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I'm getting more and more irritated at the 'I've been a fan since XXXX' posts. So what? I was born the year after the Joshua tree and the vertigo tour was my first gig, ever. Is my appreciation for the band somehow less because I missed out on Zoo TV? I'd have killed to have seen it but I enjoy not being 30 yet too so hey ho. Ultimately, staying on top of something you pay for and then renewing the payment or choosing not to isn't rocket science, and speaking as someone who's survived the Glastonbury sale, it is possible to pick things up on general sale. Certainly devising an effective plan for that or reading much of the useful advice on here is much more productive than whining on ad infinitum. Not denying for a second ticketmaster aren't being pretty naff and that it's not frustrating, but to quote Frank Underwood, "you are entitled to nothing."

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Well, I hope life never ever gets that crazy for you that you forget to renew before an unknown predetermined cut off date for getting into priority sale group.

 

We will have to disagree on the seniority thing. But I will say I've always been sold priority ticket access as a perk for membership for 30 yrs.

 

This Wite group was open to all the world and all the bots. Not so perky.

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Ive memorised that I'm due to renew on 24th June and then renew the month before to be safe. I have a reminder on my phone and email, in case life ever 'gets crazy'.

 

But if you forgot to pay a bill on time, that'd hardly be an excuse - why should they provide you with access if you're not fully subbed up? You'd lose a season ticket or spotify access for the same thing, no matter your length of commitment. Like it or not, length of subscription is fairest way of measuring it.

 

You can't maintain it matters to you so much and then not renew like the rest of us manage to, on time. They're the rules. You may not like them, but those of us who renew even in the fallow periods do so for exactly this scenario.

 

Having said that, the wires presale clearly has some issues thanks to ticketmaster that need to be seriously looked at - and I do think moderators are passing this up the chain. But you're right, and it sucks, and I'm sorry.

 

I do however, wish people would stop bringing seniority and age into it. I think a kid who digs out their parents U2 vinyl is just as entitled to like the band as a fifty year-old, gig-going veteran. Passion isn't defined by how many albums you own or gigs you've seen, and what I like about this band is how inclusive their music and approach to life is - the clue's in the name.

 

Anyway, more practically, honestly keep trying the app and don't give up the ghost just yet. You were able to get standing GAs for London 6 at 5.45 pm on the IE tour on the day itself! Good luck and hope you get your dream tix one way or another. Fingers crossed.

 

It ain't over until Bono's crotch is on a camera viewfinder, displayed on a screen.

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I'm annoyed at the wording of the email. I don't know, perhaps I'm being petty. 

It was the equivalent of a politely worded 'I'm sorry... who the f are you? Press 1 for Bieber, 2 for Buble, or the symbol Pi for any U2-related injustices you may be experiencing.

 

It went something (but not exactly) like this: 

 

heyyyyy man (or woman)! So, welcome to the U2 fan club! Since you are a new member and all, and we're too swamped here at THIS IS ALL WE DO, INC. to answer any queries you might have., we've decided to email you a sort-of unique code with a B on it! FUN FACT: B stands for BOY, ARE THERE A LOT OF RECENT U2.COM MEMBERS QEUING UP WITH YOU FORGETFUL OLD-TIMERS! C'MON... MINGLE WHY DONTCHA!

 

thank you for shopping MUSIC TODAY, WHERE EVEN A MINOR LAPSE IN MEMBERSHIP WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DOWNGRADE TO NEWBIE STATUS WITH ZERO WARNING, AND WHERE 20-30 YEARS OF FANDOM AND MEMBERSHIP FEES DON'T MEAN DIDDLY!

 

(Btw, there is no C-Z code, so BEST OF LUCK IN STEERAGE WITH THE SCALPERS!)

 

If you require assistance or further information, dial 411 or consult a voodoo-man. 

 

 

*I know, sounds like I'm whining... but practically a lifetime of fandom, and here I am sweating JT30 tix. Best of luck, wired-ones!

I'm with you... no email to renew my very long past subscription... not the way to treat your long term fans. Sadly tho, " I just can't quit ya" U2...

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I think it's fair for the band to reward longtime fans who keep paying membership dues even in the wilderness years with no tours or shows. I would be a bit miffed if people who let their memberships lapse and re-upped only after a tour announcement received the same access and benefits as someone who has been loyal through the years with their payments and support.

I have paid every year forever - but with an email reminder. Did NOT get one this year, and remembered prior to the tour announcement but evidently after the cut off for Red Hill... so am glad to get tix via the Wired presale, but am not happy that us old timers did not get a polite but gentle reminder to renew prior to the cut off date. Have always been in the Red Zone before. Guess I am old enough to sit in any case...

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Yeah. Same here. I have been a subscriber since they transitioned from Propaganda and set up the website subscriptions. Occasionally I let it lapse but always renew. I was lapsed in December but got it renewed (but after the cutoff). Good for those who are on top of their shit and get their bills paid and all that. I'm cool with you getting a day head start. What I don't understand is how I get lumped into the group with every bloke just willing to pay what they see as an extra $50 surcharge the second day of presale. I don't understand why Ticketmaster was selling memberships and lumping the longtime subscribers who had lapsed in with them.

 

And then there is the whole issue of getting on right at 9am and only having the option of 300 level tickets at the far end sold as "best available seats." With a day of persistence I was able to get my GA ticket but talk about a terrible experience.

 

Anyway something to vent about. I'll see old friends and new ones at the GA line in Seattle. Looking forward to this show and by then all of this will have been forgotten.

 

Love and Peace all!

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... I don't understand why Ticketmaster was selling memberships and lumping the longtime subscribers who had lapsed in with them.

 

And then there is the whole issue of getting on right at 9am and only having the option of 300 level tickets at the far end sold as "best available seats." With a day of persistence I was able to get my GA ticket but talk about a terrible experience.

 

 

 

Well, TM was selling the memberships surely because LiveNation (or whomever is managing u2.com) arranged for it. And I do understand why people whose membership lapsed are disappointed, but there has to be some sort of cut-off, no? Dec 24th seems to me to be a date that makes the most sense.

 

And I also feel the practice of slowly dripping in the coveting seats over the course of the day is a poor practice for a presale exclusive to paying fan-club members.

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UPDATE: in spite of having a Scarlet B tattooed on my forehead by customer service, I was able to get GA's!

Woot woot!

 

But what a royal cluster-f%#! There has GOT to be a better way. From talking to fans all over the place, looks like it was totally arbitrary how this thing went down. One guy I know got GA's as a first choice, another one got offered relative nosebleeds. I got lucky. After about 20-30 refreshes on my phone browser, the golden ticket magically appeared! Is there something seriously wrong with me that I count seeing those two beautiful letters throughout the years as some of my most joyous moments in life? No? Well, would you think differently if I told you I have 2 kids and 2 granddaughters or that I once rescued a litter of kittens out of a sewer?

 

Don't judge me, bub... we're talking THE BOYS here!

 

So, yeah. I'm happy about the way things turned out for myself. But I am absolutely BUMMED that the same can't be said about so many of my fellow dedicated U2 fans.

 

Let me just leave you with something this guy told me once at a thing...

 

Happiness is not a zero-sum game. You can celebrate your fortune with mirthful gestures and loud yelps of joy, yet still have space in your heart to acknowledge the tear in your neighbor's eye. Gloat not over the girth of your relative mindfulness, lest ye be doomed to follow the lonely path of the twatwaffle.

- a guy that one time at the thing I told you about

 

Namaste, my friends. I pray that I see many of you in GA!

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Folks,

 

U2.com made a great gesture in January last year. All existing memberships were extended until 31 of January of 2017!!!!

That was a clear hint that a tour might be popping up somewhere along the line. Mine would originally lapse early December, but because of the extension I didn't have to renew. Everyone moaning and complaining about letting the memberships laps probably let it lapse back in 2015!! Stop complaining and take your responsibility and be pro-active!! When people let their subscription lapse there's always the risk of not getting what you want ticket wise.

I guess everyone in the Red Hill Group got what they wanted.

 

Thing is, when radiostations across the country start encouraging people to take out subscriptions you know you're in trouble in presales.

 

I'm happy that U2 takes care of their loyal fans.

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I do however, wish people would stop bringing seniority and age into it. I think a kid who digs out their parents U2 vinyl is just as entitled to like the band as a fifty year-old, gig-going veteran. Passion isn't defined by how many albums you own or gigs you've seen.

 

Well said!

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