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Nervous For The New Tour?

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This is it

hands up! 

At the same time I wonder how the band of young men can gets translated with a message to another time another place

is it really possible

but yeah after some thought I think they might

to some extent at least

 

why, cos they are sort of a best band in the planet and aware

as they have always been it is great and precious

the only ones, four guys for forty years - and we all love them so.  Keep on and stay. Whatever comes and goes, songs like this in a day like today really comforted and made sense, here, in a life. 

Thank you, U2. 

 

Edited by jaanakulo

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Nervous? No.... Excited.... Yes..... just knowing that I am going to 3 U2 shows this summer makes me happy. I'll take then in whenever they dish it up. Do I want to hear/see JT in it's entirety in sequence.... you Bet I do !

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Why be nervous for the tour? It's not as if the band have suddenly got crap at playing live after 40 years!

 

I could understand why the band want to play a more stripped down version of RHMT but I hope they play it in full as it is the one album track I am eager to hear live.

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Always nervous at a U2 concert!!

 

My nervousness comes from two (and a bit) simple reasons - Will they play WOWY (missed out on some of the Vertigo nights) and will they play "Bad" and the bit is will Bono add "Shine Like Stars" to WOWY! (Clearly guaranteed WOWY on this tour!)

 

I will be gutted if they don't play the entire album, don't mind if it's not in order, just really want to hear all the songs. For the rest, I just want them to mix-it up night to night. The previous few tours have been far too rigid (especially 360, which was too tied into the staging / production). I & E was better but not hard to predict what they would play.

 

Would also like them to bring back the magic for the introduction of Streets, nothing has compared since the Elevation Tour at Slane Castle (Go Home - DVD) - which was truly mind blowing!

 

As a side note - Was also really disappointed with the 2 nights’ idea not being fully explained before tickets went on sale for I & E, was really poorly communicated (but was relieved when the concept switched!)

 

If I had my 10 seconds, I would ask for "Shine Like Stars!!!" and probably Heartland too!

 

First saw them at The Point Depot on December 30th 1989 "It's no big deal, it's just -- we have to go away and...and dream it all up again" and multiple times on the tours since. For TJT 2017 tour, have 2 x nights in London (GA and Gold) and Croke Park (Pitch 2) - Every other gig I go to, before the band comes on stage, for a brief moment I wish it U2 coming on, so in July will happen 3 times - YAY!!!!!!!!

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I'm nervous about the stage height! I'm bringing my 13 year old son in the GA. I hope he can see everything!

Have you seen the stage from the Joshua Tree tour? It was so high!

With it being stadium shows, I'm nervous! They're usually higher.

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The problem with this dissection of the timeline is it takes place in a vacuum, and isn't addressing that ticket prices for every band went up primarily because of people pirating their albums and bands making far less revenue from their catalog than ever before, so touring has become the one area where they can still hold the line on financials. Add ticket prices for other bands in, add Napster in, etc., etc., and then it would be a more complete picture. It also excludes the fact that $50 on the Pop Mart isn't being adjusted over time, and assuming that $50 then and now are the same values, which isn't true.

 

That's a fair point in that prices naturally go up over time, and I wouldn't have expected prices to remain absolutely static over twenty years.  But I think it's also fair to say that prices have far exceeded inflation and cost of living adjustments over that time period.  Adjusting for inflation, the prices today still exceed what they were then.

 

For instance, a inflation calculator suggests that $50 in 1997 would be worth about $75 today.  When I saw them at Giants Stadium in 1997, all tickets were equally priced at $50.  For this current tour, the top price is $280 - most of the lower and middle levels are priced at that amount, representing the majority of tickets.  Some lower and middle level seats, along with a lot of upper level seats, are priced at $155.  A lot of the upper level seats are priced at $100.  There are some tickets in the back rows of the highest level as little as $35, but those don't represent a significant quantity of the total tickets.  The general admission floor tickets are $75 - which comparatively speaking is a value, but to me could be considered a decrease in value compared to a reserved front section floor ticket for $50 back in the day, when you'd be guaranteed your space.  (I prefer general admission myself, but I recognize that a guaranteed front area ticket for $50 has more value than a general admission ticket for $75 where you could wind up in the back.)

 

To my mind, while it's technically true that U2 are offering tickets on this tour that are cheaper than their tickets used to be, the practical reality is that the majority of people purchasing tickets will be asked to pay significantly more than they were in 1997.

 

Most of the bands that I saw in 1997-1999 when I was first getting into live music have doubled their prices since then, which isn't nothing, but happened over a twenty year span.  In the same span, U2's prices have increased to about six times what they used to be.  I don't think it's necessarily a coincidence that Live Nation is now managing their tours because I have seen similar price increases for bands that are booked by Live Nation compared to bands that aren't.  Live Nation offers the artist huge paydays in exchange for handling all of the touring logistics; once they've gotten the band to sign on, Live Nation has to get the money back somehow, so that's where they go.  I think in a lot of these cases, the artist is happy to take the check and isn't even aware of what the prices are. 

 

I definitely miss the old days when all tickets were the same price, and everyone had a chance at getting good tickets - maybe you'd be up in the front, maybe you wouldn't, but it wasn't just about who could buy a better view.  Nowadays, when U2 tickets go onsale, I imagine many fans must be crushed because they know that their budget won't even allow them the possibility of good seats.  I felt it was one thing back in the day if I tried for tickets and didn't wind up with good ones - just the luck of the draw.  Now it bothers me that people don't even get the chance to try for good tickets anymore.

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