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Old 12-11-2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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Why don't U2 do some 'fan-club' only shows?

I posted this elsewhere on the forum but thought it might warrant some interesting discussion in its own thread.

When doing indoor shows, why don't the band do one fan club only show in each city?

Only U2.com subscribers can attend.

They have a registration page on the U2.com site that is secure. You register and give your payment details. They make every ticket the same price... £100. Then, they do a draw and you get allocated a ticket based on the draw... so it's completely random. So if you get GA, great, if not, you get a seat. So there's no 'on sale' date, no stress or anxiety trying to buy tickets. You register and what you get is down to luck.

The tickets can be 'souvenir' paper tickets with your name, address and U2.com membership number printed on them. You can have 2 tickets and on the day you have to bring 2 forms of ID showing your name and address, such as a utility bill or credit card statement. Everyone would know the drill as it's a special fan club show so it should all be relaxed.

Also, the band could do some obscure stuff on those nights as fans would be familiar with that material.

Even better, it could be free. Well, free as in you've already paid £50 to join U2.com.
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Very cool idea, but it would never happen in a million years. Venues would want no part of checking utility bills or anything like that.

As for U2, it's all they can do to change out 2-3 songs each night, and the rarities can't be thrown into the mix since the stage production has to account for them. As much as many of us would like to think they have some big wish to mix things up with their set lists, it's just not the kind of band they are.
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I attended a free Coldplay show for Viva la Vida at MSG. Was short, but free.
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And then we'd have the bitching over how it's not fair, just because I don't pay 50 bucks for that stupid site doesn't mean I'm not a fan, I have feelings too, blah blah blah

Honestly though it's a great idea... I'm hoping the Dublin shows have some element of this, but alas, 99.99999% sure something like this will never ever happen.
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The fan club membership fee would go through the roof.

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Perhaps have a minimum subscription period, say 5 years as a reward to the people who keep up their subs in the fallow years

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And then we'd have the bitching over how it's not fair, just because I don't pay 50 bucks for that stupid site doesn't mean I'm not a fan, I have feelings too, blah blah blah

Honestly though it's a great idea... I'm hoping the Dublin shows have some element of this, but alas, 99.99999% sure something like this will never ever happen.
Also the bitching about how the Propaganda subscribers should have preference over the ones that subscribed just last week....
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Also the bitching about how the Propaganda subscribers should have preference over the ones that subscribed just last week....
and if their subscription has been unbroken for that long then so they should
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There just aren't enough people anywhere to fill an arena for this kind of show. Remember, you're talking 30,000 people in the same city (you might get a few hundred who would fly in from elsewhere...maybe). 30,000 in the same city subscribed to the site? I highly doubt it. And what's the advantage here? To reward the handful of people who pay $50 a year while alienating a huge (95+%) of the fanbase? If you though the release of SoI was a debacle...
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Perhaps what they could do is on the day of a show play a brief set before the doors open. Only people with a fan club membership can enter, and people who waited in line all day for floor seats. Come out and play a handful of rarities.


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There just aren't enough people anywhere to fill an arena for this kind of show. Remember, you're talking 30,000 people in the same city (you might get a few hundred who would fly in from elsewhere...maybe). 30,000 in the same city subscribed to the site? I highly doubt it. And what's the advantage here? To reward the handful of people who pay $50 a year while alienating a huge (95+%) of the fanbase? If you though the release of SoI was a debacle...
Something like that...
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There just aren't enough people anywhere to fill an arena for this kind of show. Remember, you're talking 30,000 people in the same city (you might get a few hundred who would fly in from elsewhere...maybe). 30,000 in the same city subscribed to the site? I highly doubt it. And what's the advantage here? To reward the handful of people who pay $50 a year while alienating a huge (95+%) of the fanbase? If you though the release of SoI was a debacle...
It wouldn't be 30,000. I'm talking about ONE night. So if they do four nights in a city then make one of those the fan-club only night. The O2 in London has a 20,000 capacity but it's the only city they are playing in England so it doesn't mean you need 20,000 u2.com subscribers in London as people from all over the UK will be getting London tickets.

Similarly in North America and Europe, shows are pretty sparse so people will be travelling to shows from all over each country.

Even so, once the fan-club show draw is made, the show could get opened up to the public if it were not sold out. So if the O2 in London has 20,000 capacity and there are 15,000 u2.com applications for the fan-club show, allocate the best 15,000 tickets to them and once allocated, put the other 5,000 on general sale.

I don't think it would come to this though as u2.com subscribers would be coming from far and wide for this show, not just from London. In effect, the 'catchment' area would be pretty big for the fan-club show in each city.
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Do it in Ireland, plan ahead. People will come from all over the planet to see u2 in their hometown already, and for a special fanclub show that they get to see for free? Oh you bet that there'll be a suspiciously high amount of people holidaying in Dublin at that time.
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Why don't U2 do some 'fan-club' only shows?

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Also the bitching about how the Propaganda subscribers should have preference over the ones that subscribed just last week....

That's just the tip of the iceberg, can you say "set list, set list, set list"!

I can here it now "they didn't play XYZ and that's bullshit, what's the point of going to a fan club show if they don't play XYZ"

Note: "XYZ" can be With or Without you or some random demo song they recorded in 1978. Oh, and then there is Mercy....


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