26 May 1997
Washinton show - Bono one, Technology nil.
Washington show - Bono one, Technology nil. The screen gets rained on and falls apart. Bono more than compensates with a bravura performance.
Show day, Washington D.C.
And then depression set in. Last night was the night of the great monsoon. So much water came out of the sky it was ridiculous, coming down in sheets. The screen was out in it, and as we had previously learned, it does not enjoy getting wet. Today we learn the extent of the damage - 1000 pixel tubes down, its a nightmare. Lots of long faces and tension in the air that you could cut with a knife. Its clear tonight's show is going to be very 'deconstructed'. Much more Jackson Pollock than Andy Warhol. As a result though, Bono's performance was the most animated to date. It really wasn't a bad show and it made me realise how much an audience can be oblivious to. There were no complaints, in fact no one even seemed to notice, even less care. It was brutal mind you... bits missing and electro starfields splattered all over the face of the pictures. In one sense it was really quite beautiful - I just wish we'd had the option to turn them on and off.