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October 14th, 2009

Was anyone at the Raleigh show 10/3? @ 07:03 pm

shardofnarsil:
I'm currently feelin: sick sick

I had an absolute awful experience at that show. I got stuck in traffic, missed Muse, sat around people who didn't seem to realize they were at a U2 SHOW (they talked very loudly most of the time), and Bono didn't seem to be in the zone. I did get to reunite with the ladies I saw the first four Zoo TV shows with back in '92, so that was a plus, but overall I felt like it was a big clusterchicken. Please, if you went to the show and found it awesome, share your stories so I don't feel so bad! LOL
 
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From:starfoozle
Date:October 14th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so sorry! I went to Raleigh and actually had an absolute ball there -- this was my first U2 concert, and I went with my fellow fangirl/BFF, so it was pretty fantastic. If you like, you can read my account of it and see some surprisingly decent pics I took of the boys here . Hope this helps a bit. *sympathy*
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From:shardofnarsil
Date:October 14th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh much love to you, and thanks - seeing your GREAT photos made me feel better! It's amazing how a concert can have so many effects, depending where you are and what you went through beforehand. LOL I also have a massive crush on Edge, so high five to you! :o) From where I was (I think we were sitting in the second level), he looked and sounded brilliant.
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From:starfoozle
Date:October 15th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
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*high-five* We have excellent taste in guitarists, obviously. :D

Glad this cheered you up a bit.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:October 14th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Raleigh was an absolute blast for me. Great show and from where we were, every time we looked up everyone from the floor to the bleachers had hands in the air, singing along. It was a pretty magical experience.
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From:needleandspoon
Date:October 15th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
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It seems to be a recurring experience on this tour that people have a crap time in the stands and an awesome time in GA - and not because the sound or visuals are bad in every venue, but because of the shit behaviour of other patrons.

I think if you're a big fan, and you can physically manage it, GA is the only way to go. I had a seat for the NJ1 show and while the sound and vision were awesome, I wanted to tell the dicks around me to fucking pay attention and stop obsessing about how much bad American beer they could force down their moronic throats.

It's my current theory that U2 have become a 'bucket-list' band for a lot of people and they're only going to say they've seen them.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:October 15th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
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I think it's also a problem with stadiums in general. If you're playing to an arena which seats 20,000 people, you can fill it with Capital-F Fans. To fill a stadium, you're banking on the Real Fans, but also to people who will go, as you say, as something to cross off the bucket-list.

That said, I was so impressed by the crowd in Raleigh (from what I could see, which was behind the stage and to the sides of the stage). Even during the new numbers they seemed so willing to get into it- acting out Bono's hand signals, clapping, cheering, dancing.

It sucks that OP got stuck between some unfortunate people. :(

I will say that the guys didn't play to the catwalk as much, which was a little weird, and may have affected how the energy felt.
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From:needleandspoon
Date:October 15th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
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I think the worst stadium crowd that I saw was Toronto 1, where they'd comped 20 000 tickets to RIM and not only did a lot of them not show up, but the ones who did came late and left early. The GA was awesome, but it sucked seeing so many empty seats.
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From:honey_child
Date:October 15th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
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That's what I was reading with the show in Dallas. People in the stands getting drunk and not really paying attention to the show.

*Sigh* I wish they'd play arenas again :(
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From:needleandspoon
Date:October 15th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
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As long as they play stadiums when they come to Australia, I don't care. We have largely crap arenas (because indoor sports pretty much don't exist) so it's stadiums or nothing down here.
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From:honey_child
Date:October 16th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
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Oh, I hope they play stadiums in Oz for you :D *crosses fingers*

I'm going to see the band in Vancouver for the very first time from the Red Zone and I hope the show is brilliant.
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From:needleandspoon
Date:October 16th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
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I'm sure it will be. Is this going to be your first time seeing them live? How very cool.

As for us, if they come it'll be stadiums. If they don't come, it'll be weeping and angst :D
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From:honey_child
Date:October 16th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
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YES! If you don't count the time I sneaked away from my mother and stood outside the stadium for Popmart before being chased off by a security guard :D

I cannot wait.
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From:kem_viva
Date:October 15th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I would have to disagree, I was in the stands at Giants Stadium and had an amazing time. There were no problems with any of the people near me, all were there on time and only a few left early. Apart from that everyone was singing, dancing and enjoying the show.

Maybe i was just lucky that the people around where i was sitting were all great fans too, but i dont think its fair to say that everyone in the stands had a crappy time at the concert. Its not whether someone that stands in GA or the stands that makes them a 'big' fan, and Im sure most people still planning or hoping to attend a show will find out the same in their own experiences. :)
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From:needleandspoon
Date:October 15th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you had a great time and I know some other people who've had seats have too. But I've been seeing the same comments about crap people in the stands on every U2 forum I belong to since the NA leg started. I'm certainly not basing my opinion solely on how it was for me. I think the general experience has been on this leg of the tour that a higher proportion of 'casual' fans are buying seats and some of them are ruining it for the rest of us.
From:walrusoct9
Date:October 15th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
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Only U2 show I ever did in seats was one in Anaheim towards the beginning of the Vertigo tour. First and last time I ever made that mistake. Same with Springsteen...even if you have to get bullshit scalped GA's on ebay, it's still about the same price as a legitimate, Ticketbastard-purchased seat, so there's really no reason not to do GA, especially in these stadiums.

I agree the stadium thing is definitely drawing more casual fans to the seats than on previous tours. Say what they want about "staying relevant," the band really spent this decade positioning themselves to be legends who could fill stadiums on their reputation, and they succeeded fairly spectacularly...downside is that the diehards like us end up being more of a minority than at the arena shows we've gotten used to, methinks.
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From:needleandspoon
Date:October 15th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I felt the same way after a crap experience in seats on Vertigo. But the 360 show is actually brilliant from the stands; it's a whole other experience than from GA. It's just a shame that not everyone attending gets that.
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From:bonoinakilt
Date:October 15th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
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My only complaint about the show was the lack of a GA line. I had GA and it was just a mob of people...and people who showed up at 4pm somehow got to the front....it was annoying! I was not happy.

Until I heard them soundcheck In A Little While. And then I was happy! I thought the show was AMAZING!!!! Bono, to me, seemed like he was in a GREAT mood and was totally on. I loved when they sang In A Little While and he didn't know how to end it. Way too cute!

I met AWESOME people in "line" and just had an awesome time at the show.

I'm going to be posting all my pics in the community soon. I got some nice ones!
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From:boomcha_honey
Date:October 15th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I was at the Dublin 1 show in the stands and didn't have the best of times. No one around me really got into the show, in fact i think i was the only one in my section singing along. I will never sit in the stands again though, GA all the way!
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From:dark_faith69
Date:October 15th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
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I understand.
It's like the set list. I could have used a little less "hit parade" and a few more off the first 2 albums. But it's a bigger show and with that comes the not-so-hard core fans.
I was at Raleigh and the people around us, though polite, were astounded that I knew the words to every song. And that I had seen them 5 times. And that I went to Ireland.
Actually, they were just easily impressed, me thinks.
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From:sirensong984
Date:October 20th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
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i have been to many U2 concerts in my lifetime and Bono seemed more "into it" in Raleigh than I have seen him in the past. He seemed impressed with the size of the crowd, fascinated by the full moon, and impressed that this town knew his hits. the crowd was also more into this show than others i've seen on the tour. the setlist was actually changed up a bit too.

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