequently on the runway, but if like us you can position yourself on the runway but very near to a stage then you can have the best of both worlds.

As a general rule in terms of atmosphere, the e stage is the intimate show, the i stage is the rock show and 2-3 spaces from the rail is the full visual extravaganza, so you really just need to decide which part of the show appeals to you most, but I will say that once the show is in full swing there is room to move around and as long as you're not worried about a rail spot then you are actually able to easily move between stages as the show progresses.

 

The Meerket girls both nights and the guitar brothers were awesome, I met Trish earlier in the day and had the chance to congratulate her the next day. There was a split second on night 2 during Mysterious Ways where I thought it might be me, Bono locked eyes with me and didn't look away, when he edged slightly toward me I freaked and had to look at Larry until he turned away, thankfully he then immediately pulled Tammy and she was fantastic!

Proving that you never really know how your going to react when faced with your heroes until it happens...of course he was probably just engaging with me for a moment, but I guess we'll never know now.

I also want to mention the lad who got to wear Bono's shades and swap jackets, he was clearly very nervous but did very well, it was only a shame he didn't get to keep the jacket and shades...I hope they gave him something awesome instead, the thematic point wasn't lost on me and was a nice touch.

 

The sound was every bit as good as we were told it would be, I've NEVER been to a show bigger than a small theater size with such good sound, clear as day and really made what was already an incredible pair of shows just perfect.

 

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