19 August 2001
Show Day: London Earls Court, Show Two
Polly's back. P.J.Harvey, who opened for U2 right the way through the first U.S. leg of the tour made a return to the Elevation stage for a one night stand tonight. Hopefully she'll respect us in the morning, as we will certainly respect her. She's still absolutely on fire and I so enjoyed seeing the band play again. I was standing in the heart whilst they ripped through their set and just loved it. It also struck me that it seemed an eternity since I last saw them. The American leg now seems like it was centuries ago on a distant planet. Polly's amazing there's no-one like her. I'm really looking forward to seeing her at her own gig some time soon.
Kevin Godley, video maker extraordinaire, was at the show with his wife Sue. Since working with the U2 on the "Even Better Than the Real Thing" video they have become part of the family and it's always a real pleasure to see them. After the show we ended up sharing a minibus back to the hotel (the glamour of it all) and on arrival went to the lounge bar in search of toasted sandwiches. The hotel came up with the goods, with Larry joining us for a while too. Kevin had me in stitches with his critique of the psycho-metal band Slipknot "saving the world via the donning of long noses". (OK, I guess you had to be there.)