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Title: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: adamsmark on March 02, 2009, 04:49:24 PM
1. Catch them at the start of the tour. The setlist is more varied and Bono's voice is stronger.

2. Get tickets to multiple shows in different parts of the venue. I've been up front, but some of my favorite shows were somewhere in the stands.

3. Be a little fanatical, attend pre- and post-show parties. By a t-shirt.

4. Learn to play the guitar. You never know.

5. Avoid scalpers. I got great seats through the official tour provider. Yeah, I paid $150 for GA tickets, but they were easy to get and came with a pre-show party.

6. Avoic scalpers, pt. 2. Join U2.com. For all the complaints about the site, I've always landed decent seats through membership.
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: CGE on March 02, 2009, 05:05:18 PM
Thanks for the advice!    ;D
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: Joe90usa on March 02, 2009, 05:39:53 PM
Step one is bad advice in my opinion. U2 is notorious for being under-rehearsed when their tours start out. The last show of any tour that I would want to see is opening night.
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: Mysterious Ways on March 02, 2009, 05:43:19 PM
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Step one is bad advice in my opinion. U2 is notorious for being under-rehearsed when their tours start out. The last show of any tour that I would want to see is opening night.

I agree. I'm happy I got to see the latter part of the Vertigo tour, and not the start.
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: vickidvm on March 02, 2009, 07:45:39 PM
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Step one is bad advice in my opinion. U2 is notorious for being under-rehearsed when their tours start out. The last show of any tour that I would want to see is opening night.

I also disagree with #1.  Seems like the setlists always start out very similar and they don't try to switch them up until later when they realize which songs don't work as well live.   
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: macphisto96 on March 02, 2009, 08:35:37 PM
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1. Catch them at the start of the tour. The setlist is more varied and Bono's voice is stronger.

Back end of the tour is much better.  They've worked out the kinks in the new songs and ironed out the setlist.  POPMart is the grandest example of this.  The late shows were much better.

And on Vertigo we ended up with a much greater version of Original of the Species with Edge on guitar instead of piano. 

All other points are good ones.  Though I will say that being in the ellipse on the last tour was the best location ever.  Being 20 feet (or less) from Bono, Edge, and Adam was awesome.  I will never forget Edge tearing into the end of Mysterious Ways as he stood 10 feet in front of me on the ellipse.  I've been a huge fan for 15 years, since high school, and that was so unbelievable. 
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: Malachi on March 03, 2009, 02:55:10 AM
Very good advice you have there.

But everyone remember.

DON'T BUY MY TICKET. ;D ;D

I want to see them to. ;D

Mal
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: adamsmark on March 03, 2009, 10:16:00 AM
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Very good advice you have there.

But everyone remember.

DON'T BUY MY TICKET. ;D ;D

I want to see them to. ;D

Mal

Now that I think about it, don't buy any tickets until the very last moment possible...  :)
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: hurricane hugo on March 03, 2009, 10:34:35 AM
My advice for seeing ANYONE live: do not attend the first six shows of any band's tour unless you have no other choice.

#@!
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: mdewater on March 03, 2009, 10:55:10 AM
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4. Learn to play the guitar. You never know.
:D :D

Hahahah!!

Thanks for the advice, it'll be my first show this year!


Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: cathalmc on March 03, 2009, 02:08:35 PM
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Step one is bad advice in my opinion. U2 is notorious for being under-rehearsed when their tours start out. The last show of any tour that I would want to see is opening night.

Part of me would actually like to see the grimaces and family rows when they feck things up onstage :)
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: hrsan on March 03, 2009, 02:50:16 PM
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Step one is bad advice in my opinion. U2 is notorious for being under-rehearsed when their tours start out. The last show of any tour that I would want to see is opening night.

I think what he means is to see them on the first leg as opposed to the 3rd or 4th leg of the tour.  I agree that the songs are more varied on the first leg.   

As tickets are hot, catch them whenever you can.
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: domino on March 04, 2009, 08:40:13 PM
7. If you're young: get to the GA line early and chat up the older ppl in the line around you. They'll probably think you're cool for being so young and loving U2 and will buy you things (cold drinks, pizza etc.), generally help you out and tell you awesome stories that'll make you so envious, like the time they saw U2 in a small club with 40 people in the audience etc.

8. If you can, try to get a spot in line near someone with a guitar to have some awesome sing-a-longs.

9. Be nice to ppl in line and give them food so they'll hold your spot, maybe get you a good spot inside, lift you onto the stage etc.

10. Don't bring a ginormous sign that'll ruin the gig for everyone behind you. Also applies to big hats (WHY?!)

11. Blow Adam kisses, he will grin widely. You too boys.

12. Don't wear a Coldplay t-shirt to the concert. You will receive death glares.
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: Malachi on March 05, 2009, 07:53:18 AM
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12. Don't wear a Coldplay t-shirt to the concert. You will receive death glares.

Hahaha! Made me laugh that did. ;D ;D

But you can were a U2 T'shirt to a coldplay gig. ;D

Mal
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: evel12314 on March 05, 2009, 09:22:35 AM
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7. If you're young: get to the GA line early and chat up the older ppl in the line around you. They'll probably think you're cool for being so young and loving U2 and will buy you things (cold drinks, pizza etc.), generally help you out and tell you awesome stories that'll make you so envious, like the time they saw U2 in a small club with 40 people in the audience etc.


This will be me. ;D
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: colofan on March 06, 2009, 10:24:38 AM
Absolutely, it is vital that you come in a good mood ready to meet and swap stories!  The best concerts I've been to have been U2, not just because they're U2, but because of the comraderie between the fans (only Springsteen comes close, IMHO).  Enjoy the Bono look-alikes, share food, water, umbrellas and music (I guess it will be ipods and speakers this time 'round) while you're waiting in the GA line.  DON'T scalp your tickets.  If you can't go, trade forums will be there and you can swap or sell to another genuine fan.  And for god's sake, please don't be one of those loser posers like in that commercial for Citibank with Nickleback, who push up from the nosebleed cheapseats to my seat and get in front of me (I'm only 5'1"!)

BTW, not all the early shows on each tour were bad, and there is something genuine about watching them feel through the material, instead of being cookie-cutter like a well-rehearsed jukebox. 
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: highway190 on March 06, 2009, 12:35:57 PM
1. Don't sit down.
2. Don't watch the show through your freaking phone.
3. No one wants to see you make-out.
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: i_heartU2 on March 08, 2009, 10:37:19 AM
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1. Catch them at the start of the tour. The setlist is more varied and Bono's voice is stronger.

2. Get tickets to multiple shows in different parts of the venue. I've been up front, but some of my favorite shows were somewhere in the stands.

3. Be a little fanatical, attend pre- and post-show parties. By a t-shirt.

4. Learn to play the guitar. You never know.

5. Avoid scalpers. I got great seats through the official tour provider. Yeah, I paid $150 for GA tickets, but they were easy to get and came with a pre-show party.

6. Avoic scalpers, pt. 2. Join U2.com. For all the complaints about the site, I've always landed decent seats through membership.
will I still be able to get tickets w/o joining U2.com?
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: latindrummer2112 on March 08, 2009, 11:14:12 AM
Yes there's always ways to get tickets without having to be a member. I went to 4 Vertigo shows in California without being a U2.com member and without ticketmaster, and I still payed close to face value :)
Title: Re: Advice for seeing U2 live
Post by: Evil Bono on March 08, 2009, 02:53:22 PM
Don't focus your attention on taking pics the whole show, just take a few and enjoy the show. 

Chat with the fans in line you'll find out a lot of them are real nice and cool. 

Plan on standing a long time in GA, wear some comfortable shows. 

In my opinion the band doesn't get the whole set list right during the first couple of shows. Try to catch the shows at the end of the leg or when they come back.  They started mixing up the setlists during the end of the first leg on Vertigo and brought back some other songs during the third leg.