U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011

Jun
26
2011

'Acres of Slot Machines...'

1
26 June 2011
'Acres of Slot Machines...'
East Lansing.  Show day.

Waking up in downtown Detroit was unexpected and, when I went downstairs in search of breakfast, things kicked firmly into the surreal. On arrival last night, the cars pulled into some kind of back entrance to this hotel, so it was only on arriving in the lobby this morning that I discovered we’re staying in a full-on casino.  Any hope of food lay across the other side of the casino floor so, direct from the mud of Glastonbury, I find myself walking through a sub-Vegas nightmare all in one click of the Viewmaster.  Acres of slot machines being played by zombie mind-slaves stretched out in all directions, every one chiming away making this blanket of ambient noise that sounded weirdly like the beginning of With or Without You.  It doesn’t take much perspective to see these places for the soul-sucking black holes that they are and, after a few days in England’s green and pleasant land, I was way high on perspective this morning.

I found the food place and saw a couple of our security guys sitting at a table so joined them.  It was massive multiple-buffet affair, rammed with patrons so it took me a minute to get my bearings and figure out where to start.  I settled for an omelette, and it was only after having eaten it that I noticed a huge line of people waiting for entry.  I had inadvertently wandered in through the out door, not only jumping the queue but placing myself at a point in the customer-flow system where it was now logistically impossible to pay for what I’d eaten.  No-one seemed to care.  I suppose if you’re working in the seventh circle of hell the occasional omelette theft might actually brighten up your day.

It’s about a ninety-minute drive from downtown Detroit to East Lansing, which was conducted mostly in silence.  En route we passed an anti-evolution billboard, erected one assumes by a local creationist church that left me a little incredulous.  Context is everything when it comes to viewpoint and I think most of us in the touring party are still processing the events of the past week.

Related Topics

COMMENTS

1
delfuego11
06 July, 2011
Sounds like Michigan
head either towards lake Michigan or up north.
Newer comments    1 - 1 of 1    Older comments

Current News

16 Apr, 2013
We've got winners in our #U2FTGU competition.
12
11 Mar, 2013
Photos and clips 'from the ground up' arriving every day. Love your work...
24
18 Feb, 2013
Ever made anything From The Ground Up? (See what we did there?) Check out our latest competition.
11
29 Jan, 2013
Those five bonus downloads when you subscribe to U2.com? All you need to know.
17
18 Dec, 2012
It opens with Breathe and closes with "40" - but what are the other thirteen tracks on Edge's Picks?
96
15 Nov, 2012
Fifteen tracks selected by The Edge... but what are they?
108
14 Nov, 2012
'From The Ground Up' is the inside story of U2360° and in this exclusive extract we go backstage with Adam.
9
27 Jun, 2012
Saturday marks three years since U2360 took off - we're hosting 'U22 Day' to celebrate.
61

Current News

27 Nov, 2014
Live From the MTV EMA in Glasgow. Every Breaking Wave.
6
25 Nov, 2014
Rare live set from 1980, now on double vinyl and digitally remastered. Introducing our 2014/15 subscription offer.
24 Nov, 2014
'It’s one of the proudest moments in U2’s history.' Band interview in new Mojo Magazine.
18
24 Nov, 2014
Take 11 urban artists, all inspired by Songs of Innocence. Result? Films Of Innocence.
6
19 Nov, 2014
Rolling Stone reports on Bono's cycling injury.
18 Nov, 2014
Sensational performance by Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, stepping in for U2 at the eleventh hour.
38
17 Nov, 2014
Band Aid 30 - raising funds to tackle Ebola in West Africa.
3
16 Nov, 2014
It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.
148