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January 13th, 2007

Weekend Wrangle: Bono or the Fan? @ 10:29 pm

stay_please:
I'd like to thank you all for the wonderul responses you provided last week. There was way more involvement than I anticipated. And I hope these discussion points will help us survive the boredom until the next album... or haircut.

With the release of the Milan footage on the U218 Deluxe Edition, I think I have a new favorite "Bono with Some Lucky Girl" moment. She's a little slow to catch on, but when 'All I Want Is You' reaches its climax, and they are spinning on the B-stage... just... guh. I'll discuss this further in my response.

What is your favorite Bono with fan moment?

For example...
From the Elevation: Boston, during "With Or Without You," Bono chooses a girl from the crowd, lays down on the ellipse with her and (of all things) cuddles.

From ZooTV: Sydney, Bono MacPhisto slow dances with a girl during "Love Is Blindness".

Of course, you may not fancy Bono... but just go with it. ;)

And if you can't just go with it, perhaps put yourself on the other side of the mic, what would you be most likely to do with a fan you pulled from the audience?
 
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From:volare
Date:January 14th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
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I liked when he pulled up the Sikh gentleman after the two girls were being brats, truth be told.
From:stay_please
Date:January 14th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
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Hmm, I'm not familiar with that one.
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From:jevoislerouge
Date:January 14th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
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I really liked the girl he pulled up from the Vertigo DVD. She was so natural up there, moving her arms and smiling as Bono looked her up and down (holy MOTHER, yes please!)... she was great. :o)
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From:joey788
Date:January 14th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
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I remember what volare is talking about unless I'm mistaken. It was at the 10/08/05 show at Madison Square Garden. During With or Without You, Bono pulled up a girl to dance with but she wasn't being cooperative so he pulled up another girl who also wasn't cooperative. Finally, he pulled up a large man with a turben instead. It was a hilarious moment when I was there. You expect Bono to pull up another woman but instead, he pulls up this rather hefty guy. I think he said something like "Three sisters, is that what this is?" It was great and one of my personal highlights of the night.
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From:volare
Date:January 14th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
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Yes yes yes. :D
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From:lastrega
Date:January 14th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
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My favourite is from the live in Milan Vertigo dvd where the girl is so overwhelmed by the whole thing that she doesn't notice her jeans are halfway down her bum and her underwear is being recorded for the world to see.

It's cute, in an awful kind of way.
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From:sapphires13
Date:January 14th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
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Thought has gone into this. There are a few different kind of Bono-and-fan moments. There are the awww sweet ones, the omgwtfhot moments (**cough**MelPop**cough**), the hilarious moments (like giant men picking up Bono like a ragdoll), but I think I'm gonna have to go with sweet moments. Which left me torn between ZooTV Sydney and PopMart Mexico. I love the way Bono clings to the girl in the PopMart Mexico, but I am just in love with the girl that got to dance with MacPhisto, she looks completely in awe, and there's just something innocent about her. I love the way she keeps looking up at him, with her mouth open in that amazed grin. And the way he puts her hand on his face <3333
From:vintagefuck
Date:January 14th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
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which song is that? I'm wondering if I can youtube it... I'd love to see it.
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From:tinamachina
Date:January 14th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
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Source: PLEBA @ Interference.com:
I think it was one of the Australian shows at the end of the Vertigo tour, but I saw a picture of a girl PICKING BONO OFF THE FLOOR! Srsly, she must have held him up in her arms like a groom carrying the bride for about 2-3 seconds.
I wish I had that kind of upper body strength.
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From:sapphires13
Date:January 14th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
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Yeah, when GIRLS start picking Bono up, that's even better than when giant men do. Apparently she didn't want to dance with him, so she picked him up instead. XD
From:walrusoct9
Date:January 14th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
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Heh...I've heard the girl from the Boston DVD wasn't even really a fan...go figure.

My favorite "bono with fan" moment, I've never really seen, since I wasn't there, but there was an Elevation show where Bono pulled a fan up to play guitar, and instead of some boring "People Get Ready" simple song, he started to play "A Sort Of Homecoming" and apparently Bono got through a verse or two before forgetting all the words entirely.
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From:simu2fan
Date:January 14th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
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I was at that show. It was Nov. 16 2001. My friend and I just about keeled over and died (in a good way) when that happened. During the same show Bono pulled up a girl during UTEOTW, ran with her around the heart (he basically pulled her arm out of the socket...LOL) and she participated in the bullfight duel. When that happened I knew the show was going to be extraordinary and IT WAS.

The sort of homecoming thing was the most incredible thing!!!
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 14th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC)
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I'd have to say the kid in the Vertigo Chicago DVD during "Into the Heart" - if he's a fan, that is.
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From:reecord2
Date:January 14th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
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At one of the Elevation shows I went to in LA, Bono pulled up a little girl and him and the Edge sang "Wild Honey" to her at the tip of the heart. It was beautiful.
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From:forsberg21
Date:January 14th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Mine is undoubtedly when he pulled my high school French teacher up on stage in the second Denver show of Vertigo.. will never forget that! She looked AWESOME up there!
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From:tiffiny
Date:January 14th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
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I was there!
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From:houselover87
Date:January 14th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
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Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World-Zoo TV Special Edition Bonus Disc...A montage of Bono and the fans he brought on stage. Includes champagne spraying and fans being given a Handicam which they use to film both Bono and The Edge's crotches...my personal fave...Bono and Edge forehead to forehead and nose to nose singing the chorus to that song. A very guh moment.
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From:njdevilsfan
Date:January 14th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Live Aid yet, where he practically jumped off the stage to find a girl.
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From:anidada
Date:January 14th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Oh, snap! :)

Being fifteen years old and watching that as it happened -- greatest thing ever. *nostalgic*
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From:trinimacphisto
Date:January 14th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
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It was on one of the shows here in Brasil, I don't remember if it was the first one, or if they showed the images of the second show on TV... but anyway, Bono pulled up this kid, and he basically screamed the song with Bono, and after ppl from TV interviewed the kid, and he was totally mute from all the screming, it was awesome!
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From:trinimacphisto
Date:January 14th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, and the ZooTV Sydney girl was pretty cool too, the way Bono hugged for a bit was just adorable, specially because he was as MacPhisto and all
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From:wolfp10
Date:January 14th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
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At the Pittsburgh Vertigo show in October 2005, somehow Bono found out of the fans in the ellipse could play "Party Girl" acoustic, so he grabbed him and they played it on stage, with him playing lead guitar. Incredible moment, I don't know how I would handle myself in such a moment.
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From:supatofu
Date:January 14th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
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i'll go for a funny one...

at a Joshua Tree show in Syracuse, Bono had a broken arm. He tried to play the guitar during People Get Ready, but it wasn't really working out. So he asked if anybody would play his guitar, and he chose a girl from the front. Turns out, she couldn't play the guitar AT ALL! Edge was singing a hook just to keep it going while Bono tried to teach her how to play the chords. Edge even said to her "you'll have to start playing sometime!" and "you're not very good are you?" It was hilarious. I guess she was just eager to get on stage. She did manage to hit a few chords, but it sounded awful. I'm sure after that moment, she probably decided to take lessons back home.

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