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April 1st, 2009

My own U2 world tour @ 03:32 pm

astartesyriaca:
I'm currently feelin: happy happy

I know there are many die-hard fans here who've seen U2 tons of times, and I've watched with amazement and amusement the posts here over the last couple weeks. But I just thought I'd share my own (possibly boring) story, with a happy ending.

I first saw U2 when I was in high school on the Joshua Tree tour in Miami. I was unfortunately "too young" to see them at any earlier tours, but no complaints now. Joshua Tree at the Orange Bowl was amazing.

Next show was Zoo TV Inside Broadcast at the Miami Arena, the summer before I went away to university in the midwest. Opening night of the tour, actually, and Bono phoned the space station. Luckily for me, they were starting the outside broadcast that Autumn, so I managed to catch them in Chicago. Bono phoned the local police station, I believe due to noise complaints for the previous night. But I was three times lucky in the Achtung Baby years... I studied in Italy that Spring, and managed to catch them AGAIN for Zooropa - in Rome! And this was my first general admission show, and I clawed and scratched my way to the front. Bono dressed as Mephisto and phoned the Vatican (asking for "The Holy Father"), and I caught a Zoo Ecu that he tossed to me (and a thousand others of course). Still have it.

So after that amazing experience, I was less worried about topping it (how COULD I?), so the next shows I just got whatever seats, making sure I was there. Popmart in Miami again, then I moved to Oregon and caught Elevation and Vertigo in Portland. And shortly before Vertigo, I managed to catch the lecture Bono gave at the Rose Garden, at which the infamous briefcase was returned. That was fab.

So now I live in Scotland, just a few blocks from Hampden Park in Glasgow. And happily, I have my £30 cheap seats to see them on Aug. 18th. Because, again, after seeing them "down in front" in Rome, how could I top it?

Well, it turns out that perhaps I can top it. Just this morning, dear friends in Ireland acquired one golden general admission ticket for me for Dublin. Indeed.

I'm going to see U2 in Dublin. And BEFORE the Glasgow date! Nine times lucky for me. How can I top that?
 
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From:amy_119
Date:April 1st, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's awesome! I hope to see them in Dublin at some point. That would be the ultimate concert and vacation for me. =D Congrats!
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From:astartesyriaca
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I hope you get there! I always said some day too, and here I go!
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From:stargazer60
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
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That's awesome.

Everyone has seen them more than I have.

Despite being a lifelong fan (My birthdate is *exactly* four days before Bono)....due to the way my life went, I've only seen them ONCE.

And hopefully after tonight I'll have tix for my second time.

Doesn't make me any less than a fan than those who have seen them all across the globe.
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From:astartesyriaca
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Agreed, and I'll go one further. I perhaps am being unfair, since I had my moment up front in my youth, but part of my amusement at watching the scramble is at the amount of time and MONEY people are paying to see them again and again. I remember chatting to people seated near me in the nosebleed section at Vertigo, and they were amazed that it was my 7th time seeing them. Then, during the show, Bono was asking people how many shows they'd seen, and people were like "27!" "42!". I felt so average.

So I was more than happy to have my cheap seats for Hampden, cause I just wanted to go and hear them (and I wasn't ABOUT to pay $50 for a U2.com membership). It's about the music anyway, right? But now I'm a hypcrite, because I'm seeing them twice and I have a GA ticket. I'm just as bad I guess. I might regret it though, I bet I'll be dying for a chair.
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From:stargazer60
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
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I've done my time in the GA section of concerts. I don't care where I am, I just want a seat! LOL! I tell people, "I know what they look like." '

I just love hearing the songs performed live...that's what I love the most...
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From:astartesyriaca
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Exactly.
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From:bostondave
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I wished I could of seen U2 on the Joshua Tree and ZooTV tours. One of the few regrets. Of course the shows just sold out too fast... sigh.
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From:astartesyriaca
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
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I camped out on a street in Little Havana (Miami) for Joshua Tree and the Zoo TV Inside Broadcast. Ah, nostalgia for the days before the internet. :-)
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From:bostondave
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
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It was either camp out or have a very fast re-dial for ticketbastard. heh
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From:cooldownmama
Date:April 1st, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Wow that you got to see U2 so many times and so lucky to just happen to be near areas U2 was playing! But many congratulations to getting to see them finally in Dublin! I've been watching Slane Castle videos on YouTube and I so wish/hope I can see U2 in Dublin!
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From:verlindahenning
Date:April 2nd, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
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Wow! What a great track record! Enjoy the Dublin show--I'm sure it will be like none other to see them at home. :)
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From:cebulka26
Date:April 2nd, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
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Jeez. I'm hoping for my 2nd time this time around. Then again, I can't compete with y'all since I wasn't born yet...:P Have a great time!

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