Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

May
18
2005

Meadowlands II

18 May 2005
Meadowlands II
Popped out for breakfast first thing and was surprised to see three Darth Vaders outside the hotel. Star Wars III opens tonight at a cinema next door (the spectacular Ziegfeld) and there have been people camped out for days, many in costumes which now, frankly, look a little the worse for wear.

Id planned a bit of a Manhattan morning, but plans were thwarted by a surprise attack from Good Morning America. Diane Sawyer interviewed the band in front of the stage this afternoon, to be broadcast later in the week. I was expecting the usual kind of TV affair - couple of lights and a camera - but ABC arrived with a production only marginally smaller than our own. They built another stage in the middle of the arena, had several cameras including a small crane and more lights than you could shake a swatch book at.

Highlight of the show was Bono pulling and entire punk band onto the stage. They were called the Bank Robbers and performed a version of Still Havent Found in their own unique style featuring a splendidly free form approach to vocal pitching. And we thought large-scale public karaoke was dead, ha!

I joined the runner back into Manhattan, arriving in time to see the huge queues around the block in Times Square for midnight premiere of Star Wars. It was a wonderful sight, reminiscent of the golden age of cinema. George Lucas will no doubt be sleeping sweetly tonight.

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