Finally! U2 and Muse live! Wow! :D

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Arriving to the stadium for the concert!

The day arrived and we were all excited about seeing U2 and Muse live at the New Cowboys Stadium. Muse was programed to start at 7 PM, so we thought it would be a good idea to arrive at 5 and so we did. We were trying to find some cheap parking space but we were unable to, since every spot around the stadium was 30 bucks. Luckily we had met two more mexican guys attending the concert so we split the cost by four.

We got in pretty easily and got inside the lounge. I will let the pictures describe the stadium. I was virtually speechless. I was inside the best and most modern stadium ever in the world! (At least until the new Wembley Stadium is built). And also, we were going to witness the best and most impressive musical show on earth at the moment! U2 360!

One thing I have to say is that our seats sucked.

U2's 360 stage
I really have no idea what happened. We logged in the day the tickets were first sold by Ticketmaster at 10:00 AM sharp and all we could find available was some crappy seats on section 437 with a partially blocked view. I was brokenhearted at that very moment but I was not going to let go the opportunity to see U2 and Muse live. Later on I was really mad when I found that people who bought the tickets so much later got better seats for the same price. I think Ticketmaster sucks! They are just a bunch of greedy guys with a terrible service. No wonder Pearl Jam never allows them to sell their tickets. I wish other artists did the same!

Well, once we were inside the stadium we were standing by the lounge where you could still have a nice view of the stage.

Me by the stage
I took a couple of pictures from there, the stage looked amazing! The structure reminded me of some of the machines from The War of the Worlds. Then I started to analyze U2's 360 concept and it all made sense to me. I didn't understand why Bono would want to move the HUGE Cowboys Stadium screens to fit his tiny screens in. He said that the stadiums screens did not fit within their "concept". When I saw Muse it all made sense to me. I remembered the Muse HAARP DVD where they have an amazing stage playing in front of giant screens. Was U2 stage better than that? It didn't look like that to me. And that is when greed came to my mind. That 360 stage is not so much to please the fans but to be able to fill out the whole stadium and sell more tickets! So it's not that the show is necessarily more amazing but that they could take advantage of all the space and get more money from every show! I felt a little bit scummed by then, but I was determined to enjoy the show.
Muse live! - Chris on screen

Muse started a little bit late and I was dissapointed by the audience reaction to such a great band. I understand this is not their audience, and they were there to see U2, but it was sad to see Muse being so ignored. Some people was texting or others just left to go find something to eat. I was like "what?" Couldn't believe what was happening. Their setlist was awesome: Uprising, Map of the Problematique, Supermassive Black Hole, Hysteria, Unnatural Selection, Undisclosed Desires, Starlight and Time is Running Out. I wish they would have played at least 2 more songs! I am definitively going to see them when they come back on their own!

We decided to go buy some nachos after Muse finished and then yo go to our seats. When I could see the "partially blocked view" I couldn't but feel frustrated.

U2 live!
I tried not to make a big deal of it, but it was a detail that annoyed me for some part of the show until I could find better empty seats at a lower level.

U2 opened with Breathe, a song from the new album that I am not much into. The next two songs were good: Get on your boots and Magnificent. They did snippets with some known american songs like Amazing Grace and Stand by me with some of their repertoire songs. Overall I think the repertoire was good, but I didn't hear many of my U2 favorites like The Fly or Please. They can't please everybody I guess. They did play One and Mysterious ways though. Overall I do think the show was impressive, especially after I found better seats. But one thing is true, I thought it was going to be the best concert of my life, but I don't think that is the case.

The fire fighters at out hotel
I've enjoyed more other concerts. I don't regret having been there and I did have fun, but I think this is my first and last time to see U2 live! I would like to see Muse again though.

Getting out of the Stadium was easy due to the awesome facilities, but getting back to the hotel was a mess. It took us more than one hour to find a way to cross the interstate! When we got there I was frankly stressed and we found that all the guests had been evacuated due to a fire alarm. I was like "what!!" I was so tired only to find that we would need to stay out there for God knows how much time, oh no! Thank God it ended up being a false alarm, so we could go in relatively quick. And also I don't know what it would have been of me if my laptop was burned! All of my Ph.

The screens outside the stadium
D. thesis is there!!! I remember I started to laugh histerically but my friend Jaime was really worried and upset, mostly because all his travel documents were inside including his passport... and the other Mexican guys that were with us in the car had been taking drugs in the concert, and when they saw lights turning on and off through one of the windows they told me... "wow they seem to be having a really good party in that room" hahahahaha I laughed so hard :D But thank God the hotel didn't burn so we could get in and now I could get some sleep after watching my dream band... U2. Hemmm not really. I mean Muse.

montecarlostar says:
Thank you Leigh, yeah U2 is one of those bands that you have to see live at least once... I did and now I am satisfied :) you should do too if you have the chance!

Thanks so much Glynnes!
Posted on: Aug 07, 2012
Glynnes says:
Congrats on being Today's Featured Travel Blog.
Posted on: Aug 07, 2012
montecarlostar says:
It was crazy! Our hotel was just across the interstate from the Cowboys stadium, but it was worthless. We should have walked to get there, it would have taken probably the same time and we would have saved 30 bucks.
Posted on: Jul 15, 2012
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Arriving to the stadium for the co…
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U2s 360 stage
U2's 360 stage
Me by the stage
Me by the stage
Muse live! - Chris on screen
Muse live! - Chris on screen
U2 live!
U2 live!
The fire fighters at out hotel
The fire fighters at out hotel
The screens outside the stadium
The screens outside the stadium
War of the worlds???
War of the worlds???
A giant spider?
A giant spider?
Muse live!
Muse live!
Muse live!
Muse live!
Muse live!
Muse live!
Muse live! - Matt on screen
Muse live! - Matt on screen
The view from our partially block…
The view from our "partially bloc…
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live! - This looked like a gian…
U2 live! - This looked like a gia…
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
U2 live!
The fire fighters at out hotel
The fire fighters at out hotel
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