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Old 06-07-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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Meeting the band pre-show

Searched for a thread about this and couldn't find it, so if this has been discussed I apologize!

Wanted to see what people's experiences were like on this tour with meeting the band pre-show. In 2001, I was lucky enough to meet Adam outside of the Indianapolis gig as they were pulling in for soundcheck (around 5pm). In 2005, felt like it was a little bit earlier for the Chicago gig (330, 4pmish) and was able to see Bono and the Edge.

I'm going to Chicago N1 and N2, and have time to kill before each show. Just wanted to see what everyone's experiences have been during this tour. For a band as big as U2, it's amazing how accessible they are to their fans.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:43 PM   #2
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Searched for a thread about this and couldn't find it, so if this has been discussed I apologize!

Wanted to see what people's experiences were like on this tour with meeting the band pre-show. In 2001, I was lucky enough to meet Adam outside of the Indianapolis gig as they were pulling in for soundcheck (around 5pm). In 2005, felt like it was a little bit earlier for the Chicago gig (330, 4pmish) and was able to see Bono and the Edge.

I'm going to Chicago N1 and N2, and have time to kill before each show. Just wanted to see what everyone's experiences have been during this tour. For a band as big as U2, it's amazing how accessible they are to their fans.
Watching the thread, gonna be at N1 thanks
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Generally speaking they come in at the staff entrance around 5ish, give or take. Usually they come separately
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You could check Twitter, usually fans have been posting pics when the band goes out to say hi (before their soundcheck I think).

I went to the two San Jose shows. For the first show I saw on twitter that they went out around 3pm. For the second show I went around 2pm and Edge and Larry had been out already, I arrived like 10 min before Bono went out (but there was a big crowd and I was way in the back, and I'm shorter than Bono :P, so really only heard him and saw his hair), but he was not signing anything because he was running late for a radio interview or something... Most of the crowd left after Bono, so I was in the rail when Adam went out and got an autograph, he is just so cool.

So I would say safest bet is get there (back entrance) at 1pm...
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2/3? They're getting there earlier on this tour than I remember.

Out maybe I'm remembering wrong.
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Folks that met the band before Vancouver and Phoenix said they were out there mid-afternoon. I'm sure it varies.
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Folks that met the band before Vancouver and Phoenix said they were out there mid-afternoon. I'm sure it varies.
Might depend on what time zone they are in, maybe they never change their watches.
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Seems like they were out around 3-ish in LA and Denver too, so that seems to be the norm these days.
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The times I've been hearing consistently on here is between 2-4, so maybe 1-5 to be safe and if you're intent on trying to meet someone? I know Edge came out around a little after 3 or so at one of the L.A. shows after he'd already arrived at the venue...
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2/3? They're getting there earlier on this tour than I remember.
They like to have their mid-afternoon nap at the venue. Just so they don't oversleep and need to rush to get to the venue.
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They like to have their mid-afternoon nap at the venue. Just so they don't oversleep and need to rush to get to the venue.
... and it's harder to wake Bono from the coma nowadays.
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I think it just all depends on when they feel like getting to the venue really.

In Philly in 2005, me and a couple other Interlanders left the GA line at about 3 and headed over to the loading dock/stage door area. We figured they would be there between 3 and 4ish based on past experience and timings from earlier in the tour. We waited until about 5:30 when I started to get real hungry from standing in the sun all day in line, and figured that they either had gone straight in via one of the many black SUVs coming and going, or if they hadn't arrived they wouldn't have time to come out and meet the fans. So I went over to Citizens Bank Park to get something to eat (and was offered cocaine no less than three times between the Wachovia Center and CBP, but that's another story). I was gone less than 20 minutes and came back to find out that in that time all four of them had arrived, done autographs, taken pictures, thanked the fans, and headed in to the arena (about 5:45 pm). I missed them by something like 30 seconds coming back from my cheesesteak

So yeah, I think it's whenever they can be arsed to get the hell out of bed and get dressed that determines it more than anything from what I've heard.
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I think it just all depends on when they feel like getting to the venue really.

In Philly in 2005, me and a couple other Interlanders left the GA line at about 3 and headed over to the loading dock/stage door area. We figured they would be there between 3 and 4ish based on past experience and timings from earlier in the tour. We waited until about 5:30 when I started to get real hungry from standing in the sun all day in line, and figured that they either had gone straight in via one of the many black SUVs coming and going, or if they hadn't arrived they wouldn't have time to come out and meet the fans. So I went over to Citizens Bank Park to get something to eat (and was offered cocaine no less than three times between the Wachovia Center and CBP, but that's another story). I was gone less than 20 minutes and came back to find out that in that time all four of them had arrived, done autographs, taken pictures, thanked the fans, and headed in to the arena (about 5:45 pm). I missed them by something like 30 seconds coming back from my cheesesteak

So yeah, I think it's whenever they can be arsed to get the hell out of bed and get dressed that determines it more than anything from what I've heard.
Great story... but how was the cheesesteak?
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I think it just all depends on when they feel like getting to the venue really.

In Philly in 2005, me and a couple other Interlanders left the GA line at about 3 and headed over to the loading dock/stage door area. We figured they would be there between 3 and 4ish based on past experience and timings from earlier in the tour. We waited until about 5:30 when I started to get real hungry from standing in the sun all day in line, and figured that they either had gone straight in via one of the many black SUVs coming and going, or if they hadn't arrived they wouldn't have time to come out and meet the fans. So I went over to Citizens Bank Park to get something to eat (and was offered cocaine no less than three times between the Wachovia Center and CBP, but that's another story). I was gone less than 20 minutes and came back to find out that in that time all four of them had arrived, done autographs, taken pictures, thanked the fans, and headed in to the arena (about 5:45 pm). I missed them by something like 30 seconds coming back from my cheesesteak

So yeah, I think it's whenever they can be arsed to get the hell out of bed and get dressed that determines it more than anything from what I've heard.
Should've taken some of the cocaine, probably would have made it back in time to meet the band.
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In LA it was between 3:30 and 4:00 although Edge had gotten there even earlier one of those days...and one of those days staff came out and told us Bono was stuck on the 405 LOL!
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