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May 20th, 2010

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make_me_irish:
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Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone had any advice for GA queuing...

I'll have my first GA experience this June at the first show in Anaheim, and since I've only ever had seats before I've got no idea about when to start queuing to get a good spot. I know it will depend & change for each show, but I was hoping someone could at least just give a good guess as to when's best to get there.

And as for where to aim for, I've heard conflicting opinions about the pit and just outside the ring (first few rows outside of the walkways?). Does anyone have any opinions and preferences on those?
 
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From:make_me_irish
Date:May 20th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
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I definitely don't mind queuing a long time, I'll be traveling over from England so I really want to make the best of it :)
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From:sparrowsrflying
Date:May 20th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
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I had GA for the Houston show last year and got there at 3pm. I ended up in the inner circle in front of Adam about maybe 5 or 6 people back from the stage.
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From:volare
Date:May 20th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
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I camped overnight in Boston for Vertigo, but they had a bracelet system in place for that so we'd not be out there 12-24h...
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From:rosephile
Date:May 20th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
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360 Boston I headed for the back of the inner circle (by the catwalk) and thought that that was the best place to be, 'cause you could see the screen above while being close...but in Houston, I went to the front, and no contest for me, the front's where it's at, 'cause you can see all their interactions and expressions. If you like taking in the whole show, go for the back of the inner circle (or front of the outer GA, but those people are the ones in line at/before 6am, so good luck there!), if you prefer seeing the guys up close, go for the front-front. I'm 5' 5" and the stage, which looks dauntingly tall, wasn't that bad...though we couldn't see Larry. Everywhere's a trade-off, I suppose.

For rail (front or back of the inner circle) anywhere towards the middle versus 2nd-4th person from the rail is a couple-to-several-hour difference in line, I'd say before noon for the former, around 3pm for the latter. For 4th+ person from the rail (but still a good spot!), you can get there anytime, really.


I'm jealous of your successful Anaheim ticket-getting. :)

ETA: WELL HELLO THERE, ANAHEIM 2 GAs!

...does anyone have an extra Anaheim 1?

Edited at 2010-05-21 12:44 am (UTC)
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From:runaground
Date:May 20th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
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I recommend having a look at Joe Ahorro's "Unofficial Guide to the U2 General Admission Queue" - he answers your questions and gives a lot of good advice.

http://onlineonthehorizon.blogspot.com/2009/05/joes-guide-to-u2-queue.html

I've had people tell me that this tour is best seen from afar, and I've had people tell me that there is no substitute for being as close as possible. Personally, I really liked being on the rail on the outside of the ring (I felt it was a nice compromise of the two extremes), but your mileage may vary.

Good luck!
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From:zooropababy
Date:May 21st, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
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I wish I could have done outside front rail, but... You know me and the Adam-love. Had to try to get inside. Back row inside not as nice as on Vertigo :-(

No substitution for as close as possible? Maybe once, but the stage is so much further away now that the personal connection we had in the front row on Elevation and Vertigo just didn't seem to be there in New jersey and DC last year.

Then again, maybe I'm wrong. What are you guys thinking for Philly? Anything yet other than just going?
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From:runaground
Date:May 21st, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
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Well, I don't think anything was as nice as it was for the Vertigo Tour. :) Then again, I did see what was arguably the worst show on the tour so far in DC... let's just move on, haha.

Not thinking anything for Philly just yet. Going with a bunch of family who have never seen U2 (all in GA), so I'm going to let the weather on the day and the prior GA lineup reports dictate when we go and where we'll try to stand this time around.
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From:zooropababy
Date:May 21st, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
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Move along, move along, nothing to see here? New Jersey wasn't terrific, either, but word that Breathe might be out as opener has me hopeful...

Never seen them? Hopefully the boys will get their 'A' game on, then. The BF was only mildly impressed in the fall; telling him about Elevation and Vertigo didn't sway him. He'll be back, but we'll see how many shows he does (I'm still trying to pick up another show or two...)
From:picassoed
Date:May 20th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
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I'd recommend standing right by the ring. Unless you want to be there the night before or in the wee hours of the morning, I don't think you're guaranteed a spot close enough to the stage (in the pit) for it to be worth it. I must've been in the queue at 2 or 3-ish (I was no. 631 in line) and I was in the first row by the ring. I had an AMAZING view, wasn't too close to the stage that it strained my neck, I could see the screen, and Bono held the mic out to me and the girl standing by me when he sang I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight :D (Made. my. life.)

When I got there, they wrote 631 on my arm and gave me a bracelet (to the first 700 people). You can get there early, get your bracelet and then come back after a few hours. As long as the line hasn't started moving in and there's someone there to hold your place (you could take turns), your spot will be safe.

Atleast it won't be cold when you wait outside :)
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From:indigotree
Date:May 20th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
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This is a lot of great information. I will be going to my second U2 concert on June 16th at Oakland and this is my first time doing General Admission. I'll be by myself, so it should be interesting! I'm thinking I want to do the front rail (not in the pit)
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From:purplekat99
Date:May 20th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
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whoo!! see you there!!
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From:indigotree
Date:May 21st, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
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you going to, eh? Maybe we'll bump into each other!
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:May 20th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Last tour I did outside rail, inside the pit on the rail, and a show back at the soundboard. It varies city to city, but if you want a place on the inner rail, you're going to have to be there EARLY. Since stadiums had problems with people lining up, for almost every show we headed down the night before to find people keeping a list with names and numbers. We would put our names down and then be back by 4 or 5 am to wait the rest of the day. If you bring a cheap sleeping bag and a book, or if you're going with friends, it's not nearly as bad as it sounds.

For outer rail, we were still there that early, but I heard of people getting spots who had come later in the day. A few rows back in either section, you can pretty much get there whenever.

I don't know if you're doing multiple shows, but my personal recommendation is doing outer rail. I found that it was easily the best view and sound and you really got a 'feel' for the whole production. Inner rail is fine, but if you want to go that route, make sure you're toward the center. The side looks fine at first, but when the show starts you won't be able to see much of anything because of how the stage curves.

Good luck!

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From:fionaa
Date:May 20th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
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I was both - outside and inside the ring. I liked to be inside more. Although I was in front of Edge and Bono came to that side of the ring only some times. It's one of disadvantages of this stage, since you don't know how often guys will come to the side you're standing. I came at about 2pm and there were alot of people in the queue. But I still got into the ring. Queuing also depends on the city. For example in Germany there wasn't any numbering or people counting. But in Finland there is always one person who takes responsibility for a queue organization. He writes numbers on hands when you arrive, adds names of people to the list and you don't have to sit there in front of arena. You only have to come at certain time for checking. Sometimes people arrive a day before the concert to get the number (it was that way with Bruce Springsteen concert). I always worry about being too far from the stage, but everything turns to be amazing all the time.
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From:corianderstem
Date:May 20th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I'll be the lone voice making a vote for "soundboard!" It's fun to hang with friends and meet new people in the line, but I really like hanging in the back.

There's usually more room to dance around, or to shift a foot to the left if someone taller comes and stands in front of you. I'm 5'2" and cannot see if I'm close and am more than 2 heads from the stage or rail. If there's more room, it's easier to get a better view.

Plus, you can sneak out to pee or get a drink or whatever, and not worry about losing your spot.

Bonus - chance of celebrity sightings by the soundboard area. in Vegas, Paul McGuiness was wandering around in the back, and chatted a bit with one of my friends.

Also great - you get the entire show from there. The stage/claw is amazing when you can see the whole thing.

So, if it's not necessary for you to be sweat upon by Bono, I vote for the back. Don't get me wrong - I was in the Ellipse once on the Vertigo tour, and it was the best thing since sliced bread, but I've really been enjoying the 360 tour from the back.

Finally, if you're visiting a new town for the concert, you can spend the day doing some fun touristy stuff, rather than spend it sitting in line (but yes, I know a lot of people think that's part of the fun).

My two cents. :-)
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From:rosephile
Date:May 21st, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
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Very good argument. I'd think about doing this, especially in a place like LA, but...the urge to be close is too strong in me. I'm sure someday I'll end up in back due to time constraints beyond my control, and I'm sure I'll love it all the same.
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From:kerche
Date:May 23rd, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
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I got to the queue at 4:30pm with doors at 5pm but didn't officially get inside till 6pm. I had no prior knowledge of how to get in the inner circle pit, but stumbled upon it like 15mins later and made it in with 4 friends!! \O/

I love Edge so I stood at his side of the stage, about 4 heads back and it was awesome! I'm 5'1" so had awkward sightlines at times but I also manage to stand on the metal ramp/covering where they ran all the electrical cables so that boosted me a few inches over some people. That was great! Hahaha :D

What I loved about my spot was having Edge over my head multiple times when the bridge moved! & having Bono over my head too :D :D Amazingness

Only bad thing was not being able to experience the full light show from the Claw =\

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