Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

Dec
11
1997

Seattle pre-show - PopMart Crew Awards.

11 December 1997
Seattle pre-show - PopMart Crew Awards.
Seattle pre-show - PopMart Crew Awards. A hearty drinking night of hilarity as end of year awards are handed out.

Seattle load-in day, after which we held a "Rigger's Arms" party, in order to host the 1997 PopMart Crew Awards ceremony. It is something of a tradition on long rock tours to honour those amongst us for their triumphs, failures, lapses of good judgment and lapses of consciousness. We held the event in a local pool hall, which turned out to be a great idea. After an hour or two's socialising (i.e. heavy drinking) we had reached a suitable frame of mind for the event. A couple of weeks ago, ballot forms with nominations were issued to all tour personnel, outlining all the award categories and requesting nominations and votes. The results were announced and presented with trophies made by Monica Caston our video director. Sam O'Sullivan, Larry's drum-tech arrived with a snare and cymbal so with Pete the Greek on CD samples they made up the orchestra. Oh how we laughed. Opening envelopes, nominations, 'and the winner is...' for "Excess Baggage of the Year" (wardrobe dept.), "Rookie of the Year" (Mona from the catering dept.), "Fashion Statement of the Year (sound tech, Jo Ravitch in a Heidi wig), "Party Animal of the Year" (a backline and wardrobe departments tie) and climaxing with the highly coveted "Biggest Fuck Up of the Year" (the Lemon not opening in Oslo).

Related Topics

Current News

07 May, 2009
The opening night of the tour in Barcelona is only weeks away so no better time for a reminder of life on the road.
7
20 Dec, 2006
Rocko Reedy on the night his band opened up for U2.
20 Dec, 2006
How Come? Well, Tamara Kendall from the UK won the 'Hunt The Lyric' competition for those return flights and tickets ...
12 Dec, 2006
The one hundred and thirty first Vertigo show and it was one to remember. Report, photos.
11 Dec, 2006
Wonderful closing night with Pearl Jam in Hawaii and lots of surprise touches as Vertigo 05/06 comes to a close ...
06 Dec, 2006
The U2 support act you've never heard of. (Until Hawaii that is.)
05 Dec, 2006
New backstage shots before showtime in Tokyo.

Eric Clapton was at the final Tokyo show on Monday and chatted with Edge ...
04 Dec, 2006
Video of the band playing 'Window in the Skies' for Japanese TV at the weekend.

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.