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  1. I'm new to the forum, but have been a subscriber since I was 18, and a u2 fan since I was 12. U2's lyrics and music have helped me stay alive and optimistic at various points in my life. I got my dad (and many others) into their music. It's a given in any conversation or gathering that U2 is a safe, happy topic, sure to incite passion in dear old Monica (me). In recent years I've actually tried to disconnect from the band. I felt like a chump. Why? Their music hadn't changed, only gotten better. Their political and charitable activity hadn't changed, only more precise. So why was I feeling so disconnected? I've always been the type of kid and person who embraces the middle child syndrome of imperfection and general disdain for social normality- and I never cared that U2 were so popular. I knew it was against my rebel beliefs to love such an easily lovable thing. It's like saying you're original for shopping at Nordstom. But I never cared, because I knew there was something special between U2 and me... (not meant to sound creepy)... Then, in the last year or two, my life seemed to be growing up and out, my heart and mind didn't feel up to the task. I guess I lost a hold on my emotions. I kind of felt like I was managing a restaurant but had no control of the hours, menu or capacity. I was just working to maintain the social normality I once believed were an illusion. So now, as this new year rolls out, I am using the new U2 tour (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) as a means of reflection on why I put up such a mental fuss about loving my first love. I guess I am the one who changed, and I still am changing... I guess I just need to trust the person I have been up till this point and know that U2 and me are a good match, I'm not an idiot. Well, to whoever reads this, peace!
  2. There have been common aspects surfacing from talk about the yet-to-be-annouced tour. The band have teased us a lot, but within those tidbits are valuable clues. Then, when looking at historical tour facts, it begins to come into focus. As we accept the residency approach that the band has spoken of, the guessing begins about which cities will be represented. Seven seems to be an acceptable number, considering a 61 day window in May + June. If the band plays 3.5 shows each week, there could be a total show count of around 28. Fact: On the first leg of the Vertigo Tour, U2 played 28 shows in 14 cities over a 61 day period. Hey, we have a new word definition - residency / noun / 1 a residential post held by U2; derived by cutting the tour stops in half. Starting with the Joshua Tree Tour, the band has begun every tour in the U.S. except for U2360. So the current consensus that the 1st leg will be North America is more logical than delaying until after summer of '15. But again, what cities are we talking about? Boston and Vancouver are both realistic places to begin the tour, but who is to say a Vancouver stop is still in the cards? Perhaps it could be replaced by Seattle or San Francisco. West to east, or east to west? That is the logistical question. With Toronto specifically mentioned by a reliable source, perhaps the whole thing starts there. Fact: U2 have never begun a tour in New York or Los Angeles. If we simulate the target markets of U2 and Live Nation, it's not difficult to go along with NY; Miami; LA; Chicago and Boston, as well as top Canadian market Toronto. Fact: Top U.S. Passenger Gateways: #1 NY (#4 Newark); #2 Miami (#13 Ft. Lauderdale); #3 LA; #5 Chicago; #6 Atlanta; #7 San Francisco; #8 Houston; #10 Dallas/FW; #12 Boston; #16 Seattle; #19 Las Vegas. So please, someone tell me where is the 7th city?
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