03 June 1997
New York show - Vantage point
New York show - Vantage point. Relaxed performance from the band and Willie gets a punter's eye view of the show.
Giants Stadium, number three. I was beginning to feel like I was doomed to spend the rest of my life commuting to fabulous East Rutherford, New Jersey, but today sees the end of that particular routine. I don't know how people do that every day. Anyhow, it was a good relaxed gig to finish the run, with Edge actually having the balls to sing Karaoke "New York New York". The astonishing thing is not so much that he sings karaoke in public, but that he does it sober.
I took the opportunity to watch parts of the show from way, way up the back.. Given that Giants Stadium is such an huge and extraordinary building, I did the long, long walk right around the back row of the very top tier of seats.. Its such a different show from that vantage point, but has real magic to it.. The screen is so visible and so beautiful from up there, that its hard to understand how far away you are from the stage. All your perspective gets screwed up, which makes it a pretty surreal experience. Another surreal experience is to watch the audience up in that altitude. Talk about party zone, there's a whole other existence going on up there - somewhere between a football match and Caligula's Rome.
After the show, spirits were high and I retired to the lighting crew bus for a while, to celebrate in style, whilst the crew started the tear-down process. This stationary week has certainly been a very necessary shot in the arm for the crew as a whole. Starting the tour with fourteen one-nighters in a row (some of which were over a thousand miles apart) certainly separated the men (& women) from the boys, but all seems to be on its feet OK now.