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Old 05-13-2017, 01:45 PM   #16
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The news reports keeps saying that it was a "new ticketing system to deter scalpers". Didn't they use this "new" method on the I&E tour?
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that new song man it was incredible.

can someone give me some vids to this performance? i couldn't catch the lifestream and all

This is my video I took. Sound is pretty good.

https://youtu.be/7Kq17v8oVr0
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Old 05-13-2017, 01:54 PM   #18
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I understand the criticism of Miss Sarajevo, especially as the penultimate song. But it was always an emotional high when Bono sang the opera part and hit the high notes. You could feel it in the building. I wonder if they're trying to save Bono's voice this time around by using the canned opera vocals, which takes away from the song.
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Old 05-13-2017, 02:11 PM   #19
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Absolutely. I actually heard several people say, "is that it?" I loved the new song and thought it was great, but not a good way to end at all. Even 40 back on the main stage would be a big improvement.

The walk back to the main stage with a kind of smattering of applause was odd...they didn't really say goodnight and it was a confusing end.


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Old 05-13-2017, 02:17 PM   #20
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I'll write more when I have time. The line chaos and such. It was bad. Showed up at 6:10 and entered venue at 820ish. Caught last two songs of M&S.
Anyways, I wanted to comment on Miss Sarajevo. It was a dud last night and I think it was clear they wanted to save Bono's vocal delivery for the new song. Just my take. They want to sell SOE, so they want Bono to sing it well. MS was a rest song for Bono.
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Old 05-13-2017, 02:41 PM   #21
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In January, Bono identified to U2.com Little Things as his current favourite of the new songs. Could be why they opted to debut this one:

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Throw us a bone - give us the title of one of the new songs… and a lyric. Are you going to play some of the new songs on TJTT?

Might. My favourite at the moment is “The Little Things That Give You Away”. Here’s a couple of verses:

"The night gave you a song,
a light had been turned on,
You walked out in the world
like you belonged there
As easy as a breeze,
each heart was yours to tease
Is it only me who sees there’s something wrong here
It’s the little things that give you away
The words you cannot say
Your big mouth in the way
It’s the little things that reveal and betray
Has the hunter now become the prey
It’s the little things, the little things
That give you away
I saw you on the stairs
You didn’t notice I was there
That’s cos you were busy talking at me
Not to me
You were high above the storm
A hurricane being born
But this freedom, it might cost you your liberty
It’s the little things that give you away
The words you cannot say
Your big mouth in the way
It’s the little things that reveal and betray
Has the hunter now become the prey
It’s the little things, the little things that give you away"


There's a very big tangent at the end of this that’s very revealing – but that’s enough for now.
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Old 05-13-2017, 04:39 PM   #22
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I'll echo the GA clusterfuck comments. It was bad. Got in line at 6:20pm and was in the building by 9:00pm. Disappointed to miss out on M&S, but at least we didn't miss U2. The lineup was moving so slowly at one point we were convinced we wouldn't get in at all. Tried to make the best out of the situation, but it was stressful and anxiety-provoking, especially when we saw two lines merging at the Gate C area, after having waited well over 2 hours by that point (the people we merged with had been waiting under an hour, as far as I can remember). One guy in front of us totally lost his shit at a security guard. I felt bad for the dude that was probably not paid enough to deal with all that screaming, but everything was chaos and the communication was non-existent for most of the time, so I'm glad he was making sure that they didn't have us move to another "lineup" somewhere else.

Despite the shitty start, we got in before U2 started and had time to use the facilities, get food and drink and find a great place to stand and watch the show that was not overly crowded.

ASOH was by far the highlight for me.

TTYW was awesome to finally see live. Miss Sarajevo was so powerful with the images of Syria, but I was a bit disappointed that Bono didn't do the operatic part. Beautiful Day was a funky different arrangement that I really liked. The visuals throughout were pretty stunning. Overall it was a fantastic show and it more than made up for the crappy beginning.
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Old 05-13-2017, 04:41 PM   #23
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Bono's voice seemed to be cracking pretty badly during the people power sing along thing. I think the cumulative effect of all the rehearsals took it's toll
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Old 05-13-2017, 06:27 PM   #24
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From the videos I saw, it looked like a poor opening night... sorry for being negative but I have hardly seen Bono so weak vocally and where is the energy? (Beside his awful hair again). Exit and ASOH are worth 50 bucks each for sure.... but I expect more from U2
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It sucks hearing about the GA problems because for those of us who were the first ones in, everything went so smoothly. They security checked us, checked tickets, and wristbanded us before doors opened. The process was way smoother than Rogers Arena two years ago. Sad to hear about the clusterfuck that happened after we got in
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From the videos I saw, it looked like a poor opening night... sorry for being negative but I have hardly seen Bono so weak vocally and where is the energy? (Beside his awful hair again). Exit and ASOH are worth 50 bucks each for sure.... but I expect more from U2


There have been much poorer opening nights add to that Bono is getting older, people need to realise this
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Quick two cents, but I want to wait until Seattle show to form more complete opinions.

Quibbles aside, they played ASOH, so who the fuck cares about anything else?

It might have been our seats and the size of the venue, but the crowd often felt very flat. Friends and GA thought the opposite, so yay.

A lot of it just felt a bit ... off. Like first show jitters and uncertainty?

Encore is way too much of a bummer to end with. Nice that the new song got a little steam at the end, but after One and Miss Sarajevo, it was too much downtempo stuff to end on.

Gorgeous visuals, well done on that screen.

Looking forward to catching it from back of GA tomorrow.
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The entry was fucked up for all, not just GA. No organization, so just masses of people going into gate entry, trying to squeeze into lines right before the door. Sounds like construction on the stadium also caused issues, as people couldn't easily walk around to other gates and just joined the one blob of humanity.
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Old 05-14-2017, 12:18 AM   #29
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Asoh sounded good although the synth was a different feel. I felt like it took off after the first verse and was well received by crowd.

The 2nd half of Joshua Tree was the struggle, and the crowd reaction was very subdued, especially oth and rhmt. The pacing of the show is the worst of any U2 tour because of all the giant hits on side a. I still think the show could be so much better by not playing the album in sequence.
I couldn't disagree more. The JT album......all of it was very well received by everyone around me. It was a struggle to get the energy level back after the encore after the encore break
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Old 05-14-2017, 01:01 AM   #30
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So it's the day after the U2 show. We went for beer and food after. It was a late night.

In the afternoon we're walking through Yaletown and we see this at the Tacofino restaurant



Vancouver seems to love U2 as much as U2 loves Vancouver. It made us smile. Later we decided to walk to Chinatown and we walked past the sky train station and in front of Chambar restaurant and then the unthinkable happened. We actually accomplished #3. We Found Bono! He was actually very approachable. In fact this picture was taken by his security guard.



How cool is that?
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