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  1. Thanks for weighing in dmway. I agree with you. Most of the time the fan run GA line process ends up being a fun and fairly well organized process. Newark was brilliant. The venue security folks worked well with the fans and were quite complimentary about the process as a whole. They hit a home run on the major key to keeping the line sane by stressing that everyone will be organized by numerical order once through security. That tends to be where common decency can break down as folks get hung up in security lines. Some of my comments in that post were directed at people in general who are wi
  2. Well I may have to look you up in Newark this week. I will be there with my brother, nephew and brother in law. Here's to a great GA experience this week! Thanks for the reply.
  3. I have met Bono outside of MSG. Innocence Tour 2015. The GA line was near the entrance to Penn Station. Around the block you will see the special entrance for staff, players, etc. By the time you are there security fencing will be up and it’s very easy to determine that is the entrance they come in. I was just at the second DC show and the band rolled in around 3:40 or so. So however long you want to stand around the security fence is up to you! Bono was outside in a scorching hot day for 45 minutes as there were a couple hundred people. That isn’t typical, but it is NYC. Best of luck to you!
  4. This is not a post that is going to reinvent the wheel. Any one who has spent any amount of time in the GA line will have had the same experiences. I was hoping that if folks do read this and may have lost their perspective of what being in GA is all about, then maybe they might find it in themselves to recalibrate a bit. I just came back from DC #2. The GA line was run by a super nice guy named, Brad, and a host of others(including my brother, Tim) who were truly nice people. They decided to jump in and volunteer to handle night #2 after getting a crummy response from the guy who was run
  5. Our group ended up being around 215-223. The GA queue was massive. Cleveland is amazingly popular!
  6. It was very orderly and the folks running the queue were great. So yes, it is run by fans. Recommendation, check out FB a few days early and find the Cleveland Joshua Tree page. That's how we found out where the queue was starting. My group signed in yesterday afternoon. There are various check ins after you get your number. It's a commitment, but totally worth it if you can manage it. Stadium security will most likely come out and give out wristbands with your corresponding number on it. Heinz Field actually allowed us to leave after getting our wristband. We have to get back in line at 2:30.
  7. That's very cool you're taking your kids! Well done. GA is always such a cool experience.
  8. We are lined up at Gate 6 and waiting for stadium security to give us our numbered wristbands. Our crew did well....49-58.
  9. We ended up being 31-38 in line for MSG 1 and the line was conducted and organized really well. No problems at all.
  10. What was the name of that FB page? Once the line is in full swing, you can leave the line here and there, but it is GA courtesy to not be gone for ages. If you check in tomorrow like we will there will most likely be a rollcall sometime Tuesday evening. The 6 AM rollcall on Wednesday morning is when you line up and pretty much stay in line. As I said, people come and go for a bit here and there during the day, but for the most part you hang out in line.
  11. General Robison Parking Garage is located between Heinz Field and PNC Park. That also seems to be an option. And I second the Casino parking idea. We did the same for 360 in 2011 and we never had to pay that day.
  12. The organizing of the GA queue often seems to be an organic process, Randy. Unless you're hanging out with GA vets like Joe Ahorro who is typically involved with the queue process, we show up at the gate early and see who's there. Myself and my group will be showing up at Heinz Field sometime later Tuesday afternoon and will head to Gate 6 and see who is there. Maybe we'll see you there! If we need to pitch in and help organize the queue, we will gladly do it. And despite the info from Heinz Field saying we can't start queuing at Gate 6 until noon on Wednesday, my hope is that they let us lin
  13. Thanks, Matt. For 360 in 2011 we arrived around 7:15 am or so and the line was already 300 strong. My guess is they had the same policy for that show as well. Whether the Heinz Field staff enforces that or not is another matter. I figure you show up early and if they won't let you line up right outside Gate 6 the U2 GA crew will just marshal up somewhere else.
  14. Referencing a previous post, I would much rather hear "Ordinary Love" than " Miss Sarajevo." Since there is a strong attachment to songs that can be wedded to a political/social issue, OL and the life of Nelson Mandela certainly fit the bill.
  15. I noticed that "Little Things" wasn't played in Dallas despite being on the set list. That would've been a great disappointment had I been there. That song has really grabbed me for some reason. I have to agree with a lot of the sentiments expressed in this thread. Being a die hard since 1981, and loving The Unforgettable Fire album, ditching ASOH is a major bummer. I could easily pass on Elevation , although I know that for a live show it tends to pump the crowd up. Many of the songs included seem to there so Bono can comment on a political topic. I get that, but sometimes just letting it ri
  16. I am also from the Pittsburgh area and will be going to this show. I also work for a brewery. Great Lakes is good beer......Fat Heads is better. But both are worth the visit!
  17. Absolutely. The last show at Heinz Field for 360 in 2011 went very smoothly for the GA process. I hope we encounter the same thing in a week and a half!
  18. I am certain that GA line folks will be numbered. That's how it has always been when I have done GA. For those of us who would arrive on Tuesday, you check in at the gate where the GA line will be, sign the book, get a number and make sure you make roll call on Wednesday morning, typically around 6 am.
  19. Heinz Field was definitely GA friendly back in 2011 for 360. Gate C was where the queue started and that entrance took you right out onto the field. I just read a comment from folks in Houston trying to navigate NRG Stadium that indicated the grounds are locked up at night. No such thing in Pittsburgh if I remember correctly. Hopefully we will be able to repeat the same experience for Joshua Tree.
  20. I just rewatched some of our video from IE MSG #1(15 feet from the front of the house, right on the rail) and the arena stage is much lower and the whole vibe is cozier. 360 presented some of the same scenarios. Where to head to is always the question for folks in GA. Multiple shows certainly helps with the choice process!
  21. I saw them in Pittsburgh in October 1987. It was my first bootleg recording of a U2 show. My brother and I ended up in the 7th row middle thanks to my subscription to the U2 World Service. Awesome night.
  22. I saw The Joshua Tree Tour in Pittsburgh in October of 1987. I bought my two tickets from the U2 World Service(Propaganda) essentially blind, having no idea what seats I'd be in. My brother and I walked into Three Rivers Stadium, looking at the numbered section placards elevated on the stadium floor. Wooden chairs covered the field, no GA line back then! We were stunned to find our section dead center in the very front of the floor. I watched the show from row 7 in the middle. Unbelievable night. I bootlegged that show on my Sony Walkman and played those cassettes for years, a prized possessio
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