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Old 10-05-2005, 05:11 PM   #46
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It was great to meet up with you and your wife Matt! My son and I had fun!


how was the show?
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The show was awesome Irvine! I'm one of those bias fans that is always satisfied - but some shows do end up being better than others and the last 2 Boston shows were very special.

I was so surprised to hear that they played Crumbs in MN last week as I wanted to hear it this tour and gave up on it. I was really thrilled to hear it live myself! But even better, right after Bono said they tried to mix things up and play rarities etc for the fans - but he liked the next song. Then they played "Still Haven't Found".

The only disappointment for me was that I had an African Well Fund "Where you Live" banner to hang and the venue wouldn't let me hang it even though I was allowed to the night before. I was escorted to customer relations to try to get someone to approve it and they wouldn't. My son and I and some fans in front of us held it up occasionally but it didn't have the affect that it would have if it was hung all evening.
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Sorry Matt....I think in one of my mails I told you I don't have a cell. This has nothing to do with the money situation. It just has to do with the fact that I did have one and got rid of it. It has to do with being a writer and the damned thing interfering with my ability to..how can I put this...some artists can work out of mental choas. Some, though, have to have long periods of peace and quiet, b/c only then are they receptive. It's king of like literally having noise interrupt the signals God is trying to send. It;s difficult to explain if you don't write. I'm not being precious about this; artists work in different ways. I just happen to be unable to retain the flow with nterruptions. I guess Viggo Mortensen shares my mentality....he's talked about this too.

As for my arrival..I gave the train a half hour to be late. Of course, good old Amtrak came though and was 90 MIN late. I didn't get into town until 6:30. I was pissed. I could have WALKED to the Fleet in 20 min or hopped a shuttle train but when it comes to the GA, 10 minutes can mean the difference between being at the catwalk or 15 rows back. I had to blow 8 #*$%&$ bucks on a cab. That's the way it was last time. I didn't even get in the place until 7:05 and even then, 5 mins after they started letting people in, I was only able to get to Adam's side...I was about 10 or 12 people to the right of the tip, Adam's side, and 4 rows back. I was wearing a light purple V-necked shirt and jeans, with a dark blue sweatshirt around my waist...and had my light brown hair tied back. Like I said, I am VERY short. Maybe you saw me? I was hopping mad b/c I was thinking "They;re probably 100 feet away from me, looking right at me and I don't even know it.".

Whoops....interrupted.....back in a few...got a few great ancedotes and WHAT DID YOU THINK?!?!?!
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Anyway...


Even so, after I got there, just had to have someone to talk to, wonderful diversity of people down there. Surrounded by people older than me (mid-40's), young dads my age with little kids (one guy next to me on my left had a cute son whom I thought Bono would pull onstage during COBL..alas), and to my right and back of me, some great college age couples. The blond girl in back of me was trying to get rid of the rest of her beer before the band came on and asked me if I wanted the rest. "Nope," I said. "Oh, sorry....hope I didn't annoy you," she said, "you look like you want to punch me out or something!" (I was still pissed about the train and missing out on you folks, I wasn't smiling yet..not by a long shot....), "Wellll.....if you spill a drop of that on me (is this your first time in the GA? Yes? Well, we're gonna be doing a lot of bouncing around.)" "I know. That's why I'm getting rid of it." "Well," I repeated," I don't drink. And if you spill a drop of that on me, I WILL punch you out," joking OF COURSE, but I put up my fist. Holy smoke. How could I be scaring her? "Oh crap. You know I'm joking right? You know," I said, now smilng," I'm a Scorpio. Just don't get us mad, OK?" "I'm a Capricorn, so I don't care," she replied. "You know what? I got fired from my job for being online too much, getting these tix. But so what?" she shrugged. "I just got another job!" (LOL. And I had problems? I well you could tell this to the band, chickadee...."Things Crazy U2 Fans Do To Get Tickets." Hey..maybe THERE's a way for me to make some more money...

The other couple on my right, (who got the beer), were an adorable pair of 20 yr olds. Forgot their names. He had been a fan since he was a little kid, from the ZooTV era. He got a great kick of my being a fan since I was a little kid also, but from '81.... We had great fun debating the Vertigo ad, (which grew into an epic debate involving about 10 people, old and young...the girl had never been to a U2 show before. I told her that some older fans had a saying: "going to your first u2 show was like getting baptized." He laughed. She smiled.

"Well..she said, "I hope Bono chooses you to go onstage. Hey everybody" (and she down pointed at me) "I think Bono should pull her onstage. What do you guys think?" (I told her my age..she couldn't believe it. I have been proofed a few times recently. ) People cheered. WTF???? As they say. I'm flattered. If I say so myself, I think I'm "danceable material" but too damned shy. I hadn't made a sign. And conservative...my shoulders were covered anyway. Bono seems to like to pick A) people who look like Ali, B)outright sexpots, or C) Preggers if he can find them! Like he apparently did Mon night? Does anyone have that pic? Hey...I'm inspired though. I am going to camp out Friday, get to the tip, I think I may actually try to be The One! I really doubt it, but what do you guys think???? Should I go for it? What do I have to do? rip my shirt? LOL.

Well....you guys were there..WHAT DID YOU THINK? I've only seen 2 other B- Town shows but the crowd was un believable?!?!? I can NEVER get blase about these things. No matter how many I go to, it's all like the first time. And the feeling down in the Pit was incredible. After an hour we were sodden with sweat, exhausted, our feet aching like hell....and I was so jammed in I could even clap sometimes. I was the one at the tip clapping over my head all the time. Another sign of the "old time" fan... I couldn't believe it...."The Ocean"? "Miss Sarajevo" and "The First Time" (and people around me, the college kids, roared out the words??!) Edge's TFT chords are very pretty live. ISHFWILF and WOWY back....WOW....

And regarding the Nobel...if Bono IS campaigning I guess he could do worse than give a political sermon after every song in the 2nd half. LOL. But I wouldn't have it any other way....that's my boy! bringing back MS in the context of the "COEXISTence" of Serajevo was brilliant and I have to admit I could kick myself never seeing it that way. The Katrina and equality ref was gutsy....I have to admit, I thought of you, Dread, at that one..

The best thing though was what happened at the end. During either "One" or WOWY (I think it was the latter) I just happened to turn around to look at the stands and I saw the 20 yr old U2 concert virgin with a contorted face. She was wiping tears from her eyes, sobbing openly. I reached over to her to give her a hug. People had done the same to me in NYC, at the "9/11" show...if it hadn't been Oct 22, 2001, I'd have said they were on something....A brand new convert...right before my eyes, yet another person moved by the band's pwer, and emotion, another person "baptized." Just feel the love, girl. Welcome to The Family, I wanted to say. This is what you go through hell and high water (and some heartbreak) to get tickets to....experiences like this make life worth living. You can't get this online or through headphones. Only when you are there in the flesh. The rdemptive power of the band, coming through again.

LIke I said, I am coming Friday, and will be camped in the GA line, wearing the same thing. The Ga line for MSG is on the north entrance, by Penn station entrance. If anybody is coming. And after the show, I think I am going to hang around with the crowd like last time, just to talk to any of the guys and thank them for such a beautiful night. I have never been one of the signing pictures type, and I have pics of the guys already. I don't care about that. But I just want to thank them. I know it's corny..but if Bono comes out (and he usually does, I've heard)....I HAVE to tell him.

The show will be great Fri no doubt, maybe the crowd as good as Teus, but it won't be as intimate. The Garden by its nature and the setting is more remote, more impersonal. It will take something special (maybe a VERY good Conan show??) to make the band as loose as last night. Bono's "Edge is from the future" speech was priceless....

Oh yeah. Edited. PS..I can officially die now. I have FINALLY gotten to hear "40" live.....
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It was great to meet up with you and your wife Matt! My son and I had fun!
As always it was a pleasure to see you again Anne!!!!!

You have a fine young republican on your hands....

BTW...

Your Don Juan of a son put his arm around my bride.....

He is too young for her tell him

I too loved the show....it was pretty damn intense

I am not sure I have ever been at a concert where the crowd was that into it.
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Teta, sorry we missed each other. Maybe some other time...and you are correct the crowd was amazing. Bono made a comment about the fact that during a few of the songs the band was drowned out by the crowd singing.

I was with the MILF in the front row section 11......

The Milf that Anne's son put his arm around!!!!
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And sine I don't have the seating chart memorized, Section 11 was where...? Just say "20 rows up, halfway down on Edge's side" or whatever, and I'll know.

I HAVE to try to get this show somehow. I am going to drop a line to a guy who was sending me copies of Spring leg shows. He had something going with BitTorrent, hopefully he can still do that.


LOL...I might have been an evil influence on the budding "young Republican", so maybe it was a blessing after all we didn't meet...j/k.
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Edge Side...half court....
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Okay. Right whewre my ZooTV seats were, at my very first show in 92. Have to run..my voice is shot and I am exhausted. Have to catch some shut eye. HAve not slpt in 3 days and have to prepare for more!
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this might be a question for another forum, but i take the fym'ers opinions more seriously:

i have great tickets for the 2nd DC show (1st tier, Edge's side) and am bidding on eBay for tickets to the first DC show. i can and will pay $150-200 to sit way up in the rafters, especially considering the great seats for the 2nd night (usually the better night).

question: is it worth it to suck up the $3-400 it would take to get GA seats on eBay? i was on the floor when i saw Elevation in Paris, and it was pretty awesome ... but damn, it's a whole lotta money ...
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No, don't pay that kind of money.

Try to get a cheap(ish) ticket for the show just so you have something in case. If you are willing to line up for GA that day, then you may as well line up at the box office and get face value GAs when they are released. And even if they don't release GAs, you'll still get face value awesome tickets released. You can always dump your extra ticket to somebody looking for one at the venue.
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No, don't pay that kind of money.

Try to get a cheap(ish) ticket for the show just so you have something in case. If you are willing to line up for GA that day, then you may as well line up at the box office and get face value GAs when they are released. And even if they don't release GAs, you'll still get face value awesome tickets released. You can always dump your extra ticket to somebody looking for one at the venue.

am unfamiliar with this policy ... how does it work? you just show up at the BO and they'll always release tickets?

perhaps this is best as a PM ... your call.
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Also, start checking Ticketmaster a few days before the concert. They seem to release some seats (not GA's) for these otherwise "sold out" shows.
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As always it was a pleasure to see you again Anne!!!!!

You have a fine young republican on your hands....

BTW...

Your Don Juan of a son put his arm around my bride.....

He is too young for her tell him

I too loved the show....it was pretty damn intense

I am not sure I have ever been at a concert where the crowd was that into it.
I'll need to keep a better eye on that boy I hope he didn't offend you guys.

He claims to be a Democrat, but you never know.

um, what does MILF stand for?
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