26 September 2009
'Splendidly Strange' Saturday 26th September 2009. New York. Day off.
Spent the morning making videos in a hotel room, as you do. We've an editor locked in a suite on the 15th floor to whom we occasionally throw a bagel to keep him going. The content for Saturday Night Live is done and looks great, so we're working on some more bits and pieces for the show, whilst we're at it.
By early afternoon I was suffering form cabin fever so hiked up the road to Central Park and had a spot of lunch at the Baseball Cafe. It's a lovely spot, by the baseball pitches, with an old fashioned carousel next to it, blaring wonderfully atmospheric, anachronistic music. The sun was shining and I actually relaxed for about 30 seconds.
Within the hour I was back down at NBC studios and we were into SNL rehearsals, part two. Late last night Ultraviolet had been added to the performance so the hanging microphone needed to be rigged. Bono's light-up mic and laser jacket was tricky to get right on the small screen but we went from chaos to glory in under two hours. There followed the dress rehearsal at 8pm, then we were live on air at 11.30pm. It's a long day, the hallmark of which is an abundance of hanging around in corridors, but we did triumph in the end. Breathe was powerful, Moment of Surrender moving and Ultraviolet splendidly strange, putting the mic and laser jacket on TV for the first time.
We got out of there about 1.30am, found a pizza place on the walk back to the hotel, then hit the sack.