Edmonton Journal from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on June 1, 2011 · 41
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Edmonton Journal from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada · 41

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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edmontonjournal.ccmentertainment ARTS vy v- m fi U edmontonjournal.comlife ID) EDITOR: KERI SWEETMAN, 780429 ' 1 '' ' hi :,;iax . gam ri'-nii DAVID UPNOWSK1. WINNIPEG FREE PRESS U2 lead singer Bono and guitarist The Edge perform in Winnipeg on Sunday night For photos and stories about Wednesday's concert to upload your own photos, go to edmontonjoumal.comentertainment. A review will be posted right after the concert and will also appear in Thursday's Arts & Life section. Join a live chat with our U2 team of writers at noon Thursday to talk about concert highlights. Scan this code with your smartphone for a quick route to our U2 coverage and to follow the EJArts Twitter account, your U2 news feed on concert day. ESSE U, 0 v T- I; ti 1 L. : - 5346; arts&lifeedmontonjournal.com ; Oi.-S .: ' ijii ii "i i - AmT-mJ Irish rockers U2 in concert at Winnipeg's Canad Inns Stadium on Sunday night Hard-core fans queue up a day and a half before concert to ensure their place in 'the pit' CONCERT PREVIEW U2 360 tour With: The Fray When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) Where: Commonwealth Stadium Tickets: $30 to $250 through Ticketmaster Stadium will rattle and hum to these songs . . . Diehard fan Joe Ahorro has been to 48 V2 concerts. He writes here about what newer fans can expect when Bono and friends take the stage at Commonwealth Stadium on Wednesday night JOE AHORRO Special to The journal FDMONTON U2's arrival and performance on Wednesday in Edmonton will be significant The massive stage known by fans as The Qaw or The Spaceship is a spectacle in itself. The stage is open all around, which lets fans Dreamspeakers Film Festivals global reach D3 Puzzles D6 & X f- - x iM " ' ... X r?: - ' ut - ..- . rmmmm TMnr il ' ' ' m BEN GELINAS ' Journal Arts Writer EDMONTON A night outside Commonwealth on an inflatable pool mattress was nothing if it meant diehard U2 fan Christopher Kozier was second in line, r ' "Jtls'the best night's sleep," Kozier said of his modest bed, decorated with art of -. tropical fish. "It cost $5. A drink in the stadium is prob-ably twice that." U2 fans with general admission tickets began lining up at dawn Tuesday, a day and a half before doors open at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Although they already have floor rickets, they want to get as close to the stage as possible for U2's first concert in Edmonton in 14 years. Kozier, who also brought a sleeping bag, had a coveted No. 2 scribbled on his hand in Sharpie by fellow fan Joe Ahorro. Ahorro was first in line and therefore made himself responsible for recording the order of a steady stream of arriving fans. No. 3 was Stefan Spargo, a 36-year-old car salesman from Calgary who planned to spend Tuesday night on a slab of green foam. He said he's slept on worse in line for other U2 shows cardboard boxes, even bare concrete. Tm a MacGyver kind of guy" Spargo said. "Foam, cardboard, whatever I can find." Spargo has seen U2 live 25 times, 10 more than Kozier. Camping in a U2 line is much easier than camping in the woods, Kozier said. In the line, there's cellphone reception and nearby fast-food restaurants (fans in the queue allow one another to leave to get food and to use the nearby toilets). Kozier even brought a sleeping bag, and can brush his teeth in a portable bathroom just down the pad at Gate 6. See 12 D2 see the band from 360 degrees, allowing larger audiences and creating "intimacy on a grand scale." Beyond the revolutionary stage setup, it is the band and their music that is even more impressive. U2 is a global band with international political themes woven into their music From my observ ations from previous shows on the 360 tour, I believe there are some songs from the concert that will especially resonate with Edmontonians. "Spoiler Alert SeSrPERFAD2 2j)(B"S ( O Who am I? Get closer at vatleyzoo.ca EDMONTON JOURNAL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 '. JfJ Xv X .-. ; i , f -s - --. j i , n- - , - , , - to -in J DAVID LIPNOWSKI, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS r 4 1 "SJ'A- ? ' fry3-rVr I i iiiy" i"i i iT ffVfn;i" -! S--ii f" V ii '-T-r' JOHN UUCS. THE JOURNAL Workers assemble the stage and sound systems for Wednesday's U2 concert at Commonwealth Stadium. r . Y rf 1 1 1) BRUCE EDWARDS. THE JOURNAl Christopher Kozier is well prepared for a sleepover as he takes his place as second in line. 1 J ff y J BRUCE EDWABDS. THE JOjRVAL Joe Ahorro watts in fine Tuesday at Commonwealth Stadium for Wednesday's U2 concert

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