Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

Jul
27
1997

Koln show - Please let the sun go down on me.

Koln show - Please let the sun go down on me. A late sunset almost plays havoc with the effects of the show, and how come the Germans like the Monkees?

The Koln show gave new meaning to the phrase "Staring at the Sun". The gig was at a disused airfield (the Germans have such romantic venues), facing directly West into a large patch of open ground. Consequently the sun shone straight onto the stage all day, including during the performance of our German opening band "Der Fantastiche Vier". I doubt that they could see anything past the first two rows.

The sun had just about crept below the horizon when U2 took the stage and PopMart made its German debut. My favourite moment came during "End of the World" where The Edge strolled way way out to the end of the stage right catwalk whilst Bono was heading right out to the end of the b-stage. This put the two of them about 150 feet apart, with a sea of audience in between them. Seeing Bono and Edge singing to each other, playing off each other over the heads of the crowd was oddly exhilarating and something I'd not seen before.

The Edge sang "Daydream Believer" for the Karaoke spot, which is the first time we've aired it in Europe. The German crowd seemed to know the song just as well as American audiences did, and one wonders if there are any countries at all in the world where The Monkees didn't have hits... and why this should be.

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