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Old 10-21-2006, 02:43 AM   #1
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Help me ID the U2 crew!!

OK guys! Need help identifying who's who when U2 come to town here in NZ in November! If I have any chance of getting my Bonosapian book to Bono, I need to make sure I hone in on the right people!

Please post pics and names so I can memorise them all!!

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Old 10-21-2006, 04:33 AM   #2
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Ok gluey , here is a good one but it's rather small .

and here is Phil Bono's tech .

I must be out of the loop , what is Bonosapian ?

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Well Bono's tech sure knows his team: Ferrari and Gilles Villeneuve rocked.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:44 AM   #4
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gluey, I think these two threads might help you out...

The Tech Love Thread

The U2 Crew Appriciation Thread

And then, of course, there's the latest Dallas thread...
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:51 AM   #5
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Don't forget Brian and Big John.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:54 AM   #6
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Originally posted by JCOSTER
Don't forget Brian and Big John.
The security guys can be found in the appriciation thread as well...
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Does anyone have any pics of AJ???

Pls post them and make my day :-)
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Or any pics of Jerry Miele (apologies if I spelt that wrong

I read he was run over while protecting the band. Something to do with the sons of a Mexican President...

Did he fully recover??
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Old 10-21-2006, 04:37 PM   #9
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^ No, Mele never fully recovered, and was never able to return to work as a security director, for U2 or anyone else. Here is a news piece from last February about it.
U2's long road back to Mexico

by David Agren
Calgary Herald, 19 Feb 2006

Irish super group U2 buried the hatchet, finally returning to Mexico for concerts this past week in Monterrey and Mexico City. The shows ended an eight-year absence, which, according to most fans, was brought about by a violent confrontation between U2 security and bodyguards accompanying the sons of former president Ernesto Zedillo at a December 1997 gig in Mexico City. The melee exposed the disgusting sense of impunity running rampant among Mexico's privileged elite--even during a period of immense social and political change--and the enormous influence of U2, which shamed the country's top figure through its firm but dignified response.

As the Mexican magazine La Revista tells the story, the Zedillo boys attended the 1997 concert--part of the PopMart tour--as VIPs, entering with complimentary tickets. Afterwards, they attempted to leave through a restricted area full of expensive equipment. Camera crews confronted the entourage, leading to a dustup. U2 security director Jerry Mele, a Vietnam veteran who was considered one of the best in the business and gained his reputation by maintaining order at death-metal concerts, was then run down by a vehicle carrying the Zedillo crew as they left the Foro Sol. Mele nearly died of his injuries.

The band immediately demanded an apology, threatening to expose the president's children's egregious impunity. Zedillo refused. At a concert the following evening, U2 front man Bono told the sellout crowd: "We nearly lost a brother last night."

Embarrassed publicly and perhaps fearing a public-relations disaster, Zedillo relented, inviting U2 for a meeting at Los Pinos (the president's residence) the following day. During the tense affair, Zedillo reportedly told Bono: "(U2 security) put my sons' lives in danger." Earlier, the chief of presidential security refused to divulge the names of the officers involved in the scuffle to U2. The president, defending his guards, blamed the promoter.

Bono reportedly pointed out how President Bill Clinton's daughter attended U2 shows without incident and that the Secret Service knew how to behave itself when accompanying her. He also repeated his demand for an apology in front of the entire country. The meeting ended without satisfaction for U2. President Zedillo would learn shortly thereafter that his boys had lied.

Jerry Mele never worked again. He won a lawsuit against the show's promoter and the Mexican government two years later.

Ernesto Zedillo Jr., long the object of U2 fans' scorn, angrily rejected culpability. The young man, described by La Revista as "a businessman" and "jet-set figure" (read: a playboy living large with his father's money), told Milenio, a Mexico City newspaper, that if U2 didn't come to Mexico, it wasn't his fault.

Perhaps not entirely. During the U2 hiatus, Kristy MacColl, a British singer, who previously performed a duet with Bono, died after being struck by a powerboat while diving near Cozumel. The boat owner has never faced justice. Bono dedicated a song to his late friend during one of last week's concerts - and also made a call for action. The following day, the president's office promised to reopen MacColl's case. Fans suspected MacColl's death had further soured U2 on performing in Mexico.

Bono, though, has visited Mexico on a regular basis since 1997. During his sojourns, influential friends, including ranchero star Alejandro Fernandez and rocker Fehr Olvera of Mana, reportedly prodded him to return for a concert.

Last Sunday in Monterrey, it finally happened.
This article doesn't give specifics, but as I recall Mele was not only run down but dragged for some distance by the Zedillo crew's car, as they refused to stop.

Horrible story.
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Old 10-21-2006, 05:31 PM   #10
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Thank you Yolland

What a dreadfull thing to happen!
I met Jerry on many ocassions and in several countries during the Lovetown & Zooropa tours, and have the utmost respect for him. He treated fans very well. This is such an aweful thing to have happened. It makes me sick.

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