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  1. From the album: i+e MSG

    © Adrienne Allen

  2. "Nothing to stop this being the best day ever" are the opening lyrics of Songs of Experience. For some fans, those lyrics rang true last Wednesday night, November 29th 2017. Imagine finding yourself in a hideaway Speakeasy-esque bar in New York City sipping cocktails from teacups just like in the days of prohibition. Now add listening to U2's new album, Songs of Experience - before it's even been released - in the company of all four members of U2! An intimate crowd including some lucky winners of the U2: An Experience of Songs radio contest did just that, as we all met up and were escorted to The Back Room in the Lower East side of Manhattan to listen to the album from start to finish. After some pre-album mingle and music, the volume increased and an almost ambient 'Love is All We Have Left' began. We settled in and all thoughtfully listened as we fully took in the room, walls decorated by photos spanning the band's career to date. As 'Lights of Home' played, people could be seen swaying in their seats. Once 'You're the Best Thing' started, we began to sing along with the song that we had become familiar with over the last few weeks. As the album played on, after each song, the whole crowd gave an approving round of applause. The album had been worth the wait and excitement was growing with each song. During 'The Blackout' one fan stood up and announced they should reenact the video and several people joined him and danced through the song. When the album finished and we all were giving it a standing ovation, local film director Morgan Spurlock came to the stage to introduce the band themselves. Adam and Edge came out first and offered a little banter with the crowd ahead of Bono and Larry. After a few short moments (and Adam had convinced the crowd it was ok to sit back down), they eventually arrived and Bono greeted the crowd by asking what songs stuck out to them. You could hear almost every song title being given back to him as he repeated them back and jokingly added, "...did you say 'Frozen'?" Prior to the listening party, winners had been given the opportunity to submit questions which Spurlock then put to the band : A discussion of snippets of other people's songs that have been used in U2's music... Which songs spoke to them live? (This prompted Bono to tell how the name for 'Bad' came about, which, he added had not been shared before - he explained that the lads had watched Andy Warhol's movie : Bad and he and Andy Rowen, whom the song was written for, had gotten into an argument about it)... How they choose their setlists?... Other artists that they currently enjoy?... The political climate... Remembering the band's first US concert at the Ritz in New York (and their unsuccessful attempt at getting into The Mudd Room!)... And a question that focused on Songs of Experience was asked by a gentleman named Greg... he asked if a particular song jumped out to Bono on the new album, who explained that there were a few songs that shared lyrics with songs on its' predecessor, 'Songs of Innocence', telling us that those songs were "talking to each other" and in particular the relationship between 'Song for Someone' and '13'. After the Q&A fans were asked to gather around to take a group photo with the band and many of them got to shake hands and thank the band, who then disappeared into the night... Fellow Zootopian @Atomic Orla was also there & when asked how she enjoyed the evening, she summed it up : "I've had many incredible U2 experiences over the years as a U2 fan, from amazing concert moments, often in new cities, to making friends for life. Listening to the new album for the first time in a small New York City Speakeasy full of U2 fans, followed immediately afterwards by the arrival of the band and an opportunity to greet them and thank them, was one of those unique 'I love NY' and 'I love U2' experiences." View full article
  3. From the album: I+E Tour Art

    Another DS FX shot from a photo I took in the loading dock at MSG (think it was the last show). Dig the RED vibe.

    © Adrienne Allen

  4. From the album: We are Family Foundation Gala

    Great cap from @mysteriousdays video -- a fabulous split second birthday serenade for us (: BEST BIRTHDAY WEEKEND EVER.

    © Vidhya Magendran

  5. From the album: We are Family Foundation Gala

    Caught it from the e-stage last July in Chi. Since then it went CHI > SFO > NYC > SFO > DUB > SFO > NYC, where Bono was kind enough to sign it before the We Are Family Foundation gala. This [partial] book has more frequent flier miles than I do at this point. And BTW -- if the person in Chicago who was kind enough to agree to split the book (half) into quarters with me as it was a tossup who caught it. I am forever grateful You are awesome.

    © Adrienne Allen

  6. From the album: I+E Tour Art

    Another one in this series messing with different treatments to photos I have personally shot of the band and whatnot. Huge thanks to Bono for stopping to sign the now-infamous 'Alice in Wonderland' half that travelled over 6000 miles from when I first caught it off the e-stage in Chi2 before it finally got reunited with the guy who threw it.

    © Adrienne Allen

  7. From the album: We are Family Foundation Gala

    The gala's goal was to raise 1M for Nile Rodger's WAFF. Bono signed this guitar last minute and helped put the auction price over $100,000. Photo by Vid.

    © Vidhya Magendran

  8. From the album: We are Family Foundation Gala

    Vidhya and I divided duties: I kept the camera rolling while she got the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Fragment" signed by B-man. I caught from the e-stage in Chi, it travelled to NY to SF to Dublin to SF and back to NYC before it finally got back in Bono's hands for an autograph again. He also told us how quite a few of the famous paper fragments from the i+e pre-intermission got stuck up in the rafters in Paris and then came down during Madonna's show there a few nights later (: SO GREAT.

    © Adrienne Allen

  9. From the album: We are Family Foundation Gala

    Looking and sounding GREAT Bono tore the roof off the We Are Family Foundation Gala and was extra great spending time with fans before hand. Someone looks tour ready...!!!

    © Adrienne Allen

  10. From the album: i+e Dublin

    About 20 minutes before the meet and greet. AMAZING weekend. So cool to see the B-man looking and sounding GREAT. Bono's in Beastmode!

    © Vidyha Magendran

  11. From the album: We are Family Foundation Gala

    AMAZING! Got this great pic of Bono while he signed the copy of Alice In Wonderland I caught from the stage in Chicago, with help from my partner-in-crime Vidhya! So cool to meet this great man again.

    © Adrienne Allen 2016

  12. From the album: We are Family Foundation Gala

    Awesome to meet this great man again, and the performance with Niles' band was INCREDIBLE

    © Adrienne Allen

  13. From the album: We are Family Foundation Gala

    Another nice one of Bono signing the Alice in Wonderland I caught in Chicago from the e-stage and chatting with Vid.

    © Adrienne Allen

  14. From the album: We are Family Foundation Gala

    So in love with this shot! What a great moment.

    © Adrienne Allen

  15. From the album: i+e MSG

    Resting his voice but graciously posing for photos and saying thank you to fans.

    © Adrienne Allen

  16. From the album: i+e MSG

    Had an AMAZING tour of all of Madison Square Gardens including the set before soundcheck. Fantastic!

    © Adrienne Allen

  17. From the album: i+e MSG

    Another night in paradise

    © Adrienne Allen

  18. From the album: i+e MSG

    Pretty crazy -- I stole this idea from Dawn (Lunachic) when I saw myself in the MSG crowd at the exact moment we got Bonotized [again] Happy to credit whoever shot the video from the stage I was able to get the capture from is you let me know who you are (TheGoalIsSoul on youtube).

    © Adrienne Allen and TheGoalIsSoul

  19. From the album: i+e MSG

    From the backstage MSG tour -- amazing view of the stage from the catwalk

    © Adrienne Allen

  20. From the album: i+e MSG

    I think this was MSG 7 or 8

    © Adrienne Allen

  21. I have 2 GA (hard tickets) for tonight. Would like to go RZ. If anyone wants to trade at face I will pay the difference.
  22. Looking to buy 1 GA ticket for either Thursday or Friday. Post here [Please NO emails. use PMs. Thanks]. Thanks!
  23. i know it's a long shot, but i just figured i'd try anyway. looking for a GA ticket to Thursday's show and figured it couldn't hurt to try! saw them on Sunday and realized I needed to see them again!
  24. Need a GA for Friday night 7/31 at MSG. Please let me know if you can help. Thanks, Jon
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