Rehearsals over and now it's time to get to work. Sure daily sound checks will happen, however for the most part rehearsals are over.
The crew all packed up and ready to go. The trucks are all ready for tonight's load out. Band rested and ready to go.
Vancouver has been a great host. Bono has said in previous interviews "We always had a thing for Canada in general, but Vancouver has been very, very welcoming to us at a time when we're very fragile," "Because you get quite vulnerable when you are preparing to launch a tour. And I know that sounds odd, but there is a level of nausea and, sort of, you feel ill in the pit in your stomach. It's an anxious time. Here in this city, we feel very free. And I like to get out of the city, and I go wandering, cycling, I get lost around here, and I like getting lost in B.C."
Everyone is anxious during this time. The crew has to get the timing for load in's and load out's and be able to map out a plan for the local that will change every night on tour. This touring crew has been together for many years; sure some new crew members will join the team. However, most of them have been on this crew for some time.
It's a family no it's not at all like that HBO show its much more work, long hours, short nights and long days. As a crew member, you know that everything your doing brings the best possible experience. The crew stands at the edge of the stage and looks over and smiles "Yea I made it happen, and I'll do it all over again tomorrow."
Crew a big shout out to you! You bring all the parts together so that the band creates an experience of a lifetime. You are a crew member of the world's largest rock band, that's not a bad gig at all.