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Posts posted by gregmorris7

  1. Completely agree.  I think its disingenuous to explain high prices charged by U2 as simply the going rate for major acts these days and to suggest market price and scalpers and secondary ticket agencies are the main drivers of their pricing.  U2 ultimately have the final say over pricing and could absolutely do more to address these high prices (and also to address the unscrupulous resale of their tickets on reseller sites at vastly inflated prices). Obviously they can't please everyone all the time and there will always be people who can get the tickets they want at the price they want for the venue they want, but I do think U2 could do more here.  Take a look at Prince when he toured 3121 and priced all tickets at £31.21 or when he last toured the UK and announced shows on the day of the show, priced at £10 and it was just first come first served for tickets. To be fair he got some stick for that with people moaning that they couldn't take a day off work just to queue for a prince concert, but it definitely beat the scalpers.  Having bought tickets for Guns & Roses this year I completely agree that they are just taking the opportunity to rinse their fans of cash while they tour, before imploding again - but I'm prepared to pay for as a one off for the nostalgia of it.  I have been to many U2 shows over the years and have gone through the all too familiar presale pain (and occasional joy) many times.  With the benefit that experience it does seem to me that U2 do care about their fans and want to acknowledge fans support through allowing early access to concerts through presales that are staggered to allow long term fans the earliest access, then more recent subscribers and then opening sales to the general public.  That system, while throwing up some unfair results for individuals, is at least on the face of it a fair approach.  But its all a little corporate and simplistic.  I think the I&E tour, generally got it right - with the pricing, the stage lay out and the innovative use of the screens meaning that generally most fans got a great experience at a fair price at most venues.  But given their vast wealth what I'd like to see is them really push the boat out and do something innovative.  Why not put on some free concerts and use the database of U2.com and other websites to select and invite fans randomly?  They did a similar thing in the build up to the Elevation tour, with free tickets for warm up shows for competition winners.  Or do as the Stones Roses did and announce some small shows with tickets sold only to those who turn up in person with one of their records or some memorabilia.   Do that a few times in a few locations and it would help foster a sense that they are still a band of their fans and not just a corporate machine.  It would also generate a far bigger buzz and more positive press than foisting a new album on anyone with an Itunes account whether they want it or not... 


    Sorry for the essay ;-)

  2. Thank god!  Been trying for decent GA tickets for Croke Park (RZ or Pitch 2).  Was in the Redhill presale and got nothing, nothing the rest of the week and nothing this morning.  Same with Twickenham.  Was thinking this'd be the first tour I'd miss since Zoo TV but hopefully I'll get another shot...  and be less picky!

  3. Would like to know the answers to those questions too.  Also would like to know whether there will be GA Pitch 2 available tomorrow or whether they're completely all gone in today's pre-sale.

    Also looking at the spacing of the dates so far do we think there will be a Croke 2 on the Sunday?

  4. Couldn't agree more with these recent posts.  It just always seems for the last few tours, however well you prepare yourself for these presales they always throw a curveball to ensure there is some hitch.  I know you can't please everyone, but they're it seems there is always some problem...

  5. I'm in the UK trying to buy tickets for Croke park in the pre-sale, but the TM.ie website is telling me tickets aren't on sale yet.  Can anyone tell me why or what I'm doing wrong?

    Also does anyone know when red zone tickets will come on sale?


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