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Old 10-10-2009, 06:56 PM   #16
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I don't know how people didn't die in that GA line around 4 pm. My friends and I drank about a gallon of water each, and by the time U2 got on stage we were alreary dehydrated again.
I'm not even one to complain about heat. I live in Miami and I've traveled around in the middle of humid summer in a car without a/c. I went to the Everglades in jeans in September, and it was still nowhere near as hot as it was. Security made a HUGE mistake in cramming us together so early on. Two people around us fainted, and that was before the lie that we would be getting inside at 5 pm. More like 5:30 pm.

It got very hot for me about ten minutes into U2's set where I kept forcin myself to breathe in deep. The biggest disadvantage to being short is that there is no fresh air at my nose level.

complaning aside, it was an AMAZING show, but I wouldn't want to do GA next year.
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I don't know how people didn't die in that GA line around 4 pm. My friends and I drank about a gallon of water each, and by the time U2 got on stage we were alreary dehydrated again.
I'm not even one to complain about heat. I live in Miami and I've traveled around in the middle of humid summer in a car without a/c. I went to the Everglades in jeans in September, and it was still nowhere near as hot as it was. Security made a HUGE mistake in cramming us together so early on. Two people around us fainted, and that was before the lie that we would be getting inside at 5 pm. More like 5:30 pm.

It got very hot for me about ten minutes into U2's set where I kept forcin myself to breathe in deep. The biggest disadvantage to being short is that there is no fresh air at my nose level.

complaning aside, it was an AMAZING show, but I wouldn't want to do GA next year.
I don't know how ANYBODY lived through GA. My wife and I got to RayJay Stadium at around 4:30 p.m. (we had lower-level seats but wanted to get there as early as possible). At Gate A, security took everybody out of the shade and told us to stand by the bag-check tables "for a few minutes" until they opened the gates. FORTY FIVE MINUTES LATER they opened the gates...the entire time, we were in direct sunlight while the staff and the police officers were sitting on stools under an awning drinking water (we were under the awning before they made us move). Everybody was sweat-soaked by the time they let us in...I can't imagine how people were feeling in GA. We did notice a woman on the floor collapsing (she had a crowd around her with paramedics...probably heat stroke...I guess three people went to the hospital due to heat-related illness). If there's one thing the stadium did wrong it was in their handling of the early crowd. They should have had the GA people on the East side of the stadium protected from the afternoon sun, with plenty of water and sunscreen and umbrellas. And they shouldn't have made the seated crowd move out of the shade to wait in line until, like, five minutes before opening the gates. I'm glad U2 has such patient and good-natured fans.
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We heard them soundchecking Elevation while we were waiting to get in while standing in the area with no shade that we were moved to back from the gates and told to stay there for 45 minutes even though the gates were supposed to open at 5 p.m. (not that I'm bitter or anything ).


The upside is that I decided to go to Oklahoma next weekend

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I don't know how ANYBODY lived through GA. My wife and I got to RayJay Stadium at around 4:30 p.m. (we had lower-level seats but wanted to get there as early as possible). At Gate A, security took everybody out of the shade and told us to stand by the bag-check tables "for a few minutes" until they opened the gates. FORTY FIVE MINUTES LATER they opened the gates...the entire time, we were in direct sunlight while the staff and the police officers were sitting on stools under an awning drinking water (we were under the awning before they made us move). Everybody was sweat-soaked by the time they let us in...I can't imagine how people were feeling in GA. We did notice a woman on the floor collapsing (she had a crowd around her with paramedics...probably heat stroke...I guess three people went to the hospital due to heat-related illness). If there's one thing the stadium did wrong it was in their handling of the early crowd. They should have had the GA people on the East side of the stadium protected from the afternoon sun, with plenty of water and sunscreen and umbrellas. And they shouldn't have made the seated crowd move out of the shade to wait in line until, like, five minutes before opening the gates. I'm glad U2 has such patient and good-natured fans.
Yeah, that was ridiculous (we were also in the crowd waiting by Gate A). There was one older woman who almost collapsed and they did bring her under the awning, thank goodness. What section were you in ndmaxfield? My sister and I were in 108.

Thanks sdunn . I've been to some other shows already, but last night was so great and then it just . . . stopped, so I don't want to end this way .

I'm very fortunate I am able to go to another one and very thankful.

eta: We were in the same row as you, ndmaxfield! I saw the photo of you and Alexis on facebook and I remember her NYU shirt
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:57 PM   #21
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Yeah, that was ridiculous (we were also in the crowd waiting by Gate A). There was one older woman who almost collapsed and they did bring her under the awning, thank goodness. What section were you in ndmaxfield? My sister and I were in 108.

Thanks sdunn . I've been to some other shows already, but last night was so great and then it just . . . stopped, so I don't want to end this way .

I'm very fortunate I am able to go to another one and very thankful.
We were also in 108, row H.
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Cool. We in row H seats 10 & 11.
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We are home! Weather was awesome at the beach all week....it was fricking H-O-T! at the concert! I do not know how the GA peeps did it last night...I would have been dead! Bono even took off his leather coat and had just a tee shirt on for the last part of the show.....so...I was really glad to be in seats last night...we were very low on Edge's side by the back claw leg....we could see everything just fine... the seats were just amazing so I could see how that cool screen worked...all 4 guys at different times went to the back of the stage and played for the peeps behind the stage...I have to say that Magnificent and Unforgettable fire were both the highlight songs for me last night....crowd was absolutely amazing...no one sat at all, ever all night...everyone around me knew all the new songs as well as the old, and everyone was singing and dancing all night...I was truly surprised how great the new songs sound live...really...i enjoyed them all...Bono forgot a few lines in Moment of Surrender...but Edge was right there to bring him back....the crowd was just electric...I mean really....it was just amazing...I have some photos...but not many...I was enjoying the concert too much to stop and shoot photos
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Someone actually almost collapsed in the crowd trying to get t-shirts.....that was totally the worst part of the night for me...people need to relax in the t-shirt lines....
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Cool. We in row H seats 10 & 11.
We were row H, 14 and 15. Small world.
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My review can be found here...Random Thoughts - You've got a pirate ship, we have a spaceship.

Be warned, it's very Adam-centric.
Great review. I just commented on it -- sapphiregirl09

I give huge credit to everyone in GA who survived the night. The heat sounded unbearable
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Tampa was a great show! My husband and I did GA and it was brutal. We arrived around 2pm. I couldn't believe the crowd standing in the hot as July Florida sun. The stadium really, really should have considered moving those people. We got a wristband, but I knew I would be feeling miserable if we attempted to stand in the GA line until the gates opened. We hit up the merch stand, but they were out of several items I wanted. Hopefully they'll show up on the website soon enough.

After that we found a place to sit under some shade trees near the area that the band would be coming in. We met some great fans waiting around there. There was debate on whether the band was already in the stadium. Security seemed to think so and someone claimed to have seen Bono there at 8:00am. We decided to wait until a little after 4pm to see if they showed. I had to go back to the car to ditch my purse and change out of flip-flops. When we returned, I saw security moving more barricades out, so I thought the band might be coming in soon. We waited and around 4:45, the motorcade turned in. I saw Brian in the front seat of the first SUV. The SUV stopped right in front of us, Bono rolled down his window while chatting on his cell, waved and told everyone he'd be right back out. I had a feeling he would not since they were late and it was incredibly hot out. Brian confirmed this a few minutes later. I felt bad for the fans who'd waited for hours in the killer sun. It was also starting to get a bit crazy after the band arrived which may have factored into the no Bono.

We got several beverages before hitting the GA line. We sucked down a Coke, water, and lemonade while waiting for the GA gates to open. Luckily we were corraled into an area with a few shade trees and by this time, the stadium's shade was over the GA area. Gates were set to open at 5pm, but since the band was late and needed to do soundcheck, it was quite a bit later. I was irritated because there were at least 3 helicopters circling the stadium so we couldn't hear soundcheck much at all.

Once they opened the gates, we got in rather quickly. We initially were going to try for outer rail, but decided to give the inner rail another shot. We were able to get closer to the center than we did in Raleigh.

It was HOT in GA. Killer hot. I've lived in Florida 80% of my life and I have NEVER sweat so much. We were pretty crammed in and I didn't want to lose my spot on the rail, so the security guy kept bringing people cups of ice cold water. He was awesome! I saw at least 3 people being escorted out of our general area (center, Edge side), presumably for dehydration or other heat-related issue. I looked back to the clear area near the Red Zone and saw the paramedics there off and on throughout the show. The only thing I can compare inner circle GA to is a gigantic sauna.

The show itself was fantastic. I liked the Raleigh show, but think Tampa was two times better. We got UTEOTW which was the highlight for me. That has to be my favorite song live. I also loved Magnificent and the Crazy remix. Having the same setlist as the ATL made me less sad that we sold our tickets to that show.

I have some photos and video, but everything looks blurry. If I find any that are decent, I'll post them.

As of now, we are through for this leg. I'm desperately trying to squeeze in another show, but this is probably it until the summer. At least I now know I can take the heat when the summer shows roll around!
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We had seats in section 114, row B. I had thought we had 112, which would have been way better. I had a feeling I would disconnect during a stadium show, and I sorta/kinda did. But that's on *me*, not on U2!!

As everyone has said, it was really, really unbearably hot. We didn't arrive to the stadium until well after 6:00, so we didn't have to stand in line. I had to suck down the last of my bottle of water before entering (which is silly ... and i know they sold a lot of $4.25 bottles of water that night!)

I was not familiar with Muse, but I liked their set.

Anyway, U2 really put on a fantastic performance, even with the heat. I think my favorite had to be the Crazy re-mix. That's just pure genius.

This was my DH's first U2 show and I really wanted it to be something great for him. I think probably the highlight for him was the fact they walked in right by where we were (so this made up for not really being able to see much of them during the show!) He even was standing up waving.

I was glad to see Bono ditch the leather jacket -- and his comment 'You've got a pirate ship, we've got a space ship" was cute. The truly looked like they were having a great time and that made me happy, too.
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I got photos of Adam's midriff.

I'm trying to upload everything to facebook, so maybe I can come back later and post a few links for everyone.
I got some really great photos of Edge... until a fucking giant stood right in his path. I lost my view of Edge the whole night after that, so I was able to get more photos of Bono and Adam.

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Well, she wasn't alone. I was hydrated for most of the day and it still sucked. I was really hoping security would hose us down. And most of my dancing was to ask the rain gods for some assistance.
I have to think that when Bono sang that line in MLK "So let it rain, rain down on me", he really meant it.
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Before my camera died (and that was another hex sign of the night, haha), I got some photos of mainly Adam, as that's the side of the stage we were on .. and a few Bono ... one of Edge, that's it. I took some photos with a smaller camera I had, so I need to see what's on there.
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