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40 minutes ago, claudeflowers said:

Logistically, the gig was a poor reflection of the band, Live Nation, and the venue.

The G.A. line was handled horribly, with security allowing new arrivals through the metal detectors at the same time as those who had queued for hours (or days).

Yep. They should have allowed the first 500 people inside in a more orderly fashion considering they then had us wait for an hour in the holding area anyway. I know at other venues I have seen where they let 50 people in through the security check and ticket scan and have them line up in the holding area (they could have easily done this in Seattle). Then those folks can get organized before they let another pulse in. It also gives event staff time to learn how to use the readers which was obviously an issue; as someone who has run credit cards at events I know how stressful this can be to do quickly but event staff can help by not just opening the floodgates and letting chaos ensue. The way it was handled was disrespectful to the first few hundred fans who invested the most time waiting. The message for those considering GA is that despite all the planning and organization of the line, once the local event staff take over a random element comes into play and you just have to do your best to roll with it. Things could be greatly improved with better communication between tour management, venue staff, and the fans who always do a great job organizing the line.

In the end it was a spectacular show. One of their truly great shows. And I've been there for many.

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18 minutes ago, tomokeefe said:

Actually the readers are glitchy and not all staff are trained to use them. I was near the front for Seattle and it was stressful for me and the poor tickets readers suddenly faced with this onslaught of people. I had to go to four different readers before I could find someone who could get my card to scan (and I have a relatively new card). I attend a lot of events at the stadium and while the credit card ticket is appealing, it is an objective fact that it is not as dependable as the printed bar codes used for most events that can be scanned more quickly and reliably. I wonder if they could have a system where you could pre-scan credit cards earlier in the day and pick up a bar code ticket to scan on entry (and then have plenty time to deal with any issues) and not have to deal with all that anxiety as people are pouring in.

 

I will second the idea that the credit card entry definitely slowed things down. I was in an entry line that had people with real tickets and credit cards. The ticket people were flying through then we got to my credit card. It was my personal card, it was the same one I used to buy the tickets, and I had it out and ready to go. Took like 3 or 4 swipes for anything to happen, and then it said not confirmed. Swiped some more and it said already scanned. The guy tried calling someone over to see what he should do. That person called someone else over. All the while my entry line wasn't moving. I mentioned that I had the order confirmation with my seats (I printed it at the suggestion of someone who experienced the disaster that was the credit card readers in Vancouver) and I think that at least encouraged them that I did have legitimate tickets but they weren't ok with just letting me in with that. Finally, someone escorted me to the box office where I waited with a couple that similarly wasn't able to get in with their credit card. Once I gave the box office my credit card and ID they printed the tickets in 2 seconds. Given that the credit card entry doesn't seem to be actually deterring the scalpers any I don't think it's worth the hassle. 

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I'm going to the show in Santa Clara Wedneday - GA tix of course.  They are going to stage us much the same way it looks like it was done in Seattle only they are not letting the line start until 2:00pm (my understanding anyway).  If we get to the front of the main stage - are we too close to truly experience and appreciate the images on the screen?

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So glad they played Bad last night - nearly shed a tear or two. 

Does anyone know why Bono threw up the middle finger at the end of Elevation - it was towards the band. 

 

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'Little Things' ? It's OK, I'm not totally sold on it yet - takes too long to get going. However, great to see the lads in top form and back on the touring map a lot sooner than anyone expected. Hope all goes well for the tour. Looking forward to Dubs and really think the 'Streets' piece live on this tour (as we thought it might be given the context of the tour) , and the technical backdrop is quite possibly one of the best pieces of live imagery I've ever seen from this or any other band. Stunning.

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12 hours ago, Heather S said:

Where were you filming from pain_18_.  Looks like you had loads of room! Looks awesome. Well done.

Not ME....I'm just sharing what other fine people did !

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Any tips from Seattle about where's the best place to stand to see the show, if you have GA?    I'm trying to plan ahead for Santa Clara and Pasadena.

I was thinking of right in front of the B stage, to see them up close at the beginning, and then see the main stage screen while not being super-far away.

Trying to get close to the main stage seems less good:  pushy crowd (even though U2 crowds are mostly polite), have to look up at higher stage, big security distance between you and the band, and can't see the screen images properly.

Do they ever come back to the B stage after the first 5 songs?  Like for the final encore??  If so, that would probably seal the deal for me.

Do they spend any significant time on the catwalk?

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2 hours ago, Rich T. said:

Any tips from Seattle about where's the best place to stand to see the show, if you have GA?    I'm trying to plan ahead for Santa Clara and Pasadena.

I was thinking of right in front of the B stage, to see them up close at the beginning, and then see the main stage screen while not being super-far away.

Trying to get close to the main stage seems less good:  pushy crowd (even though U2 crowds are mostly polite), have to look up at higher stage, big security distance between you and the band, and can't see the screen images properly.

Do they ever come back to the B stage after the first 5 songs?  Like for the final encore??  If so, that would probably seal the deal for me.

Do they spend any significant time on the catwalk?

They go back to stage B again as a band but also Bono, and sometimes Larry and Edge throughout the performance will go down there.

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Watching the clips from this concert (and Vancouver) and holy Jeebus, did enough of y'all have your phones out the entire show?  Every crowd shot of the GA groups and all I saw was  asea of cell phone screens and nobody moving to the music.

What's the point of going to the show if you're just going to stand there like a zombie and record the whole thing?

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