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Old 11-28-2001, 11:31 AM   #1
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U2 Bodyguards Are Hot Too!

Anyone have any great experiences with these guys? They are all so awesome.. and not bad to look at either! I got these pics from some website, plus the descriptions- it was Pop era, so their positions might have changed:


Jerry "Honda Civic" Meltzer
Charge: Adam Clayton
Description: Tall, skinny, affable, able to leap small buildings in a single bound, biceps of steel. Will pose for pictures. Soft spoken and very kind. Can take a beating compliments of Mexican thugs and come out on top.
M.O.: The newest addition to the security team has a sarcastic sense of humor and is, by far, the most laid-back of the Horsemen Four. Partial to such interesting tidbits as Bono's underwear size.



David "Cuddles" Guyer
Charge: Larry Mullen's doberman, the resident "black hat"
Description: Tall, dark, and sinister. Strikes a mean pose. He's the one you would meet in the dark alley on Meltzer's day off.
Doesn't like to be recognized. One of the Vested Ones. Has been spotted occasionally wearing a hint of a smile. Loves motorcycles. Marvelous eyes, if you aren't frightened enough that you forget to notice! Known to stare at fans when they speak to him as if they're talking Pig Latin.
M.O.: Humorless, easily annoyed, probably voted Most Likely To Hurt You For No Reason in high school (just kidding!). But
known to have a softer side, really Takes good care of our no-nonsense Larry. Also referred to as Scary Man. Would make a great X-Files character.



Scott "Chandler Bing" Nichols
Charge: Edge
Description: The Cute One or the Other Vested One. Has a fetish for leather gloves. Great cheekbones and fashion sense. Looks great in leather. Can converse at length about 40-foot lemons. The one every female fan would flirt with, if she dared
M.O.: Law enforcement student/eventual cop. Should be a model. Usually the guy doing hotel lobby duty when the band is on tour. Currently engaged (I know girls, big sigh!). Tendency to be anal but actually a very nice guy. Known to converse with fans and even be pleasant so long as you behave yourself. Also known as Ticklepants.

Bono's guy is new- something Cormac. I saw him, or who I think was him, in Vegas, but maybe not him b/c he was skinny and not muscley - he had curlyhair. anyway our favorite bodyguard has to be this big guy:

John Sampson.. there's no description from the site about him, but he is just a fantastic and very kind man! He loves fans that are well-behaved and will usually help anyone out. Plus he looks like a big cuddly teddy bear lol




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Old 11-28-2001, 11:39 AM   #2
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Larry's bodyguard really SCARED me-he's a scary dude!

John is SO nice.

Never saw Edge's bodyguard when I saw them-I don't think he was there-dang it-I missed my chance to attack Edge Edit to say-whoa-Edge's guy is hot-he DOES look like a model!

And I never even saw Adam

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AHHH! Scott is adorable! I met him in San Jose when I met Bono in April, and then saw him in Phoenix and LA, and in Oakland, he is the one that gave me the setlist!! He is a sweet guy, and very cute too!
I had never seen those pics, cool!
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lol, olive! i guess we're true groupies now... we're even posting about the bodyguards!! yes, bono's new guy is named graham- he's pretty small, has blond hair... he seems really friendly, and he's so funny during the shows- he totally gets into the music- ie, dances, sings along, etc.
yay for the U2 bodyguards!!! lol!
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Yeah Larry's bodyguard looks kinda scary...eeky

John is sooooooooooooo nice and I agree he looks like a big Teddy bear you want to hug...he's very friendly Has a bit of a smile on his face sometimes

Now at the Austin show I ran into the Stage Manager...I don't remember his name but he was really rude to me...I was like FOAD man! lol at him

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Just finished reading U2 ATEOTW and there are so many funny stories, especially when Bono was in Tokyo and Eric and Jerry were going beserk trying to find him.

David may look harsh but I can't resist a guy who rides a Harley!
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John Sampson.. there's no description from the site about him, but he is just a fantastic and very kind man! He loves fans that are well-behaved and will usually help anyone out. Plus he looks like a big cuddly teddy bear lol
!!!!! He looks like Stone Cold!

If anyone has an 18 year old brother who watches 'rasslin' religiously, you know what I'm talkin about.

layeth the smack down on my BONOBABY!!!!!! *tamale* ok

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He usually followed just below Bono as he moved around the heart, but a couple of times he stood right in front of me (even though Bono was not there), he was very friendly and sweet to us. He is a sweetheart!



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Olive this is AWESOME info, thanks! Do you have a weblink for these guys? I've always been curious about the BGs, all except John who we see a lot of, cos Bono's all over the place.

However, the guy you have here for Edge....he wasn't with Edge at LA3 - there was another REAL good looking guy there, walking the line of fans with him...he was very nice, had like, 3 cameras in one hand while snapping pics with a camera in the other for all the fans, really sweet. No idea what his name is.

I don't have any pics of him, but he was about 5'10" (not real tall), not super buffed out like John or Larry's scary dude, and he had sandy brown hair, blue eyes...we were all commenting on the fact that Edge had an equally cute BG!

Did anyone get pics of this guy in LA??

What a hell of a job these guys have, eh??? I find it rather interesting that it seems the BGs have similar personalities and temperaments as their charges...


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Scott "Chandler Bing" Nichols
Charge: Edge
Description: The Cute One or the Other Vested One. Has a fetish for leather gloves. Great cheekbones and fashion sense. Looks great in leather. Can converse at length about 40-foot lemons. The one every female fan would flirt with, if she dared
M.O.: Law enforcement student/eventual cop. Should be a model. Usually the guy doing hotel lobby duty when the band is on tour. Currently engaged (I know girls, big sigh!). Tendency to be anal but actually a very nice guy. Known to converse with fans and even be pleasant so long as you behave yourself. Also known as Ticklepants.
Um...TICKLEPANTS??? WTF???
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Larry's guard is actually kinda my type...tall dark and a bit scary looking! But a lot of people like that are really sweet and sexy. :-P

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Hee hee! I love Larry!!!!
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Olive this is AWESOME info, thanks! Do you have a weblink for these guys? I've always been curious about the BGs, all except John who we see a lot of, cos Bono's all over the place.

well I posted all the info from that particular site, but here's think link.
http://www.mindspring.com/~rubyeuropa/closeup.html

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However, the guy you have here for Edge....he wasn't with Edge at LA3 - there was another REAL good looking guy there, walking the line of fans with him...he was very nice, had like, 3 cameras in one hand while snapping pics with a camera in the other for all the fans, really sweet. No idea what his name is.

You're right- Scott is not Edge's BG anymore, but he is still on tour with them because I saw him in Providence and Philly. I'm guessing he took over another position - and that cutie you mentioned is now in charge of Edge.

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find it rather interesting that it seems the BGs have similar personalities and temperaments as their charges...

as do their techies!!

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Um...TICKLEPANTS??? WTF???
LOL funny you should mention that...!! (jennifer! bahhh)

Hey just realized I left off Jerry Mele (although I'm not sure if he's still w/ the band...)

Jerry "Big Daddy" Mele
Charge: Head of security
Description: Everybody's dad or favorite uncle. Usually wears an expression of mixed stress and thoughtfulness.
M.O.: One of the few Vietnam vets who escaped with his life and his sanity, Jerry carries himself with the Jersey-Guy attitude that "if you're nice to them, they have no reason not to be nice back." Hell-bent on changing concert security and doing an amazing job of it. Also known as Uncle Jerry to the legion of fans everywhere who adore him. Made famous by Bill Flanagan's book, U2 At The End Of The World.

(if that pic works i'm not fixing it sorry too lazy lol)

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Um...TICKLEPANTS??? WTF???
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Hey Disco....the nice one walking the line with Edge after LA 3 is Graham. He is in a few of my photos from that night but I can't scan them in yet....I'll put a link to different ones with him in 'em below.

Ally referred to him as Bono's new guy but I think he's been around for a while. He is Edge's guard but I've seen him with Bono, too, so I guess they have a tendancy to float a bit. He is super-nice, as is John and pretty much every U2 staffer I've encountered.

We should feel lucky because I've been to lots of concerts by lots of people and never have met so many crew members who take time out and, seemingly, enjoy time with the fans.

In this first one, you can see Graham to Bono's left (as they are both captivated by the dreamcatcher Khelia is presenting to and explaining the meaning of to Bono): http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/bossgirl8...lst%3f%26.dir= /U2%2bNYC%2bOctober%2b27th%2b%252701%2b-%2boutside%26.src=ph%26.view=t

And he is also in this one just to the left of Khelia's head: http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/bossgirl8...t%3f%26.dir=/U 2%2bNYC%2bOctober%2b27th%2b%252701%2b-%2boutside%26.src=ph%26.view=t
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Hehehe.... I have a bit of a fetish for Scott... this pic was taken after the show in Hamilton, but he looks much better in real life ;-)

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Hey thanks Ruthie, that's the guy, all right! He's cute, and LOVE that bit of salt-n-peppa he's got goin on...whoo!

and that name: GRAHAM!! Cute...wouldn't kick him outta bed fer eating *graham* crackers, hee hee!! *is scandalized!*

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Hey Disco....the nice one walking the line with Edge after LA 3 is Graham.

Ally referred to him as Bono's new guy but I think he's been around for a while. He is Edge's guard but I've seen him with Bono, too, so I guess they have a tendancy to float a bit. He is super-nice, as is John and pretty much every U2 staffer I've encountered.
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Oh dear they have a bodyguard for Larry who is EXACTLY like him...hehe...

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I'm so glad you started a thread on this, Carrie! I just love these guys, and think they are so wonderful for always being patient and friendly to us!

I have a big ol' soft spot for John. At one of my Elevation shows, I was traumatized all night by a flower-wielding miscreant who was constantly elbowing me, taking up too much space, and shamelessly trying to trick Bono into pulling her up on stage. The next day, John saw me and said "Who was that psychotic bitch in front of you last night?" and I felt AVENGED!

Want to give them all a giant hug!

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I just love these guys, and think they are so wonderful for always being patient and friendly to us!

Want to give them all a giant hug!

"Who was that psychotic bitch in front of you last night?" and I felt AVENGED!

Agree and agree, really what other band has such nice guys? Just the fact that we know them by name says a lot about their personality and organization. I mean really the BG's are just the tip of the iceberg, we know the techies too Dallas, Stuart , Willie, Joe, oh man I couldn't name them all.

LMAO at John's comment. Also I have a friend that was on the rail in the heart once and started feeling bad cause she was dehydrated and John got one of the security guards to go fetch her some water w/o her asking for anything. *I can just hear the aws as people read this*

Mona, I know who you're talking about and I also thought that but you know who else John reminds me of, Mr. Clean, lol.


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Very nice thread! The experience I have from the BG are just nice.

John is by far the nicest IMO. Even after I knocked him twice in ten minutes and made him lose his headset he was still just smiling at me and said it was ok. He must have thought I was crazy. LOL He is also just as much a BG for us, the fans. He has always an eye on what's going on in the audience and is the first to ask if you are OK. I feel very secure with him near me.

Scott is now head of security and noones personal BG. He's nice and very free spoken about the show and everything but he still gives me some bad vibes. But ZooGrl is crazy about him, obsessed, and that's good because she said she would leave Bono for me if she got Scott. LOL

Larry's BG seemed to do his job in quiet. When I met him in London he didn't interfer at all. Larry did all the arrangements for him feeling safe himself. Felt very relaxed and calm.

Don't know if it still is so, but when Jerry Mele was the head security all the new BG had to go in "trainingschool" for 3 months or something for him, where they were tought the humble way of being a securityguard. You can read about it in U2-At the end of the world.

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