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Title: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: MaconPaine34 on June 05, 2017, 03:51:05 PM
To those of us who were lucky to see both shows in Chicago, what did you think of the two shows in comparison?

I thought the second show had more crowd energy and electricity......while having Bad in the first show makes me like the setlist from that one.

Just asking.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: Johnny Feathers on June 05, 2017, 04:08:19 PM
I didn't see both, just the first. But I'm disappointed I missed ASOH. I thought Bad as the third song was an odd choice.


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Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: heartland71 on June 05, 2017, 04:46:09 PM
I saw both shows ,obviously having bad in the first night was great ,love that song and while I loved that show ,ASOH being played and the first time I've been lucky enough to see it live and As an overall show I thought last night was a better .i really loving the Redhill Mining town arrangement with the brass band on the big screen it's one of the highlights of the show for me .roll on Cleveland

Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: Johnny Feathers on June 05, 2017, 05:24:43 PM
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I saw both shows ,obviously having bad in the first night was great ,love that song and while I loved that show ,ASOH being played and the first time I've been lucky enough to see it live and As an overall show I thought last night was a better .i really loving the Redhill Mining town arrangement with the brass band on the big screen it's one of the highlights of the show for me .roll on Cleveland

I'm glad RHMT worked for you. I didn't quite get it...I'm not really fond of the brass arrangement, and I thought was weird Edge stuck to keyboard for it. I'm hoping a concert video will convince me.


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Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: iwillsinganewsong on June 05, 2017, 09:30:23 PM
I was on the rail for the 1st show and 2nd show was standing behind a man who was 6ft7in! So I saw everything night 1 and almost nothing night 2.

But I loved them both! Bad is my favorite song, but ASOH was fantastic!

I think Bono was having more fun Sunday night.

I love RHMT and OTH. I think Bono was more emotional with those on night 1?

And I thought the flow of both shows was better than the first ones. Elevation was CRAZY energy night 2. But IWF was excellent on night 1!

I liked being so close on night one also b/c you are surrounded by folks who really love the band.
Night 2 was a bit frustrating b/c several times (like 4 or 5 times) people tried to push their way in front of us when we were already packed in tight! I saw one man & his girlfriend step right in front of another couple. The rudeness and audacity was stunning. People confronted him and he just stood there, stone cold. I had several women push between me and my kids and I asked them what they were doing and said "looking for my friend". I just said you friend isn't here and stepped in front of them. CRAZY people! This was DURING the show!
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: trevgreg on June 05, 2017, 10:13:42 PM
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I was on the rail for the 1st show and 2nd show was standing behind a man who was 6ft7in! So I saw everything night 1 and almost nothing night 2.

But I loved them both! Bad is my favorite song, but ASOH was fantastic!

I think Bono was having more fun Sunday night.

I love RHMT and OTH. I think Bono was more emotional with those on night 1?

And I thought the flow of both shows was better than the first ones. Elevation was CRAZY energy night 2. But IWF was excellent on night 1!

I agree with a lot of this. Overall, I think I enjoyed the second show more. But Bono seemed to be at his best on the first one. Elevation and IWF were high energy on their specific nights too. Either way, I was definitely glad to go both nights.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: lorijane on June 05, 2017, 11:04:26 PM
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I was on the rail for the 1st show and 2nd show was standing behind a man who was 6ft7in! So I saw everything night 1 and almost nothing night 2.

But I loved them both! Bad is my favorite song, but ASOH was fantastic!

I think Bono was having more fun Sunday night.

I love RHMT and OTH. I think Bono was more emotional with those on night 1?

And I thought the flow of both shows was better than the first ones. Elevation was CRAZY energy night 2. But IWF was excellent on night 1!

I liked being so close on night one also b/c you are surrounded by folks who really love the band.
Night 2 was a bit frustrating b/c several times (like 4 or 5 times) people tried to push their way in front of us when we were already packed in tight! I saw one man & his girlfriend step right in front of another couple. The rudeness and audacity was stunning. People confronted him and he just stood there, stone cold. I had several women push between me and my kids and I asked them what they were doing and said "looking for my friend". I just said you friend isn't here and stepped in front of them. CRAZY people! This was DURING the show!


I was fortunate to go both nights, GA, and agree with everything you said, including the lack of manners shown by some fans. I am usually non-confrontational but when I heard the group of young men behind me talking about how they were going to "shoot the gaps" and push up closer, I turned around and told them to not even think about trying to get past me. I'm sure they thought I was a b*tchy old lady, but I didn't care. I also had a tall guy come from nowhere and step in front of me, and I was not going to put up with it. So I got in front of him and when he got all whiny, I told him that a taller person just doesn't push in front of a shorter person. He used the "talking to friends" excuse, and I said that his friends looked like they were watching the concert and maybe they could talk later.

His friends were also tall young men, but they were very considerate and nice. Also, the guy next to me was very nice, and after the little kerfuffle with the one rude guy, the nice guy insisted I trade spots with him because he had a clearer sight line. I am quite sure alcohol was a big factor in the people who were forgetting basic manners we learned in pre-school.

The first night we were about halfway between the main stage and the sound board. The second night we were much closer. I just felt the second night had a more joyful feeling to it. But both nights were awesome. It was kind of like pizza, I may like some pizza better than others, but I am always happy to be eating pizza.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: steve70 on June 06, 2017, 08:26:18 AM
"people tried to push their way in front of us when we were already packed in tight! I saw one man & his girlfriend step right in front of another couple."

Unfortunately any GA situation can be a breeding ground for A holes. And sorry to say
on occasion in the past, I have been that A hole. Now I'm old, tired and have no tolerance for that stuff.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: Johnny Feathers on June 06, 2017, 09:00:20 AM
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"people tried to push their way in front of us when we were already packed in tight! I saw one man & his girlfriend step right in front of another couple."

Unfortunately any GA situation can be a breeding ground for A holes. And sorry to say
on occasion in the past, I have been that A hole. Now I'm old, tired and have no tolerance for that stuff.

Reserved seats can be bad, too.  In our section, there was a couple who obviously didn't have tickets to any seats in our section, who were trying to "squat" in the aisle at the front rail.  The ended up being a nuisance and causing distraction through much of the show.  Security was eventually called by a woman sitting in front of us.  They were removed, but then the woman in front of us proceeded to have someone working the show stand in the aisle and talk with HER for much of the show.  Then she started recording the show from her iPhone with her light on, which annoyed the person in front of HER, who then turned around and had words with her.  Then the original couple came back, and I had words with them.  It was disappointing, because so many in our section were lovely and well behaved, but it only takes one person to ruin the experience.  I just don't get the entitlement some folks feel.  But if there is anything that will cause me to eventually stop going to shows--at least these big ones--it's the other people.

There was a sketch on Portlandia about a service where folks could experience a concert via remote drone cameras and virtual reality helmets from their own homes.  It was hilarious, and also something I'd probably have no issue paying for, once a service like that exists.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: iwillsinganewsong on June 06, 2017, 09:21:05 AM
I should also mention that I made two wonderful new friends waiting in GA line for night 1.  And even on night 2 sat with some lovely people in Ga and had some fantastic conversations. So the people both add and destracted from the experience. And I do agree that alcohol does seem to be the main contributor to a$$holes showing themselves. I felt really bad for that one couple. I do wish we could get away from all the cell phones being held up the entire time! All I have from 1987 is my tshirt and memories!!!
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: threechords on June 06, 2017, 11:19:37 AM
Saw both shows from GA close to B stage.  Agree fans were horrible both nights but what can you do, society gets farther away from the golden rule and to what i think is right is right, so I expect this.

Bono I thought, our group thought, was off his game Chi1.  We have seen them about 50 times.  We think the layoff hurt as they were almost getting back in the groove.  The crowd in Chi 1 was an A.  Chi 2, Bono was ready to go but the crowd, in GA, wasn't CLOSE to where it was in Chi 1.

Now, Homecoming was epically done.  I agree Elevation was big the 2nd night.  Exit was WAYYYY better night 2.  I thought most songs had better versions night 2.  The new song is going to be a monster.

It's sad to see Bono not able, or try, to hit the high notes.  And what's up with not singing on Miss Sajervo?  I loved when he would do that.

Anyway, I don't know, for me, if they can reach the heights they used to, but they still have their moments.

I agree loved Bad-IWF v Homecoming-little things, but Homecoming-little things were both tremendous.

I wish they would drop NYD.  I can't stand that song. I guess I am sick of it.  It fits the "protest" theme of Act 1 so I get it, but man it's not a big song.  They get the hand raising stuff I guess.

I wish BD had a better outro and extension like they used to, with the Sgt Peppers, the goal is soul or whatever else he would add in there.  It just ends at where it would go off before.

Close with Bono wayyyy better show 2 crowd better show 1.  I felt Chi 2 was better but it was close.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: Johnny Feathers on June 06, 2017, 11:52:45 AM
Only speaking regarding Chicago 1, but Bono didn't seem completely in it.  I'm happy if he improved in Chicago 2, and it was maybe just a slightly "off" night for him.

I'm surprised at the negative reaction to NYD.  Granted, it's maybe just about the biggest "warhorse" of all warhorses, but they're finally playing the full song with the last verse and everything.  It reminds me of how I+E featured songs that sounded more like the original,inspired versions (like Pride) and less like the increasingly tired versions they've done live the past 20-30 years.

Miss Sarajevo, though, doesn't compare to the version during Vertigo.  It's a special song, and I get how they're connecting with with TJT, but it doesn't really fit to me.  For a low-key, mostly unknown song, Heartland would work in its place.  Or, just forego the confusion in the audience and do something either more widely known or more rocking.

I'll be curious how folks think this compares to other tours in general.  Performance-wise, setlist-wise, etc.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: trevgreg on June 06, 2017, 11:56:33 AM
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I'm surprised at the negative reaction to NYD.  Granted, it's maybe just about the biggest "warhorse" of all warhorses, but they're finally playing the full song with the last verse and everything.  It reminds me of how I+E featured songs that sounded more like the original,inspired versions (like Pride) and less like the increasingly tired versions they've done live the past 20-30 years.

Oddly enough, this was the first time I have ever caught it at a show. I've been going since the Vertigo tour and never heard the song until now.

Worth noting that it's in a different key this time too, so maybe that gives it a bit more 'newness' than it normally would?
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: Johnny Feathers on June 06, 2017, 12:07:48 PM
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I'm surprised at the negative reaction to NYD.  Granted, it's maybe just about the biggest "warhorse" of all warhorses, but they're finally playing the full song with the last verse and everything.  It reminds me of how I+E featured songs that sounded more like the original,inspired versions (like Pride) and less like the increasingly tired versions they've done live the past 20-30 years.

Oddly enough, this was the first time I have ever caught it at a show. I've been going since the Vertigo tour and never heard the song until now.

Worth noting that it's in a different key this time too, so maybe that gives it a bit more 'newness' than it normally would?

Yeah, maybe.  I just didn't mind it.  I liked the show starting with a mini-War set, and I thought it sounded fresher than in the past, with the "full" version.  I went into the show half wondering if it might be my last time seeing them.  Taken in that context, there's nothing wrong with them playing that one.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: achtung child on June 06, 2017, 09:03:26 PM
Let's be real, most of the people causing issues were aging, alcoholic men with alpha issues who can't hold their liquor anymore.  I was in GA on night 2 and medical security had to assist passed out, drunk old men TWICE.  And then the senior fellow behind me was drunkenly thrusting all over the place during Streets and could barely speak.  It was like grandpa drinking too much and deciding to jump off the television because he thought he was Bono.  Pathetic.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: redrunningred on June 07, 2017, 12:51:53 AM
As someone who saw day 2 and heard much about day 1, here are my thoughts.
Everyone was so hyped that ASOH made it into the day two set, then immediately seemed to make a double take as they complained about the synth arrangement, and said that Bad would be a better pick. Overall, great show.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: jenniferh aka jen on June 07, 2017, 01:29:23 AM
I saw both shows, both from GA.

The first night we were further back, but somewhat close to the b stage. The visuals were incredible to watch from that area.

The second night we were to the right of the b stage, about 5 rows back, and about 20 rows from the main stage. I was standing dead center to Larry's drums on the main.

Both nights had crowd issues - drunk idiots and pushy people trying to push their way up to the front. Otherwise, there were a lot of happy and excited people dancing, signing, and jumping around like Edge does.

As for a comparison of the shows, night 2 was definitely more energetic for the band. They were really having more fun and Bono provided some impromptu sing-a-long's (Bob Marley, etc). You know it's a good night when Larry is blowing kisses from the stage.

Night 1 was solid and Bono did seem more reserved. It could have been because he had a week off from touring and hadn't quite gotten his groove back.

Edge did have a guitar problem on night 2 during WOWY. His replacement guitar - it wasn't out of tune, but the sound mix was off. I am sensitive to high pitch and it was really bothering me until the sound mix was corrected about half way through the song.

Both shows were great, but the consensus of the U2 party plane (tons of u2ers on my planes to and from Chicago) was that night 2 was the better show.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: threechords on June 07, 2017, 01:24:53 PM
Yeah Chi 2.  I have heard a few folks at the shows, and online, talk about Seattle.  The BAD at Chi1 CRUSHED the Bad at Seattle.

I didn't think the Mothers was so great either in Seattle. I haven't watched the whole show yet but yeah Chi 2 was solid as they can do now. Forget Bono running around the "heart" stage before Streets or long  Beautiful Days now, but you take what you can get, and its still amazing.
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: jocies on June 07, 2017, 08:39:30 PM
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I saw both shows, both from GA.

The first night we were further back, but somewhat close to the b stage. The visuals were incredible to watch from that area.

The second night we were to the right of the b stage, about 5 rows back, and about 20 rows from the main stage. I was standing dead center to Larry's drums on the main.

Both nights had crowd issues - drunk idiots and pushy people trying to push their way up to the front. Otherwise, there were a lot of happy and excited people dancing, signing, and jumping around like Edge does.

As for a comparison of the shows, night 2 was definitely more energetic for the band. They were really having more fun and Bono provided some impromptu sing-a-long's (Bob Marley, etc). You know it's a good night when Larry is blowing kisses from the stage.

Night 1 was solid and Bono did seem more reserved. It could have been because he had a week off from touring and hadn't quite gotten his groove back.

Edge did have a guitar problem on night 2 during WOWY. His replacement guitar - it wasn't out of tune, but the sound mix was off. I am sensitive to high pitch and it was really bothering me until the sound mix was corrected about half way through the song.

Both shows were great, but the consensus of the U2 party plane (tons of u2ers on my planes to and from Chicago) was that night 2 was the better show.


I was right by where you were on Sunday. I thought there were more annoying drunks and pushy people then I've seen before in GA. And more weed than usual. I was getting annoyed. Three guys passed out in that area, one guy before the show even started. I don't understand why you would drink so much that you miss the show that you paid for. Stupid!
That being said, I thought the energy was great both from the band and crowd. Once U2 came on all annoyance went away. 😀
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: monopoly on June 07, 2017, 08:42:25 PM
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I saw both shows, both from GA.

The first night we were further back, but somewhat close to the b stage. The visuals were incredible to watch from that area.

The second night we were to the right of the b stage, about 5 rows back, and about 20 rows from the main stage. I was standing dead center to Larry's drums on the main.

Both nights had crowd issues - drunk idiots and pushy people trying to push their way up to the front. Otherwise, there were a lot of happy and excited people dancing, signing, and jumping around like Edge does.

As for a comparison of the shows, night 2 was definitely more energetic for the band. They were really having more fun and Bono provided some impromptu sing-a-long's (Bob Marley, etc). You know it's a good night when Larry is blowing kisses from the stage.

Night 1 was solid and Bono did seem more reserved. It could have been because he had a week off from touring and hadn't quite gotten his groove back.

Edge did have a guitar problem on night 2 during WOWY. His replacement guitar - it wasn't out of tune, but the sound mix was off. I am sensitive to high pitch and it was really bothering me until the sound mix was corrected about half way through the song.

Both shows were great, but the consensus of the U2 party plane (tons of u2ers on my planes to and from Chicago) was that night 2 was the better show.


I was right by where you were on Sunday. I thought there were more annoying drunks and pushy people then I've seen before in GA. And more weed than usual. I was getting annoyed. Three guys passed out in that area, one guy before the show even started. I don't understand why you would drink so much that you miss the show that you paid for. Stupid!
That being said, I thought the energy was great both from the band and crowd. Once U2 came on all annoyance went away. 😀

I guess we should start expecting more weed since it's becoming more easily accessible
Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: jenniferh aka jen on June 07, 2017, 09:12:05 PM
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I saw both shows, both from GA.

The first night we were further back, but somewhat close to the b stage. The visuals were incredible to watch from that area.

The second night we were to the right of the b stage, about 5 rows back, and about 20 rows from the main stage. I was standing dead center to Larry's drums on the main.

Both nights had crowd issues - drunk idiots and pushy people trying to push their way up to the front. Otherwise, there were a lot of happy and excited people dancing, signing, and jumping around like Edge does.

As for a comparison of the shows, night 2 was definitely more energetic for the band. They were really having more fun and Bono provided some impromptu sing-a-long's (Bob Marley, etc). You know it's a good night when Larry is blowing kisses from the stage.

Night 1 was solid and Bono did seem more reserved. It could have been because he had a week off from touring and hadn't quite gotten his groove back.

Edge did have a guitar problem on night 2 during WOWY. His replacement guitar - it wasn't out of tune, but the sound mix was off. I am sensitive to high pitch and it was really bothering me until the sound mix was corrected about half way through the song.

Both shows were great, but the consensus of the U2 party plane (tons of u2ers on my planes to and from Chicago) was that night 2 was the better show.


I was right by where you were on Sunday. I thought there were more annoying drunks and pushy people then I've seen before in GA. And more weed than usual. I was getting annoyed. Three guys passed out in that area, one guy before the show even started. I don't understand why you would drink so much that you miss the show that you paid for. Stupid!
That being said, I thought the energy was great both from the band and crowd. Once U2 came on all annoyance went away. 😀

I guess we should start expecting more weed since it's becoming more easily accessible

Yeah, I remember the guy passing out before the show started. All the people around me did a collective eye roll as a result. Stupidity reigns!
Title: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: aviastar on June 07, 2017, 09:34:33 PM
What's the point of going to a concert if you are just going to get bombed and black out?  I never understood that one.


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Title: Re: Comparing Chicago 1 and 2
Post by: wlomaco on June 07, 2017, 09:42:10 PM
On our way into Chicago 1, a very patient looking man was helping his wife along, who was clearly wasted.  She could not walk straight or keep her balance and this was 1 hour before the Lumineers even came on.  It was really pathetic.  No way I want to be seriously under the influence of anything other than the music during a U2 show. Sure have a beer, but getting totally sloshed just seems like a big waste.