U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011


Perth pre-show. Journey's end.

Tonight was the tour girls night out. There are 22 women on the PopMart tour, making up about 15% of the staff. (On this leg, the equipment is doing a lot of journeys by air, or using local ground transportation, reducing the number of tour crew from 250 to 150, now that we aren't carrying our own truck and bus drivers). There are four female management staff, one tour accountant, seven caterers, two wardrobe 'mistresses', two press coordinators, one tour production assistant, one record company rep, one promoter production rep, the video director, her assistant director and one lighting technician. They come from six countries and make up about as diverse a group of people as you could ever hope to meet. They are all, however, undeniably female and decided that after a year on the road it was high time for a girl's night out. The boys, they said, could join them after midnight at an Irish bar round the corner. Needless to say it was a scene of complete carnage, having dispensed with the lightweight males these women of rock got down to some serious partying. The boys did eventually arrive to join in (even Bono, who had somehow managed to dodge the encampment of several hundred fans outside the hotel) and so the joy was shared with the rest of the tour. You don't mess with these rock chicks after a few drinks, I'll tell you that much...

Related Topics

Current News

16 Apr, 2013
We've got winners in our #U2FTGU competition.
11 Mar, 2013
Photos and clips 'from the ground up' arriving every day. Love your work...
18 Feb, 2013
Ever made anything From The Ground Up? (See what we did there?) Check out our latest competition.
29 Jan, 2013
Those five bonus downloads when you subscribe to U2.com? All you need to know.
18 Dec, 2012
It opens with Breathe and closes with "40" - but what are the other thirteen tracks on Edge's Picks?
15 Nov, 2012
Fifteen tracks selected by The Edge... but what are they?
14 Nov, 2012
'From The Ground Up' is the inside story of U2360° and in this exclusive extract we go backstage with Adam.
27 Jun, 2012
Saturday marks three years since U2360 took off - we're hosting 'U22 Day' to celebrate.

Current News

27 Nov, 2014
Live From the MTV EMA in Glasgow. Every Breaking Wave.
25 Nov, 2014
Rare live set from 1980, now on double vinyl and digitally remastered. Introducing our 2014/15 subscription offer.
24 Nov, 2014
'It’s one of the proudest moments in U2’s history.' Band interview in new Mojo Magazine.
24 Nov, 2014
Take 11 urban artists, all inspired by Songs of Innocence. Result? Films Of Innocence.
19 Nov, 2014
Rolling Stone reports on Bono's cycling injury.
18 Nov, 2014
Sensational performance by Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, stepping in for U2 at the eleventh hour.
17 Nov, 2014
Band Aid 30 - raising funds to tackle Ebola in West Africa.
16 Nov, 2014
It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.