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  1. I agree that this this show---at least the one at Levi's Stadium--was a little sluggish. It was a dramatic difference from i+e at SAP Center in San Jose in 2015. I was totally looking forward to it ever since tickets went on sale, so I was riding my on high. But a few songs in, I noticed a different vibe (like you said). Bono's stage presence is not as dynamic as I am used to. That said, it was still a good show, well worth the price of admission. The screen is amazing and hearing the whole TJT album was awesome. I'll venture to say that the growing trend of people recording/tweeting/periscoping/live streaming/etc. U2 shows seems to be affecting Bono--and probably the rest of the band--in a weird way. You can see him singing into a sea of raised smartphones and it looks like it's robbing him of enthusiasm. He still tries but it's a little discouraging. The guy's a pro so he doesn't give up, so I tip my hat to him. Anyway, I think that might the way the shows will be from now on, unless they many all technology devices. I'd be fine with that, but I'm an old guy.
  2. Yes, I remember the No Camera Policy during the PopMart show here in the States as well. I saw them at Oakland Coliseum back '97 (can't believe that makes it 20 years) and I contemplated on sneaking in a disposable camera, but decided against it because I was concerned about getting kicked out and the cameras took lousy pictures.
  3. No ID check at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
  4. StinkyJay, in this particular situation what is tolerated or not, would be up to the band, which includes management and/or the venue. If Bono felt that this ballooning trend of recording/periscoping/tweeting/etc. every single second of the show becomes too much of a distraction, he may do something about it. If he and the band decide that performing into a sea of raised smartphones is stealing from the show’s energy and bans it, I’d be okay with it. Personally, I managed to do fine without it from Joshua tree ’87 to Elevation ’01. I remember snapping a few pictures with my Motorola V551 wireless phone during Vertigo ’05, but it stayed in my pocket nearly the whole night. However by the 360 Tour ’09, I had an iPhone and took many pictures that night. I wanted to have photos from the show and cameras were allowed. I can’t remember when they were allowed, but I always thought the band let fans bring them insteading of prohibiting them. As far as piracy goes, if the band/management decide it is the type piracy that is a problem, I think that may bring this whole social thing to an end at their shows. The public outcry would be big and loud (I’d imagine) and the negative reaction from a part of the population would be something that the band would take into account before instituting any type of ban. Again, it would be okay by me. I’m fine with leaving my phone in the car. I read that Prince prohibited smartphones/recording devices at his shows and was very strict about it. If U2 were to do the same thing it would have to be just as strict. Fans would need to clear a security screening. Folks with phones would need to have them locked up or return them to their cars. Obviously clear instructions would need to provided ahead of time so everyone would know, but there still would be delays. Would this be better? Maybe. It would mean not being able to take pictures with my digital camera, so that would be a bummer. But it wouldn’t stop me from going to a show. Ultimately, I would accept it and adapt. But the only way it would work is a complete ban for the entire tour. I would be more for it than against it.
  5. Caught the show last night at Levi's Stadium. Our boys put on a good show, but not a great one. I know it takes a while for them to work the kinks out. It was totally awesome to hear all of TJT again and in order. Nice. 30 years later the songs are just as good. I wrote a little piece about it and included some pics. Enjoy! https://achtungninja.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/u2-invades-levis-stadium-spoilers/
  6. If there is, I have no idea where that would be. But I agree that this whole social media thing is not going anywhere. The best thing to do is try and figure out how to mke peace with it. I'm not a Luddite, but a part of me does long for the days before smartphones and social...but only during U2 shows.
  7. Happy Birthday, Bono! Looking forward to seeing you can the band in Santa Clara!

  8. 504jumper


    From the album: JT2017 Santa Clara & i+e 2015 San Jose

    Had to break out my 30-year-old copy of Rolling Stone to celebrate the B-Man's special day!
  9. It's May and all I can think about is the tour. Our lads from Dublin are the best at what they do. They blew my mind nearly thirty years ago (wow) and I'm feeling like that high school kid counting down the days to the show. Tickets are about ten times more than what than what I spent back in 1987, and it doesn't matter. When it comes to a U2 show, I am all in. I wrote a little piece about how they have stayed relevant in their fourth decade of existence. I'd love to hear your thoughts. https://achtungninja.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/all-because-of-you/
  10. It's amazing to see how big his kids got. I remember seeing pictures of them during HTDAAB and they were we still small. Wow.
  11. Nice piece. It's is absolutely crazy at how relevant some of the themes in TJT songs are today.
  12. Oakland Stadium, Oakland, California 11/15/87. I became a fan that night. I even wrote a 3-part piece on my blog about it last year. Here is Part 3: https://achtungninja.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/when-i-became-a-fan-pt-iii/ Awesome show.
  13. Any band that is 30 years older is going to sound differently, because ultimately they are. Time is the great equalizer, for sure. But the band plays better now than they did back then. Can Bono still hit the high note? Absolutely. I heard Every Breaking Wave and Song For Someone both nights in San Jose (May 18th & 19th) and he belted it out like a guy half his age. Obviously, he sang the older hits magnificently as well. These guys are pros and will prepare like pros. i have faith that the show will be nothing less than awesome.
  14. I haven't been to a bad one. If memory serves me correctly, I went to both shows during PopMart '97 (June 18th & 19th) and remembered being a little underwhelmed. But that was nearly 20 years ago, so it's a little fuzzy. I do remember watching an episode of VH-1 Legends right when ATYCLB was released. I learned the band was unrehearsed for the beginning of PopMart due to delays of getting Pop finished. But no, every show I have seen has been a least good.
  15. I've got TJT on the brain. This summer's gonna be awesome. I wrote a little post about why I think this album kicked so much @$$.

  16. Hey everyone, With Joshua Tree Tour 2017 less than months away, I've been listening to this awesome album more closely than I have in years. I've been trying to re-experience it by playing it loudly on my new speakers in my car. Trying to recapture the feelings I had when first heard this CD thirty years ago is hard. I needed to filter out all of the noise and just hear it. What are great album. I wrote a blog post on remembering the album that represented the band's love affair with America. They charged ahead with a bold, new sound and blew us all away. If you're so inclined, please take a look. I'd love to hear about your experiences. Thanks. https://achtungninja.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/let-me-in-the-sound/ AchtungNinja.com
  17. Great story, Pain 18. This was definitely a seminal album for the band and an unequivocal classic. Thanks for sharing! Rich AchtungNinja.com
  18. Here's a part of my TJT collection. FYI, for those that are interested, I've written a few posts on The Joshua Tree. I'd love to know what you think! Thank you, Rich. AchtungNinja.com
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    Vinyl Fantasy

    From the album: JT2017 Santa Clara & i+e 2015 San Jose

    Here is a picture of the original record that I bought way back in March 1987. This was the album that started all of the madness. Enjoy! AchtungNinja.com
  20. From the album: JT2017 Santa Clara & i+e 2015 San Jose

    Can't believe this bad boy is 30 years old. It still kicks major *ss today. Totally looking forward to seeing in May! What was old is new again!! FYI, I wrote a blog post about this fantastic album. Love to know yours thoughts! Thank you! AchtungNinja.com
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    JT Cassette

    I had the tape, too. I played it so much it snapped in my cassette deck in my car. It took the the rest of the afternoon removed what seemed like a mile of tape. I bought another one but alas, I gave it to a friend when I switched over to compact discs. Sadly, I do not think that tapes will encounter a resurgence like vinyl records, but man, were they cool. Nice pic! -Rich P.S. If you are so inclined, please check out my U2 fan blog (AchtungNinja.com). I've been posting about The Joshua Tree and what an awesome album it still is.
  22. I wrote a few posts called When I Became a Fan (parts I, II & III) on my blog site about this landmark album last summer. It was an album that came at just the right time for me. It was a tough time in my life and that is why it has such a special place in my heart. What a fanatic record it was--and still is. It's a little too long to write here, but suffice it to say I was high school kid struggling with the loss of a parent. TJT spoke to me in a way that I never would have expected. I didn't even like rock music before it. Man, did it change me. Please check it out, if you are so inclined. Thanks! https://achtungninja.wordpress.com/
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