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Old 10-10-2018, 10:24 AM   #1
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Should we sit down during the show?

Hi, me and my wife was at both the Amsterdam concerts. As I am sick of queuing (because people do not sit their asses down anymore when queuing, they go to a bar), we got great seating tickets for both shows. On the second show, as soon as they entered the stage and Blackout came on, we stood up and started singing along. After just a few minutes, the girl behind my wife told her to sit down. I was completely surprised, and I have never experienced that before (I've been to over 40 U2 concerts). I turned around and told her (friendly, mind you), that "this is a U2 concert". When IWF came on, several peopel stood up, though. After quite a few songs, the girl to the left of me, that I did not know, and who was also standing, was told by the woman behind her to sit her ass down. I turned around and told that woman (now I was a bit annoyed, as they had kept hinting all the time) that "she can stand as much as she wants, this is a rock concert". The woman told me, "yes, but your place is down", and I just repeated "this is a fucking rock concert". We all continued to stand, and after the show I told the girl to the left of me that I was sorry about the people behind us, and that I hope she still enjoyed the show. She did. I was also surprised at how many at the first concert that was just sitting down.

Now... I am wondering. I am in the wrong here? I have been to many concerts, mostly with GA tickets, but also quite a lot of seating tickets, and this never happened before. And usually, when in Amsterdam, especially, I have exerienced a fantastic crowd, all standing up as U2 pumps out those great songs, jumping and singing along.

So; are we really supposed to sit when we have seating tickets?
Or are fans of U2 now so old that they need to sit?
WTF is going on? Help me here.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:13 AM   #2
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There is a lot of standing but yes some of us are old enough that we need to sit, at least every so often, now. Like me - I developed some knee issues over the summer, so I probably will have to sit sometimes during the two Milan shows I am going to next week. Fortunately I have row 1 seats for both shows that I scored over six months ago! Concert gods were with me... Now, the woman who was complaining to you sounds like a bit of a b**ch, but people sitting doesn't necessarily mean they're not into the show...
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Good point. I can understand that. But I guess you would understand the ones that were standing and jumping?

Should one sit?
Or is it ok to stand up?

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I much prefer seats too GA can go Loos get a drink etc & be able too come back too same place also in GA nearly everyone these days wants too film the WHOLE show im over 6ft so dont really bother me but will effect a lot of people your just stood there & phones every where..!!!
Never herd of this before then again ive not been in a block which has NOT sat down.
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Even before my knee issues I never got why one must stand in seats at a rock concert. Really the music doesn't usually necessitate it, and I am a person in tune with rhythms. Of course dance-y songs like Mysterious Ways make one want to get up and dance, and one can head bop, sway and fist pump to other tunes just fine from a seat. And I never got the whole jumping thing (I was never a jumper, and now I really can't jump).
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Basically if you want to stand so you can enjoy the show, there's no reason why the sit down group should spoil it. I get if you can't stand for a couple of hours, I had knee injury when I saw Green Day a few years ago, so I had to sit through some of the show, but I didn't expect or ask anyone else to sit down just because I chose to do so
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I was at both Boston shows. On night 1, my entire section were hardcore fans, so everyone was standing for the whole show, except Best Thing and SATS. On night 2, my brother and I were the only ones standing, except during IWF, BD, Elevation, Vertigo and Pride
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I was at both Boston shows. On night 1, my entire section were hardcore fans, so everyone was standing for the whole show, except Best Thing and SATS. On night 2, my brother and I were the only ones standing, except during IWF, BD, Elevation, Vertigo and Pride
My exact experience at Boston 2 as well!

As for the original post. I was only spoken to and told to sit once and believe it or not., it was in Foxboro on 360 in 2009. Usually Boston crowds are on their feet most of the night. This couple was beyond rude to my mom and I . We tried to explain to them nicely that this was a U2 show. I've never been a dancer or jumper , but I'm always up and singing along. Most of the rest of the crowd is as well in my experience. This couple wouldn't let it go . Left during MLK- near the end of the main set- and had another go at us on the way out. At which point I let them have it to the point others in our section were agreeing with me and telling them to get the hell out of there.

I've never been spoken to again about standing, but I did notice a lot of sitting at my last show in Boston. A lot of that I blamed on the band. Entering in the screen, doing Love is all-blackout and Lights of Home up front was a sure fire way to keep most people sitting. So now people who have a problem with standers, a minority for sure, think that the correct etiquette is sitting and can say "hey, most are sitting what's your problem."

It was amazing how quickly everyone e snapped to their feet, in unison, when the IWF riff started.

The band needs to set the "everyone stands" tone early
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I thought the only valid justification for sitting at a U2 show was if you were a GA line princess/line nazi who got to the venue 5 days before showtime, bullied other fans into complying with your rules, and then were not allowed to hold your rightful place on the rail once in the building.

So the logical response to this: sit and pout.

has that changed?
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Hi, me and my wife was at both the Amsterdam concerts. As I am sick of queuing (because people do not sit their asses down anymore when queuing, they go to a bar), we got great seating tickets for both shows. On the second show, as soon as they entered the stage and Blackout came on, we stood up and started singing along. After just a few minutes, the girl behind my wife told her to sit down. I was completely surprised, and I have never experienced that before (I've been to over 40 U2 concerts). I turned around and told her (friendly, mind you), that "this is a U2 concert". When IWF came on, several peopel stood up, though. After quite a few songs, the girl to the left of me, that I did not know, and who was also standing, was told by the woman behind her to sit her ass down. I turned around and told that woman (now I was a bit annoyed, as they had kept hinting all the time) that "she can stand as much as she wants, this is a rock concert". The woman told me, "yes, but your place is down", and I just repeated "this is a fucking rock concert". We all continued to stand, and after the show I told the girl to the left of me that I was sorry about the people behind us, and that I hope she still enjoyed the show. She did. I was also surprised at how many at the first concert that was just sitting down.

Now... I am wondering. I am in the wrong here? I have been to many concerts, mostly with GA tickets, but also quite a lot of seating tickets, and this never happened before. And usually, when in Amsterdam, especially, I have exerienced a fantastic crowd, all standing up as U2 pumps out those great songs, jumping and singing along.

So; are we really supposed to sit when we have seating tickets?
Or are fans of U2 now so old that they need to sit?
WTF is going on? Help me here.


So I’m with you in that I’m confused myself. Every U2 show I have been to from PopMart to iE I stood and the people all around me stood the entire time. Then on JT30 I noticed people around me sitting through much of the back half of JT and it was odd. I decided to sit for a few of those songs too just because being the only one standing for Mother’s of the Disappeared would have made me feel odd.

Then on this current tour, almost everyone around me sat the entire show save for I will Follow. Now, I have expressed a lot of complaints with the US set list and it definitely lacked excitement but I have never seen people sit for Vertigo, Elevation, Until the End Of the World, etc....

I feel like the dynamic at the show is changing and it’s not because U2s fan base is aging...hell, most of the older fans have more energy and enthusiasm than I do. It’s like the shows consist more of casual music fans.
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If you want to sit down? Sit down.

If you want to stand up? Stand up.

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I've only done seats once for U2 at London JT30 and everyone around me was standing from the second they walked on right up until the end. If anyone needed to sit, they weren't going to get much of a view.
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do whatever you feel you need to/want to. stand, sit, lie down, hang from the rafters, whatever.

rule #1: mind your own fucking business and don't worry about what other people are doing. enjoy the show on your own terms.

just don't be eve hewson trying to shame people into standing up.
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Should we sit down during the show?

We didn’t all win the lottery at birth like Eve Hewson. I’d be jumping and cheering everyday too if I was born a millionaire. Quiet down young lady... some of us had to work all day before the concert.
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