Monday, May 30, 2005
ONE Declaration over the course of the 26 dates of this tour! Thanks to everyone for their support, and urge your friends and family to get involved as well!
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Saturday, May 28, 2005
"Congratulations on a sweet tour campaign with no major lawsuits or broken bones or anything!
He might have best summed up how we all feel right now - can't quite believe it was two months to the day that we were in San Diego on opening night trying to figure this all out, can't believe we got this leg of the tour prepared in so little time, and can't quite believe that we have gotten so many U2 fans (and hopefully their friends and family) involved with this campaign!
There is actually a sunny sky in Boston today, the first I have seen since I got here Monday, so the mood of all seems to be a bit brighter. My staff and are all bracing ourselves for tonight: a sunny Memorial Day weekend Saturday night in a town where everyone seems to be Irish, and the last night of the tour: it should be quite insane!
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Oxfam, one of the partner organizations of the ONE Campaign. Sean McGrail and Rebecca Wiemer both work with Mercy Corp another ONE partner, and John Alberts and Ellen McCurley are both with Boston based The Pendulum Project. Not pictured is Laura Strietelmeier, whom had never done this sort of outreach before, but nonetheless managed to sign up many, many people for the ONE Campaign. Thanks to all of our volunteers for their help, and we look forward to working with you again soon!
We arrived in Boston to what turned out to be one of the coldest May days in Boston history. 42 degrees and wind and rain doesn't resonate particularly well with my Southern California blood, but the show in Boston last night was a lot of fun. People here have the best accents in the country, are nice, and were very supportive of the ONE Campaign...
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
write up in the Washington Post discussing the ONE Campaign, including a good play by play of what is happening at each of the U2 shows. Sun Microsystems gets the fans to text, and myself and my Lokahi team are the ground support at each show getting those fans to sign up and join the campaign before and after each performance. We are nearing 36,000 names so far, meaning we'll end this tour in two days with 40,000 signatures, and hundreds of thousands of virtual sign ups...
Monday, May 23, 2005
John Ryle, Rick Young, Patrick Conti and
Adrienne Lehner for all of their hard work and committment to this campaign!
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Bread for the World and Mercy Corp. We had a lot of fun working with these guys - they were eager to try out anything and everything, including working the streets outside of Madison Square Garden! Their hard work paid off: we signed up some 2146 people for the One Campaign during our one night in New York. We'll be ready for the fall now - with a total of 8 shows at MSG then, I am hoping we can sign up some 25,000 New Yorkers for the ONE Campaign over those eight nights...
Friday, May 20, 2005
Teany cafe. I go there every time I am in New York because it has the best veg club sandwhich I've ever had. And we discovered the strawberry shortcake this time as well, forever changing our lives.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Towards the end of the show night two in New Jersey, as we were waiting for the ‘end of show rush’ when we sign up lots and lots of people, we noticed a change in the set. U2 changes their set pretty much every night, but there was a lot of audience noise before they launched into a version of 'I Still Haven't Found What I Am Looking For' that was a bit different from their normal one (and I had only heard them play that song once before, really early in the tour). I stuck my head inside to see what was up only to discover that Bank Robbers had taken over the stage. Apparently these guys are in a band and were in the ellipse, with signs in hand informing Bono that ‘they were in a band’, and got pulled on stage to play with the band, or rather, play FOR the band, as they pretty much took over, with only Larry remaining as the standing and playing U2 member. There were two 'best parts' to this whole thing for me: when Bono tried to end the song after the second verse, but the guitar player kept going, turning to Larry who apparently was all about it and launched into a fast 'punk' version of the song, and later on, as we were loading out, I saw the guys in the parking lot and called them over, since I had a few shots of their on stage antics and wanted to email them to them. Apparently they had also joined the ONE Campaign the day before and were very excited about it, so we gave them a few more bands and congratulated them on their big moment. They were definitely very excited about it as they left the show that night, and I would have to say it was one of the cooler things I have seen over the course of the tour!
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Much more to come, including the sizable backlog of photos and updates that will post soon, but high speed internet and free time have been quite scarce as of late. Tour is going remarkably well, seems we are exceeding our goals each and every night, and it's incredible to be at 'ground zero' of a campaign that is growing and spreading in the fashion that this one is. I can't explain why I can put in a 17 hour day and still leave the arena each night full of energy and excitement, other than to chalk it up to the fact that it really feels like we are making a huge impact and really inspiring people in the work that we are doing every night. (And I'm also not eating much, so it could also be a form of delirium. . .) This type of outreach is all or nothing - you can't fake it, you have to be behind it 125%, and you know when it matters and when you are connecting - the response to the work we are doing on this tour has been phenomenal, it almost can't compare to other outreach I have done in the past.
Tomorrow (or is already today?) is my birthday - birthday's spent away from home and on the road are always interesting to say the least, mostly because you generally don't know what day of the month it is at any given time and can easily not realize you are officially one year older - but there is really nowhere else I would rather be right now. Though I started Lokahi several years ago and I've been doing outreach of this nature - and working on tours - for awhile now, a year ago today if you told me I would turn 26 on the road with U2, with my organization (www.lokahioutreach.org) partnering on a campaign like the ONE Campaign I would have never believed it. It's funny how fast and easily your life gets totally rearranged and shot down different paths. Anyway, enough of my 'deep thoughts' - there was initial talk amongst my staff and a friend of mine flying out to help with the last seven shows to spend my big day in Atlantic City on the lookout for big hair and lots of Bon Jovi, but luckily we decided that was far too much effort and are opting for a day spent in Manhattan. Much of which I'll probably spend working - preparing for future shows on this tour, working on ideas for other tours, putting in time on other Lokahi campaigns being run back home in LA, checking in our after school program - but I'm sure we'll get in some much needed time publicly embarrassing me in as well...
More show photos and updates to come soon!