Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

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.

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