'What could possibly go wrong?'
Saturday 24th October 2009. Los Angeles. Load in day.
Late night at the Rosebowl. It's been a hell of a day for the tour crew, getting here from Las Vegas and getting the show constructed here with a compressed load-in time. On top of this there's a shed-load of additional cameras, lighting, sound, recording and video trucks being wheeled in for the broadcast and live shoot tomorrow. Normally something like this would be done over two nights (all the U2 live DVDs since Rattle and Hum have been shot over two nights) but in suitably post-modern kamikaze spirit we've decided to shoot the biggest show we've ever built in just one night. Plus it's being streamed live on YouTube. What could possibly go wrong?
This makes tonight the only opportunity to get any time in the stadium in the dark to gauge what it might actually look like. We don't have the band, of course, and being a residential neighbourhood we can't make any noise, but at least we'll get some sense of how it might turn out.
That said, I suppose I should get on with it...