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About nbayer

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Interests
    Cycling, SCUBA, coaching mock trial
  • Favourite U2 Album
    Achtung Baby
  • Favourite U2 Single
    Until the End of the World
  • First U2 Gig
    Zoo TV indoor broadcast, Rosemont Horizon Chicago, March 1992
  • Recent U2 Gig
    Croke Park, Dublin 2017
  • Best U2 Gig
    September 13, 1992, Camp Randall Stadium, Madison WI (the band had the courtesy to play on my birthday!)
  • Favourite U2 Person
    Larry
  • Fav. Other Bands
    Pearl Jam

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  1. The correct answer is "Kite" and "Wild Horses."
  2. Always great to meet a fellow Milwaukean and Pearl Jam fan. Did you catch the 3.5 hour Lightning Bolt show a few years back where they played all of Yield? And sang happy birthday to Tom Petty. Amazing show.
  3. One clarification about my set list comment... I agree that the band does retain artistic control over their set. However, as a practical matter, there is no way the contract with Live Nation doesn't influence the type of show they play. Why? Because Live Nation doesn't back the brinks truck up and dump gobs of money unless you sell out arenas and stadiums. Doing that requires that you play your hits. I would argue what we have seen since the Vertigo Tour is a pretty straightforward formula: 6-7 songs of the album being toured with, and then a staple of remaining hits that are constan
  4. nbayer

    Croke Park, Dublin 2017

    Joshua Tree at Croke Park
  5. The market for concert tickets has always fascinated me as a microcosm of the supply and demand economy. Plus, as an avid music and sports fan, I wanted to understand how this economy worked, in order to optimize the opportunity to get the best seats possible without paying too high a premium. Given all the hand wringing over the E+I tour tickets, I thought I would share a few misc. ramblings on the topic here... For many decades, many top artists undervalued tickets to their own shows. Whether you think the price set is "fair" or not, in the abstract, doesn't change the fact that that a
  6. I don't want to discount those who had issues with the pre-sale, or gloat, but I do want to thank u2.com for some great tickets and recognize that they are doing the absolute best they can. They don't dictate the pricing, and can't control Ticketmaster, which I think we can all agree doesn't have fans best interests in mind. (Another of my favorite bands tried to take them on back in the mid 90's, to no avail...) My experience yesterday was easy and user friendly. Around 10 am I was headed to Chicago for a work appointment, so I exited the freeway, pulled over, and almost instantly pulled u
  7. Anybody have pics to post from the red zone? It looks like the stage is pretty high up from the field level, so it might be hard to see the band over near the center of the stage.
  8. Hello: I have 2 very good seats for Saturday June 3 in Chicago in Section 108, row 2, close to the isle. (Thanks to U2.com!!) I am very happy with those seats and thankful to have gotten them, but I was thinking of trying to arrange something special, as the concert also falls on my wife's birthday. On the very unlikely chance that there is someone out there who is having second thoughts about standing all night and looking to swap from red zone to seats for some reason, shoot me a message. I realize that is probably not going to happen, but file this under "it never hurts to ask." T
  9. Was hoping someone could weigh in on these lodging options for the weekend: Fleet Street Hotel, The Morgan, Temple Bar Inn, or Eliza Lodge. All are located pretty close together in the Temple Bar area. Eliza is by far the most expensive, so unless it is significantly better than the others, we will probably choose one of the others, but I'm open to it if it is the best. Fleet Street and Morgan include breakfast, but that's not a huge factor. Temple Bar Inn looks very modern and new but the rooms look smaller. But again, probably won't be doing anything there except sleeping, after
  10. I could be wrong, but i think i have a bootleg tape buried in the basement somewhere from a 19887 or 1988 show in Chicago with Red Hill Mining Town on it. If am remembering correctly, Bono stops the song and tells everybody to shut up for a second. He says something like "this isn't the Beatles, its U2." People were screaming and whooping it up. Maybe that's why they stopped playing it. I think that's Springhill Mining Disaster you're thinking of. I believe you are absolutely correct. The Peggy Seeger song. Thanks Oh, and I've been waiting to hear "A Sort of Homecoming" f
  11. From Joshua Tree, Trip through Your Wires and One Tree Hill. From other albums... I've been waiting for the return of Last Night on Earth since PopMart. The version from the Mexico City show is just amazing, and i thought it would have projected very well in the arena shows on the 360 tour. Thematically, I think it fits the times. Oh, and Hawkmoon and God Part II.
  12. I could be wrong, but i think i have a bootleg tape buried in the basement somewhere from a 19887 or 1988 show in Chicago with Red Hill Mining Town on it. If am remembering correctly, Bono stops the song and tells everybody to shut up for a second. He says something like "this isn't the Beatles, its U2." People were screaming and whooping it up. Maybe that's why they stopped playing it.
  13. Dublin and Chicago. U2's home, and their "home away from home." Something great always seems to happen in Chicago. I'm going to try to avoid knowing anything about the set list, stage, or show before going on June 3. I may not be able to help myself, but it would be a great surprise. Special thanks to U2.com to accessing these tickets!!!
  14. Somebody who is connected needs to get this thread to the band!
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