- 17 Apr 81
Charlie McNally sees U2 launch their U.S. Invasion.
U-2 at the most prestigious venue in Los Angeles were only dynamite - I can put it no more succinctly than that. For the past ten days I've been listening to KROQ 106.7 FM (Dave Fanning beware!) which, incidentally, is the new wave station of Southern California, and they've been paving the way for the assault on LA by those new darlings of the British rock press. U-2.
Island-Warners seems to be throwing some weight and a few bucks behind the whole thing - the approach to the tour positively bristles with activity, organisation promotion and all the other on-the-road related jive. e.g. a SPACE BUS which sleeps most everyone. I mean, you can piss and shower in it, keep the champagne cold, watch TV and the sound system within is astounding - all this is in the capable hands of a certain Mr. Joe O'Herlihy from Cork.
Promoting concerts in Los Angeles is a tough ol' business but The Country Club has quickly become a top live music, liggin' joint, concert club in LA, featuring a great variety of music from new wave to country. Record execs abound, hand out their cards, tellin' you who they are and what they do and talking million dollar deals. The sunny, tanned women (oh those California girls) wear designer jeans and almost up-to-date hairstyles. As Vidal Sassoon says on the radio: "If you don't look good, we don't look good". He charges forty bucks.