From PopMart to 360°
Friday 23rd October 2009. Las Vegas. Show day.
If they gave out medals for high-speed, last-minute video making, Smasher would sweep the podium. The 'Global Chorus' for Unknown Caller finally finished rendering at 10am, though that was leisurely compared to the Frank de Winne piece (now formatted and comprehensible) which actually finished rendering on a laptop during our flight to Vegas.
Arriving at Sam Boyd stadium was almost enough to put me in the foetal position with memories of spending an angst-ridden month here building the PopMart stage. Really whenever I think of that stage I see it in this stadium. That said, coming back here with that in mind was a great object lesson in just how much bigger the 360 stage is than PopMart. We're all used to it now (most days) but clearly the PopMart screen would comfortably slide underneath the 360 structure.
We had an hour to soundcheck and rehearse the new elements and mercifully everything worked first time, give or take. I had some guests to find so ended up circumnavigating the stadium several times, but did eventually manage to affect a rendezvous.
It was a good show too and great fun to debut some new elements even at this late stage of the tour. That's so U2 - right up to the finish line they're still pushing, playing, fussing. Very happy that these new pieces will make it into the broadcast.