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Title: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: u21983 on October 08, 2009, 08:30:34 AM
I would like to know peoples opinion on standing up for the entire concert when you have reserve seats. I personally think that it's perfectly acceptable at a rock show such as u2. Does anyone consider it to be rude? But really who sits down during a muse/u2 gig????
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: Achtung_Habs on October 08, 2009, 08:36:02 AM
We had seats in Toronto, but as soon as they closed the lights, everybody stood up for the whole show !
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: countrygirl on October 08, 2009, 08:38:53 AM
We had seats also, Everyone stood the entire show. Not during Muse though. Once U2 took the stage, there was NO sitting. It was a BLAST!!!!!
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: LOGAN B on October 08, 2009, 08:48:34 AM
It's rude to sit at a U2 show. What is wrong with people??? Get up! Sing your heart out! Add to the the environmet.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: DGordon1 on October 08, 2009, 08:52:24 AM
Everyone stood at the gig I was at so no, nobody will find it rude.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: countrygirl on October 08, 2009, 09:23:45 AM
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It's rude to sit at a U2 show. What is wrong with people??? Get up! Sing your heart out! Add to the the environmet.

Hahaha It's rude to sit at a u2 show!!!  Don't these people know where they are? LOL
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: u290sbaby on October 08, 2009, 09:28:22 AM
Let's not be rude! you must STAND UP at a U2 show!!

It's not the damn opera or symphony.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: Boom Cha! on October 08, 2009, 09:29:51 AM
You guys are lucky. My section was extremely boring, it seemed like no-one was into the show. I got tired of it and finally stood during Streets onward. Once I stood everyone else stood.  :D
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: squiggles on October 08, 2009, 09:42:26 AM
I think it depends on the venue and artist. Carnegie Hall w/ U2 and special guests? Sit. With U2 at an arena/stadium, I think it's absurd to NOT stand unless you have a health issue. Kinda rude, too, IMO. It's a mark of respect. Night 1 at Giants Stadium, a ton of people in my section for some reason did not stand for most of the show. I stood the whole time and no one said a peep. Probably b/c they KNOW at a U2 show it's what is done and also, they could see perfectly fine w/ a set as huge as U2's. Even a plane overhead could probably see the whole show! I say that at these shows, people stand if they want to. You paid, you wanna enjoy yourself and the show in the fullest (yet respectful) way possible. If people wanna sit, it's their choice.

One a related note:

I think this whole standing/sitting issue, as well as the different vibe of the crowd, is a relatively new issue which has been building since Elevation but all the more visible on this tour. A band w/ a catalogue this big attracts people from all different eras, which means not everyone is signed on to the whole setlist or knows/cares about the songs. It's a real shame...b/c I think it affects the vibe in the audience, which is always made their shows special. Now you got people sitting til Streets or Sunday Bloody Sunday come on. After, right back down again.

Nothing beat the Zoo TV tour, when their catalogue was large but not SO big that people were unfamiliar w/ a ton of songs. EVERYONE rocked out to the Fly and Zoo Station. The atmosphere was insane!!! Now? Not so much. On Vertigo tour, people hardly moved to them. Now they're not even on the setlist anymore.

Don't mean to b*tch and moan, but it's just something I've noticed especially during this tour.

Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: squiggles on October 08, 2009, 09:44:07 AM
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You guys are lucky. My section was extremely boring, it seemed like no-one was into the show. I got tired of it and finally stood during Streets onward. Once I stood everyone else stood.  :D

Ha! I just saw your post...was not referring to you!  ;)
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: Boom Cha! on October 08, 2009, 09:46:00 AM
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You guys are lucky. My section was extremely boring, it seemed like no-one was into the show. I got tired of it and finally stood during Streets onward. Once I stood everyone else stood.  :D

Ha! I just saw your post...was not referring to you!  ;)

 :D

I really wanted to stand the whole show, but my section was such a let down. The people in front of me showed no emotion. It was awful. At my next U2 concert I won't let that bring me down again.  ;D
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: Northern Soul on October 08, 2009, 09:47:18 AM
At both Chicago and Toronto the entire sections stood up for the whole concert.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: The Unknown Caller on October 08, 2009, 09:47:27 AM
Everyone stood at both mine, no problem. Except the second one, where my stand- NO other stand, just mine, sat for about half of the gig. In fact, they specifically sat down at the intro of Streets, which blew my mind.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: highway190 on October 08, 2009, 11:06:03 AM
Welcome to the US! Where people will stand up for idiots running with a football, but not for U2.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: EdgeFest [Zenmaster360] on October 08, 2009, 11:07:44 AM
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At both Chicago and Toronto the entire sections stood up for the whole concert.

I'm worried about Vancouver.  But my short self is standing, everyone behind me be damned.  I am now an experienced 360 Tour watcher, so I will show THEM how its done ;)
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: u21983 on October 08, 2009, 11:08:14 AM
The first time that I saw u2 live was in Chicago in 2005. We had ga tickets and were about 2 ft from the stage so of course we had to stand. The second time saw them was in oct of the same year bug we had reserved seats. We were on our feet the entire time. 3 people behind us who's age varied from 30-60 actually tugged on my wifes shirt and told her to sit down.... And that my friends was the first day my wife heard her mellow husband swear haha. I was shocked that they did that
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: countrygirl on October 08, 2009, 11:15:42 AM
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At both Chicago and Toronto the entire sections stood up for the whole concert.

I'm worried about Vancouver.  But my short self is standing, everyone behind me be damned.  I am now an experienced 360 Tour watcher, so I will show THEM how its done ;)

Yeah!!!! Show them EF!!!!!

Listen, I was worried that people would be sitting behind me too, and I went in there with the attitude of "No one is gonna ruin this for me"  I stood, danced, jumped, even Marched (SBS) if someone tugged at me to sit or said something, I would have totally blown them off.  There was no way I was gonna sit for U2!!

Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: globaljosh on October 08, 2009, 01:32:09 PM
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Welcome to the US! Where people will stand up for idiots running with a football, but not for U2.

I pay to go to quite a few games to cheer on "idiots running with a football," thank you very much, and nobody stands for the whole game. What about everyone in the rest of the world, cheering for that other kind of idiot, chasing that other kind of football? No need to make it a U.S. thing.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: Northern Soul on October 08, 2009, 01:41:42 PM
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At both Chicago and Toronto the entire sections stood up for the whole concert.

I'm worried about Vancouver.  But my short self is standing, everyone behind me be damned.  I am now an experienced 360 Tour watcher, so I will show THEM how its done ;)

People sitting will probably be able to see over you standing anyway!   :P
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: silvrlvr on October 08, 2009, 01:44:31 PM
Stand up, for rock stars, Napoleon is in high heels!

Sorry, couldn't resist. We stood for 90% of the shows in Chicago and Toronto except for a few songs, like Your Blue Room which most people had never heard of. People got chances to sit down during Bishop Tutu and Walk On.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: EdgeFest [Zenmaster360] on October 08, 2009, 01:48:42 PM
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At both Chicago and Toronto the entire sections stood up for the whole concert.

I'm worried about Vancouver.  But my short self is standing, everyone behind me be damned.  I am now an experienced 360 Tour watcher, so I will show THEM how its done ;)

People sitting will probably be able to see over you standing anyway!   :P

 :P
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: efdeat on October 08, 2009, 04:09:05 PM
I had seats at Wembley but asked the folks behind me how they felt about my standing.  They said, "No problem, we will stand, also."  I'm only 5'1", so I didn't think it would be an issue.  :) 
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: ayajedi on October 08, 2009, 04:28:14 PM
I stood up for most of their set at Wembley. I have to sit sometimes for health reasons but no one objected either way. Some people stood all the way through, some sat in their seats. A heavily pregnant woman stood for quite some time during their set yay!
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: polyester shirt on October 08, 2009, 04:45:02 PM
I paid for the gig, therefore I'm entitled to sit. Besides, why conform to societal norms when the people who make them are entirely questionable themselves.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 08, 2009, 05:28:45 PM
I stand up for the whole show singing at the top of my lungs. If anybody tells me to sit down, I stand on my seat.

...not really, I just turn and stare at them. I'm pretty mean looking, and I've never been told twice.  8)

#@!
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: aurabender on October 08, 2009, 06:24:13 PM
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Welcome to the US! Where people will stand up for idiots running with a football, but not for U2.
As compared to standing for a bunch of guys in shorts and stockings running around kicking a ball with their dainty little feet? (oh yeah, how many people have been beaten to death in a riot after one of our football games?)

At the Charlottesville concert (in VIRGINIA mind you) Everyone in my section, and within my view in the stadium, stood for the entire show. Enough so that Bono complemented  the crowd response not once, but twice.  It is odd that we in the US apparently don't know how to stand for a show if we are in seats, nor do we apparently know how to behave "properly" in the GA. Nor have we yet to master that refined move of pogoing straight up and down all night and exclaiming that we are dancing. Still, with all those horrible traits, we are still the place where bands dream of playing.

Sorry to be so snarky, but the continuous generalizations  about the US that keep getting thrown about in the forum by our European brothers and sisters is starting to get under my skin.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: globaljosh on October 10, 2009, 11:22:17 AM
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Welcome to the US! Where people will stand up for idiots running with a football, but not for U2.
As compared to standing for a bunch of guys in shorts and stockings running around kicking a ball with their dainty little feet? (oh yeah, how many people have been beaten to death in a riot after one of our football games?)

At the Charlottesville concert (in VIRGINIA mind you) Everyone in my section, and within my view in the stadium, stood for the entire show. Enough so that Bono complemented  the crowd response not once, but twice.  It is odd that we in the US apparently don't know how to stand for a show if we are in seats, nor do we apparently know how to behave "properly" in the GA. Nor have we yet to master that refined move of pogoing straight up and down all night and exclaiming that we are dancing. Still, with all those horrible traits, we are still the place where bands dream of playing.

Sorry to be so snarky, but the continuous generalizations  about the US that keep getting thrown about in the forum by our European brothers and sisters is starting to get under my skin.

Agreed 100%, although I'm not sure if the culprits are our European brothers and sisters or fellow Americans a little too caught up in self-loathing.

On a positive note, from my vantage point on the field, I didn't see a single section sitting last night in Tampa! There may be hope for us yet.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: An Cat Dubh on October 10, 2009, 01:09:41 PM
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Welcome to the US! Where people will stand up for idiots running with a football, but not for U2.
As compared to standing for a bunch of guys in shorts and stockings running around kicking a ball with their dainty little feet? (oh yeah, how many people have been beaten to death in a riot after one of our football games?)

At the Charlottesville concert (in VIRGINIA mind you) Everyone in my section, and within my view in the stadium, stood for the entire show. Enough so that Bono complemented  the crowd response not once, but twice.  It is odd that we in the US apparently don't know how to stand for a show if we are in seats, nor do we apparently know how to behave "properly" in the GA. Nor have we yet to master that refined move of pogoing straight up and down all night and exclaiming that we are dancing. Still, with all those horrible traits, we are still the place where bands dream of playing.

Sorry to be so snarky, but the continuous generalizations  about the US that keep getting thrown about in the forum by our European brothers and sisters is starting to get under my skin.

Grow up, both of you  ;)
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: Bullet on October 10, 2009, 01:11:33 PM
Josh, sorry I didn't get to meet you in Atlanta man.
Wasn't that show last night though at RayJay just AWESOME?

Hell, I had seats last night but only sat in them BEFORE the show.  How in the heck can you sit down during a U2 gig?

Tampa was going OFF last night!  I can't imagine though being in GA last night as hot and HUMID as it was...good God!

I only wish I had more shows lined up....patiently awaiting any potential announcements for new U.S. dates sometime next year!
I figure they'll wait until they wrap up the current leg though.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: globaljosh on October 11, 2009, 07:50:27 AM
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Josh, sorry I didn't get to meet you in Atlanta man.
Wasn't that show last night though at RayJay just AWESOME?

Hell, I had seats last night but only sat in them BEFORE the show.  How in the heck can you sit down during a U2 gig?

Tampa was going OFF last night!  I can't imagine though being in GA last night as hot and HUMID as it was...good God!

I only wish I had more shows lined up....patiently awaiting any potential announcements for new U.S. dates sometime next year!
I figure they'll wait until they wrap up the current leg though.


Yeah man, looked around but didn't see you! Popped into the Hard Rock but not for long, because we'd already put our names on the GA list and needed to get back. I'll tell you, doing the all-night/all-day GA thing twice in one week was a bit much. I was sort of spoiled by Atlanta, because of the cool weather, food courts, real restrooms instead of just port-o-lets, etc. I knew we'd be roughing it at Ray Jay, but I wasn't expecting the heat! It was BRUTAL, and I'm a guy who doesn't usually mind the heat and humidity!

But yes, the Tampa crowd was going off! It was awesome to be part of the largest crowd in that stadium's 11 year history! Everytime the lights lit up the crowd, everyone was going nuts. It definitely added to the atmoshpere.

Like you, those were my two shows for 2009. I keep trying to rationalize another one, but really that's probably not gonna happen. Hope they bring on some 2010 dates soon - I've got the post-concert blues!
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: highway190 on October 11, 2009, 09:37:57 PM
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Welcome to the US! Where people will stand up for idiots running with a football, but not for U2.
As compared to standing for a bunch of guys in shorts and stockings running around kicking a ball with their dainty little feet? (oh yeah, how many people have been beaten to death in a riot after one of our football games?)

At the Charlottesville concert (in VIRGINIA mind you) Everyone in my section, and within my view in the stadium, stood for the entire show. Enough so that Bono complemented  the crowd response not once, but twice.  It is odd that we in the US apparently don't know how to stand for a show if we are in seats, nor do we apparently know how to behave "properly" in the GA. Nor have we yet to master that refined move of pogoing straight up and down all night and exclaiming that we are dancing. Still, with all those horrible traits, we are still the place where bands dream of playing.

Sorry to be so snarky, but the continuous generalizations  about the US that keep getting thrown about in the forum by our European brothers and sisters is starting to get under my skin.

I live in the US.  I've lived here all my life. And its personal experience, seeing shows in the US vs. EU. Yeah people don't get killed at sporting events, only on the streets and because our health care sucks. If you want to talk killing, look at some murder rates in general and get back to me buddy. But I digress.  Yeah, boring audiences compared to everywhere else. Dream of playing? Of course, the world loves us. I'm just saying in general we're a bore of a country filled with self-absorbed zombie people who would rather text all night than get into a show.

The Euros are right, they've gotten far more right (not concert-wise) than we have int he last twenty-thirty years.

Next time please look at someone's location before assuming they're from somewhere simply because it suits your point.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: highway190 on October 11, 2009, 09:41:30 PM
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Welcome to the US! Where people will stand up for idiots running with a football, but not for U2.
As compared to standing for a bunch of guys in shorts and stockings running around kicking a ball with their dainty little feet? (oh yeah, how many people have been beaten to death in a riot after one of our football games?)

At the Charlottesville concert (in VIRGINIA mind you) Everyone in my section, and within my view in the stadium, stood for the entire show. Enough so that Bono complemented  the crowd response not once, but twice.  It is odd that we in the US apparently don't know how to stand for a show if we are in seats, nor do we apparently know how to behave "properly" in the GA. Nor have we yet to master that refined move of pogoing straight up and down all night and exclaiming that we are dancing. Still, with all those horrible traits, we are still the place where bands dream of playing.

Sorry to be so snarky, but the continuous generalizations  about the US that keep getting thrown about in the forum by our European brothers and sisters is starting to get under my skin.

Grow up, both of you  ;)

Grow up? I just stated my opinion. He's the one who responded with the typical "I"M AMUUURICAHN! WE'RE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE! THEY ALL LOVE US AND WANT TO COME PLAY HERE! BONO SAYS WE'RE GREAT! NOW GIVE ME MY BEER!"Then talks about generalizations, and proceeds to make his own implying all European soccer events are violent. Like I said, he/she didn't even look at my location to see that I'm in the very country hes blindly defending because "YOU INSULTED AMUUURICAH!"
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: StrongGirl on October 11, 2009, 09:43:05 PM
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At both Chicago and Toronto the entire sections stood up for the whole concert.

I'm worried about Vancouver.  But my short self is standing, everyone behind me be damned.  I am now an experienced 360 Tour watcher, so I will show THEM how its done ;)

People sitting will probably be able to see over you standing anyway!   :P

I stood and they were able to see over my short self too ;)  No one had a problem with people standing in Giants Stadium. Most did stand anyway.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: StrongGirl on October 11, 2009, 09:46:54 PM
There are respectful and disrespectful people all over this planet. No place is immune to it.
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on October 11, 2009, 09:55:40 PM
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At both Chicago and Toronto the entire sections stood up for the whole concert.

I'm worried about Vancouver.  But my short self is standing, everyone behind me be damned.  I am now an experienced 360 Tour watcher, so I will show THEM how its done ;)

People sitting will probably be able to see over you standing anyway!   :P

I stood and they were able to see over my short self too ;)  No one had a problem with people standing in Giants Stadium. Most did stand anyway.

You will get a fine to listen to 2 tracks of Lady Gaga if you sit down  :D :D :D :D That should be a punishment  ;D
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: EdgeFest [Zenmaster360] on October 11, 2009, 10:05:44 PM
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You will get a fine to listen to 2 tracks of Lady Gaga if you sit down  :D :D :D :D That should be a punishment  ;D

And 4 tracks of Lady Gaga if you stand UP for Black Eyed Peas... :P
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: mbeano on October 12, 2009, 01:24:18 AM
I say we all make signs that serve a dual purpose  for fans of the song as well

STAND UP!

 ;D
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: jackofhearts on October 12, 2009, 09:16:38 AM
Everyone around me stood up at DC, and I had nose-bleeds.  Was awesome.  I don't like sitting at rock shows. 
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: globaljosh on October 12, 2009, 01:50:24 PM
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Welcome to the US! Where people will stand up for idiots running with a football, but not for U2.
As compared to standing for a bunch of guys in shorts and stockings running around kicking a ball with their dainty little feet? (oh yeah, how many people have been beaten to death in a riot after one of our football games?)

At the Charlottesville concert (in VIRGINIA mind you) Everyone in my section, and within my view in the stadium, stood for the entire show. Enough so that Bono complemented  the crowd response not once, but twice.  It is odd that we in the US apparently don't know how to stand for a show if we are in seats, nor do we apparently know how to behave "properly" in the GA. Nor have we yet to master that refined move of pogoing straight up and down all night and exclaiming that we are dancing. Still, with all those horrible traits, we are still the place where bands dream of playing.

Sorry to be so snarky, but the continuous generalizations  about the US that keep getting thrown about in the forum by our European brothers and sisters is starting to get under my skin.

Grow up, both of you  ;)

Grow up? I just stated my opinion. He's the one who responded with the typical "I"M AMUUURICAHN! WE'RE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE! THEY ALL LOVE US AND WANT TO COME PLAY HERE! BONO SAYS WE'RE GREAT! NOW GIVE ME MY BEER!"Then talks about generalizations, and proceeds to make his own implying all European soccer events are violent. Like I said, he/she didn't even look at my location to see that I'm in the very country hes blindly defending because "YOU INSULTED AMUUURICAH!"

Apparently I had it right when I mentioned self-loathing Americans. ;)
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: aurabender on October 12, 2009, 09:50:39 PM
Perhaps this is a generalization we can all agree on:

At a U2 concert everyone stands!
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: StrongGirl on October 12, 2009, 09:55:21 PM
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Perhaps this is a generalization we can all agree on:

At a U2 concert everyone stands!

Yes!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Standing up when you have reserved seats question
Post by: globaljosh on October 12, 2009, 10:02:21 PM
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Perhaps this is a generalization we can all agree on:

At a U2 concert everyone stands!

Agreed wholeheartedly!!!