Jump to content

The Elephant in the room - the GA queue !


Recommended Posts

  • Subscriber

I just find it disheartening that this has been an issue for several tours in a row and that the band doesn't appear to be lifting a finger or doing a single thing to assist.

The band was clearly bothered by this behavior in 2001 - to the point that they made sure to bypass the list participants on the show that was being filmed for the Elevation DVD.  They were so concerned that they added a random selection for ellipsis entry on the 2005 indoor Vertigo shows.  But since then, nothing.

I understand that hiring someone to run the GA line, as Springsteen did, ultimately adds to the tour budget.  But, on the flip side of that, prices are at an all-time high.  Surely there's enough extra money from the price increases from 2015 to 2018 to accommodate one extra person on the tour staff?

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 96
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

My experience from the 2015 and 2017 tours is that a select few fans manipulated the system to allow themselves prime positions in line without actually having to wait in line, going against previousl

Even though you "politely" pass people who have been waiting for hours, this pretty much makes you a dick.

I think it's fair to say that some people see the fan run queues as being 'cliques' that have a perception of being unfair.  Not everyone knows how to join the fan run queues or has the desire or incl

Posted Images

  • Subscriber

The venues told me that they are not responsible for the GA line.  They send people for security but they are not responsible for them.  I asked one person then who is responsible and she replied that it was a very good question and she didn't really know but it probably fell on the promoter which in this case is once again Live Nation.  I have no inside knowledge of how this happens.  I ask a lot of questions and this is the only info  I was able to discern.  I remember Chicago being very strict about GA lineup times.  I doubt they will arrest you for trying to line up early but I remember that they would not permit anyone to line up early for any major shows.  I could be wrong but I think they stuck to it.  I knew nothing of a preordained list until recently.  

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Subscriber

I made a bunch of posts in here which were critical of people jumping in front of others for the GA line. I stand by my opinion that whomever obeys the rules and gets there first should get in first.  I said something I regret.  It bothered me all night long.  I called the group who is writing numbers on their hands/wrists, 'preordained sharpies'.  It was wrong for me to do that.  I despise my current president because he labels whomever he opposes and calls them names.  Little Rocket Man is the one that comes to mind. It still pissses me off he called Rosie O' Donnell ugly before he was not president. I don't like bully pulpits.  I should not have called anyone a sharpie.  I'm sorry I did.  I was angry at the thought of others having their rights supreceded by people who think they should be first. That does not mean I know those people.  It does not mean I have all the facts.  All it means is I lost my temper and, much to my horror, realized that I did exactly what I completely despise my government for doing.  I don't know how to address the magic marker numbered GA folks.  I don't like what you are doing, however; I'm sorry for attacking you by nicknaming you sharpies.   I hope everyone can enjoy the show and gets a really good spot on the floor.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Subscriber

I got to the show a little less than two hours before the doors opened last night.  We made it down to the floor and were only 5-6 feet from the stage on Adam's side.  The guy with #1 sharpied on his hand was just a few feet in front of me. 

I don't think it would have been worth the effort to arrive any earlier, especially days earlier, just to be a couple of feet closer to the stage.

 

 

 

  • Brilliant 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Subscriber
On 5/2/2018 at 11:33 AM, doctornickriviera said:

Also most tours I go to 2 shows one with my wife and one solo.

usually watch further back with the missus and get in the pits on my own. They are two equally wonderful yet totally different perspectives on the show.

I go to one show alone as well.  At first, it was not by choice.  I could not get people to go with me numerous nights.  For IE, I went alone the first night and it was one of the best concert experiences I've ever had.  To see them live and it just be me was surprisingly pleasant (for one show). I understand what you mean.  It's a very different perspective when it's just me.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Subscriber
On 5/2/2018 at 5:14 PM, doctornickriviera said:

I’m starting the GA queue for Manchester and London right here right now.... only 5 months to wait in line!

i’m No 1 , now get in line y’all!??

Can you put me down as no 2? ?

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Subscriber

Wow, this is quite the eye-opening thread. I haven't gone to see U2 in general admission since 2009 at Foxboro. As I've gotten a little older, I've decided that most of the time it's just not worth it so generally I try and find decent seats instead so I don't have to worry about any of this. That said, I did GA for several Elevation and Vertigo shows and luckily didn't encounter any of this nonsense. Guess things have changed. 

Because tickets in decent seats have become so expensive, I decided to get a pair of GA tickets for Philly this time out. Had considered going earlier, but I don't think I'm up for any of this nonsense. I'm fine not being super close -- having a good few of the stage show is enough for me. I got to ride the rail in front of Edge twice in 2001... basically the best view I've ever had for a concert for any band, let alone my favorite. After that, I'm fine just being in the building most of the time :)

 

Also - hello fellow fans. Been a fan club member since the U2.com subs started back in 2005 but I've never ventured into the forums. Y'all see like a good time. 

Edited by nti3
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Subscriber
22 hours ago, Manohlive said:

I made a bunch of posts in here which were critical of people jumping in front of others for the GA line. I stand by my opinion that whomever obeys the rules and gets there first should get in first.  I said something I regret.  It bothered me all night long.  I called the group who is writing numbers on their hands/wrists, 'preordained sharpies'.  It was wrong for me to do that.  I despise my current president because he labels whomever he opposes and calls them names.  Little Rocket Man is the one that comes to mind. It still pissses me off he called Rosie O' Donnell ugly before he was not president. I don't like bully pulpits.  I should not have called anyone a sharpie.  I'm sorry I did.  I was angry at the thought of others having their rights supreceded by people who think they should be first. That does not mean I know those people.  It does not mean I have all the facts.  All it means is I lost my temper and, much to my horror, realized that I did exactly what I completely despise my government for doing.  I don't know how to address the magic marker numbered GA folks.  I don't like what you are doing, however; I'm sorry for attacking you by nicknaming you sharpies.   I hope everyone can enjoy the show and gets a really good spot on the floor.

I think everyone will forgive you :).  It should be kept in mind that many or probably most of the people in the "sharpie" line would be more than willing to get to the venue a day or two ahead of time and wait in line at the venue until doors open.  It used to be possible to do that, but now venues prohibit that (understandably).  The Tulsa line started way early because there was no show before it.  Most shows it is only two days at most.  I don't think it can be argued that it would be unfair for people who are AT the venue for a day or two to be at the front of the line.  While it does favor those with more time and/or money than most of us (myself included), I don't think the system is entirely unfair.  Even though only a couple of check-ins a day are typically required, most of those people are in the near vicinity most of the time and really are not doing much of anything other than waiting for the show.  Those who are willing to do the time should be able to be at the front. I believe that anyone who really wants to be at the front probably can find a way to make it happen at least once.  It really only requires getting there the afternoon before, or sometimes even early the morning of.  

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, james busick said:

Even though only a couple of check-ins a day are typically required, most of those people are in the near vicinity most of the time and really are not doing much of anything other than waiting for the show.  Those who are willing to do the time should be able to be at the front.  

The problem is they are not waiting for 24, 48, 72 hours straight.  If that was the case, then most wouldn't have a problem with them being at the front of the line.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Subscriber
2 minutes ago, afg said:

The problem is they are not waiting for 24, 48, 72 hours straight.  If that was the case, then most wouldn't have a problem with them being at the front of the line.

That's exactly my point.  They would wait if they could, but it is prohibited.  The number and check-in system is as close as it can get to sitting in line.  Lots of people on the list were complaining about having to check in twice a day in Tulsa because it was too much trouble.  A bunch of them ended up being off the list because they didn't want to make the effort.  The check-ins require some effort and require being at the venue.  It is not a perfect system, but it works.  It is available to everyone and is not exclusive. It's really not much different from a line of people on the sidewalk.  But at the end of the day, even after the people in the line before early morning of the show day are in, those behind them are still very close to the front.  If those extra few feet closer mean enough to someone they can make the effort to participate in the lineup system.  If not, they can show up whenever and be happy with the spot they get.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...