05 April 2005
Los Angeles Staples Centre I
The big L.A. shows are upon us with a flood of guests, celebs and the usual Big City madness, but all went pretty much to plan. We went with the same playing list as the second Staples show, opening with Love and Peace, which has been really successful.
The cell phone moment is starting to gain momentum. There are two parts to it - the aim of the game is to have people text their name to join the 'One' campaign, but within the arena, during the show, the sight of 15,000 cell phones is absolutely wonderful. As far as concert-going is concerned, they look set to become the cigarette lighters of the 21st century. What makes it a doubly beautiful sight is the variation of colour between the different makes of phone screen so it looks like a series of digital constellations.
Joy of the night for me was seeing Mark Pellington, the film maker who worked with us on Zoo TV. He was responsible for the whole hyperactive look not only of Zoo TV, but of MTV and television in general as well. Since then he has gone on to direct the movies 'Arlington Road' and 'The Mothman Prophecies' and countless rock videos. I don't think I have seen him since Zoo TV, but when we were downing beers in the aftershow it seemed like time had stood still. We are already plotting to get him involved in this show one way or another.