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Everything posted by dmway

  1. Right, I think you misunderstood why I asked the question in the first place - it was a point of legitimate curiosity, not specifically a criticism of the decision. You don't remember issues at the other shows at the United Center on "Elevation" - that's good and a relief to hear. If my memory serves correctly, they filmed consecutive days in May (the 9th and 10th - the latter, of course, being his birthday which must have factored somewhat into the taping decision). That scene on the DVD also makes me laugh, only in a good way. It proves they are human beings who got where they were/are in their collective career because they worked very hard and, despite our admiration for them, they aren't always perfect in every way - thus, merely asking questions about their decisions isn't some kind of blasphemy. Case in point: in Bill Flanagan's excellent book about the ZooTV tour "U2 At The End Of The World", Bill relates how the band looked at the rushes of their show at Sydney very shortly after they came off the stage, offering opinions about what shots to keep and what shots to cut. Their meticulousness contributed to making that VHS tape (and later DVD) one of their very best concert films - a Grammy-winning one too, if I remember correctly. With that example in mind, and with the other show not having any other issues with that song, I wonder why they went with the "froggy" version. That's all what I was asking. I'm happy that I also have experience seeing them in Chicago. I loved the PopMart show I saw there. From that show, I could only concur about the warmth and love between the band and the city. I'm beyond impressed that they sold out two shows (and most of a third) at the old Soldier Field on that tour. Not many bands could do that, then or now. I'm glad all your shows in the city were very good - they clearly have been, and would always be, fired up to play there.
  2. Hmmm...the glitch may have been fixed! I’ll try a few more to see if that is true. If so, visual updating of this thread may happen very soon. Stay tuned...
  3. Ah, the Vertigo tour - one of my very favorites (tied for second for the tour with the number of concerts attended (tied with “e&i” w/ five; both behind the Elevation tour’s six - all three tours ahead in number of concerts attended of the PopMart tour I wrote about earlier in the thread, and all three had far less traveling involved (thank goodness 😄)). I wonder if Bono’s frog in his throat has cleared up during “Elevation”. (I always wondered, when they filmed both nights in Chicago on that leg of the tour, why didn’t they use the other night’s performance for “Elevation” - did that night’s performance have a problem too?) 🤷‍♂️
  4. I started a thread on this last year which is now, unfortunately, archived: https://zootopia.u2.com/forums/topic/40432-no-april-fools-it’s-mich40’s-birthday/ (Maybe she can use her "mod superpowers" to un-archive it. 😎) Anyway, have a great day and be free from all pranks today. 🎂
  5. Yep - that’s what I paid all four times, and my seats were from every possible perspective. That of course is when ticket prices and relative pricing were more sane. (I still am upset at The Eagles and Madonna for allowing their tickets to be sold for much more exorbitant prices in the mid-90s; it affected the whole industry for the worse, and we haven’t recovered. I am hopeful that a very small silver lining in our current predicament is that ticket prices will be moderately, if not substantially, reduced when shows resume again.)
  6. Sorry we couldn't make the thread while the rest of you were here, although it looks like we missed out on some site glitchiness, so maybe that was for the best. I hope you'll accept a few belated thoughts on this tour because it was one of my favorite tours and the first one of theirs where I saw multiple shows (Dallas, Chicago #3, San Antonio, and Houston). Rewatching the show I was struck by how truly awesome the screen was for it. Of course, I already knew that, but it was good to be reminded again. This tour also had one of my all-time favorite openings: Larry and Adam's "Mission: Impossible" theme song to announce that the festivities were about to begin (not on the DVD, tragically, but it was certainly played), then the scintillating "Pop Musik" remix, then the opener "Mofo" flowing into "I Will Follow" - easily one of the best starts to a show of all their tours. After finishing the show, I thought (yet again) that there need to be more "Pop" songs played on future tours (e.g., how has "Gone" gone on this long without being played again regularly?). Another section I loved was "Please" flowing into "Streets" - that worked so well. The digital doves flapping on the screen, complete with trippy tracers, as "Streets" was ending is one of the images from that tour that sticks in my memory the most. I have a few memories of each show: Dallas A tidy, little six-hour drive took me from my home in San Antonio to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for the 7th show of the tour. This was the first show where they dropped the problematic "Do You Feel Loved" from the set - I love that song, but, if you have ever heard recordings of it from previous shows, I think they made the right decision; it just wasn't working. They also played "If God Will Send His Angels" - that's a personal fave of mine. The number of headliners I have seen open for U2 I have already lost count of - the headliner that night was...Rage Against The Machine. On the first leg of the tour (and, I think, on the second leg in Europe as well), U2 had a "karaoke" section in the middle which they dropped on the 3rd leg onward (the Mexico City shows were on the 3rd leg). I still remember Bono racing out to the b-stage saying something along the lines of "let's get ready to rock" and tearing into that old classic rock chestnut..."Daydream Believer". 😆 It was very humorous. Chicago (show #3) I was at an academic conference at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan (for those who don't know the area, Ann Arbor is just west of Detroit). After it was over, I stayed for a few extra days for a vacation - a rock and roll vacation. 😎 The first two shows in Chicago were Friday and Saturday night, so obviously these two shows were sold out. However, this third show was on Sunday, so tickets remained. Do I drive all the way out to Chicago to see this show? Of course I do. Keep in mind, Ann Arbor to Chicago is a short flight, but not so short a drive (241 miles) - my insanity will be more fully revealed later when you learn that this round trip was only half of the lengthy driving I did before I flew back home. Point of trivia! This was the very first concert ticket I ever bought on the Internet. I felt so futuristic. It's funny to think now that was ever a "new" thing. It was The Edge's turn on karaoke tonight: he channeled his best Tom Jones and belted out "It's Not Unusual" (also very humorous). The opening band was the Fun Lovin' Criminals (if you remember "Scooby Snacks", you remember the Criminals). I also remember "MLK" after "One" at the end of the show. If I had to guess why that got performed, I think it was a nod to The Peace Museum in Chicago, a visit to which by the band in the early 80s was directly responsible for the naming of the band's fourth album after they saw a display about Hiroshima (thus, "The Unforgettable Fire"). (The other bit of insane driving on this trip involved my driving to Toronto on the following day to see Rush perform in their hometown. Ann Arbor to Toronto is also a short flight, but not a short drive (a mere 280 miles). I saw the show, crashed in a Days Inn next to the old Maple Leaf Gardens, and drove back the next day (which, coincidentally enough, was July 1st, Canada Day). The morning before going to Toronto I was greeted by history live on CNN - the date was June 30, 1997: the historical significance of that day - that was the day that the UK gave Hong Kong back to China, presented live on TV. It was a dizzying couple of days. If the math-inclined members of the forum figured out that I drove a combined 1042 miles in 2 1/2 days just to see two concerts, you calculated correctly.) San Antonio Finally, my hometown show! Also very (and unfortunately) memorable. This was the band's very first show after Michael Hutchence's untimely death. The band was very shaken by it, especially Bono. They hastily put together a tribute on-screen for him. INXS/Australian-related songs were snippeted often (Never Tear Us Apart (twice), Waltzing Matilda (twice), Stayin' Alive (The Bee Gees being from Down Under too) - "Wake Up Dead Man" also performed after "One". Michael's shadow was hanging over the festivities - they still put on a great show (as they always do). I believe the opening band was Smashmouth (if so, we were "Walking On The Sun"). Houston This show has a nice story attached to it. I was working as a teacher in inner-city San Antonio at the time. The class I had had for four straight years was just about to graduate (the tickets for this leg of PopMart went on sale in the spring). Unbeknownst to me, my students got me a "thank you" gift for our collective time together. They gave me a card and there was a ticket inside of it! A U2 ticket! (I think they figured out that I was a U2 fan because I wore my PopMart t-shirt to work the day after the Dallas show. In fact, they knew even before then.) At first, I was very concerned - I had told them that I already had a ticket for the San Antonio show. I thought they had gotten me another one. They saw my concern and asked me to look at the ticket more closely - of course, it was for the Houston show. They always did listen well. 😊 Easily, my most valued gift from any of my students. "Never Tear Us Apart" and "Wake Up Dead Man" were played again - this was just a few days after the San Antonio show, so feelings were still raw. There was a moment of humor which lightened the mood - during "Bullet", after Bono sang his "100, 200, 300, 4" chant and swung his umbrella like a golf club, the top came off, leaving him with a small, naked handle in his hand. 😆 I have to give Bono credit; he soldiered on doing his best to pretend that nothing out of the ordinary had happened. This show was just a couple of stops before the Mexico City shows, so the DVD reminds me of the Houston show very much. (Extra note: the dates of the 3rd leg of the PopMart tour need correcting - the Houston show is listed as the second show in Atlanta; there was only one show in Atlanta, and Atlanta has never had an Astrodome. Also, I know that U2 is extremely talented; however, there is no way they played both Vancouver, BC in Canada and their first show in Mexico City on the same night - the Tours page here tries to claim otherwise; I'm calling bullsh*t.) Thus ends my PopMart travelogue. 😎 I'm glad everyone had fun watching the show together. 👍
  7. ...and there is more news from Bruce: https://www.app.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/03/27/bruce-springsteen-coronavirus-outbreak-stay-safe-around-world/2926112001/
  8. Sh*t - he paid $50.50 for that ticket too! Tell him I can give him a better deal - he can have the exact same benefit from me by sending me merely $20 (cash only); this special sale price only good until real concerts resume. This offer is open to everyone - get the best tickets today! 👍
  9. Live on tour...via the Internet from Bono’s living room. Full band performance with the players always a minimum of 2 meters apart...in full Personal Protective Equipment (a la, Adam during PopMart). (Larry is going to love playing the drums that way.) It will be awesome, or at least interesting..,
  10. This song has been enhanced by some special guests: https://www.udiscovermusic.com/news/bono-will-i-am-jennifer-hudson-sing-for-life-video/ (Thanks to @andryu2 for sharing the link! 😊)
  11. Bump in the hopes that live music will resume this year... 🍀🍀🍀
  12. Bump in the hopes that the new iOS update (which should finally be released this coming week) will fix the picture rotation problem. 🍀🍀🍀
  13. Bump so this thread doesn’t get archived.
  14. I'm glad to see that the press has picked up the story too: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bono-posts-song-for-the-people-of-italy-in-wake-of-covid-19-968865/
  15. If that is the final word, that truly sucks major ass. If you were going to go physical at all, it should have been in both formats. Ridiculous...
  16. I remember asking about that in the 2019 gift thread. I asked if anyone in South America got their gift last year and no one responded. I hope somebody down there got it...
  17. Adam was right in front of me for a large majority of 4 of the 5 e&i shows I saw. This picture w/ Bono was my favorite of all the ones I have of him (July 1st, 2018 - MSG #3, for anyone who may be curious about which show the picture is from). The only bass player U2 could ever have, both in sound and in look - he’s perfect in both. Putting the “sexy” in sexagenarian. Happy birthday, Adam!
  18. I remember this day 33 years ago very well... I was working in a mall (remember when they still stretched across the American landscape?); in fact, I was a clerk/cashier at Wall To Wall Sound And Video. I remember the new release displays created especially for this release. If my memory serves correctly, JT was the very first album by a major group to be released simultaneously on LP, cassette (remember it was early 1987), and CD! (It may have even had an 8-track tape release, but we didn't carry those.) If you are old enough to remember, before early 1987, it was common practice for albums to be released on LP and cassette first, and then on CD a few weeks/months later. JT broke the mold. As 1987 and the remainder of the 80s went on, simultaneous releases of course became more commonplace (and vinyl slowly went away). However, JT was the trailblazer. Happy birthday, JT!
  19. Hmmm...I see the site has gotten a bit of a facelift. Tidying up for Adam's arrival? It's an interesting look - I can see that it is a bunch of images from SOE and the e&i tour, but it gives the impression of stained glass. Nice!
  20. Thanks, Max. Now I have to hope that the an extra-long HDMI cable isn't cost-prohibitive - if it is, I'll just have to watch on the computer (with associated audio 🙄). Thanks again.
  21. Agreed. I'm with you in hoping that sets that you have described above are coming for this release; it would be nice to to get word officially one way or the other too... Thank you, by the way, for letting me know about the new Depeche Mode live release! I hadn't already known about it. Also, you are indeed correct about the release: it comes in a 2-CD/2-BluRay set and a 2-CD/2-DVD set! (Mod edit - direct links to external stores removed) I hope we get the same wealth of choices when the Berlin show hits the market - time will tell...
  22. Yes, apparently, I'll be in the same boat, if I can make it work. Is there such a thing as an extra-long HDMI cable? If not, I'm going to have to practice being a contortionist to make the needed connection. Where my TV-stereo system is, accessing the back of either is quite difficult (and I can't place the system anywhere else in the room) and, if I have to make the connection with a standard-length HDMI cable, I will have no place to put my computer. Sounds like an evening of "fun". 🙄 Well, let's see what happens...
  23. No, not true - if I wanted the show in Betamax, then you would be on point. DVDs are more outmoded than BluRays are; that's just a fact. You can still like/use them, of course, but they are simply an older technology that many went past a decade or so ago. My point is that, if you are producing a DVD of the show, why not create a DVD/BluRay set? This is the modern way for many artists, even for acts much less famous/well-heeled than U2. For example, an old guitarist that I enjoy (Steve Hackett) just released a CD/DVD/BluRay set of his last tour released on the massive worldwide conglomerate InsideOut Records (yes, that was sarcasm). He's doing the same going forward too. So, if an artist who is much less famous/well-off than U2 and is not tied to LiveNation and Universal Music (both multinational, multi-billion-dollar corporations) like U2 is, how can he do it? All it takes is the will to produce such a set; it's not lack of resources (esp. when the repeat subscribers here give $40 (or equivalent) each and every year as well). OK - well, I think that's enough soapbox preaching for today. I've already accepted that a BluRay is not coming from the club; I just hope that I can buy one later.
  24. I'll be happy to explain then. The show was shot in 4K, a high-definition format. No matter how good one's DVD player is, you will not be seeing/hearing that show in high-definition on DVD. Again, that's just physics. Now, you and many others may not be bothered by that - and that opinion is completely fine; however, equally fine is the opinion that a DVD version of this show is lacking - that's my (and others') opinion. Each opinion is valid for each group (and valid in general). The streaming bit is nice for those who want such a thing; I don't - I elaborated further above. I just don't use it and have no interest in using it. For me personally, it's just not any kind of advantage. Again, I'll just hold out hope for a commercial BluRay release. I've already given up hope of getting what I would like from the annual "gift".
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