01 June 1997
New York show - Good time music.
New York show - Good time music. The band play the best set so far and bring the house down with Neil Diamond. BBC's Chris Evans plays the fool with a small woodpecker.
Rabbits. New York number 2 and we all settle down a bit. My show wasn't quite as slick as last night's, but the band played a blinder. Great to see them having a good time up there. Edge chose to do "Sweet Caroline" for the Karaoke spot and it absolutely brought the house down. Neil Diamond seems to be a good deal more of a cult figure in these parts than he was in Kansas. Bill Flanagan turned up tonight and as ever had lots of interesting comments and insights. Of all the people who have written about U2, Bill must be the one at thesis level by now.
After the show the band did a TV shoot for the BBC, with Chris Evans who is apparently a terribly popular presenter back in the old country. They were shooting a gag which involved using the big screen as his personal TV monitor and running all sorts of inane video clips on it. I thought our video director, Monica Caston, was going to physically choke laughing when she found out that the co-presenter was a 3" high toy woodpecker. It turned into a bit of a race against time, as it started raining and grown men were attempting to cover the screen up to stop it from going all Jackson Pollock on us again.
The second half of the BBC shoot was set in the "Dressing Room From Hell", which was pretty funny. The band were draped over ludicrously OTT furnishings in a shag-pile heaven 70's rock-ist caricature dressing room, with ice sculptures, bunny girls and live peacocks strutting about the place. Looked a bit like a Rod Stewart video. Actually, quite a lot like a Rod Stewart video, now I come to think about it. The fridge jammed with Newcastle Brown Ale was a nice touch, mind.