I'm in the same boat. Been a member since 1987. Confirmed a member with fanfire since 2007. I got behind on my membership. It expired in Sept 2016. I renewed after the Christmas video. So now because of a three month lapse, I guess I'm a new member? I mean I'm human? I made a mistake? Does my 30 years of membership not count for a lapse? Plus as soon as that video came out I renewed! I"m 46 years old, and have two kids, work, sorry U2 but I guess for three months you weren't my top priority and now I'm paying a price. Ugh.
And I swear I let my membership lapse in off tour year