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Old 04-05-2017, 10:39 AM   #16
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As someone stated in some other forum.

People only have so much money to see live acts. And everyone is touring these days because that is way the artist/management/promoters make $. 10 years ago the big acts would give each other some space when touring. Now it feels like a free for all. Friggin Guns N Roses are touring. I just spent $500 for my wife to see John Meyer!!

And tickets are just more expensive. Most of your major acts are $100 + ( and that is for the cheap seats). With everyone touring, touring technology, & the public not buying music anymore (artist not making $ off album sales/streaming) the touring industry is just a different animal than it was.

I think U2 has done really well for just announcing a anniversary tour in January by today's standards.
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As someone stated in some other forum.

People only have so much money to see live acts. And everyone is touring these days because that is way the artist/management/promoters make $. 10 years ago the big acts would give each other some space when touring. Now it feels like a free for all. Friggin Guns N Roses are touring. I just spent $500 for my wife to see John Meyer!!

And tickets are just more expensive. Most of your major acts are $100 + ( and that is for the cheap seats). With everyone touring, touring technology, & the public not buying music anymore (artist not making $ off album sales/streaming) the touring industry is just a different animal than it was.

I think U2 has done really well for just announcing a anniversary tour in January by today's standards.
Yeah, i think that was probably me that said that. This is one of the most competitive touring seasons i have ever seen. Especially for the age range of U2 fans. There are just a ton. And then with the rise of so many festivals, people get spread thin pretty quickly.
U2 were wise to get the tickets on sale earlier than a lot of others. And them selling out 95% of a stadium tour is quite respectable.
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I still find that VERY strange. On Elevation and Vertigo tours they easily sold out 2 nights at the same arena, and on 360 in Denver they played to over 70,000. For I&E, They only sold 28,000 / 36,000 possible tickets. I guess in the aftermath of SOI their image took a major hit, they weren't the "must-see" show at that moment.

The fact that the shows this summer have sold so well tells me that no permanent damage was done to their reputation, but people were just a little put off in 2015.
And yet, watch them go the same route and release SOE at the next apple event after the tour!
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They should break up over Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is really struggling!!
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And yet, watch them go the same route and release SOE at the next apple event after the tour!


That'd be AMAZING if they did that! Ballsy move, and zero complaints from me!
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That'd be AMAZING if they did that! Ballsy move, and zero complaints from me!

Likewise, I'm in the same field when it comes to that release. I think it's also likely they'd do it again as SOE will basically be the sister album to SOI, so why release it differently. It's almost could be the U2 apple album release era with SOA around the corner too
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I fail to see how doing another ham-fisted, desperate-for-attention stunt with Apple would do the band any good.
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Larry's not on board with ham.
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I fail to see how doing another ham-fisted, desperate-for-attention stunt with Apple would do the band any good.


Oh it would be a disaster if they did it again. But I'd be happy because 1. I'd have a new U2 album, and 2. I truly enjoyed it last time when everyone acted like a little bitch.
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Do we really need to discuss whether or not U2 are sellouts?
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Has the sellout debate sold out to Big Ham?
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not every show/artist/promoter cares enough to remove seats from circulation in order to call the show a sell out, thus why every show isn't a "sell out."

LiveNation have done this with a few of their major artists, U2 included. It's not common, but has happened.

The two Denver I/E shows were listed as sell outs. Denver most certainly did not sell every seat in the arena for the two shows. They curtained off whole sections and even moved people day of in order to say that they "sold every ticket"
You can't remove seats from circulation. The Denver shows started off initially with lower capacities. As more tickets were sold, more were released. If any ticket released is not sold, then the concert is not a sellout. The promoter gauges the further release of tickets tightly to insure a sellout, but this does not always happen. That's how the Denver shows got marked as sellouts just like any other show over the past 40 odd years. In 2001, the Elevation Pittsburgh show I went to sold lower level rear stage seats, but not anything in the upper level rear stage even though there were people locked outside without tickets. They new they could sell the remaining tickets in the lower level rear stage, but dare not open up the upper level because they were unlikely to sell all of what would be released and it would look better to have the entire area empty instead of have just a few dozen seats filled.
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People were put off, yes - but there was also the idea that everyone who wanted to see U2 got to see U2 on 360, and the market was destined to dry up a little in certain markets based on demand alone. U2 knew this and their decision to go to all arenas backed that up.
More likely it was simply the standard start in the arenas and see where demand is at. Its what U2 did to start of the ZOO TV tour. Demand proved to be way down from the previous two tours meaning Innocence and Experience would have to remain indoors.
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