10 May 1997
Phoenix show - Bono's birthday blues
Phoenix show - Bono's birthday blues. Show improving, but birthday boy Bono, despite a family visit, is finding it all a bit uphill.
Phoenix. Bono's birthday. He's 37 today and has high-tailed it into the desert with Ali & the kids for the day, which I hope will help to relax him at least a little. Did a show last night, the first half of which I thought was our best to date. Got a bit lumpy after that, but we were rocking for a while there. Did a set list shuffle which helped no end and continuing tweaks to the visuals are getting us into good shape. Highlight of the day was the arrival of Alice Cooper at the mix position - we are not worthy! He shook my hand later. What a veteran. He's seen some mileage, but is still rocking. He loved it.
Sadly, (and unknown to us out front) Bono had a desperate show and was in a bit of a black hole. Confidence is low and we are very much on board the moving vehicle, but I know we will get to our destination. Its just a shame it's so uphill at the moment.