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    Connecticut, USA
  • Interests
    Theology, music, baseball, paleontology, farming and being a dad.
  • Favourite U2 Album
    The Joshua Tree
  • Favourite U2 Single
  • First U2 Gig
    Tacoma (Night 1) April 1992
  • Recent U2 Gig
    Seattle, 360 Tour, June 2011
  • Best U2 Gig
    Vancouver, B.C., Night 2 Zoo TV Outdoor Broadcast (11/92)
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  • Fav. Other Bands
    Pearl Jam, Springsteen, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The Clash, Wilco, The Beatles, R.E.M.

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  1. Has anyone heard about the status of the U2 SiriusXM channel that was supposed to launch this year? The world could really use that music right now. Peace.
  2. No. Nothing nuanced about it. The album sucks.
  3. After more than a week of steady listening on Spotify (the vinyl still hasn’t arrived from Live Nation), I can’t shake the opinion that this is easily U2’s worst album. Just embarrassing. I can’t help cringe at different points throughout the album. U2 is more corporation than band now. It’s too late to quit with grace; can they quit before they become evil? (My experience with Live Nation tells me no.)
  4. This is the first U2 album that I dislike the more I listen to it. A few gems, but mostly cringe. Best song: Red Flag Day. The album as a whole: Meh. C+
  5. I was 18, in the Army after graduating from high school, feeling lost and homesick, searching for a church I could receive in, a cause I could believe in, money to pay for college, a way out of learning how to bayonet and shoot faceless “enemies” in Fort Benning, Georgia. The Joshua Tree on my clandestine Walkman, hidden in a ceiling panel above my bunk, kept my soul whole and my mind clear in basic training. I eventually broke my arm beyond repair. I was discharged. I was lost. But The Joshua Tree helped me heal. I found my church (I run a retreat center and farm for the Episcopal Church) and my causes and my education. Not the life I imagined, but better at 48.
  6. Let me start by saying I haven’t grown much since seeing U2 for the first time in 1992. In fact, I still wear my XL Zoo TV tour shirts without problem. So consider my disappointment when I splurged on a $40 XL Joshua Tree shirt at a show in June and it already doesn’t fit. It was too small to begin with. After two washes, it fits like a medium. I was already telling myself that I could no longer afford any more U2 shows. Sadly, that was my last of 12 shows. The apparent total disregard for the fan’s dollar when its comes to the merch is just one more reason to say goodbye. I’ll stick to bootleg merch in the future. At least it fits. Anyone else having trouble with the JT shirt sizes?
  7. Actually, I would argue Pearl Jam's fan club ticket system is far, far better than U2's.
  8. First world problems, http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/europes-border-crisis/migrants-shiver-icy-blast-grips-europe-s-crowded-refugee-camps-n705116 Just saying.
  9. Alas, never mind, I just checked: All Toronto presale tickets appear to be gone.
  10. Use the Ticketmaster mobile app. I got the same message repeatedly for New York. After 20 minutes, I switched to the TM app and got the seats I wanted. Easy peazy. It's a browser cache issue, not an issue Larry can solve. Cheers and good luck.
  11. I think much of the frustration from fans is how the ticketing process has been for this tour. I have always known tickets were not a guarantee as part of the fan club nor was it the reason I first joined in 1992. However I do feel that a "long term subscriber" is just that, someone who has been a subscriber for a long time, not someone who signed up before December 24, 2016. In the past there were always three pre-sale groups for fan club members, this time it's down to two. If they offer the perk again for the next tour, which I suspect they will, they should make it four groups for fan club members. Those who have been members for 20+ years are in group A, 10-19 years are group B, 5-9 years are group C and 0-4 are in group D. You basically go up the ladder the longer you are in, that basically was what it was for previous tours in some small way, not exact what I outlined naturally. But the other issues and complaints are more related to Ticketmaster themselves and how their site can't seem to work properly, this is all Ticketmaster does is sell tickets, and yet they can't seem to get things to run smoothly. If I ran my business that way I would be out of business. I like many others am not a fan of the ticketless/CC required/you must attend way of going about it. If something comes up and I can't go, I should be able to do with my tickets as I see fit, be it sell them to someone or give them away, etc. I of course don't make any plans for the same day the band is playing in my area but if something comes up Id like to think someone else can enjoy my seats at the same time if i can't. Welcome to Trump's America, where millions of people support spending billions on a border wall as our bridges and roads crumble.
  12. Ideally, U2 would use the same system as Pearl Jam: Buy the tickets on the band's site and find out your seats when you pick them up at the window on show day based on seniority. The first two rows are lottery, so the same people don't get up front every show. Very fair and stops scalping.
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