16 April 1997
Las Vegas pre-production - Fabulous olive. This is the daftest set piece Willie has ever ordered - sitting atop a 100' orange toothpick. A monument to lunacy?
Pre-production, Vegas. Things continue at a snail's pace and, oddly, the band didn't come to the stadium last night or today. Perhaps these two phenomena are not unconnected. I do find it extraordinary that we haven't seen them yet - I guess confidence must high. Or something.
I arrived at the stadium this afternoon, as usual, under the blazing Nevada sun. I was thinking about a million things, and as I rounded the corner of the stage headed for the mix position I saw it in the middle of the field......this giant green object, like some kind of mutated undersea creature. It was the Olive. A 12' wide stuffed olive lying on its side. I just laughed out loud. It is fantastic - easily the daftest set piece I have ever had the pleasure of ordering. As it rose atop its 100' high orange toothpick I fair swelled with pride. This Olive - a symbol of how lunatic this project has become, or perhaps merely a monument to how out of hand my self-indulgence has become. Its fab.