POPMART Leg 1: 1997, North America

Jan
06
2006

London

Phone call with Bono this morning to talk about the Grammys and the live show. He sounded in great form, almost like he had taken some time off, hard though that is to imagine. Regular readers will know that U2 performed at the Grammy Awards last year. Its no secret that in most cases TV awards shows are where rock and roll goes to die, but the Grammys people are more savvy and helpful than most and we were all pleased with last years result. Its the same team organising the forthcoming show, so Im as confident as is possible that well get through it OK. Plus, Bono has a plan, which always helps.

I realised a little while ago that all of the territories that the tour is visiting didnt see the Elevation tour, which might give us a bit more leeway in choice of material for the show. (Though The Edge always laughs at me if I get concerned that we are repeating songs that an audience saw us play 'only' four or five years ago). However, I do think we can have fun with the set list. It was helpful to talk to Bono about how the One/Make Poverty History campaign works in other parts of the world and also, of course, we needed to think about the language issues with some of the places were going to. It was exciting to talk about it all, particularly with the prospect of being outdoors again with some winter sun thrown in.

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