U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011

Feb
12
1998

Santiago post-show - Time travel.

Santiago post-show - Time travel. The band, crew and stage depart in various directions across a labyrinth of time zones.

Day off in Santiago. The first of our party left today, as did the cargo planes carrying all the equipment. Our tour director, Jake Kennedy, informed me that in all we have the best part of seven aircraft involved in taking all the gear and all the equipment to Australia. Add to this the boat-loads of steel and support towers that are already on their way to Oz from Belgium and we've probably got a fleet large enough to defend a small country. Perth is almost exactly on the other side of the globe from Santiago, so half of our tour personnel are going East via New Zealand and half are going West via Africa. Half the equipment is going via - I kid you not - Easter Island (which turns out to be a province of Chile - bet you didn't know that) and the rest of it is going via L.A. or some inconceivably complicated routing.

The crew who are going East will go backwards over the international date line, so their February 13th will disappear in a puff of logic. This date is lighting director Bruce Ramus's birthday, so given that the day vapourises he is rightly claiming not to get any older for another 12 months. I am with the party flying West, so we don't lose a day quite so dramatically. Our February 14th, however will only last for about 6 hours, the entirety of which we will be spending in a transfer lounge in Johannesburg. Feb 14th is of course St. Valentine's day, so I guess we'll have to can the flowers, chocolates and candle lit dinners for this year...

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