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  1. Just saw them tonight in Tokyo.

    It was a fantastic set. What I mean is their music is great (they are drenched in influence, but are not just copy cats)  At no point was I thinking of anything else except how great these songs sound. They are easy to listen to...not extremes, but solid, tight playing in a groove (does that make sense) they have depth and maturity to the music that reflects what they listen to (based on the pre-show playlist). The mix was great. the performance was captivating.

    10/10...will see them again.

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  2. Nailed it Max!

    The vibe was superb both days, anyone I spoke to was just an instant friend. We made a new great friend who flew all the way from Egypt with only a ticket for the 1st show (her first!).....U2 magic ensued, and we told her to come on the 2nd day with nothing but Hope....she met The Edge, and then we found her a ticket! Hahaha!

    What I loved about these shows were the heartfelt words by Bono...more poetic than before, the Boys played with a real purpose, and just Bang, bang, bang one song into the next....the set was so tight! The poetry on the screen before the show sets a beautiful tone.

    'The show must go on....?' Favorite statement/question from my favorite moment of the show....it almost got dark, but the Edge's light brought us back!

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  3. Hey gang, just an update. Picking up the Tickets from 7/11 is a piece of cake.

    All you need is the confirmation e-mail with the ticket number on it. I just said in English 'Concert Ticket pick up' and showed the dude the e-mail with number.

    Boom. Just push the O.K. button on his register screen, sign a small paper that he keeps, and you're done.

    for the 2nd show just say '1 more', and repeat the process.

    No I.D. no nothing. Grab a beer on your way out!


  4. I like it. A beautiful idea, simply stated.

    More of a captured poem than a song, which resonates with me because I'm reading Marcus Aurelius 'Meditations' Which is similar...captured ideas.

  5. I'm a big fan of 'first come, first served' to be honest. If you want to turn up a month before the show...great...but if you leave the line you should lose your place.

    It's self controlling and simple. However....

    My personal opinion is that the 'super fans' are hijacking the shows.

    Oh you came here a week before the show, and staked a place in line....BUT you still want to go home for lunch and have a shower?


    Anyone turning up the day before a Rock and Roll gig should be ushered away. Sunrise on the day is fair game.

    That's what i think.


  6. I think this is the right place for this....weirdness.

    So, in Egypt one of my teeth got smashed in half....cue madness finding a dentist in the desert for a temporary fix...back to Japan for more permanent repairs.

    There I am, not feeling great, in the Dentist chair...2/3rds of the way through a procedure, and my Japanese Dentist is like...'Hey, is that a U2 t-shirt?'

    Cue awkward photo of said shirt....while I'm still prone in the damn chair! Hahahaha!

    I have now 'bonded' with my dentist...I'm not sure how I feel about that????

    (It was Eco who sent me the shirt from the 1st US leg of the IE tour...I blame you for future costs incurred! LOL!)

  7. Hey Jonno77, great that you got your ticket!

    I think it's just a case of wait and see when you pick up your tickets. I expect there will be some kind of signs or information at the venue about where to enter.

    Anyone did GA at vertigo still alive(?) How did GA entry go down for that show? (I'm an up in the stands type,lol).

    Good luck!

  8. Hey gang....Yeah it's weird, but that's Japan. I hope it all works out well for us all and 'good seats' were allocated. I think the idea is you're just lucky to be in the room.

    What those who were in Saitama for Vertigo will know...That outdoor stage squished into the arena is going to be VERY in your face. The Arena goes 'up' more than 'back' as in the picture...if you get my meaning.


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  9. Hey there,

    Well to be honest, I hope not!

    Hahahaha! I am BROKE lol!! The JT tour came out of the blue, and hit us straight after we booked our summer vacation!! LOL.

    At first I was a bit down about them not bringing the IE tour....but now I'm really stoked for the JT show (marks 30 years since I saw these songs showcased for the LOVE TOWN tour)...so basically I'm all kinds of confused.

    *Note to the band...IE/EI would be AMAZING in Saitama Super Arena...or...


    But I have a funny feeling the economics of the indoor show might not work in this region? Tickets are already astronomical, imagine the cost for a smaller venue.

    What I'm really pleased about is, like Vertigo, they are stuffing the huge outdoor stadium package indoors at Saitama. It's gonna be so in your face!

    **Second note to the band...don't be shy to put I/E songs on the set list!!

    ***Third note to band...come on...bring I/E here too!

    ****Forth note to band....new album? Record it in a week on my portable studio??


    ...well. you never know if you never ask?



  10. Just some thoughts about Ticket Pick Ups at 7/11.


    I wandered into a random one the other day, and talked to the dude working there.

    You will need the Ticket Order Confirmation e-mail with your ticket number on it (about 15 digits). You can either print it out, before you go, or take your mobile device with it on there.

    (For example my confirmation e-mail was sent to my i-phone e-mail, so I will take the phone and show them the e-mail.)

    The staff enters your ticket information into the register and prints out the ticket(s) for you. They might get you to push a 'confirm' button on a screen. They will also give you a receipt to sign. And that's it.

    Simply say 'Ticket Pick up' and show the e-mail and you'll be fine. Don't forget to smile.

    The only small confusion I had with my dude at first was he thought I wanted to buy tickets at first.


    I recommend you take some I.D. with you (just in case) and maybe have the credit card with you...again just in case.

    Also maybe some small change in case there is a printing fee (maybe 300-400 Yen/ 3 or 4 bucks).

    Most staff will be able to understand simple English spoken a little slowly and clearly.

    The ticket confirmation e-mail also includes Japanese instructions for the Staff if they give you a WTF? look. but I don't think there will be any issues.

    this part of the e-mail:

    Tickets must be picked up at a Seven-Eleven store in Japan prior to the show, and will not be issued at the venue.
    Tickets will be available for pick up from 20th November (Wed) from 10:00am.
    When picking up your ticket(s), you will be required to show your e-mail purchase confirmation to store staff. Please ensure you print this in advance or are able to access it on your mobile device.
    After the staff have confirmed the Ticket Number shown in your e-mail purchase, they will print your ticket(s).

    Make picking up the tickets a priority when you get into Tokyo. Don't leave it to the last minute. 

    Don't lose them, they cannot be re-issued.


    I hope this is some help, it may be redundant as others may have already posted about it.

    Keep on Rockin' and Rolling.

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  11. Merry Christmas Poem and thought people, and everyone else of course.

    By way of keeping to the theme of the thread I'll share part of my letter to my friend as a 'poem' I think it7s applicable here and in this season.

    Stay safe, and have fun!


    Imagine this: After all the surreal adventures we've been on, Love is all we have left. (yes, that's a quote from Bono, on my favorite U2 song. Did you catch  that? I said my favorite U2 song, and just ended the sentence with that.

    It's all in the first line:

    'Nothing to stop this being the best day ever'

    What an amazing thought to hold onto. The best days we have are always the one's we don't plan.

  12. Interesting OP.

    I don't think we need to count, compare or calculate.

    I think the question for the artist is, Does the artist have anything to communicate? If they feel they do....then I hope they send the transmission. It doesn't matter if no one receives. What matters is having something to transmit. A light in the dark, even if no one is looking.


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