18 April 1997
Las Vegas pre-production - Will we get there? Stage near completion, scaffolding removed looking sleek and poppy. The opening show is a week away, the stage is ready but the band may not be.
Pre-production, Vegas. More of the pink cladding arrived today and it really helps the feeling that the stage is reaching its completion. All looking suitably sleek and poppy. Its so astonishing to see a stage of this scale without there being piles of scaffolding everywhere. The colours alone make it worth the price of admission.
We have one week until the first show, which becomes more terrifying with every hour that passes. The band entourage and Principle Management staff have arrived and there is much talk of guest list mania for the opening night. This is clearly not going to be a low key premiere. Moreís the pity, because the the band themselves are admitting to being somewhat under-rehearsed. Riding close to the edge of the abyss has always been U2's hallmark, but its nerve-wracking. Again, I am refusing to worry and being as encouraging as possible. We will get there, we always do, so maintaining confidence is probably the most helpful thing I can do right now, but thereís some work to do.