U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011

May
22
1997

Pittsburgh show - Terror drive

Pittsburgh show - Terror drive. High speed police escorts are fine unless you're in the final minbus behind the limos, trying to keep up.

Show at Three Rivers Stadium.
We stayed in Kansas City until this morning, as the band had been shooting a video for "Last Night on Earth". We were late leaving (as per....) so had a mad dash to get from Pittsburgh airport to the stadium. It was rush hour and the roads were jammed, so it was fortunate that we had a police escort. Kind of. Given the opportunity to drive at high speed through traffic with a bunch of rock stars, many police officers just go nuts. Particularly if they're Italian. Now, if you are inside one of the sleek limousines amid the cluster of motorcycles all might well be hunky dory, but a really, really bad place to be would be in a minibus trying to follow in their wake. An even more unfortunate place to be would be in the second of two minibuses trying to follow the posse. And if fate dealt you the cruel blow of putting you in such a vehicle, the very worst place to be would have to be the very back seat. This is where Howie B. & I found ourselves for the most terrifying ride of my life. The drivers must have been out of their minds as we screamed down the hard shoulder of the freeways, dodging cars, large trucks, buses, oncoming traffic. To add to the mental thrill-ride atmosphere, the front passenger window next to Susie Smith spontaneously shattered, spraying glass everywhere and increasing the noise of traffic roar by about 1000%. It was truly insane and so dangerous. And for what... soundcheck? I'll walk next time.

Related Topics

Current News

16 Apr, 2013
We've got winners in our #U2FTGU competition.
12
11 Mar, 2013
Photos and clips 'from the ground up' arriving every day. Love your work...
24
18 Feb, 2013
Ever made anything From The Ground Up? (See what we did there?) Check out our latest competition.
11
29 Jan, 2013
Those five bonus downloads when you subscribe to U2.com? All you need to know.
17
18 Dec, 2012
It opens with Breathe and closes with "40" - but what are the other thirteen tracks on Edge's Picks?
96
15 Nov, 2012
Fifteen tracks selected by The Edge... but what are they?
108
14 Nov, 2012
'From The Ground Up' is the inside story of U2360° and in this exclusive extract we go backstage with Adam.
9
27 Jun, 2012
Saturday marks three years since U2360 took off - we're hosting 'U22 Day' to celebrate.
61

Current News

08 Dec, 2014
Additional dates confirmed in New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris.
08 Dec, 2014
11 Films of Innocence airing for 24 hours ... plus 12th, special to U2.com subscribers.
6
08 Dec, 2014
Tickets for the U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour on general sale this morning.
03 Dec, 2014
On the road in 2015, playing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade. Cities, dates, tickets, presales.
183
02 Dec, 2014
U2 Minus 1 hosted some pretty special guests to mark World AIDS Day.
17
01 Dec, 2014
Friends step in to save U2’s surprise World AIDS Day (RED) performance...
34
27 Nov, 2014
Live From the MTV EMA in Glasgow. Every Breaking Wave.
31
25 Nov, 2014
Rare live set from 1980, now on double vinyl and digitally remastered. Introducing our 2014/15 subscription offer.