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It's partly age and partly songs.  When I saw Paul McCartney, the old couple next to me would stand up for Beatles hits and Band on the Run, and that's it.  Sat down and frowned when he played FourFiveSeconds.  The younger group (19-20) I was with was standing up pretty much the whole show.

So, for U2 it's probably a lot of older people standing up for Pride and Sunday Bloody Sunday and sitting down for Love is Bigger and Acrobat.  When they play the hits, people stand.  When they play the deep cuts and new material we want, they sit.

There were multiple upper level sections during Pride where EVERYONE was sitting. There was an upper level section here or there where some people were standing, but still every upper level section had people sitting for the entire show. This is what I saw at Washington D.C. #2 on Monday. That would be better if they were standing for the hits or better known songs, but for the most part, they were not.

Its hard to fathom though because this is the first time I've seen it happen at a U2 concert. I would assume the majority of these people had seen U2 before and stood the last time they saw U2. Why sit now? Its a little bizarre.

Because this show the band lacked the energy and enthusiasm of shows past.  I noticed a huge difference from Bono.


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I don't see any difference from Bono or the rest of the band. I Will Follow and Gloria kicked as much ass as they did when they were first released. Bono seems very energetic to me, just like he was last year on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017. He may not be sprinting, diving into the crowd, or climbing to the roof of the building, but for the most part its the same old Bono. I can't tell that this guy has had any health problems or even aged a day over the past 25 years from my position on the floor.
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I doubt Bono was not enthusiastic.

But less energetic? Yes.

It's amazing to see that he used to have enough energy to literally charge a stadium. Now we have to do some of the work ourselves. I noticed a comment or two here with the viewpoint that it was his job to bring everybody to their feet. I would not be proud of having that entitled point of view. After all these years they've brought me to my feet, in so many ways. The guy almost died and something changed. This is an excellent show. If you're thinking, I could sit down here, make a teeeeeeny bit of effort and don't.

Well, your $200 ticket should entitle you to something.  Look, Iím not trying to be cold and heartless.  I just resent being told I have some obligation to display enthusiasm I donít feel just so the show can live up to someone elseís expectations.  I enjoyed the show just as it was, staying seated when those around me were seated.  Iím fine with a U2 show not being the spectacle it once was.  Iím thinking maybe U2 is okay with it too.  Things change.

The attitude here is that I didnít even deserve to be there even though I paid good money for a seat.  Thinking casual fans owe a performance of their own to the hardcore fans.  Thatís entitlement.


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Scarlet, Moment of Surrender, 40, Kite, Mofo, God pt. II
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Tours / Re: How many U2 shows have you seen?
« Last post by melissafarrah on Today at 05:54:08 AM »
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3 popmart
11 elevation
9 vertigo
2 360
2 JT
4 E+I

(I missed I+E after just giving birth to twins)
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I was in seats behind the stage for
DC1 and I refused to sit, but everyone around me was sitting for the non ďhitĒ songs. Everyone sat down for Cedarwood Road and Iris. Then when they played songs like Sunday Bloody Sunday and Pride they stood up Again. I think some people at the show were not big fans and just wanted to
Hear the hits. So if it was a song they didnít know they sat down. One reason I hate having seats!
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I doubt Bono was not enthusiastic.

But less energetic? Yes.

It's amazing to see that he used to have enough energy to literally charge a stadium. Now we have to do some of the work ourselves. I noticed a comment or two here with the viewpoint that it was his job to bring everybody to their feet. I would not be proud of having that entitled point of view. After all these years they've brought me to my feet, in so many ways. The guy almost died and something changed. This is an excellent show. If you're thinking, I could sit down here, make a teeeeeeny bit of effort and don't.
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News and Rumors / Re: Anybody know how Bono almost died?
« Last post by siblis on Today at 05:17:24 AM »
After the all the yrs of following Bono, I have found that he's a great salesman & could sell Snow Blowers to residents in Florida, I am finding this whole MRI thing a bit of Rib. If it is true, he's not going to tell anyone because medical issues are indeed private.
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It's partly age and partly songs.  When I saw Paul McCartney, the old couple next to me would stand up for Beatles hits and Band on the Run, and that's it.  Sat down and frowned when he played FourFiveSeconds.  The younger group (19-20) I was with was standing up pretty much the whole show.

So, for U2 it's probably a lot of older people standing up for Pride and Sunday Bloody Sunday and sitting down for Love is Bigger and Acrobat.  When they play the hits, people stand.  When they play the deep cuts and new material we want, they sit.

There were multiple upper level sections during Pride where EVERYONE was sitting. There was an upper level section here or there where some people were standing, but still every upper level section had people sitting for the entire show. This is what I saw at Washington D.C. #2 on Monday. That would be better if they were standing for the hits or better known songs, but for the most part, they were not.

Its hard to fathom though because this is the first time I've seen it happen at a U2 concert. I would assume the majority of these people had seen U2 before and stood the last time they saw U2. Why sit now? Its a little bizarre.

Because this show the band lacked the energy and enthusiasm of shows past.  I noticed a huge difference from Bono.


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So Cruel
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Wire, I Fall Down, Surrender, Dirty Day.

I heard TLTTGYA at Rose Bowl 2 but sorely missed it at the 6 shows I've seen on EI so far. Though I'm seeing Dublin 3 and 4.
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