U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011

Apr
14
1997

Las Vegas

14 April 1997
Las Vegas
Las Vegas pre-production - Pop art history. Extreme excitement and extreme frustration coincide as video and stage progress slowly, but the animated Roy Lichtenstein plane crash is glorious.

Pre-production, Vegas. Slow, slow, slow. The combination of extreme frustration and extreme excitement continues. Everything which has arrived is fabulous - I just wish that there was more of it. Video is gradually coming together, though its a frightening thought that we have just ten days to get this thing finished. Or at least started. Staging hasn't progressed to any great degree, though I am assured all missing pieces are now winging their way here from various parts of the planet. Overall I am doing well, taking hold of the old adage "when there's nothing you can do, do nothing", so am not worrying or getting involved in the process too heavily. If I was to start worrying I'd be good for nothing, so I am concentrating on giving encouragement to people who need it, trying to help them see the big picture and have some understanding of what this will become. Funny, it almost feels like the project is coming to and end, with a sense of this endless labour, this giving birth...

Last night, after a fashion, we ran the Roy Lichtenstein plane crash animation on the full screen and it was so glorious. Looped it over and over. Its a beautiful piece of work, a little piece of art history. Roy will love it. It really cheered us all up no end and got us all excited again. There's a good vibe amongst this crew and a good feeling about what we're doing, that we are on the brink of something extraordinary. Its good. The band are due in tonight, so things could get very interesting. We left the video running and the ring of huge Xenon searchlights blazing for them to see on their approach to the airport. Here's hoping they like what they see...

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