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Old 04-29-2005, 08:45 AM   #1
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Never again am i doing GA!!!

Hello everyone,
First off My gf and I went yestarday to the Vancouver 1 show and let me say it was fucking amazing!!! The setlist, the lights everything was amazing!!! Even Adam and larry came out to the front and bono played the drums during LPOE at the front! The best part was when Bono put poul martins number up in the stage that was gold!! The sounds were increadable you could feel it in your chest!! BUT and unfortunatly there was a but

My gf and I are fairly short people I am 5'4 my gf is about 5 even. We were fairly close about 4 rows of people behind and we actualy had a decent view. Then Kings of Leons came out and we could still see them quite well but as soon as U2 came out it was like the tallest fucking people in the world shoved people around and menaged to get to the fucking front of us. I swear it was the worst cos my gf was being shoved around by ide say a group of 5 or six who decided that they wanted to be at the very front even though they didn't get there first. A few of the guys were much much taller then me. I said okey fine, the music rocked thats all i can ask for! By the time one came up it was more jamed paacked with more people cutting in front by this time my gf could hardly see nothing and because we were so close to the stage looking up at the screens made her neck sore. Anyways near the middle of the concert the people infront started putting up this HUGE sign up that bisicaly cut the whole view for us. Ide say it was interesting hearing the music and seeing a big huge peice of cardboard up for quite some time! Then came the Fly... my favorite U2 song (one of my many favorites!) and Bono was coming out of the smoke and another idiot had a sign infront of us which totaly blocked the view of Bono all i could see is a big sign and smoke and well they had that sign up for most of the time bono was there singning and the worst part is that both my gf and i would have gotten an amazing view of bono then but ofcourse not!!!! There had to be the fucking sign!!

Anyways I loved the energy of the crowed but what ruined it for us was the fact that people just shoved right through us and cut in front which ruined our views and the fact that what seemed like every other song people were holding signs up infront of us! I honestly don't see what so great about the fucking floor! We waited since before 2 PM we were number 319 and 320 so we were still fairly in front and when we got to the floor its like those numbers don't mean shit cos people who came alot after us go the front anyways.

I just don't see how people like those spots

You wait hours and hours,
You can't go grab drinks or food cos youll loose your spot
Youl get signs infront covering your views!

Next time i am getting seats

I am going to eat in a nice restourant and relax and come half an hour before the show starts and I am ganna sit order drinks and just relax! I am through with floor tickets and I am very upset that both my girlfriend's and my experience was ruined cos honestly i think this was the best show i've seen since popmart!


Okey that feels a bit better to vent my anger. Feel free to disagree if you must cos i am sure there are alot of hardcore GA fans here!
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Old 04-29-2005, 08:56 AM   #2
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well, I'm going to the show tonight in Vancouver. It's 9am here and my group and I are still trying to figure out what would be the best time to line up. Sorry to hear that it wasn't that great for you. This is my first GA experience too. Anything you can suggest?
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I'm with you on this GA. It's crap and just for the young kids. I learned long ago to get a good seat with a decent view and enjoy the show without all the pushing, shoving, and signs in your view. If you get tired you can sit down and you can go get a beer without your spot being taken. I guess it's called "Live and Learn". Hopefully, you can take your girlfriend to another show and enjoy the concert like you expect!
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I did GA's for taping and for possibly getting in the elipse. Other than that, GA's stink. My best view was from side level seats 15 rows off the floor. (Besides the night we got in the elipse)
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Well if you can go now and start linning up you may be one of the first maybe in the first 50 or 60 people. The only advice i can suggest is that if your in the first 50 or 60, chances are you will get a spot at the rails if you can grab it and don't let go if your stuck away from the rails you are ganna get shoved around and people will probably cut infront. I think we should have gone to the back of the arena where there are usualy less people and maybe a smaller but better view from there!

But again if you go now i don't even know if it can guerentee you a great spot i am sure your chances will be alot higher thought

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well, I'm going to the show tonight in Vancouver. It's 9am here and my group and I are still trying to figure out what would be the best time to line up. Sorry to hear that it wasn't that great for you. This is my first GA experience too. Anything you can suggest?
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Old 04-29-2005, 09:04 AM   #6
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I agree, i had better views when i was at the nosebleeds for elevation! Well except for the few times that bono sang infront of us i guess yyou can't get a closer view but that was the odd time i would have seriusly prefeered nosebleeds!

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I did GA's for taping and for possibly getting in the elipse. Other than that, GA's stink. My best view was from side level seats 15 rows off the floor. (Besides the night we got in the elipse)
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Old 04-29-2005, 09:05 AM   #7
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Yeah it would be cool if they did Vancouver again on the third leg as an extra but i do realize that other places that havent seen them should get them but if they do come i am deffinetly going to get seats!


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I'm with you on this GA. It's crap and just for the young kids. I learned long ago to get a good seat with a decent view and enjoy the show without all the pushing, shoving, and signs in your view. If you get tired you can sit down and you can go get a beer without your spot being taken. I guess it's called "Live and Learn". Hopefully, you can take your girlfriend to another show and enjoy the concert like you expect!
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Old 04-29-2005, 09:23 AM   #8
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I did two nights in Denver on the floor. Night one I was toward the front in the mob. My biggest gripe was girls on guys shoulders. I know it's a standard GA thing but it's a little rude. Couldn't really see the main stage that well but it was cool when they came down front.

Night 2 I just hung out by the soundboard and it was much better. I could see the main stage better from there. There's actually a mat that goes around the soundboard that you can stand on and it gives you a little elevation...pardon the pun. Plus I had the bar and bathroom right next to me.

Headed to Chicago but looking for seats this time. Might do GA again in the fall. it's just a different experience.
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Old 04-29-2005, 09:37 AM   #9
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Get on the rail or hang back. Because of the jackass lotto you're screwed out of a "safe" spot in the Bomb Shelter. So be in the first 50-75 or don't get there till late.
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Yeah i think the back is the best way to go!!! Damm i am kicking myself for not going to the back arghh!
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ahhhhhh crap. I don't know what to do.
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Old 04-29-2005, 09:54 AM   #12
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i would try to get to the front if your lucky you can get to the rail but if you can ide probably go to the very back where its less crowded and you have chance to see the beand although not up close
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The GA is not for short people that's for sure. The taller the better. But whatever, it's expected.
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OKay, well here is what we are going to do. We're going to go to GM PLACE right now (10am) and get a feel for what's going on. We'll talk with the ppl in line and see what they think. If we feel we should stay based on the line size, we'll stay. If not, we'll go around town and shop/hang-out.

Thanks for all your input. I'll report back after the show and let everyone know how it went. Thanks again!
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You still can't see any of the stage lighting, or much action even from the back. My wife is 5' 2" and she did not like SD1 GA's. (we hung out closer to the soundboard, mid floor.)
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Well if you can go now and start linning up you may be one of the first maybe in the first 50 or 60 people. The only advice i can suggest is that if your in the first 50 or 60, chances are you will get a spot at the rails if you can grab it and don't let go if your stuck away from the rails you are ganna get shoved around and people will probably cut infront. I think we should have gone to the back of the arena where there are usualy less people and maybe a smaller but better view from there!

But again if you go now i don't even know if it can guerentee you a great spot i am sure your chances will be alot higher thought


I am sorry to hear of your experience and I can so relate to your predictment. I am only 5ft and it does seem like all the tall people come out and get in front of you. I went to the opener in san diego and I was only 2 people back from the tip of the ellipse. I got pushed a little and my view sucked for most of the show because I had this amazon woman in front of me who was a complete b***h and gave me dirty looks everytime I started dancing and pogoing she just stood there and was constantly sticking her camera up to take pictures the whole time. I had a friend who was to the right of me and in front and he offered his spot! Thanks chizip!! It made the difference however I was now next to the witch and she continued to give me dirty looks everytime I tried to dance. It was packed solid in there. Being 2 or more rows back you really should be of good height to fully enjoy it.

My experienced advise to anyone, especially short people on what is the best spot to be in outside the ellipse. Get there early in the day, morning time. And this will get you the primo spots along/against the rail of the outside of the ellipse. I was slightly to the left (edge's side) of the tip of the ellipse against the rail. And it was perfect! No pushing, shoving or anything. And the view is awesome! And cuz you are on the rail you are on this metal platform that is slilghtly off the ground and thus it sort of seperates you from the rest of the crowd a little. Giving you just enough space to move and dance to your hearts content. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE SPOTS! If you don't get into the bomb shelter than this is the next BEST SPOT TO BE!


that's my 2 cents....
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there is a reason you only pay $50 a ticket for those GAs... cause they suck ass.
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I had a good experience as a short female for my first GA show in Seattle. But tonight for Vancouver, I'm going to stand in the back by the soundboard if I don't get into the Ellipse. If I can't be in the first two or three rows outside the rail, there's no way in hell I'll be able to enjoy myself.
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Old 04-29-2005, 11:10 AM   #20
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Did GA for Denver 2 -- never experienced the shoving and pushing that seems fairly common in other cities from variouis posts.

We were about 8 'rows' of people from the tip of the catwalk, dead center, great view -- people were cool and just danced.

Maybe it's the altitude in Denver, but people just seemed very content to hang out in their spot without jostling for an improved position.

Sorry to hear it was a bummer for you.
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