Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US


Buenos Aires pre-show - Running repairs.

Buenos Aires pre-show - Running repairs. The stage limps in courtesy of local rough handling , and the tango team head out once more.

Buenos Aires, load in day. After such great days off, it came as a bit of a shock to the system to have to do some work today. On a tour like this, now that the distance between the venues is so great, the pace of the tour slows down enormously. We won't be doing much more than one show a week once we leave Argentina. However, I went down to the stadium, which is magnificent.. River Plate Stadium is old, but its a great venue, tall, compact and circular, the very best sort of stadium for a rock show. The place also has some personal memories for me, as it's where we finished the "Sound & Vision" tour with David Bowie. This is where he sang Ziggy Stardust for the last time, plus a host of other songs which he was retiring.

Many of the crew were in hell, as the touring equipment was driven here from Brazil, through a rain forest, in local trucks. Consequently there was an extensive rosta of repairs needed - not least to the trucks themselves, as the wheels of the screen carts had gone straight through the floor of the trucks, leaving a line of holes all the way along the base of the truck. This also meant the screen was effectively dragged here from Brazil, so its a wonder there's anything left of it at all.

The evening saw us scratching our Tango itch again, at a brand new club, which was having its opening night. Our pal Juan was involved in it so invited us down. The place was much more upscale than last night. Quite plush in fact, and again packed to the doors. We had fun and amongst the regular dances there were a few demonstrations. The first was by a couple aged twelve and eight years, the next by a couple of whom the man was 84 and the woman was a staggering 93 years old. She was one of the very first dancers of Tango, and she still turns a pretty dandy heel today.

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