U2TOURFANS March Madness Giveaway !

You claim to be a U2 fan, you say you have been to every U2 tour possible and you feel that you are the #1 U2 fan in the world. If you are not than skip this promotion because it is the U2 documentary DVD “From The Sky Down” give away for the real fans.

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by The Edge’s textural guitar playing and Bono’s expressive vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

Win your very own copy of “From the Sky Down”. Tell us in 500 words the impact of U2 on rock music.  Do you think U2 is the face of modern Christian music? How did U2’s music affect your life?  

U2 wrote songs about things that were important and resonated with their audience, now it’s your chance to write your own story on U2.

The details – March 1st  thru March 14th we will publish one story per day that we have voted and consider to be a finalist. The story publish will have the facebook voting option setup allowing U2 fans around the world to vote on the story.  On March 14th we will publish the top 5 stories and allow you to vote on them. You the fan will select the winner! Runners up will be entered into a runner up promotion and recieve a CD of their choice.

All entries must be submitted by February 29th - U2STORY@u2tourfans.com  


Disclaimer: All submissions become the property of U2TOURFANS and will not be returned. The Editor-in-Chief has the final approval on all submission prior to publishing. Fans will vote on the submissions via facebook voting. Stories published will include the by line of the writer and must be orginal work. No cash will be exchanged for prizes.  All prizes are shipped direct to the winner.

Tour grosses over $703 million

The Edge / Adam / Bono / U2 360 Tour Denver 2011NEW FIGURES show that U2’s 360° Tour has grossed more than $703 million (€534 million) after seven million rock fans paid to see the band over the past three years.

According to figures published by music industry journal Pollstar, the tour grossed $231.9 million last year after 2.38 million music fans paid to see the band at 34 gigs across 26 cities.

The US-based publisher shows that the tour grossed the highest amount of any rock band last year and on average grossed $8.9 million per gig with an average attendance of 91,828.

The figures show that U2’s three-gig stint at the Morumbi Stadium in São Paolo, Brazil, alone earned $32 million.

The $703 million is a gross figure and does not take into account the significant costs of staging the tour, which involved 110 gigs in 79 cities around the world over three years.

Hundreds of people were employed in transporting and constructing the 360° “Claw” stage, while the concerts provided a major economic boost in the cities where they took place.

The profits from the tour are shared between the four members of the band – Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton – their manager Paul McGuinness, their promoter Live Nation, and the local venue operator.

The 360° production increased the capacity of venues by up to 25%, resulting in record attendances.

The Pollstar figures show that one of the top-earning stints over the three years was the band’s sold-out three-night run at Dublin’s Croke Park, where the tour grossed $28.5 million.

A breakdown of the annual figures shows that the tour grossed $231.9 million in 2011; $160.9 million in 2010; and $311 million in 2009, when three million people paid on average $101 to see the band play.

The year 2009 was the largest grossing year of the tour, when the average gross per concert was $10 million.

The drop-off in revenue in 2010 came as a result of the band postponing a North American leg of the tour after Bono sustained a back injury in Munich.

The latest figures for U2’s main Irish company, U2 Ltd, for the 12 months to the end of 2010 show that its cash pile increased almost fivefold to €4 million.

The principal activity of the company is the creation, protection and licensing of intellectual property.

New Year, New U2 ?

The boys have been pretty busy in 2011 and with some reports coming that they have recorded some new tunes the question remains; when can we expect to see some fresh U2 tunes ? U2 has reinvent its self a come of times already. Fans flocked to the 360 tour in hopes to retain those youthful times of bliss. We start this year with a bit of directional news. U2TOURFANS will be working on a couple of big projects this year. Our goal is to be able to provide a home for all of our images, videos and continue to provide a source for U2 news and conversation. As we begin the process we will be testing out some new features and creating some opportunities for authors to share their U2 expereience. As alway we thank you for all your support and we hope that the changes we make improve your U2 experience.

Highest Earning Tour of 2011

Shock! U2 lead Billboard’s year-end report of the top touring acts of 2011, with their “360 Tour” raking in $293.3 million in box office revenue from nearly 3 million in ticket sales for the year.

Bono and crew were on the road from June 30th 2009 to July 30th 2011 with their giant claw on the “360 Tour” and broke the all-time touring industry records by bringing in a staggering $736,421,586 with more than 7 million punters attending the shows.

Bon Jovi had one of the biggest years of their 28 year career and Take That made a lazy $185 million from their comeback tour with Robbie Williams, which included a record breaking eight nights at Wembley Stadium. The Wembley shows alone earned the band $61.7 million breaking the previous venue record of $38.7 million that had been set by Bruce Springsteen’s ten sold-out shows at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium in 2003.

Highest-Earning Tours of 2011:
01) U2 – $293.3 million
02) Bon Jovi – $193 million
03) Take That – $185 million
04) Roger Waters – $150 million
05) Taylor Swift – $97.3 million
06) Kenny Chesney – $84.6 million
07) Usher – $75 million
08) Lady Gaga – $72 million
09) Andre Rieu – $67 million
10) Sade – $50 million

Does U2 still have relevance?

Bono / Nick Walker 2011Bono answers the tough questions with tough answers. U2 are about to release their most expansive reissue project yet, for 1991’s Achtung Baby (Super Deluxe Edition – the album where they traded in earnest uplift for funk, noise, sex, irony and self-doubt. So how does this lavish look back square with the band’s old lyric “You glorify the past when the future dries up”?

Reissuing 1991’s Achtung Baby (Super Deluxe Edition) with a new companion documentary wasn’t an easy decision for a forward-looking band averse to rearview glances, says Edge, 50. “How big a deal do we make of an anniversary when we’re in the middle of what we’re doing now? We had a hard time figuring that out. We’re not a heritage act. We’re still very active. But this record was so pivotal that we felt it was OK to revisit it.”

“I’m not so sure the future hasn’t dried up,” says Bono, who’s been irritating his bandmates lately by publicly questioning U2’s relevance – despite the fact that they just finished the highest-grossing tour of all time. “The band are like, ‘Will you shut up about being irrelevant?’” he says. But Bono can’t help himself – even though U2 have been in and out of the studio with various producers recently, he raises the possibility that the band may have released its final album. “We’d be very pleased to end on No Line on the Horizon ,” he says, before acknowledging the unlikelihood of that scenario: “I doubt that.”

Bono concedes that revisiting the album where U2 punched themselves out of a tight corner – after 1988’s Rattle and Hum Movie and album helped convince some music fans they were hopelessly solemn and pompous – suggested a way forward. “Ironically, being forced to look back at this period reminds me of how we might re-emerge for the next phase,” says Bono. “And that doesn’t mean that you have to wear some mad welder’s goggles or dress up in women’s clothing. Reinvention is much deeper than that.”

Moving forward has never been easy for U2, as chronicled in the outtakes, B sides and early versions of Achtung songs unearthed for a new box set – and set forth in moving detail in From the Sky Down, a documentary about Achtung Baby’s genesis by It Might Get Loud director Davis Guggenheim. The movie, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival, makes it clear that trying to find a new sound led to what the Edge calls “a potentially career-ending series of difficulties.” In tracing the creation of “One,” the film also reveals that lyrics such as “We’re one, but we’re not the same” are as much about the band’s fraught brotherhood as anything else. “I thought [Achtung Baby] was a really supercool moment in a not always supercool life,” Bono says with a laugh, “and [Guggenheim] goes and makes an uncool film about us!”

Bono / Nick Walker 2011 Rattle and Hum, and the horn-section-and-B.B.-King-accompanied Lovetown Tour that followed, were U2’s rootsiest moment. But for a band whose actual roots were in late-Seventies post-punk, the cowboy hats and denim were starting to chafe. The Edge was listening to My Bloody Valentine,  Nine Inch Nails and Einstürzende Neubauten, while also noting the fusion of rock and dance coming out of Manchester, with groups like the Stone Roses. “I always remember the intense embarrassment when I happened to be in a club and a generous-spirited DJ would put on one of our tunes from the War album,” the Edge says. “It was so evident we had never been thinking about how it would go down in clubs. So we just wanted to stretch ourselves in the area of rhythm and backbeat and groove.”

The band recorded the bulk of the album in Berlin’s Hansa Studios , just as Germany was reunifying – and as co-producer Brian Eno wrote, aesthetic guidelines soon emerged: “Buzzwords on this record were trashy, throwaway, dark, sexy and industrial.” “We found it was more interesting to start from an extreme place,” says the Edge.

Hence the buzz-saw guitars that kick off the opening track, “Zoo Station ,” followed by a blast of Larry Mullen Jr.’s drums distorted almost beyond recognition. “Some of the extreme sounds weren’t achieved with sophisticated, outboard equipment, dialed in carefully,” says the Edge. Instead, they simply overloaded their vintage recording console. “It was literally, ‘What happens if you try to go to 11?’” says the guitarist.

Adam Clayton / Nick Walker 2011 For the band, rediscovering the wildly different lyrics and arrangements on the early “kindergarten” versions of the songs was revelatory – “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World,” for instance, sounds like an Irish folk tune. “The first time the paint goes on the canvas is a very, very exciting moment,” says Bono. He was intrigued by a line in the early “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” that recasts its story as a “parasitic” love affair (“Your innocence I’ve experienced”), while the Edge is convinced the more restrained vocal melody on that version is superior to the released track.

One of the more intriguing outtakes, “Down All the Days,” has the same backing track as “Numb,” from U2’s 1993 follow-up, Zooropa, with Bono singing an entirely different song. “It’s this quite unhinged electronic backing track with a very traditional melody and lyrics,” says the Edge. “It almost worked.”

Meanwhile, U2’s future plans are not set. “It’s quite likely you might hear from us next year, but it’s equally possible that you won’t,” says the Edge. Adds Bono, “We have so many [new] songs, some of our best. But I’m putting some time aside to just go and get lost in the music. I want to take my young boys and my wife and just disappear with my iPod Nano and some books and an acoustic guitar.”

Read more about Bono’s interview in the new issue of Rolling Stone

Rumors contiue of the end of U2, over the next few days we will revisit some of the rumors and lay to rest some thoughts of the future that lay on the past.

1991 Last Year of Great Music ?

By Eric Shivers:
Music is my lifeblood. It’s a plain and simple fact. From Bowie to The Cure to Nirvana to U2 and well beyond, I listen to a very eclectic group of genres. However, I’m no longer a consumer of music like I was in my post-college years. I still “listen” to newer bands, but have not been very impressed with recent releases. The last time we had a major shift change in music was in 1991.
Call me old, but is was a vintage year. I believe it was the last great year of musical releases. R.E.M., The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and U2 all put out records that changed music and all of those works have stood the test of time.
There haven’t been too many runs since then that have made such an impact. Yes, I may be naïve to the fact that other great albums have come out, indie or otherwise, and changed the world, but these were commercial releases.
Releases that took risks, bore their soul and stood out of the crowd. Of the three, Out of Time by R.E.M. is the weakest. I would call it a filler album in R.E.M.’s catalog as they began to wander through their Warner Brothers contract. Not so with The Red Hot Chili Peppers whose work on Blood, Sex, Sugar, Magic stands tall amongst others in their catalog. It’s their brilliant masterpiece, which was aided by producer Rick Rubin. Another producer, Butch Vig, worked with a little known Seattle band, Nirvana, who would make as much of an impact on the musical world as the Sex Pistols did 14 years earlier, with their album Nevermind. Added to the mix was the debut release of Pearl Jam’s Ten, which aided in exploding the flannel wearing Seattle grunge scene into the musical landscape of America at the time. And then came Achtung Baby, U2’s long awaited release.
 
For this U2 fan, Achtung Baby was one of the most anticipated albums. We had no Internet back in 1991. One had to stay in touch with “someone in the know” in order to get release information. My insider worked for Rose Records here in Chicago.
I can still remember the day I bashfully set foot into her store looking for answers to my questions about U2. I had not heard news of them for a while and feared that they may have split up. I would have been heart broken if that had happened. I walked into Rose Records on Sherman Avenue, in Evanston, on a late spring day in 1991.
I asked the store clerk about U2. She asked me if I was a fan. I said yes and she proceeded to review her cluttered surroundings for a release list. Her search ended with success. She gave me the date and then introduced herself as Phyllis. She became my “someone in the know” as she settled the unease in my stomach.
I was now filled with anticipation. What I wasn’t prepared for was how much of a metamorphosis would take place in Hansa Studio where the Irish quartet initially recorded the album.
 
On the day of the U2 release and with a mouth full of Novocain, I bought the newly minted U2 disc and headed home with wariness and excitement. I put the CD into my player with trepidation. I turned off all the lights in my apartment and let the gray, overcast sky outside my window blanket my room. What seeped out of my stereo moments later was something so different and transformative that I asked myself if this was still U2.
I would come to learn that Bono and Edge were knee deep into the Manchester dance sound.
Those influences can be heard on Even Better Than the Real Thing and Mysterious Ways. By the end of the first run through of the disc, including a couple song repeats, I wanted to hear it again. U2, like Nirvana and all of the other releases that year, were transforming music. The likes of which have not been seen since.
You can read all about Eric’s joy for U2 in his book    I’m a Fan: How I married U2 into my life without going to the altar

Social Media Brings U2 Closer

MONCTON – 75,000 plus fans descended on Magnetic Hill for the final U2 show of its 360 tour, millions of diehard fans were in Moncton in spirit as social media and smart devices became the eyes and ears of the show to the world. 

Fans around the world that could not attend the show live could follow any show via twitter with show hastags assigned to them, Moncton was #U2360MON the tags used communicate news, comments, share the set list, photos to bring fans even closer. 

Fans from Brazil, Chile, Portugal and Australia shared the tweets, photos and kept communication going with the pleas for more show details.

“It’s kind of funny that I’ve never heard of Moncton before in my life, but now I’ll never forget it! Wish I was there!!” tweeted @U2junkie, a fan from the United States. Our social media channels had over 1 milllion vistors on Saturday night. At one point it looks as if U2 was trending on every social media outlet.

“It seemed like a whole other audience had tuned into the gig, reading rather than listening. It’s not my idea of rock ‘n’ roll but whatever turns you on. Virtual music. Read the tweet, hear it in your head.”

From Tyler, Texas, Lauralynn Wagner followed the show on Twitter from beginning to end. People around the world were interacting on Twitter during the set, she said, giving the event the feel of a “global experience.”

“It’s just really amazing how technology has been able to connect us, as fans, that way,” Wagner said, adding that she saw people re-tweeting concert tweets from as far away as Argentina.

“There were tweets in Spanish. To get to talk to people from all over the place sharing in this experience - it was just really cool to be able to do that.”

For fans who couldn’t make it to the show, Twitter provided the next best thing, said Dale Rideout-Moores from Paradise, Newfoundland. Rideout-Moores, a U2 fan since the 1980s, followed a handful of Moncton concert-goers online along with a group of about 50 other U2 fans who didn’t make it to Moncton.

“A bunch of us stayed online and talked about the songs as we got individual updates on Facebook or on Twitter,” she said.

“It was nice, because even though you couldn’t be there in person, you sort of had the opportunity to be online and feel like you were at the last show.”

The hashtag #U2360Mon had close to 5,000 significant mentions by the end of the concert, according to the social media analytics site Topsy.

U2 fans in Moncton

City of Moncton put a cap on 80,000 concert attendees: Concert promoter  Forecast calls for showers on Saturday Doors open at 3 p.m. Last show of the band’s three-year globe-trotting 360 Tour

“On average, about 35 per cent of our spectator attendees are from Nova Scotia,” said Andre Hudson, president and CEO of Donald K Donald Events, the promoter hosting the event.

Bono / U2 360 Tour / Mark Peterson

Here’s a list of what is and is not permitted into the Magnetic Hill concert site on Saturday:

What not to bring:
• Chairs of any kind.
• Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages or food (brought from outside).
• Plastic or glass bottles, cans.
• Umbrellas.
• Weapons or fireworks.
• Animals (except for seeing-eye dogs).
• Professional audio or video equipment.
• Banners, flags, laser pointers, flashlights, glow (fluorescent) sticks.
• Large backpacks (camping style).
• Skateboards.

What is permitted:
• One one-litre bottle of water allowed per person.
• Raincoat or poncho.
• Small beach towels.
• Small backpacks, bags, purses (note that all bags will be searched).
• Sunscreen.

No Line On the Horizon - U2

U2 Rocks Steel City

U2 360 Tour/ Mark Peterson 2011 PITTSBURGH – The final USA show of the 360 Tour after 24 months was out of this world.  U2 had a couple of surprises.  The 2 ½ hour show ended as normal with “Moment of Surrender” which has been the last encore song for a couple of shows. Out of Control had appeared as the last song a couple of times. Well last night after a brief huddle the boys belted out “Bad” and snip of “40” Bono said the song “Bad” was inspired from someone around here. 

The boys took the stage a few minutes after 9 pm with the normal opener; “Space Oddity” by David Bowie and during “Beautiful Day” a snippet of Bowie’s song reappeared to support the space station clip. 

Bono referred to Pittsburg as “The Steel City” a few times a reference to some pretty cool people that have come from around here such as Andy Warhol, Perry Como and Bronson – We will spare you the references to the boys.

U2’s first gig was way back in 81 a place called “The Decade” Bono said “I was proud of my mullet” an interesting look during the time period.

The show was the last of a very long tour, which had its bumps along the way. However last night was not the night to rehash all of the bumps; Bono did have his chance to talk about politics, and social causes, shoot out to Aung San Suu Kyi and brief word on Amnesty International.

This was the final night of the band’s U.S. tour — the last stop of the two-year trek is Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick — and Bono thanked fans “For this grand madness,” motioning to the band’s gargantuan, record-sized stage with its 150-foot tower.

Bittersweet U2's Final US Show Tonight

U2 360 Tour / Mark Peterson 2011 PITTSBURGH – 7 million spectators, 110 shows, 30 countries and today the 2nd to last show. U2 arrives tonight to Heinz Field. This is the last U.S.A stop for the boys.  Craig Evans completed the media peek yesterday by running down the normal details of the stage the massive size, the fact that this stage has three versions and takes about 8 days to build. Craig Evans uses one word to describe what Pittsburgh will see tonight at Heinz Field when it hosts U2’s 360 Tour: ambitious.

“It was very ambitious for us to think that two years ago, we could put together a production of this scale, and take it to 30 countries around the world,” said Evans, U2’s tour director, as work crews assembled the last pieces of the mammoth stage set-up on Monday. “And it really required for its success a 360-degree configuration at all these venues to make it all work for the band visually for what they had in mind. But here we are, 108 shows later and it’s been a magnificent success.”

The boys will finalize the set list a few hours before the show to be able to react to any late breaking news events. Tonight’s show songs will be selected with Pittsburg in mind so you can expect a tribute to Steelers chairmen emeritus Dan Rooney, the U.S, Ambassador to Ireland who is said to played a roll in getting U2 to play in Pittsburgh.  

As of Monday evening tickets are still available and attendance is expected to exceed  60,000  

On Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravensthal declared Tuesday “U2 360 World Tour Day.”

“We are honored that U2 has chosen Pittsburgh as their last U.S. stop in what is now the highest grossing concert tour of all time,” Ravenstahl said in a statement.

Amazed and Delighted Rain Soaked Fans

Rain could not keep U2 from rocking the TCF Bank Stadium this past weekend. The road crew has started the removal of the stage, fans crushed in traffic and yet a hush of peace has gently taken over the crowd. 

Some fans as one of the best shows have considered the Minnesota show thus far; Bono delivered a performance as if rain was not even a concern. Fan having waited for this show had concerns that it may never happen, yet in the end Bono did provide the fans what they expected to hear, some where impressed others just happy to see them back again for one more time. A few surprises over all a show this large has very few surprises, set changes, comments customized per city and events, that sort of thing.

Opening the show with Even Better than the Real Thing, and the set list was packed with all of the fan favorite hits, including many from the album Joshua Tree. The band dedicated Stuck in a Moment to the late singer, Amy Winehouse, in a heartfelt tribute. Stuck in a Moment was originally written for the late INXS lead singer, Michael Hutchence, who sadly took his own life.

Fans enjoyed the video appearance of astronaut Mark Kelly from space! Prerecorded a message for his wife, which made the performance “Beautiful Day”.  

Fans had no fear of rain, lightening did some people for cover, who wants to be hit by lighting at U2 concert.

We are close to the finish line, we can see the end and its as clear as today, U2 will wrap up its US tour later in the week, fans that traveled the country this summer to see every show will head back to their normal lives and begin remember the summer of U2.  How do you remember it ? Did you travel the country in search of the best U2 show ? Do have photos and videos that you want to share ? Post your comments on our facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Fans Ready in Minnesota

Bono / Mark Peterson/ U2TOURFANS/2011St. Paul, Minn. — GA ticket holders have been streaming in since 6 a.m. at The University of Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium. General admission will open today at 4:30 pm. We can expect about 60,000 fans to attend tonight’s show. Scott Ellison (athletic director) has extra staff in place. Many people are arriving to the stadium for the first time. Do not expect to catch the show from outside the stadium that is going to happen.  Weather could be a problem tonight, its still to early to tell what we can expect from the weather.

So if you have not arrived yet. Consider taking public transportation leave the car home, arrive early and remember NO ALCOHOL will be allowed – As that means no to Smoking weed.  Security will be checking bags as you enter. School campus rules across America have a dry stadium rule for many years to avoid fan injury.

 Send your photos and videos into our facebook site and remember if your not attending the show tonight we will stream it live.

U2 Meets 50K Fans In St Louis

Bono / @Nick Walker 2011 Nashville, Chicago and St Louis considered being the hottest cities on the USA tour so far. The St. Louis region has been under an excessive heat warning since Saturday. The National Weather Service extended the warning through 7 p.m. Friday and has said that heat index values could reach between 105 and 115 degrees. Only about 500 fans lined up early; based on the warning most fans elected to wait until later in the day.

“Its been a long wait but worth it” said many St Louis fans, which was been the common statement in most cities. Waiting in line for the premier spot for viewing or hide in the shade, GA line fans arriving early had the chance to stand on the part aluminum floor which could heat up some eggs and bacon without a miss of a beat.  Fans arrived as early as 5AM yet we know of several “walk ups” this is a small group of fans that wait until the last minute and walk up to the GA line, once inside they select their location, The Edge side or Adams side – of course Bono’s always filled in nice and tight.

The set list was pretty much the same as the other cities, however the “The Fly” made an early appearance and most of the songs from No Line in The Horizon tossed into the discount bin and moved off the set list. In case you don’t remember this tour was to support that album/cd which failed to grab audiences so the boys return to what works with their fans.  The standards or you could even call them the classics most fans will agree that the tour in its massive stage and production still bring their band closer than ever before, and every song is considered gold. 

GA Line Details For St Louis Fans

GA LINE Fans /Mark Peterson 2011 The GA line forms at 7 a.m. at Gate 5 on Clark Street. Fans were allowed to camp out at some venues on previous U2 tours, but this year, most venues are nixing that. If you want a spot in the inner circle or a primo position on the center rail of the outer circle, get there no later than 10 a.m. A local news station reported Saturday morning that some fans were already at the stadium giving out numbered line tickets, presumably so people would have their places in line held while they went off and did whatever before the show on Sunday. But fan-written tickets mean nothing, and I’ve confirmed with Busch Stadium officials by phone and in person that those with fan-provided numbers will have no greater chance at a spot at the front of the GA line than those who do not. The only way to get to the front of the line is to be there early.

Decide to park or ride Metro immediately. Both have pros and cons. With parking, you’ll pay out the wazoo but will have a place to stash fold-up chairs and coolers; then again, you may have to hoof it several blocks, depending on which garages and lots are available. With Metro (bus or light rail), you’ll wait in line with a huge crowd of drunk, sweaty people at a platform or bus stop after the show, but you can travel lightly and avoid parking costs and traffic. Personally, I prefer public transit and am gearing my suggestions in this post to carrying as little as possible. Your mileage may vary, of course.

Make peace with disposables for one day. I know it’s not very green, but you won’t want to hold a heavy bag of junk when you’re jumping around and cheering for The Edge. Instead, plan on throwing a ton of stuff away. In a paper or plastic grocery bag, bring the following things for a bit of comfort: a towel from the dollar store (to protect your bum on the hard sidewalk); magazines, catalogues and junk mail (to read); cheap playing cards (to prevent boredom and crown you as GA party royalty); and inexpensive flip-flops (to wear only in line instead of the sweaty sneakers you should bring for the actual show- apply sunblock to your feet!). Throw all of this stuff away when security begins shoring up the line in the late afternoon (usually around 3 or 4 p.m.).

Don’t dress for the fashion runway. Seriously, light sandals or fancy clothes will make you miserable after 15 hours in line and at the show. Remember that you’ll be sitting on dirt or concrete and then jumping around on aluminum floor thingy. Wear good sneakers and lightweight, loose clothing that can breathe and that you won’t mind getting sweaty and dirty. And ladies, leave the giant purses or tiny clutches at home. You’ll want to be able to wave your hands like you just don’t care, so get a light, tiny messenger bag for the essentials: ID, credit card, cash, lipbalm with sunscreen and tickets. You’ll likely even have room for a shirt from the merch table if you fold it properly.

Be a technophobe. Leave the MP3 players, tablets and handheld video games at home. They’re cumbersome and will weigh you down, and they might break or be stolen.

Bring a camera and batteries. This is an exception to the no-electronics advice I just gave you. You likely will use much of your cellphone juice to prevent boredom in line, so you might not have enough power to take photos or tweet during both Interpol’s and U2′s sets with your phone. Bring a light pocket camera with extra batteries with you for the show, or make sure you have a spare cellphone battery.

Beware of the sun. Busch Stadium doesn’t have many shady areas around it, so be prepared to bake. Before you leave your house, apply a quality sunscreen and let it soak into your skin for about 10 minutes; tote that half-empty bottle of sunscreen with you to apply later in line and then toss the bottle. Bring a verrrrrry cheap umbrella or parasol with you to help block the rays until you can pitch it as you head into the stadium. Wear a lightweight hat with a wide brim (Bust out those Derby hats, ladies!).

Don’t go hungry. Eat a hearty breakfast before leaving home. Bring small yet filling snacks with you to nibble throughout the day, such as energy/protein/meal bars, granola bars and nuts. You can grab concession-stand food for dinner once you’re inside the stadium (More on that later.). Bring water with you, but know that 1) your water eventually will get warm without a cooler, 2) you will have to decide to throw away your cooler or take it to your car before the show (See info above about parking), and 3) you may have to pee.

Consider your bladder. Other venues like Chicago’s Soldier Field had in-garage restrooms and porta-potties available to the GA line, but there’s no guarantee that Busch Stadium will do the same. Determine how strong your bladder is, or scope out restroom opportunities around the city (CityGarden has porta-potties available; bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer.).

Make friends. Most U2 fans are used to the GA experience and love taking new concertgoers under their wings. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversations with those around you. Simply asking someone about their favorite U2 song, how many shows they’ve attended or what else they’re checking out in St. Louis will help forge a connection and make them more likely that they’ll hold your spot if you leave the line to use the restroom or to your car. People travel from around the world to see U2 shows, so remember that you’ll meet interesting people who may offer you a friend or a place to stay for a future show.

Don’t abuse privileges. Even though U2 fans are friendly, they’re also people who generally abide by a common code of decency. If someone kindly offers to hold your spot while you fetch food, be a nice person and ask if they would like anything. Make sure you return to the line within an hour. And even if you happen to be in line at 7 a.m., it’s not cool to let your friends jump into line with you at 4 p.m. as you’re preparing to head into the stadium. Most people are ok if you welcome your friends to the line up to an hour after you arrive, but don’t push it. Don’t be that jerk – it’s rude, and you’ll be booed and possibly thrown out.

Listen to the security guys. They’ve been really helpful at most of my other shows. They’ll make a number of important announcements about procedures and restrooms, especially around the beginning of your time in line, around noon, and leading up to herding everyone inside the stadium, which often happens between 3 and 5 p.m.

Know the entrance procedure. It varies from venue to venue, but it usually goes something like this: Get rid of your belongings around 3 p.m.. Tighten up the line around 4 p.m. Enter about 100 people at a time at 5 p.m. Get a general floor wristband. Get an inner circle wristband (if you’re among the first 700-1000 in line, usually). Walk through the bowels of the stadium. Walk onto the field and claim your spot.

Don’t give into temptation. You’ll want to pee, eat, buy stuff and generally relax, but don’t do it! Ignore that first merch table and nachos stand! Go get your spot first! Lots of exclamation points on this one, because the good spots will fill up quickly! Once you claim your piece of turf, have your friend (or, if you came alone, a new U2 line buddy) hold your spot by “being big,” as I like to say – they should spread their legs out and stand with their hands on their hips cheerleader-style, or plop right down on the floor and stretch out their legs to save enough room for you. Quickly use the restroom, buy your commemorative t-shirt (that proves you were there, that you heard of them first*), get your chicken fingers and head back down to the field so that you can save your buddy’s spot as he or she heads out to do the same.

Choose concessions wisely. I’ve learned from experience that downing a cheese pizza while sitting on hot aluminum and then jumping around in 100-degree heat isn’t the best idea. I know you’ll probably be starving, but try to find something that won’t be heavy in your tummy – lightly salted fries or *gulp* a salad honestly will do you well. And remember that although it’s necessary to stay hydrated, your bladder will yell at you. Remember our rule about determining how much liquid you can handle? I personally don’t move from my spot from the time I fetch food to the time Bono blows kisses to the audience, but I’ve got a bladder of steel.

Know what the inner circle is. You’ll learn from your research that U2 uses a main stage, an outer circle runway and moving bridges from the main stage to the runway. In front of the main stage is the inner circle, where the first 700-1000 fans (give or take, depending on venue) with special wristbands get the choice to enter. Like anything, there are pros and cons to being in the inner circle. Pros include having more space to jump and dance, being able to leave and return through a special entrance (facilitating restroom and food breaks) and being close to the main stage. Cons include needing to get into line very early, seeing band members’ backs as they prance the runway (which happens quite often), splitting time between watching whomever is on the runway and whomever is left on the stage, and not being able to take in the entire spectacle in one swoop. Decide before you enter the stadium if the inner circle is something you want.

Have fun! Unless someone is forcing you to see U2, you obviously want to be there. Enjoy the weird spectacle that is the 360 tour, and look up from your phone periodically to savor the experience.

Philadelphia Freedom U2 Rocks 7Ok Fans

Mark Peterson 2011 The wait was over! Bono and the boys came to rock 70,000 plus fans at Lincoln Financial Field not remind them of whom the greatest rock band in the world would be, rather to thank them for being great fans.

U2 fans are amazing, some a little over the top, some just below the line and some that just heard of the band last year.  Hardcore U2 fans stand in GA lines around the tour for hours, doling out sharpie line numbers, sharing stories of their favorite band.

Unlike other bands, U2 fans travel well. Some travel from show to show in hopes of meeting their favorite band member, others travel because it is a time to catch up with old friends and make new friends. No matter what the reason they all say it is more than the music. For that U2 fans remain amoung the most dedicated fans around the world.

Bono greeted the fans with “Some of you were two years younger when you purchased your tickets” “ Thank you for you’re your patience” and you knew it was going to be a special night.  Lets skip all the details of “The Claw” which is now officially for sale (cost 40M to build) and the fact that this is highest grossing tour of all time about 700M its all about the music now.  U2’s last visit was 4 nights at the Wachovia Center back in 2005. 

The set list was packed with 22 songs, of course “Where The Streets Have No Name” was a crowd pleaser, “Stay(Faraway, So Close) drew them in closer and held the fans as Bono and The Edge did a acoustic piece. Giving a nod to Bruce Springsteen in honor of The Big Man with a little “Promise Land”

 Dedication to Aung San Suu Kyi with “Scarlet” and rolled into “Walk On” originally written about Suu Kyi.

Bono was a bitt chatty and has been the whole tour, with politics weaved into the message of peace and love the boy’s dove into their catalog of music as to remind fans that freedom has a price.  

This tour has been amazing; the production, crew and steel teams have performed amazingly well under the pressure of delivering a show that compares to non other and well hold the top honors until well frankly until U2 creates another amazing stadium tour.  “ Don’t forget about us”  Well Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry that’s pretty hard to do when the music is a part of your life.