Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US


Show Day, Buenos Aires

02 March 2006
Show Day, Buenos Aires
Having got to bed at 6.30am, I took this morning at a walking pace. There was discussion and post mortem about last nights shoot, with most people involved feeling that it had gone very well. Headed down to the gig to make the necessary preparations for tonights double shoot. We are attempting to do a live TV broadcast to Argentina at the same time as shooting the final part of the 3D film footage. Oh, and playing a gig to 75,000 people. All of this took some negotiation and much compromise all round but we did manage to come up with a plan which was mutually acceptable to all involved - an improvement on what we managed at the Sao Paulo shoot where we ended up with tears before bedtime.

We were blessed with a beautiful night and a great performance, so the footage couldnt be better. I was in the control room again with Allen Branton our TV lighting guru who sat before one pile of video monitors showing what the 3D cameras were seeing, plus another showing what the Argentine live broadcast cameras were seeing. The two versions of the show could not have looked more different, to the point where it was hard to believe that these were two views of the same show, happening outside the window. Most remarkably of all, both looked great. The live TV was an almost entirely local production (with a few of our team strategically placed) but they made some great pictures.

Afterwards we were ready for a drink, having made it through multiple TV and film shoots, eight stadium shows in five countries, rehearsals and the Grammy Awards in slightly over three weeks. It comes at you pretty fast out here.

Back at the hotel, the Mansion was rocking. There was a great mood in the air and the Argentine hospitality was impressive. The party had just reached a very pleasant, manageable level when Diego Maradona walked through the door with his band of merry men, at which point the temperature rose to fever level. He and Bono bonded instantly and everyone lost their marbles temporarily. Speeches were made, songs were sung, drinks were poured, amid much shouting and carrying on. Bono declared Maradona to be the real president of Argentina and presented him to the real president of Ireland, i.e. Joe OHerlihy, who is a huge football fan. Flashbulb madness as the two presidents embraced and more speeches, yelling and madness.

I could see where this was going, so slipped away at about 4am. It was enormous fun, but its been a hell of a few weeks and my duvet was calling.

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

12 Apr, 2015
'It's a mysterious thing, the relationship between father and son...'
09 Apr, 2015
The Deluxe version of Songs of Innocence arrives on vinyl next week, an exclusive for Record Store Day.
24 Mar, 2015
Sunday, June 7 - second and final show in Denver. Tickets on sale Monday.
23 Mar, 2015
A sixth and final show has been confirmed for London's O2 in November.
19 Mar, 2015
Sing 'Song For Someone' ? We'll be showcasing some of the performances.
17 Mar, 2015
Denver, Colorado has been added to the iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour.
06 Mar, 2015

July 31st is the date, for an eighth and final show at Madison Square Garden this summer..

02 Mar, 2015
Edge and Bono in Rolling Stone on iTunes and 'Innocence'.