First and foremost, I have been a fan since 1981, when I first heard Boy. My friend, still a friend to this day, described it as a mixture of Yes and Rush, both woefully inaccurate, but it got me to listen. My first show, at 19, was the Joshua Tree tour at the Cow Palace outside of San Francisco. I have purchased every album on release day and attended every tour.
I can say two things about the Red Zone:
I went Monday and had great seats, not Red Zone, but as good as it gets. The show is amazing, they are immaculate performers. I had seats dead center, just a few rows up and loved it. I saw the screen perfectly and loved every minute of it. My 12 year old daughter loved the show as well. Couldn't get better right? Wrong, Red Zone. I have attended more than 100 shows and I am just now realizing the best thing that you pay for with an expensive ticket is not just the view or the ease of restrooms and concessions, but the like minded people all around you. THAT is what makes a show great. Unless you are at the barrier, your impression of a show, like it or not, is influenced by your surrounding, by the PEOPLE sitting near you. Any moron texting, sitting or not singing or dancing is a problem. When they not only do that, but then choose to ridicule you for your behavior....I don't know what to say or how to react.F#@K them. Being among fans, singing, dancing, just generally freaking out, loving and ingesting EVERY second of a show, is why I know that live performance for me is my favorite way to appreciate music. The Red Zone provided that experience for me. They are ALL 100% dedicated fans and it was a joy to attend a show with them....that and we were on the barrier
Seeing a band like U2, it is easy to forget that they are musicians. Their shows are so theatrical, that you forget it is a musical performance. The Red Zone, for me, reminded me of that. My brother, a marginal fan, who attended the show with me, will NEVER miss another U2 show. They are incredibly gifted musicians, all among the best to ever perform live music. I am a Metal guy at heart and I will easily rank this show with any of the Van Halen, Aristocrats or Rush shows I have attended. They nailed it. Every song did not sound perfect because of over dubs, prerecorded pieces or some other trick, it was a four piece rock band, killing it. Electric Co., Bad, One....all such nuanced, brilliant songs. Take a moment this tour to appreciate them as musicians, not just for the songs they wrote, which are legendary, but for their musicianship. They are amazing. Songs like Cedarwood Road, Song for Someone and Every Breaking Wave are EASILY worthy of replacing ANY song they skipped from their catalog. Don't miss this tour.
Oh, by the way, a 16 year old kid who attended the show with his Mom, was handed the set list over my shoulder because he sang louder than me on EVERY song, danced more than me on EVERY song and honestly deserved to be handed this treasure by the tour managers. He was 6 foot 3 and still agreed to stand behind me and I hate him for "taking MY prize", but he earned it. I was in the BEST spot at the barrier and could still see the screen (which is VERY important this tour)
This happened to me in the Red Zone on the fourth night of this tour.
The Red Zone is probably sold out this tour, so I may be preaching to the choir, but this want-to-be musician is now scheming a way to attend an LA show in any capacity.
Attached are pictures of my view. Obviously, blue are the seats and red is the Red Zone.
firstname.lastname@example.org where you there? thoughts? I was the guy with the "Boys Play Rock n Roll" Vertigo shirt on.