[Ed. note: This is the 62nd in a "U2 Lists" series, where @U2 staffers pick a topic and share their personal rankings on something U2-related.]
There's only a short while to go until U2 are back on the road. Bono is working hard to get into shape for the tour, but he's not the only one! Let's join our favorite singer and prepare ourselves to make the most of it. Here's a list of things to do and check so you'll be ready for what's next.
1. Watch more TV.
By now the songs on the new album are probably already part of your soul, so the first step is just to rekindle the flame and listen to it again. One of the best things about a new tour is the surprise of how these songs will turn out live, and for some of them we'll already have an idea. It will be nice to see how they evolve while the tour progresses. The new album aside, it's a great time to revisit your favorite U2 live material from previous years. Whether it's a collection of your own recordings from shows you've been to, YouTube videos, or official live releases: There's tons of U2 live material just waiting to freshen up your memory and tickle your ears.
2. Dream out loud.
I'm sure no two U2 fans would agree on the perfect show, but that doesn't mean it's not fun discussing it! Dream up what you would like to see, or what you think is going to happen: the stage setup, set list and visuals...or other details like the colors of Bono's shades, Larry's shirt, Edge's pants and Adam's shoes. It's also a good time to host your own U2 pre-tour party, and perhaps throw in a little competition to see who the best U2 tour diviner is.
3. Check your dangerous little device.
Is your phone still equipped for the monumental event that is a U2 show? Do you need a better camera to capture what happens on stage? Is your data plan sufficient to Tweet photos or post them to your favorite social media site immediately? Perhaps you'd prefer a phone with a better flashlight for the magical moment when the audience collectively lights up the venue like little stars.
4. Move in mysterious ways.
As die-hard fans, we don't just sit back and watch the Larry Mullen band work up a sweat--we join them! A U2 show is hard work, so get moving and shake that body. Get up off your couch and train your feet for hours of standing and waiting; do some cardio and stretching to loosen up your body for the groovy songs; exercise your hands so you won't tire while clapping in sync with your fellow fans; exercise your lungs so you can sing along without wearing yourself out; and last but not least: If you're doing GA and intend to get in line early, train your bladder to go without bathroom facilities for the good part of a day.
5. Get on your boots.
Well, actually, you'd better not. You need shoes that keep your feet in excellent shape to stand, dance, jump up and down...and race for a good spot if you're doing GA. Boots may not be a great choice, but some Edge-like sneakers will probably do the trick.
6. Wear that velvet dress.
It's nice to wear something you feel good in, but when it comes to concerts, comfort is key. What you want is some clothes that allow you to move around freely, while keeping you at the right temperature: not too hot, but not too cold either. Having pockets may come in handy too, as an additional benefit.
7. Be Prepared for Summer Rain or Electrical Storm.
Or, be prepared for anything! Don't forget the following items in your U2 show survival kit: rain gear or sunscreen/sunglasses (whatever is applicable), earplugs, money, and last but not least, your tickets ;-).
Here's to a great tour. Have fun!
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