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So far I haven't really dig into the presale for the upcoming E&I Tour, as the European dates aren't announced yet. But looking at the Tour dates in the US and Canada I see a huge decrease of available dates. NYC for example just gets two shows (and had eight for the I&E Tour) so my conclusion is that U2 is far less popular right now. It looks like the gigs haven't sold out as well. 

Is that because of the quality of the SOE album? Are tickets too expensive and over prized? Are fans tired of U2 seeing them every year now? Or is the 'fans-only' system too rigid for non-U2 fans and others? 

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9 hours ago, Gogme United said:

So far I haven't really dig into the presale for the upcoming E&I Tour, as the European dates aren't announced yet. But looking at the Tour dates in the US and Canada I see a huge decrease of available dates. NYC for example just gets two shows (and had eight for the I&E Tour) so my conclusion is that U2 is far less popular right now. It looks like the gigs haven't sold out as well. 

Is that because of the quality of the SOE album? Are tickets too expensive and over prized? Are fans tired of U2 seeing them every year now? Or is the 'fans-only' system too rigid for non-U2 fans and others? 

Gogme...

Yes....there are less dates/shows for the upcoming E &I tour..... in comparison to the past. Times are changing....and sneaks up on the best of us....its inevitable......no matter how great, beautiful, talented, smart and successful we are.....

U2 are aging.....and the fandom is aging along with them.....:o

Most of U2's dedicated/long term fan-base is in their 40' 0r 50's......spring chickens we are NOT.

U2 is very cognitive of this.....for its apparent in their lyrics/music and recent  declared priorities in life......

SOE still reached a number one status(which doesn't necessarily equate to quality or success).....but, they have broken all records in terms of band of their age/status.

They will always be legendary.....the Mozart or Beethoven of this generation(or the past 4 decades).  At this point...U2 will be a template or teachers for up-coming generations.  Are the masters ready to pass the torch to new talent? Are they slowing down because that is the way nature designed it to be?

I don't think it's their will....but, acceptance of what they are capable of handling at this point in their lives. 40 or 50 is not the new 25-30 years old.....the body will say otherwise. Wisdom/humility, however.....is....and I think this is what we are witnessing in themselves and us aging fan base.....

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I personally think the big factor in this tour is the cost...

Whilst the verified fan system has created a bit of fence to jump over, most people think it a good way of stopping the touts/scalpers, and have got over it.

However then being asked to pay high prices has put them off. Either they can't afford it... or they think the gig isn't worth that money. 

So the multiple attendees from previous years, cut back on their shows..

The uber fan, buys one ticket and not ones for their spouse/partner/kids.

The casual fan, doesn't go at all..

Get the pricing sorted and fill the arenas, with multiple shows.....

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15 hours ago, peterferris8 said:

Maybe the touring cycle is starting to take its toll on Bono's voice? There weren't many shows on The Joshua Tree tour either, and he kinda sounded like he was struggling on some of them.

No, I don't think Bono's voice has anything to do about it. It's better than ever and sounds really good. His health in general can be an issue as he mentioned this in an interview on Dutch TV where he talked about some serious signals that he couldn't go on the way he used to. He mentioned a serious signal, but didn't gave any details. 

But I really don't think the number of shows are that low due to health or voice issues, when demand is high and venues are available it's better to book four or six nights in NYC then to be a moving circus traveling from city to city for just one or two nights. 

Demand is low, so the number of shows per city is low. I think that 'squeezing in' an extra tour, like someone else mentioned, is bad for the eagerness of U2 fans to invest in more expensive tickets. 

In the already mentioned TV-interview the interviewer made some remarks as this album could be U2's last one, Bono and Edge where quite clear to deny this, but if they didn't do so this tour could be their last 'album-based' tour and would sell out immediately... 

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