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    Ottawa, Canada
  • Favourite U2 Album
    Achtung Baby!
  • Favourite U2 Single
    Bullet the Blue Sky
  • First U2 Gig
    Joshua Tree - June 12, 1987 Wembley London England
  • Recent U2 Gig
    Vancouver May 14 & 15, Montreal June 13 & 17
  • Best U2 Gig
    Soo tough to decide. Probably when my son was pulled on stage for SBS in Montreal, Nov 26 2005.
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  1. In Montreal I had the pleasure of meeting this super fan... we probably all recognize him. At 360 shows he managed to place himself right in front of Bono. He was there in MONCTON when I was there, also in Vancouver in May and at concert #47 Montreal a few feet away. He has total dedication. Anyone know his Twitter handle? Seems like a fun guy to follow! He must be on U2.com Brian
  2. Oh, darn... I was in bed... missed it. Thanks though.
  3. Thanks CathalB44, I just sent you a PM. Thank you for reaching out to me. I can appreciate your dilemma. The pre sale process was quite restrictive unfortunately. It's always a panic buying U2 tickets. I appreciate your offer but it also presents a dilemma for me. Because I live in Ottawa I would have to make travel arrangements and because of my ALS I require some accommodation assistance. If I was already in Toronto I would have more flexibility but because of the logistics involved I am holding back unless I can get floor tickets and experience them up close. I was supposed to be upfront in Montreal on the 17th but traffic was terrible and it took four hours instead of two to drive to Montreal from Ottawa so I was too late to get there early and missed out on my front row experience and I am trying to make up for that. So you see, I can't really wait to see if you sell them by tomorrow afternoon. Have you tried to sell your sec 118 seats on stub hub? At face value you shouldn't have a problem selling those seats. GA is a great way to see U2. You will have a great time! So, I guess I'm still looking for GA's... Brian
  4. Hello Hello... I'm looking for 2 GA tickets for tomorrows Toronto show (July 7th). I'm a huge fan of U2. Unfortunately this will be my last U2 tour, so I'm trying to see them as much as possible. You see, over 2 years ago I was diagnosed with ALS, which is a terminal illness. 80% of people with ALS die within 3-5 years. So I feel certain this is my last U2 tour. I was at the opening show in Vancouver and just saw them in Montreal where we had floor tickets and I went with a group of friends and my wife and daughter.... it was an amazing night. For me U2 is more than music. It's a movement, a passion for life. A calling even. Inspirational. Because I have ALS and also a political background I started advocating with ALS Canada and lobbied the federal government to enhance compassionate care benefits to help families struggling with the economic burdens of ALS. We met with dozens of MP's including Justin Trudeau, the finance minister and the Prime Minister’s Office, and was thrilled when the government extended the compassionate care benefits from 6 weeks to 6 months in the 2015 federal budget. As I lobbied for these supports I would often ask myself... "How would Bono sell this? How would he position our ask?" He's a very effective communicator and advocate. He certainly provided me with guidance and leadership by example. I took my cues from Bono and applied them successfully to my own advocacy on the Hill. So when Bono came to Ottawa last week to meet with political leaders, Justin Trudeau graciously invited me to his meeting with Bono, knowing I'm a huge fan. It was such an incredible moment to be able to spend a few brief minutes with my hero and inspiration. I was also lucky to have “met” Bono in Ottawa back in 2004 for a 15 second photo op. The next year during the Vertigo Tour Bono pulled my then 9 year old son up on stage in Montreal during Sunday Bloody Sunday, to chant “NO MORE!” which was pretty mind blowing! That was the day after U2 performed in Ottawa on my 40th birthday!! Why am I saying all this? Well, I’m making my case and proving that I’m a die-hard true fan with an unusual circumstance and a passion to talk the talk and walk the walk. If you are uncertain on what to do with your Toronto GA tickets, hopefully you will consider selling them to me. J Thank you. Brian
  5. Oh! And I asked if he would do "Sleep Like a Baby Tonight", but he took a deep breath and said "We havn't played that yet, I don't know if it can be ready by Wednesday, but I'll put it in my notes." He said he could definitely be ready b y July 19 when we see them in NYC.
  6. I was able to meet Bono on Monday when he came to Ottawa to meet with our leaders. Justin Trudeau was very kind and gracious and invited me in to his meeting with Bono for a little chit chat and photo opp. Bono was very nice. I have ALS and had been advocating for enhanced compassionate care benefits which we successfully got in the federal budget. Justin was very supportive. Was very cool. Spent maybe 5 mins chatting with Bono. Told him we were at the concert in Montreal on Saturday and his face lit up and he started to say how AMAZING that show was, the people were so loud and the energy was incredible! He loves playing Montreal. Told him I'll be at the show tonight. he said "See you on Wednesday." Oh! And I asked if he would do "Sleep Like a Baby Tonight", but he took a deep breath and said "We havn't played that yet, I don't know if it can be ready by Wednesday, but I'll put it in my notes." He said he could definitely be ready by July 19 when we see them in NYC.
  7. Longer show = more tunes is awesome!
  8. Sorry, I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't see it in the forum anywhere. Is there an opening act? Brian
  9. I've been a long time fan since 1986 and have been to 14 U2 concerts...my son was pulled up on stage by Bono in 2005 in Montreal. I AM A TRUE U2 FAN. I appreciate the fact that U2.com offers presale tickets to fans, I truly do. This will be my last concert tour. I was diagnosed with ALS last year and unfortunately I'll very likely be dead by the time the next tour happens. In fact, I'm hoping I can make it to next year so I can see this final U2 tour. This ticketless entry restriction (need to have person who bought the tickets, the credit card and ID), or the restriction on using the same household credit card for a different membership account at the same address...I get that we re trying to stop scalpers, but this process seems to be more punitive to the TRUE FANS than it is to scalpers. I am disappointed that I can't seem to buy tickets to the show for my son and daughter to join my wife and I. This is a final wish for my bucketlist and it is being blocked by this process. Brian
  10. Ya, the U2.com link for the presale works but it sends you to a French web page...everything is in French no option for a translated page. That's a little annoying.
  11. Ottawa here...just past mid-night and I still haven't found what I'm looking for.... No web page update and no email despite saying that it was coming "today" (yesterday). A little concerned there is a technical glitch happening somewhere and some IT team is in a panic, or worse...unaware. Brian
  12. U2 Delay New Album and Tour to 2015: Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/u2-delay-new-album-and-tour-to-2015-20140307#ixzz2vOp4tsfE To paraphrase Bono: "Procrastination is the enemy of great." This morning I awoke to a Rolling Stone story that says that the new album that Bono said would be out by sometime this summer (I heard June kicked around), is now looking like it will be out sometime next year in 2015. WTF #Disappointed. I love these guys, I really do, and I can't wait for the new album and tour. Literally. I cannot wait. I can't wait because last year I was diagnosed with a fatal disease called ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease or (MND) Motor Neuron Disease as it is known in the UK and parts of Europe). The doctors told me last year that I probably have about 2 -3 years to live. The implications of this diagnosis can be no more profound than that life expectancy. I have two kids and a beautiful wife. Rather than sit back and feel sad or ask why me, I plan to make the most of my time left with them while I still have the ability. While I can still add value to our lives. Anyway, I am taking this medicine called Rilutek that supposedly can extend my life by as much as 3 months on average. Wow...three whole months. But I call it my "U2 pill", because I keep thinking it might be what gives me enough time to see you in concert one more time before I die. Every time the band delays the release of this new album (which appropriately should be titled: Invisible), it's one step closer to me never seeing my favorite band ever again, which saddens me. So if anyone out there at U2.com has any direct line to the band or the people making this album, can you please tell the lads to stop screwing around and get into the studio and make this blasted album already!!! If I hear one more "good is the enemy of great." I think I'll ....well, I don't know what I'll do. Groan with real emphasis and roll my eyes harder than I have ever done? You get the idea. CAN WE JUST GET THIS ALBUM DONE? Gesh!!!! So again, to recap: I am dying. Please release new album and start tour so I can see it before I die. If that's not asking too much. (focus, and get it done, you've had plenty of time, no more excuses) Please and thank you. Your loyal fan, Brian Ottawa, Canada PS - And why is it that it seems like U2.com is almost always the LAST source for news about U2. I get most of my U2 news from other sites. What's up with that??
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