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Old 05-19-2017, 06:45 AM   #16
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I've been toying with hanging out by the soundboard for Chicago 1. Glad to hear it was a good experience! I imagine that's a much less "competitive" area in terms of finding a spot, coming and going, etc.
No kidding, I lined up at 8am for non-rail.
I also got to learn the differences between American and Australian humour. For example, American's tend to mistake a fact for the straight man to correct it and add more information, whereas Australian's will state something that's obviously wrong, so that everyone is on the same side as the joke.
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The one thing I don't see people mentioning, is that it is freakin' painful standing for all that time, on the concrete. So whenever you see tiny shakes that seem silly, its people shifting their foot stance on that hard surface.
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The one thing I don't see people mentioning, is that it is freakin' painful standing for all that time, on the concrete. So whenever you see tiny shakes that seem silly, its people shifting their foot stance on that hard surface.
Absolutely. Especially if you're like 1-2 people behind the rail where there's a lip. My legs and hips still hurt from getting comfortable on that thing.
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My wife's view for main stage portion: Attachment 11233


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Wanted to post my thoughts from the show the other night in Santa Clara.

To preface: Joshua Tree is my favorite U2 album. I've seen them on every tour starting with Popmart (wasn't old enough to go to any of the tours before), and since then have always gotten GA tix, queued up early, and been on the rail for all the shows. Needles to say, I'm a big fan and pretty committed (or as committed as someone with a full time job, a family, and limited funds can be).

The line up: I posted about this on the show specific thread so I won't belabor the point. Got there around 6am, was #250 in line. The self appointed line police actually did a good job, official wristbands were handed out, and the fans were really awesome. Probably the nicest people I've been around, and everyone was very respectful of place in line and taking care of each other.

Once inside: I was on the front rail, right in front of The Edge, and the big ass camera boom. Decent view of the main stage despite it being super tall and relatively far away.

The Show Itself: I feel like I'm gonna get a ton of backlash on this, but the only good thing about the concert was the outstanding visuals and how well choreographed the videos were to the music, or at least for most songs. The one word that comes to mind is 'lazy' (or rushed). The entire thing. The boys looked tired and dazed, had very little stage presence and energy. The Edge still has some pep in his step, but the rest of the band were just not in it to win it. The visuals on some songs were incredible, and with others, it was almost as if the video crew didn't get to finish preparing the bedazzling materials and threw something up just to make use of the screen. For a concert with such an incredible lighting rig, they definitely were not used to their capacity (this coming from a guy who used to do concert lighting and knows what those bad boys can do). A song like Exit deserved majorly badass lighting, and it just fell short (and wtf was with the eenie meenie miney mo thing??) The arrangement on some of the JT songs was not good. They even happened to destroy Ultraviolet, one of my absolute favorite songs, with their terrible arrangement. I'm compassionate to the fact that mistakes happen, but messing up a song like WOWY after 30 years of performing it was really shocking. I get the cool factor of playing the album all the way through, but some songs like MOTD are just not meant to be played live.

I've never seen so many people looking bored enough to actively browse FB/Twitter as I saw at this show...in the front row! There has been a lot of talk on the setlist thread too. I think the show could've used some help. Miss Sarajevo is so lame. I would've rather heard Ordinary Love with videos of random fans singing in the shower.

I hate to admit it, I just think that the stadium thing is too big for U2. The ONLY time I saw the band come alive was when they played the new song, Little Things. That song is incredible. It felt like old U2 and the band was really into it.

I think it's time to go back to basics. The boys should do another arena tour, simple stage, focus on the music, get back to the raw emotion in the songs.

(Putting on my flame retardant suit now. Be nice guys.)
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Wanted to post my thoughts from the show the other night in Santa Clara.

To preface: Joshua Tree is my favorite U2 album. I've seen them on every tour starting with Popmart (wasn't old enough to go to any of the tours before), and since then have always gotten GA tix, queued up early, and been on the rail for all the shows. Needles to say, I'm a big fan and pretty committed (or as committed as someone with a full time job, a family, and limited funds can be).

The line up: I posted about this on the show specific thread so I won't belabor the point. Got there around 6am, was #250 in line. The self appointed line police actually did a good job, official wristbands were handed out, and the fans were really awesome. Probably the nicest people I've been around, and everyone was very respectful of place in line and taking care of each other.

Once inside: I was on the front rail, right in front of The Edge, and the big ass camera boom. Decent view of the main stage despite it being super tall and relatively far away.

The Show Itself: I feel like I'm gonna get a ton of backlash on this, but the only good thing about the concert was the outstanding visuals and how well choreographed the videos were to the music, or at least for most songs. The one word that comes to mind is 'lazy' (or rushed). The entire thing. The boys looked tired and dazed, had very little stage presence and energy. The Edge still has some pep in his step, but the rest of the band were just not in it to win it. The visuals on some songs were incredible, and with others, it was almost as if the video crew didn't get to finish preparing the bedazzling materials and threw something up just to make use of the screen. For a concert with such an incredible lighting rig, they definitely were not used to their capacity (this coming from a guy who used to do concert lighting and knows what those bad boys can do). A song like Exit deserved majorly badass lighting, and it just fell short (and wtf was with the eenie meenie miney mo thing??) The arrangement on some of the JT songs was not good. They even happened to destroy Ultraviolet, one of my absolute favorite songs, with their terrible arrangement. I'm compassionate to the fact that mistakes happen, but messing up a song like WOWY after 30 years of performing it was really shocking. I get the cool factor of playing the album all the way through, but some songs like MOTD are just not meant to be played live.

I've never seen so many people looking bored enough to actively browse FB/Twitter as I saw at this show...in the front row! There has been a lot of talk on the setlist thread too. I think the show could've used some help. Miss Sarajevo is so lame. I would've rather heard Ordinary Love with videos of random fans singing in the shower.

I hate to admit it, I just think that the stadium thing is too big for U2. The ONLY time I saw the band come alive was when they played the new song, Little Things. That song is incredible. It felt like old U2 and the band was really into it.

I think it's time to go back to basics. The boys should do another arena tour, simple stage, focus on the music, get back to the raw emotion in the songs.

(Putting on my flame retardant suit now. Be nice guys.)
I'm not as negative as you are, but I definitely agree with the stadium thing. I was telling my girlfriend that I&E was a completely different experience. It was electric, this felt very sterile.
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I've been toying with hanging out by the soundboard for Chicago 1. Glad to hear it was a good experience! I imagine that's a much less "competitive" area in terms of finding a spot, coming and going, etc.


There was plenty of room to dance and just chill. It was perfect.
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I agree about stadiums. People around me also looked bored. I much prefer the intimacy of an arena.
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Here, you can see the teleprompter tracking the song One.
And the smudge to the left, is not my finger thankfully but the brim of a hat.
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Ugh. I'm very short. This is why I line up early enough to get a spot (hopefully) on the rail.
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That's the nice thing about hanging in back - someone tall in your line of sight? Easy to move and find a new window.
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Heh. I'm 6'2 and this guy was a full head taller than me.
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It's the little noises that make my camera audio, give away more like.
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