03 April 1997
Las Vegas pre-production - Hi-ho, Hi-ho, it's off to work we go. The stage is revealed and the "great pumpkin" PA struts its stuff.
San Francisco to Las Vegas.
Rush rush rush. Out the door and on a plane to Vegas with more luggage than is sane. Anyway, I'm off, setting out on this year long tour. Excited, hopeful, verging on hysteria - you know the routine. Thinking about home and wondering if I've remembered everything, turned off the gas, fed the cat, etc. Well, at least I'm not too far away for the first month. I wonder how it will be this time round.....I wonder how it will be....?
Bruce Ramus, my chief lighting programmer, operator and design colaborator, met me at the airport in his styling rent-a-car and we headed for the stadium. It was dark, but even under stadium lights the scale of the stage and its graceful lines were a pleasure to behold. Of course there wasn't that much of the stage actually there, but the vibe was evident. The P.A. is hilarious - this huge orange globe. "The Great Pumpkin" they're calling it. Progress has been slow due to the extreme weather conditions. Rain, freezing cold, high winds and the first ever recorded April snow fall in Vegas. Perfectly U2.