Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US


Johannesburg stopover - Storm in a hot tub.

Johannesburg stopover - Storm in a hot tub. Willie enjoys a lightning bathing experience and joins half the band in a bid to leave the country.

The Incredible Journey - Day Three. Having dreamed of flying I woke at the alarm initially unable to fathom my geographical location and then being mildly surprised to find myself in Africa. On regaining consciousness to a greater degree, my physical state began to become apparent also - feeling like I could method act the lead role in that daft Kafka play with complete conviction. Today's hotel was really quite nice, so I put on a bathrobe and headed for the swimming pool, praying to Gods, European, African or otherwise, that the place would be upscale enough to have a hot tub in which I could uncurl before getting on another aeroplane. My prayers were answered favourably, and after a bit of a soak I did feel a good deal better. On re-emerging, I wandered outside to the pool, to find that the heavens had opened and there was a full scale tropical thunderstorm going on. There I was, on top of this building, wearing only a towel in the warm pouring rain, watching flash after flash forked lightning cut the sky from clouds to horizon over the distant plains of South Africa. With this crazed soundtrack of rolling, crashing thunder, I could see myself in a long slow pan-out crane camera shot with a closing titles sequence scrolling up the screen. And all before breakfast, too.

Breakfast actually never happened, as we needed to get back to the airport (oh joy), Dennis having managed to blag 15 seats out of South African Airways. Consequently, there was search for food at the airport. The only place to eat was the airport cafeteria - a very basic school dinners vibe - so in I went with The Edge, who was looking very chipper despite his night on the tiles. Huddling in a corner between South African family holiday makers Edge & I downed a bottle of red wine in one (to aid digestion, you understand). Adam and Paul & Susie found us & squeezed onto our table for two as our whole journey began to take on surreal and hilarious proportions.. Susie's a vegetarian, so with the extremely limited selection available she had pieced together a meal consisting of a baked potato with roast potatoes and chips. Sitting laughing our heads off in Johannesburg Airport cafeteria with half of U2, I have a moment of wondering what possible series of circumstances in life could have brought me to this point. "Click". Time to board.

Related Topics

Current News

07 May, 2009
The opening night of the tour in Barcelona is only weeks away so no better time for a reminder of life on the road.
20 Dec, 2006
Rocko Reedy on the night his band opened up for U2.
20 Dec, 2006
How Come? Well, Tamara Kendall from the UK won the 'Hunt The Lyric' competition for those return flights and tickets ...
12 Dec, 2006
The one hundred and thirty first Vertigo show and it was one to remember. Report, photos.
11 Dec, 2006
Wonderful closing night with Pearl Jam in Hawaii and lots of surprise touches as Vertigo 05/06 comes to a close ...
06 Dec, 2006
The U2 support act you've never heard of. (Until Hawaii that is.)
05 Dec, 2006
New backstage shots before showtime in Tokyo.

Eric Clapton was at the final Tokyo show on Monday and chatted with Edge ...
04 Dec, 2006
Video of the band playing 'Window in the Skies' for Japanese TV at the weekend.

Current News

12 Apr, 2015
'It's a mysterious thing, the relationship between father and son...'
09 Apr, 2015
The Deluxe version of Songs of Innocence arrives on vinyl next week, an exclusive for Record Store Day.
24 Mar, 2015
Sunday, June 7 - second and final show in Denver. Tickets on sale Monday.
23 Mar, 2015
A sixth and final show has been confirmed for London's O2 in November.
19 Mar, 2015
Sing 'Song For Someone' ? We'll be showcasing some of the performances.
17 Mar, 2015
Denver, Colorado has been added to the iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour.
06 Mar, 2015

July 31st is the date, for an eighth and final show at Madison Square Garden this summer..

02 Mar, 2015
Edge and Bono in Rolling Stone on iTunes and 'Innocence'.