Ticketmaster: “Only one booking per tour”

U2 fans ready for today’s start of general ticket sales take note! Ticketmaster.co.uk’s concert info for the Vertigo tour gigs now includes a warning:

You are strictly only allowed to make
one booking for this tour. There is a limit of 4 tickets per
booking
and because you can only make one booking, you can only
book for one venue
. Therefore you will be unable to book for
more than one venue and unable to book for more than 4 tickets
at your chosen venue. Multiple bookings will be cancelled
without notification
.

Strong measures, perhaps intended to prevent ticket scalping. However, it’s not just the touts who’ll feel the pain.

Many of U2’s hardcore fans, including the editors of U2log.com, are used to traveling widely to see the band perform. English fans might want to see in London and then go to Dublin to experience the show in the band’s hometown. Dutch fans might choose to see gigs in Germany and Belgium, etc., etc.

Ticketmaster’s unprecedented rule, apparently on request of the tour promoters (and ultimately, the band?), means the band’s hardcore fanbase are now actively being hindered from doing what they like to do best: support the band on tour. After this week’s pre-sale debacle, it’s like rubbing salt into fresh wounds.

U2.com, however, do seem to have a cunning plan to fix up those fans who missed out on GA tickets during pre-sales, as fellow fansite atU2.com reports. ETS customers are advised to read the letter ETS issued today (jpg file).

272 thoughts on “Ticketmaster: “Only one booking per tour”

  1. Thanks Caroline. I tried making a post about this, but could not keep my emotions out of it. This I’d consider a bad thing, since I’m on the outside not a very emotional kind of person. I remembered the thrill of meeting all these international friends for the first time. Ben, from Australia, Pat from Dublin, Peter from Sweden, Cathy and Kate from the UK and Rory from Northern Ireland and many many more… All hugging eachother, hand in hand after the final chords had drifted away. Strangers, united by a band called U2.

    After a (very) rough year, this is what I had looked forward too. This is what kept me going, a break away from it all. And that’s exactly what has just has been blown apart. I’m not even disappointed. I’ve been drained of every sparkle of energy and excitement I had to go and see U2. This has gone beyond disappointment.

  2. Thanks Caroline. I tried making a post about this, but could not keep my emotions out of it. This I’d consider a bad thing, since I’m on the outside not a very emotional kind of person. I remembered the thrill of meeting all these international friends for the first time. Ben, from Australia, Pat from Dublin, Peter from Sweden, Cathy and Kate from the UK and Rory from Northern Ireland and many many more… All hugging eachother, hand in hand after the final chords had drifted away. Strangers, united by a band called U2.

    After a (very) rough year, this is what I had looked forward too. This is what kept me going, a break away from it all. And that’s exactly what has just has been blown apart. I’m not even disappointed. I’ve been drained of every sparkle of energy and excitement I had to go and see U2. This has gone beyond disappointment.

  3. Basically, they cannot prevent us from paying CASH for tickets at ticket outlets like GWK here in Amsterdam. They cannot prevent us from swapping, or, god forbid, buying from touts. Do I still want to? Less and less so, but christ, I still want to see them doing what they do best: play live. And I’m not ending 25 years of fandom with one lousy gig in bleedin’ Brussels.

    But here’s a thing, lads. Next time? Write your own bloody U2 Live book. Because you’ve just stopped me from being able to. I think I’ll be sticking that energy into someone y’all know very well.

  4. Basically, they cannot prevent us from paying CASH for tickets at ticket outlets like GWK here in Amsterdam. They cannot prevent us from swapping, or, god forbid, buying from touts. Do I still want to? Less and less so, but christ, I still want to see them doing what they do best: play live. And I’m not ending 25 years of fandom with one lousy gig in bleedin’ Brussels.

    But here’s a thing, lads. Next time? Write your own bloody U2 Live book. Because you’ve just stopped me from being able to. I think I’ll be sticking that energy into someone y’all know very well.

  5. Yeah, I know. So I’ll be stocking up on Amsterdam tickets, I guess and then go through the hassle of swapping and running into extra cost of actually getting tickets around the globe. Im just not entirely sure if I have the energy to bother…

    If I want to get tickets in other cities, I’ve got about, oh… shee, 5 hours to pull in some favours with old friends.

    Did you at http://www.ticketnow.com (ticket broker) they’re now offering a $40 discount? $40 discount on their $300 tickets that is!

  6. Yeah, I know. So I’ll be stocking up on Amsterdam tickets, I guess and then go through the hassle of swapping and running into extra cost of actually getting tickets around the globe. Im just not entirely sure if I have the energy to bother…

    If I want to get tickets in other cities, I’ve got about, oh… shee, 5 hours to pull in some favours with old friends.

    Did you at http://www.ticketnow.com (ticket broker) they’re now offering a $40 discount? $40 discount on their $300 tickets that is!

  7. Does our presale ticket count as the one booking?? Or can we make a general public booking as well? Can another person at the same address with a different credit card make a booking?

  8. Does our presale ticket count as the one booking?? Or can we make a general public booking as well? Can another person at the same address with a different credit card make a booking?

  9. “…and our apologies again”? My god, is this how they get off. Easy!!!! Mmmm.

    Oh, and this constantly loging in, whenever I want to leave a comment, even if i say ‘remember me?’ I have to login again. That’s not handy (no, not a cell phone…). It’s annoying!

  10. “…and our apologies again”? My god, is this how they get off. Easy!!!! Mmmm.

    Oh, and this constantly loging in, whenever I want to leave a comment, even if i say ‘remember me?’ I have to login again. That’s not handy (no, not a cell phone…). It’s annoying!

  11. Maybe it’s because the band are tired of seeing the same faces up front in every city. It might give some others a chance to see the band live for once.

  12. Maybe it’s because the band are tired of seeing the same faces up front in every city. It might give some others a chance to see the band live for once.

  13. Yeah, we know about the logging in thing PopTart. Sorry again πŸ˜‰

    Eamonn, as far as I understood, the presale ticket actually counts as a booking too. I’m not so sure how they’ll manage to extend this rules to other countries though, so I think it’s a UK thing only.

    Bloody insane that if you take out the time to travel to say London, that you can’t even go see all shows there (watch a second date being added later today).

    I’m very fed up. U2 really doesn’t seem to want to see any of us. I’m tempted to give up on trying to prove I really want to see them though, and spend my money visiting friends in foreign places. Friends that ARE happy to see me, no matter what and that appreciate the time, money and effort I put into them.

  14. Yeah, we know about the logging in thing PopTart. Sorry again πŸ˜‰

    Eamonn, as far as I understood, the presale ticket actually counts as a booking too. I’m not so sure how they’ll manage to extend this rules to other countries though, so I think it’s a UK thing only.

    Bloody insane that if you take out the time to travel to say London, that you can’t even go see all shows there (watch a second date being added later today).

    I’m very fed up. U2 really doesn’t seem to want to see any of us. I’m tempted to give up on trying to prove I really want to see them though, and spend my money visiting friends in foreign places. Friends that ARE happy to see me, no matter what and that appreciate the time, money and effort I put into them.

  15. Sure Jacey, we’ll all step aside for the people that will be disappointed if they don’t hear ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ played, who get pissed drunk before they’ve seen a note (have you ever checked out the back of a GA floor?), who scream all through Streets and leave the building during A man and a woman because those new songs are boring. Lovely fresh clueless faces. Too bad the band themselves aren’t getting any younger.

  16. Sure Jacey, we’ll all step aside for the people that will be disappointed if they don’t hear ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ played, who get pissed drunk before they’ve seen a note (have you ever checked out the back of a GA floor?), who scream all through Streets and leave the building during A man and a woman because those new songs are boring. Lovely fresh clueless faces. Too bad the band themselves aren’t getting any younger.

  17. Good luck to you all today getting tickets. The way I feel right now I don’t think i’ll bother going on the tour at all. Too much hassle.
    I’ll see how I’m feeling when 9am rolls around.
    Think i’ll wait for the live DVD when it comes out though.

  18. Good luck to you all today getting tickets. The way I feel right now I don’t think i’ll bother going on the tour at all. Too much hassle.
    I’ll see how I’m feeling when 9am rolls around.
    Think i’ll wait for the live DVD when it comes out though.

  19. Ticketmaster works for me. I’ve just noticed that if you go to the “overview” page, Twickenham claims to be on sale at 9 am, but when you click through, it says 10 am, which would suck, because that’s what I rescheduled my meeting too.

    I’m just going to try and buy tickets for both London and Cardiff today anyway, and sod it if they cancel the order.

  20. Ticketmaster works for me. I’ve just noticed that if you go to the “overview” page, Twickenham claims to be on sale at 9 am, but when you click through, it says 10 am, which would suck, because that’s what I rescheduled my meeting too.

    I’m just going to try and buy tickets for both London and Cardiff today anyway, and sod it if they cancel the order.

  21. @ Caroline:

    Please just take into account that there are a LOT of fans out there that REALLY appreciate your hard work on the U2Live book! I am one of them… This ticket-disaser is one thing, but PLEASE don’t kick us while we’re down!! πŸ˜‰

  22. @ Caroline:

    Please just take into account that there are a LOT of fans out there that REALLY appreciate your hard work on the U2Live book! I am one of them… This ticket-disaser is one thing, but PLEASE don’t kick us while we’re down!! πŸ˜‰

  23. Oh dear… More hassle. Why do I have a bad feeling about ticket masters bandwidth at 9am?..
    Also I’ve noticed that parts of the TM site weren’t working last night.. Some menus take to you to β€˜Bad server error’
    This is all getting to be far too much of a palaver.
    Also I noticed signs put up outside the Virgin megastore TM outlets saying that there was no point queuing as there was no guarantee there would be any tickets left by the time you got to the till.
    TM don’t even have a booking line. Yet again we seem to be relying on their dodgy bandwidth….
    And will all the TM priority members be jumping the queue for these tickets? Probably..

  24. Oh dear… More hassle. Why do I have a bad feeling about ticket masters bandwidth at 9am?..
    Also I’ve noticed that parts of the TM site weren’t working last night.. Some menus take to you to β€˜Bad server error’
    This is all getting to be far too much of a palaver.
    Also I noticed signs put up outside the Virgin megastore TM outlets saying that there was no point queuing as there was no guarantee there would be any tickets left by the time you got to the till.
    TM don’t even have a booking line. Yet again we seem to be relying on their dodgy bandwidth….
    And will all the TM priority members be jumping the queue for these tickets? Probably..

  25. If you have a different creditcard, use that, or ask your mum really nicely to order for you (my mum doesn’t have a credit card).

    Also, using different ticketing agents than Ticketmaster may be useful.

  26. If you have a different creditcard, use that, or ask your mum really nicely to order for you (my mum doesn’t have a credit card).

    Also, using different ticketing agents than Ticketmaster may be useful.

  27. So Bono, you’re using the name Jacey these days? LOL

    Just for the record, you won’t get anything out of saying what you think they want to hear. They already have too much of that around them anyway.

  28. So Bono, you’re using the name Jacey these days? LOL

    Just for the record, you won’t get anything out of saying what you think they want to hear. They already have too much of that around them anyway.

  29. Use partners, family, friends to get tickets if you really want to go to a few shows. Ill be happy with Manchester, London, Dublin and maybe a mainland europe show.

    Ive got 4 seating tickets at London – might try to use two of them to swap for Croke park. And im going to have a crack at GA for Manchester in 10 minutes.

  30. Use partners, family, friends to get tickets if you really want to go to a few shows. Ill be happy with Manchester, London, Dublin and maybe a mainland europe show.

    Ive got 4 seating tickets at London – might try to use two of them to swap for Croke park. And im going to have a crack at GA for Manchester in 10 minutes.

  31. After 25 years of following this band – I quit.
    As good as the music has been and still occassionaly is – they have become too far removed from reality to follow any more.
    At 62 concerts notched up, I signed up for my 63rd and perhaps a few more.
    Well no more, best part of Β£250 for 4 tickets at Twickenham plus the ridiculous $40 signing up fee puts the prices of these tickets beyond reason. For that price I can see the Streets twice, even Las Vegas acts like Rod Steward only charge Β£50!
    A luxury version of the album at double usual price meant in reality a rubbish book of doodles and no song lyrics.
    Mail ordered tshirts from the site for christmas, arrived 7 weeks after order and were rubbish quality.
    Greed is a strange charge to make to someone who wants to save the third world from debt but greedy is what is and I have had enough.
    Demanding $40 back from U2.Com but needless to say completely ignored.

  32. After 25 years of following this band – I quit.
    As good as the music has been and still occassionaly is – they have become too far removed from reality to follow any more.
    At 62 concerts notched up, I signed up for my 63rd and perhaps a few more.
    Well no more, best part of Β£250 for 4 tickets at Twickenham plus the ridiculous $40 signing up fee puts the prices of these tickets beyond reason. For that price I can see the Streets twice, even Las Vegas acts like Rod Steward only charge Β£50!
    A luxury version of the album at double usual price meant in reality a rubbish book of doodles and no song lyrics.
    Mail ordered tshirts from the site for christmas, arrived 7 weeks after order and were rubbish quality.
    Greed is a strange charge to make to someone who wants to save the third world from debt but greedy is what is and I have had enough.
    Demanding $40 back from U2.Com but needless to say completely ignored.

  33. “Also, using different ticketing agents than Ticketmaster may be useful.”

    Nope, someone checked. Other ticketing agents have been told they may have to hand over their sales details.

  34. “Also, using different ticketing agents than Ticketmaster may be useful.”

    Nope, someone checked. Other ticketing agents have been told they may have to hand over their sales details.

  35. Mikey Boy, they have become absorbed in their own self importance.

    Ticketmaster is anything but a master

  36. Mikey Boy, they have become absorbed in their own self importance.

    Ticketmaster is anything but a master

  37. I think i prefer following younger bands like Evermore, before commercial corruption sets in……..

    looks like ill have no chance getting GA at Manchester – site keeps locking up

  38. I think i prefer following younger bands like Evermore, before commercial corruption sets in……..

    looks like ill have no chance getting GA at Manchester – site keeps locking up

  39. Here’s the thing. The people who are ‘hurt’ most by U2’s latest, um, business decision, are the hardcore fans. And by hardcore fans I mean the traveling fans. Those faces U2 no longer wish to see in the crowd. How big is this group? Not THAT big. 200, 300? Let’s be really generous and say 1000 fans that go see 10 to 20 to 30 gigs per tour. The sad truth is, U2 can afford to lose these fans, because the rest of the world still loves ’em.

  40. Here’s the thing. The people who are ‘hurt’ most by U2’s latest, um, business decision, are the hardcore fans. And by hardcore fans I mean the traveling fans. Those faces U2 no longer wish to see in the crowd. How big is this group? Not THAT big. 200, 300? Let’s be really generous and say 1000 fans that go see 10 to 20 to 30 gigs per tour. The sad truth is, U2 can afford to lose these fans, because the rest of the world still loves ’em.

  41. The bigger issue, is how they are ripping of thousands of people on their subscription, and millions more with the exorbitant ticket pricing…….and the crappy book with the Album at a super high price.

    what has happened to U2? lost sight of the bigger picture? Bono is truly exhibiting a alter ego – Super charity man, and rip of merchant.

  42. The bigger issue, is how they are ripping of thousands of people on their subscription, and millions more with the exorbitant ticket pricing…….and the crappy book with the Album at a super high price.

    what has happened to U2? lost sight of the bigger picture? Bono is truly exhibiting a alter ego – Super charity man, and rip of merchant.

  43. I could be at the pub having friday drinks with work mates, but no Im at home hitting refresh instead of hitting the piss!

  44. I could be at the pub having friday drinks with work mates, but no Im at home hitting refresh instead of hitting the piss!

  45. Proxy error, proxy error, proxy error. My colleagues are tip toeing around me at this point. You don’t want to know what kind of bandwidth I have available here, but bugger all use to me, it seems.

  46. Proxy error, proxy error, proxy error. My colleagues are tip toeing around me at this point. You don’t want to know what kind of bandwidth I have available here, but bugger all use to me, it seems.

  47. I got to one “Purchase page one” page. At least, thats what the title bar says, because it is now hanging. Joy.

  48. I got to one “Purchase page one” page. At least, thats what the title bar says, because it is now hanging. Joy.

  49. at least we’re an honest community – if i dont trade my twickenham spare seats, ill sell them.

    Ideally id like to trade them for Croke Park tix

  50. at least we’re an honest community – if i dont trade my twickenham spare seats, ill sell them.

    Ideally id like to trade them for Croke Park tix

  51. I got to the purchase button. Entered my GA ticket requirement. It’s not timing out on the submit button and proceeding to the HTTPS page.

  52. I got to the purchase button. Entered my GA ticket requirement. It’s not timing out on the submit button and proceeding to the HTTPS page.

  53. i think i may have joined you. Hanging as we speak….
    ..too late ‘connection failure has occured’

  54. i think i may have joined you. Hanging as we speak….
    ..too late ‘connection failure has occured’

  55. I was second in line for perth popmart tickets – made the nightly news….

    good old days πŸ™‚

  56. I was second in line for perth popmart tickets – made the nightly news….

    good old days πŸ™‚

  57. It keeps timing out on the stage1 purchase page. I keep getting a connection failure when I press the continue button..

  58. It keeps timing out on the stage1 purchase page. I keep getting a connection failure when I press the continue button..

  59. I don’t even get the continue button. It times out on trying to diplay it. I only get to the https page by clicking blindly someone in the right corner at the bottom.

  60. I don’t even get the continue button. It times out on trying to diplay it. I only get to the https page by clicking blindly someone in the right corner at the bottom.

  61. Caroline said: “How big is this group? Not THAT big. 200, 300? Let’s be really generous and say 1000 fans that go see 10 to 20 to 30 gigs per tour. The sad truth is, U2 can afford to lose these fans, because the rest of the world still loves ’em.<<

    And doesn’t that just go to show what a bunch of whack-jobs these guys have turned out to be? Some might recall I had a rather terse “discussion” with Bono in Boston over this same basic subject. And I tried to really stress how completely absurd it was that on any given night of the tour they are completely obsessed with what 00.1% of who/where the audience is?? (About 20 out of 20,000.) There’s a lot of truth in jest when this guy has his megalomania set in early.

  62. Caroline said: “How big is this group? Not THAT big. 200, 300? Let’s be really generous and say 1000 fans that go see 10 to 20 to 30 gigs per tour. The sad truth is, U2 can afford to lose these fans, because the rest of the world still loves ’em.<<

    And doesn’t that just go to show what a bunch of whack-jobs these guys have turned out to be? Some might recall I had a rather terse “discussion” with Bono in Boston over this same basic subject. And I tried to really stress how completely absurd it was that on any given night of the tour they are completely obsessed with what 00.1% of who/where the audience is?? (About 20 out of 20,000.) There’s a lot of truth in jest when this guy has his megalomania set in early.

  63. i got as far as “website found” earlier but thats it.

    Its so much easier to get tickets for stuff in Australia! but I wont be home when they come here πŸ™

  64. i got as far as “website found” earlier but thats it.

    Its so much easier to get tickets for stuff in Australia! but I wont be home when they come here πŸ™

  65. Okay, I’m out. Manchester is now no longer on sale at all. Twickenham standing has sold out, as has Glasgow. I’m not entirely sure what else I have to do as a U2 fan to be able to buy tickets.

  66. Okay, I’m out. Manchester is now no longer on sale at all. Twickenham standing has sold out, as has Glasgow. I’m not entirely sure what else I have to do as a U2 fan to be able to buy tickets.

  67. Oh, and having said that, I’ve gotten to the sale page a few times, opted for GA tickets a few times and got turfed out of the system even more times.

    I’m not even remotely abused.

  68. Oh, and having said that, I’ve gotten to the sale page a few times, opted for GA tickets a few times and got turfed out of the system even more times.

    I’m not even remotely abused.

  69. Oh well i kinda expected this – this is one problem we cant blame on U2. Except maybe why did they have to go get so damn popular!

  70. Oh well i kinda expected this – this is one problem we cant blame on U2. Except maybe why did they have to go get so damn popular!

  71. Go tickets for both London, Cardiff and Hampden thanks to my secretaries !!

    They hit the phone lines

    ph Ticketmaster dublin 00353818719300

    or 448704000688

    Web is f**cked. Didn’t get through on it once

    Best of luck to you all

  72. Go tickets for both London, Cardiff and Hampden thanks to my secretaries !!

    They hit the phone lines

    ph Ticketmaster dublin 00353818719300

    or 448704000688

    Web is f**cked. Didn’t get through on it once

    Best of luck to you all

  73. “Except maybe why did they have to go get so damn popular!”

    Yeah, why can’t they have declining fan bases as the years progress, like normal bands! πŸ˜‰

    I’m queueing up for Amsterdam tickets next week, less frustrating than web or phone.

  74. “Except maybe why did they have to go get so damn popular!”

    Yeah, why can’t they have declining fan bases as the years progress, like normal bands! πŸ˜‰

    I’m queueing up for Amsterdam tickets next week, less frustrating than web or phone.

  75. friend just got off the phone with ticketmaster london2 GA is sold out, so I think it’s safe to say London1 GA is sold out as well, not sure about the other dates

  76. friend just got off the phone with ticketmaster london2 GA is sold out, so I think it’s safe to say London1 GA is sold out as well, not sure about the other dates

  77. I’m with you for Amsterdam and then pray there will be something to swap. God, I’ve even had my Bowie mates offering me to buy tickets at their local ticket agents, and I may take some of them up on it, still.

    Just brings me back to last summer, and the year before, going to Bowie gig after Bowie gig, and watching him go “You crazy mofos!” everytime he saw the same faces again. Or how he had a good laugh at Oslo, when we were out in the freezing rain, and he referred to a date further in the future, grinning really broadly and saying “I’m sure you guys will love that in Spain!”. There’s memories of an artist who enjoys his fans, and appreciates the ones that put their time and effort into seeing him wherever he goes. Hell, he knows most of them by name.

    But yeah… his declining fan bases certainly helped.

    I’m over it. I’ve lived the dream and it turned out to be a dream after all. I thought I had done everything I’m able to do to get tickets, to have an awesome summer. Hell, to help out reporting the entire tour on U2log.com… but I was wrong. I’m really disillusioned.

  78. I’m with you for Amsterdam and then pray there will be something to swap. God, I’ve even had my Bowie mates offering me to buy tickets at their local ticket agents, and I may take some of them up on it, still.

    Just brings me back to last summer, and the year before, going to Bowie gig after Bowie gig, and watching him go “You crazy mofos!” everytime he saw the same faces again. Or how he had a good laugh at Oslo, when we were out in the freezing rain, and he referred to a date further in the future, grinning really broadly and saying “I’m sure you guys will love that in Spain!”. There’s memories of an artist who enjoys his fans, and appreciates the ones that put their time and effort into seeing him wherever he goes. Hell, he knows most of them by name.

    But yeah… his declining fan bases certainly helped.

    I’m over it. I’ve lived the dream and it turned out to be a dream after all. I thought I had done everything I’m able to do to get tickets, to have an awesome summer. Hell, to help out reporting the entire tour on U2log.com… but I was wrong. I’m really disillusioned.

  79. GOT upsolutely jipped – spoke to TM, but they wouldnt sell me tickets unless they posted to credit card mailing address (i.e. aust) I leave for UK in a week, so I wont be here to pick up tickets.

    Had to let them go. So angry!

  80. GOT upsolutely jipped – spoke to TM, but they wouldnt sell me tickets unless they posted to credit card mailing address (i.e. aust) I leave for UK in a week, so I wont be here to pick up tickets.

    Had to let them go. So angry!

  81. they wouldnt even let me do box office pickup for cardiff. Im just going to stick with my Twickenham #1 seats. ticketmaster are so inflexible, I would have gone anywhere to pick the tickets up, just couldnt risk them arriving in australia a week before the gig.

    This takes the cake – they are barstards

  82. they wouldnt even let me do box office pickup for cardiff. Im just going to stick with my Twickenham #1 seats. ticketmaster are so inflexible, I would have gone anywhere to pick the tickets up, just couldnt risk them arriving in australia a week before the gig.

    This takes the cake – they are barstards

  83. 0870 44 45 55 6 and
    0870 902 00 00
    are the main TM lines but are busy. Cant get through.
    Twickenham BO is 020 8831 6666 but they are not selling over the phone. only if you show up at the stadium. I should have got up early and gone down there. Never mind.
    I managed to get 4 at twickenham sunday. seated =( from the dublin TM over the phone. East block 32 for what its worth. dont know if thats good or bad. I suppose its better than a poke in the eye.

  84. 0870 44 45 55 6 and
    0870 902 00 00
    are the main TM lines but are busy. Cant get through.
    Twickenham BO is 020 8831 6666 but they are not selling over the phone. only if you show up at the stadium. I should have got up early and gone down there. Never mind.
    I managed to get 4 at twickenham sunday. seated =( from the dublin TM over the phone. East block 32 for what its worth. dont know if thats good or bad. I suppose its better than a poke in the eye.

  85. 0870 44 45 55 6 and
    0870 902 00 00
    are the main TM lines but are busy. Cant get through.
    Twickenham BO is 020 8831 6666 but they are not selling over the phone. only if you show up at the stadium. I should have got up early and gone down there. Never mind.
    I managed to get 4 at twickenham sunday. seated =( from the dublin TM over the phone. East block 32 for what its worth. dont know if thats good or bad. I suppose its better than a poke in the eye.

  86. 0870 44 45 55 6 and
    0870 902 00 00
    are the main TM lines but are busy. Cant get through.
    Twickenham BO is 020 8831 6666 but they are not selling over the phone. only if you show up at the stadium. I should have got up early and gone down there. Never mind.
    I managed to get 4 at twickenham sunday. seated =( from the dublin TM over the phone. East block 32 for what its worth. dont know if thats good or bad. I suppose its better than a poke in the eye.

  87. There are (seemingly good) ga twickenham tickets on ebay. Do you think they might be legit? I would be sooo depressing to pay all that and get ripped off

  88. There are (seemingly good) ga twickenham tickets on ebay. Do you think they might be legit? I would be sooo depressing to pay all that and get ripped off

  89. There are still tickets for Cardiff and London left. I just got through to the pages for cardiff and london

  90. There are still tickets for Cardiff and London left. I just got through to the pages for cardiff and london

  91. Yeah, it must be that. I haven’t quite sussed out yet if it’s the uncovered check for $40 I sent to U2.com or whether it was my grossly inadequate hardware or pipeline. Im -><- this close to booking a flight to Dublin to personally knock on Bono’s door…

    “OI mister! I’m not poor! No world debt here to drop! No seriously I REALLY can afford to buy a ticket to your show. Can I? Can I? Please, please pretty please?”

  92. Yeah, it must be that. I haven’t quite sussed out yet if it’s the uncovered check for $40 I sent to U2.com or whether it was my grossly inadequate hardware or pipeline. Im -><- this close to booking a flight to Dublin to personally knock on Bono’s door…

    “OI mister! I’m not poor! No world debt here to drop! No seriously I REALLY can afford to buy a ticket to your show. Can I? Can I? Please, please pretty please?”

  93. Can’t speak for Caroline, but bloody hell, I know I am. I am completely and utterly stumped. This is the first and only time not only I, but everyone I know has been left out in the cold for tickets. In other year, I could always rely on fellow fans to have some spares floating around… but no such thing now.

    I think this is by far the most fucked up ticket sale I have seen in my entire life.

  94. Can’t speak for Caroline, but bloody hell, I know I am. I am completely and utterly stumped. This is the first and only time not only I, but everyone I know has been left out in the cold for tickets. In other year, I could always rely on fellow fans to have some spares floating around… but no such thing now.

    I think this is by far the most fucked up ticket sale I have seen in my entire life.

  95. I got tickets to Brussels during presales (thanks to a tip from a Belgian friend), Sarah44, so I wasn’t allowed to even try for the UK. I’ll probably be able to swap some for Gelsenkirchen and then I’ll try queuing for Amsterdam. I’ll skip the UK altogether and spend the money on dining out with friends πŸ™‚

    U2 are beyond any band, ever. That’s what they aimed for and that’s what they got. The whole world wants to see them play. And the whole world is now online so web sales are just fucked forever. I’ve never had the patience for phoning. In the past I have queued overnight and ended up with shite seats (that I wouldn’t even consider buying now), so I suppose there isn’t much of a difference with then and now. Popmart was sort of easy, because demand was lower (compared to Joshua Tree and Zoo TV) due to the bad reviews of the album, and Elevation sales were relatively easy (we got very very lucky). Maybe we all got spoiled for a while because we were early net adopters.

    That doesn’t mean the ‘one booking only’ rule isn’t still just. so. un. fair. πŸ˜‰

  96. I got tickets to Brussels during presales (thanks to a tip from a Belgian friend), Sarah44, so I wasn’t allowed to even try for the UK. I’ll probably be able to swap some for Gelsenkirchen and then I’ll try queuing for Amsterdam. I’ll skip the UK altogether and spend the money on dining out with friends πŸ™‚

    U2 are beyond any band, ever. That’s what they aimed for and that’s what they got. The whole world wants to see them play. And the whole world is now online so web sales are just fucked forever. I’ve never had the patience for phoning. In the past I have queued overnight and ended up with shite seats (that I wouldn’t even consider buying now), so I suppose there isn’t much of a difference with then and now. Popmart was sort of easy, because demand was lower (compared to Joshua Tree and Zoo TV) due to the bad reviews of the album, and Elevation sales were relatively easy (we got very very lucky). Maybe we all got spoiled for a while because we were early net adopters.

    That doesn’t mean the ‘one booking only’ rule isn’t still just. so. un. fair. πŸ˜‰

  97. Have to agree. This was the hardest, and worst ticket sale so far.

    Unforgetable fire tour I walked into Golden Discs on Moore st and got a tickets no problem

    Joshua tree i walked into HMV in Henry St and got tickets, no problem

    Lovetown I queued down at teh point in the freezing cold and got tickets by the skin of my teeth for Stephens Night.

    Zoo Tv – Got tickets no problem

    Popmart – Got tickets okay for America and Europe and Australia. Only problem was Tokyo.
    Nobody spoke English so I couldn’t book them but the lovely people at Principle Mgmt Helped me out

    Elevation – Us tour no problem – Slane was a tough one but managed to work out.

    Vertigo – So far nerve wracking. First time I’ve seen the web meltdown.
    My admins are going to get very drunk on me tonite

    I only hope for some of you that got left high and dry that there were tickets held back.

  98. Have to agree. This was the hardest, and worst ticket sale so far.

    Unforgetable fire tour I walked into Golden Discs on Moore st and got a tickets no problem

    Joshua tree i walked into HMV in Henry St and got tickets, no problem

    Lovetown I queued down at teh point in the freezing cold and got tickets by the skin of my teeth for Stephens Night.

    Zoo Tv – Got tickets no problem

    Popmart – Got tickets okay for America and Europe and Australia. Only problem was Tokyo.
    Nobody spoke English so I couldn’t book them but the lovely people at Principle Mgmt Helped me out

    Elevation – Us tour no problem – Slane was a tough one but managed to work out.

    Vertigo – So far nerve wracking. First time I’ve seen the web meltdown.
    My admins are going to get very drunk on me tonite

    I only hope for some of you that got left high and dry that there were tickets held back.

  99. Just lifted this of Yahoo.co.uk

    The bit at the end is very interesting

    In a statement to U2 fans, manager Paul McGuinness apologised for the technical glitches and said: “We really appreciate your patience as this is the first time we’ve attempted an online presale.

    “New technology – including U2.Com – helps us stay in touch with you but also reveals its drawbacks when everyone tries to do the same thing at once.”

    McGuinness added that the band would be actively going after ticket touts who were selling tickets for vastly inflated prices.

    He continued: “We are very aware that some people seem to have abused the system to scalp on Ebay or similar sites.

    “We are currently looking into the possibility of identifying these people and withdrawing their tickets. Any help you can give us on this would be gratefully received.”

  100. Just lifted this of Yahoo.co.uk

    The bit at the end is very interesting

    In a statement to U2 fans, manager Paul McGuinness apologised for the technical glitches and said: “We really appreciate your patience as this is the first time we’ve attempted an online presale.

    “New technology – including U2.Com – helps us stay in touch with you but also reveals its drawbacks when everyone tries to do the same thing at once.”

    McGuinness added that the band would be actively going after ticket touts who were selling tickets for vastly inflated prices.

    He continued: “We are very aware that some people seem to have abused the system to scalp on Ebay or similar sites.

    “We are currently looking into the possibility of identifying these people and withdrawing their tickets. Any help you can give us on this would be gratefully received.”

  101. It blows my mind, even after a week or so of this, that people still feel the band is somehow directly responsible for this mess. When did U2 change their name to Ticketmaster? The lads are not sitting at some computer in Dublin selecting which seats to give out and who to screw over. Principle Management is a rather large organization as far as I know and there is a reason U2 employs so many people…to do all this work for them. With the exception of the creative processes and some executive decisions I highly doubt the band has say in absolutely everything…the band has a responsibility to tour, not to organize it. And regardless of the hardcore fans…there are thousands upon thousands of people who want to see U2 live. The reason it’s so damn hard to get tickets could very well be that so many people are attempting to buy them. Why is that so hard for us to believe? This is Ticketmaster sucking balls. For years people have complained about them and fought with them. Why should it all of a sudden be U2’s fault? Is it just the $40 most of us paid to get access to a presale? Someone said there are well over 150,000 paying members at u2.com. If that is true, do you really think 150,000 GA and close-seating tickets went on sale in the presale? We paid $40 for access to online materials and the ‘opportunity’ for presales. No guarantees unfortunately, as much as I wish there were ticket guarantees. I got shut out of the presale like most everyone else. I will give it my best shot this weekend and monday for the NYC and Boston shows. I did expect to get something in the presale but didn’t…and I blame…no one. The demand was high…it happens. I don’t consider U2 responsible and cannot understand why so many others do.

  102. It blows my mind, even after a week or so of this, that people still feel the band is somehow directly responsible for this mess. When did U2 change their name to Ticketmaster? The lads are not sitting at some computer in Dublin selecting which seats to give out and who to screw over. Principle Management is a rather large organization as far as I know and there is a reason U2 employs so many people…to do all this work for them. With the exception of the creative processes and some executive decisions I highly doubt the band has say in absolutely everything…the band has a responsibility to tour, not to organize it. And regardless of the hardcore fans…there are thousands upon thousands of people who want to see U2 live. The reason it’s so damn hard to get tickets could very well be that so many people are attempting to buy them. Why is that so hard for us to believe? This is Ticketmaster sucking balls. For years people have complained about them and fought with them. Why should it all of a sudden be U2’s fault? Is it just the $40 most of us paid to get access to a presale? Someone said there are well over 150,000 paying members at u2.com. If that is true, do you really think 150,000 GA and close-seating tickets went on sale in the presale? We paid $40 for access to online materials and the ‘opportunity’ for presales. No guarantees unfortunately, as much as I wish there were ticket guarantees. I got shut out of the presale like most everyone else. I will give it my best shot this weekend and monday for the NYC and Boston shows. I did expect to get something in the presale but didn’t…and I blame…no one. The demand was high…it happens. I don’t consider U2 responsible and cannot understand why so many others do.

  103. You won’t hear me saying U2, the band and the band members alone are responsible for anything. But at the same time they’re the band, the keyfigures, employing people who simply don’t seem to be very competent at doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

    I’ll just stick to my personal explanation that it was one big clusterfuck, caused by smaller clusterfucks all over the board, that exploded in the situation we have now. It works better than blaming one person or group of people in particular.

    It doesn’t however make me feel much better about not being able to get tickets, no matter what I tried.

  104. You won’t hear me saying U2, the band and the band members alone are responsible for anything. But at the same time they’re the band, the keyfigures, employing people who simply don’t seem to be very competent at doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

    I’ll just stick to my personal explanation that it was one big clusterfuck, caused by smaller clusterfucks all over the board, that exploded in the situation we have now. It works better than blaming one person or group of people in particular.

    It doesn’t however make me feel much better about not being able to get tickets, no matter what I tried.

  105. Man, this is just a personal insult to their biggest fans. Again! …it’s becoming the norm. They’re saying “We don’t want you to follow us on tour.” This is unprecidented in rock music history, no? Man, they ARE big…the biggest band in the world, they have no need to cater to obsessive fans….but to go out of the way to prevent people from following the tour?
    Message received. FU2.

  106. Man, this is just a personal insult to their biggest fans. Again! …it’s becoming the norm. They’re saying “We don’t want you to follow us on tour.” This is unprecidented in rock music history, no? Man, they ARE big…the biggest band in the world, they have no need to cater to obsessive fans….but to go out of the way to prevent people from following the tour?
    Message received. FU2.

  107. MrJetlag: I remember being stunned in 87 being able to walk into HMV for tickets to the Cork gig, because that same year there had been riots outside the box office in Rotterdam, fans bating eachother over the head for tickets.

  108. MrJetlag: I remember being stunned in 87 being able to walk into HMV for tickets to the Cork gig, because that same year there had been riots outside the box office in Rotterdam, fans bating eachother over the head for tickets.

  109. @georgejr:

    Do you know that story of the band making someone responsible for merchandise i.e. t-shirt-fabric?

    These are the levels of control they are in. (at least have been in the past)

    And if the slamming of past days isn’t directed at U2 making the decisions, then it’s pointed at the band giving away control toe the corporate world (clear channel, ticketbastard etc).

    Ind the end I don’t care, they’re responsible and my only fear is they are growing into the corporate monster they were fighting off in the Popmart concept.

    U2 were once known as The Hype, and now they’ve really become one, and maybe that’s why I wouldn’t mind the band calling it quits at this point….
    (I put that up in different forums even before this ticket-dissaster)

  110. @georgejr:

    Do you know that story of the band making someone responsible for merchandise i.e. t-shirt-fabric?

    These are the levels of control they are in. (at least have been in the past)

    And if the slamming of past days isn’t directed at U2 making the decisions, then it’s pointed at the band giving away control toe the corporate world (clear channel, ticketbastard etc).

    Ind the end I don’t care, they’re responsible and my only fear is they are growing into the corporate monster they were fighting off in the Popmart concept.

    U2 were once known as The Hype, and now they’ve really become one, and maybe that’s why I wouldn’t mind the band calling it quits at this point….
    (I put that up in different forums even before this ticket-dissaster)

  111. See, the upside of all of this is that it’ll be kind of fun watching the scalpers get stuck with their spares.

    Mr. Jetlag, do you remember that one night after the Wembley gig, where there was about 100+ fans waiting at the outside gates, hoping to catch a glimpse of the band, and the cars came out, stopped… security started lining people up, and then there proceeded a signing session that was just surreal.

    I guess those kind of memories no one can take away, at least.

  112. See, the upside of all of this is that it’ll be kind of fun watching the scalpers get stuck with their spares.

    Mr. Jetlag, do you remember that one night after the Wembley gig, where there was about 100+ fans waiting at the outside gates, hoping to catch a glimpse of the band, and the cars came out, stopped… security started lining people up, and then there proceeded a signing session that was just surreal.

    I guess those kind of memories no one can take away, at least.

  113. @georgejr:

    Do you know that story of the band making someone responsible for merchandise (even going as far as judging the t-shirt-fabric)?

    These are the levels of control they are in. (at least have been in the past)

    And if the slamming of past days isn’t directed at U2 making the decisions, then it’s pointed at the band giving away control toe the corporate world (clear channel, ticketbastard etc).

    In the end I don’t care, they’re responsible and my only fear is they are growing into the corporate monster they were fighting off in the Popmart concept.

    U2 were once known as The Hype, and now they’ve really become one, and maybe that’s why I wouldn’t mind the band calling it quits at this point….
    (I put that up in different forums even before this ticket-dissaster)

  114. @georgejr:

    Do you know that story of the band making someone responsible for merchandise (even going as far as judging the t-shirt-fabric)?

    These are the levels of control they are in. (at least have been in the past)

    And if the slamming of past days isn’t directed at U2 making the decisions, then it’s pointed at the band giving away control toe the corporate world (clear channel, ticketbastard etc).

    In the end I don’t care, they’re responsible and my only fear is they are growing into the corporate monster they were fighting off in the Popmart concept.

    U2 were once known as The Hype, and now they’ve really become one, and maybe that’s why I wouldn’t mind the band calling it quits at this point….
    (I put that up in different forums even before this ticket-dissaster)

  115. Good point Roeli. This is really starting to feel like a swansong, doesn’t it? Go out with a bang, kind of thing.

  116. Good point Roeli. This is really starting to feel like a swansong, doesn’t it? Go out with a bang, kind of thing.

  117. for those of you resident in the UK, there are still tickets available for all UK shows via lastminute.com. i managed to get 4 this morning just after 9am for the Twickenham show on the 19th at cost price. due to load on their site they pulled the sale at 9.20am as far as i know, they still have allocation for London/Glasgow/Cardiff/Manchester, both standing & sitting

    the link to buy them is (which isn’t up yet):

    http://www.lastminute.com/lmn/pso/catalog/Product.jhtml?POSITION=1&PRODID=406920692&CATID=94229

    ive been told that these will go on sale again sometime this afternoon so keep trying the above link.

    Dont ask me how i know this either :>)

    good luck, i hope you manage to get some!

    cheers
    i_hate_tick3tmaster

  118. for those of you resident in the UK, there are still tickets available for all UK shows via lastminute.com. i managed to get 4 this morning just after 9am for the Twickenham show on the 19th at cost price. due to load on their site they pulled the sale at 9.20am as far as i know, they still have allocation for London/Glasgow/Cardiff/Manchester, both standing & sitting

    the link to buy them is (which isn’t up yet):

    http://www.lastminute.com/lmn/pso/catalog/Product.jhtml?POSITION=1&PRODID=406920692&CATID=94229

    ive been told that these will go on sale again sometime this afternoon so keep trying the above link.

    Dont ask me how i know this either :>)

    good luck, i hope you manage to get some!

    cheers
    i_hate_tick3tmaster

  119. Caroline:

    Yeah I remember that being in the press here about riots for tickets and the show in Italy when the gates were pushed in by people outside.
    200 or so of them got in for free

  120. Caroline:

    Yeah I remember that being in the press here about riots for tickets and the show in Italy when the gates were pushed in by people outside.
    200 or so of them got in for free

  121. This one concert per tour thing is the final straw for me, I have my name in the credits of the U2 Live book because I used to trade with PJ back in the day. Never ever have I seen a band try to tell a fan you can only come to one show. Sure you can go to crazy extents now to go to multiple, but I am voting with my wallet and not going to any. Do not give in to this junk, I don’t care whose fault it is, but these guys have either turned into the most arrogant fellas in the world or they employ the worst batch of businessmen I have ever seen.

    Make no bones about it, this band has made a decision they are “bored” with the first 5 million fans they have, and they think they are big enough to go out and get “another 5 million”. Beware of what you ask for because you may not find that extra 5million.

    They should never do this to the hardcore base, because many of these same people rolled out to 15 popmart shows when you played to half empty stadium in america!!

  122. This one concert per tour thing is the final straw for me, I have my name in the credits of the U2 Live book because I used to trade with PJ back in the day. Never ever have I seen a band try to tell a fan you can only come to one show. Sure you can go to crazy extents now to go to multiple, but I am voting with my wallet and not going to any. Do not give in to this junk, I don’t care whose fault it is, but these guys have either turned into the most arrogant fellas in the world or they employ the worst batch of businessmen I have ever seen.

    Make no bones about it, this band has made a decision they are “bored” with the first 5 million fans they have, and they think they are big enough to go out and get “another 5 million”. Beware of what you ask for because you may not find that extra 5million.

    They should never do this to the hardcore base, because many of these same people rolled out to 15 popmart shows when you played to half empty stadium in america!!

  123. “because many of these same people rolled out to 15 popmart shows when you played to half empty stadium in america!!”

    Oooh, good point!

    I was just thinking it’s like the ultimate midlife crisis. Other men leave their first wife, U2 dumps their first fans.

  124. “because many of these same people rolled out to 15 popmart shows when you played to half empty stadium in america!!”

    Oooh, good point!

    I was just thinking it’s like the ultimate midlife crisis. Other men leave their first wife, U2 dumps their first fans.

  125. E:

    I remember it well on Zooropa and Popmart standing outside Wembley and chatting to Larry Bono and Edge.

    Boston used to be good for doing that too but last tour was nuts.

    There must’ve been 300-500 people standing outside the hotel in the afternoon of one of the shows.

    Someone asked me what we were standing around for.

    I told them it was a queue for bread.

    You were always gaurenteed something funny happening / meeting someone funny outside a venue or hotel waiting on the band.

    In the course of hanging around on different tours I managed to bump into Bob Geldof, Gavin Friday, Stephen Tyler – who told me U2 had saved the Aerosmith show in Tokyo and Jake from the Keep fit comercials. Ah — Many’s a night when I was younger I would come home from the pub, hammered and turn on the TV to see Jake strutting his stuff.

    When there was nothing else on TV at 3 am.

    I have very fond memories of Zooropa

    One of my mates brought a 3 foot inflatable willy
    into the show and as we stood behind Larry drums at the B-stage waved it at Adam

    Unfortunatly 2 german girls took exception to it and knocked it out of his hands and behind the Barriers.

    I have wondered to this day what was going through Bono’s mind as he looked down during ‘Stay’ and saw a woman from stageco. being chased around the front of the stage by a guy with a 3 foot inflatable willy !!

    I also remember one guy from Georgia setting up his really expensive camera gear on a tri pod at the gates of the RDS after the show. Unfortunatly for him there was a gang of very excitable brazilain / portuguese / spanish / italian girls standing behind him.

    A disaster waiting to happen and sure enough

    As soon as Bono drove out the camera tripod went flying as the screaming girls jumped across the bonnet.

    I’d like to stress I know that not all brazilain / portuguese / spanish / italian girls are like
    this.

    Ah- so many memories.

    I feel old

    Touts:

    Read about Glastonbury ticketing plans to prevent scalping.

    Apparently they’re going to have chips built in to the tickets with your personal details / photo and you have to bring photo id with you.
    Thats do-able.

    Finally this tour better be a good one. I blew off my Garda (Irish Police) entrance exam to get tickets.

  126. E:

    I remember it well on Zooropa and Popmart standing outside Wembley and chatting to Larry Bono and Edge.

    Boston used to be good for doing that too but last tour was nuts.

    There must’ve been 300-500 people standing outside the hotel in the afternoon of one of the shows.

    Someone asked me what we were standing around for.

    I told them it was a queue for bread.

    You were always gaurenteed something funny happening / meeting someone funny outside a venue or hotel waiting on the band.

    In the course of hanging around on different tours I managed to bump into Bob Geldof, Gavin Friday, Stephen Tyler – who told me U2 had saved the Aerosmith show in Tokyo and Jake from the Keep fit comercials. Ah — Many’s a night when I was younger I would come home from the pub, hammered and turn on the TV to see Jake strutting his stuff.

    When there was nothing else on TV at 3 am.

    I have very fond memories of Zooropa

    One of my mates brought a 3 foot inflatable willy
    into the show and as we stood behind Larry drums at the B-stage waved it at Adam

    Unfortunatly 2 german girls took exception to it and knocked it out of his hands and behind the Barriers.

    I have wondered to this day what was going through Bono’s mind as he looked down during ‘Stay’ and saw a woman from stageco. being chased around the front of the stage by a guy with a 3 foot inflatable willy !!

    I also remember one guy from Georgia setting up his really expensive camera gear on a tri pod at the gates of the RDS after the show. Unfortunatly for him there was a gang of very excitable brazilain / portuguese / spanish / italian girls standing behind him.

    A disaster waiting to happen and sure enough

    As soon as Bono drove out the camera tripod went flying as the screaming girls jumped across the bonnet.

    I’d like to stress I know that not all brazilain / portuguese / spanish / italian girls are like
    this.

    Ah- so many memories.

    I feel old

    Touts:

    Read about Glastonbury ticketing plans to prevent scalping.

    Apparently they’re going to have chips built in to the tickets with your personal details / photo and you have to bring photo id with you.
    Thats do-able.

    Finally this tour better be a good one. I blew off my Garda (Irish Police) entrance exam to get tickets.

  127. Caroline:

    HA HA HA

    Good one !!

    Maybe I should write a strong note to the Minister for Finance to have another look at withdrawing that Artist Exemtion Tax Relief in time for the end of the tour / budget day.

    Now that would be cruelty to the elderly !!

  128. Caroline:

    HA HA HA

    Good one !!

    Maybe I should write a strong note to the Minister for Finance to have another look at withdrawing that Artist Exemtion Tax Relief in time for the end of the tour / budget day.

    Now that would be cruelty to the elderly !!

  129. From U2.con: “Most of you have now be able to book tickets for these shows and we appreciate your messages of thanks and support.”

    What BS! Most of us have NOT been able to book tickets to ANY show! I’d like to see these supposed messages of thanks and support. I’m certain they do not outnumber the messages of complaint. It’s shameful how U2.con is not completely owning up to its mistakes when it’s clearly evident it made big mistakes. For U2.con to make it seem like everything is peachy or improving when it ain’t is unconsciencable.

    I have not been able to purchase a single ticket to any show. I started out trying for Chicago and when I realized that it wasn’t going to happen, I tried for tickets in ANY other U.S. city, with the idea that I could trade them with someone. I couldn’t get one damn ticket to any show–well, unless I wanted tickets BEHIND the stage.

    I’m not sure if I’m even going to bother with general sales. This has been too much BS. I try to live a BS-free life. Even before the ticket sale fiasco, I thought there was too much BS surrounding the album and tour.

    There are a million bands out there whom I could support instead, and that’s what I’ve decided to do. Last night I purchased tickets to see another band who are currently touring. I know this band WANTS to see my smiling face front and center night after night.

  130. From U2.con: “Most of you have now be able to book tickets for these shows and we appreciate your messages of thanks and support.”

    What BS! Most of us have NOT been able to book tickets to ANY show! I’d like to see these supposed messages of thanks and support. I’m certain they do not outnumber the messages of complaint. It’s shameful how U2.con is not completely owning up to its mistakes when it’s clearly evident it made big mistakes. For U2.con to make it seem like everything is peachy or improving when it ain’t is unconsciencable.

    I have not been able to purchase a single ticket to any show. I started out trying for Chicago and when I realized that it wasn’t going to happen, I tried for tickets in ANY other U.S. city, with the idea that I could trade them with someone. I couldn’t get one damn ticket to any show–well, unless I wanted tickets BEHIND the stage.

    I’m not sure if I’m even going to bother with general sales. This has been too much BS. I try to live a BS-free life. Even before the ticket sale fiasco, I thought there was too much BS surrounding the album and tour.

    There are a million bands out there whom I could support instead, and that’s what I’ve decided to do. Last night I purchased tickets to see another band who are currently touring. I know this band WANTS to see my smiling face front and center night after night.

  131. Quote of teh Day

    ‘U2 have a the neck of a jockeys bollocks to do this to their fans’ – My mother Mrs Blake

  132. Quote of teh Day

    ‘U2 have a the neck of a jockeys bollocks to do this to their fans’ – My mother Mrs Blake

  133. Cindy: I wouldn’t dog the seats behind the stage TOO much. My first Bruce Springsteen show (of 8!) I was behind the stage and it was awesome, simply awesome to watch him count down the band and see the thousands of people staring at you. You felt almost what it felt like to be on stage. Of course, Bruce’s shows are much more stripped down than U2 and there wasn’t a vidi-wall that came up like in Mysterious Ways during the Elevation tour that might block your view.

    as for the ticket fiasco… I am deeply disappointed but relieved I didn’t even sign up for the $20 presale. I remembered what a joke it was last time, and last time it was FREE! I am going to try for NYC on Monday. Good luck to me. And everyone. We’ll all need it.

  134. Cindy: I wouldn’t dog the seats behind the stage TOO much. My first Bruce Springsteen show (of 8!) I was behind the stage and it was awesome, simply awesome to watch him count down the band and see the thousands of people staring at you. You felt almost what it felt like to be on stage. Of course, Bruce’s shows are much more stripped down than U2 and there wasn’t a vidi-wall that came up like in Mysterious Ways during the Elevation tour that might block your view.

    as for the ticket fiasco… I am deeply disappointed but relieved I didn’t even sign up for the $20 presale. I remembered what a joke it was last time, and last time it was FREE! I am going to try for NYC on Monday. Good luck to me. And everyone. We’ll all need it.

  135. Ok, back again for another comment I just recieved. This from a prominent european taper who brought to you many of the great audience recordings you listen to all the time.

    It seems U2.com is now cancelling or not allowing people to use multiple accounts, but there still taking your money

    IE if your like many of us hardcores who just may have had more than u2.com membership assuming it might work like propaganda, only ONE of those memberships will be valid for ticket buying purposes. So if your like my friend and paid $160 for 4 memberships thinking you would have 4 pre-sale rights, you actually still only have 1. I guess they thought he joined multiple times to get 4 keychains. I am not sure exactly how this info was relayed to him, but he found out today.

    This just keeps getting worse and worse with each email in my inbox from the 20 year taping crew around the world

  136. Ok, back again for another comment I just recieved. This from a prominent european taper who brought to you many of the great audience recordings you listen to all the time.

    It seems U2.com is now cancelling or not allowing people to use multiple accounts, but there still taking your money

    IE if your like many of us hardcores who just may have had more than u2.com membership assuming it might work like propaganda, only ONE of those memberships will be valid for ticket buying purposes. So if your like my friend and paid $160 for 4 memberships thinking you would have 4 pre-sale rights, you actually still only have 1. I guess they thought he joined multiple times to get 4 keychains. I am not sure exactly how this info was relayed to him, but he found out today.

    This just keeps getting worse and worse with each email in my inbox from the 20 year taping crew around the world

  137. Cindy,

    I’m in a band and you can come and see us if you want…even if it means travelling the planet to come to europe πŸ˜‰

    Last week we played a one-off U2-tribute gig with two other bands and guess what…free entrance for everybody…place was packed and no familiar faces on front row πŸ˜‰

    It’s good reading these old tour stories, I remember Bono directing his driver back from the traffic light in Rotterdam Β΄cause the guy forgot to stop while the fans were waiting…..

  138. Cindy,

    I’m in a band and you can come and see us if you want…even if it means travelling the planet to come to europe πŸ˜‰

    Last week we played a one-off U2-tribute gig with two other bands and guess what…free entrance for everybody…place was packed and no familiar faces on front row πŸ˜‰

    It’s good reading these old tour stories, I remember Bono directing his driver back from the traffic light in Rotterdam Β΄cause the guy forgot to stop while the fans were waiting…..

  139. Thanks for the heads up on the lastminute.com deal. They are currently selling both kinds of tickets to several of the UK shows. I just got 4 GA for Twickenham at 6pm GMT.

  140. Thanks for the heads up on the lastminute.com deal. They are currently selling both kinds of tickets to several of the UK shows. I just got 4 GA for Twickenham at 6pm GMT.

  141. Yeah, U2 can shove it. I wouldn’t go to a concert now if they played my back yard. I’d call the cops on the wankers.

    I’ll spend my concert going money on the upcoming Tori Amos tour.

  142. Yeah, U2 can shove it. I wouldn’t go to a concert now if they played my back yard. I’d call the cops on the wankers.

    I’ll spend my concert going money on the upcoming Tori Amos tour.

  143. I can’t speak for the UK, but I can for the US and I have a lot to say so if you don’t have the patience to read through the entire bit, than so be it.

    Consider this, if you will. There are 178,000 members (allegedly, I haven’t been able to confirm this number yet). There are, what, 13 North American dates. Each venue only allows 1100 to 2500 GA depending on size and local fire codes. If you do the math, even if every venue could fit 2500 people, there would only be 32,500 GA tickets available! Thus everyone who wants a GA ticket isn’t physically able to get one. So, you might say, u2.com offered “priority ticketing” and “best seats in the house.” Well, first of all, in America GA has never been considered the best seats in the house — only we weirdo U2 fans prefer GA (in large venues). So what are the best seats in the house? I haven’t a clue! As far as I could tell, it seemed that, depending on the venue, those seats differed, but largely consisted of all seats in closest proximity to the stage, including nosebleeds. When all I could find were nosebleeds for the west coast, I was miffed, but I did notice that they were all on the stage end of the venues, not the opposite. Moreover, 2 hours after the west coast presale, which would be 5 hours after the Boston presale, I was able to get Loge 15 at the first Boston show. I went for that b/c I prefer Loge to nosebleed and figured might as well grab those while I can and worry about LA later! Loge 15 is, technically, behind the stage. However, and I don’t know if this was made public yet, but the stage revolves (allegedly). Thus loge behind the stage is better than loge in front b/c it’s closer.

    Now, I should not complain. I have a total of 4 tickets divided by 2 shows and have great tix for both. What’s my problem? I want more. I want GA for LA. And Anaheim. But my code only works once. That I’m not a fan of, but, for quite obviously, terribly selfish reasons! And I know that, which is why I’m not pressing the issue. I will gladly fight the general public sale for my own greed rather than expect U2 to dish out all those tickets to one person, because I know they would prefer I only go to one show so that ALL their fans get to experience the tour. Dig?

    So, where does that leave us? Here are the real main issues:

    1. Ticketmaster is corrupt, but they are partnered with Clear Channel which has exclusive rights to every large venue in every major city of the US. Both companies have been investigated but never able to be brought down. CCE was accused of monopoly, but they won the case. Of course U2 know this, but what are there options? None. The entire music industry knows this and they all hate TM & CCE. It totally blows, but it’s a damn hard reality. So, ticketmaster.com crashes and blames us. Scalpers get more tickets and they are completely silent. Only u2.com has had the courage to actually acknowledge the eBay situation and publicly announce their taking it on. This sets precedence. We should be darn proud they chose the righteous path.

    2. Misinformation and miscommunication. These are entirely u2.com’s fault. They were not clear as to exactly what fans would receive during the presale, so fans assumed one thing and got another. We thought we’d all get GA and a chance to get tix for all shows. Instead only a handful got GA and we can only get tix to 1 show.

    3. U2.com’s paid extras are just plain not comparable to that of Propaganda.

    No. 1 is not U2’s fault, no. 2 is in part U2’s fault, and no. 3 is U2’s fault (in so far as they chose to go with a dot com over paper goods).

    These, to me, are the main issues revolving both the presale and the fan club.

    Now, personally, I’m more upset at TM & CCE than anything U2 is responsible for and would rather use my efforts and talent to fight corrupt big business than piss on my favorite band for being fallible.

    U2 made a mistake. So what? We aren’t all perfect. Whatever happened to forgiveness?

  144. I can’t speak for the UK, but I can for the US and I have a lot to say so if you don’t have the patience to read through the entire bit, than so be it.

    Consider this, if you will. There are 178,000 members (allegedly, I haven’t been able to confirm this number yet). There are, what, 13 North American dates. Each venue only allows 1100 to 2500 GA depending on size and local fire codes. If you do the math, even if every venue could fit 2500 people, there would only be 32,500 GA tickets available! Thus everyone who wants a GA ticket isn’t physically able to get one. So, you might say, u2.com offered “priority ticketing” and “best seats in the house.” Well, first of all, in America GA has never been considered the best seats in the house — only we weirdo U2 fans prefer GA (in large venues). So what are the best seats in the house? I haven’t a clue! As far as I could tell, it seemed that, depending on the venue, those seats differed, but largely consisted of all seats in closest proximity to the stage, including nosebleeds. When all I could find were nosebleeds for the west coast, I was miffed, but I did notice that they were all on the stage end of the venues, not the opposite. Moreover, 2 hours after the west coast presale, which would be 5 hours after the Boston presale, I was able to get Loge 15 at the first Boston show. I went for that b/c I prefer Loge to nosebleed and figured might as well grab those while I can and worry about LA later! Loge 15 is, technically, behind the stage. However, and I don’t know if this was made public yet, but the stage revolves (allegedly). Thus loge behind the stage is better than loge in front b/c it’s closer.

    Now, I should not complain. I have a total of 4 tickets divided by 2 shows and have great tix for both. What’s my problem? I want more. I want GA for LA. And Anaheim. But my code only works once. That I’m not a fan of, but, for quite obviously, terribly selfish reasons! And I know that, which is why I’m not pressing the issue. I will gladly fight the general public sale for my own greed rather than expect U2 to dish out all those tickets to one person, because I know they would prefer I only go to one show so that ALL their fans get to experience the tour. Dig?

    So, where does that leave us? Here are the real main issues:

    1. Ticketmaster is corrupt, but they are partnered with Clear Channel which has exclusive rights to every large venue in every major city of the US. Both companies have been investigated but never able to be brought down. CCE was accused of monopoly, but they won the case. Of course U2 know this, but what are there options? None. The entire music industry knows this and they all hate TM & CCE. It totally blows, but it’s a damn hard reality. So, ticketmaster.com crashes and blames us. Scalpers get more tickets and they are completely silent. Only u2.com has had the courage to actually acknowledge the eBay situation and publicly announce their taking it on. This sets precedence. We should be darn proud they chose the righteous path.

    2. Misinformation and miscommunication. These are entirely u2.com’s fault. They were not clear as to exactly what fans would receive during the presale, so fans assumed one thing and got another. We thought we’d all get GA and a chance to get tix for all shows. Instead only a handful got GA and we can only get tix to 1 show.

    3. U2.com’s paid extras are just plain not comparable to that of Propaganda.

    No. 1 is not U2’s fault, no. 2 is in part U2’s fault, and no. 3 is U2’s fault (in so far as they chose to go with a dot com over paper goods).

    These, to me, are the main issues revolving both the presale and the fan club.

    Now, personally, I’m more upset at TM & CCE than anything U2 is responsible for and would rather use my efforts and talent to fight corrupt big business than piss on my favorite band for being fallible.

    U2 made a mistake. So what? We aren’t all perfect. Whatever happened to forgiveness?

  145. Uh for U2

    The poopy stuff has hit the fans. A $40 membership at u2.com for advance purchase of tickets that may or may not be there and now fans in the UK are told they are limited to the purchase of tickets for one show only and a maximum of 4 tickets for that …

  146. Uh for U2

    The poopy stuff has hit the fans. A $40 membership at u2.com for advance purchase of tickets that may or may not be there and now fans in the UK are told they are limited to the purchase of tickets for one show only and a maximum of 4 tickets for that …

  147. Oh yeah, the Popmart shows that were cancelled because of “defects to the screen” wasn’t it? Yeah, right…

    I’ve good memories though. Memories of some guy catching Bono outside the studio, carrying a stack of about, 20-30 vinyls. He goes “Can you sign something for me?” and Bono goes “Sure!” and proceeds to work his way through the entire stack, scribbling tits, bras and mickeys just about everywhere.

    And then there was the time I was hanging around, and he got mobbed, and I kinda stood it out at the back, when he gets ready to drive off. Feeling really silly for not having brought up the courage to say anything, I ask him “Oi, can you sign the headlights of my car?” as he’s about to get into his car. He kinda looks up, eyes lit up and says “That’s cool”. Then walks about 20 yards across towards my old banger, and draws a little something on the headlights. Edge repeated the same on the other headlight only minutes later.

    Those were the days. Perhaps it is our mistake. Perhaps we are trying to relive the past and that’s just not a possibility. It’s a bloody shame that in the past couple of days, I have seen the most avid and dedicated fans go entirely off U2, and I’m not talking about me here.

    I can’t imagine they really don’t care. I can’t imagine they don’t realise how much they have hurt people, nor can I imagine they’ll just shrug their shoulders and carry on as if nothing happened.

    The most painful thing though, is that that is exactly what they seem to be doing.

  148. Oh yeah, the Popmart shows that were cancelled because of “defects to the screen” wasn’t it? Yeah, right…

    I’ve good memories though. Memories of some guy catching Bono outside the studio, carrying a stack of about, 20-30 vinyls. He goes “Can you sign something for me?” and Bono goes “Sure!” and proceeds to work his way through the entire stack, scribbling tits, bras and mickeys just about everywhere.

    And then there was the time I was hanging around, and he got mobbed, and I kinda stood it out at the back, when he gets ready to drive off. Feeling really silly for not having brought up the courage to say anything, I ask him “Oi, can you sign the headlights of my car?” as he’s about to get into his car. He kinda looks up, eyes lit up and says “That’s cool”. Then walks about 20 yards across towards my old banger, and draws a little something on the headlights. Edge repeated the same on the other headlight only minutes later.

    Those were the days. Perhaps it is our mistake. Perhaps we are trying to relive the past and that’s just not a possibility. It’s a bloody shame that in the past couple of days, I have seen the most avid and dedicated fans go entirely off U2, and I’m not talking about me here.

    I can’t imagine they really don’t care. I can’t imagine they don’t realise how much they have hurt people, nor can I imagine they’ll just shrug their shoulders and carry on as if nothing happened.

    The most painful thing though, is that that is exactly what they seem to be doing.

  149. Mel, I don’t think you’ve read the article you’ve just posted a comment to. Where’s the ‘mistake’ in telling fans they can’t book more than one show per tour?

  150. Mel, I don’t think you’ve read the article you’ve just posted a comment to. Where’s the ‘mistake’ in telling fans they can’t book more than one show per tour?

  151. Caroline – I *hate* the fact that this whole thing has even made you condsider dropping the Live book, but I can completely understand it. Consider another option – write the new one with a special “2005 Ticket Fiasco” section outlining all the issues along with fan comments. Something to put on the backburner, anyway…

  152. Caroline – I *hate* the fact that this whole thing has even made you condsider dropping the Live book, but I can completely understand it. Consider another option – write the new one with a special “2005 Ticket Fiasco” section outlining all the issues along with fan comments. Something to put on the backburner, anyway…

  153. I don’t give up on U2. As artists, I mean. I can still listen to the music and enjoy it. It’s really not that hard to separate that.

  154. I don’t give up on U2. As artists, I mean. I can still listen to the music and enjoy it. It’s really not that hard to separate that.

  155. @SCOTT Z: Patty C here (you remain my cassette tape hero of all time). When I had my now-infamous “discussion” with Bono outside the Four Seasons in Boston in ’01 over this very same issue, one of the points I raised to him was the same you have mentioned here. When he made some crack about “people with jobs” wanting to get to see the band, too, I railed back at him that we are not trust fund babies — most of us that travel have 2-3 jobs to be able to afford to do that. And then I said “And what about on PopMart? You were awfully glad to see all of us each show when we were the only bastards dumb enough to be buying your tix!” (No response to that point.)

    @MR JETLAG: I was LOL at your comments about telling people you were in a queue for bread. Our stock answer on the Zoo-Tv tour when we were waiting outside the hotel and someone drove by and asked who we were waiting for was “Wayne Newton!”

  156. @SCOTT Z: Patty C here (you remain my cassette tape hero of all time). When I had my now-infamous “discussion” with Bono outside the Four Seasons in Boston in ’01 over this very same issue, one of the points I raised to him was the same you have mentioned here. When he made some crack about “people with jobs” wanting to get to see the band, too, I railed back at him that we are not trust fund babies — most of us that travel have 2-3 jobs to be able to afford to do that. And then I said “And what about on PopMart? You were awfully glad to see all of us each show when we were the only bastards dumb enough to be buying your tix!” (No response to that point.)

    @MR JETLAG: I was LOL at your comments about telling people you were in a queue for bread. Our stock answer on the Zoo-Tv tour when we were waiting outside the hotel and someone drove by and asked who we were waiting for was “Wayne Newton!”

  157. @e:

    >>Then walks about 20 yards across towards my old banger, and draws a little something on the headlights.<<

    Was the photo of this the one that was going round the internet showing the enormous bald spot on top of Bono’s head? LOL.

  158. @e:

    >>Then walks about 20 yards across towards my old banger, and draws a little something on the headlights.<<

    Was the photo of this the one that was going round the internet showing the enormous bald spot on top of Bono’s head? LOL.

  159. Yeah, that was my car, and I think I’m probably in one of them too. Lost every copy I had of it though, which is a shame, so if anyone still has it saved, I’d love to get it. Sold the car when I left Ireland.

    Didn’t I bump into you at a Bruce Springsteen concert at the RDS years ago and give you a ride in the very same car?

  160. Yeah, that was my car, and I think I’m probably in one of them too. Lost every copy I had of it though, which is a shame, so if anyone still has it saved, I’d love to get it. Sold the car when I left Ireland.

    Didn’t I bump into you at a Bruce Springsteen concert at the RDS years ago and give you a ride in the very same car?

  161. e – I know I have that pic somewhere. I kept it for laughs. There’s a bit of me thinks that Bono might have seen it too because it was very soon after that he got his hair fixed πŸ™‚

  162. e – I know I have that pic somewhere. I kept it for laughs. There’s a bit of me thinks that Bono might have seen it too because it was very soon after that he got his hair fixed πŸ™‚

  163. I don’t actually think this new policy was instituted as a means of deterring fans from following the band. It seems like it was a Ticketmaster decision since this new rule was only posted in the last couple days. I think they’re trying to deter scalpers/touts rather than the fans after TM got their name pulled in the mud after the ticket fiasco (well, tainted more than usual that is).

    Secondly, if this was the band’s way of stopping the legions of fans from following them why didn’t they implement this strict rule for North America? Methinks this was a Ticketmaster Europe or the Promoters decision and if the band agreed, for the reasons I gave, I don’t think it was the fans they’re concerned about at this point.

  164. I don’t actually think this new policy was instituted as a means of deterring fans from following the band. It seems like it was a Ticketmaster decision since this new rule was only posted in the last couple days. I think they’re trying to deter scalpers/touts rather than the fans after TM got their name pulled in the mud after the ticket fiasco (well, tainted more than usual that is).

    Secondly, if this was the band’s way of stopping the legions of fans from following them why didn’t they implement this strict rule for North America? Methinks this was a Ticketmaster Europe or the Promoters decision and if the band agreed, for the reasons I gave, I don’t think it was the fans they’re concerned about at this point.

  165. BREAKING NEWS: Scalpers are celebrating in the streets of London after Ticketmaster U.K. declares: β€œOnly one booking per tour”…!!!

    ‘…one thing we learned is that fans WANT to see the band…it’s like drugs, you can’t erase them.
    So if Ticketmaster won’t sell them…well we do!’…

    B!gGiRL says: I was about to give names of some scalpers but after this news I think I keep quiet…

    Seriously…this can’t be true. U2.com was very clear in their FAQ…you can only use your PRESALE code ONCE. That’s all.

    But B!gGiRL is on the streets again…no more creditcard…no more official tickets…I go for the romantic queue…the hotel lobby’s…the brokers…the nosebleeds that nobody wants when the King Of Leon are playing…

    I love that U2 band…whether Ticketmaster or Michael Cohl likes it or not

    ‘…it’s everything I wish I didn’t know…’

    ‘…I give it up for a Miracle Drug…’

    U2 is best served live…

    I mean they started it…I Will Follow…!

  166. BREAKING NEWS: Scalpers are celebrating in the streets of London after Ticketmaster U.K. declares: β€œOnly one booking per tour”…!!!

    ‘…one thing we learned is that fans WANT to see the band…it’s like drugs, you can’t erase them.
    So if Ticketmaster won’t sell them…well we do!’…

    B!gGiRL says: I was about to give names of some scalpers but after this news I think I keep quiet…

    Seriously…this can’t be true. U2.com was very clear in their FAQ…you can only use your PRESALE code ONCE. That’s all.

    But B!gGiRL is on the streets again…no more creditcard…no more official tickets…I go for the romantic queue…the hotel lobby’s…the brokers…the nosebleeds that nobody wants when the King Of Leon are playing…

    I love that U2 band…whether Ticketmaster or Michael Cohl likes it or not

    ‘…it’s everything I wish I didn’t know…’

    ‘…I give it up for a Miracle Drug…’

    U2 is best served live…

    I mean they started it…I Will Follow…!

  167. @e:

    Yeah that was me and my mates at Springsteen at the RDS 26.5.99. I’d NO idea this was you or that I’d been in the car in that photo. Small world!! Cheers to you! Thanks again for the lift. We went to Lillie’s after that as well, didn’t we??

  168. @e:

    Yeah that was me and my mates at Springsteen at the RDS 26.5.99. I’d NO idea this was you or that I’d been in the car in that photo. Small world!! Cheers to you! Thanks again for the lift. We went to Lillie’s after that as well, didn’t we??

  169. Caroline: The mistake was, re: to your article, in *not* clearly communicating to fans well in advance of the presale that we could only purchase tickets to one show.

    With Propaganda we could purchase tickets to several shows. When told U2.com fan club membership was the *new improved* Propaganda, it was safe to assume the same (or similar) treatment of ticket sales, unless otherwise noted.

    We were not noted otherwise.

    In 2001 I got tickets through Propaganda, through a U2.com (free) presale, and 1 GA at the box office after waiting hours on the day of the show.

    That’s the main mistake I’m talking about.

    At least I wish I had known months ago that the fan club ticket arrangement was only via presale and only for one show. I would have planned things differently.

    The rest of what I said was mainly just venting over Ticketmaster. Sorry if I got OT. I’m just extremely upset at the system crashes & all the scalpers. But I’m also upset at how so many fans are so quick to throw accusations and insults at U2 themselves. It’s worse than a fair weather friend neglecting you when you’re down — It’s more like your best friend kicking you while you’re down! It’s one thing to be upset, voice concerns, and try to implement change. It’s another thing to just completely give up on a band that a lot of us have followed for nearly (if not more than) 20 years.

  170. Caroline: The mistake was, re: to your article, in *not* clearly communicating to fans well in advance of the presale that we could only purchase tickets to one show.

    With Propaganda we could purchase tickets to several shows. When told U2.com fan club membership was the *new improved* Propaganda, it was safe to assume the same (or similar) treatment of ticket sales, unless otherwise noted.

    We were not noted otherwise.

    In 2001 I got tickets through Propaganda, through a U2.com (free) presale, and 1 GA at the box office after waiting hours on the day of the show.

    That’s the main mistake I’m talking about.

    At least I wish I had known months ago that the fan club ticket arrangement was only via presale and only for one show. I would have planned things differently.

    The rest of what I said was mainly just venting over Ticketmaster. Sorry if I got OT. I’m just extremely upset at the system crashes & all the scalpers. But I’m also upset at how so many fans are so quick to throw accusations and insults at U2 themselves. It’s worse than a fair weather friend neglecting you when you’re down — It’s more like your best friend kicking you while you’re down! It’s one thing to be upset, voice concerns, and try to implement change. It’s another thing to just completely give up on a band that a lot of us have followed for nearly (if not more than) 20 years.

  171. whoa, this sure sounds like a pile ‘o crap! i know everyone’s upset, but i’m sure these measures are to stop scalpers, not fans. if you want to go to every show in europe (unless i kill you with my envy first) then you still can, but just not through online bookings. online bookings are shite – i ended up the back row for radiohead with some tickets that were booked online as soon as the clock ticked over. line up kids, it’s fun!

  172. whoa, this sure sounds like a pile ‘o crap! i know everyone’s upset, but i’m sure these measures are to stop scalpers, not fans. if you want to go to every show in europe (unless i kill you with my envy first) then you still can, but just not through online bookings. online bookings are shite – i ended up the back row for radiohead with some tickets that were booked online as soon as the clock ticked over. line up kids, it’s fun!

  173. Sarah44, ill trade you 2 saturday seated tickets for 2 sunday ones if you like?
    Mine are block 23, similar sorts of tickets. Do you live in London?

    let me know if you might be interested
    eamonnfoley@yahoo.com

  174. Sarah44, ill trade you 2 saturday seated tickets for 2 sunday ones if you like?
    Mine are block 23, similar sorts of tickets. Do you live in London?

    let me know if you might be interested
    eamonnfoley@yahoo.com

  175. It looks to me like we can use our code again!? It says one of the following countries (not including UK and US)……..

    “Presale dates for the rest of U2’s European tour this summer have just
    been
    announced.

    As a U2.Com subscriber you can use your unique code sent in our earlier
    email to buy four tickets for shows in ONE of the following countries –
    Ireland, France, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria,
    Poland,
    Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Portugal.”

  176. It looks to me like we can use our code again!? It says one of the following countries (not including UK and US)……..

    “Presale dates for the rest of U2’s European tour this summer have just
    been
    announced.

    As a U2.Com subscriber you can use your unique code sent in our earlier
    email to buy four tickets for shows in ONE of the following countries –
    Ireland, France, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria,
    Poland,
    Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Portugal.”

  177. @ PC

    99, was it? Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it πŸ˜‰ Small world indeed. And yes, Lillie’s afterwards. Not really my cuppa tea, but it’s nice to have been there at least once.

    Just back to in general. I managed to get a ticket for Glasgow through TravelNow, so thank you for everyone who posted that. On their page there was a warning of a 4 ticket restriction, but they specifically spelled out it wasn’t restricted to one show, but you could also get 2 for say Cardiff and 2 for Glasgow. Maybe they’ll juggle them around themselves and pretend they only had 4 ticket orders or something.

    I’m starting to wonder how legal it is for say, travelnow or teleticketservice to share my creditcard info with ticketmaster.

    I just got another email from U2.com alerting me to presales. Also, general sales for Brussels started, Teleticketservice.com site is slow, but working. Note that are two different price levels for GA tickets AND! No mention of per tour restrictions at all. Restriction of 4 tickets max, but nothing to say if you already bought tickets to, say, London, you can’t buy tickets for Brussels.

    Best advice I can give anyone is to max out on any tickets you can get, if you plan on travelling abroad, and make sure you have tickets to trade. That’s what I’ll be doing for Amsterdam tickets, that’s about the only show I’ll be able to get without any hassle, I think.

  178. @ PC

    99, was it? Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it πŸ˜‰ Small world indeed. And yes, Lillie’s afterwards. Not really my cuppa tea, but it’s nice to have been there at least once.

    Just back to in general. I managed to get a ticket for Glasgow through TravelNow, so thank you for everyone who posted that. On their page there was a warning of a 4 ticket restriction, but they specifically spelled out it wasn’t restricted to one show, but you could also get 2 for say Cardiff and 2 for Glasgow. Maybe they’ll juggle them around themselves and pretend they only had 4 ticket orders or something.

    I’m starting to wonder how legal it is for say, travelnow or teleticketservice to share my creditcard info with ticketmaster.

    I just got another email from U2.com alerting me to presales. Also, general sales for Brussels started, Teleticketservice.com site is slow, but working. Note that are two different price levels for GA tickets AND! No mention of per tour restrictions at all. Restriction of 4 tickets max, but nothing to say if you already bought tickets to, say, London, you can’t buy tickets for Brussels.

    Best advice I can give anyone is to max out on any tickets you can get, if you plan on travelling abroad, and make sure you have tickets to trade. That’s what I’ll be doing for Amsterdam tickets, that’s about the only show I’ll be able to get without any hassle, I think.

  179. Hurrah. Ireland would be nice… But probably just a tad oversubscribed. (!) Perhaps we’d be better off trying for the less popular shows

  180. Hurrah. Ireland would be nice… But probably just a tad oversubscribed. (!) Perhaps we’d be better off trying for the less popular shows

  181. “you can use your unique code sent in our earlier
    email to buy four tickets for shows in ONE of the following countries –
    Ireland, France, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Poland,
    Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Portugal.”
    Cool

  182. “you can use your unique code sent in our earlier
    email to buy four tickets for shows in ONE of the following countries –
    Ireland, France, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Poland,
    Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Portugal.”
    Cool

  183. @e:

    >>Lillie’s afterwards. Not really my cuppa tea, but it’s nice to have been there at least once.<<

    Friend of mine said of Lillie’s “It’s kind of like partying in your Grandma’s living room.” LOL

    I’ve got that photo of yer man signing your headlamp that I can email you if I have an email address. You can write me at PACulliton@aol.com if you’d like it. And JPG or BMP? Cheers.

  184. @e:

    >>Lillie’s afterwards. Not really my cuppa tea, but it’s nice to have been there at least once.<<

    Friend of mine said of Lillie’s “It’s kind of like partying in your Grandma’s living room.” LOL

    I’ve got that photo of yer man signing your headlamp that I can email you if I have an email address. You can write me at PACulliton@aol.com if you’d like it. And JPG or BMP? Cheers.

  185. I don’t get that new email from U2.com. Does that mean we can use the code even if we already used it to get tickets in the first round?

    This whole thing is just so very. very. tiring.

  186. I don’t get that new email from U2.com. Does that mean we can use the code even if we already used it to get tickets in the first round?

    This whole thing is just so very. very. tiring.

  187. Well amid all this chaos, let me try and help some peeps out. I have 4 spare GAs for Cardiff and would like to trade for any spare GAs for Twickenham — either show. Please e-mail rizon1@yahoo.com.

  188. Well amid all this chaos, let me try and help some peeps out. I have 4 spare GAs for Cardiff and would like to trade for any spare GAs for Twickenham — either show. Please e-mail rizon1@yahoo.com.

  189. I don’t get it either. If yes, I’m really upset (nevermind, I’ve passed that level at this stage), cause then I would have used it earlier.

    And I also wonder if this means I can buy say, 1 ticket for Munchen, 1 for Berlin and 2 for Gelsenkirchen, since they’re all in Germany, but not, say 2 for Paris and 2 for Dublin.

    They really do move in mysterious ways.

  190. I don’t get it either. If yes, I’m really upset (nevermind, I’ve passed that level at this stage), cause then I would have used it earlier.

    And I also wonder if this means I can buy say, 1 ticket for Munchen, 1 for Berlin and 2 for Gelsenkirchen, since they’re all in Germany, but not, say 2 for Paris and 2 for Dublin.

    They really do move in mysterious ways.

  191. Mel, it still doesn’t make sense.

    Sure, if it’s pre-sales, they can have the condition that you’re only allowed tickets for one gig and only use the code one time.

    But we’re talking general sales here. They’re telling us any fan, registered with U2.com or not, is only allowed to buy tickets for one gig on the entire tour. And they are making all the ticket outlets share their booking information, so they can check people’s credit card numbers AND addresses. Only one booking per address (postal code). So, within one family, it’s either daddy or mammy buying the tickets. Or if you are a student and share accomodation… only four tickets per postal code.

    It’s ridiculous.

  192. Mel, it still doesn’t make sense.

    Sure, if it’s pre-sales, they can have the condition that you’re only allowed tickets for one gig and only use the code one time.

    But we’re talking general sales here. They’re telling us any fan, registered with U2.com or not, is only allowed to buy tickets for one gig on the entire tour. And they are making all the ticket outlets share their booking information, so they can check people’s credit card numbers AND addresses. Only one booking per address (postal code). So, within one family, it’s either daddy or mammy buying the tickets. Or if you are a student and share accomodation… only four tickets per postal code.

    It’s ridiculous.

  193. This is the rest of the email in case its not very clear…
    Not much else except this and presale booking dates

    TICKETMASTER ADVICE ON PRESALE BOOKING

    In order to book tickets in the presale you will need your 6-character
    numeric code which has been emailed to you – and you can also find this code
    in the red Members Box on the homepage. If, for example, your email
    featured —>xyz123<— then the code you must use is xyz123.

    You can only purchase up to 4 tickets for a single show of your choice.

    If you have successfully completed a purchase, you should not attempt to
    re-use your code as it will not be valid.

    Please note that multiple purchases using the same access code may be
    cancelled and refunded without further notification by the ticket issuer.

    Some browser or firewall settings have been found to conflict with the
    security checks in place as part of the purchase process. Subscribers may
    find that disabling the privacy features relating to the way
    in which your browser or firewall handles URL information, may allow you to
    proceed through to the purchase pages and complete your booking. Please note
    that Ticketmaster does not recommend making any changes that could expose
    your computer to Internet security threats, and further Ticketmaster accepts
    no liability for any harm caused by changes made to your privacy features.

    Best wishes

    The U2.Com Team

  194. This is the rest of the email in case its not very clear…
    Not much else except this and presale booking dates

    TICKETMASTER ADVICE ON PRESALE BOOKING

    In order to book tickets in the presale you will need your 6-character
    numeric code which has been emailed to you – and you can also find this code
    in the red Members Box on the homepage. If, for example, your email
    featured —>xyz123<— then the code you must use is xyz123.

    You can only purchase up to 4 tickets for a single show of your choice.

    If you have successfully completed a purchase, you should not attempt to
    re-use your code as it will not be valid.

    Please note that multiple purchases using the same access code may be
    cancelled and refunded without further notification by the ticket issuer.

    Some browser or firewall settings have been found to conflict with the
    security checks in place as part of the purchase process. Subscribers may
    find that disabling the privacy features relating to the way
    in which your browser or firewall handles URL information, may allow you to
    proceed through to the purchase pages and complete your booking. Please note
    that Ticketmaster does not recommend making any changes that could expose
    your computer to Internet security threats, and further Ticketmaster accepts
    no liability for any harm caused by changes made to your privacy features.

    Best wishes

    The U2.Com Team

  195. Jeezzzusss! Just came back from a trip to Rome and find the whole U2 world in an uproar. And rightfully so, what a load of bullocks this all is. If I’m well informed, I can not use my $40-special-priority-we-love-our-paying-members-code to buy tickets, because my lovely boyfriend has already used his and we live in the same house. So I’ll have to use the creditcard and adress of a friend or relative with my code. Luckily, touts don’t have any friends or relatives, or good ideas like that, so that’s an airtight prevention from misuse of codes and tickets! πŸ˜‰

  196. Jeezzzusss! Just came back from a trip to Rome and find the whole U2 world in an uproar. And rightfully so, what a load of bullocks this all is. If I’m well informed, I can not use my $40-special-priority-we-love-our-paying-members-code to buy tickets, because my lovely boyfriend has already used his and we live in the same house. So I’ll have to use the creditcard and adress of a friend or relative with my code. Luckily, touts don’t have any friends or relatives, or good ideas like that, so that’s an airtight prevention from misuse of codes and tickets! πŸ˜‰

  197. Do you *really* think that different booking companies will be sharing booking information? Will I get cancelled if I make another booking with the same credit card/address combo? It just seems like an logistical nighhtmare with lots of privacy issues at stake. I just don’t think it’s feasable to check everybodys purchases like that. it’s just such a pain having to get other peoples credit card numbers.

  198. Do you *really* think that different booking companies will be sharing booking information? Will I get cancelled if I make another booking with the same credit card/address combo? It just seems like an logistical nighhtmare with lots of privacy issues at stake. I just don’t think it’s feasable to check everybodys purchases like that. it’s just such a pain having to get other peoples credit card numbers.

  199. I still have a hard time believing it’s legal to share creditcard info/addresses/personal info between companies. I gave my details to travelnow.com, so I sure as hell don’t expect it to end up with ticketmaster.com

  200. I still have a hard time believing it’s legal to share creditcard info/addresses/personal info between companies. I gave my details to travelnow.com, so I sure as hell don’t expect it to end up with ticketmaster.com

  201. Caroline,

    I’ve re-read it again. (Third’s a charm, right?) And I *finally* got it! (Geesh, I swear I’m not usually this slow, must be the week we’ve all had taking affect.)

    Anyhoo, the Ticketmaster limit is different in the US. I’ve already bought 4 tickets to 2 different shows one 1 credit card and I have already received all said tickets.

    I guess I was confused because of this difference.

    I don’t know why they would do that in the UK and not in the US.

    That is ridiculous. I agree.

    Sorry it took me so darn long.

  202. Caroline,

    I’ve re-read it again. (Third’s a charm, right?) And I *finally* got it! (Geesh, I swear I’m not usually this slow, must be the week we’ve all had taking affect.)

    Anyhoo, the Ticketmaster limit is different in the US. I’ve already bought 4 tickets to 2 different shows one 1 credit card and I have already received all said tickets.

    I guess I was confused because of this difference.

    I don’t know why they would do that in the UK and not in the US.

    That is ridiculous. I agree.

    Sorry it took me so darn long.

  203. I wish I knew how to contact the powers of being with respect to this problem. I have the perfect solution to this problem, which would still allow the “True Fans” to see more than one venue. This is not rocket science to figure this problem out. If anyone knows how I can contact someone that would listen within the U2 Mangement. Please let me know. The problem isn’t the fans! The problem is the scalpers! I have the solution to this problem! It will not hurt any true fan that is a member nor hurt the band and monies. FYI

  204. I wish I knew how to contact the powers of being with respect to this problem. I have the perfect solution to this problem, which would still allow the “True Fans” to see more than one venue. This is not rocket science to figure this problem out. If anyone knows how I can contact someone that would listen within the U2 Mangement. Please let me know. The problem isn’t the fans! The problem is the scalpers! I have the solution to this problem! It will not hurt any true fan that is a member nor hurt the band and monies. FYI

  205. Who reads these comments??? Does anyone from U2 ever read these?? The solution to the problem with the scalpers is right it front of their nose. U2 could solve this problem and have another business on top of everything else. No One wants to hear any solutions I guess. So sad!

  206. Who reads these comments??? Does anyone from U2 ever read these?? The solution to the problem with the scalpers is right it front of their nose. U2 could solve this problem and have another business on top of everything else. No One wants to hear any solutions I guess. So sad!

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