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On 08/01/2018 at 10:20 AM, richie459 said:

Two albums - Three tours all in just over three year's. Hype factor has now worn off from them being around. To be expected that demand will fall and current tour dates reflect this.

 

All the more reason to skip America and tour other parts of the world that haven’t seen them for 7 years...

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The Simple Answers:

1. Money - they want too much of it. The lack of shows this time around has created a higher demand for less tickets...less tickets equals higher ticket price. I just took my 4 member family to see the Joshua Tree in Toronto for over $500 total and now less than a year later, they are on tour again and the prices are outrageous.

2. The 2 seat max is a problem for families with kids who are also U2 fans. 

3. Asking us to pony up an additional $50 for the fan club just to get into a lottery for a pre-sale code was wrong. Just plain wrong. This band used to care about fans. Not so much anymore.

4. As I get older, I really do not want to hear all of the political stuff. I get what U2 is about. I've heard it and agree with some of it. But after awhile, it just takes over the shows and frankly takes away from the music. As Bono has gotten older, hes become more political and frankly, its a turn off.

5. Us - we allow this to continue. We continue to buy albums, go to shows, buy merchandise. If we start to turn away, perhaps the message will get through to the boys. Get back to what you did that was great. Go back to the 360 tour and remember how great things were...

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On 9-1-2018 at 1:37 PM, fcolombo66 said:

The Simple Answers:

1. Money - they want too much of it. The lack of shows this time around has created a higher demand for less tickets...less tickets equals higher ticket price. I just took my 4 member family to see the Joshua Tree in Toronto for over $500 total and now less than a year later, they are on tour again and the prices are outrageous.

2. The 2 seat max is a problem for families with kids who are also U2 fans. 

3. Asking us to pony up an additional $50 for the fan club just to get into a lottery for a pre-sale code was wrong. Just plain wrong. This band used to care about fans. Not so much anymore.

4. As I get older, I really do not want to hear all of the political stuff. I get what U2 is about. I've heard it and agree with some of it. But after awhile, it just takes over the shows and frankly takes away from the music. As Bono has gotten older, hes become more political and frankly, its a turn off.

5. Us - we allow this to continue. We continue to buy albums, go to shows, buy merchandise. If we start to turn away, perhaps the message will get through to the boys. Get back to what you did that was great. Go back to the 360 tour and remember how great things were...

So basically U2 made a lot of effort to get scalpers out and genuine fans in, but now the genuine fans are a bit over fed by the amount of gigs in the recent years and are still closing the financial gap these tours created. 

I'm really curious for the announcement of the European leg, I've seen a lot of rumors but no official news yet. Maybe they are considering lower ticket prices to get more shows and maybe they decided that the 'only fans' system needs more improvement before tickets go on sale for Europe.

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12 hours ago, Gogme United said:

So basically U2 made a lot of effort to get scalpers out and genuine fans in, 

It did nothing to stop the touts, they still snapped up all of the GA's and cheap lowers, leaving casual fans expensive uppers (which arent selling)

 

 

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Sounds a if the tickets will be slightly dearer than I+E tour, €45, €90 (GA) and up to €225 for expensive seats. Plus I would imagine the usual crazy VIP stuff. .

It remains to be seen, how many €225 seats verses €90 seats they try to go for...a lot of unsold expensive seats in Belfast last time were either discounted down, or people moved from cheaper seats..

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I have seen U2 10 times and last 5 tours including TJTT, but spending $1,200 - $1,400 for 4 of us to go for tickets (not counting hotels, mileage/flights, booz, meals, etc.). is the straw that broke the camels back.  I didn't use my code tickets this time around and I am in the first batch in the first 5 seconds of the sale.

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The show in Amsterdam was just announced, looks like ticket prizes are comparable with the I&E Tour, GA is €75, best seating tickets are €195, which was €180 two years ago. So I think U2 management have decided not to follow the ridiculous prize plan that was installed for the first leg of the E&I Tour. 

It's still a lot of money, but I can afford to go to a show, just one...  

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On 16/01/2018 at 8:12 AM, Gogme United said:

The show in Amsterdam was just announced, looks like ticket prizes are comparable with the I&E Tour, GA is €75, best seating tickets are €195, which was €180 two years ago. So I think U2 management have decided not to follow the ridiculous prize plan that was installed for the first leg of the E&I Tour. 

It's still a lot of money, but I can afford to go to a show, just one...  

I would say the band are not spring chickens any more and need more rest, particularly Bono. More dates will prob be added. Harder to get indoor arenas as well.

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Speaking personally, the 'aging fandom' thing is certainly a factor for me. When I was younger, more energetic and just generally keener, I would strive to go to multiple dates on the same tour in different countries. Now, I'm sorry to say, I just can't be bothered. It's not so much money for me, as investment of time and energy and (pardon me), desire.

If I can get a ticket, I'll go once in London where I live, but I will be absolutely fine with that.

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21 minutes ago, Bungo said:

If I can get a ticket, I'll go once in London where I live, but I will be absolutely fine with that.

I've decided to go to just one show in Amsterdam (where I live) this tour. My reasons for that are basically the same as yours plus the fact that every U2 show is quite the same these years. The time that they would change the setlist drastically is long gone, the show is for 90% the same every night, only for a few song to change. Too less surprises for me to buy a ticket for another night just to see about four different songs than the night before.

I used to combine U2 tours with a short holiday break, we've been in Berlin last year and in Portugal, France, Ireland, England and others in the past. But to take my girlfriend, who isn't the biggest and tallest U2 fan, to a show and spend about €200 for a ticket is a bit too much. That 200 can be spent on much better things in a small weekend break... 

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