Elevation Leg 3: 2001 North America

Nov
04
1997

Rotterdam - The View Master clicks on.

Rotterdam - The View Master clicks on. Another day, another country, another rehearsal, another TV show.

Click. The View Master wheel turns again. Do you remember those "View Master" toys? A set of binocular-type lenses, with a cardboard wheel of 'stereo' visual images that slips in. You click the lever on the side and the picture changes. The starter wheel that came with the machine would always be a 'scenes of the world' kind of deal, showing famous landmarks of our planet. I've long thought that my life is much the same. Day by day you hear the click of the wheel. Click. The Eiffel Tower. Click. St. Peter's in Rome. Click. 170,000 Italians. Click. Blown up buildings in Sarajevo. Click. A Greek Island. Click. The Holy Land. Click. The Golden Gate Bridge. Click. Downtown Detroit. Click. French speaking Canada. Click. Crowds of unruly Manchester United supporters in Holland. Click... and so it goes on. View Master life, showing this series of seemingly random images - except you're actually in them. Little wonder we're all becoming very strange people.

Click... the European MTV awards rehearsal, at the Ahoy in Rotterdam. Haven't been here since LoveTown, which was a staggering eight years ago. How many clicks of the View Master wheel must that be? The stage set is hilarious - kind of a Jacques Cousteau in Space vibe, including giant clubs of day-glo sea weed behind the drum kit - but it takes colours well and looks great on the TV. U2 arrived to sound check & rehearse, and it was all surprisingly straight forward. Highlight of the day was seeing the Spice Girls rehearsal, which took the concept of post-modern entertainment to dizzying new heights. We're well into Morcambe and Wise territory here. There's another rehearsal day tomorrow, for all the other bands, but fortunately we don't need to be here, so may get some sleep.

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