Hello Hello... U2

Remember the day when concert tickets were in the $10-$20 range? Me either. Well, that's not true either. I do recall paying around $14 for several shows at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena (since renamed "Mellon Arena"), back in my high school years. Today, great seats for a popular tour can easily go well above $100 a seat, (which, I \*think\* is well above the inflation rate). I read that the Rolling Stones are offering their "Gold Circle" seats for their upcoming tour for about $450. Ouch. I like the Stones (or, at least I like the music they made back in the 1967-1971 period, plus Some Girls and Tattoo You a little later), but I think I would have to settle for some of the cheaper and more distant seats if I were to go to that one.

Which brings me in a roundabout way to my real topic ... U2. I love U2. Really. I'm going to the show in Philadelphia tomorrow night. Then I gotta wait 5 months for their 2 October shows in Wash DC. For all of these shows, I decided to pay up for the expensive seats and have a good view of things. It worked out great last tour, I was right next to the stage, about 10 rows up. I suppose I could have taken my chances on the $50 GA tickets and tried to get lucky to get into the "bomb shelter" (i.e. inside of the catwalk circle that extends out into the floor). Odds are low (I've read its about 1 in 5) and if you don't make it you are likely stuck craning your neck all night and dealing with lots of pushing and shoving for a bad view. I'd love to get into the cirle, but I'd prefer to pay for a known quantity in this case.

The cool thing about this tour is that Sun is powering the "ONE" campaign, as fellow blogger MaryMary has blogged about extensively. She was actually lucky enough to meet Bono (and some other celebs). I am not hooked into that part of the business and will have no such access, but I am looking forward to the show(s).

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