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I saw Coldplay the first night they played last Summer.  There was a severe thunderstorm going into the venue.  No opening acts but Coldplay came on and played.  I was so happy and even starting to dry off a bit.  Then I felt a raindrop.  After they finished the song they were playing, Chris Martin said they had to leave and would come back out in an hour.  Nope.  Someone came out and whispered to him.  He then said, "I guess not.  We'll give them one more song.", and they played A Sky Full Of Stars.  Ironic.  Then he said, "That's it folks.  We're sorry.  Why is it raining?  I thought it was Summer right now.".  It was funny until I realized we got 2/3 of a show.

It depends on lightning.  If it's a thunderstorm with decent lightning, they have to shut it down.  I was so bummed until I realized I could call TM and have them get me comps for the next night.  WRONG.  I argued for hours with TM as the show should not have taken place.  The line of storms moving in stretched over three states.  It never should have taken place but for dollar bills.  It poured for three hours.  The buses could not move.  Traffic stood still.  It was a mess.  Again, it's the promoter who makes the rules and leaves the dirty work to those at the venue.

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I live in Milwaukee which is about 90 minutes due North of Chicago.  There is a warm front which is moving in and they cannot accurately predict where and when the accompanying bad storms will hit.  It looks like the brunt of the front, at this point, is going to pass more to the North of Chicago.  That can change, but it has seemed so all week.  I'm hoping and praying and begging and pleading that it does.  I think we'll be okay.  I just checked and there is only a 20% chance of thunderstorms during showtime.  The winds are gonna be out of the SW which should keep the major squall to the North.  Bring a poncho if you will.  Remember that no umbrellas are allowed into the venue.  You have to leave them sit on the ground.  There were thousands by the time we got past that point for the monsoon that was Coldplay last year.  Quite a few of them looked expensive but sat abandoned nonetheless.  It looks like we will be okay for the show but that can change when next to Lake Michigan.  I still think we'll be okay but am checking every 12 hours as I am a weather geek.  It is going to be hot and quite humid during the day for all the GA people sitting in the Sun.

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In the summer of 1998, I attended the Tibetan Freedom Concert at RFK Stadium in Washington DC.... during the first day of the 2-day event, lightning struck directly in the middle of the stadium, injuring several fans. (a total miracle no one died.)

That crash was the loudest sound I ever heard.  If there truly is the threat of lightning, the show should be postponed.

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51 minutes ago, rlj1010 said:

In the summer of 1998, I attended the Tibetan Freedom Concert at RFK Stadium in Washington DC.... during the first day of the 2-day event, lightning struck directly in the middle of the stadium, injuring several fans. (a total miracle no one died.)

That crash was the loudest sound I ever heard.  If there truly is the threat of lightning, the show should be postponed.

Postponed being the key word!  As awful as that sounds...I would love to safely hear lightning crash.  I doubt it's possible but I love storms; just not on the day of an outdoor concert.

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We may get pretty lucky tomorrow.  Right now they're saying thunderstorms will stop around 5pm and then pick back up again around midnight.

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Here's hoping, Keith2, and everyone else attending the shows.  I'm seeing the same thing too.  I checked multiple sources.  Meteorologists are predicting two bands of rain which should pass over fairly quickly.  GA people lining up during the day are the most likely to get the rain, it seems.  Soldier Field is right on Lake Michigan.  The storms often break up or weaken as they hit the lake because the water is cold.  Maybe that will happen tomorrow.

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On 6/1/2017 at 4:30 PM, Manohlive said:

I saw Coldplay the first night they played last Summer.  There was a severe thunderstorm going into the venue.  No opening acts but Coldplay came on and played.  I was so happy and even starting to dry off a bit.  Then I felt a raindrop.  After they finished the song they were playing, Chris Martin said they had to leave and would come back out in an hour.  Nope.  Someone came out and whispered to him.  He then said, "I guess not.  We'll give them one more song.", and they played A Sky Full Of Stars.  Ironic.  Then he said, "That's it folks.  We're sorry.  Why is it raining?  I thought it was Summer right now.".  It was funny until I realized we got 2/3 of a show.

It depends on lightning.  If it's a thunderstorm with decent lightning, they have to shut it down.  I was so bummed until I realized I could call TM and have them get me comps for the next night.  WRONG.  I argued for hours with TM as the show should not have taken place.  The line of storms moving in stretched over three states.  It never should have taken place but for dollar bills.  It poured for three hours.  The buses could not move.  Traffic stood still.  It was a mess.  Again, it's the promoter who makes the rules and leaves the dirty work to those at the venue.

Never, ever admit that you saw Coldplay.

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Funny.  Thanks.   I like Coldplay.  I was wondering, when writing that, how long it would take someone to say something.   I love it.  

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On 6/1/2017 at 4:30 PM, Manohlive said:

I saw Coldplay the first night they played last Summer.  There was a severe thunderstorm going into the venue.  No opening acts but Coldplay came on and played.  I was so happy and even starting to dry off a bit.  Then I felt a raindrop.  After they finished the song they were playing, Chris Martin said they had to leave and would come back out in an hour.  Nope.  Someone came out and whispered to him.  He then said, "I guess not.  We'll give them one more song.", and they played A Sky Full Of Stars.  Ironic.  Then he said, "That's it folks.  We're sorry.  Why is it raining?  I thought it was Summer right now.".  It was funny until I realized we got 2/3 of a show.

It depends on lightning.  If it's a thunderstorm with decent lightning, they have to shut it down.  I was so bummed until I realized I could call TM and have them get me comps for the next night.  WRONG.  I argued for hours with TM as the show should not have taken place.  The line of storms moving in stretched over three states.  It never should have taken place but for dollar bills.  It poured for three hours.  The buses could not move.  Traffic stood still.  It was a mess.  Again, it's the promoter who makes the rules and leaves the dirty work to those at the venue.

I was there for this too. The Soldier Field employees were rude, unaccommodating and were even swearing at people (!) to leave. Have a backup plan, just in case!

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 My first U2 show was an outdoor concert in the spring of 1983 in North Carolina ...  it was a very cold rain that day!   We somehow ended up in grandmaster flash tour bus  to warm up and dry off a bit while The Producers played. It was hell being  so cold and wet, but it was one of my favorite days ever !  

 

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