Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

Apr
09
2001

Show day: Calgary - Saddledome 1st night

09 April 2001
Show day: Calgary - Saddledome 1st night
Feeling much recovered - and compared to the rest of the touring party today I was positively sprightly. The band and much of the rest of our group have spent the past two days shooting a video for "Elevation". It sounds wildly ambitious, with talk of blowing things up, bungee jumping, hang gliding, etc., and as is invariably the case with video shoots it overran by several hours so the band didn't get back till 5 this morning. We were originally scheduled to leave the hotel about 9am, as Calgary is a bit of a trek from L.A. However, with everyone having been up so late, the band decided to forego the soundcheck in order to get a few more hours sleep - this no doubt being to the greater good. In the event, we didn't get to the Saddledome until about five minutes before PJ Harvey took the stage, so a mad dash around ensued to get our collective shit together before U2's showtime. Ironically, in our absence the crew had had an extremely mellow day, loaded in and set up in record time and were 100% ready to rock. On a day like this a man begins to feel less than entirely indispensable. This is the first time U2 have ever played in Calgary and the gig totally rocked. Loved it. Afterwards we all went back to the Hyatt Regency - this being the only night on the entire North American tour when the whole touring party, band and crew, are all staying in the same hotel. Unfortunately the hotel was right next to an Irish pub, so any chance of an early night went to the four winds. It was great to be able to spend a bit of down time with some of the crew who I don't get to see enough of on a day to day basis. Ended up being given a lesson in Flemish from the three Belgian lads on the video crew, whilst quaffing large quantities of Pernod, which is evidently considered a manly drink in the Low Countries. The only thing I can remember is something that sounded like "See Your Stiff Heron", combined with heavy throat clearing. This (apparently) means 'I love you very much' - Flemish, its the language of lovers, I tell you.....

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