POPMART Leg 4: 1998, South America

Oct
31
1997

Detroit show - Larry's birthday.

31 October 1997
Detroit show - Larry's birthday.
Detroit show - Larry's birthday. Detroit provokes video memories and a cake is delivered for Larry.

Pontiac Silverdome. This is the third time U2 have played this venue - and also the next one, Montreal Olympic Stadium. We did these places on the Joshua Tree with a one-armed singer. All seems lost in the mists of time at this point. I shot some of the show using a "PXL-2000" camera, which is the fully functioning kiddies' toy video camera made by Fisher Price at the end of the 80's. They record onto a regular audio cassette and make fantastically grainy black & white pictures. They don't make them any more, which has elevated these little cameras to cult status, with their own web pages, etc. They have about 40 lines of resolution (less than 10% of TV quality), but it makes for interesting pictures. Our screen is so pixilated anyway, that the two seemed made for each other. Some of what I shot was beautiful, in an abstract art kind of a way, but unless you knew what the pictures were supposed to be you'd never guess. It was fun, but not remotely usable.

Larry's birthday today, so he was ceremonially toasted and caked, as one would expect, including a cake delivery to the b-stage at the beginning of Discotheque. Frankly, I was amazed that the cake didn't end up in the audience, but through a miracle of self restraint the thing survived to be eaten later

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