28 June 1997
Chicago show - Show shuffle.
Chicago show - Show shuffle. A playing order change round sends the audience into orbit, followed by a night on the town.
Chicago second night, and by way of experiment, we shuffled the show's playing order and added "New Year's Day" and "All I Want is You". Bono took flight during "Last Night on Earth", jumped off the stage and headed for the b-stage, before jumping up on top of the barricade and letting the audience hit his guitar strings. Shortly afterwards, the PopMart debut of New Years Day achieved total lift off, putting the audience into orbit. Unbelievable vibe in the stadium, by the time we were through "All I Want is You" the place was breathless. A lot of flowers appeared for The Edge's karaoke moment again - this seems to be becoming a new PopMart tradition, ever since San Francisco.
After the show, Fast from the Fun Lovin' Criminals invited us all to a nightclub where he was DJing. A whole load of us headed for the Smart Bar, downstairs from the Metro Club. Much fun, dancing, hanging out in the Chill Out rooms above, with the "Huey and Howie" show going on - Huey from the Criminals and our very own Howie B. Both massively on form and being very funny. Most priceless moment being Huey's impersonations of the audience response when they were out supporting 'Live' earlier this year. Night of the Living Dead.
From here I went to the beach with Bruce, our lighting director. Sitting on Lakeshore Boulevard watching the sun come up, when along strolls Scratch and Zed from the lighting crew. A little later, our head rigger Pete the Greek sails by on his bicycle, so we sit and watch the great golden sun rise above the pink and grey ripples of Lake Michigan. Chicago early Sunday joggers were passing by and a group of Marines and party girls who got naked and jumped in the lake, swimming and yelling and throwing each other's clothes around. Magical moments. Breakfast at some diner then walked back to the hotel, crawled into bed about 8am.