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Title: U2 did not sell out
Post by: BalconyTV on January 18, 2017, 09:29:13 AM
http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/u2-not-sell-north-american-tour-immediately-last-time-happened/
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on January 18, 2017, 10:13:38 AM
Right off the bat:

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If Im anyone in the U2 organization, Id be worried about the state of North America. Something is wrong.

This is what we've been hearing for a decade and a half from them.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: SlyDanner on January 18, 2017, 10:20:11 AM
this article is ridiculous.  Neither I+E nor 360 sold out instantly either.  In fact, many show did not sell out at all.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: mikepd on January 18, 2017, 10:29:14 AM
Well as usual Europe sold out quickly - but partly because we only got half the shows US/Canada got despite population being similar.   They clearly could have (and will) quickly sell more tickets in certain cities and still that won't satisfy demand    A country the size of Germany getting one concert, Spain too etc etc   
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: trevgreg on January 18, 2017, 10:39:15 AM
I highly doubt they'd be scheduling two nights at some stadiums if they had trouble selling tickets here.

Plus, these shows are never truly "sold out" until the last minute anyway. They're fine.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on January 18, 2017, 11:13:08 AM
Funny how the article states "Cleveland did not sell out" like it means lots of tickets are still available--yet there are very very few tickets available (look on Ticketmaster without reseller enabled to see this).

From what I've heard, GA tickets and other good tickets have been hard to come by at pretty much all of the venues--these pretty much sold out during the presale or in the first couple hours of the general public sale. The only tickets left are singles or those very expensive/very far away from the stage.

Also, I attended a show on the first NA leg of the 360 tour in one of U2's biggest cities (Chicago) and had no difficulty getting tickets during the general on sale. Tickets seemed to be readily available for that show in the weeks after they went on sale. Yet that show ended up sold out.

In short, sorry Alan, I'm not buying what you're selling here.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Mozz on January 18, 2017, 11:16:59 AM
It's Alan Cross. As a fellow Canadian, his journalistic skills have not been their sharpest lately. He tends to flub facts and exaggerate for drama often.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: So Cruel on January 18, 2017, 12:42:55 PM
What a load of rubbish. A 5 minute ticketmaster search just showed me that the only dates that have seats left in multiple sections (mostly higher up) are Houston and Tampa. Some of the shows they listed as not selling have no available tickets (Cleveland, Miami, Washington). So basically U2 sold out stadiums in Vancouver, Seattle, San Fran, LA, Chicago, NY, Boston, Washington, Philly, Miami, Cleveland, Toronto, and Dallas within 1 day of tickets going on sale to the public, with only Houston, Tampa, and Pittsburgh not being automatic sell outs and that is supposed to be looked at as a failure? North American dates alone have probably grossed more then $120m in 1 day. U2 must be devastated.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: SlyDanner on January 18, 2017, 01:06:36 PM
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It's Alan Cross. As a fellow Canadian, his journalistic skills have not been their sharpest lately. He tends to flub facts and exaggerate for drama often.

I don't know Alan Cross at all, but to call that piece 'journalism' is a bit of a stretch.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: DisgruntledSherpa on January 18, 2017, 01:42:04 PM
Philly seemed to sell out within in minutes.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Swan269 on January 18, 2017, 02:59:56 PM
read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: THRILLHO on January 18, 2017, 05:42:19 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: NOLA Fly on January 18, 2017, 05:53:51 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

I threw the first tickets that came up for Dallas back in the pool. I even contemplated doing it again to try one more time. So glad I didn't.  After I bought them, I went back to peruse and got locked out.  My office window has no idea how close it came to having a computer thrown through it.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Waffles on January 18, 2017, 05:56:41 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: So Cruel on January 18, 2017, 05:58:04 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....

For U2 those tickets are paid for and it's still a sell out.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: TheFlyMacphisto on January 18, 2017, 07:45:17 PM
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What a load of rubbish. A 5 minute ticketmaster search just showed me that the only dates that have seats left in multiple sections (mostly higher up) are Houston and Tampa. Some of the shows they listed as not selling have no available tickets (Cleveland, Miami, Washington). So basically U2 sold out stadiums in Vancouver, Seattle, San Fran, LA, Chicago, NY, Boston, Washington, Philly, Miami, Cleveland, Toronto, and Dallas within 1 day of tickets going on sale to the public, with only Houston, Tampa, and Pittsburgh not being automatic sell outs and that is supposed to be looked at as a failure? North American dates alone have probably grossed more then $120m in 1 day. U2 must be devastated.

Don't call it "San Fran". ;)
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on January 18, 2017, 09:01:57 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....

For U2 those tickets are paid for and it's still a sell out.

Yup. Hopefully the scalpers end up losing money on this, rather than making it (I've heard of cases where scalped Coldplay tickets sell for less than face value the day of the concert).
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: THRILLHO on January 18, 2017, 09:45:13 PM
yea. it hardly matters to U2/Live Nation if scalpers are buying them. a sell out show is a sell out show. now if the scalpers DONT sell the tickets and U2 is looking at half empty stadiums............THEN they care.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: SlyDanner on January 18, 2017, 10:03:59 PM
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What a load of rubbish. A 5 minute ticketmaster search just showed me that the only dates that have seats left in multiple sections (mostly higher up) are Houston and Tampa. Some of the shows they listed as not selling have no available tickets (Cleveland, Miami, Washington). So basically U2 sold out stadiums in Vancouver, Seattle, San Fran, LA, Chicago, NY, Boston, Washington, Philly, Miami, Cleveland, Toronto, and Dallas within 1 day of tickets going on sale to the public, with only Houston, Tampa, and Pittsburgh not being automatic sell outs and that is supposed to be looked at as a failure? North American dates alone have probably grossed more then $120m in 1 day. U2 must be devastated.

Don't call it "San Fran". ;)

everyone knows its proper nickname is simply Frisco.   ;D
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Mozz on January 19, 2017, 09:15:24 AM
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It's Alan Cross. As a fellow Canadian, his journalistic skills have not been their sharpest lately. He tends to flub facts and exaggerate for drama often.

He used to be good. He has as a show called Ongoing History of Rock (I think it's still "ongoing") but he's been slacking. Used to actually have interesting bits and inside info but just awful the past few years.

I don't know Alan Cross at all, but to call that piece 'journalism' is a bit of a stretch.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Thunder Peel on January 19, 2017, 10:28:15 AM
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yea. it hardly matters to U2/Live Nation if scalpers are buying them. a sell out show is a sell out show. now if the scalpers DONT sell the tickets and U2 is looking at half empty stadiums............THEN they care.

That's really the crux of it. As long as people are willing to pay for those tickets then scalpers will continue to sell them. If enough people speak with their wallets then we might actually see a difference and artists might finally find ways to ensure that fans are able to get affordable tickets.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 19, 2017, 11:05:29 AM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....

For U2 those tickets are paid for and it's still a sell out.

Yup. Hopefully the scalpers end up losing money on this, rather than making it (I've heard of cases where scalped Coldplay tickets sell for less than face value the day of the concert).

the touts at wembley on 360 couldn't give the tickets they had left away....i know of them being sold for as little as 10 for the 2nd night and touts got burned with handfuls left unsold.

this time they will do ok as there aren't many shows and people will happily come out and pay to go on a nostalgia trip.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: il_capo on January 19, 2017, 01:28:01 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....

For U2 those tickets are paid for and it's still a sell out.

Yup. Hopefully the scalpers end up losing money on this, rather than making it (I've heard of cases where scalped Coldplay tickets sell for less than face value the day of the concert).

the touts at wembley on 360 couldn't give the tickets they had left away....i know of them being sold for as little as 10 for the 2nd night and touts got burned with handfuls left unsold.

this time they will do ok as there aren't many shows and people will happily come out and pay to go on a nostalgia trip.

I paid 30 for my 1st night ticket off a dodgy member of  stadium staff.  I think I got there too late as there was no touting business going on and I missed the first few songs, although I could hear them pretty well outside.

Ticket drops in the weeks leading up to the concert certainly help to undercut the touts.  That and the fact that the tickets at face value are already priced to a point where many/most people would not be willing to spend more to gain entry.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on January 19, 2017, 02:23:04 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....

For U2 those tickets are paid for and it's still a sell out.

Yup. Hopefully the scalpers end up losing money on this, rather than making it (I've heard of cases where scalped Coldplay tickets sell for less than face value the day of the concert).

the touts at wembley on 360 couldn't give the tickets they had left away....i know of them being sold for as little as 10 for the 2nd night and touts got burned with handfuls left unsold.

this time they will do ok as there aren't many shows and people will happily come out and pay to go on a nostalgia trip.

I'm still crossing my fingers that these touts end up like those at Wembley. Nothing would make me happier than to see them lose so much money that they stop touting U2 tickets.

Looking at the outrageous prices even for the Cleveland concert, I'm really glad I was able to secure the 5 I needed at face value (3 GA, 2 accessible for my mom/sister--luckily TM got me some of the $35 tickets which are surprisingly good). I mean, $365 for 5 tickets isn't amazing, but it's a heckuva lot better than paying $200 for just one ticket. I feel awful for all the fans who didn't get tickets to a show they really want to go to...and now must choose between not going or paying crazy prices.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: il_capo on January 19, 2017, 03:00:27 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....

For U2 those tickets are paid for and it's still a sell out.

Yup. Hopefully the scalpers end up losing money on this, rather than making it (I've heard of cases where scalped Coldplay tickets sell for less than face value the day of the concert).

the touts at wembley on 360 couldn't give the tickets they had left away....i know of them being sold for as little as 10 for the 2nd night and touts got burned with handfuls left unsold.

this time they will do ok as there aren't many shows and people will happily come out and pay to go on a nostalgia trip.

I'm still crossing my fingers that these touts end up like those at Wembley. Nothing would make me happier than to see them lose so much money that they stop touting U2 tickets.

Looking at the outrageous prices even for the Cleveland concert, I'm really glad I was able to secure the 5 I needed at face value (3 GA, 2 accessible for my mom/sister--luckily TM got me some of the $35 tickets which are surprisingly good). I mean, $365 for 5 tickets isn't amazing, but it's a heckuva lot better than paying $200 for just one ticket. I feel awful for all the fans who didn't get tickets to a show they really want to go to...and now must choose between not going or paying crazy prices.

Nothing would make me happier than seeing an tha get stung as he always uses his wife's CC to buy his tickets and then sells some off so he can afford a few drinks at the show  :P

Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 19, 2017, 03:08:08 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....

For U2 those tickets are paid for and it's still a sell out.

Yup. Hopefully the scalpers end up losing money on this, rather than making it (I've heard of cases where scalped Coldplay tickets sell for less than face value the day of the concert).

the touts at wembley on 360 couldn't give the tickets they had left away....i know of them being sold for as little as 10 for the 2nd night and touts got burned with handfuls left unsold.

this time they will do ok as there aren't many shows and people will happily come out and pay to go on a nostalgia trip.

I'm still crossing my fingers that these touts end up like those at Wembley. Nothing would make me happier than to see them lose so much money that they stop touting U2 tickets.

Looking at the outrageous prices even for the Cleveland concert, I'm really glad I was able to secure the 5 I needed at face value (3 GA, 2 accessible for my mom/sister--luckily TM got me some of the $35 tickets which are surprisingly good). I mean, $365 for 5 tickets isn't amazing, but it's a heckuva lot better than paying $200 for just one ticket. I feel awful for all the fans who didn't get tickets to a show they really want to go to...and now must choose between not going or paying crazy prices.

Nothing would make me happier than seeing an tha get stung as he always uses his wife's CC to buy his tickets and then sells some off so he can afford a few drinks at the show  :P

Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?

Moving tickets to these shows won't be difficult....nostalgia....quite a bit of coverage in press to generare interest among joe public....playing what joe public would consider their best album....not many shows...

Touts will clean up on this one....my 50 standing tickets will probably pay for a new kitchen at an tha towers... :)
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: codeguy on January 19, 2017, 03:12:27 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....

For U2 those tickets are paid for and it's still a sell out.

Yup. Hopefully the scalpers end up losing money on this, rather than making it (I've heard of cases where scalped Coldplay tickets sell for less than face value the day of the concert).

the touts at wembley on 360 couldn't give the tickets they had left away....i know of them being sold for as little as 10 for the 2nd night and touts got burned with handfuls left unsold.

this time they will do ok as there aren't many shows and people will happily come out and pay to go on a nostalgia trip.

I'm still crossing my fingers that these touts end up like those at Wembley. Nothing would make me happier than to see them lose so much money that they stop touting U2 tickets.

Looking at the outrageous prices even for the Cleveland concert, I'm really glad I was able to secure the 5 I needed at face value (3 GA, 2 accessible for my mom/sister--luckily TM got me some of the $35 tickets which are surprisingly good). I mean, $365 for 5 tickets isn't amazing, but it's a heckuva lot better than paying $200 for just one ticket. I feel awful for all the fans who didn't get tickets to a show they really want to go to...and now must choose between not going or paying crazy prices.

Nothing would make me happier than seeing an tha get stung as he always uses his wife's CC to buy his tickets and then sells some off so he can afford a few drinks at the show  :P

Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?

Moving tickets to these shows won't be difficult....nostalgia....quite a bit of coverage in press to generare interest among joe public....playing what joe public would consider their best album....not many shows...

Touts will clean up on this one....my 50 standing tickets will probably pay for a new kitchen at an tha towers... :)

An Tha, with all the moralizing you do on this forum, I'd never have taken you for a tout!  ;)
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: codeguy on January 19, 2017, 03:17:22 PM
This headline is just Alan Cross being Alan Cross. Lets do the math: 24 shows have general sales right now. Live nation stated that the general sale produced 1.1 million tickets on general sale in 24 hours. Even allowing for not counting the pre-sale numbers, that's about 46,000 tickets sold for each show. Given the stage layout, where unlike 360, you can't have audience members beside or behind the stage, I am guessing the sell-out crowd would be around 55-60k for most stadiums. So, the remaining 10,000 tickets per stadium will easily get mopped up.

When it's all over, lets pull back this thread having looked at the box office tallies. I bet Alan Cross will end up looking silly, not that anyone will look back....
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 19, 2017, 03:21:54 PM
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read the front page.  1.1 million tickets sold today.  He needs to check that headline out.

yea the dallas show sold out in like minutes.

Half of these tickets are to scalpers....

For U2 those tickets are paid for and it's still a sell out.

Yup. Hopefully the scalpers end up losing money on this, rather than making it (I've heard of cases where scalped Coldplay tickets sell for less than face value the day of the concert).

the touts at wembley on 360 couldn't give the tickets they had left away....i know of them being sold for as little as 10 for the 2nd night and touts got burned with handfuls left unsold.

this time they will do ok as there aren't many shows and people will happily come out and pay to go on a nostalgia trip.

I'm still crossing my fingers that these touts end up like those at Wembley. Nothing would make me happier than to see them lose so much money that they stop touting U2 tickets.

Looking at the outrageous prices even for the Cleveland concert, I'm really glad I was able to secure the 5 I needed at face value (3 GA, 2 accessible for my mom/sister--luckily TM got me some of the $35 tickets which are surprisingly good). I mean, $365 for 5 tickets isn't amazing, but it's a heckuva lot better than paying $200 for just one ticket. I feel awful for all the fans who didn't get tickets to a show they really want to go to...and now must choose between not going or paying crazy prices.

Nothing would make me happier than seeing an tha get stung as he always uses his wife's CC to buy his tickets and then sells some off so he can afford a few drinks at the show  :P

Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?

Moving tickets to these shows won't be difficult....nostalgia....quite a bit of coverage in press to generare interest among joe public....playing what joe public would consider their best album....not many shows...

Touts will clean up on this one....my 50 standing tickets will probably pay for a new kitchen at an tha towers... :)

An Tha, with all the moralizing you do on this forum, I'd never have taken you for a tout!  ;)

I am deeply offended.

Moralising!  :)
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on January 19, 2017, 08:38:01 PM
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Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?

Hah, I wish! As it is, I'm only going to either Chicago 1 or 2, depending on if I can get the other tickets I need. It'd be fantastic to do both, but with well over $1000 estimated in tickets/hotels/other travel costs, I don't think I can justify another show. We shall see, like I said I'd love to take in as many U2 shows on this tour as possible. I'm just feeling lucky to have gotten the very cheap accessible tickets as easily as I did since I've heard fans have issues with TM promising accessible tickets and not delivering. Ironically enough, I love holding onto ticket stubs from shows, of course my GA tickets are ticketless-entry, but the accessible tickets are printed. I guess I'll have to see if I can steal my mom's after the show.  ;)

I'm thinking next tour I might make the pilgrimage to Dublin for a show. Never been to Europe and it'd be a nice excuse to finally take that trip and enjoy a concert too.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: podiumboy on January 19, 2017, 10:49:43 PM
This is complete B.S..  Even Zoo TV had shows that didn't sell out.  Playing softer markets on weeknights = slow sellouts.  I wouldn't worry about it at all, the stadiums in Tampa, Pittsburgh and Houston will be at least 90% sold out by show day if not completely sold out.  I attended the 360 show in Pittsburgh, and it wasn't sold out.  There was a speckling of empty seats throughout the upper reaches of the stadium.  But even still, there were 55,000+ at the show, and the show still grossed $5 million+.  I doubt anybody was too worried about a couple thousand empty seats, nor will they be this time. 

Coldplay are probably the biggest CURRENT band touring right now.  Check out some of their seating maps on ticketmaster, there are A LOT of empty seats in most of the stadiums they are playing, some of them are venues that U2 sold out in one day.  The Guns n Roses tour has been all stadiums, and also have had a lot of shows not sell out.  I've seen pictures and heard stories of the entire upper decks of the stadiums being curtained off, with those ticket holders being moved downstairs.  That was supposed to be a big deal, Axl and Slash onstage together again... but not even that can compete with U2 playing the Joshua Tree. 

I do think that the SOI debacle really hurt U2's public image, and I really do think that the slow(ish) sales of some of the I&E shows had to do with how turned off the general public was at the time.  This really does seem like a good move to get some of the casual fans back on their side. 
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: il_capo on January 20, 2017, 05:32:01 AM
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Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?

Hah, I wish! As it is, I'm only going to either Chicago 1 or 2, depending on if I can get the other tickets I need. It'd be fantastic to do both, but with well over $1000 estimated in tickets/hotels/other travel costs, I don't think I can justify another show. We shall see, like I said I'd love to take in as many U2 shows on this tour as possible. I'm just feeling lucky to have gotten the very cheap accessible tickets as easily as I did since I've heard fans have issues with TM promising accessible tickets and not delivering. Ironically enough, I love holding onto ticket stubs from shows, of course my GA tickets are ticketless-entry, but the accessible tickets are printed. I guess I'll have to see if I can steal my mom's after the show.  ;)

I'm thinking next tour I might make the pilgrimage to Dublin for a show. Never been to Europe and it'd be a nice excuse to finally take that trip and enjoy a concert too.

As you say, it's not just the concerts, you're basically going on a mini-vacation so I am sure you will feel it is worth it.  I'm pretty certain two concerts in different cities will satisfy you too on this tour.  I agree with the law of diminishing returns that someone posted about here... after a couple of shows it can get a bit boring if the set is essentially the same.

In the UK they often give out collected tickets for shows at the end as you make your exit, but this is going to be harder if they aren't issuing any.  So if your mom isn't obliging perhaps you can get a ticket stub for $5 or so on ebay afterwards?

If you want to see U2 in Dublin with a GA ticket being a member of u2.com would probably help.  I've never made the pilgrimage myself but an tha has - and all he did was moan (it was a 360 show)  :P  Dublin is, alas, quite an expensive city to visit. 
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 05:52:19 AM
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Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?

Hah, I wish! As it is, I'm only going to either Chicago 1 or 2, depending on if I can get the other tickets I need. It'd be fantastic to do both, but with well over $1000 estimated in tickets/hotels/other travel costs, I don't think I can justify another show. We shall see, like I said I'd love to take in as many U2 shows on this tour as possible. I'm just feeling lucky to have gotten the very cheap accessible tickets as easily as I did since I've heard fans have issues with TM promising accessible tickets and not delivering. Ironically enough, I love holding onto ticket stubs from shows, of course my GA tickets are ticketless-entry, but the accessible tickets are printed. I guess I'll have to see if I can steal my mom's after the show.  ;)

I'm thinking next tour I might make the pilgrimage to Dublin for a show. Never been to Europe and it'd be a nice excuse to finally take that trip and enjoy a concert too.

As you say, it's not just the concerts, you're basically going on a mini-vacation so I am sure you will feel it is worth it.  I'm pretty certain two concerts in different cities will satisfy you too on this tour.  I agree with the law of diminishing returns that someone posted about here... after a couple of shows it can get a bit boring if the set is essentially the same.

In the UK they often give out collected tickets for shows at the end as you make your exit, but this is going to be harder if they aren't issuing any.  So if your mom isn't obliging perhaps you can get a ticket stub for $5 or so on ebay afterwards?

If you want to see U2 in Dublin with a GA ticket being a member of u2.com would probably help.  I've never made the pilgrimage myself but an tha has - and all he did was moan (it was a 360 show)  :P  Dublin is, alas, quite an expensive city to visit.

ha.....that show was awful...honestly...

however dublin as a city is whilst expensive a good place to go and the atmosphere in pubs around the city is always good and especially good around gigs...u2 tribute acts playing in beer gardens etc.

just stay away from temple bar - over priced (even by dublin standards) over hyped, over full and full of whoppers!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: riffraff on January 20, 2017, 05:55:34 AM
whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 06:38:36 AM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: riffraff on January 20, 2017, 06:40:30 AM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 06:47:18 AM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: riffraff on January 20, 2017, 06:48:31 AM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
aha. well, I'm getting a real education here. thanks!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 06:53:15 AM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
aha. well, I'm getting a real education here. thanks!

everyday is a school day.....it is a big old world isn't it and we are all so different in so many ways and the same in so many...

i think here in the uk regional differences are so pronounced and so many in number....you can go 20-30 miles here and it is literally at times a different accent/totally different use of language etc...
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: riffraff on January 20, 2017, 06:56:56 AM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
aha. well, I'm getting a real education here. thanks!

everyday is a school day.....it is a big old world isn't it and we are all so different in so many ways and the same in so many...

i think here in the uk regional differences are so pronounced and so many in number....you can go 20-30 miles here and it is literally at times a different accent/totally different use of language etc...
It's kinda the same here in the states...a southern accent in one town sounds very pretty, and in another it's like a foreign language - hardly understandble. From state to state, even county to county, accents can vary. Yet, it IS a small world. I mean, I now feel like I have friends all over the world, thanks to this forum.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: il_capo on January 20, 2017, 11:37:21 AM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
aha. well, I'm getting a real education here. thanks!

everyday is a school day.....it is a big old world isn't it and we are all so different in so many ways and the same in so many...

i think here in the uk regional differences are so pronounced and so many in number....you can go 20-30 miles here and it is literally at times a different accent/totally different use of language etc...
It's kinda the same here in the states...a southern accent in one town sounds very pretty, and in another it's like a foreign language - hardly understandble. From state to state, even county to county, accents can vary. Yet, it IS a small world. I mean, I now feel like I have friends all over the world, thanks to this forum.

riffy - this is what an tha looked like when he had hair 25 years ago.  Despite living in London he still has the accent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STIvNjWobzA
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 11:48:33 AM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
aha. well, I'm getting a real education here. thanks!

everyday is a school day.....it is a big old world isn't it and we are all so different in so many ways and the same in so many...

i think here in the uk regional differences are so pronounced and so many in number....you can go 20-30 miles here and it is literally at times a different accent/totally different use of language etc...
It's kinda the same here in the states...a southern accent in one town sounds very pretty, and in another it's like a foreign language - hardly understandble. From state to state, even county to county, accents can vary. Yet, it IS a small world. I mean, I now feel like I have friends all over the world, thanks to this forum.

riffy - this is what an tha looked like when he had hair 25 years ago.  Despite living in London he still has the accent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STIvNjWobzA

I knew without even clicking!

McGann and the other lad are actually scouse..enfield does a terrible accent but the thing is funny....best one was the scousers go to that london....genius.

oh and my shell suit was cerise and lime worn with white adidas trabs!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: riffraff on January 20, 2017, 02:23:05 PM
you guys are tooooooo funny
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: John Galt on January 20, 2017, 02:33:19 PM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
aha. well, I'm getting a real education here. thanks!

everyday is a school day.....it is a big old world isn't it and we are all so different in so many ways and the same in so many...

i think here in the uk regional differences are so pronounced and so many in number....you can go 20-30 miles here and it is literally at times a different accent/totally different use of language etc...
It's kinda the same here in the states...a southern accent in one town sounds very pretty, and in another it's like a foreign language - hardly understandble. From state to state, even county to county, accents can vary. Yet, it IS a small world. I mean, I now feel like I have friends all over the world, thanks to this forum.

riffy - this is what an tha looked like when he had hair 25 years ago.  Despite living in London he still has the accent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STIvNjWobzA

He met Graeme Souness in an 80s nightclub once and said "you look like me."

Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 02:38:01 PM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
aha. well, I'm getting a real education here. thanks!

everyday is a school day.....it is a big old world isn't it and we are all so different in so many ways and the same in so many...

i think here in the uk regional differences are so pronounced and so many in number....you can go 20-30 miles here and it is literally at times a different accent/totally different use of language etc...
It's kinda the same here in the states...a southern accent in one town sounds very pretty, and in another it's like a foreign language - hardly understandble. From state to state, even county to county, accents can vary. Yet, it IS a small world. I mean, I now feel like I have friends all over the world, thanks to this forum.

riffy - this is what an tha looked like when he had hair 25 years ago.  Despite living in London he still has the accent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STIvNjWobzA

He met Graeme Souness in an 80s nightclub once and said "you look like me."

go on, yozzer lad!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: John Galt on January 20, 2017, 02:45:58 PM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
aha. well, I'm getting a real education here. thanks!

everyday is a school day.....it is a big old world isn't it and we are all so different in so many ways and the same in so many...

i think here in the uk regional differences are so pronounced and so many in number....you can go 20-30 miles here and it is literally at times a different accent/totally different use of language etc...
It's kinda the same here in the states...a southern accent in one town sounds very pretty, and in another it's like a foreign language - hardly understandble. From state to state, even county to county, accents can vary. Yet, it IS a small world. I mean, I now feel like I have friends all over the world, thanks to this forum.

riffy - this is what an tha looked like when he had hair 25 years ago.  Despite living in London he still has the accent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STIvNjWobzA

He met Graeme Souness in an 80s nightclub once and said "you look like me."

go on, yozzer lad!

As the Kop faithful chanted at a Liverpool vs. Newcastle match in the early 80s "Yosser is 'arder than Oz."

 
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 03:25:37 PM
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whoppers?

I'd love to go to Ireland...I'm 1/2 Irish...but it's not in the cards. Heck, I can't even get to LA!

whoppers - scouse slang for idiots
ah...you Brits are funny folk. Here, whoppers are lies. I like yours better...
scouse?

People from Liverpool....

Whoppers also means lies over here too, but we have a lot of regional slang and a lot of words get used that mean different things in different places...
aha. well, I'm getting a real education here. thanks!

everyday is a school day.....it is a big old world isn't it and we are all so different in so many ways and the same in so many...

i think here in the uk regional differences are so pronounced and so many in number....you can go 20-30 miles here and it is literally at times a different accent/totally different use of language etc...
It's kinda the same here in the states...a southern accent in one town sounds very pretty, and in another it's like a foreign language - hardly understandble. From state to state, even county to county, accents can vary. Yet, it IS a small world. I mean, I now feel like I have friends all over the world, thanks to this forum.

riffy - this is what an tha looked like when he had hair 25 years ago.  Despite living in London he still has the accent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STIvNjWobzA

He met Graeme Souness in an 80s nightclub once and said "you look like me."

go on, yozzer lad!

As the Kop faithful chanted at a Liverpool vs. Newcastle match in the early 80s "Yosser is 'arder than Oz."

Oh we all agree!....
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: riffraff on January 20, 2017, 05:14:26 PM
what language ARE you speaking?
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 05:23:27 PM
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what language ARE you speaking?

well for me now the language of ale...been out on a beano since 7 - just waiting for curry and then home after a good session....

i could almost love elevation...woohoo! but not quite!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: riffraff on January 20, 2017, 05:25:22 PM
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what language ARE you speaking?

well for me now the language of ale...been out on a beano since 7 - just waiting for curry and then home after a good session....

i could almost love elevation...woohoo! but not quite!
Well have a couple more...elevation is great when you're toasted! I'll be having a few myself quite shortly! YAY! It's beer o'clock!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 05:29:00 PM
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what language ARE you speaking?

well for me now the language of ale...been out on a beano since 7 - just waiting for curry and then home after a good session....

i could almost love elevation...woohoo! but not quite!
Well have a couple more...elevation is great when you're toasted! I'll be having a few myself quite shortly! YAY! It's beer o'clock!

home and bed now....food nearly ready...chicken madras, pilau rice, meat samosas, keema naan and chips....yeah chips  - i don't care!!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
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what language ARE you speaking?

well for me now the language of ale...been out on a beano since 7 - just waiting for curry and then home after a good session....

i could almost love elevation...woohoo! but not quite!
Well have a couple more...elevation is great when you're toasted! I'll be having a few myself quite shortly! YAY! It's beer o'clock!

home and bed now....food nearly ready...chicken madras, pilau rice, meat samosas, keema naan and chips....yeah chips  - i don't care!!
ok, now you're speaking that funny language again.
Have a great night with your missus...eat your chips like a good boy.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on January 20, 2017, 05:39:15 PM
I thought that a Whopper was a sh**ty hamburger.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: riffraff on January 20, 2017, 05:40:26 PM
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I thought that a Whopper was a sh**ty hamburger.
Yup. But, they talk funny across the ocean.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: John Galt on January 20, 2017, 05:48:09 PM
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I thought that a Whopper was a sh**ty hamburger.

A Burger King Whopper?  They're lovely.  They don't come up on me all night like a Big Mac.



Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on January 20, 2017, 05:52:54 PM
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Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?

Hah, I wish! As it is, I'm only going to either Chicago 1 or 2, depending on if I can get the other tickets I need. It'd be fantastic to do both, but with well over $1000 estimated in tickets/hotels/other travel costs, I don't think I can justify another show. We shall see, like I said I'd love to take in as many U2 shows on this tour as possible. I'm just feeling lucky to have gotten the very cheap accessible tickets as easily as I did since I've heard fans have issues with TM promising accessible tickets and not delivering. Ironically enough, I love holding onto ticket stubs from shows, of course my GA tickets are ticketless-entry, but the accessible tickets are printed. I guess I'll have to see if I can steal my mom's after the show.  ;)

I'm thinking next tour I might make the pilgrimage to Dublin for a show. Never been to Europe and it'd be a nice excuse to finally take that trip and enjoy a concert too.

As you say, it's not just the concerts, you're basically going on a mini-vacation so I am sure you will feel it is worth it.  I'm pretty certain two concerts in different cities will satisfy you too on this tour.  I agree with the law of diminishing returns that someone posted about here... after a couple of shows it can get a bit boring if the set is essentially the same.

In the UK they often give out collected tickets for shows at the end as you make your exit, but this is going to be harder if they aren't issuing any.  So if your mom isn't obliging perhaps you can get a ticket stub for $5 or so on ebay afterwards?

If you want to see U2 in Dublin with a GA ticket being a member of u2.com would probably help.  I've never made the pilgrimage myself but an tha has - and all he did was moan (it was a 360 show)  :P  Dublin is, alas, quite an expensive city to visit.

ha.....that show was awful...honestly...

however dublin as a city is whilst expensive a good place to go and the atmosphere in pubs around the city is always good and especially good around gigs...u2 tribute acts playing in beer gardens etc.

just stay away from temple bar - over priced (even by dublin standards) over hyped, over full and full of whoppers!

Good info to know! I'm definitely looking forward to visiting there. I'll make sure to bring a bit of extra cash for that trip, haha.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 20, 2017, 05:59:36 PM
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Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?

Hah, I wish! As it is, I'm only going to either Chicago 1 or 2, depending on if I can get the other tickets I need. It'd be fantastic to do both, but with well over $1000 estimated in tickets/hotels/other travel costs, I don't think I can justify another show. We shall see, like I said I'd love to take in as many U2 shows on this tour as possible. I'm just feeling lucky to have gotten the very cheap accessible tickets as easily as I did since I've heard fans have issues with TM promising accessible tickets and not delivering. Ironically enough, I love holding onto ticket stubs from shows, of course my GA tickets are ticketless-entry, but the accessible tickets are printed. I guess I'll have to see if I can steal my mom's after the show.  ;)

I'm thinking next tour I might make the pilgrimage to Dublin for a show. Never been to Europe and it'd be a nice excuse to finally take that trip and enjoy a concert too.

As you say, it's not just the concerts, you're basically going on a mini-vacation so I am sure you will feel it is worth it.  I'm pretty certain two concerts in different cities will satisfy you too on this tour.  I agree with the law of diminishing returns that someone posted about here... after a couple of shows it can get a bit boring if the set is essentially the same.

In the UK they often give out collected tickets for shows at the end as you make your exit, but this is going to be harder if they aren't issuing any.  So if your mom isn't obliging perhaps you can get a ticket stub for $5 or so on ebay afterwards?

If you want to see U2 in Dublin with a GA ticket being a member of u2.com would probably help.  I've never made the pilgrimage myself but an tha has - and all he did was moan (it was a 360 show)  :P  Dublin is, alas, quite an expensive city to visit.

ha.....that show was awful...honestly...

however dublin as a city is whilst expensive a good place to go and the atmosphere in pubs around the city is always good and especially good around gigs...u2 tribute acts playing in beer gardens etc.

just stay away from temple bar - over priced (even by dublin standards) over hyped, over full and full of whoppers!

Good info to know! I'm definitely looking forward to visiting there. I'll make sure to bring a bit of extra cash for that trip, haha.

it really is a great city.....expensive for sure but oif you swerve the tourist hotspots it is fine...it is also tiny...
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: il_capo on January 20, 2017, 06:46:44 PM
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Congrats on your great ticket success, tiger, I am sure you're going to have a great time.  Really glad your family are joining you too.  Are you tempted to go to Chicago 2, too?

Hah, I wish! As it is, I'm only going to either Chicago 1 or 2, depending on if I can get the other tickets I need. It'd be fantastic to do both, but with well over $1000 estimated in tickets/hotels/other travel costs, I don't think I can justify another show. We shall see, like I said I'd love to take in as many U2 shows on this tour as possible. I'm just feeling lucky to have gotten the very cheap accessible tickets as easily as I did since I've heard fans have issues with TM promising accessible tickets and not delivering. Ironically enough, I love holding onto ticket stubs from shows, of course my GA tickets are ticketless-entry, but the accessible tickets are printed. I guess I'll have to see if I can steal my mom's after the show.  ;)

I'm thinking next tour I might make the pilgrimage to Dublin for a show. Never been to Europe and it'd be a nice excuse to finally take that trip and enjoy a concert too.

As you say, it's not just the concerts, you're basically going on a mini-vacation so I am sure you will feel it is worth it.  I'm pretty certain two concerts in different cities will satisfy you too on this tour.  I agree with the law of diminishing returns that someone posted about here... after a couple of shows it can get a bit boring if the set is essentially the same.

In the UK they often give out collected tickets for shows at the end as you make your exit, but this is going to be harder if they aren't issuing any.  So if your mom isn't obliging perhaps you can get a ticket stub for $5 or so on ebay afterwards?

If you want to see U2 in Dublin with a GA ticket being a member of u2.com would probably help.  I've never made the pilgrimage myself but an tha has - and all he did was moan (it was a 360 show)  :P  Dublin is, alas, quite an expensive city to visit.

ha.....that show was awful...honestly...

however dublin as a city is whilst expensive a good place to go and the atmosphere in pubs around the city is always good and especially good around gigs...u2 tribute acts playing in beer gardens etc.

just stay away from temple bar - over priced (even by dublin standards) over hyped, over full and full of whoppers!

Good info to know! I'm definitely looking forward to visiting there. I'll make sure to bring a bit of extra cash for that trip, haha.

Given the value of the pound is tanking against the dollar, in the future you and legions of other Americans will probably end up coming to the UK to see gigs - our U2 crowds are already international but they'll probably become more so now.  Given I like international crowds this is not something I am going to complain about.  And nor, I suspect, is an tha given his international tastes in cuisine (listed above) and the staff he hires  ;)
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on January 20, 2017, 08:38:31 PM
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I thought that a Whopper was a sh**ty hamburger.

A Burger King Whopper?  They're lovely.  They don't come up on me all night like a Big Mac.
I prefer the Big Mac... but neither even come close to the perfection that is a Whataburger. They're all over Texas and I think that some locations can be found in the southeast.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on January 20, 2017, 09:08:55 PM
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Given the value of the pound is tanking against the dollar, in the future you and legions of other Americans will probably end up coming to the UK to see gigs - our U2 crowds are already international but they'll probably become more so now.  Given I like international crowds this is not something I am going to complain about.  And nor, I suspect, is an tha given his international tastes in cuisine (listed above) and the staff he hires  ;)

Well hopefully it doesn't tank too much for you guys! Who knows, with our current political state, we may very well have issues of our own with the value of our dollar!

I actually recently looked up what it would cost roundtrip to fly to Dublin from Chicago. It was less than $650 per person, which really surprised me since that's less than a trip to Hawaii (expensive). Definitely seems like a very doable trip for me within the next year or two. Taking in a U2 concert would just be a bonus.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: mikepd on January 24, 2017, 12:14:31 PM
looks like none of the extra dates have sold out yet - surprising
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: John Galt on January 24, 2017, 12:38:01 PM
Oh yes they did.  With ATYCLB.

Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: jrodr079 on January 24, 2017, 01:18:45 PM
Tampa has hundreds and hundreds (maybe a thousand) of tickets still available.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: TheFlyMacphisto on January 24, 2017, 03:50:44 PM
This band just sold out two night at a venue that holds 100,000 people. I think they are doing just fine.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: jrodr079 on January 24, 2017, 04:01:24 PM
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Tampa has hundreds and hundreds (maybe a thousand) of tickets still available.

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Available seats in blue. These are all face value, not resale. As you can see GA is sold out, anywhere else, easy availability.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: SlyDanner on January 24, 2017, 05:48:36 PM
jrodr - those are all resale, plus a smaller number of Platinum/VIP.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Saint1322 on January 24, 2017, 05:57:44 PM
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Tampa has hundreds and hundreds (maybe a thousand) of tickets still available.

Did you actually zoom in and look at the sections? A few hundred tops. All nosebleeds. They'll sell.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: octoberreckoning on January 24, 2017, 06:27:58 PM
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This band just sold out two night at a venue that holds 100,000 people. I think they are doing just fine.
If you are referring to the Rose Bowl, capacity is 104,000 for football, but 60,000 for concerts.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Bowl_(stadium)#Seating (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Bowl_(stadium)#Seating)
The TM seating chart reflects 2/3 of the stadium being utilized.
For the second show there still are a large number of general sale tickets (blue dots) available. The red dots reflect resale tickets.
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Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Waffles on January 24, 2017, 06:32:34 PM
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This band just sold out two night at a venue that holds 100,000 people. I think they are doing just fine.
If you are referring to the Rose Bowl, capacity is 104,000 for football, but 60,000 for concerts.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Bowl_(stadium)#Seating (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Bowl_(stadium)#Seating)
The TM seating chart reflects 2/3 of the stadium being utilized.
For the second show there still are a large number of general sale tickets (blue dots) available. The red dots reflect resale tickets.
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Every tour is like this. By the day of the concert, every single seat will be gone. Any blue dot was terribly priced to begin with. I don't agree with $155 for a stadium
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 25, 2017, 03:28:23 AM
the amount of tickets being touted through ticketmaster et al on that graphic is quite stunning....
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on January 29, 2017, 09:43:03 PM
Pittsburgh still has a ridiculous amount of tickets available--3,100 GA at last check (earlier today) and even lots of the $35 tickets. I am guessing this is due to it being a week night and also them coming to Cleveland (on a Saturday) less than a month later.

It's a good thing for me, since I might end up doing Pittsburgh instead of Chicago (cheaper and seems like it'll be less crowded, so a better chance at being front row). But hoping the show moves more tickets as it gets closer to the date.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: codeguy on January 29, 2017, 11:16:46 PM
Yeah tickmaster is taking the tout market in house...
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: briscoetheque on January 30, 2017, 02:47:39 AM


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Given the value of the pound is tanking against the dollar, in the future you and legions of other Americans will probably end up coming to the UK to see gigs - our U2 crowds are already international but they'll probably become more so now.  Given I like international crowds this is not something I am going to complain about.  And nor, I suspect, is an tha given his international tastes in cuisine (listed above) and the staff he hires  ;)

Well hopefully it doesn't tank too much for you guys! Who knows, with our current political state, we may very well have issues of our own with the value of our dollar!

I actually recently looked up what it would cost roundtrip to fly to Dublin from Chicago. It was less than $650 per person, which really surprised me since that's less than a trip to Hawaii (expensive). Definitely seems like a very doable trip for me within the next year or two. Taking in a U2 concert would just be a bonus.

Dublin is 2 hours closer than Hawaii I reckon... So not that much of a surprise...

Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: trevgreg on January 30, 2017, 07:32:19 AM
How do other stadium acts stack up in terms of the 'blue dot' availability? (i.e., Coldplay, Guns n' Roses, etc.)
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on January 30, 2017, 09:35:59 AM
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How do other stadium acts stack up in terms of the 'blue dot' availability? (i.e., Coldplay, Guns n' Roses, etc.)
I saw both Guns N Roses and Coldplay last year, both in Pittsburgh. Coldplay played the hockey arena, selling out with somewhere between 14,000-15,000 tickets, grossing a little bit over $1.6 million. Guns N Roses played Heinz Field, where U2 will be in June (and, where they also played in 2011 news the end of the 360 Tour). According to stats posted on the Wikipedia page for the tour, there were exactly 3,000 unsold tickets (39,120 out of an available 42,120), still grossing close to $4 million. In 2015, The Rolling Stones played the same stadium, selling all available tickets (over 54,000), grossing over $9 million. U2 also soldout there in 2011, selling a similar amount of tickets, closer to 56,000, grossing a bit over $5 million.

As I recall, that U2 was also slow to sellout. IMO, with Cleveland only being 2 hours away, and with barely a month between the two shows, replete with their being smaller population centers when compared to many of the other areas where they're booked, is largely why it's been a slow sell. When all is said and done, though, I'm confident that it'll either be a sellout crowd, or damn close (like with Guns N Roses last year).
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on January 30, 2017, 09:54:52 AM
I just poked around Ticketmaster's site, and Houston is by far the slowest to sellout, as best as I could tell. Other cities that have yet to sell out (Tampa, Pittsburgh, along with second nights in Pasadena and Chicago, are easily 80% soldout, so far as I could tell; for some reason, you couldn't zoom in for night 2 in E Rutherford).

Then again, it wouldn't show how many GA tix were still available for Pittsurge, so my numbers could be way off when I say that Houston is the slowest sell.

Also, it looks like they've added a show in Louisville, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. That'll draw people from Cincinatti, as well as places as far south as Nashville, with another 55,000-ish tickets to sell.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 30, 2017, 10:03:49 AM
I wouldn't worry about it too much, neither u2, anyone in their set up or their bosses at livenation are gonna go hungry if a few tickets here and there aren't sold... and as fans does it make a difference if there a few empty seats?

If anything it may be a good thing if it happens and encourage those who set the prices at such high levels to realise that they may need to come down a touch to ensure shifting them all.

Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on January 30, 2017, 10:22:46 AM
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Given the value of the pound is tanking against the dollar, in the future you and legions of other Americans will probably end up coming to the UK to see gigs - our U2 crowds are already international but they'll probably become more so now.  Given I like international crowds this is not something I am going to complain about.  And nor, I suspect, is an tha given his international tastes in cuisine (listed above) and the staff he hires  ;)

Well hopefully it doesn't tank too much for you guys! Who knows, with our current political state, we may very well have issues of our own with the value of our dollar!

I actually recently looked up what it would cost roundtrip to fly to Dublin from Chicago. It was less than $650 per person, which really surprised me since that's less than a trip to Hawaii (expensive). Definitely seems like a very doable trip for me within the next year or two. Taking in a U2 concert would just be a bonus.

Dublin is 2 hours closer than Hawaii I reckon... So not that much of a surprise...

Ahh, true, I didn't think of it in terms of mileage but instead in terms of Hawaii being part of the US, while Dublin is outside the US (in Europe). That made me assume a trip to Europe = more expensive than a trip to Hawaii. Which, as it turns out, is not the case and I'm actually happy about that.

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I just poked around Ticketmaster's site, and Houston is by far the slowest to sellout, as best as I could tell. Other cities that have yet to sell out (Tampa, Pittsburgh, along with second nights in Pasadena and Chicago, are easily 80% soldout, so far as I could tell; for some reason, you couldn't zoom in for night 2 in E Rutherford).

Then again, it wouldn't show how many GA tix were still available for Pittsurge, so my numbers could be way off when I say that Houston is the slowest sell.

Also, it looks like they've added a show in Louisville, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. That'll draw people from Cincinatti, as well as places as far south as Nashville, with another 55,000-ish tickets to sell.

Houston I believe is close to or is sold out for GA. Same for Chicago 2. Pittsburgh is by far the slowest moving in terms of ticket sales--over 3,000 GA tickets plus a bunch of tickets in the stands.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on January 30, 2017, 10:55:16 AM
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Given the value of the pound is tanking against the dollar, in the future you and legions of other Americans will probably end up coming to the UK to see gigs - our U2 crowds are already international but they'll probably become more so now.  Given I like international crowds this is not something I am going to complain about.  And nor, I suspect, is an tha given his international tastes in cuisine (listed above) and the staff he hires  ;)

Well hopefully it doesn't tank too much for you guys! Who knows, with our current political state, we may very well have issues of our own with the value of our dollar!

I actually recently looked up what it would cost roundtrip to fly to Dublin from Chicago. It was less than $650 per person, which really surprised me since that's less than a trip to Hawaii (expensive). Definitely seems like a very doable trip for me within the next year or two. Taking in a U2 concert would just be a bonus.

Dublin is 2 hours closer than Hawaii I reckon... So not that much of a surprise...

Ahh, true, I didn't think of it in terms of mileage but instead in terms of Hawaii being part of the US, while Dublin is outside the US (in Europe). That made me assume a trip to Europe = more expensive than a trip to Hawaii. Which, as it turns out, is not the case and I'm actually happy about that.

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I just poked around Ticketmaster's site, and Houston is by far the slowest to sellout, as best as I could tell. Other cities that have yet to sell out (Tampa, Pittsburgh, along with second nights in Pasadena and Chicago, are easily 80% soldout, so far as I could tell; for some reason, you couldn't zoom in for night 2 in E Rutherford).

Then again, it wouldn't show how many GA tix were still available for Pittsurge, so my numbers could be way off when I say that Houston is the slowest sell.

Also, it looks like they've added a show in Louisville, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. That'll draw people from Cincinatti, as well as places as far south as Nashville, with another 55,000-ish tickets to sell.

Houston I believe is close to or is sold out for GA. Same for Chicago 2. Pittsburgh is by far the slowest moving in terms of ticket sales--over 3,000 GA tickets plus a bunch of tickets in the stands.
How are you determining that there are still 3,000 GA tickets available for Pittsburgh? And, from just a cursory perusal, it looked, to me, as if Houston had quite a bit more blue dots in the seats, especially in the upper reaches, than did Pittsburgh.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on January 30, 2017, 10:58:10 AM
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I wouldn't worry about it too much, neither u2, anyone in their set up or their bosses at livenation are gonna go hungry if a few tickets here and there aren't sold... and as fans does it make a difference if there a few empty seats?

If anything it may be a good thing if it happens and encourage those who set the prices at such high levels to realise that they may need to come down a touch to ensure shifting them all.


I couldn't agree with you more, though I feel like U2 considers anything that doesn't sell 100% tickets to be a failure. All these years later, they're still burned by PopMart.

As I said in another post, I saw Guns N Roses at Heinz Field last summer, and, according to ticket stats posted on the Wikipedia page for that tour, there were 3,000 unsold tickets. The show still grossed anywhere from $3-4 million, if not more, on ticket sales alone (i.e., not including merch booth sales).
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on January 30, 2017, 12:06:18 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it too much, neither u2, anyone in their set up or their bosses at livenation are gonna go hungry if a few tickets here and there aren't sold... and as fans does it make a difference if there a few empty seats?

If anything it may be a good thing if it happens and encourage those who set the prices at such high levels to realise that they may need to come down a touch to ensure shifting them all.


I couldn't agree with you more, though I feel like U2 considers anything that doesn't sell 100% tickets to be a failure. All these years later, they're still burned by PopMart.

As I said in another post, I saw Guns N Roses at Heinz Field last summer, and, according to ticket stats posted on the Wikipedia page for that tour, there were 3,000 unsold tickets. The show still grossed anywhere from $3-4 million, if not more, on ticket sales alone (i.e., not including merch booth sales).

Aye - I tend not to worry about whether multi millionaires and enormous corporations make an extra million or so at each show.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on January 30, 2017, 12:23:27 PM
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Given the value of the pound is tanking against the dollar, in the future you and legions of other Americans will probably end up coming to the UK to see gigs - our U2 crowds are already international but they'll probably become more so now.  Given I like international crowds this is not something I am going to complain about.  And nor, I suspect, is an tha given his international tastes in cuisine (listed above) and the staff he hires  ;)

Well hopefully it doesn't tank too much for you guys! Who knows, with our current political state, we may very well have issues of our own with the value of our dollar!

I actually recently looked up what it would cost roundtrip to fly to Dublin from Chicago. It was less than $650 per person, which really surprised me since that's less than a trip to Hawaii (expensive). Definitely seems like a very doable trip for me within the next year or two. Taking in a U2 concert would just be a bonus.

Dublin is 2 hours closer than Hawaii I reckon... So not that much of a surprise...

Ahh, true, I didn't think of it in terms of mileage but instead in terms of Hawaii being part of the US, while Dublin is outside the US (in Europe). That made me assume a trip to Europe = more expensive than a trip to Hawaii. Which, as it turns out, is not the case and I'm actually happy about that.

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I just poked around Ticketmaster's site, and Houston is by far the slowest to sellout, as best as I could tell. Other cities that have yet to sell out (Tampa, Pittsburgh, along with second nights in Pasadena and Chicago, are easily 80% soldout, so far as I could tell; for some reason, you couldn't zoom in for night 2 in E Rutherford).

Then again, it wouldn't show how many GA tix were still available for Pittsurge, so my numbers could be way off when I say that Houston is the slowest sell.

Also, it looks like they've added a show in Louisville, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. That'll draw people from Cincinatti, as well as places as far south as Nashville, with another 55,000-ish tickets to sell.

Houston I believe is close to or is sold out for GA. Same for Chicago 2. Pittsburgh is by far the slowest moving in terms of ticket sales--over 3,000 GA tickets plus a bunch of tickets in the stands.
How are you determining that there are still 3,000 GA tickets available for Pittsburgh? And, from just a cursory perusal, it looked, to me, as if Houston had quite a bit more blue dots in the seats, especially in the upper reaches, than did Pittsburgh.

Sorry for not posting this before, but here's how:

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If you go to the ticketmaster site through your internet browser and select "skip this step" it allows you to click a section and buy tickets. Hover over GA and you see how many tickets are available. In this case, roughly 3,128 GA are available.

Also the darker the blue color, the more tickets available. Lots of darker blue in Pittsburgh.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on January 30, 2017, 04:30:57 PM
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Given the value of the pound is tanking against the dollar, in the future you and legions of other Americans will probably end up coming to the UK to see gigs - our U2 crowds are already international but they'll probably become more so now.  Given I like international crowds this is not something I am going to complain about.  And nor, I suspect, is an tha given his international tastes in cuisine (listed above) and the staff he hires  ;)

Well hopefully it doesn't tank too much for you guys! Who knows, with our current political state, we may very well have issues of our own with the value of our dollar!

I actually recently looked up what it would cost roundtrip to fly to Dublin from Chicago. It was less than $650 per person, which really surprised me since that's less than a trip to Hawaii (expensive). Definitely seems like a very doable trip for me within the next year or two. Taking in a U2 concert would just be a bonus.

Dublin is 2 hours closer than Hawaii I reckon... So not that much of a surprise...

Ahh, true, I didn't think of it in terms of mileage but instead in terms of Hawaii being part of the US, while Dublin is outside the US (in Europe). That made me assume a trip to Europe = more expensive than a trip to Hawaii. Which, as it turns out, is not the case and I'm actually happy about that.

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I just poked around Ticketmaster's site, and Houston is by far the slowest to sellout, as best as I could tell. Other cities that have yet to sell out (Tampa, Pittsburgh, along with second nights in Pasadena and Chicago, are easily 80% soldout, so far as I could tell; for some reason, you couldn't zoom in for night 2 in E Rutherford).

Then again, it wouldn't show how many GA tix were still available for Pittsurge, so my numbers could be way off when I say that Houston is the slowest sell.

Also, it looks like they've added a show in Louisville, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. That'll draw people from Cincinatti, as well as places as far south as Nashville, with another 55,000-ish tickets to sell.

Houston I believe is close to or is sold out for GA. Same for Chicago 2. Pittsburgh is by far the slowest moving in terms of ticket sales--over 3,000 GA tickets plus a bunch of tickets in the stands.
How are you determining that there are still 3,000 GA tickets available for Pittsburgh? And, from just a cursory perusal, it looked, to me, as if Houston had quite a bit more blue dots in the seats, especially in the upper reaches, than did Pittsburgh.

Sorry for not posting this before, but here's how:

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If you go to the ticketmaster site through your internet browser and select "skip this step" it allows you to click a section and buy tickets. Hover over GA and you see how many tickets are available. In this case, roughly 3,128 GA are available.

Also the darker the blue color, the more tickets available. Lots of darker blue in Pittsburgh.
Ahhhhh, I've only ever looked on my mobile. The GA aside, if you zoom in to the stands, though, I still say that Houston has quite a bit more available seats left than Pittsburgh.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on January 30, 2017, 04:33:41 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it too much, neither u2, anyone in their set up or their bosses at livenation are gonna go hungry if a few tickets here and there aren't sold... and as fans does it make a difference if there a few empty seats?

If anything it may be a good thing if it happens and encourage those who set the prices at such high levels to realise that they may need to come down a touch to ensure shifting them all.


I couldn't agree with you more, though I feel like U2 considers anything that doesn't sell 100% tickets to be a failure. All these years later, they're still burned by PopMart.

As I said in another post, I saw Guns N Roses at Heinz Field last summer, and, according to ticket stats posted on the Wikipedia page for that tour, there were 3,000 unsold tickets. The show still grossed anywhere from $3-4 million, if not more, on ticket sales alone (i.e., not including merch booth sales).

Aye - I tend not to worry about whether multi millionaires and enormous corporations make an extra million or so at each show.
I'm with you there, though I'd be surprised if there's a million dollars worth of tickets left available.

As an aside, if U2 wants to make an extra buck while also keeping fans happy, they could sell recordings of these shows on their website. Of course, it would really only make sense if they vary the non-Joshua Tree portion of the show enough to warrant selling each night. I've twice seen Springsteen since he started selling his recordings, and it's a nice keepsake.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: podiumboy on January 30, 2017, 10:21:01 PM
As far as Pittsburgh, large portions of the upper decks on either side of the stage have not even been released for sale yet.  They're trying to sell those 3,000+ floor tickets, and slowly trying to fill some of the upper levels.  Houston, Tampa and LA2 have some empty seats in the upper corners that will sell.  If they lowered the prices to what those seats are actually worth, they'd sell out instantly!  Pittsburgh is by far the dud of this tour. 

I think Louisville will sell fairly well.  It's on a Friday, which is always an advantage.  It'll draw in people from Lexington, Cincinnati and Indianapolis.  I already have Cleveland tickets, and I am wrestling with trying to get Louisville tickets or not. 
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Saint1322 on January 31, 2017, 07:10:10 AM
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As far as Pittsburgh, large portions of the upper decks on either side of the stage have not even been released for sale yet.  They're trying to sell those 3,000+ floor tickets, and slowly trying to fill some of the upper levels.  Houston, Tampa and LA2 have some empty seats in the upper corners that will sell.  If they lowered the prices to what those seats are actually worth, they'd sell out instantly!  Pittsburgh is by far the dud of this tour. 

I think Louisville will sell fairly well.  It's on a Friday, which is always an advantage.  It'll draw in people from Lexington, Cincinnati and Indianapolis.  I already have Cleveland tickets, and I am wrestling with trying to get Louisville tickets or not. 

Also it will draw from Tennessee, St. Louis, Atlanta and the Carolinas. It was a smart spot.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: trevgreg on January 31, 2017, 10:36:32 AM
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I saw both Guns N Roses and Coldplay last year, both in Pittsburgh. Coldplay played the hockey arena, selling out with somewhere between 14,000-15,000 tickets, grossing a little bit over $1.6 million. Guns N Roses played Heinz Field, where U2 will be in June (and, where they also played in 2011 news the end of the 360 Tour). According to stats posted on the Wikipedia page for the tour, there were exactly 3,000 unsold tickets (39,120 out of an available 42,120), still grossing close to $4 million. In 2015, The Rolling Stones played the same stadium, selling all available tickets (over 54,000), grossing over $9 million. U2 also soldout there in 2011, selling a similar amount of tickets, closer to 56,000, grossing a bit over $5 million.

Thanks. Yeah, I kind of figure it's nothing too unusual at this point. I know that a lot of larger acts have various tickets floating about for even arena shows, and the venue's usually hold a number of them until the final week or day anyway. And like people on here said, it'll deifnitely pick up in the months and days up to the show itself.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Saint1322 on January 31, 2017, 10:52:28 AM
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I saw both Guns N Roses and Coldplay last year, both in Pittsburgh. Coldplay played the hockey arena, selling out with somewhere between 14,000-15,000 tickets, grossing a little bit over $1.6 million. Guns N Roses played Heinz Field, where U2 will be in June (and, where they also played in 2011 news the end of the 360 Tour). According to stats posted on the Wikipedia page for the tour, there were exactly 3,000 unsold tickets (39,120 out of an available 42,120), still grossing close to $4 million. In 2015, The Rolling Stones played the same stadium, selling all available tickets (over 54,000), grossing over $9 million. U2 also soldout there in 2011, selling a similar amount of tickets, closer to 56,000, grossing a bit over $5 million.

Thanks. Yeah, I kind of figure it's nothing too unusual at this point. I know that a lot of larger acts have various tickets floating about for even arena shows, and the venue's usually hold a number of them until the final week or day anyway. And like people on here said, it'll deifnitely pick up in the months and days up to the show itself.

I also frequent a Springsteen site, and I recently saw a comment that for some reason, Pittsburgh has become a tough sell.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on January 31, 2017, 10:40:34 PM
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I saw both Guns N Roses and Coldplay last year, both in Pittsburgh. Coldplay played the hockey arena, selling out with somewhere between 14,000-15,000 tickets, grossing a little bit over $1.6 million. Guns N Roses played Heinz Field, where U2 will be in June (and, where they also played in 2011 news the end of the 360 Tour). According to stats posted on the Wikipedia page for the tour, there were exactly 3,000 unsold tickets (39,120 out of an available 42,120), still grossing close to $4 million. In 2015, The Rolling Stones played the same stadium, selling all available tickets (over 54,000), grossing over $9 million. U2 also soldout there in 2011, selling a similar amount of tickets, closer to 56,000, grossing a bit over $5 million.

Thanks. Yeah, I kind of figure it's nothing too unusual at this point. I know that a lot of larger acts have various tickets floating about for even arena shows, and the venue's usually hold a number of them until the final week or day anyway. And like people on here said, it'll deifnitely pick up in the months and days up to the show itself.

I also frequent a Springsteen site, and I recently saw a comment that for some reason, Pittsburgh has become a tough sell.
I saw Springsteen in Pittsburgh back in September, and he sold 16,000+ out of about 19,000 available. The same tour started in Pittsburgh in January, and was an instantaneous sellout.

I saw him there in April 2014, too, and there was anywhere from 500-1,000 available tickets for that show, too. My friends and I were in three different places, but one was offered to be moved lower down by an usher, and she then scored enough tickets for us to all end up together, in a lower down, closer to the stage section, too!

For curiosities sake, do you have a link to this Springsteen forum? I'd like to read up on it some myself.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Saint1322 on February 13, 2017, 07:59:52 AM
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I saw both Guns N Roses and Coldplay last year, both in Pittsburgh. Coldplay played the hockey arena, selling out with somewhere between 14,000-15,000 tickets, grossing a little bit over $1.6 million. Guns N Roses played Heinz Field, where U2 will be in June (and, where they also played in 2011 news the end of the 360 Tour). According to stats posted on the Wikipedia page for the tour, there were exactly 3,000 unsold tickets (39,120 out of an available 42,120), still grossing close to $4 million. In 2015, The Rolling Stones played the same stadium, selling all available tickets (over 54,000), grossing over $9 million. U2 also soldout there in 2011, selling a similar amount of tickets, closer to 56,000, grossing a bit over $5 million.

Thanks. Yeah, I kind of figure it's nothing too unusual at this point. I know that a lot of larger acts have various tickets floating about for even arena shows, and the venue's usually hold a number of them until the final week or day anyway. And like people on here said, it'll deifnitely pick up in the months and days up to the show itself.

I also frequent a Springsteen site, and I recently saw a comment that for some reason, Pittsburgh has become a tough sell.
I saw Springsteen in Pittsburgh back in September, and he sold 16,000+ out of about 19,000 available. The same tour started in Pittsburgh in January, and was an instantaneous sellout.

I saw him there in April 2014, too, and there was anywhere from 500-1,000 available tickets for that show, too. My friends and I were in three different places, but one was offered to be moved lower down by an usher, and she then scored enough tickets for us to all end up together, in a lower down, closer to the stage section, too!

For curiosities sake, do you have a link to this Springsteen forum? I'd like to read up on it some myself.

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Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: podiumboy on February 17, 2017, 08:25:12 PM
I was bored a little while ago, so I added up the available tickets for the U2 Houston show vs the Coldplay Houston show, both at NRG stadium this summer.  Yes, I do have a life, just not tonight.  No, this actually didn't take me very long to do. 

So, without counting resale tickets, U2 have 2,789 tickets available for Houston.  Coldplay have a whopping 14,840 tickets still available.  I do this not to rag on Coldplay, but to prove a point.  Coldplay are arguably the biggest current, relevant band in the world right now.  But to criticize U2 for a few thousand unsold seats is unfounded, when Coldplay have WAY more unsold tickets.  Even during Zoo TV U2 didn't sell out every show, especially in the US. 

Last year Coldplay benefitted from the Super Bowl, and sold out most of their shows at extortionate prices.  This year, for part 2 of their US/Canada tour, they don't have that Superb Owl boost, and there are several cases of venues with MANY seats available.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on February 17, 2017, 11:22:51 PM
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I was bored a little while ago, so I added up the available tickets for the U2 Houston show vs the Coldplay Houston show, both at NRG stadium this summer.  Yes, I do have a life, just not tonight.  No, this actually didn't take me very long to do. 

So, without counting resale tickets, U2 have 2,789 tickets available for Houston.  Coldplay have a whopping 14,840 tickets still available.  I do this not to rag on Coldplay, but to prove a point.  Coldplay are arguably the biggest current, relevant band in the world right now.  But to criticize U2 for a few thousand unsold seats is unfounded, when Coldplay have WAY more unsold tickets.  Even during Zoo TV U2 didn't sell out every show, especially in the US. 

Last year Coldplay benefitted from the Super Bowl, and sold out most of their shows at extortionate prices.  This year, for part 2 of their US/Canada tour, they don't have that Superb Owl boost, and there are several cases of venues with MANY seats available.

I think the biggest reason why Coldplay have so many unsold tickets is because the prices are outrageous. Here's the prices at Soldier Field: $222+ fees for floor seats, $166+ fees for 100/200 level, $66-$96 for 300 level/nose bleed seats. Oh, and seats close to the stage? They're "platinum" and will cost $525+ fees.

Let's compare that to U2. 300 level/nose bleed seats will run you $35-$70 for 300 level/nose bleed seats, $280 for 100/200 level seating (could be considered floor seats given the view of the stage), $300ish for Red Zone tickets which would be the equivalent of "platinum" seats.

For fun, let's also compare to Metallica. $155.50+ fees for GA, $135-$155.50 for 100 level seats, $55-$155.50 for 200 level seats, $55-$135.50 for 300 level, $55-$71.50 for nose bleed seats.

I think you can spot a trend here: U2 tend to keep GA ticket prices VERY reasonable. I know, we complain about spending $80-$90 for GA tickets, but at least they're not charging $65 ABOVE that for GA like Metallica. And at least they're not making it a seats-only event (which I HATE...floor seats make it so only the richest get closest to the stage). Also, they tend to keep nose bleed seats pretty reasonable. Yes, those $35 tickets DO exist, though they're limited in quantity (I managed to pick up a couple for family). The $70 tickets, considering who you're seeing, are pretty fairly prices, too. I do think $280 is a bit much for 100/200 level tickets, but those who are cool with being further away or are willing to stand in GA can get tickets for much cheaper. And those Red Zone tickets? They're the equivalent of platinum tickets since you're right up to the stage and $300 is a bargain compared to over $500 for Coldplay.

What I don't understand is why bands like Coldplay and Metallica think they can charge so much for their shows. They are NOT the Rolling Stones, a reunited Pink Floyd, a reunited Led Zeppelin, or even a reunited Guns N Roses. Metallica's fanbase is comprised of rock fans....and rock fans on average don't tend to be rich guys. And Coldplay is no where NEAR U2 or Metallica's league at this point. There are very few bands who can get away with charging crazy prices for tickets: Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles (if they were all still alive and touring), Guns (now, but perhaps not later when the novelty wears off), and maybe U2 in their prime. Other bands expecting to command $90 for nose bleed seats and over $150 for GA/floor seats are out of their minds.

I hope Coldplay/Metallica play to only 1/2 or 3/4 full stadiums so they can see the effect of being greedy with their prices. I hope it teaches them a lesson to stop ripping off fans.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: il_capo on February 18, 2017, 04:55:05 AM
Arcade Fire are playing a stadium gig in the UK this year, 49.50+ fees, sold out straight away. 
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on February 18, 2017, 08:29:31 PM
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Arcade Fire are playing a stadium gig in the UK this year, 49.50+ fees, sold out straight away.

They aren't my cup of tea, but I know they've got a very good reputation in the music world and are pretty well known. $49.50+ fees is VERY reasonable. Kudos to them for keeping things fair.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: il_capo on February 19, 2017, 10:23:33 AM
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Arcade Fire are playing a stadium gig in the UK this year, 49.50+ fees, sold out straight away.

They aren't my cup of tea, but I know they've got a very good reputation in the music world and are pretty well known. $49.50+ fees is VERY reasonable. Kudos to them for keeping things fair.

I like some of their stuff but like you I've never really taken to them.  Never seen them live but some of my friends adore the band and go each tour.  I just used them as an example that some bands put on stadium shows at much lower prices than others, so there's no inevitability to having to pay $100 or more to see a band outdoors.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: ninotcs on June 07, 2017, 07:29:16 PM
Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: codeguy on June 09, 2017, 07:57:28 AM
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Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.

360 at Hienz field had 56,000 at it, still a decent attendance by any standard
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: achtungx on June 09, 2017, 08:26:36 AM
Also have to remember, for Pittsburgh peeps - their attention, time and monies are devoted to the Penguins quest to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.  8)

U2 ain't the big event right now.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on June 10, 2017, 05:45:47 PM
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Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.

360 at Hienz field had 56,000 at it, still a decent attendance by any standard

I was at the show the other night. Attendance was around 40,000. The place was pretty empty while The Lumineers played but by the time U2 took stage, the place had filled up mostly.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Smee on June 11, 2017, 06:29:59 AM
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Well as usual Europe sold out quickly - but partly because we only got half the shows US/Canada got despite population being similar.   They clearly could have (and will) quickly sell more tickets in certain cities and still that won't satisfy demand    A country the size of Germany getting one concert, Spain too etc etc   
The Population of Europe is about Double that of USA and Canada combined......so technically, Europe should get way more shows than it does
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: briscoetheque on June 11, 2017, 06:57:50 AM
Didn't work for India and China with their 2.6billion people!!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: podiumboy on June 11, 2017, 09:07:59 AM
The difference between Europe and China/India with U2, is that U2 could announce a 50 show stadium tour of Europe, and literally every show would sell out... most within a matter of hours.  U2 underplay Europe to a STUPID degree, and overplay the US. 
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: shineinthesummernight on June 11, 2017, 02:10:39 PM
We (Americans) smile a lot more than the average, so perhaps U2 feels more appreciated here?  This is a statistical fact that people in the U.S. smile much more readily.  Sometimes we smile stupidly, but we do smile  ;D
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on June 11, 2017, 02:20:14 PM
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We (Americans) smile a lot more than the average, so perhaps U2 feels more appreciated here?  This is a statistical fact that people in the U.S. smile much more readily.  Sometimes we smile stupidly, but we do smile  ;D

I can tell you a smile pretty much never left my face at Heinz Field during U2's set. How can anyone not smile hearing great music and being surrounded by a lot of enthusiastic fans?  ;)
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: shanep on June 12, 2017, 04:36:09 PM
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The difference between Europe and China/India with U2, is that U2 could announce a 50 show stadium tour of Europe, and literally every show would sell out... most within a matter of hours.  U2 underplay Europe to a STUPID degree, and overplay the US.

And they have underplayed Europe for years. Never understood it. I'm American but their lack of European shows, and especially to new locales, really baffles me.

But you are right they could sell out a huge European stadium tour. The demand has always outstripped demand there. Their last decent European stadium tour was Zooropa '93.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: suppers ready on June 12, 2017, 11:25:56 PM
I think the main reason they're playing the U.S. again is because they're going to Mexico/South America, so they're doing a few shows while they get the stages further south.  But they do put a lot of value in the US over the rest of the world.  Let's face it, they've been playing it safe since Pop and that album sold well everywhere, except the USA.  I assume the tour went over better in Europe too, but I wasn't there.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: renno on June 13, 2017, 09:29:29 AM
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Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.


25k. Most press releases said 40k plus. Floor looked full the whole lower bowl was full. The upper tier looking at the band was full. It was only the two upper tiers that had a lot of empty seats
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: anthonyintijuana72 on June 13, 2017, 04:41:44 PM
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Rank

Artist/Event

Venue

City/State

Event Dates

Gross Sales

Attend/
Capacity

Shows/
Sellouts

Prices

Promoters


1 U2, The Lumineers Rose Bowl Pasadena, Calif. May 20-21, 2017 $15,784,565 123,164 /123,164
123,164 2 / 2 $280, $35 Live Nation Global Touring
2 U2, The Lumineers Soldier Field Chicago, Ill. June 3-4, 2017 $13,435,925 105,078 /
105,078 2 / 2 $280, $35 Live Nation Global Touring
3 Celine Dion The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nev. May 9, 12-13, 16-17, 19-20, 23-24, 27-28, 30-31, June 2-3, 2017 $10,395,450 61,296 /
63,207 15 / 9 $500, $250, $140, $55 AEG Presents/Caesars Entertainment
4 U2, Mumford & Sons Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, Calif. May 17, 2017 $6,268,805 50,072 /
50,072 1 / 1 $280, $35 Live Nation Global Touring
5 U2, Mumford & Sons CenturyLink Field Seattle, Wash. May 14, 2017 $6,249,670 57,009 /
57,009 1 / 1 $280, $35 Live Nation Global Touring
6 U2, The Lumineers AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas May 26, 2017 $6,044,330 49,807 /
49,807 1 / 1 $280, $35 Live Nation Global Touring
7 U2, The Lumineers NRG Stadium Houston, Texas May 24, 2017 $5,889,005 47,669 /
47,669 1 / 1 $280, $35 Live Nation Global Touring
8 U2, Mumford & Sons BC Place Stadium Vancouver, British Columbia May 12, 2017 $4,321,731 45,436 /
45,436 1 / 1 $204.21, $25.53 Live Nation Global Touring
9 U2, The Lumineers Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pa. June 7, 2017 $4,273,920 41,413 /
41,413 1 / 1 $280, $35 Live Nation Global Touring
10 Iron Maiden, Shinedown O2 Arena London, U.K. May 27-28, 2017 $2,399,119 34,427 /
34,427 2 / 2 $74.14, $59.31 Live Nation
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: U21978man on June 14, 2017, 01:35:00 PM
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Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.

louisville show is not looking good  attendance wise most seats empty with 2 days till show! GA floor is sold out though!

Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: wik73 on June 17, 2017, 07:48:55 AM
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What a load of rubbish. A 5 minute ticketmaster search just showed me that the only dates that have seats left in multiple sections (mostly higher up) are Houston and Tampa. Some of the shows they listed as not selling have no available tickets (Cleveland, Miami, Washington). So basically U2 sold out stadiums in Vancouver, Seattle, San Fran, LA, Chicago, NY, Boston, Washington, Philly, Miami, Cleveland, Toronto, and Dallas within 1 day of tickets going on sale to the public, with only Houston, Tampa, and Pittsburgh not being automatic sell outs and that is supposed to be looked at as a failure? North American dates alone have probably grossed more then $120m in 1 day. U2 must be devastated.

Don't call it "San Fran". ;)

everyone knows its proper nickname is simply Frisco.   ;D
I'm in the Midwest and our company HQ are in San Fansisco so it's referenced a lot and I never hear Frisco but I hear San Fran all the time.


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Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on June 17, 2017, 11:42:44 AM
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What a load of rubbish. A 5 minute ticketmaster search just showed me that the only dates that have seats left in multiple sections (mostly higher up) are Houston and Tampa. Some of the shows they listed as not selling have no available tickets (Cleveland, Miami, Washington). So basically U2 sold out stadiums in Vancouver, Seattle, San Fran, LA, Chicago, NY, Boston, Washington, Philly, Miami, Cleveland, Toronto, and Dallas within 1 day of tickets going on sale to the public, with only Houston, Tampa, and Pittsburgh not being automatic sell outs and that is supposed to be looked at as a failure? North American dates alone have probably grossed more then $120m in 1 day. U2 must be devastated.

Don't call it "San Fran". ;)

everyone knows its proper nickname is simply Frisco.   ;D
I'm in the Midwest and our company HQ are in San Fansisco so it's referenced a lot and I never hear Frisco but I hear San Fran all the time.


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Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: The Exile on June 17, 2017, 12:41:25 PM
I guess what makes this confusing for me is that, despite Ticketmaster saying a show is sold out, there will be hundreds of tix available on secondary sites like StubHub. I mean, the Seattle show was "sold out" pretty quickly, but heaps of tickets were available elsewhere. I paid around face value for GA.

So the only way to know if a show is truly sold out is by attending it and looking around.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: codeguy on June 17, 2017, 01:27:02 PM
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Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.


25k. Most press releases said 40k plus. Floor looked full the whole lower bowl was full. The upper tier looking at the band was full. It was only the two upper tiers that had a lot of empty seats
25k?? Official Billboard box score was 55,823.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: jrodr079 on June 17, 2017, 02:45:55 PM
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I guess what makes this confusing for me is that, despite Ticketmaster saying a show is sold out, there will be hundreds of tix available on secondary sites like StubHub. I mean, the Seattle show was "sold out" pretty quickly, but heaps of tickets were available elsewhere. I paid around face value for GA.

So the only way to know if a show is truly sold out is by attending it and looking around.

Sold out means all tickets sold. NOT all seats filled.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: JTNash on June 17, 2017, 02:54:40 PM
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I guess what makes this confusing for me is that, despite Ticketmaster saying a show is sold out, there will be hundreds of tix available on secondary sites like StubHub. I mean, the Seattle show was "sold out" pretty quickly, but heaps of tickets were available elsewhere. I paid around face value for GA.

So the only way to know if a show is truly sold out is by attending it and looking around.

Sold out means all tickets sold. NOT all seats filled.
. Yup to the promoter they just need tickets sold to pay the bill not buts in seats
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: tigerfan41 on June 17, 2017, 11:35:27 PM
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Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.


25k. Most press releases said 40k plus. Floor looked full the whole lower bowl was full. The upper tier looking at the band was full. It was only the two upper tiers that had a lot of empty seats
25k?? Official Billboard box score was 55,823.

I was there at Pittsburgh. It was way more than 25,000, I would guess close to or over 40,000. They covered up 12 sections, but the lower bowl was totally full and the rest of the upper was, too. Plus GA was 2/3 full.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Saint1322 on June 19, 2017, 08:46:25 AM
Tampa show was packed, despite heavy rain and lightning in the hours before the show and rain up until the U2 stage was being set up. Floor was packed. Lower bowl and club were packed. I saw very, very few empty seats even in the nosebleeds.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on June 19, 2017, 01:46:59 PM
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Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.


25k. Most press releases said 40k plus. Floor looked full the whole lower bowl was full. The upper tier looking at the band was full. It was only the two upper tiers that had a lot of empty seats
25k?? Official Billboard box score was 55,823.

I was there at Pittsburgh. It was way more than 25,000, I would guess close to or over 40,000. They covered up 12 sections, but the lower bowl was totally full and the rest of the upper was, too. Plus GA was 2/3 full.
I called Heinz Field a few days before the show, and I'm pretty sure that they said only 42,000 tickets were made available; and, that, as of that phone call, that about 39,000 had been sold.

It's not inconceivable that the remaining tickets would sell come show day.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Saint1322 on June 19, 2017, 01:55:58 PM
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Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.


25k. Most press releases said 40k plus. Floor looked full the whole lower bowl was full. The upper tier looking at the band was full. It was only the two upper tiers that had a lot of empty seats
25k?? Official Billboard box score was 55,823.

I was there at Pittsburgh. It was way more than 25,000, I would guess close to or over 40,000. They covered up 12 sections, but the lower bowl was totally full and the rest of the upper was, too. Plus GA was 2/3 full.
I called Heinz Field a few days before the show, and I'm pretty sure that they said only 42,000 tickets were made available; and, that, as of that phone call, that about 39,000 had been sold.

It's not inconceivable that the remaining tickets would sell come show day.

Good point. People assume empty seats mean unsold seats, and that's often not the case. People also assume every seat is made available, which is often not the case. There's a lot of assumptions being made about that show in particular. I don't know what is going on in that market, but it has become a slow sell, at least the stadium has at least. I think U2 did pretty well, considering.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on June 20, 2017, 01:28:01 AM
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Pittsburgh show is the saddest show at the stadium I've seen...Period. Not only U2 show, but any show.
There is maybe 25,000 people if you're lucky (including crew) in a stadium that holds 68,000.
I think people are turned off by outrageous prices

Surprisingly, I was at 360 tour Pittsburgh show (last stop in US), and it was almost sold out.  I remember pricing being a bit better.


25k. Most press releases said 40k plus. Floor looked full the whole lower bowl was full. The upper tier looking at the band was full. It was only the two upper tiers that had a lot of empty seats
25k?? Official Billboard box score was 55,823.

I was there at Pittsburgh. It was way more than 25,000, I would guess close to or over 40,000. They covered up 12 sections, but the lower bowl was totally full and the rest of the upper was, too. Plus GA was 2/3 full.
I called Heinz Field a few days before the show, and I'm pretty sure that they said only 42,000 tickets were made available; and, that, as of that phone call, that about 39,000 had been sold.

It's not inconceivable that the remaining tickets would sell come show day.

Good point. People assume empty seats mean unsold seats, and that's often not the case. People also assume every seat is made available, which is often not the case. There's a lot of assumptions being made about that show in particular. I don't know what is going on in that market, but it has become a slow sell, at least the stadium has at least. I think U2 did pretty well, considering.

Heinz Field also told me that they capped the field off at 8,000 tickets, all of which sold.

I don't think that Pittsburgh is a bad market, though it is a limited market. The city only has a little bit more than 300,000 people, with a 2.5 million metropolitan area. It's also relatively close to many cities that are either of relative size (Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Detroit, Columbus) or much bigger (D.C., Philly, NYC, Toronto, Chicago). This alone can lead to a band skipping Pittsburgh (here's looking at you, Paul Simon, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Adele, and Florence & The Machine), or just not selling as well, especially if several of those other markets have the same tour booked, especially if Pittsburgh is a weeknight and another nearby town is a weekend.

To top it off, there are sooooooo many concerts coming to town, that one must choose how to spend their money. The day after U2 here, I saw Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Tom Petty was on Friday, and Tool on Monday, all of the same week as U2 at Heinz Field); and, Hall & Oates and Tears For Fears together the following week. I had so skip Sigur Ros due to both work and finances; and, I'm now debating if I want to see James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt together more so than Echo & The Bunnymen and The Violent Femmes. Also, Rancid and Dropkick Murphys are here together in August, as well as both Gogol Bordello and the Pixies in the Fall.

To top it off, I'm going to Morocco in the Fall, and would also like to visit my family in Georgia for Christmas........

sh** just gets expensive, you know?
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Saint1322 on June 20, 2017, 07:22:20 AM
^^^^
They were practically giving away tickets to Hall and Oats and Tears For Fears in Nashville. Uppers were like $15 by the end. I can't imagine they fared much better in Pittsburgh.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: jrodr079 on June 20, 2017, 09:04:18 AM
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They were practically giving away tickets to Hall and Oats and Tears For Fears in Nashville. Uppers were like $15 by the end. I can't imagine they fared much better in Pittsburgh.

Same in Miami. It was the night before U2 and it was pouring rain. Also saw decent $20 seats in Stubhub.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: Saint1322 on June 20, 2017, 09:41:54 AM
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They were practically giving away tickets to Hall and Oats and Tears For Fears in Nashville. Uppers were like $15 by the end. I can't imagine they fared much better in Pittsburgh.

Same in Miami. It was the night before U2 and it was pouring rain. Also saw decent $20 seats in Stubhub.

That wasn't the best pairing in the world, and string to play arenas and large sheds was probably a bit ambitious.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: cocamojoe on June 20, 2017, 10:37:14 AM
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^^^^
They were practically giving away tickets to Hall and Oats and Tears For Fears in Nashville. Uppers were like $15 by the end. I can't imagine they fared much better in Pittsburgh.

Same in Miami. It was the night before U2 and it was pouring rain. Also saw decent $20 seats in Stubhub.

That wasn't the best pairing in the world, and string to play arenas and large sheds was probably a bit ambitious.
Yeah, on HAll & Oates last two Pittsburgh outings, they played a venue that holds 5,500, selling it to capacity each time. I couldn't tell you when Tears For Fears last came to town, so I thought that it was a bit ambitious/foolish of them to book the hockey arena here. The week before the show, they did a 3 day sale on Ticketmaster, slashing the uppers down to $10, and lowers, some parts of the floor included, down to $25. On the day of the U2 Heinz Field show, I actually took an Uber down to the arena, to buy a ticket at the box office, so as to not pay the service fees (i.e., I didn't want my $25 ticket to become almost $50), and I then just took the subway over to Heinz Field.

At the Hall&Oates show, I must say that the venue did look to be a good 95% full, as best as I could tell from the floor! $10 says they won't be playing an arena show again after this tour, at least not with tickets prices where they initially were!
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: skelter on June 20, 2017, 08:30:31 PM
How much do you think each band member makes per show (pre-tax), on average?

Supposedly each U2 member earns the same amount, and I believe it.

My baseless guess is at least $500,000 per concert. I mean, if I were an A-list musician, that's the minimum I want to make each show night, when A-list movie actors get $20 mil (or was it much higher) for each movie.  ;D
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: jenniferh aka jen on June 21, 2017, 12:09:01 AM
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How much do you think each band member makes per show (pre-tax), on average?

Supposedly each U2 member earns the same amount, and I believe it.

My baseless guess is at least $500,000 per concert. I mean, if I were an A-list musician, that's the minimum I want to make each show night, when A-list movie actors get $20 mil (or was it much higher) for each movie.  ;D

The tour grossed $62M for 10 shows, per an article last week. It's hard to figure out unless we know what the cost is for each venue: set up/take down/occupancy time.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: an tha on June 21, 2017, 12:53:29 AM
Haven't they already been paid by LiveNation?
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: JTNash on June 22, 2017, 08:02:03 AM
They usually get a guarantee of some sort and then a percentage of ticket sales.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: suppers ready on June 22, 2017, 07:30:24 PM
360 cost around 750k/day to operate (even on off days).  I suspect this tour much less.  It took days to set up the claw. It probably takes a day to build the underlying structure and part of a day to build the stage we see and the screen.  So I'm guessing no more than 500k/day (maybe less).  But who knows.  Until you see what production costs are (and I suspect what I quoted didn't include the cost of the actual claws or screen), it's tough to say, but I'm sure it's a lot.  Are they staying in town this tour?  On 360, I believe they mostly based themsevles out of L.A., NY and Chicago.  Flying is expensive (as is hotels for the entire crew and flights for most of them to the next show).
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: briscoetheque on June 22, 2017, 07:55:08 PM
Yeah I think they'll survive to be honest.
Title: Re: U2 did not sell out
Post by: monopoly on June 22, 2017, 08:58:31 PM
This stage setup is so simple. It's literally your typical concert stage with a screen behind it