Elevation 2001, Show Six, Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas
Irish People Are Like Texans
'Irish people are like Texans,' explains Bono to 20,000 roaring Texans. 'Texans who whisper.'
It's the sixth show of Elevation 2001 and although everyone is into their stride, the singer is still not sure the band have been taken on for the vacant position.
'We're reapplying for the job so I'm introducing the band, which is almost
impossible for singers to do.'
This is a band that were once called something else altogether he reveals.
'U2 had a few different names, The Hype which we later lived up to, Feedback because Edge's brother couldn't tune his guitar.'
And then one for future biographers: 'The first name was The Larry Mullen Band' adds Bono as Larry saunters down the heart walk from the drums. 'The first manager of U2,' comes next, 'Long before Paul
McGuinness. We had his name printed on a little card.'
The bass player seems a little hesitant in coming down the catwalk for the now nightly audience introduction.
'Please wave at the poshest member of U2, make it a big wave.'
And finally comes the guitarist who still has 'more children than Abraham' and tonight is 'wearing the No. 2 shirt, and that's the way it always should be.'
Many observers think this is the finest show of the tour to date but, face it, these shows have generally been so good that all observers are losing their perspective. For celebrity spotters - that's Hanson on the mix tonight.
So have we got five, notable, memorable or intriguing things about tonight's show ? Well....
- Bono ends Staring At The Sun by sucking on his thumb and amending the lyric to fit, 'Sucking on my thumb...'
- for New York a cowboy hat returns to the U2 stage and the head of Bono for the first time in, well, a long time. When in Texas....
- She got the job! During In A Little While, an attractive female member of the audience, wearing a cowboy hat of course, makes the transition to the stage to dance with the singer. Her t-shirt says it all: WILL WORK FOR BONO.
- the Irish tricolour emerges from fans to hang over Bono's shoulder for Sunday Bloody Sunday, before being moved to the piano for the opening chords of The Sweetest Thing.
- a surprise with Desire. 'Edge,' says Bono, ' Desire, Desire, play it slow.' he says as the crew find him a mouth organ and they perform an unscripted rendition.
Hands outstretched to the Texan audience, one fan holds aloft a sign which reads, 'Kiss me, I'm Irish!'