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Old 03-23-2005, 08:25 AM   #1
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May 21, Madison Square Garden in NYC

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Old 05-21-2005, 09:37 PM   #3
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oh man, what a show.... tonight just worked out perfectly for me and my friends... i feel so lucky!

great energy from the band! i went nuts during every song- think i sweat out about 10 pounds, and now every muscle in my body hurts... but man was it worth it!

only major surprise was the band playing a bowie song, which was awesome, in honor of the fact that bowie was in attendance. i saw Diddy entering through the VIP area as i was waiting to get scanned for the ellipse- i think that might be my favorite NYC celeb sighting thus far!

"original" was a nice addition, and bono brought 2 young ladies on stage: 1 during "into the heart" (she looked to be about 13), and another during "mysterious ways". the band closed with "vertigo" instead of "40"- clearly, they have gotten to like ending their shows this way!!!

i would now just like to take a moment to THANK U2 for releasing probably thousands of tickets today. as of this morning, i knew very few people with tickets- but by 9 pm tonight, hundreds upon hundreds of fans found themselves with tickets (myself included). THANK YOU, U2, for releasing tickets at the box office and making all us fans so very happy!
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Tired. Need sleep. Show. Good. Stomach. Woozy. Bad hot dog at Shea. Hate the Mets and that dump. They posioned me.

I survived.

Saw U2.

Again.

They are a good band, did you know this?

They played a Bowie tune tonight, which was fun.

I.....now......sleep....tim tam.....tired.........where am I......zzzzzzzzz
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Here's my review from zootopia...


A very good show. I believe both NJ shows were better. One caveat before the MSG review below... I was GA for both NJ shows (ellipse for the second).

My section for MSG sucked. Half the section, if not more, was sitting down for SONGS (!!) at a time. Anyways...

The band is on a roll right now. Most everything sounds prim and fit. The only recognizable "mistakes" were Bono screwing up lyrics on a couple of songs (notably PITNOL and the Bowie cover song) and The Edge's guitar cutting out a couple of times. Bono's voice was good, but I felt he was holding back in a couple of places (for example, SYCMIOYO).

I was hoping for something more than the Bowie cover song as the "surprise." I love Vertigo closing with Bono's "encora" lead-in speech. OOTS is a great song live. I wish it becomes more of a regular (not every show though).

"Setlist A" has its problems, but none more glaring than their inane insistence of playing three "unknown" Boy songs. Again, the momentum of the show stopped dead with the Boy songs. Don't get me wrong, I love hearing the Boy songs, especially Electric Co., just not every night.

I totally LOVE Zoo Station live with The Edge out on the ellipse punctuating the "It's Alright" verse with fist raised to the air. Great stuff! The Fly really rocked tonight. MW was almost perfect, except for The Edge's guitar cutting out just as his slide guitar solo kicked in. ABOY also had some guitar problems before The Edge's solo. Did I say that Vertigo closing rocks?!

I really enjoyed the "broader" view that seats afford. There's so much happening with the curtains and lights that you just can't catch if you're GA. (Please do not interpret this as a reason for [emailing] me with offers for my Fall MSG GA's!!!)

Bottom line, the MSG show was great, but my section sucked. The MSG show, unfortunately, may have been overhyped because it was the only MSG show for the first leg. As a result, I feel that there were a TON of ppl there that did not care much about U2 and U2 songs. They just "had to be there" to prove that they are "cool." I'd almost go as far as to say I was disappointed by the MSG crowd. I'd be interested to see what other ppl's reviews of the show and of the crowd.
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Just got back...crowd was on fire....SBS woke up NYC like nothing else...from then on, the place just rocked, sang, rocked some more. Bono's voice was so strong. Edge was working it so hard that at one point his body just went spastic. It was like he was about to be airborne.
Larry was fun, and Adam was more reserved than he has been of late.
The girl Bono pulled up on stage during Mysterious Ways just threw herself at him, and didn't know to dance. Bono should have picked a PLEBA girl. The moment with the little girl , well, knowing it's going to happen kind of takes away its charm.
The stage and lighting are really something.
I had wished they played more songs, but they started late (9:25) so I'm sure that had something to do with it.
OOTS was beautiful, as well as SYCMIOYO. Bono did a great job with both.
Miracle Drug is one of my fav on the album, but IMHO I just don't think it sounds good live. Something wasn't right with the guitar. Maybe I'm wrong. would love to hear other opinions.
All in all, NYC loves U2!
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Oh, one more "mistake"... one of the light curtains broke after The Fly and was stuck in the "down" position.
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An unreal experience. This was my first U2 show. I had GA's and got there at about 4. I was basically the 30th person in line at that point. I was shocked at how few people were lining up early. They didn't break us up untill 2 lines, they just said if you're a fan club member, come in first. Didn't even check for B-Fan tickets or whatever. So since I did have my illustrious keychain on me, I went with that line. Though I didn't get the elipse, I was right up on the railing front and center, and that ended up being just as good a place, as Bono came out to that area very often.

The show, was in a word, amazing. Unbelievable energy, and Bono was at the top of his game tonight. The voice sounded strong, and of course he's just an incredible stage performer. Really cool setlist...I loved hearing Miracle Drug live. Loved the encore with Zoo Station, The Fly and Mysterious Ways. Original of the Species is just an incredibly beautiful song and especially live. I'm not a huge fan of Yahweh, but I loved the version they played tonight. Usually you want to hear as many different songs as possible, but the 2nd Vertigo just works. The crowd was absolutely nuts.

Incredible, incredible performance. I'm at a loss for words now. As I said, this was my first U2 show, and right now I'm just in awe.
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was i at the same show as everyone else? perhaps the point of view made the difference.

it was an odd experience for me. the crowd was so mixed. many older people were there with their young adult children. there were middle aged balding guys with spare tires smoking pot. the whole place reeked of beer. after the first few songs you could still buy beer but if you wanted water you were out of luck.

i was stuck behind some big fat guys who made it difficult if not impossible to see. the only time i had a clear view was when one of them went to get more beer.

the crowd seemed tame. about half the ellipse crowd was very enthusiastic but the other half didn't really seem to be into the show that much. there was one person outside the ellipse that was jumping to every song. i felt like the band was putting out a lot of energy but the crowd just wasn't that engaged.

the bowie song was "jean genie". i would have preferred '40' which was NOT played. as for the "inane insistence of playing three 'unknown' Boy songs"-- i ask, unknown to whom? like i said, there were lots of older fans in the crowd (myself included) who LOVE the "boy" part. (reminds me of when they played the ritz all those years ago)

in short, the band was hot, the crowd was not.
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Not to sound defensive, but "inane" in the sense that the crowd does not stay in it as they do for the regular classic U2 songs. Simply put, the Boy songs are momentum killers for Setlist A.

The point is that, if U2 wants to play old songs, then fine (as I noted, I love hearing the Boy songs). But there is so much in the way of the first three albums that are just better live performers than An Cat Dubh. Why not I Will Follow, Out of Control, Gloria, Two Hearts, Seconds, etc., instead? I'd even argue that An Cat Dubh is non-sensical as a song to begin with.

As far as I can tell, the older fans last night had no clue either about the Boy songs.
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i would now just like to take a moment to THANK U2 for releasing probably thousands of tickets today. as of this morning, i knew very few people with tickets- but by 9 pm tonight, hundreds upon hundreds of fans found themselves with tickets (myself included). THANK YOU, U2, for releasing tickets at the box office and making all us fans so very happy!
Wait....what do you mean they released thousands of tickets???
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Words fail me! This show was unbeleivable- The band and the crowd were on fire!
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Wait....what do you mean they released thousands of tickets???
ok, this is what happened. GAs for last night's show were notoriously difficult to come by. the only people i knew who had GAs paid over $1000 to buy a ticket from a scalper. it was ridiculous! this was mostly due to the presale screw-up that we're all so familiar with. so yesterday's GA line was ridiculously short. at 6 pm there were only about 120 people in line! the scalpers had all the tickets, not the "real" fans.

so the box office line was incredibly long yesterday. honestly, there must have been 500 people in line (at least), hoping that tickets would be released at the box office the day of the show. i got there at 5 am to line up for the box office. at 5 pm, they started allowing us to go up to the box office, in groups of 10. (i have to say that MSG security was actually VERY well-equipped to handle the huge numbers of people who had lined up for the box office- so a big THANK YOU to them as well!). seats were available starting at 5 pm- i purchased a pair of side-view seats for $170.

i think at LEAST 500 people were able to purchase seats from the box office between the hours of 5 and 8 pm. maybe even MORE! so about 1000 seats were released the DAY of the show- thanks to U2! this made so many fans, who were shut out during the presale and by ticketmaster, incredibly happy.

they released probably about 30 GAs, between 8 and 9 pm. i was incredibly fortunate to score one of these GAs, thanks to a couple who wanted to trade the GAs they had just purchased for seats. and my friend and i got into the ellipse! it was just a perfect evening, and i just feel the need to say THANK YOU, once again, to U2, for releasing so many tickets the day of the show- especially for MSG, which was incredibly difficult to get tickets for. this band truly does care about their fans....

the show itself was fantastic! i was just going nuts, jumping around and dancing... i had never been in the back of the ellipse, and it was incredible to have room to jump around! i loved every second.

apparently there were tons of celebs in attendance- someone told me that julia roberts and david bowie were both in the ellipse (i was too busy going nuts to notice- lol!). but, i did see P. Diddy entering MSG thru the VIP entrance- so cool! and, i also saw Bill O'Reilly entering through the "regular" entrance... guess the band didn't hook him up!
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Wait....what do you mean they released thousands of tickets???
It's the same for both shows I've been to and the Philly show I'm going to tonight. U2 took back every radio station giveaway/ETS Tour packages/VIP allotment that they could get their hands on after the ticket fiasco. The result has been T.M. ticket drops for all shows and A LOT of tickets being sold at the venue the day of the show. At 7:45 PM last night, I saw the signs flashing saying "Tix available" and there were a few people still buying them. I went up to the window out of curiousity and sure enough, there were tickets to sell even that late...scalpers be damned. Thanks Larry and U2.

However, the couple sitting next to me paid $800/ticket and thought they got an OK deal after seeing some of the e-bay prices. I didn't have the heart to tell them I got a discounted ticket to Chicago and face value for MSG and Philly, all this just days within each show. I think the perception still exists, for casual fans at least, that tickets are like gold and you can't get any w/o using brokers. Granted, you may not get exactly what you want, but that's hard to do even on sale day. It's also been easier for me since I'm only getting singles.

As for the MSG show, it all depends on your perspective. I have seen U2 some 15 times back to 1987. It's always been in the SE part of the U.S., like Atlanta, Charlotte, TN, Lexington, KY, Clemson, etc. So, for me anyway, the Chicago show on 5/7 was on a whole new level for me; I thought the sound was great, Bono's voice was great, the crowd was great, and they played for nearly 2.4 hours. A couple of Elevation shows I saw were 90 minutes at best. Then comes MSG last night. As it's been said, the crowd was outsinging Bono on a few occasions, and he noticed it. OOTS was beautiful. The crowd in my section, and in the whole arena from what I could tell, was absolutely NUTS. I've never felt so much energy and the band responds in a special way when that happens. There are jerks at every concert, and I am sure some areas did have some lame "fans". For me, though, it was the best U2 show I've ever seen, and I met great fans all around me. In fact, that's what has amazed me most about going to shows alone for a change...I have been lucky and the people I've met have been just great.

I won't give a song by song review...but I really thought almost every song sounded great, they have ABOY nailed live, MD needs work, and the Vertigo encore simply explodes the place! I wanted Bad/40, but I got that in Chicago, and we'll see what happens in Philly tonight. I know there are critics and fans that will disagree, but the band is playing tighter right now than I've ever seen them, the Edge is really into the shows and blasting away like a lead guitarist should, Bono's voice is better than it's been in years, and these shows absolutely rock hard. People are tired after expending so much energy, but there are just enough slow songs to let you catch your breath.

One other thing. U2 have really tapped into the 16-19 year olds IMO. It's great to see them gaining so many new fans at this point in their career. Just walking around and seeing three generations of fans is really amazing. What a band. What a show. What a tour for me, as I thought I wouldn't see them at all just a few months ago! Thanks again U2!
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Seats are always released day of show for several reasons but ussually after the tour manager takes his/her final walk through the arena after the stage has been put into place to see what are and what are not considered tech kills. in the case of this show there were very few tech kills and many seats were released not just yesterday but slowly over the past few days.

I got a section 65 row H, looking directly at edges keyboards, two days ago for 50.00 bucks. Unquestionably one of the best seats of any U2 show I have ever attened, B Y CHANCE! With the exception of the shows I worked on while I was with Rn Delsner Presents years ago- Yankee Stadium....

Granted the seat I got was a single seat but I did not care as I wanted to see these guys at the garden. I did pretty much the same for the two other shows in New Jersey.

The other reason seats are released is the band holds a lot of seats for guests, and in New York they ussually have a lot of guests, like kofi anan (sp?) some of the sopranos, bono's dr. cahill, jeff sachs, the tom freston's of the world, bowie, puff , daddy or pee dick head or whatever he's calling himself these days.

If the band do not use all their tickets they release them in the latter part of the day. I know that Bono and the DATA group had a huge stockpile of tickets as a friend of mine was emailed a few days ago asking if he wanted to go as a guest of Bono. He could not go sat night and will probably take them up on the offer in the fall and I'm going to start my campaign to go with him as the tickets are ofcourse VIP with backstage access etc.....any way the point of all this is to say that there are ALWAYS seat released on the day of show as evidanced by those tha got there and waited all day long.

And there are always seats released to ticketmaster so just keep trying for singles and maybe you'll be lucky as I was with a single breathing down on edges's shoulder while he played piano.
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