At the climax of the shows on their Popmart tour, U2 planned to encore from an enormous 40-foot-high lemon. But on the opening night of the tour, in Las Vegas on April 25, 1997, unexpectedly calm weather conditions failed to disperse the vast clouds of smoke that accompanied the entry of the giant fruit. The Edge, unable to see the foot-pedal to activate his guitar, had to crouch down and fumble around for it on the floor. “This voice came into my head,” he later said. “I’m Derek Smalls.” The lemon failed to open altogether later that summer in Oslo. “We pissed ourselves,” recalled The Edge. “It did open about a foot,” said manager Paul McGuinness. Eventually, the band climbed out the back and made their way to their positions by more conventional means.
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