Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US


Seattle show - Bono goes bald.

12 December 1997
Seattle show - Bono goes bald.
Seattle show - Bono goes bald. Christmas show, Bono reveals his cranium on a night of merry japes.

The last day of school - show day in Seattle. On arrival at the gig, I noticed that the steel crew had erected a twelve foot tall Christmas tree - 100 feet up in the air on top of the Arch, complete with flashing lights. Very slick. The show was a party of course. For reasons which never quite became apparent, Bono shaved his head, so when he pulled his hood off during the middle of "MoFo" there was an audible gasp from the audience. And from the crew for that matter. Pranks were running high. Bono's muscleman character for "Real Thing" was joined by an extra half dozen bald and muscled Bono clones, and his cheek to cheek dance partner in "Velvet Dress" turned out to be Pete the Greek in a wig and lingerie. As Bono said, "that's the thing about road crews... you can't live with them and you can't live without them." Well, we'll all be living without each other for the next six weeks, as we break for Christmas, and dispense with 1997. And what a year that was...

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.
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

25 Nov, 2014
Rare live set from 1980, now on double vinyl and digitally remastered. Introducing our 2014/15 subscription offer.
24 Nov, 2014
'It’s one of the proudest moments in U2’s history.' Band interview in new Mojo Magazine.
24 Nov, 2014
Take 11 urban artists, all inspired by Songs of Innocence. Result? Films Of Innocence.
19 Nov, 2014
Rolling Stone reports on Bono's cycling injury.
18 Nov, 2014
Sensational performance by Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, stepping in for U2 at the eleventh hour.
17 Nov, 2014
Band Aid 30 - raising funds to tackle Ebola in West Africa.
16 Nov, 2014
It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.
13 Nov, 2014
The band were in Berlin tonight, performing at The Bambi Awards.