Our team reports a snippet of Bowie’s Jean Genie during The Fly and a Norwegian countdown for the second Vertigo: “En, to, tre, fjorten!”
In the evening, before the show, Bono met with the Norwegian Prime Minister. NRK tv broadcast the impromptu press conference during which Bono heaped praise on the country and its leadership:
“I took this meeting, very different circumstances than I usually find myself in, because normally my relationship with politicians is to put my arm around their back and try to twist their arms. But I’ve come to meet your Prime Minister to thank him for his leadership, and for the Norwegian leadership on the issues that mean so much to me, which is the poorest of the poor, and how a billion people on this planet still live on less than a dollar a day. It is an amazing thing for me, to be in this country, and I’m humbled and overwhelmed by the leadership.”
For all their love of the country, the band didn’t spend a whole lot of time in Norway. According to Sweden’s Gøteborgs-Posten, U2 landed in Gothenburg just before 1 am on Thursday morning, which since they flew in around 5pm on Wednesday means they spent no more than 7 hours in Oslo!