Barco, the display solutions company from Belgium, have published an article on the technology used on the Vertigo tour: projection set-ups, video-driven LED projection units and the new ‘MiSPHERE’ curtains that hang above the center stage.
The curtains are made of ‘tiny, plastic-encased LED spherical modules’ (see picture) daisy-chained into strings, for a 3-D visualisation. Rock and Roll, eh?
RTE 2FM’s Gerry Ryan spoke to Bono, The Edge and Paul McGuinness shortly after the band got off stage in San Diego. U2’s manager was scheduled to speak to the Irish DJ, but Bono and The Edge weren’t. When they heard McGuinness was about to do the interview they told their manager ‘we want to talk to Gerry’.
RTE have put the entire interview online. Listen to it in Real Audio, or continue reading. (Unable to record we interpreted our notes taken during the interview.)
McGuinness took the call, said it was their ‘best ever opening night’ then started to laugh because ‘a half naked man’ had entered his room. Bono took the phone and said that for Gerry Ryan he would go fully ‘nekkid’.
Bono seemed high on energy, a bit delirious, said it had gone ‘fantastic’. He gave a report in a Jack Charlton accent, using football jargon as if he were reporting on an Irish team game, something like ‘the team gave 110%’.