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No GA Line on the Horizon!

cupofjoeDid you know that the average person spends approximately two years of their lives waiting in line, which conveniently provides me a reason to never, ever join a GA line for a U2 show.  Say it ain’t so, Joe!  Oh, it is so and you know why I refuse to be part of any GA line, other than a total waste of my time…..because I’m not psychotic.  ;). If you’re part of the GA sub culture phenomenon, then you know what I say to be true.

A U2 GA line is an experience that is not for the faint of heart nor is it for anyone with a job.  Have you met these people?  First of all, do they even have jobs?  If they do have jobs, how much vacation time do they have?  I’m a teacher with 400 days off a year & I  am jealous of GA’ers work schedules.  How do these freaks of the work force justify burning through 5 days of vacation time standing in a U2 GA line for a 2 hour concert?  Do the math and it all adds up to no sleep & an addiction to caffeine &/or crystal meth.  You’ll also notice that 90 % of all U2 GA lines are the same hordes of people traveling from 1 show to the next, inter-sprinkled with a couple of home town nuts for entertainment purposes.  I often wonder if they’re getting a GA Groupon rate?  Pass anyone with a few bottled waters, a case of beef jerkey, a lawn chair, a deck of cards and someone that smells like they haven’t showered in a week & you’ve either come across a U2 GA nut on their way to the next show or a hobo.

Oh sure, the GA’ers will tell you “I met some of the nicest people in a U2 GA line” or “We’re like family,” until the gates finally open and then it’s pure unadulterated…..savagery.  Strangers to best friends to “I will curb stomp your ass into the ground if you grab a spot on the rail before me,” is all in a days work for a GA’er.  All for what, to say that they saw Edge’s receding hairline up close & personal?  Hearing things like: “Oh my a God, Bono just sweated on me!”  “Can I lick it off you” are not uncommon to hear.

Have you ever seen GA’ers react when the floodgates to the concert hall finally do open?  Remember now, these are people that have been living outside in the elements for the past 3 days on sugar packets & Life Savers with minimal sleep.  It is terror, mayhem & destruction all rolled into one mass of middle age hysteria.  The “We get to carry each other” mantra goes right out the window in the skies as soon as those doors open.  It is every man, woman & child for themselves running to get as close to the stage as possible.  The only other time you usually see these people run all year is when the doors open up at Wal-Mart for midnight madness sales Thanksgiving night.  Aimlessly walk into a territory that has already been claimed by a GA’er and you’re one step closer to a serious beat down.  You can’t be sly about it either, thinking that you’ll gain some ground when they go to the bathroom, GA’ers don’t go to the bathroom once inside the concert hall.  A few GA’ers have exploded before due to this extreme measure.

I’ve been with U2 from day 1 & you will find me at shows in a purchased seat.   I will be there after a nice hot meal, usually walking in just as the lights go down.  I like to take in the whole experience as well.  Watching GA’ers attempting to body surf some 50 year old fattie across the stadium is not part of any experience I need to be part of.  No, I don’t sit down during the concert, I’m stupid not crazy, but it is my spot.  Just knowing I have a spot to sit in case of a medical emergency or if Your Blue Room comes on is enough for me.  Knowing I can go to the bathroom and or concession stand & return to the exact same spot without having to fight Large Marge in her 30 year old Joshua Tree t-shirt for space is an added bonus well worth the money.  Like Bono says, I stand up for faith, hope & love, but I draw the line at standing up in GA lines.  GA commenters, commence the bloodbath.  😉  Where do you sit on standing?

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An avid U2 fan, who doesn't take our group too seriously. Sixth grade teacher, married and have an 8 year old boy who is also a huge fan...he didn't have a choice.

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This topic contains 34 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  Chris 10 months ago.

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  • #11648

    joepit
    Moderator

    Did you know that the average person spends approximately two years of their lives waiting in line, which conveniently provides me a reason to never,
    [See the full post at: No GA Line on the Horizon!]

  • #11649

    Chris
    Participant

    I agree with you, Joe ! Great Blog !!!
    P.S. : September’s around the corner…What will U2 do ???

  • #11650

    joepit
    Moderator

    Thanks Chris. U2 will release their single & it will be radio friendly.

  • #11651

    Chris
    Participant

    I also hope fan-friendly…

  • #11652

    joepit
    Moderator

    Which fan? Hardcore fans like yourself or the teeny boppers that U2 is desperately trying to capture?

  • #11653

    Chris
    Participant

    Friendly towards me…and you…Us … hardcore-long-time fans !!!

  • #11654

    joepit
    Moderator

    Finding songs that meet both groups is the trick.

  • #11655

    Chris
    Participant

    Exactly ! I’m sure they know that…Or…Do they?

  • #11656

    Leeny
    Participant

    I’ve done (Red) Zone, I’ve done seats and I’ve done GA.
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    There is an old U2 saying: Once you’ve gone GA, you’ll never go back.
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    In my heart I’d have to say that is true.
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    Yes, buying a ticket for the (Red) zone does give money for a worthy cause without having to dump ice water over your head.
    Yes, the seats do allow you to take in a broader experience. (But by that logic we should all be clamoring for the nose bleed seats)
    Yes, it is tough on the bladder balancing the need for fluids with the knowledge that you will be left holding any excess for the duration of the show unless you’re there with someone who will save your spot.
    Yes, a person can lose a lot of time waiting in the queue, but not nearly as much time as can be wasted year round on U2 fan web sites.
    Yes, at future concerts if I am going with friends who are too weak to handle the GA, I will sit with them and enjoy the show (but my heart will be at the rail).
    No, my final U2 concert experience will not be in the seats. If there isn’t a GA section provided, I’ll make one.

  • #11657

    joepit
    Moderator

    Leeny, why are you assuming the seats are nosebleed? My seats for both shows at Gillette & NY were awesome and closer to the stage than 75 % of the GA crowd. What you classify as weak, I classify as smart. 😉

  • #11658

    SPun2U
    Key Master

    I’m with Leeny, the next U2 show I’ll be in GA down in front. It will be, after all, my two boys first (maybe last) U2 show if this ends up being the last U2 tour.

  • #11659

    joepit
    Moderator

    Spun, you’ll recognize Leeny by her red hair, FinFab t-shirt and her slurring and staggering from moonshine and margaritas. 😉

  • #11660

    Chris
    Participant

    I’m lucky if U2 even come to Romania…I’ve never experienced GA on a U2-show or a U2-show for that matter…Or GA like Joe had put it…

    Depeche Mode was here last year on the Delta Machine tour and I bought my ticket months in advance via a ticket-site, it was on the “side-A” of the stage, that meant right in front of the stage-people got there randomly-it was a standing place but boy did that show rock !!!! All the other spots (seated or not) were worse !!! Oddly enough…the V.I.P. were the worst seats !!!

  • #11662

    joepit
    Moderator

    Chris, you get yourself to the Boston meetup & we will burn this Mofo down to the ground!

  • #11667

    Beirut to Jupiter
    Participant

    Wow, do YOU have a job? How do you find the time to write such an unwarranted nasty post? I have gone GA five times, taking a half day off sometimes, while taking a day off others, never arriving before 1pm day of show and never being further than six rows of people back from center stage. What do you have up your rear? Get a life. I’ll never do seats again.

    • #11669

      joepit
      Moderator

      Welcome to U2radio.com Beirut to Jupiter. Let me introduce you to a little something called satire.

  • #11670

    joepit
    Moderator

    Everything in my post is all tongue & cheek, except for the GA’ers that exploded. That was real.

  • #11672

    Beirut to Jupiter
    Participant

    You might want to practice your satire skills. This is not very clever.

    • #11674

      joepit
      Moderator

      Ouch! Check my post out on Sunday. Maybe I’ll change your opinion.

  • #11675

    Beirut to Jupiter
    Participant

    OK. Will do.

  • #11676

    joepit
    Moderator

    Also Beirut, click on the Cup of Joe title underneath the image & check out my past posts. You will see they are not all satirical in nature.
    I also invite you to check out the other excellent writers here each day.

  • #11677

    Chris
    Participant

    Beirut to Jupiter…I love that name !!! I’m waiting for names involving Fez and Tripoli….Then I’ll be satisfied !!!

    Joe…I’d love to come to the Boston meet up but USA gives visas very hard…Unless someone from the US invites me there…But I would still need to have a large sum of money with me to be able to come…Which is not quite easy !

  • #11685

    joepit
    Moderator

    Chris, consider yourself invited if you can come up with the coin.

  • #11686

    Chris
    Participant

    I don’t think internet-invitations count but what you said means a lot to me ! Thanks !!! At least here we can be a community of Crazy Fans !

  • #11687

    Leeny
    Participant

    WOW!! I like Beirut already!! :)
    If I didn’t know better, I’d guess Beirut’s real name was Tam.

  • #11721

    Chris
    Participant

    Wow…It could also be Gibbo !

  • #11722

    Chris
    Participant

    …Or even Sacred Rose !

  • #11723

    Pam
    Participant

    Joe, these are hilarious descriptions of GA line experiences. As always, your great writing brings me much fun and joy! :)
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    I watched U2 concerts from different angles of vision and all shows brought me much happiness. Having attended a 360 show in Berlin in 2009, I enjoyed the view at the whole venue and the stage from a seat. The freedom to walk around before the concert and buy a drink was great. But at this time I thought that I would also love to experience the physical proximity to the band and atmosphere in front of the stage someday. So I decided to join the GA line in Vienna in 2010. Due to excitement it was difficult to sleep in the night before the show, but luckily I managed to get about five hours of sleep, joined the GA line at about 1 pm and finally found a great place in the inner circle in front of Adam. It was amazing to feel a closeness to the band together with many other fans. Of course I had to resist my thirst and only allowed myself one or two gulps of water once an hour in order to enjoy the night without any urgent need for the bathroom. In the future I will probably try both seat and GA line again.

  • #11726

    joepit
    Moderator

    Pam, great perspective from north & south of the river, I mean GA line.

  • #11727

    Chris
    Participant

    Or Your (Blue) GA Line…Don’t ask where that came from !!!

  • #11730

    Pam
    Participant

    Joe and Chris, the patience to wait in a GA line offers a chance to see the band from a great perspective. But sometimes I also go wandering to a hill, I mean seat in a higher position of the stadium. 😉

  • #11736

    joepit
    Moderator
  • #11783

    Chris
    Participant

    Thanks a lot man !!!!!

  • #11806

    Eileen Becker
    Participant

    Did you find that book yet Chris?

  • #11810

    Chris
    Participant

    I read the article but I didn’t buy or read the book ! Thanks again, Joe !!!

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