Rabbits. Much of the day was taken up with getting ready for Live 8 tomorrow. U2 are performing four songs and my main task is to organise the video backdrops for each one. Run Wrake, who has made material for the Vertigo tour and also for PopMart, has been assembling an updated version of Peter Blakes Sgt. Pepper album cover with a crowd of animated famous faces. He sent a test rendering over this morning which looked very promising. Our editor, Luke, from the Brussels rehearsals (which already feel a lifetime ago) was reformatting some of the other video material from the Vertigo show to work in this new context and that too seemed to be coming together OK. Its incredible the speed that these guys can work at. Luke dislocated his ankle at the weekend, so started working on his video edits yesterday on a laptop in a hospital bed. Dedication indeed.

I realised that I was going to have to spend a little while repacking for the week ahead and somehow sorting out the laundry after the spectacular exploding home washer situation last night. (The shop downstairs isnt going to sue for damages, by the way, so that at least is a bonus.) I ran around for a while and got myself sorted out. By nightfall I was pretty much ready to rock again and all the video pieces were complete and had been shipped up to Hyde Park. Bracing ourselves for tomorrow.

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31 Jul, 2011
'I’ve loved it. Just loved it.' Homeward bound Willie grateful for an 'extraordinary tour'.
18 Jul, 2011
'I'd agreed to see the Alexander McQueen show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.' Day off in New York City for Willie.
15 Jul, 2011
'It was a beautiful night and I enjoyed  strolling, people-watching, window shopping.' Willie has a day off in New York.
06 Jul, 2011
'The booths, the counter, the old boy on the stool with his gruff greeting...' Willie discovers a special food establishment.
05 Jul, 2011
'Soldier Field is a great-looking stadium and sits right in the centre of the city.' Willie in Chicago.
21 Nov, 2006
Within the bands entourage (certainly by comparison to the crews clockwork scheduling) travel departure times are often a little loose. This morning was especially so, due to three contradictory memos which had been emailed out last night and this morning.
20 Oct, 2006
There was a 6.30pm conference call arranged between Bono (Dublin), The Edge (Los Angeles), Steve Matthews (London) and myself (also London) to blow the cobwebs off our brains and discuss the reincarnation of the Vertigo Tour.
15 Mar, 2006
I was planning on resurrecting the tour diary today, being the day we were scheduled to fly to Auckland for the load-in tomorrow. However, its now old news that the remainder of the tour dates have been postponed, so Im not going anywhere further than the corner cafe. Its been a very weird week indeed - much akin to driving into a wall.