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November 13th, 2009

Any advice for this tour? @ 11:51 am

wydok:
I'm currently feelin: anxious anxious

Got GA tickets this morning for Philadelphia (w00t!)

My wife and I were at the 2nd Philadelphia show during the Vertigo tour, and I'm not sure how different of an experience it is going to be this time. During Vertigo, the "bomb shelter" was on a lottery system, and we showed up 15 hours in advance to get in line. We were in the "non fan club" line, and were in the single digit range in line.

As far as I know, this tour has a first-come, first-served system for the inner circle. Is that correct? Up to this point, have there be two lines again (fan club and non fan club), or have they been doing one line? How far in advance would we need to get there if we wanted in the inner circle?
 
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From:sparrowsrflying
Date:November 13th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Inner circle is first come, first served. I went to the Houston show and got in line at 3pm. I was #717 and got in the inner circle, five ppl from the stage in front of Adam. There hasn't been fan club lines so far. For more info, I'd check the U2.com community boards. There's a GA thread there. Have fun!!
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From:silverxflamexx
Date:November 13th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, first come first serve and only one line.

I got there about 5 hours before showtime at both Charlottesville and Raleigh and managed to get into the inner circle, 4th row and 3rd row respectively, #273 at Charlottesville and 300 something at Raleigh. If they're doing numbers at Philadelphia, at least everyone up to #500 or so should get the best spots, imo.
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From:corianderstem
Date:November 14th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
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From my own experience in Vegas and Vancouver, and from all accounts I've heard from the US shows on this tour, you can waltz into GA after the doors open and the line has gone in, and get a spot in the inner circle.

If you want to be along the front or back rail in the inner circle, I would reccomend getting in line in the morning, as those are the prime spots. You probably don't need to be there super early, but I don't have any hard evidence for how early you need to get there for that.

If you don't care about being on the rail and just want to be in that area, then yeah - show up mid to late afternoon, or just after the doors open, and you can probably get in. You might be staring at the backs of tall people's heads and all the waving arms the whole time*, but you'll be in the circle. ;-)

*which is why I chose to stand in the back of GA - I'm short and prefer being able to see, rather than the need to be close. Plus, loads of room to dance and jump around! And a view of the whole stage - you won't get a good view of the entire Claw if you're too close. And for me, the Claw is too spectacular not to see in all its insane glory.

Okay, that was really long-winded. Sorry!
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From:kerche
Date:November 20th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
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I was at the Vancouver show, didn't line up till 4:30pm - almost when the door opened. At first, I didn't know about the first-come-first-serve inner circle, and I didn't know how to get in... but eventually I found my way in. I stood on Edge's side about 5 heads away and it was great! I'm short (5'1") and although I had a bit of trouble at first for view, eventually after awhile... people shifted and my view wasn't as blocked.

I loved being so close to the boys since it was my 1st time seeing them. I might be catching another concert, and if I do - I'm going to make sure to enjoy all the Claw has to offer! since I missed out on a fair bit of that...
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From:kerche
Date:November 20th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
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Btw the way, the further security gates to get in to the inner circle is on the left side of the Claw (I'm not sure if there was another way in through the right side, probably not)

You will need to show your GA ticket and then just follow the path that goes behind the stage and then in to the inner circle :) It felt like the yellow brick road. LOL!

Make sure to get a hand stamp when you leave through the security gate for the inner circle. I got sooooo excited that I found my way in, that when I was telling my newly made friends about access to the inner circle... I ran back out without getting my handstamped and I didn't get back in at first!! It was funny and stupid because the security lady I was talking to regarding access to the inner circle seemed like she forgot who I was.... hahaa! So yeah, get a HANDSTAMP!! :) and have fun!!

Oh yeah, when you get in to the inner circle... try to look for the metal floor covering (that is used to run all the electrical wiring without people stepping on them) because it gives you a boost in height of a few inches!!! :D
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From:kerche
Date:November 20th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
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3rd and last thing I realised. If you stand on the Edge's side, when the overhead bridge is moving... it will stop close to you multiple times throughout the concert... that was THE BEST!!!!!

The crew likes to stop the bridge on that side most of the time. You will see Bono and the Edge multiple times over your head and VERY close by :D

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