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Tours / Re: **SPOILERS** Boston 1 U2eiTour show thread
« Last post by laoghaire on June 21, 2018, 08:03:30 PM »
Tomorrow night :) Just now arriving in town. Have an AWESOME time.
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I was at last nightís show in GA and did notice whole sections sitting way up there, but the energy was high lower down.

I have had this discussion with family members who refuse to consider GA because they would have to stand the whole time. I think it is mostly our age, with some portion due to not knowing certain songs. On tours that featured more of the hits they would stand and then sit and then alternate based on whether they knew the song.

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Did your family members ever stand for an entire show before? I've just never known anyone to sit down at a rock concert. I've never seen it at a U2 concert before. So I was stunned and shocked by it.
One is not a huge concert goer, so she wants a chance to sit. Another couple went to TJT30 as casual fans but I doubt they heard that album in full before the show. They all enjoyed that show, but not as much as I did.  They had fun watching me and the guy on the other side of them getting into the show while they sat.  I had a chance to buy GAs, but they wanted seats.

With my kids at i&e (nosebleed seats) they wanted to sit for Every Breaking Wave, but I sort of get that, as it was pretty slow.

I have seen some folks sitting at other U2 shows, but not for long. Usually it was in the nosebleed seats.  JT and ZooTV no one sat.

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The Band / Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
« Last post by Canadanne on June 21, 2018, 07:52:39 PM »
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Wonder if the question is I really donít care, do you?

"I spray-painted the First Lady's coat, but she still wore it anyway!" ;D
Tours / Re: Likelihood of 2019 North American tour?
« Last post by rlabs19 on June 21, 2018, 06:53:19 PM »
Edge said in the RS interview that they are tired from touring (essentially) back to back to back. If they tour any more for EI, I think it will be areas they haven't hit yet (South America, Australia) and then take a year or two off. Probably work on a new album, tour on that, and then AB 30th anniversary.
News and Rumors / Re: Anybody know how Bono almost died?
« Last post by rlabs19 on June 21, 2018, 06:51:39 PM »
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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.

Ha, I like that and agree with you.
News and Rumors / Re: U2 makes top 10 on charts
« Last post by 64ac30 on June 21, 2018, 05:06:10 PM »
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If weíre counting minor charts then no, it isnít the first since magnificent to reach Top 10. Best Thing was No. 1 on Alternative and I think No. 5 on Rock.

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Never knew, never heard it
News and Rumors / Re: U2 makes top 10 on charts
« Last post by bass slap on June 21, 2018, 03:16:10 PM »
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Hmmm, a re-mix i've never heard of makes a top 10 list i've never heard of...

now that's relevance.
News and Rumors / Re: U2 makes top 10 on charts
« Last post by Luzita on June 21, 2018, 03:07:15 PM »
If weíre counting minor charts then no, it isnít the first since magnificent to reach Top 10. Best Thing was No. 1 on Alternative and I think No. 5 on Rock.

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Tours / **SPOILERS** Night 2 in DC Review
« Last post by hollywoodswag on June 21, 2018, 03:04:05 PM »
My wife and I went to night 2 in DC. We had GA and opted for spots right near the b-stage. We showed up at about 7 pm for the 8 pm start, and I was suprised by how empty the floor was back in that direction. Folks were a bit deep in the direction of the main stage, but I'd say that from about the halfway point of the center walkway to the back there were only crowds of about one to two people deep, if that. It didn't seem like it ever really filled in much during the night save for the migration of the folks from back end of the main crowd working their way toward the b-stage during that segment.

The show itself was genuinely very good, and my opinion of it has improved as the days have gone by. I'll get to the highlights, but I want to start with my criticisms.

- The volume near the b-stage was, at times, excruciatingly loud. The chorus of The Blackout just sounded like a continuous explosion, and I felt like I missed out on enjoying some other portions of the show because the volume was just too high. This was a similar criticism I had of the Tampa show last year, and I will probably consider getting seats in the future. It's awesome to be so close to the band, but I don't like leaving and feeling like I can't hear. Mind you, this problem somehow rectified itself as the show went on, but I will say that I feel like The Blackout and Beautiful Day were songs on which I really missed out a bit, and I am sad about that because I really like both a lot.

- GOOYOW, Iris, and (I'm sorry to say this) Acrobat are duds. None of those three really did anything for me. Granted, I never much cared for those three as it was, but the live setting didn't redeem them. Also, in light of the vocal fans of Acrobat getting their wish, I politely request that the vocal fans of Please discontinue efforts to get that one until I get Zoo Station or Last Night on Earth, haha.

- The encore was a total letdown. LIBTAIIW was, I guess, supposed to be the heavy-hitter here, but while I enjoy the song, it's not Streets or Bad or one of the other anthems that I guess it was supposed to replace. On their own, I don't think that any song in the encore was really lame or anything, but that trifecta just had no power behind it. I think that 13 was a spectacular choice for the role it played, and as much as I would have preferred the other number song that is 27 greater than this one, 13 was a nice touch for this tour. It just had to follow a duo that didn't have much power behind it, and the encore as a unit became a pretty lackluster ending to the show.

- The MacPhisto Snapchat filter segment suffered a bit due to the filter cutting in and out frequently. I LOVED the return of MacPhisto, but I would have preferred something more faithful to the original. I think Bono had enough costuming going on as it was, so I would have preferred something a bit more...engaging, at least as opposed to just staring into that little screen.

With those out of the way, though, I want to acknowledge the highlights, and there were many.

- Lights of Home was really solid live, especially during the "Free Yourself" refrain at the end. This was probably the biggest surprise of SOE during the show in terms of how enjoyable it was. I didn't really dislike the original, but it never stood out much to me.

- I Will Follow is a monster live. I'm sure that might sound a bit silly to those of you with more live U2 experience, but this was only my second show ever (the other was Tampa last year), so I'd never seen it live. Despite the solid Lights of Home, THIS was the song that really started the show for me. Absolutely spectacular.

- Not one, not two, but THREE songs from Atomic Bomb? This was basically Christmas. All three were high points during the show for me, with Vertigo being the real monster. I felt like it was kind of a dud in Tampa last year, so this show redeemed it. I'm also really glad that I got All Because of You instead of Gloria. Even though I like the latter, the former is a huge favorite of mine, and it was just spectacular. City of Blinding Lights was a great closer, too. I love the album, and as someone who wishes he could travel back in time and experience the Vertigo tour, this was an unexpected gift.

- Until the End of the World I was pretty familiar with most of the setlist going into the show, and I was a bit bummed to see this song yet again when there are other songs on AB I would rather see live, but oh my, am I ever grateful for it now. This was the best song in the show in my eyes. It did what Elevation did in Tampa for me last year, and I thought the arena roof was going to blast off into space.

- Cedarwood Road? I get it now. I should have appreciated it earlier on, but I get it now. Forgive my delay.

- Can we talk about how epic much of the b-stage portion was, especially after UTEOTW? I loved the Influx intro to Elevation (I'd never really understood what it was before) and I felt like it really built that song up, and then following it up with Vertigo and Desire just made that whole portion one of the most spectacular live experiences I'd ever seen. Our location right against the b-stage only amplified it. If only they hadn't followed it with Acrobat...*ducks*

- The pair of acoustic songs was surprisingly good, and hooray for getting something from Pop!

- I was initially bummed to see Pride on the set, but it turned out to be a really nice fit, and the extended intro was good.

- The show definitely had a thematic flow to it, and while I think that many great songs got shelved in favor of a bit too much SOE, I still think it flowed nicely.

- I appreciated the limited SOI representation. That might be a bit harsh of me, but I was very worried that they would use the show as an attempt to push SOI a bit more, and instead they played it conservative on that front. They probably needed to given that 10 of the 24 songs were from the last two albums. A bold move and one that was probably a bit too heavy along those lines, but it could have been much worse.

Overall, I'd give the show a B grade. I'm really, truly very glad that I went, and it felt like the band was firing on all cylinders. I think it was a great promotion of SOE and one that jived with most of my preferences from the album. I didn't miss Little Things, and while I enjoy Summer of Love, I'm not bummed that it was also left out of the set. It's a was a great...experience!
The Band / Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
« Last post by Canadanne on June 21, 2018, 02:39:54 PM »
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I love this thread! MacPhisto has always been my favorite. I first became a U2 fan after ordering  the Live from Sydney Pay Per View and the best part for me was when he came out as MacPhisto (I was 13).  I am so happy he is back this tour!


I used to watch that part of the video every night...
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