POPMART Leg 5: 1998, Australia, Japan, South Africa

Nov
27
2010

'Off-Piste'

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27 November 2010
'Off-Piste'
Travel day.  Auckland to Melbourne.

There were a lot of tired soldiers outside the crew hotel this morning when I rolled up to join them on their charter flight to Melbourne.  The band members have gone straight to Sydney but I€™ve decided to go off-piste again, as Melbourne is one of my favourite cities on earth (and besides, there€™s plenty of Sydney coming up).

The crew loaded out from Mount Smart stadium last night then a selection of them had to do a €˜cross-load€™ at the airport, where all the gear gets put on to air-freight palates.  Under normal circumstances, the cost of air-freighting this much gear would be prohibitive, but U2 were not prepared to miss out on playing New Zealand on this tour.  There€™s a duplicate set of steel which has already gone to Australia by sea, but all the gear that there€™s only one of (the stage, screen, lighting, sound, pylon, backline, etc.) has had to come with us today.  At the airport, as we gathered at the gate pre-flight, we could see our gear being loaded onto a cargo plane, far out on the runway.  Good god there€™s a lot of it.

Team Jay-Z joined us on the charter, but it was a very quiet flight, most people being unconscious for the duration.  On arrival, after hotel check in, I went straight to Mario€™s on Brunswick Street for breakfast (it being around 4.30pm).  Took a nap, met a friend, headed out to do Melbourne things.  The Toff, Mario€™s (again), Fitzroy bars, ran into some roadies€¦ love it here.
4  Comments
Hardfelt - 04 December, 2010
Liveable city
Glad to hear you name dropping Mario's, Willie. I wonder where else you and the crew managed to get to for your stay in our quaint city?
EvaCassidy71 - 03 December, 2010
Thanks Willie
Melbourne is awesome, although our 4 seasons in one day could have been better for the tour. 360 was the best ever! God Bless
EvaCassidy71 - 03 December, 2010
Thanks Willie
Melbourne is awesome, although our 4 seasons in one day could have been better for the tour. 360 was the best ever! God Bless
brendan roberts - 03 December, 2010
best job in the world
The title says it all my friend, loving these little insights into your life on the road with U2. keep them coming
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