Show day: Houston - Compaq Center
Ah ha! You can't fool us with your corporate jive - we know that this is really the Summit Arena in Houston and to prove it there's a big framed picture of a very youthful looking U2 on the wall of the corridor outside the production office.
Another good show tonight, made all the more special by the arrival of P.J.Harvey. She missed the first four shows due to being a bit 'Tom & Dick', but is back in full flight now. She was really REALLY great. I love her latest incarnation which seems to encompass several of the personae she's experimented with over the past ten years; the spangly frock, playing guitar, a funny little keyboard thing & a very nice touch in wearing her ear monitor battery pack strapped to her bicep like a tournquet. Kind of looked like an audio drip feed.
The crowd liked her but the greatest testament to her performance was that half the U2 crew was watching from the mosh pit. I was one of them - I happily abandoned my pre-show routine and watched her entire performance from right in front of the stage. It won't be the last time I do it, either.
Not since the Pixies toured with U2 have I felt quite such a thrill at being offered a nightly 'private view' of a band I love. I think I even heard the first click of the Zen Viewmaster. Can hardly wait for tomorrow...