U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011

Aug
28
1997

Leeds show - Baffled Beatle.

28 August 1997
Leeds show - Baffled Beatle.
Leeds show - Baffled Beatle. George Harrison vents his grandpa-like spleen on U2, but Bono gets his own back while Yorkshire has its own video moment.

So we open the papers this morning to find this rather baffling assault on U2 from George Harrison of all people. Speaking, one can only presume, from the 'Sunshine Home For The Bewildered', our George denounced U2 as talentless, having carved out their career solely on the strength of "ego, money and big hats". It was such a bizarre thing to read that you couldn't really be annoyed. It was just... well, sad, really. The Edge was heard to say it sounded like something his dad would have said many moons ago. Tonight was a show at Roundhay Park in Leeds, up in Yorkshire in the North of England. Always a great crowd, always a great show. 'Cast' supported and faced the Yorkshire fans in the absolute pouring rain, who responded by making mud slides and keeping warm by means of human pyramids and communal hugs. Fortunately (for us, anyway) the rain stopped before U2 went on, and the celebration commenced. The natural bowl shape of this venue makes for an implausibly intimate atmosphere - I remember the same on the Zoo TV tour - and it gave the show a lovely feeling.

One of the animated sequences in the show's screen footage had its homecoming tonight. The bizarre and naively violent shopping cartoon, which we call "MultiMart", features characters who speak with deep Yorkshire accents. Having seen this in stadiums all over America and Europe it was very funny to see it 'at home'. I thought the audience would love it, but apparently most of them thought we'd made it specially for that night. After several good natured, if pointed, comments to the audience about George Harrison throughout the show, Bono has us all rolling laughing during Mysterious Ways. He managed to intertwine with the melody of the song snatches of "My Sweet Lord" and "Something in the way she moves". I still can't imagine what brought on the George Harrison attack, but with a good dose of humour the band certainly got their own back.

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