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...