Velvet dress, nice to meet you! I've seen you around the Band fannish threads (
) ). Very nice to meet a fellow Singaporean, especially one who has a U2 otp! (Mine would be Adam and Edge, though!) I'm born and bred Sgrean, but in the US for college now. Last summer, I was very lucky to have a coming-of-age by chasing this band around 4 states to watch them on 360.
I guess my argument could thus be: A budget flight from Singapore to any Aussie city is comparable to domestic US flights. Many diehard fans on U2 forums have taken US domestic flights to chase the band (we even have people flying in from Canada, Mexico, etc). If I'm not wrong, the price of the flights are comparable, so it's a fair comparison of 'making the trip'. If I were stuck in Asia, I would take a budget flight into an Aussie city, then do a pilgrimmage around all the Aussie tour dates. I think domestic flights/train tickets within Australia is affordable as well.
Yeah, I didn;t mean to politicize by saying mood in Singapore. I mean music culture mood, I guess. Radio-listening youths like One Direction (same as in US), alternative youths like 'cool YOUNG acts' like Muse, etc (same as US), and the 'old people' will be there to wave their cell phones (er, I mean handphones) to WOWY or Still Haven't Found. (same as with US concerts). What I mean to say is, I guess it's rare to find Singaporeans who f****** believe in the majesty of U2, like many of us on here do. All their big ideas of beauty and grace and being a part of something bigger than yourselves. It's hard for anyone to 'get' into a music act much beyond their music, and U2 have attained a sizeable number of such fans in US, Canada, Europe. (maybe Mexico too? I've read of a few damn passionate Mexican and South American fans. So even though these countries might not be as economically viable, the fans damn straight believe in the blood and spirit of U2)
But maybe it IS a little bit about the band being complacent and negligent with more fans they could accrue, I don't know.
-They found fame at an early age by breaking into the US market. US (maybe Euro too) charts is still 'the place to be' when it comes to defining music popularity, no?
-Bono does humanatarian work with Africa, he loves America ("the idea"), they are from Europe, etc. Maybe Asia just fell off their maps when it came to covering all continents