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Old 12-12-2006, 12:52 PM   #16
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Overall, this was an incredible show - the audience, whom I suspect were at very large percentage of diehards like me who traveled to the show, really made the show memorable. The seats were literally bouncing up and down and shaking so hard during the fast songs I couldn't believe it.

Having Pearl Jam open and join the boys for an encore was great, as was Billy Joe from Green Day on Saints. Loved Window in the Skies, it sounded fantastic live! The only thing I wasn't thrilled with was the choice for closing song, while All I Want is You is a great song, I don't think it packs the power of a 40 or Bad as a closer. Would have also like a few more of the oldies that were pulled out this tour, this set list could have really used a New Years Day or Out of Control or Electric Co. I also missed the emotion of Miracle Drug.

But, despite this, it was still a great show. So sad that this is the last show of the tour, and can't wait to see what they dream up next!!
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Just got back home last night. Great reviews & comments from everyone. It was great reliving these memories again.

A few observations about the concert "Experience" :

A big shout out to Hotpepper (Lori) for organizing the bus from Waikiki to Aloha Stadium and back. That was a great idea and saved us a big headache trying to park.

Man - Pearl Jam was incredible! Never saw them before but I'm sure they made a lot of new fans Saturday night. Too bad that was the last show of their tour as well. I definitely will try and catch them next time they are on tour.

U2 - My 6th show of the Vertigo tour and first Stadium show. We were in section P row 1 and I was concerned that we might not have a good view of the stage. But we lucked out. Our seats were parallel with the front of the stage. So we could see everything just fine. Plus sound was great in our section.

I'm not going to do a song by song review but the band seemed to be in good spirits and having a good time. From our vantage point the whole field looked packed and the roar of the crowd coming back to the stage was impressive. The seats were definitely rocking &n shaking when U2 hit the stage.

Did they play every song I wanted to hear? No - but I look at it this way. U2 did not have to play this concert. They could have cancelled it. But they didn't - they played it for the fans! Is there a better way to finish a tour than Hawaii?

We saw Cindy Crawford and Kid Rock go into the stadium through the Media entrance right by Will Call. Cindy posed for pictures with a few fans.

A couple of downers: The Will Call left a lot to be desired. We had to wait over an hour to pick up our tickets. We missed PJ's first 2 songs and missed out on buying any shirts.

The Security in our section seemed to be overwhelmed. I was in seat 1 and the Security guy was right next to me. He was the gatekeeper in letting people on to the field. He kept turning people away because they did not have the right stamp on their neck or the right wrist band. It was a long walk back up to the top. This would cause a back up on the stairs. People were getting pretty pissed. And people keep trying to cut in through our row to bypass the logjam. Finally the Security told us not let the people go by and make them go around.

Finally, I can't figure out why the blond guy (mid-20s?) next to us got escorted from his seat for taking pictures. We were taking pictures all night and were not hassled. Not sure what happened.

Can't wait to do it again!
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There have been plenty of posts in different forums/topics regarding people having lined up at 12 noon Friday for Saturday's show. Some say yay and others say nay. The truth is, the "lineup" (BIG QUOTES) started at about 9pm on THURSDAY...2 days before the show. So...I stopped down at about 4am to find 6 people in line. No biggie, I thought, I'll go back tomorrow and be in the top 100-200. So I asked the "linekeeper" (an un-named Zoo-Top) about the status of the line. "You're 91," he/she said. "Really," I replied, noting that there were six people in line.
Then I was treated with indignance...the old, "Someone has to keep the list," blah-blah-blah.
85 people were given numbers and allowed to leave for the ENTIRE NIGHT.
What a joke.
The result? About 500 people ended up WASTING an entire day in beautiful Hawaii because a dozen or so self-righteous, self-centered hypocrites felt this need to start the line two days early (and hold countless spots for others...some of whom spent the ENTIRE NEXT DAY FRIDAY AT THE BEACH...and curiously still made the inner rail) because they have this warped perception that the show can't go on if Bono can't see their face (or they're just absolutely relentless attention hounds).
Well, anyway, those who started the line in Hawaii and had 91 on the list while 6 were in line...I am calling you out here and now. You are pathetic hypocrites and, while you claim to espouse and follow the views, etc., of Bono and the band, the Hawaii lineup was a pathetic joke. I only wish Bono himself would have showed up in line that night, as I did, to see 85 positions being "held" ahead of others who were willing to lineup and wait.
Yeah, you're real followers, y'all. You sure know what the band stands for.
What a joke.
Despite having lined up for over half a dozen shows, I decided that this one I would sit out. I bought seats to the show out front and watched from a far. It would have ruined the show for me had I been stuck stannding on the rail with a line of phony delusional hypocrites who care for nothing more that the chance to be in the soptlight.
So, make your retorts, and take your stabs but...please don't change the subject. The fact are the facts and the lineup procedure for that show was a pathetic joke. Most everyone would have been content to lineup late Friday night--instead, tha ridiculous "list" that was formed put everyone in a panic and wasted thousands of hours of people's time in such a beautiful land.

(I might mention in passing that the 1st pen--where nos. 1-500 stayed--at Aloha Stadium was left in such disarray it was embarassing. Bottles, cans, papers, bags, sleeping bags, clothes, etc., were just strewn everywhere-similar to how animals would act. Yet, there was a Salvation Army station set up by the venue--it was a big pile (tents, sleeping bags, clothes) just outside of the 1st pen--where people could put their leftover things that they wouldn't be taking home. There were also countless garbage cans). Yet, when I walked through pen #1 after the 1st 500 were admitted to the floor, it was tantamount to a disaster area. Why did pens 2 and 3 clean up so well and stack all of their eftover clothes in the Slavation Army pile? Hmm, maybe they cared more about poverty and ecology than they did about their place in line at a concert.

To those of who preach "Zootopians (or whoever) United Against Poverty" and similar slogans...keep in mind: These mantras are not cigars--you're not supposed to just take a puff and blow your smoke all over the room for others to breathe. If you want to smoke this pipe and be credible about it, you have to inhale. I am confident Bono would agree.

I'm out.
I'm glad you posted that. Nothing burns me more that hypocrisy. Do people listen to the words Bono is saying, or do they just blindly sing along? And, moreover, do people live these words outside of the concert?
I've been incredibly fortunate to attend 9 Vertigo shows (including NZ and Honolulu this year), and I will be making my best effort to give to charity AT LEAST as much as I've spent on going to U2 this year. I don't want to get too preachy, but I'm glad someone brought this up. Texting your name to the ONE campaign is nice, but now get out and donate or volunteer.

Anyhow, the Honolulu show was great. We were in the front row of the balcony on Edge's side, section L (with the tiny red christmas lights).
I didn't expect any big setlist surprises, but at least Who's Gonna Ride...made my night. I agree with everyone who has said the show was intimate for a stadium show. The energy from the crowd was just awesome, and the band seemed to really enjoy it.
I think the highlight of the night was Bono acknowledging that Edge's family was the reason for the tour delay. He didn't need to say anything, but it was really touching. I wouldn't have been able to attend if it was back on the original April date, so I feel extra fortunate to have gotten to go (and to have gotten a U2 Hawaii T-shirt, thanks honey!).

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I'm glad you posted that. Nothing burns me more that hypocrisy. Do people listen to the words Bono is saying, or do they just blindly sing along? And, moreover, do people live these words outside of the concert?
I've been incredibly fortunate to attend 9 Vertigo shows (including NZ and Honolulu this year), and I will be making my best effort to give to charity AT LEAST as much as I've spent on going to U2 this year. I don't want to get too preachy, but I'm glad someone brought this up. Texting your name to the ONE campaign is nice, but now get out and donate or volunteer.

Anyhow, the Honolulu show was great. We were in the front row of the balcony on Edge's side, section L (with the tiny red christmas lights).
I didn't expect any big setlist surprises, but at least Who's Gonna Ride...made my night. I agree with everyone who has said the show was intimate for a stadium show. The energy from the crowd was just awesome, and the band seemed to really enjoy it.
I think the highlight of the night was Bono acknowledging that Edge's family was the reason for the tour delay. He didn't need to say anything, but it was really touching. I wouldn't have been able to attend if it was back on the original April date, so I feel extra fortunate to have gotten to go (and to have gotten a U2 Hawaii T-shirt, thanks honey!).

Mark
Speaking of Hawaii T-Shirts, I was really bummed out to think that they would run out of T-shirts. The concert was unbelievable. So for me the only let down was the shirt thing. Would of Loved to Have one since it was also my birthday
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Overall, this was an incredible show - the audience, whom I suspect were at very large percentage of diehards like me who traveled to the show, really made the show memorable. The seats were literally bouncing up and down and shaking so hard during the fast songs I couldn't believe it.

Just to add a funny comment on the show, I had tickets in the reserved seats ( didn't want to be there I wanted GA, but I had to stay with my family who wanted reserved seats) anyway..my 13yr old niece said when she came back from using the "facilities" that even the water in the toilets was SHAKING because of all the jumping going on! It was incredible, and really felt like the stadium was made of elastic. INSANELY COOL! I was jumping the whole TIME! Didn't sit once. I wanted to be in GA so bad! Oh well, next time.
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