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Pharaoh Nuff
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This may or may not be of any interest to you, but I heard from a fan who attended one of the gigs last weekend that there was a guy in the crowd wearing a T-shirt with,'Please Play Party-Girl' printed on it. (One of there lesser known songs I think).
Anyway Bono had the guy escorted onto the stage, asked him his name, and asked him if he could play it. The guy said yeah I can play it. Bono says, 'Edge give him your guitar' without any hesitation, he hands it over. The guy then played it with the band not missing a note, to thunderous applause.

The girl that told me this did not suspect anything unusual with this, and I didn't enlighten her as to what I thought.
She now wants to learn play guitar, for the next tour. I'm thinking she won't be the only one either.

Coincidence, Pre-show, or something more ?
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Coincidence...although if anyone else has seen the gig, don't you think Bono's Blindfold act is amazing!
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Hmm. I caught their Edmonton show during their Pop tour. A drunk (or so it seemed at the time) got onto the stage and was handed Bono's guitar. He played "Staring at the Sun" along with Edge. It's a simple song, but I was wowed. Your story makes me suspicious that we'd been had.

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I have seen the show in Brussels... There was nothing like that at all...
But it was a great show, to be sure !
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Intersting - not quite sure U2 (or anyone else) would do something like this, it would be very odd indeed!

Interesting how, as mentalists/magicians, we think we see elements of our work in all places - we are a suspicious bunch!

Tom
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Green Day get a fan onstage at every gig-in fact they get 3 fans up,one to play each instrument.Nothing unusual about it.
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On 2005-07-01 13:09, Tom DeVoe wrote:
Interesting how, as mentalists/magicians, we think we see elements of our work in all places - we are a suspicious bunch!


Having seen them on the East Coast here in the states, I was skeptical as to the names that appeared on the screen by those who allegedly text-messaged them during the show for the ONE campaign...

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THAT happened it Brussels too. And as far as I know it was legimate. Technically, I believe it can be done. And what's more those people got a "thank you" message from Bono in their cell phone the next day...
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On 2005-07-01 13:51, Harry H wrote:
Green Day get a fan onstage at every gig-in fact they get 3 fans up,one to play each instrument.Nothing unusual about it.


Yeah they do, though I'll be honest I thought they were the only ones who did it. Don't suppose anyone was at the Milton Keynes Green Day gig, absolutly amazing!
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I can verify it's not a setup, my pal played a song for the u2 concert.
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Anyone at Crystal Palace for the Coldplay gig on the 28th June? As soon as Chris started singing "God put a smile...." it absolutely pi**ed it down. Then as soon as the song ended, so did the rain.

Another big coincidence?
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Doo doo doo doo...doo doo doo doo
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OKay... this is a weird post but I can't delete it so I just had to type something else...

PLease ignore!
Pharaoh Nuff
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Ah go wan,!

I think it's nice that we want or believe that these are coincidences, I like my music to be honest too.

DAFFYD, didn't I see you on TV at Hyde Park on Saturday ?

You were almost cut short, but got away with just in the nick of time.

Another coincidence ?
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On 2005-07-04 06:00, Pharaoh Nuff wrote:
DAFFYD, didn't I see you on TV at Hyde Park on Saturday ?

You were almost cut short, but got away with just in the nick of time.

Another coincidence ? Smile


LOL, yes Pharaoh Nuff, it was me. For those of you who didn't see Live 8, I did a short bit on stage with my friend Lou. It was my biggest audience to date, apparently just over 1 billion.
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The idea for this goes back to an urban legend about Grand Funk railroad playing in England or Europe when they were hot in the early 70s and known for less than stellar musicianship. Mark Farner was hacking things up and the British crowd began to jeer. Farner lost it and started heckling back and challenged the audience that if there was someone out there who could do better they should come up on stage.

Some guy comes up to the stage and gets pushed up by the crowd. He walks over and picks up a backup guitar that was onstage and plays a searing guitar solo causing Farner to walk off stage. The guitarist some guy named Eric.
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I had seen U2 on the Joshua Tree Tour. At that time, Bono has injured his arm and it was in a sling. I cannot remember which song it was, but Bono asked if anyone in the crowd could play guitar. After 2 people came on stage, Bono dismissed them. A third dove over security, and got on stage. He was a local guy, and played like his life depended on it. Nah, I don't think it was preshow. Just a helluva live concert moment.
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I saw U2 in Zurich during their last tour - Bono invited a guy to play guitar on a little-known song as well. I think the guy had a sign, Bono saw it and called him up. Seems like he likes doing that.

The same thing happened to me and my girlfriend a few years back when we saw Sting. We're both huge fans and had seen him several times, so when my girfriend held up a sign asking if we could sing a particular song with him, he called us on stage and the three of us sang together! No pre-show work, just balls and luck.
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