POPMART Leg 1: 1997, North America

Feb
13
2006

Monterey - Mexico City

I was so tired when we arrived last night that I fell asleep in the van. Got to my hotel room, walked in the door, got straight into bed and passed out without waiting for luggage, showering or anything.

Slept well and woke feeling more human. I spent a couple of hours working on the show, devising a new set list which might be more suitable for this part of the world. Given the cold and the dark, I think the European show is too slow to get to the spectacular bits. When we were opening in daylight and there was more of a football crowd spirit we could get away with holding back, but here it seems wiser to go in all guns blazing.

Went up to Bonos room and had an hour or two with just the two of us which was fantastically productive. Its hard to get that kind of focussed time, but it pays off enormously. Were going to try the 'City of Blinding Lights' opening and focus on newer material. More spectacle, more upbeat, more rock and roll.

This was followed by another meeting to sort out some forthcoming film shoots which will be happening during the rest of this South American leg. Again this was productive, so time well spent.

Finally made it out of the hotel for some dinner with Sam and Luke, my video content team. We went out looking for trouble, but on a cold Monday night in February, trouble was not to be found. Instead we strolled the Zona Rosa looking into entirely empty bars and clubs, rode in one of Mexico Citys fantastic VW Beetle cabs (three of us in the back as theres no front seat) before settling into the hotel bar. Ah well, an early night wont do us any harm.

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