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January 29th, 2005

(no subject) @ 02:29 pm

amerrydeath:
If they know the demand is going to be huge (and how can they not), why aren't they playing stadiums here in the US? The Fleetcenter is... well, tiny, and it would make so much more sense to do it at Gilette Stadium like they did during Popmart.
 
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From:walrusoct9
Date:January 29th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
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I think they make more money this way. They can't charge $160 for seats at a stadium show, but they can charge it in a smaller arena, and then charge those same seats over multiple nights without having to move the band's equipment around.

I think the era of stadium shows has kind of passed, I don't think people are willing to pay huge amounts of money to look at a screen.
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From:arcmorality
Date:January 29th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Paul McG came out and said that he wasn't sure U2 would sell out stadiums in the US. Your right its all about money.

Of course they'd sell out stadiums in the US. I'd prefer the indoor shows here for the UK. But I'm glad of stadiums cause well I could get tix.
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From:wolfp10
Date:January 29th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
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I would love to see U2 play one show at a massive stadium, like the Rose Bowl , LA Coliseum, or some collegiate stadiums. The experience would be incredible.
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From:ladyclayton
Date:January 29th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
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LA PopMart was at the Coliseum, and it *was* incredible. :)
From:walrusoct9
Date:January 29th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if they would...they really didn't do well with PopMart here. Plus, have you ever seen DVD's of shows filmed in the States? It's the most boring audiences ever (one look at the Boston DVD proves this)...a stadium full of that would be twice as much boring.

On the couple Elevation shows I saw, the crowd in the heart was great, and everyone else was just really lame. I'm really envious of all the europeans...you guys know how to have concerts.
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From:arcmorality
Date:January 29th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
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I would agree with the US audiences thing. I've noticed that at shows in the states I've been to. I like to have a good time (i'm a brit) but people look at me as if i'm on crack.

Also the talking & going for beer thing seems to be big at gigs in the US. Whats that about?
Saying that I've seen some great shows over there. U2 would sell out big stadiums in the big cities now. PopMart was always going to be stale after the terrible reviews Pop got.
From:walrusoct9
Date:January 29th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
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I have no idea. I mean, I like beer too (so long as it's imported from a country that knows how to make beer), but not in the middle of a show.

There's just too many rich people and corporations who get tickets to shows now, so half the audience is comprised of casual fans who are just going because they got free tickets from somewhere or they're so rich they can afford to go to any shows they want. It's lame...

I just got the Manic Street Preachers, Thunder and James live DVD's and I can't believe how awesome the audiences are over there...it's nuts.
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From:fulpakru
Date:January 30th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
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plus a stadium isn't intimate at all. I remember before Elevation they were saying that they wanted a more intimate, stripped-down feeling for the shows.
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From:aloneinthelight
Date:January 30th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
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Paul said in Rolling Stone that arenas are far better for rock and roll then in Europe or else they would do it. He said if Europe had the type of arenas that we have here they would play them, idk something to that effect. I would like to think that they could still sell out stadiums even though they had some trouble with that on Popmart.

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