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Title: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on April 13, 2015, 10:47:09 AM
Can't believe this doesn't exist already...

A place to share pics, vids, favourite quotes, declarations of love, etc!

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on April 13, 2015, 04:15:04 PM
First of all, Canadanne, your MacPhisto tribute site is one of the greatest websites I've willingly spent hours on.  THANK YOU for that, it's amazing.  As for this thread - IT'S ABOUT ####ING TIME!!!  When I first heard about MacPhisto (from that live radio broadcast from Dublin 8/28/93), I wasn't sure how someone with Bono's distinctive features could possibly pass off as something like THAT.  Devil? Horns?  Gold Lame'?! What the hell is he thinking?  But later in that concert, I heard...THAT VOICE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG_uXa6fkU0

My first thought was - where's Bono?  Who the hell was that?  But then as Desire went on, I realized that really WAS Bono!  He really amazed me that day, and I could only hear his voice at the time, but he REALLY transformed himself and I was blown away.   That happened again when I finally saw him in (almost) full regalia in the 'Lemon' video.  With that in mind...

Here is the (ULTRA) rare video of the legendary Bad Yard Remix of Lemon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63mED2HwSQU
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on April 13, 2015, 05:20:57 PM
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First of all, Canadanne, your MacPhisto tribute site is one of the greatest websites I've willingly spent hours on.  THANK YOU for that, it's amazing.

Aw, thanks! :) It was (and is) a real labour of love. I'm actually surprised no-one had made a comprehensive fansite for him before.

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But later in that concert, I heard...THAT VOICE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG_uXa6fkU0

My first thought was - where's Bono?  Who the hell was that?

Ha, I remember the first time I saw him on the Sydney video and heard him speak (I'd only seen photos before that). It was definitely a "Whoa, where did Bono disappear to?" moment! Creepy and yet fabulous. I rewound it straight afterwards to watch the speech and phone call again.

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Here is the (ULTRA) rare video of the legendary Bad Yard Remix of Lemon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63mED2HwSQU

The Lemon video is completely brilliant - that song really does have it all. Amazingly, I don't recall ever seeing this remix video before, so thank you for the link!! What a gem!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: surit87 on April 18, 2015, 02:52:59 AM
The character of MacP has always brought a smile to my face. I simply love him. Thanks Canadanne for starting this thread.

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: an tha on April 18, 2015, 08:35:17 AM
Now we are talking....

'people of Sarajevo count your blessings, there are  those all over the world who have food, heat and security - but they're not on tv like you are'

Brilliant, just brilliant.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: an tha on April 18, 2015, 08:37:45 AM
Oh and Canadanne, your site is fantastic...as I have said before to people here...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on April 18, 2015, 09:26:30 AM
That is definitely one of the greatest quotes!

Thank you, always glad to hear from people who have enjoyed the website. :) Funny to think I only started it as a way of avoiding my coursework at uni. :P

Does anyone know where to find the Rome soundcheck mentioned here (http://www.u2gigs.com/show558.html)?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: tom_b1807 on April 18, 2015, 01:15:22 PM
With or without you and Lemon were made for McPhisto to sing. One of my favourite parts of the Sydney DVD (except maybe the part when he gets his nipple out, I would have trouble explaining that to a friend.)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on April 18, 2015, 03:52:03 PM
Just saw your site the other day, Canadanne! Very good stuff!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on April 19, 2015, 07:35:51 AM
I've always loved MacPhisto, ever since I saw the Zoo TV DVD! Then I saw a video clip of Ultraviolet from the 1993 Dublin show, and I was astonished that MacPhisto gave a different speech before the song. I'm glad I found Canadanne's site after, because it was a treasure to go through all those transcripts! MacPhisto's a very quoteable character... And stylish.

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Albono on April 22, 2015, 08:48:40 PM
MacPhisto should make a comeback!
That would be a real treat for the upcoming tour!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on April 23, 2015, 10:21:07 PM
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MacPhisto should make a comeback!
That would be a real treat for the upcoming tour!

I have mentioned this elsewhere but not here, I think... MacPhisto left a voicemail message (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/offstage.html#intotheheart) for a fan convention in 2004, mocking the lyrics of 'Into The Heart' and saying "Innocence has turned to experience..." So I am hoping for a 'Teenage Bono vs MacPhisto' theme on the upcoming tour, as the voices of innocence and experience. ;)

Relevant quotes:

http://www.atu2.com/news/bono--edge-tease-tour-details-on-bbc-radio-6.html
Bono on 'Songs Of Experience': "The singer - the protagonist in it - is much closer to where we're at in our life and the younger character from Songs Of Innocence, they sometimes meet and one has a take on the other that is often a little aggressive. I often think about that - what would the younger me think of me now. Not much." [...] Bono went on to describe the upcoming tour in more detail where there's a conversation between innocence and experience, describing it like The Who's Quadrophenia.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/18-things-you-learn-hanging-out-with-u2-20141030
Bono on 'Volcano': "The second verse is, the younger guy goes, 'Your eyes were like the landing lights/They used to be the clearest blue/Now you don't see so well/And the future's going to land on you.'" It's this young guy going, "The f*** happened to you?" And on Songs of Experience, there will be a little bit more of that cross-talk, and I think that's going to get very interesting. So for a live show you can imagine Quadrophenia where Pete Townshend could walk in any minute and have an argument with his younger self. You know?"

http://www.u2.com/news/title/u2-innocence-experience-tour-2015/
Bono on the IE Tour: "We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two, and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!"

Alternating stage personas? If only..... :)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Albono on April 24, 2015, 04:10:21 AM
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MacPhisto should make a comeback!
That would be a real treat for the upcoming tour!

I have mentioned this elsewhere but not here, I think... MacPhisto left a voicemail message (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/offstage.html#intotheheart) for a fan convention in 2004, mocking the lyrics of 'Into The Heart' and saying "Innocence has turned to experience..." So I am hoping for a 'Teenage Bono vs MacPhisto' theme on the upcoming tour, as the voices of innocence and experience. ;)

Relevant quotes:

http://www.atu2.com/news/bono--edge-tease-tour-details-on-bbc-radio-6.html
Bono on 'Songs Of Experience': "The singer - the protagonist in it - is much closer to where we're at in our life and the younger character from Songs Of Innocence, they sometimes meet and one has a take on the other that is often a little aggressive. I often think about that - what would the younger me think of me now. Not much." [...] Bono went on to describe the upcoming tour in more detail where there's a conversation between innocence and experience, describing it like The Who's Quadrophenia.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/18-things-you-learn-hanging-out-with-u2-20141030
Bono on 'Volcano': "The second verse is, the younger guy goes, 'Your eyes were like the landing lights/They used to be the clearest blue/Now you don't see so well/And the future's going to land on you.'" It's this young guy going, "The f*** happened to you?" And on Songs of Experience, there will be a little bit more of that cross-talk, and I think that's going to get very interesting. So for a live show you can imagine Quadrophenia where Pete Townshend could walk in any minute and have an argument with his younger self. You know?"

http://www.u2.com/news/title/u2-innocence-experience-tour-2015/
Bono on the IE Tour: "We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two, and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!"

Alternating stage personas? If only..... :)

oh man! this is going to blow everyone's minds!!!!
the chance we see a hologram of MacPhisto or even live on stage... That would be huge!!!

aaahhhh... to hear again that mocking speech would be pure bliss!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on April 24, 2015, 01:46:29 PM
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MacPhisto should make a comeback!
That would be a real treat for the upcoming tour!

I have mentioned this elsewhere but not here, I think... MacPhisto left a voicemail message (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/offstage.html#intotheheart) for a fan convention in 2004, mocking the lyrics of 'Into The Heart' and saying "Innocence has turned to experience..." So I am hoping for a 'Teenage Bono vs MacPhisto' theme on the upcoming tour, as the voices of innocence and experience. ;)

Relevant quotes:

http://www.atu2.com/news/bono--edge-tease-tour-details-on-bbc-radio-6.html
Bono on 'Songs Of Experience': "The singer - the protagonist in it - is much closer to where we're at in our life and the younger character from Songs Of Innocence, they sometimes meet and one has a take on the other that is often a little aggressive. I often think about that - what would the younger me think of me now. Not much." [...] Bono went on to describe the upcoming tour in more detail where there's a conversation between innocence and experience, describing it like The Who's Quadrophenia.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/18-things-you-learn-hanging-out-with-u2-20141030
Bono on 'Volcano': "The second verse is, the younger guy goes, 'Your eyes were like the landing lights/They used to be the clearest blue/Now you don't see so well/And the future's going to land on you.'" It's this young guy going, "The f*** happened to you?" And on Songs of Experience, there will be a little bit more of that cross-talk, and I think that's going to get very interesting. So for a live show you can imagine Quadrophenia where Pete Townshend could walk in any minute and have an argument with his younger self. You know?"

http://www.u2.com/news/title/u2-innocence-experience-tour-2015/
Bono on the IE Tour: "We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two, and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!"

Alternating stage personas? If only..... :)

oh man! this is going to blow everyone's minds!!!!
the chance we see a hologram of MacPhisto or even live on stage... That would be huge!!!

aaahhhh... to hear again that mocking speech would be pure bliss!

It would be the best surprise ever. Too bad it almost certainly won't happen! Still, I live in hope that one day they'll show some MacPhisto footage on the screens again, like they did on PopMart. And this tour would be the perfect opportunity to do it.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on April 24, 2015, 01:57:49 PM
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His arm movements are a thing of beauty, especially the shapes he creates in the Lemon video!

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on April 24, 2015, 06:39:57 PM
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He does something similar when he performs Lemon.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on April 24, 2015, 07:32:12 PM
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He does something similar when he performs Lemon.

Yes, when he comes down the walkway steps to be surrounded by his adoring fans... it always reminds me of male birds' courtship displays... ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on April 24, 2015, 10:29:36 PM
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He does something similar when he performs Lemon.

Yes, when he comes down the walkway steps to be surrounded by his adoring fans... it always reminds me of male birds' courtship displays... ;D
The Lemon video is very striking! And live too- I thought of his motions more like accepting the love of the audience, making himself open to them... Courtship displays though, that's great :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: u24ever656 on April 27, 2015, 02:46:31 PM
Hello. So I guess Ill admit it on here.. I was one of the various MacPhistos that Bono has been fascinated with, over the years. (*Not any longer, I might add). I was the MacPhisto that Bono spotted during a Much Music interview in Toronto 2001 after one of their shows at the Air Canada Centre. Always a great time to interview a band is AFTER their shows, as they are exhausted and   will not keep their guard up. Throw in another wild, screaming studio audience, have all 4 band members in the middle of it all facing eachother with all the other member's images on TV sets behind each person and you will see truth appear before your eyes. Slow motion the video to see the microexpressions of each band mate's response to a question or comment and you will know core beliefs of each band mate. Great genuine interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxV6aB9-CbY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxV6aB9-CbY)

31:31 - Bono sees my devil horns in the crowd and stops George Stombolopolous to connect with someone he relates to. He looks at me with sadness in his eye..

"Son, Your the Antichrist!" shouts his father.
"You come from a family of travelling salespeople."
"You're just going to end up some wretched old celebrity doing Las Vegas shows"

I feel so sorry for Bono. He went through so much hardship, challenge and struggle in his life. He needed his mom so badly to keep him, protect him from such awful insults from those brute Irish males he grew up with. I identify with his yearning for mother in his songs.

With much sympathy to the MacPhisto identity that he accepted of himself, he says to himself:  Its okay young child. "One day all of this could be yours". (A quote that became inspiration for U2s next album (How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb - Vertigo).





Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on April 27, 2015, 03:39:00 PM
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Hello. So I guess Ill admit it on here.. I was one of the various MacPhistos that Bono has been fascinated with, over the years. (*Not any longer, I might add). I was the MacPhisto that Bono spotted during a Much Music interview in Toronto 2001 after one of their shows at the Air Canada Centre. Always a great time to interview a band is AFTER their shows, as they are exhausted and   will not keep their guard up. Throw in another wild, screaming studio audience, have all 4 band members in the middle of it all facing eachother with all the other member's images on TV sets behind each person and you will see truth appear before your eyes. Slow motion the video to see the microexpressions of each band mate's response to a question or comment and you will know core beliefs of each band mate. Great genuine interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxV6aB9-CbY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxV6aB9-CbY)

31:31 - Bono sees my devil horns in the crowd and stops George Stombolopolous to connect with someone he relates to. He looks at me with sadness in his eye..

"Son, Your the Antichrist!" shouts his father.
"You come from a family of travelling salespeople."
"You're just going to end up some wretched old celebrity doing Las Vegas shows"

I feel so sorry for Bono. He went through so much hardship, challenge and struggle in his life. He needed his mom so badly to keep him, protect him from such awful insults from those brute Irish males he grew up with. I identify with his yearning for mother in his songs.

With much sympathy to the MacPhisto identity that he accepted of himself, he says to himself:  Its okay young child. "One day all of this could be yours". (A quote that became inspiration for U2s next album (How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb - Vertigo).

Oh, it's you! Welcome. :) I wrote about you on my website (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/offstage.html#elevation) just last year!

Loved the spontaneous MacPhisto anecdote later in that show, after they made the band watch the Lemon video. :)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on May 01, 2015, 04:24:44 PM
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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 03, 2015, 05:20:38 PM
So I have a question, regarding that piece to camera that was filmed at the hotel in Rome, as described in B.P. Fallon's book ("hate your life enough and you can keep it forever", etc). Does anyone know if it ever got shown anywhere? Seems odd that they would film it and then do nothing with it. It's kinda like the holy grail for me, I would so love to see it! Or any other random stuff like that wonderful video message for Naked City - did other TV shows broadcast anything similar at the time? I'm always hoping some long-lost gem will show up. :) And those two missing phone calls, of course... argh...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on May 03, 2015, 09:40:41 PM
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So I have a question, regarding that piece to camera that was filmed at the hotel in Rome, as described in B.P. Fallon's book ("hate your life enough and you can keep it forever", etc). Does anyone know if it ever got shown anywhere? Seems odd that they would film it and then do nothing with it. It's kinda like the holy grail for me, I would so love to see it! Or any other random stuff like that wonderful video message for Naked City - did other TV shows broadcast anything similar at the time? I'm always hoping some long-lost gem will show up. :) And those two missing phone calls, of course... argh...

The 'missing phone calls'?  What are you referring to?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on May 03, 2015, 09:58:34 PM
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So I have a question, regarding that piece to camera that was filmed at the hotel in Rome, as described in B.P. Fallon's book ("hate your life enough and you can keep it forever", etc). Does anyone know if it ever got shown anywhere? Seems odd that they would film it and then do nothing with it. It's kinda like the holy grail for me, I would so love to see it! Or any other random stuff like that wonderful video message for Naked City - did other TV shows broadcast anything similar at the time? I'm always hoping some long-lost gem will show up. :) And those two missing phone calls, of course... argh...
I wondered what they did with it too after reading about it... They didn't show it at the concert or anything, did they? Or maybe they were going to use it for some video project that got scrapped- although I'd expect that would be mentioned somewhere...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 04, 2015, 04:26:58 PM
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So I have a question, regarding that piece to camera that was filmed at the hotel in Rome, as described in B.P. Fallon's book ("hate your life enough and you can keep it forever", etc). Does anyone know if it ever got shown anywhere? Seems odd that they would film it and then do nothing with it. It's kinda like the holy grail for me, I would so love to see it! Or any other random stuff like that wonderful video message for Naked City - did other TV shows broadcast anything similar at the time? I'm always hoping some long-lost gem will show up. :) And those two missing phone calls, of course... argh...

The 'missing phone calls'?  What are you referring to?

From the Lausanne and Brisbane shows. I don't think they were taped or shared by any fans. :( Just got to hope the band have some official recording in the vaults...

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I wondered what they did with it too after reading about it... They didn't show it at the concert or anything, did they? Or maybe they were going to use it for some video project that got scrapped- although I'd expect that would be mentioned somewhere...

It wasn't used at any shows as far as I'm aware. It's a real mystery what it was for!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 07, 2015, 10:56:34 AM
Happy birthday Mr MacPhisto! :) He made his first appearance, unnamed and hornless, at a rehearsal 22 years ago today. How lucky were those few fans, getting a sneak preview of the awesomeness that was to come! "I can see you're all in awe of my platform shoes..." ;D

I wonder if this photo was taken then?

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on May 07, 2015, 12:08:09 PM
That was also the appearance of the Red Fly! What a momentous night :D

Happy birthday MacPhisto!!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: PopmuzikMofo on May 08, 2015, 03:04:10 PM
I'm a day late, but happy birthday to my favorite devil!

Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 09, 2015, 07:43:27 AM
The Zooropa Tour opened in Rotterdam on this day in 1993! Love this quote from Willie's tour diary: "'Desire' was one of those great moments where you know something that the audience (and the enormous amount of press people) don't. Out he comes, and you can feel 50,000 people go 'What the f***?' The absolute crowning glory was that it stayed dry all night until the encore break when the heavens opened, so MacPhisto made his first entrance in a raging downpour under a sky full of thunder and lightning. It looked like Faust meets Apocalypse Now."

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I have the video of Desire, but Dailymotion deleted and blacklisted it for some reason. :( There's a funny bit where he shouts up at God in response to the rain ("You can p**s on me!"), and I adore the "I have a vision... Eurovision!" twist. ;D

You *can* watch MacPhisto's speech (including his rendition of 'Ding-A-Dong'!) and the first of many taxi phone calls, plus Ultra Violet:
http://dailymotion.com/video/xcazit_rotterdam-9-5-93-ding-a-dong-phone_music
I still don't know the story behind him saying it was the last Eurovision and the end of an era - I can't find any reference to the contest possibly ending that year! Do let me know if you can shed any light.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on May 09, 2015, 09:09:53 AM
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The Zooropa Tour opened in Rotterdam on this day in 1993! Love this quote from Willie's tour diary: "'Desire' was one of those great moments where you know something that the audience (and the enormous amount of press people) don't. Out he comes, and you can feel 50,000 people go 'What the f***?' The absolute crowning glory was that it stayed dry all night until the encore break when the heavens opened, so MacPhisto made his first entrance in a raging downpour under a sky full of thunder and lightning. It looked like Faust meets Apocalypse Now."

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I have the video of Desire, but Dailymotion deleted and blacklisted it for some reason. :( There's a funny bit where he shouts up at God in response to the rain ("You can p**s on me!"), and I adore the "I have a vision... Eurovision!" twist. ;D

You *can* watch MacPhisto's speech (including his rendition of 'Ding-A-Dong'!) and the first of many taxi phone calls, plus Ultra Violet:
http://dailymotion.com/video/xcazit_rotterdam-9-5-93-ding-a-dong-phone_music
I still don't know the story behind him saying it was the last Eurovision and the end of an era - I can't find any reference to the contest possibly ending that year! Do let me know if you can shed any light.

I was there, i remember standing alongside the catwalk and thinking Mac Phisto's shoes were incredible !!!! Got some Zoo ecu's and these are in a list on the wall  ;).



Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 09, 2015, 09:34:17 AM
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The Zooropa Tour opened in Rotterdam on this day in 1993! Love this quote from Willie's tour diary: "'Desire' was one of those great moments where you know something that the audience (and the enormous amount of press people) don't. Out he comes, and you can feel 50,000 people go 'What the f***?' The absolute crowning glory was that it stayed dry all night until the encore break when the heavens opened, so MacPhisto made his first entrance in a raging downpour under a sky full of thunder and lightning. It looked like Faust meets Apocalypse Now."

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I have the video of Desire, but Dailymotion deleted and blacklisted it for some reason. :( There's a funny bit where he shouts up at God in response to the rain ("You can p**s on me!"), and I adore the "I have a vision... Eurovision!" twist. ;D

You *can* watch MacPhisto's speech (including his rendition of 'Ding-A-Dong'!) and the first of many taxi phone calls, plus Ultra Violet:
http://dailymotion.com/video/xcazit_rotterdam-9-5-93-ding-a-dong-phone_music
I still don't know the story behind him saying it was the last Eurovision and the end of an era - I can't find any reference to the contest possibly ending that year! Do let me know if you can shed any light.

I was there, i remember standing alongside the catwalk and thinking Mac Phisto's shoes were incredible !!!! Got some Zoo ecu's and these are in a list on the wall  ;).

I'm soooo envious!! Well, apart from the whole getting-drenched part - I'm OK with missing that. ;)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 10, 2015, 09:56:09 AM
Tonight is the anniversary of MacPhisto's phone call to Monique at KLM Airlines! It's a favourite of mine, and I'm amazed that his first attempt at a lengthy conversation turned out to be one of the best of the tour. :) I wonder if Monique found the experience memorable! She seems really nice, with a good sense of humour - I'm glad he got through to her. :)

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I'm so thrilled that this phone call (and a few others) were included as an Easter Egg with the Achtung Baby anniversary release! Never did figure out how to access it on the disc, but thankfully some fans uploaded the video - Rotterdam is the third clip, starting at 3:28:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nokHRIqkGPE
The faces he pulls from 3:47 to 4:10 are freaking hilarious - I love the sudden look of recognition and delight when he hears the on-hold music, LOL! Also the suspicious look in his eyes when he thinks she's not taking him entirely seriously. ;D His beautiful smiles are lovely too, and all that flirtatious batting of eyelashes at the end... <3

This show also featured a pleasingly enthusiastic performance of Desire - "I'm really burning tonight!"
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on May 10, 2015, 10:07:15 AM
^ Yay ! I heard that they got back with her to thank her for being a good sport. It's
   really funny indeed.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on May 10, 2015, 02:27:53 PM
^ I don't know why but the way Bono says "colloquialism" (around 6:24) - I just find it rather cute.  Some tend to forget how intelligent Bono actually is sometimes. 
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 11, 2015, 11:21:49 AM
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^ Yay ! I heard that they got back with her to thank her for being a good sport. It's
   really funny indeed.

Yeah, they gave her some free tickets! :)

The third and final Rotterdam concert took place on this date. Another highly entertaining performance of Desire at this show, full of MacPhisto's personality and with lots more ad-libbing than usual! I'm particularly amused by "I'll huff... and I'll puff... and I'll blow your house down!" towards the end. :D

The phone call to Queen Beatrix has one of the best punchlines of all: "Well, now! The last time a royal hung up on me, I sent the House of Windsor into flames!" Genius. ;D There's a little video clip of that during the 60 Minutes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hge1ks4aZvQ) interview with Bono, at 3:03.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on May 12, 2015, 05:21:49 AM
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^ Yay ! I heard that they got back with her to thank her for being a good sport. It's
   really funny indeed.

Yeah, they gave her some free tickets! :)

The third and final Rotterdam concert took place on this date. Another highly entertaining performance of Desire at this show, full of MacPhisto's personality and with lots more ad-libbing than usual! I'm particularly amused by "I'll huff... and I'll puff... and I'll blow your house down!" towards the end. :D

The phone call to Queen Beatrix has one of the best punchlines of all: "Well, now! The last time a royal hung up on me, I sent the House of Windsor into flames!" Genius. ;D There's a little video clip of that during the 60 Minutes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hge1ks4aZvQ) interview with Bono, at 3:03.

Yep, i'm sure Queen "Bea" would have picked up the Phone if she knew it was MacPhisto ha ha !!

"Look what you've done to me, you have made me verry famous and i thank you"

I would love a return of MacPhisto this tour..............
Imagine on the screen appears an image of MacPhisto and Bono talks to him. That will
make me feel so good !!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JHook on May 12, 2015, 10:17:05 AM
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^ I don't know why but the way Bono says "colloquialism" (around 6:24) - I just find it rather cute.  Some tend to forget how intelligent Bono actually is sometimes.

Yes! I've been looking for excuses to say "it's a colloquialism" all day.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on May 12, 2015, 12:19:29 PM
The video of MacPhisto phone calls is one of my favorite U2-related videos ever... I was so happy to see the Rotterdam phone call at last! I've listened to it so many times.

Bono, or rather MacPhisto, looks like he's really enjoying himself.

What I always wanted to know, though, was how did he get all those numbers? Is it really true that "when you're famous, people give you their telephone numbers," or were they actually that easy to look up?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 12, 2015, 12:39:42 PM
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I would love a return of MacPhisto this tour..............
Imagine on the screen appears an image of MacPhisto and Bono talks to him. That will
make me feel so good !!

I think I'd die of happiness on the spot!

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The video of MacPhisto phone calls is one of my favorite U2-related videos ever... I was so happy to see the Rotterdam phone call at last! I've listened to it so many times.

Me too. I want moooorrre!

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What I always wanted to know, though, was how did he get all those numbers? Is it really true that "when you're famous, people give you their telephone numbers," or were they actually that easy to look up?

They got some of them from journalists, apparently. And got into trouble for reading them out loud. ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on May 12, 2015, 01:22:29 PM
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I would love a return of MacPhisto this tour..............
Imagine on the screen appears an image of MacPhisto and Bono talks to him. That will
make me feel so good !!

I think I'd die of happiness on the spot!

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The video of MacPhisto phone calls is one of my favorite U2-related videos ever... I was so happy to see the Rotterdam phone call at last! I've listened to it so many times.

Me too. I want moooorrre!

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What I always wanted to know, though, was how did he get all those numbers? Is it really true that "when you're famous, people give you their telephone numbers," or were they actually that easy to look up?

They got some of them from journalists, apparently. And got into trouble for reading them out loud. ;D
You do have to wonder how many people in the audience tried to call the numbers later... :D assuming they could remember it, of course!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 12, 2015, 05:26:07 PM
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What I always wanted to know, though, was how did he get all those numbers? Is it really true that "when you're famous, people give you their telephone numbers," or were they actually that easy to look up?

They got some of them from journalists, apparently. And got into trouble for reading them out loud. ;D
You do have to wonder how many people in the audience tried to call the numbers later... :D assuming they could remember it, of course!

The Danish politician was reportedly very unhappy about all the U2 fans ringing his wife after the show to complain about her hanging up on MacPhisto!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: kango on May 13, 2015, 06:47:29 AM
Hi Canadanne, have you looked up Dave Vanian yet? Admittedly I'm not sure he acted out characters as much as enjoyed styling himself in a gothic fashion but there are a few parallels.


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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 13, 2015, 12:47:44 PM
Not familiar with him, no.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 15, 2015, 11:40:31 AM
Lisbon anniversary today!
Love MacPhisto's little renditions of Moon River. :) Poor old devil didn't have much luck with the latest taxi company: "I'm the last pop star, and they've hung up on me." :( There's a bootleg video of the concert here, with the speech starting at 40:26:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AKhNflwTqw

I think the performance clips in this Zooropa album promo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEt-uniKdzk) (from 3:04 to 3:59) are also from the Lisbon show.

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on May 16, 2015, 03:19:04 PM
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Lisbon anniversary today!
Love MacPhisto's little renditions of Moon River. :) Poor old devil didn't have much luck with the latest taxi company: "I'm the last pop star, and they've hung up on me." :( There's a bootleg video of the concert here, with the speech starting at 40:26:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AKhNflwTqw

I think the performance clips in this Zooropa album promo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEt-uniKdzk) (from 3:04 to 3:59) are also from the Lisbon show.

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Dang, YouTube blocked the first link in the US  :(
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 16, 2015, 03:32:45 PM
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Lisbon anniversary today!
Love MacPhisto's little renditions of Moon River. :) Poor old devil didn't have much luck with the latest taxi company: "I'm the last pop star, and they've hung up on me." :( There's a bootleg video of the concert here, with the speech starting at 40:26:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AKhNflwTqw

I think the performance clips in this Zooropa album promo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEt-uniKdzk) (from 3:04 to 3:59) are also from the Lisbon show.

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Dang, YouTube blocked the first link in the US  :(

Aw, I didn't know that. :( It's not a particularly great quality bootleg, mind you - filmed from miles away!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on May 17, 2015, 04:20:26 PM
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Lisbon anniversary today!
Love MacPhisto's little renditions of Moon River. :) Poor old devil didn't have much luck with the latest taxi company: "I'm the last pop star, and they've hung up on me." :( There's a bootleg video of the concert here, with the speech starting at 40:26:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AKhNflwTqw

I think the performance clips in this Zooropa album promo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEt-uniKdzk) (from 3:04 to 3:59) are also from the Lisbon show.

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Dang, YouTube blocked the first link in the US  :(

Aw, I didn't know that. :( It's not a particularly great quality bootleg, mind you - filmed from miles away!
I'll still try to find it elsewhere on the Internet. Maybe I'll get lucky.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: THRILLHO on May 17, 2015, 09:43:00 PM
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Happy birthday Mr MacPhisto! :) He made his first appearance, unnamed and hornless, at a rehearsal 22 years ago today. How lucky were those few fans, getting a sneak preview of the awesomeness that was to come! "I can see you're all in awe of my platform shoes..." ;D

I wonder if this photo was taken then?

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Here is another: http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/9162/bonoredflyzootv.jpg (http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/9162/bonoredflyzootv.jpg)

what date was he The Red Fly?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 18, 2015, 12:48:47 PM
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Happy birthday Mr MacPhisto! :) He made his first appearance, unnamed and hornless, at a rehearsal 22 years ago today. How lucky were those few fans, getting a sneak preview of the awesomeness that was to come! "I can see you're all in awe of my platform shoes..." ;D

I wonder if this photo was taken then?

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Here is another: http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/9162/bonoredflyzootv.jpg (http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/9162/bonoredflyzootv.jpg)

what date was he The Red Fly?

Other people know more about this than me, but I believe he only wore the red outfit at the Hershey rehearsals in August 1992 and the Rotterdam rehearsal on 7th May 1993.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 19, 2015, 09:45:08 AM
The Zooropa Tour arrived in Spain on 19th May, with a show in Oviedo. MacPhisto got stuck listening to an automated weather forecast in Spanish this time! (If there are any fluent Spanish speakers with a good ear on here, I'd be huuuugely grateful for even a partial transcript of the recorded message. It's way too fast for me to catch anything, especially with the poor sound quality, and never having learned the language.)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 22, 2015, 09:15:35 AM
The second Spanish concert took place in Madrid on this date. MacPhisto sang a bit of Moon River again, inventing some of his own lyrics this time! He then introduced the rest of the band, which can be seen on the Achtung Baby Easter Eggs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nokHRIqkGPE) video at 2:34. (LOL at Larry's one-finger response to having his vocal skills compared with Springsteen!)

I love the phone call at this show, in revenge for the Ritz Hotel turning the band away because they didn't comply with the dress code! The pitiful tone in MacPhisto's voice when he tells the crowd they "wouldn't let your favourite rock 'n' roll band stay there" - he sounds like he's going to cry about it, poor darling. <3 The hotel keeps him on hold for quite a while, singing along with the music - he also throws in what I think is meant to be a snippet of 'Spanish Eyes' (the Al Martino song, not the U2 one), and I love him telling the crowd to Vote MacPhisto in the upcoming general election. *g* It's hilarious when he finally gets through to the hotel manager...
MacPhisto: "I need a tie and a jacket? But I've got a very special jacket, and I have some horns."
Manager: "I understand."
LOL, no, somehow I don't think you do! The guy assures him there won't be any problem, to which the Devil cheerfully spits "Well, thank you very much - you'll have MacPhisto, but you won't have the group of U2. That's fine; thank you!" ;D

A bootleg video of the show can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkRpWTN2ltY), with MacPhisto's speech starting at 23:49 (though it jumps a bit in places, and is missing a few lines from the middle of the phone call). There's a more complete audio bootleg here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCcVFUdNGsg) if you skip to 1:33:56.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on May 22, 2015, 11:48:29 AM
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The second Spanish concert took place in Madrid on this date. MacPhisto sang a bit of Moon River again, inventing some of his own lyrics this time! He then introduced the rest of the band, which can be seen on the Achtung Baby Easter Eggs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nokHRIqkGPE) video at 2:34. (LOL at Larry's one-finger response to having his vocal skills compared with Springsteen!)

I love the phone call at this show, in revenge for the Ritz Hotel turning the band away because they didn't comply with the dress code! The pitiful tone in MacPhisto's voice when he tells the crowd they "wouldn't let your favourite rock 'n' roll band stay there" - he sounds like he's going to cry about it, poor darling. <3 The hotel keeps him on hold for quite a while, singing along with the music - he also throws in what I think is meant to be a snippet of 'Spanish Eyes' (the Al Martino song, not the U2 one), and I love him telling the crowd to Vote MacPhisto in the upcoming general election. *g* It's hilarious when he finally gets through to the hotel manager...
MacPhisto: "I need a tie and a jacket? But I've got a very special jacket, and I have some horns."
Manager: "I understand."
LOL, no, somehow I don't think you do! The guy assures him there won't be any problem, to which the Devil cheerfully spits "Well, thank you very much - you'll have MacPhisto, but you won't have the group of U2. That's fine; thank you!" ;D

A bootleg video of the show can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkRpWTN2ltY), with MacPhisto's speech starting at 23:49 (though it jumps a bit in places, and is missing a few lines from the middle of the phone call). There's a more complete audio bootleg here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCcVFUdNGsg) if you skip to 1:33:56.
"I've got a very special jacket, and I have some horns!" That cracks me up. Was he being serious- U2 were actually not allowed at the Ritz because of the dress code? How ridiculous...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 22, 2015, 12:46:44 PM
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The second Spanish concert took place in Madrid on this date. MacPhisto sang a bit of Moon River again, inventing some of his own lyrics this time! He then introduced the rest of the band, which can be seen on the Achtung Baby Easter Eggs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nokHRIqkGPE) video at 2:34. (LOL at Larry's one-finger response to having his vocal skills compared with Springsteen!)

I love the phone call at this show, in revenge for the Ritz Hotel turning the band away because they didn't comply with the dress code! The pitiful tone in MacPhisto's voice when he tells the crowd they "wouldn't let your favourite rock 'n' roll band stay there" - he sounds like he's going to cry about it, poor darling. <3 The hotel keeps him on hold for quite a while, singing along with the music - he also throws in what I think is meant to be a snippet of 'Spanish Eyes' (the Al Martino song, not the U2 one), and I love him telling the crowd to Vote MacPhisto in the upcoming general election. *g* It's hilarious when he finally gets through to the hotel manager...
MacPhisto: "I need a tie and a jacket? But I've got a very special jacket, and I have some horns."
Manager: "I understand."
LOL, no, somehow I don't think you do! The guy assures him there won't be any problem, to which the Devil cheerfully spits "Well, thank you very much - you'll have MacPhisto, but you won't have the group of U2. That's fine; thank you!" ;D

A bootleg video of the show can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkRpWTN2ltY), with MacPhisto's speech starting at 23:49 (though it jumps a bit in places, and is missing a few lines from the middle of the phone call). There's a more complete audio bootleg here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCcVFUdNGsg) if you skip to 1:33:56.
"I've got a very special jacket, and I have some horns!" That cracks me up. Was he being serious- U2 were actually not allowed at the Ritz because of the dress code? How ridiculous...

Apparently the hotel cancelled their reservation after learning that they were a rock band...! Perhaps they'd had a bad experience with some other group?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on May 22, 2015, 01:17:53 PM
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The second Spanish concert took place in Madrid on this date. MacPhisto sang a bit of Moon River again, inventing some of his own lyrics this time! He then introduced the rest of the band, which can be seen on the Achtung Baby Easter Eggs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nokHRIqkGPE) video at 2:34. (LOL at Larry's one-finger response to having his vocal skills compared with Springsteen!)

I love the phone call at this show, in revenge for the Ritz Hotel turning the band away because they didn't comply with the dress code! The pitiful tone in MacPhisto's voice when he tells the crowd they "wouldn't let your favourite rock 'n' roll band stay there" - he sounds like he's going to cry about it, poor darling. <3 The hotel keeps him on hold for quite a while, singing along with the music - he also throws in what I think is meant to be a snippet of 'Spanish Eyes' (the Al Martino song, not the U2 one), and I love him telling the crowd to Vote MacPhisto in the upcoming general election. *g* It's hilarious when he finally gets through to the hotel manager...
MacPhisto: "I need a tie and a jacket? But I've got a very special jacket, and I have some horns."
Manager: "I understand."
LOL, no, somehow I don't think you do! The guy assures him there won't be any problem, to which the Devil cheerfully spits "Well, thank you very much - you'll have MacPhisto, but you won't have the group of U2. That's fine; thank you!" ;D

A bootleg video of the show can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkRpWTN2ltY), with MacPhisto's speech starting at 23:49 (though it jumps a bit in places, and is missing a few lines from the middle of the phone call). There's a more complete audio bootleg here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCcVFUdNGsg) if you skip to 1:33:56.
"I've got a very special jacket, and I have some horns!" That cracks me up. Was he being serious- U2 were actually not allowed at the Ritz because of the dress code? How ridiculous...

Apparently the hotel cancelled their reservation after learning that they were a rock band...! Perhaps they'd had a bad experience with some other group?
Haha, I can understand that with some bands! But U2 are obviously not crazy rock stars like that. MacPhisto's call was a good way to retaliate...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 22, 2015, 01:47:41 PM
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The second Spanish concert took place in Madrid on this date. MacPhisto sang a bit of Moon River again, inventing some of his own lyrics this time! He then introduced the rest of the band, which can be seen on the Achtung Baby Easter Eggs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nokHRIqkGPE) video at 2:34. (LOL at Larry's one-finger response to having his vocal skills compared with Springsteen!)

I love the phone call at this show, in revenge for the Ritz Hotel turning the band away because they didn't comply with the dress code! The pitiful tone in MacPhisto's voice when he tells the crowd they "wouldn't let your favourite rock 'n' roll band stay there" - he sounds like he's going to cry about it, poor darling. <3 The hotel keeps him on hold for quite a while, singing along with the music - he also throws in what I think is meant to be a snippet of 'Spanish Eyes' (the Al Martino song, not the U2 one), and I love him telling the crowd to Vote MacPhisto in the upcoming general election. *g* It's hilarious when he finally gets through to the hotel manager...
MacPhisto: "I need a tie and a jacket? But I've got a very special jacket, and I have some horns."
Manager: "I understand."
LOL, no, somehow I don't think you do! The guy assures him there won't be any problem, to which the Devil cheerfully spits "Well, thank you very much - you'll have MacPhisto, but you won't have the group of U2. That's fine; thank you!" ;D

A bootleg video of the show can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkRpWTN2ltY), with MacPhisto's speech starting at 23:49 (though it jumps a bit in places, and is missing a few lines from the middle of the phone call). There's a more complete audio bootleg here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCcVFUdNGsg) if you skip to 1:33:56.
"I've got a very special jacket, and I have some horns!" That cracks me up. Was he being serious- U2 were actually not allowed at the Ritz because of the dress code? How ridiculous...

Apparently the hotel cancelled their reservation after learning that they were a rock band...! Perhaps they'd had a bad experience with some other group?
Haha, I can understand that with some bands! But U2 are obviously not crazy rock stars like that. MacPhisto's call was a good way to retaliate...

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when they picked the target for that show. :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 26, 2015, 10:53:05 AM
The first French show of the year took place on 26th May in Nantes, giving MacPhisto an opportunity to speak a bit of the language. :D The phone call was another taxi order, with the Devil stating his current location as "everywhere". I find it really funny how the woman doesn't seem to question that he is indeed omnipresent, but just keeps trying to point out that it isn't practical for picking-up purposes. *g* She sounds like a no-nonsense headmistress dealing with a smart-alecky kid, although he appears to win her over at the end when he offers to sing her a song!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 29, 2015, 09:48:38 AM
The Zooropa Tour's single visit to Belgium was in Werchter on this date. The best part of MacPhisto's speech has to be his remark about Adam's ginormous willy ("but it's not as big as my one"). ;D He tried to order a taxi again, but thought the guy on the phone was being disrespectful towards him! Click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xawhE_Lglig) for a (somewhat jerky) video of it, which also includes the end of Desire.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on May 30, 2015, 01:00:47 PM
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The Zooropa Tour's single visit to Belgium was in Werchter on this date. The best part of MacPhisto's speech has to be his remark about Adam's ginormous willy ("but it's not as big as my one"). ;D

This was a hilarious intro by MacPhisto, another fave intro was when he introduced Larry as "Boy George's wet dream", LOL!  I have to remember which one that was, maybe Tokyo?  Having seen Adam's willy (on the album sleeve, you pervs!), I have to say it's not bad.  It got me wondering how big MacPhisto's is ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 30, 2015, 02:40:40 PM
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The Zooropa Tour's single visit to Belgium was in Werchter on this date. The best part of MacPhisto's speech has to be his remark about Adam's ginormous willy ("but it's not as big as my one"). ;D

This was a hilarious intro by MacPhisto, another fave intro was when he introduced Larry as "Boy George's wet dream", LOL!  I have to remember which one that was, maybe Tokyo?

Yeah, that's the final concert in Tokyo! (He was also described as "a feast for Boy George" at the second Melbourne show, haha.) Poor Larry got a lot of teasing that year. :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on May 30, 2015, 11:00:00 PM
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The Zooropa Tour's single visit to Belgium was in Werchter on this date. The best part of MacPhisto's speech has to be his remark about Adam's ginormous willy ("but it's not as big as my one"). ;D

This was a hilarious intro by MacPhisto, another fave intro was when he introduced Larry as "Boy George's wet dream", LOL!  I have to remember which one that was, maybe Tokyo?

Yeah, that's the final concert in Tokyo! (He was also described as "a feast for Boy George" at the second Melbourne show, haha.) Poor Larry got a lot of teasing that year. :D

LOL, I remember that too, haha!  You have to admit, Boy George has good taste in guys!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 02, 2015, 09:54:00 AM
Frankfurt was the first in a run of German shows at the start of June. Probably the most boring of all the phone calls, in which he attempted to order a taxi but the number was engaged! (I do love hearing him say "They like you, I love you", though...)

There are individual audio links for this show: Desire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh2ria_gGmo), MacPhisto speech (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed5uB72LVBs), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg_T1MEyQ2s), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuURnYaE1MM), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke-G80n-EPU) and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4CwSk69bP4).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 04, 2015, 04:13:41 PM
4th June: Munich. It's another wet show, so MacPhisto has his umbrella out again at the start of Desire ("I've got one and you haven't!"), and later sings an entertaining snippet of Singin' In The Rain. :)

We also have the first in a whole series of attempted phone calls to Helmut Kohl, the German Chancellor (rather like the Mirrorball Man's regular calls to the White House). Not sure why some guy in the audience starts yelling incoherently about his love for Kohl! Unfortunately it was a Friday night and the Chancellor had already gone home for the weekend (otherwise I'm sure he would have taken the call). MacPhisto tries to leave a message, but the poor guy in the office clearly has no idea what's going on, and politely hangs up as soon as he can get away with it. *g* To be continued...

The entire concert can be enjoyed as a pretty good quality bootleg video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQQkdFDP5eg) - Desire starts at 1:34:55, with MacPhisto's speech at 1:39:35. The phone call is also included in the Achtung Baby Easter Eggs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nokHRIqkGPE), at 7:14 - some more great facial expressions!

Annnd there are audio links too: Desire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrc0f6FuTck), speech and phone call (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibVwab9lWYM), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3IyCXTEjCs), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fhETEyt_5c), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJApU6A_G-o) and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y20rl1YIlIM).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 06, 2015, 08:48:40 AM
6th June was Stuttgart, which has a bootleg video here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJFYnFTvK-I) (the encore starts at 36:10, speech at 40:57). Check out the way he emphasises "when I'm INSIDE her" in Desire! *fans self*

"It's so hot in Germany - just like at home," remarks the Devil. ;D

Tonight is his second attempt to get hold of Helmut Kohl, but he just gets the same confused guy who doesn't understand English very well, telling him to ring back in the morning when the Chancellor will definitely be available to take the call. ;)

The start of Ultra Violet is a complete mess, with forgotten lyrics and then a serious guitar malfunction!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 09, 2015, 09:23:13 AM
Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ayq9V-4-w) is a bootleg video of Desire in Bremen 22 years ago today. I find it to be a thoroughly entertaining performance by MacPhisto. :) Love the "Shall we dance?" bit during the bridge, and it always makes me giggle when he does that exaggerated stride forward with the mic stand for his harmonica solo. ;D (I also like his movements during the harmonica solo...) Someone in the front row gets the aforementioned mic stand casually dropped on their head, and the Devil claims ownership of the future U2.com message boards: "My Zootopia!"

MacPhisto is still keen for a chat with Kohl, but has given up on trying to phone him and decides to see him in person, so it's a taxi order with a difference tonight - instead of taking him home, he wants them to take him all the way to Bonn! The guy is (understandably) very intrigued as to why he's going all that way to visit the Chancellor, and seems to be trying to talk him out of it, possibly suspecting that he's some kind of lunatic. *g* This conversation has one of my favourite endings, when the guy warns him how expensive the journey would be, and MacPhisto shrugs it off with "I can afford it - I'm a very rich pop star!"

There aren't any clips of the phone call on YouTube at the moment, but you can watch videos of the other songs - Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp2n26xHz2Q), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kNnpMNY4KU), Love Is Blindness and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcNueakW1Sk).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on June 10, 2015, 09:12:20 AM
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Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ayq9V-4-w) is a bootleg video of Desire in Bremen 22 years ago today. I find it to be a thoroughly entertaining performance by MacPhisto. :) Love the "Shall we dance?" bit during the bridge, and it always makes me giggle when he does that exaggerated stride forward with the mic stand for his harmonica solo. ;D (I also like his movements during the harmonica solo...) Someone in the front row gets the aforementioned mic stand casually dropped on their head, and the Devil claims ownership of the future U2.com message boards: "My Zootopia!"


I have a Zootopia t-shirt so now I'll take MORE pride in wearing it now since MacPhisto apparently invented it!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 12, 2015, 07:28:43 AM
Click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx94TXz4wzc) for a bootleg video of the Cologne show, with Desire starting at 34:01. There are two things I highly recommend listening to in this performance. The first one is MacPhisto's awesome manic laugh just after 36:40 when he's thrown the money into the crowd. The second is at 37:35 when he finishes his harmonica solo and lets out what can only be described as moans of pleasure. I dunno about you, but they have quite an effect on me. :P (He follows that up by ending the song with a passionate cry of "I LOVE YOU!" Darling, it's mutual.)

His speech begins at 38:28; he's still trying to contact his old friend the Chancellor. The woman answering the phone sounds a little weary of the routine by now! ;D This time he gets through to a different man, who is considerably less tactful and polite than the other one, asking "Who are you?" and "Do you know what time it is?" when he asks to speak to Kohl. I absolutely love MacPhisto snapping back at him "Yes, I know the time. I know a lot of things!"

It was after this gig that MacPhisto managed to scare the hotel staff into action when the crew's food was showing no sign of arriving! Such a funny anecdote - I wish someone could have filmed *that* phone call. :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 15, 2015, 11:01:24 AM
The final German show was Berlin on the 15th - bootleg video here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5WWrJQzR3c), with Desire at 32:16 and MacPhisto's speech at 37:02. "It's important to be nice... but it's nicer to be important!" - his fifth attempt at this quip and he finally gets the wording right. *g* He tries one last time to contact the Chancellor, but can't get through at all, so he shouts his message instead: "Can you hear me, Helmut Kohl? I don't need the telephone lines! You know who I am! And I want to thank you for letting me back into the country! I'm BAAACK!" Be very afraid...

Audio links: Desire, speech & phone call (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEj7HIMHM6I), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1eZ51Rs4x8), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1m_r_hBeu0), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IToAfrI60fM), Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK0sDOlNpPg).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 23, 2015, 03:19:23 PM
After more than a week's break, the tour resumed and made its second visit to France - this time to the "capital of Zooropa", Strasbourg. A whole bunch of politicians were in town, so the plan was just to phone their hotel and see who was available for a chat. *g* Strangely though, the receptionist denies all knowledge of the various guests he enquires about. I find the end of this phone call hilarious, when the guy obviously decides it's best to just humour the weirdo until he goes away! ("Yeah. Okay. Yes, okay. Okay, bye-bye.") ;D

The whole encore (except the very start of Desire) can be watched here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=675ixsDPajE), or there are some shorter videos if you prefer - Desire and speech (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8orNZWXz078), phone call and Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDRrqWI0Dz8), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8PVeK0HQOE), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWNVbOmB3bY). I often wonder whether Adam appreciated the various things MacPhisto does to him during Desire! (This performance also shows you how good the singer is at multitasking, as he does the first half of his "What a night!" speech while standing on one leg, juggling an uncooperative mic stand with his foot. *g*)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 26, 2015, 09:05:09 AM
Paris anniversary today. Nice little snippet of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head at the start of MacPhisto's speech. :) Having failed to get hold of Jean-Marie Le Pen at the previous show, he tries to find out his telephone number by ringing President Mitterrand at the lyse Palace. Another chance to hear MacPhisto speaking French. :) I love how he addresses the unhelpful guy on the phone as "young man", too!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 28, 2015, 08:10:47 AM
The first of two Swiss shows took place in Lausanne on this date. Woe! There is no known recording of this! :( :( :( What wouldn't I give to hear it? The moment they invent a time machine, this is the first place I'm going! All we have is Pimm Jal de la Parra's write-up: "MacPhisto phones Benedict Hentsch, who is believed to have been Adolf Hitler's personal banker, but he doesn't get him on the phone. The following day, Hentsch hears about the call and tries to phone Bono in the hotel to offer him his financial advice." If anyone here actually attended the show and can recall any further details, please share!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: an tha on June 29, 2015, 07:00:10 AM
Great work, keep it up!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 29, 2015, 08:54:22 AM
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Great work, keep it up!

LOL, thanks. Any excuse to ramble on about my favourite subject. *g* Would love to see more people sharing their thoughts about the shows!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 30, 2015, 09:11:52 AM
The second and final Swiss show took place on 30th June, this time visiting Basel. I love MacPhisto's little speech about the boat trip on Lake Geneva (his "friends" including Naomi Campbell and the various support acts - Macnas, Stereo MCs and The Velvet Underground). For some odd reason there is no phone call tonight, even though he says he's going to call a taxi (to take him from Switzerland to Las Vegas... hmmm!) - maybe there was a strict curfew and they were overrunning or something?? Poor devil gets booed for wanting to go home, and is visibly dismayed by it!

This is one of the few pro-shot concerts! Yay! If you've never watched it, YOU MUST. The whole show is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su8hXDhZbkM), including the warm-up act by the always wonderful U2 Massive Heeds! (Desire starts at 1:36:52 and the speech is at 1:41:32.) Or there are individual videos: Desire and most of the speech (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z76wJdpYgs), last part of the speech and Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuluANT896c), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WewuE5bIqg), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIbL-ZsNr38) and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZliEmPRDs8). (Ladies... and possibly gentlemen... you might like to watch that WOWY video from 1:54, for some serious flirting with the camera.) The audio bootleg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U1Oj0n5zQg) is on YouTube too.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on June 30, 2015, 10:49:06 AM
Love that Switzerland show.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 02, 2015, 10:03:16 AM
The tour arrived in Italy on 2nd July with the first of two nights in Verona. Poor Mr MacPhisto is lonely and sad and homesick tonight. <3 The phone call always makes me smile, though! He speaks to his old friend Mire from Clannad as the band are having an anniversary party, and makes her laugh by singing Happy Birthday to them! I love how she addresses him in character and everything. :D

Whole show video is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVTR9SE0jHQ), though it's missing the start of Desire, which cuts in abruptly at 1:33:45. The speech starts at 1:37:04.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 03, 2015, 07:30:08 AM
On the second night in Verona, MacPhisto speaks the line "Come on baby light my fire" (guh!) during Desire, as it's the anniversary of Jim Morrison's death. (He also lists some other members of the 27 Club - "Brian Jones, Janis...") He makes his first attempt to call the Pope, to offer him some ZooTV equipment for his next world tour, but sadly he can't get through!

The video of Desire and the speech and phone call is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDLo5ndrmu0). (Be warned: first time I saw this video, I was so mesmerised by those hips that I couldn't think straight and completely forgot what important task I'd been just about to do.)

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And here are the rest of the videos: Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9coLYxtajc), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3yiu75pO64), Love Is Blindness and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r4VL6y-jwo).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 05, 2015, 03:58:49 PM
Asking again just in case - does anyone have a recording of the soundcheck from Rome on 5th July 1993? It apparently consists of:

Satellite Of Love
Zoo Station intro (multiple times)
Zoo Station (full song)
The Fly
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Mysterious Ways
One / Unchained Melody
Until The End Of The World
New Year's Day
Van Diemen's Land
All I Want Is You (first verse only)
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Where The Streets Have No Name
Desire
MacPhisto speech
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on July 05, 2015, 08:28:14 PM
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I can stare at that ALL......NIGHT........LONG...........................
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 05, 2015, 09:02:53 PM
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I can stare at that ALL......NIGHT........LONG...........................

I know, right?!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: PopmuzikMofo on July 06, 2015, 10:10:09 AM
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The second and final Swiss show took place on 30th June, this time visiting Basel. I love MacPhisto's little speech about the boat trip on Lake Geneva (his "friends" including Naomi Campbell and the various support acts - Macnas, Stereo MCs and The Velvet Underground). For some odd reason there is no phone call tonight, even though he says he's going to call a taxi (to take him from Switzerland to Las Vegas... hmmm!) - maybe there was a strict curfew and they were overrunning or something?? Poor devil gets booed for wanting to go home, and is visibly dismayed by it!

This is one of the few pro-shot concerts! Yay! If you've never watched it, YOU MUST. The whole show is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su8hXDhZbkM), including the warm-up act by the always wonderful U2 Massive Heeds! (Desire starts at 1:36:52 and the speech is at 1:41:32.) Or there are individual videos: Desire and most of the speech (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z76wJdpYgs), last part of the speech and Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuluANT896c), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WewuE5bIqg), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIbL-ZsNr38) and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZliEmPRDs8). (Ladies... and possibly gentlemen... you might like to watch that WOWY video from 1:54, for some serious flirting with the camera.) The audio bootleg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U1Oj0n5zQg) is on YouTube too.

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I made these gifs for tumblr, but I thought I would share with y'all.  :)

ENJOY!  ;)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 06, 2015, 10:15:36 AM
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The second and final Swiss show took place on 30th June, this time visiting Basel. I love MacPhisto's little speech about the boat trip on Lake Geneva (his "friends" including Naomi Campbell and the various support acts - Macnas, Stereo MCs and The Velvet Underground). For some odd reason there is no phone call tonight, even though he says he's going to call a taxi (to take him from Switzerland to Las Vegas... hmmm!) - maybe there was a strict curfew and they were overrunning or something?? Poor devil gets booed for wanting to go home, and is visibly dismayed by it!

This is one of the few pro-shot concerts! Yay! If you've never watched it, YOU MUST. The whole show is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su8hXDhZbkM), including the warm-up act by the always wonderful U2 Massive Heeds! (Desire starts at 1:36:52 and the speech is at 1:41:32.) Or there are individual videos: Desire and most of the speech (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z76wJdpYgs), last part of the speech and Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuluANT896c), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WewuE5bIqg), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIbL-ZsNr38) and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZliEmPRDs8). (Ladies... and possibly gentlemen... you might like to watch that WOWY video from 1:54, for some serious flirting with the camera.) The audio bootleg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U1Oj0n5zQg) is on YouTube too.

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I made these gifs for tumblr, but I thought I would share with y'all.  :)

ENJOY!  ;)

Oh, beautiful! Thanks for sharing these!! :) :) :)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on July 06, 2015, 12:22:31 PM
Those are wonderful! :-* I support more MacPhisto in Motion (ie gifs).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 06, 2015, 12:50:11 PM
Today's concert anniversary is the first of two nights in Rome. This is one of the first MacPhisto performances I ever heard outside of the Sydney video, as I bought the bootleg on cassette during a visit to Dublin, haha!

"With a red guitar player on fire"! Edge was on fire even then. :D
Desire is pretty great - I always liked the way he goes "I'm burning baby, yeah... oh yeah... oh yeah". And follows it with a snippet of You Make Me Feel So Young. Oh yeah! Some fabulous rolled R's for "Rrrrroma!" too.

I also really love hearing MacPhisto speak Italian! "Ciao, miei cari bambini." <3

He tries again to get hold of the Pope, this time to find out which football team he supports. ;D (The way he says "Alright then... I shaaall" amuses me. I find myself saying it sometimes.) It's very endearing how the lady tries so hard to help him out even though she's struggling a bit with the language! I think he may have had more luck trying Castel Gandolfo rather than Castel Sant'Angelo. ;) Still, he did get there eventually, it seems...

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If anyone here speaks Italian, I would appreciate some help with transcribing the guy who initially answers the phone - not sure what he's mumbling in the background when MacPhisto starts asking about the Pope.

The show can be seen here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY0m7n8N0A8) with Desire at 40:27 and the speech starting at 45:12, or there's an individual video with just the speech / phone call and Ultra Violet here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDtwVxDSckQ). The girl pulled up on stage for this concert is extraordinarily lucky, by the way!! She comes on during With Or Without You (57:52), and when it gets to the guitar solo, he actually lifts her right up with her legs wrapped around him! Then they dance and hug for the rest of the song ("We'll shine like stars in the silver light / We'll shine like stars, it'll be alright / Just hold on, hold on, baby hold on tight"). And carry on dancing into Love Is Blindness! Then rather than send her away, he lies her down on the stage and crouches over her for ages - I don't even quite know *what* is going on there! He stands up again to sing the next verse, but then lies down *with* her for the entire guitar solo. They are lost from view for some time, before he pulls her into a sitting position and sings the last few lines to her. Wow - what an experience that must have been...!

Here are the audio links too if you want them - Desire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnHiZ6rCRcs), speech and phone call (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPcD9Gf35Ss), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB3Ms24IDkQ), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waBvL3GB66U), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EV8b7vN1g8) and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHJsNdlgMjI).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: popbonobuzzbaby on July 06, 2015, 01:58:32 PM
Great thread! I love Macphisto too. My daughter has been gathering clothing items when she finds them to dress up as him one of these days.   :)
Many years ago I saw an amazing homemade Macphisto doll on ebay. I bought it of course.  ;D I can post a pic if anyone wants to see him.

Here are some of my Macphisto gifs.  ;)

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 06, 2015, 03:49:13 PM
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Many years ago I saw an amazing homemade Macphisto doll on ebay. I bought it of course.  ;D I can post a pic if anyone wants to see him.

I'd like to see it!

A friend of mine made me this awesome glittery BatPhisto cushion. :D

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: popbonobuzzbaby on July 06, 2015, 10:21:06 PM
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Many years ago I saw an amazing homemade Macphisto doll on ebay. I bought it of course.  ;D I can post a pic if anyone wants to see him.

I'd like to see it!

A friend of mine made me this awesome glittery BatPhisto cushion. :D

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That is awesome.  ;D And glittery. Perfect.

I don't know who made these (there's a Mirrorball Man also.) Wish I knew! Made from Ken dolls. There's so much attention to detail. I thought they were amazing.

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: THRILLHO on July 06, 2015, 10:32:53 PM
LOL wow

i'd love Macfarlane toys to do some Zoo TV figures.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: popbonobuzzbaby on July 07, 2015, 04:11:36 AM
Some of my favorite Macphisto photos.  ;D

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 07, 2015, 09:58:06 AM
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LOL wow

i'd love Macfarlane toys to do some Zoo TV figures.

That would be brilliant. ;D


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I love this poster!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 07, 2015, 10:49:18 AM
Second night in Rome on 7th July, and there is a rather amusing incident in the middle of Desire! Originally I just had the audio bootleg and wondered what on *earth* was going on, and then I downloaded the video and all became clear! (It's not yet on YouTube, alas, and the file is too big for me to share.) MacPhisto finds himself a dance partner in the form of a, um, lifesize inflatable doll which he spots in the crowd ("She looks like my kind of girl!"), and the rest of the band just have to improvise while it slowly deflates in his arms ("It happens to all my girlfriends!", LOL). I love how he says "Do sit down..." while lying his limp lady friend flat on the stage with her legs flopping over the edge. ;D

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"Signor MacPhisto" phones the corrupt former Prime Minister, Bettino Craxi (for whom the crowd have a friendly chant prepared!) at the hotel where he lives. The receptionist guy is really uncooperative and rude at first, demanding to know where MacPhisto is from before he'll let him say anything else. ("My country of origin is not of interest to you, young man" - hehe!) He does finally get through to Craxi's secretary to leave a message though. :D The audio of the speech / phone call and Ultra Violet is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7Azb0yRZw8).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on July 07, 2015, 12:30:48 PM
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i'd love Macfarlane toys to do some Zoo TV figures.

Of course, the more poseable the better! XD
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on July 07, 2015, 06:32:40 PM
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Great thread! I love Macphisto too. My daughter has been gathering clothing items when she finds them to dress up as him one of these days.   :)
Many years ago I saw an amazing homemade Macphisto doll on ebay. I bought it of course.  ;D I can post a pic if anyone wants to see him.
You must share photos when she dresses up! :D I dressed up as MacPhisto for Halloween two years ago. Lots of fun! (In fact I think I remember you commenting about your daughter when I posted the photo on Interference...) 

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 (http://s1091.photobucket.com/user/BeautifulStream/media/SSPX01211_zpsec61a0fc.jpg.html)

The jacket obviously doesn't match the pants and the shoes don't have high heels, but I had a lot of fun anyway!

Also, the dolls are fabulous. I so want the MacPhisto one. Although...

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i'd love Macfarlane toys to do some Zoo TV figures.

Of course, the more poseable the better! XD
Yes. At least posable enough to do all his moves in LEMON! :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 07, 2015, 07:15:02 PM
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Great thread! I love Macphisto too. My daughter has been gathering clothing items when she finds them to dress up as him one of these days.   :)
Many years ago I saw an amazing homemade Macphisto doll on ebay. I bought it of course.  ;D I can post a pic if anyone wants to see him.
You must share photos when she dresses up! :D I dressed up as MacPhisto for Halloween two years ago. Lots of fun! (In fact I think I remember you commenting about your daughter when I posted the photo on Interference...) 

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 (http://s1091.photobucket.com/user/BeautifulStream/media/SSPX01211_zpsec61a0fc.jpg.html)

The jacket obviously doesn't match the pants and the shoes don't have high heels, but I had a lot of fun anyway!

I half dressed up as MacPhisto for my first two U2 shows. :) I had the horns, gold trousers and shoes (which I spray-painted and glittered by hand), and a ruffled shirt but it was black, and I didn't do the make-up.

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The glitter didn't stay on very well and I left a trail of it everywhere I went, not to mention finding it in my socks even after they'd been washed. ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: popbonobuzzbaby on July 07, 2015, 08:34:34 PM
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Great thread! I love Macphisto too. My daughter has been gathering clothing items when she finds them to dress up as him one of these days.   :)
Many years ago I saw an amazing homemade Macphisto doll on ebay. I bought it of course.  ;D I can post a pic if anyone wants to see him.
You must share photos when she dresses up! :D I dressed up as MacPhisto for Halloween two years ago. Lots of fun! (In fact I think I remember you commenting about your daughter when I posted the photo on Interference...) 

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 (http://s1091.photobucket.com/user/BeautifulStream/media/SSPX01211_zpsec61a0fc.jpg.html)

The jacket obviously doesn't match the pants and the shoes don't have high heels, but I had a lot of fun anyway!

Also, the dolls are fabulous. I so want the MacPhisto one. Although...

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i'd love Macfarlane toys to do some Zoo TV figures.

Of course, the more poseable the better! XD
Yes. At least posable enough to do all his moves in LEMON! :D

Yes! I remember you! :D Excellent  ;D Yes, my daughter still hasn't done it, LOL. She has a great jacket, but hasn't found the right shoes or pants.

I so love those dolls.  ;D Someone definitely put some love into them. <3
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: THRILLHO on July 07, 2015, 09:36:08 PM
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 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/DanLump/media/24083_1402822906356_4674923_n_zpspqnitgkf.jpg.html)

a friend of mine, the Bono from Austin, Tx's Mysterious Ways Band. Years ago.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: THRILLHO on July 07, 2015, 09:41:17 PM
and a different Dallas TX tribute, With or Without U2. This time the whole band dressed in the Zoo outfits. LOVED those  purple Sgt. Peppersesque jackets!

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on July 07, 2015, 10:26:34 PM
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a friend of mine, the Bono from Austin, Tx's Mysterious Ways Band. Years ago.
Wow, he really looks the part!

Canadanne, you have great horns. Where did you find them?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 08, 2015, 08:09:03 AM
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Canadanne, you have great horns. Where did you find them?

Hmm... good question! I'm afraid I have absolutely no memory of where I bought them, now! I don't wear them to shows any more as they pinch a bit, and I've given up hope of Bono asking to borrow them. :P
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 08, 2015, 08:25:30 AM
On this day in '93, MacPhisto filmed that video message we all want to see on one of the gold sofas at the Hotel Majestic in Rome: "They say he who loves his life loses it. But I say, hate your life enough and you can keep it forever." (Written by Edge, apparently.) I hope so much that this footage still exists somewhere! They also did a completely wonderful photoshoot (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/images/tags/hotel-majestic.html) with Kevin Davies. You can see MacPhisto and The Fly posing by the mirror in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xk8XzgqyMs) at 11:21.

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As far as I know, they still have all the same furniture and decor in this hotel (see Google Images), so you can totally go and recreate this shot if you want to. *g*

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This has to be one of my absolute favourite MacPhisto photographs! The look of utter disdain for that cocky young fellow is just perfect. :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 09, 2015, 12:35:27 PM
Aaaahhhh, never seen this pic before!

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 09, 2015, 03:57:12 PM
Never seen a full-size version of this shot before, either. :D

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This was the date of MacPhisto's famous Vatican City walkabout! Shooing the pigeons (and the people) with a walking stick made out of a curtain rod from the hotel! Oh my goodness. How amazingly lucky were those fans to meet him there, pose with him and get *MacPhisto* autographs?! Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Would love to see what his signature looked like. :D

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More pics here (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/images/tags/vatican.html), and there's some video footage on Naked City (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xk8XzgqyMs) at 11:13. "I think there should be photographs of me with the children from all over the world!"

That evening it was the Naples show (where Lemon made its debut appearance as a snippet in the middle of Desire). One of my favourite MacPhisto quotes is from this gig: "Oh look, they have Bo-no's head on the money!" Haaaaahahaha! ;D

The phone call is to the mayor Nello Polese, who was in jail at the time. It's a bit of a mess and I don't fully understand what's going on in this one. Someone at the prison answers the phone but I can't hear what he says, and when MacPhisto asks if he's got the right number, the guy gives a curt response in Neapolitan (which someone translated for me as "Hey man, be jailed"??) and hangs up. After looking shocked for a few seconds, MacPhisto gives a heavy sigh and mutters something like "I think it must be broken - I'm pointing at The Edge but he doesn't seem to be listening", though I have no idea what he's referring to. And they go straight into Ultra Violet. *shrug* (I also can't make out what MacPhisto says immediately after "Would you like to say hello to Mayor Polese and tell him what you think of him?")

Click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDLrtOebU_c) for the video of the show - Desire cuts in at 31:42 and the speech starts at 36:07. There's a different, somewhat better video of the speech and Ultra Violet available on Dailymotion (http://dailymotion.com/video/xq6904_naples-9-7-93-phone-call-to-nello-polese-ultra-violet_music), and Love Is Blindness / Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ko4nLbbmoc) can also be watched separately. LIB is worth watching for the whole crowd rhythmically flicking their lighters from about 3:20 (or 53:02 on the longer video) to the end of the song. :)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on July 09, 2015, 09:42:14 PM
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This has to be one of my absolute favourite MacPhisto photographs! The look of utter disdain for that cocky young fellow is just perfect. :D

I like that one, because of course I'd tap them both XD
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 12, 2015, 01:21:59 PM
The Italian tour continued with a visit to Turin on 12th July. "Do you like... me? I LOVE me!" ;D MacPhisto observes that they only have three Trabants left by this point, and tries phoning Gianni Agnelli to ask for some Fiat Bambini. Someone answers but proceeds to give him the silent treatment after that, so the call mostly consists of him repeating "Hellooo...?" in a rather forlorn voice!

I believe the Ultra Violet clips at 14:47 and 16:12 in Naked City (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xk8XzgqyMs) are from this show, as are some of the ones used in the U2 in Tokyo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eezzsLLM_wQ) documentary - I think the first and fourth lines of the "sleep on stones" verse are from Turin, but the second and third lines are from Bologna 2. Guess they couldn't find one performance they were totally happy with. :P

The audio bootleg is up on YouTube - Desire, speech and phone call (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK2TTmBCinU), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sCuZ8xw_1Y), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwRfLFP3e0M) and Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE-h770Gsu0).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 14, 2015, 01:26:58 PM
The band briefly left Italy on 14th July to play their final French show of the tour, in Marseille. I can't quite place the tune snippeted in the middle of Desire? It's driving me mad so if anyone has this bootleg and recognises it, please tell me!

The speech and phone call were again football themed, as Marseille had won the Champions League final a few weeks earlier, though it was tainted by a match-fixing scandal involving the club's president Bernard Tapie. MacPhisto tries to give him a call, but no-one answers.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on July 15, 2015, 10:17:54 AM
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The girl pulled up on stage for this concert is extraordinarily lucky, by the way!! She comes on during With Or Without You (57:52), and when it gets to the guitar solo, he actually lifts her right up with her legs wrapped around him! Then they dance and hug for the rest of the song ("We'll shine like stars in the silver light / We'll shine like stars, it'll be alright / Just hold on, hold on, baby hold on tight"). And carry on dancing into Love Is Blindness! Then rather than send her away, he lies her down on the stage and crouches over her for ages - I don't even quite know *what* is going on there! He stands up again to sing the next verse, but then lies down *with* her for the entire guitar solo. They are lost from view for some time, before he pulls her into a sitting position and sings the last few lines to her. Wow - what an experience that must have been...!


WOW!  If I was her, how can you POSSIBLY recover from that?  If it was me, I could never EVER get over that. Every other U2 concert from then on until the end of time would completely pale in comparison to that in every conceivable way.  I wouldn't even bother to go to any other tour, that would be the be-all end-all in more ways than one.  If only we got a better camera angle on that!

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Desire is pretty great - I always liked the way he goes "I'm burning baby, yeah... oh yeah... oh yeah".

I can't lie, hearing that part with a pen in your mouth at work can be...interesting, if you know what I mean  ;D (found that out yesterday listening to it - fortunately no one was around)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 15, 2015, 12:24:51 PM
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Desire is pretty great - I always liked the way he goes "I'm burning baby, yeah... oh yeah... oh yeah".

I can't lie, hearing that part with a pen in your mouth at work can be...interesting, if you know what I mean  ;D (found that out yesterday listening to it - fortunately no one was around)

Bwahaha! ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 16, 2015, 12:56:51 PM
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I love this poster!

And it was on this day in 1999 that I came across it in a local second-hand music shop, to my surprise and delight. I'd only discovered U2 about three weeks earlier, and hadn't even seen the ZooTV video or heard any live recordings yet, but I was already a MacPhisto fan. :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 16, 2015, 02:29:29 PM
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on July 16, 2015, 03:15:37 PM
Okay, it took me FOREVER to finally see MacPhisto in that photo! But I see it now! How cool.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 16, 2015, 03:24:02 PM
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Okay, it took me FOREVER to finally see MacPhisto in that photo! But I see it now! How cool.

But... why is he there?!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 17, 2015, 12:12:18 PM
The first of two nights in Bologna was on this date. In the middle of Desire, MacPhisto apparently spots a balloon in the crowd ("Oh, lovely!") and is very keen to get his hands on it, for some reason - does anyone know what it was, exactly?!

The phone call was to lovely Luciano Pavarotti and is a real joy to listen to - even just the way he answers the phone in a sing-song voice, which brings a huge smile to MacPhisto's face as you can see in the clip here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzYbo3N0jQU) at 0:26! He is full of love and praise for U2 and their audience, laughs at MacPhisto's suggestion that he is "slimming down for the '90s", and says it would be "a great pleasure" to join them on stage one day (which happened in Modena a couple of years later). Awwww. I was really sad when he died in 2007.

You can watch the end of the phone call, Ultra Violet and With Or Without You here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGuLS7oK8w). It's one of my favourite bootleg videos because of MacPhisto hilariously drawing his microphone technician into a slow-dance and kissing his hand at the start of Ultra Violet (2:06), and then bringing a girl on stage during WOWY and literally sweeping her off her feet (9:54)! I mayyyyy have watched that part quite a few times in the past... what a smooth technique he has...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 18, 2015, 09:29:52 AM
Second night in Bologna and the final show in Italy.

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Today's concert anniversary is the first of two nights in Rome. This is one of the first MacPhisto performances I ever heard outside of the Sydney video, as I bought the bootleg on cassette during a visit to Dublin, haha!

And this was the other bootleg tape I bought on that trip. :) Always liked the Sympathy For The Devil snippet in Desire! "Please allow me to introduce myself... hello." :D There are some nice little moans in there too...

MacPhisto's speech and phone call are the first of the wonderful Achtung Baby Easter Eggs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nokHRIqkGPE). Oh my sweet heavens, the way he says "a gold lam suit like mine" with that sultry stare... is it hot in here or what?

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He decides to phone Mussolini's granddaughter Alessandra, but gets a babbly answerphone message, and pulls an amusing bunch of frowny, unimpressed faces before shouting in vain for some human response. He then leaves one of his sweetly barbed messages for Alessandra ("I was a close friend of her grandfather's, and I just want to tell her she's doing a wonderful job filling the old man's shoes!"), adding "I will be with her forever in spirit..." in a tone that'll send shivers up your spine.

I think some Ultra Violet clips from this show were used in the Tokyo documentary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eezzsLLM_wQ), mixed with Turin footage as previously mentioned (http://forum.atu2.com/index.php/topic,26553.msg1556620.html#msg1556620).

Audio links: Desire, speech and phone call (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFbrgVfGiUA), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77k5b-H2I34), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEq3c1R4qsE) and Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3vqR25ap80).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 23, 2015, 03:21:52 PM
The only concert U2 have ever played in Hungary took place 22 years ago today, in Budapest. Desire has quite a lengthy shouted snippet of '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' at the end. I guess there weren't many English-speaking fans in the audience, as they bizarrely had an interpreter on stage with MacPhisto! (Meanwhile I don't speak any Hungarian, so please let me know if you're able to transcribe the answerphone message for me.) It's all rather awkward-sounding, especially since there appears to be some uncertainty as to how the communist politician Gyula Thrmer's name is pronounced!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 27, 2015, 11:05:28 AM
Copenhagen was the first in a trio of Scandinavian shows. Quite like MacPhisto telling the fans "You know I love you" after snippeting Love Me Do at the end of Desire. :)

I heard this particular speech on a website during the first few months of my fandom and liked it a lot, but then the site disappeared and it took me almost 6 years to find another recording of it! A rather nice quote is "I love the feeling of togetherness. We're all here tonight, pressing up against each other, it's fabulous!" He then compares this to the EEC, which doesn't go down too well with the eurosceptic Danes who had been very reluctant to ratify the Maastricht Treaty. :P The phone call is to "Uffemann", the Foreign Minister who had negotiated some opt-outs so that Denmark would accept the treaty in a second referendum. ("It's wonderful to have people to tell you what you want, isn't it?") As mentioned earlier in this thread, there were apparently lots of fans ringing the guy's home number after the show to complain about his wife's rudeness in hanging up on MacPhisto!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on July 27, 2015, 09:31:25 PM
Would you mind sharing the recording you found? I'm very interested.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 28, 2015, 09:34:12 AM
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Would you mind sharing the recording you found? I'm very interested.

The Copenhagen speech? You can download it here:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cic6v0
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on July 28, 2015, 02:21:43 PM
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Would you mind sharing the recording you found? I'm very interested.

The Copenhagen speech? You can download it here:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cic6v0
Thank you!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 28, 2015, 03:48:57 PM
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Would you mind sharing the recording you found? I'm very interested.

The Copenhagen speech? You can download it here:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cic6v0
Thank you!

No probs! All the speeches and phone calls are here:
http://www.sendspace.com/folder/g07dnn
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 29, 2015, 08:48:50 AM
Anniversary of the Oslo show today, which was an interesting one! Desire again featured a snippet of Sympathy For The Devil. "You know me, don't you?" (I have no idea what the "Goodnight John-Boy" thing from The Waltons is all about, though! Anyone?)

The phone call concerns Norway's pro-whaling policy, which MacPhisto doesn't have a problem with - "What have the whales ever done for us, eh? They're unemployed, they don't pay taxes and they take up a lot of room!" There are early indications that this isn't going in quite the right direction when people in the crowd start voicing their agreement ("Kill the whales!" "Eat them!"), but he presses on and phones the Fisheries Minister, Jan Henry Olsen... who actually answers! MacPhisto sounds quite surprised, since this has never happened before and never will again! Gotta say I enjoy the way Olsen just cheerfully goes along with it all; I don't agree with whaling, but fair play to him for being so cool and good-humoured about the prank call. :) The politician defends his position, saying that the whales aren't endangered so it's OK to catch them for food. The crowd are *delighted* to hear him say this, cheering and chanting so loudly that part of the conversation is drowned out. MacPhisto tries to tease him by asking "D'you like to munch on a whale yourself?", but Olsen responds by inviting the Devil to dinner with him, as he's having a whale steak tomorrow! This does allow MacPhisto the perfect punchline: "Mr Olsen, I think you and I are going to get on just fine!"

Edge later discussed this phone call in Q magazine: "The whaling minister was interesting, because we realised during the course of the conversation that probably about 75% of the audience agreed with him. That was hubris, I think - the one time when we felt the joke backfired on us." It clearly angered the singer, as he doesn't seem to let it go for the rest of the encore. An entire verse of Ultra Violet is changed to reference the whaling in Norway:
"Will you bury our treasure where it can't be found?
Deep under the ocean... makes a wonderful sound
There is a silence that comes to a house where no-one can sleep
We won't ask you to make promises we know you won't keep.
"
And then in the last verse he sings "Time's giving out, I'll soon be outta here - I won't be back for many years", so maybe there was some thought of boycotting the country if things didn't change? (They did return for the PopMart and Vertigo tours, though.)

Love Is Blindness also had some major alterations, which you can listen to here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XlFS2p2Ri8):
"This is a song that I think you'll understand. Put out the lights... we're better off in the dark."
"The thread is ripping, the knot is slipping. All is blindness."
"Love is clockworks, cold steel... hearts that are too cold to feel."
And snippets of All Along The Watchtower, ending the song with these lines:
"Businessmen they drink my wine
Ploughmen dig my earth
None of them, no, none of them
Know what any of it is worth
None of them along the line
Know what any of it is worth
What price... blindness?
"

Wow. That awkward moment when you've gone to a rock concert and royally p*ssed off the band! I'm guessing the atmosphere wasn't so great by the end of the night...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on July 29, 2015, 09:13:44 AM
I always wondered what Love is Blindness sounded like with the All Along the Watchtower snippet... glad to see it's on YouTube now. (I never got the hang of downloading bootlegs...) Very interesting.

I really like that phone call too. MacPhisto's interactions with Olsen are hilarious!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on July 29, 2015, 03:19:07 PM
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Anniversary of the Oslo show today, which was an interesting one! Desire again featured a snippet of Sympathy For The Devil. "You know me, don't you?" (I have no idea what the "Goodnight John-Boy" thing from The Waltons is all about, though! Anyone?)

The phone call concerns Norway's pro-whaling policy, which MacPhisto doesn't have a problem with - "What have the whales ever done for us, eh? They're unemployed, they don't pay taxes and they take up a lot of room!" There are early indications that this isn't going in quite the right direction when people in the crowd start voicing their agreement ("Kill the whales!" "Eat them!"), but he presses on and phones the Fisheries Minister, Jan Henry Olsen... who actually answers! MacPhisto sounds quite surprised, since this has never happened before and never will again! Gotta say I enjoy the way Olsen just cheerfully goes along with it all; I don't agree with whaling, but fair play to him for being so cool and good-humoured about the prank call. :) The politician defends his position, saying that the whales aren't endangered so it's OK to catch them for food. The crowd are *delighted* to hear him say this, cheering and chanting so loudly that part of the conversation is drowned out. MacPhisto tries to tease him by asking "D'you like to munch on a whale yourself?", but Olsen responds by inviting the Devil to dinner with him, as he's having a whale steak tomorrow! This does allow MacPhisto the perfect punchline: "Mr Olsen, I think you and I are going to get on just fine!"

Edge later discussed this phone call in Q magazine: "The whaling minister was interesting, because we realised during the course of the conversation that probably about 75% of the audience agreed with him. That was hubris, I think - the one time when we felt the joke backfired on us." It clearly angered the singer, as he doesn't seem to let it go for the rest of the encore. An entire verse of Ultra Violet is changed to reference the whaling in Norway:
"Will you bury our treasure where it can't be found?
Deep under the ocean... makes a wonderful sound
There is a silence that comes to a house where no-one can sleep
We won't ask you to make promises we know you won't keep.
"
And then in the last verse he sings "Time's giving out, I'll soon be outta here - I won't be back for many years", so maybe there was some thought of boycotting the country if things didn't change? (They did return for the PopMart and Vertigo tours, though.)

Love Is Blindness also had some major alterations, which you can listen to here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XlFS2p2Ri8):
"This is a song that I think you'll understand. Put out the lights... we're better off in the dark."
"The thread is ripping, the knot is slipping. All is blindness."
"Love is clockworks, cold steel... hearts that are too cold to feel."
And snippets of All Along The Watchtower, ending the song with these lines:
"Businessmen they drink my wine
Ploughmen dig my earth
None of them, no, none of them
Know what any of it is worth
None of them along the line
Know what any of it is worth
What price... blindness?
"

Wow. That awkward moment when you've gone to a rock concert and royally p*ssed off the band! I'm guessing the atmosphere wasn't so great by the end of the night...

There are few things scarier than Bono when he's REALLY pi**ed off, apparently.  Ironically, the next time U2 did go to Norway on the Popmart tour...the Lemon broke down. XD
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 29, 2015, 05:01:22 PM
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Ironically, the next time U2 did go to Norway on the Popmart tour...the Lemon broke down. XD

Oh yeah! They really don't seem to have much luck in that city. :P
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 30, 2015, 03:26:07 PM
It's 16 years to the day since I saw MacPhisto (and indeed the whole band) in action for the first time, when I got the incredible ZooTV Live From Sydney video! What an experience that was. :) I'd never even heard MacPhisto's voice before, I'd only seen photographs. It really was startling when he opened his mouth! There was just no trace of Bono anywhere. So creepy-in-a-good-way. :D My diary entry for that day reads, "Got the ZooTV video, and it's awesome! Mr MacPhisto is well worth it, he's *excellent*!!!" By the next day I had apparently already memorised parts of his speech, and was quoting it to confuse random idiots who tried to IM me. :P
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on July 30, 2015, 05:20:34 PM
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It's 16 years to the day since I saw MacPhisto (and indeed the whole band) in action for the first time, when I got the incredible ZooTV Live From Sydney video! What an experience that was. :) I'd never even heard MacPhisto's voice before, I'd only seen photographs. It really was startling when he opened his mouth! There was just no trace of Bono anywhere. So creepy-in-a-good-way. :D

Similar to my first experience with MacPhisto, but in my case it was on the radio with that famous Dublin concert.  The announcers described MacPhisto before the second part of that show started.  Once we got into "Desire" I hear this rather upper crusty voice, and I'm thinking.... "Who's this?  Where's Bono?"  But then came the familiar 'Bono sounds' and that's when it hit me.  It was amazing to me then (and even now) that this Irish guy could do a stuffy old British accent so well!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on July 31, 2015, 11:25:32 AM
The mini Scandinavian tour concluded in Stockholm on this date - home city of ABBA, so MacPhisto opens his speech with a snippet of Money, Money, Money. :D

Tonight's phone call is to the racist politician Ian Wachtmeister ("Ooh, he's my kind of man - I like people flashy"). The girl who answers the phone is clearly a massive U2 fan, and is so excited that it's impossible to shut her up! MacPhisto has to try and drown her out as she's still going well into the start of Ultra Violet. *g* Despite the cringe factor of this, I do love their unexpected duet of 'I Just Called To Say I Love You', shared laughter and spontaneous flirting ("You're fantastic!" "Oh, I... and so are you, darling!"). A very enjoyable clip overall. :)

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 03, 2015, 10:47:51 AM
The Zooropa Tour returned to the Netherlands in August for a show in Nijmegen, where our favourite devil began fondly reminiscing about the old Fascist dictators again! Another phone call to a xenophobic politician, this time Hans Janmaat - I love it when he reads out the phone number and adds "You can try this at home, children!" with an audible mischievous grin. :D He gets through to the world's bluntest man and then gets hung up on. It's not easy being MacPhisto, you know.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on August 04, 2015, 01:18:58 AM
^ Oh .... that brings back memorys of that night. It was funny. I did not find a good spot, just to late for the front space area. But had a good time.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 06, 2015, 04:57:15 AM
The amazing Naked City (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xk8XzgqyMs) feature about ZooTV was broadcast on 6th August 1993. If you haven't seen it yet, WATCH IT. If you've seen it before, WATCH IT AGAIN. Have I mentioned its amazingness? Why can't there be more non-concert footage of MacPhisto? Possibly my favourite bit is the profound quote immediately followed by "...or something like that". :D And he sings along with the little cosmonaut dude! I think I've probably never been more excited than when I saw this for the first time. Normally when such things turn up, I wake up the next day with the crushing realisation that it was only a dream, but this one was actually real!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 07, 2015, 11:08:47 AM
The Zooropa Tour arrived in the UK on this date! Starting with a couple of nights in Glasgow, where MacPhisto observes (accurately) that the Scots are "a rowdy bunch". :D He appears to shout "Go on, kiss him!" just before the harmonica solo in Desire, which I'm guessing is in reference to the shot of Charles & Diana's wedding on the video screen.

His speech opens with a mini Sinatra tribute, singing his own Glasgow versions of 'My Kind Of Town' and 'New York, New York'. There's a theatrical and especially Shakespearean theme tonight. I've never quite figured out what he was talking about when he said that "Macbeth (the man, not the play) died 400 years ago this evening"?? Macbeth died on 15th August 1057, so it wasn't even the anniversary and it was 936 years earlier, not 400! Somebody reckoned he meant Shakespeare's death, but that doesn't fit either (23rd April 1616, so only 377 years and nowhere near August). Christopher Marlowe died in 1593, but not on that date. It's a very puzzling remark and I'd be grateful if anyone can suggest a likely explanation!

All the UK shows outside of London featured phone calls to Tory politicians, starting with the Scottish Secretary, Ian Lang. I love the paraphrased quotes from Macbeth - "Is this a telephone I see before me, the handle toward my hand?" and "Out, out, damned Scot!" ;D Also, the man who takes the phone call is *so* lovely and polite compared to most of the people MacPhisto has to deal with! I wouldn't be surprised if he actually did pass on the message he was given. :D (Side note: MacPhisto bizarrely forgets how to spell his own name during this conversation, using an 'F' instead of the usual P-H. Such things happen when you get to his age, I suppose.)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 08, 2015, 04:58:11 AM
Second night in Glasgow. This time MacPhisto phones his friend John Major, the Prime Minister ("an exciting fellow"). I love the cheerily helpful secretary at 10 Downing Street, offering to take a message. MacPhisto says he's calling "from the top of the country - he may have heard of it, it's called Scotland"! He sarcastically praises the "marvellous job" the PM is doing for the peoples of Scotland and Bosnia, before signing off with an "Au revoir". "Bye-bye!" replies the cheery secretary. :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 11, 2015, 12:23:52 PM
On 11th August was the first and most famous of four London shows. There's a bit in Desire where MacPhisto walks to the front of the stage, says "Hey there pretty" and strokes someone's face - not sure if it's a random fan or a crew member! (I can't even tell if it's a girl or a guy, since they're only visible from behind.)

MacPhisto reminisces (in speech and song) about the "good old days" of the British Raj, and brings up the government's protection of Salman Rushdie who was then at great risk of being murdered by Islamic extremists. (If you haven't read his autobiography 'Joseph Anton', I highly recommend it.) As I'm sure everybody knows, he gave Salman a call and the author revealed himself to be present at the stadium, joining MacPhisto on stage for some more banter and a hug. :) The Devil comes out with some hilarious one-liners in this conversation, like "He's been taking my name in vain!" and "Do you get out and about much these days?" - I love his quiet cackling after the latter, as captured in one of the photographs below. :D Not to mention the debate as to which of them has "more trouble with the critics", LOL! I'm a big fan of them both, so I just adore this whole guest appearance. Funny, heart-warming and very brave at the time!

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(Many more pics over here (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/images/tags/1993-08-11.html).)

Frustratingly I have yet to discover a complete video of Salman on stage, but there are a few short clips - from a BBC Arena (http://dailymotion.com/video/xcdvl9_the-ground-beneath-her-feet-intervi_music) documentary (0:46), an MTV Europe (http://dailymotion.com/video/xcdv3g_mtv-europe-zooropa-newsclip_music) news item (3:34), and an RT report (http://www.rte.ie/archives/2013/0812/467661-salman-rushdie-on-stage-with-u2/) on the tour (1:08).

Audio links: Desire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiWBiC4XQVM), speech and phone call (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mIL2JEEo04), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU_UF_NBGsM), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvUQd4OplwM) and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKIwktpyV9E). You can listen to a bootleg of the whole show here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df_m8Ld3DSg).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on August 11, 2015, 03:21:10 PM
Indeed! I've never seen the last pic before and I love it!

Also, I love this phone call! Salmon Rushdie seems very cool to get onstage with U2, considering the circumstances. I love how Bono/MacPhisto was clearly surprised by it.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 12, 2015, 09:38:29 AM
Second night in London. MacPhisto decides to phone Princess Diana, one of his favourite women! ("I think everybody gives her too hard a time; I think she's gorgeous, and sexy.") He apparently gets put straight through to her apartments, no questions asked (good job there were no tragic consequences from this particular royal prank call), but when the phone eventually stops ringing, no-one speaks despite all of his gentle coaxing. Bono later said in this interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hge1ks4aZvQ) that he reckons Diana picked up the phone and was listening silently! Her devilish admirer sings to her and adds "We love you, girl!" Really sad what happened to her during the next tour. :(

The audio bootleg can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnvqP900V9Y), with Desire starting at 1:50:27 and the speech at 1:54:58.

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on August 12, 2015, 04:31:12 PM
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Second night in London. MacPhisto decides to phone Princess Diana, one of his favourite women! ("I think everybody gives her too hard a time; I think she's gorgeous, and sexy.") He apparently gets put straight through to her apartments, no questions asked (good job there were no tragic consequences from this particular royal prank call), but when the phone eventually stops ringing, no-one speaks despite all of his gentle coaxing. Bono later said in this interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hge1ks4aZvQ) that he reckons Diana picked up the phone and was listening silently! Her devilish admirer sings to her and adds "We love you, girl!" Really sad what happened to her during the next tour. :(

I LOVE that interview to death, and I think you can guess why - what a hot mess Bono was in the interview, dayum!  I can't wait until we get to the 24th (Cork)- that's easily my all time favorite MacPhisto spiel.  That has me wondering, do you know if Bono has written all of MacPhisto's speeches or did he have help? 
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 12, 2015, 05:40:22 PM
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Second night in London. MacPhisto decides to phone Princess Diana, one of his favourite women! ("I think everybody gives her too hard a time; I think she's gorgeous, and sexy.") He apparently gets put straight through to her apartments, no questions asked (good job there were no tragic consequences from this particular royal prank call), but when the phone eventually stops ringing, no-one speaks despite all of his gentle coaxing. Bono later said in this interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hge1ks4aZvQ) that he reckons Diana picked up the phone and was listening silently! Her devilish admirer sings to her and adds "We love you, girl!" Really sad what happened to her during the next tour. :(

I LOVE that interview to death, and I think you can guess why - what a hot mess Bono was in the interview, dayum!  I can't wait until we get to the 24th (Cork)- that's easily my all time favorite MacPhisto spiel.  That has me wondering, do you know if Bono has written all of MacPhisto's speeches or did he have help?

I think it was a collaborative thing. Edge says that in each city "there would be a general discussion about what we might do, with a lot of planning between Willie and Bono". Bill Flanagan implies that he and others contributed ideas for the big Sydney speech.

And yes, Cork is a good one... ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 14, 2015, 09:35:38 AM
The tour took a break from London on this date and headed up north to Leeds. MacPhisto encourages Edge with "Go for it, Hank!" during Desire, LOL.

A year after U2's involvement in the Greenpeace protest at Sellafield, MacPhisto praises the northerners for their generosity in taking "the nuclear waste of the world", and phones the Environment Secretary John Gummer so that he can thank them too! Unfortunately he's not at home, but his wife is incredibly polite and patient with all of this silliness. :) (Take note, Uffemann's wife!)

There's a bootleg video of the show here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaQjpKEmDcY); Desire starts at 41:55 and the speech is at 46:24.

Audio links: Desire, speech and part of the phone call (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYIwNP0LYo0) (cut off mid-sentence), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e47AaF9hBoo), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCvgVhol4bI) and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSxLAd8gklA), or listen to the whole show here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCur5HMbHuU).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 18, 2015, 09:36:21 AM
18th August and the Zoo crew hopped across the border to Cardiff, where MacPhisto paid tribute to local legend Tom Jones with a brief snippet of 'Green, Green Grass Of Home'. He also points out that South Wales is Edge's "home away from home" and checks how many Evanses are in attendance!

We learn that MacPhisto loves to go shopping in Cardiff. (I went there on holiday this year, and was inwardly amused when the hotel receptionist assumed I was there for a shopping trip.) He speaks about his friend Margaret Thatcher who grew up in a shop and later decided to sell off everything in the UK. :P The phone call is to the House of Commons in an attempt to contact her, but it's the summer recess so the secretary says he'll have to write instead. I love the way he laughs this off with "No, you think I'm an ordinary person!" and claims to know Thatcher personally, which the secretary absolutely 100% believes. ;)

You can listen to the concert bootleg here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7olPPFBcg9Q). Desire starts at 1:43:40, speech at 1:48:06.

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 20, 2015, 09:56:52 AM
Back to London for a third show, and MacPhisto reveals that some of his best friends are religious leaders: "They're doing my job for me, aren't they? Putting the children off God." The Church of England had recently voted to allow female priests for the first time, which strikes him as worryingly progressive, so he gives the Archbishop of Canterbury a ring. (I just adore the way he sighs "Ahhh... they make lovely cucumber sandwiches in Lambeth Palace"!) The Archbishop is out of the country on business, though, so as usual he can do nothing but leave a message. :(

The audio for this show is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuezZdoqKPs), with Desire at 1:43:51 and the speech at 1:48:03.

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 21, 2015, 09:17:07 AM
Fourth and final night in London. Another fun snippet of Singin' In The Rain during Desire!

MacPhisto raves about the eventful history of Wembley Stadium, especially England's past glory on the football pitch... as compared to their disastrous performance that year when they didn't even qualify for the World Cup, let alone win it! Their manager Graham Taylor is the chosen recipient of the phone call, but it goes through to his answering machine. (I love how MacPhisto's face keeps switching between devilish smirks and disappointment.) The whole crowd leave him a message in the form of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'! :D

Watch the multicam bootleg video of the show here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_1hh8XXEt8) - Desire starts at 1:39:28 and the speech is at 1:44:13. There's also a video of just the phone call and Ultra Violet here (http://dailymotion.com/video/xcdnoc_london-21-8-93-phone-call-to-graham_music) on Dailymotion.

The audio bootleg can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iltjKfLziuA).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 24, 2015, 09:29:46 AM
It's Cork day! :D The Zooropa Tour landed on Irish soil and oh, what an entertaining speech we have here. Definitely a favourite of mine!

At the end of Desire, MacPhisto appears to say "Oh dear... up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up!", then "You fell over, didn't you?" and later "Who stuffed those cannons?" I would love to know what happened there! Someone must have come a cropper. :)

The Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds (who died last year) is among the VIP guests at this show, so MacPhisto starts by referencing his former career as a ballroom manager in the Irish showband era. And then the hilarity begins. The stadium is owned by the GAA, who banned U2 from selling condoms on the merchandise stands, so Paul McGuinness handed them out for free instead! This controversy becomes the topic of MacPhisto's speech - a fabulously sarcastic rant about the GAA saving the young people from being "carried away on a sea of seed and desire" and "delivered to the gates of Hell in a latex jacket", while closing their eyes to realities such as the AIDS crisis. It's so funny the way he just keeps on going! (And what can I say, I like hearing the old devil talk about sex. :P "Can't you feel it burning inside you... oh baby?") He tries to ring the GAA secretary Frank Murphy but gets no answer as the guy is apparently there in the audience, so he sings him Dana's winning Eurovision song instead! I love the way he sings "postcards to write", for some reason. :)

There's a bootleg video of Love Is Blindness and Can't Help Falling In Love here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLgKsnbCKto). I do hope the rest will show up at some point!

You can listen to the whole show here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1yJ9B_Cg7U) - Desire starts at 1:30:38, with that magnificent speech at 1:35:03.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on August 24, 2015, 06:52:15 PM
What did I tell you?  That whole speech is textbook MacPhisto right there!  My other favorite parts of that speech - "Rock N' Roll, eh?  They say it's the Devil's Music....it is MY music" and of course "Fine and dandy,  not a willie in sight!"  I LOL'd when some of the crowd responded back with shouts of "Willie!" You can't hide ALL the willies, now can you? XD
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 24, 2015, 07:38:42 PM
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My other favorite parts of that speech - "Rock N' Roll, eh?  They say it's the Devil's Music....it is MY music" and of course "Fine and dandy,  not a willie in sight!"  I LOL'd when some of the crowd responded back with shouts of "Willie!"

That always cracks me up. Such an intelligent, humorous speech, and that's the moment when he apparently finds the audience's level. ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 27, 2015, 12:32:47 PM
Annnd the final stop on the European tour was Dublin for two nights. MacPhisto had been opening Desire with "Honey, I'm home!" at nearly every show since Budapest, but here it has real significance. :)

The speech is kind of an odd one, as it's not entirely in character, with references to "the people who know the real me ... the people who call me 'Dad'". However, it's worth it for the phone call to the Hewson household, which has always been BY FAR the most popular download from my website, so you've probably all heard it! The one with 4-year-old Jordan (and 2-year-old Eve) on the answerphone:
"Hellooo! Nobody's here! We're going on holidaaayyy! Daddy, if that's you, we're not coming home until you take your horns off! Bye-byyyyye!"
D'aww, hehe. :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 28, 2015, 11:43:34 AM
22 years ago today was the last show of the Zooropa Tour. :( Don't miss the shivery "Ooooh!" in the middle of Desire, if you like that sort of thing. ;)

Naturally the occasion called for a really good speech, and we got one - quite possibly the best of the lot. MacPhisto starts by humbly thanking all the people who've come out to see them (with a lovely smile!), but then gets all wistful, reminiscing about Someone who "hasn't been round for a while". This really is genius material: the Devil talking about God like an old showbiz mentor! "We used to be so close. People think I've forgotten about him, but... I haven't. I used to find him so inspiring back then. He invented me. I was his most magnificent creation; the brightest star in his sky! Now look at me: a tired old pop star in platform shoes." It turns out MacPhisto has tried to get back in touch, but encountered the usual problem - "he won't take my calls"! And the poor thing gets badmouthed everywhere, even in the local press. :P He decides to phone the United Nations, hoping they can arrange a mediation... only to get a spoof answerphone message having a dig at their ineffectiveness, heh. I love how clearly visible his emotions are - the excited grin when the phone is answered, and the way his face falls upon hearing "I'm sorry, we're closed for lunch"! You really believe he needs a hug right about then. :) The old rebel then uses a Beatles song to express his desire for a second chance ("Help me get my feet back off the ground"). I'd take him back, wouldn't you?!

There's a pretty great multicam bootleg video of this show here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuz_WTqDYwM) (Desire starts at 1:36:19), or you can watch individual videos of Desire (http://dailymotion.com/video/xc9ax5_dublin-28-8-93-desire_music), speech, phone call and Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmvgkt9Yuzk) and With Or Without You (http://dailymotion.com/video/xc9li5_dublin-28-8-93-with-or-without-you_music) ("Regrets, I've had a few...")

The audio bootleg is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79cKI1H6G8o).

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So that's it for the concert anniversary posts, until November... thanks for sharing your thoughts along the way, and please continue to do so!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on August 28, 2015, 07:25:22 PM
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22 years ago today was the last show of the Zooropa Tour. :( Don't miss the shivery "Ooooh!" in the middle of Desire, if you like that sort of thing. ;)


You know I do! ;D

In all seriousness, that concert is  the second most well known of Zoo TV because it broadcasted live on the radio all over the world.  I'm proud to own a copy of the actual broadcast, retrieved via torrent because the tape I had it on originally couldn't survive my overuse, haha.  I remember that day so clearly, but I already told that story here so I won't repeat it.  That speech he did was great but the Cork one for me is better.  Every speech MacPhisto does is special in their own way, haha!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: EnduringChill on August 28, 2015, 08:06:00 PM
The two Dublin speeches are phenomenal. Especially the second night, of course. It's my favorite speech of his, and hearing it made me realize how developed a character MacPhisto was. I never understood who he was talking about though, I guess it makes sense that it's God. This is also the only full bootleg I have, because it's well-recorded AND because of the MacPhisto performances.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 28, 2015, 08:07:26 PM
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22 years ago today was the last show of the Zooropa Tour. :( Don't miss the shivery "Ooooh!" in the middle of Desire, if you like that sort of thing. ;)


You know I do! ;D

As do I, my dear, as do I. ;D

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In all seriousness, that concert is  the second most well known of Zoo TV because it broadcasted live on the radio all over the world.  I'm proud to own a copy of the actual broadcast, retrieved via torrent because the tape I had it on originally couldn't survive my overuse, haha.  I remember that day so clearly, but I already told that story here so I won't repeat it.  That speech he did was great but the Cork one for me is better.  Every speech MacPhisto does is special in their own way, haha!

I'm surprised they didn't broadcast this one on TV, actually.

Some of the other speeches are probably my personal favourites (and of course I love them all!), but I think this might be the cleverest one. So many ideas woven perfectly together.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on August 28, 2015, 08:18:11 PM
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The two Dublin speeches are phenomenal. Especially the second night, of course. It's my favorite speech of his, and hearing it made me realize how developed a character MacPhisto was. I never understood who he was talking about though, I guess it makes sense that it's God.

The reference to MacPhisto being "the brightest star in His sky" is a particularly nice touch ('Lucifer' being a name for the morning star - i.e. Venus, the brightest object in the sky - as well as the Devil before his fall).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on September 12, 2015, 03:55:28 PM
Ha, 16 years ago I posted this question in a U2 discussion group:
"Is there anywhere I can read transcripts of MacPhisto's phone calls? Miserably I have not been a U2 fan long enough to see any ZooTV shows except the Sydney one on the video. I need more!!"
Pity I can't go back in time and reply to my poor deprived teenage self with a link to my own website! :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: miryclay on September 20, 2015, 12:27:28 PM
Watching recent Lemmy from Motorhead performance in Texas recently reminded me a lot of what MacPhisto was going for:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2miqIIXjUok

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX7P6c0VwBQ

Sending out luv to him and macphisto   
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on September 23, 2015, 01:03:00 PM
I had three MacPhistos in my room at university. :) It's a wonder I ever got anything done... just as well YouTube didn't exist back then!

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on September 26, 2015, 12:15:45 PM
I just heard about Bono bringing a MacPhisto cosplayer onstage in Berlin last night! That hasn't happened since the Elevation Tour, has it?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on September 26, 2015, 10:04:05 PM
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I just heard about Bono bringing a MacPhisto cosplayer onstage in Berlin last night! That hasn't happened since the Elevation Tour, has it?
I thought it was the Vertigo tour.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on September 27, 2015, 09:00:49 AM
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I just heard about Bono bringing a MacPhisto cosplayer onstage in Berlin last night! That hasn't happened since the Elevation Tour, has it?
I thought it was the Vertigo tour.

I'm not aware of any such incidents on the Vertigo Tour, but if there's one I didn't hear about, please let me know the date/city!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on October 16, 2015, 06:21:10 PM
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Second night in Rome on 7th July, and there is a rather amusing incident in the middle of Desire! Originally I just had the audio bootleg and wondered what on *earth* was going on, and then I downloaded the video and all became clear! (It's not yet on YouTube, alas, and the file is too big for me to share.) MacPhisto finds himself a dance partner in the form of a, um, lifesize inflatable doll which he spots in the crowd ("She looks like my kind of girl!"), and the rest of the band just have to improvise while it slowly deflates in his arms ("It happens to all my girlfriends!", LOL). I love how he says "Do sit down..." while lying his limp lady friend flat on the stage with her legs flopping over the edge. ;D

And now it is on YouTube (https://youtu.be/h3QWk5plrHI?t=34m24s)! :)

The Rotterdam 2 encore (https://youtu.be/KSbKi61OJOg?t=40m24s) has also been recently uploaded.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 08, 2015, 12:37:30 PM
I just noticed that today is the anniversary of Bono swapping outfits with a MacPhisto impersonator on the PopMart Tour!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GM67QrVTdo
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 12, 2015, 12:51:52 PM
The Zoomerang tour kicked off on this day in 1993! So envious of the people who got to see these shows - best encore ever. Daddy's Gonna Pay! Lemon! And the Aussie and NZ phone calls are particularly enjoyable too. :)

This final leg began with the first of two nights in Melbourne. MacPhisto explains that you need a good gimmick to compete with the likes of Madonna, who was touring her Erotica album at the same time, and whose controversial book 'Sex' had featured naked photographs of her. MacPhisto opines that she is "gorgeous" and asks the audience "Would you like to see ME without my clothes on?" ;D Annnd there's the first reason I love this speech, haha. The fans sound very enthusiastic about his suggestion! It seems that being a rock star has done wonders for the Devil's popularity: "Do you know that before I became a celebrity, nobody found me very attractive at all. Now everybody loves me! All the glitz and the glamour makes you very sexy."

His phone call is to the journalist Derryn Hinch, recently sacked (again) from his self-titled current affairs show, which famously included a segment called The Shame File. This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEk2g2kc4BU) is the real Derryn Hinch; this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbdnmkrz4nI) is Steve Vizard spoofing him as 'Hunch' on the sketch show Fast Forward. The parody version is what spawned the catchphrase "Shame, shame, shame" (though a lot of people attribute it to Derryn himself), and the crowd clearly find it hilarious that MacPhisto is familiar enough with Australian television to come out with this quote! He phones Derryn at home, much to the guy's amusement (I love the name recognition MacPhisto evidently had in Australia at the time, no explanation required). There's some great banter, with the band offering Derryn a job within ZooTV, which he jokingly accepts before having a dig at his former employers. I think this is one of the rare occasions when 'I Just Called To Say I Love You' is sung sincerely! An entertaining clip that always makes me smile.

The first performance of Lemon gets off to a rather messy start when he sings the wrong line and completely loses his place for a while! Still, what a treat to hear this live... it makes my heart ache that I missed out on such a magical experience...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 13, 2015, 09:44:01 AM
There are a couple of bootleg videos from the second Melbourne show: here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCAuB24fuws) is Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car (which doesn't include the dressing room scene like the Sydney show), and here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfeZB9XWzZ0) is MacPhisto's speech & phone call followed by Lemon. He makes reference to an Australian TV station mistakenly announcing the Queen Mother's death (http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1993/Editor-Fired-for-Mistaken-Report-of-Queen-Mother-s-Death/id-c80e6ee0d906678ea0a1b17e19494205), and attempts to get in touch with her for a health update ("She's a personal friend of mine"), but he appears to have the wrong number... it's Dame Edna who answers the call! "Australian royalty", haha. :) This whole conversation is hilarious, it's just so camp and I love how they much they make each other laugh, along with everyone else! (I have never been able to make out Dame Edna's joke about the "Prince" who has her phone number, though?? What does she say and whom is it referring to? MacPhisto obviously gets it.) He ends up singing her a personalised version of the UK national anthem, and very rousing it is too. I wonder if she followed through with her promise to phone *him* from the stage?! This would not be the last conversation between MacPhisto and Dame Edna on the Zoomerang tour, but it's definitely the better of the two. Really funny stuff. :D And oh, that Lemony goodness. Cha-cha-cha...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 16, 2015, 12:54:02 PM
Ahhh, the Adelaide show. There are so many fabulous MacPhisto speeches and phone calls that I really can't choose a single favourite, but if you forced me to narrow it down, this one would definitely be on my shortlist. :)

Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAf-y64TUI0) includes such highlights as MacPhisto moaning, MacPhisto pulling funny faces, and MacPhisto doing this with his tongue:
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The dear devil then opens up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfW9LIjXk80) to the audience about his insecurities, as he is "finding it very difficult at the moment to meet people... especially young ladies, they're all frightened of me". Awww, don't you just want to give him a hug? And maybe a little more. ;) He decides to phone the Adelaide Crows coach Graham Cornes, who's been "terribly lucky in that department" with a young wife and a baby on the way. Graham sounds very nervous and shy but takes the teasing with good humour, and even tells them off for ruining the pitch! (MacPhisto admits that they're "turning your football oval into some mud", LOL.) In the end he gets showered with compliments and congratulations and it's all just adorable. MacPhisto's facial expressions are wonderful throughout this show - everything from sweet and sexy to creepy and amusing. Gotta love his trollface, haha!
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Here's the video of Lemon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1dbz4zRWbw), with MacPhisto telling Graham "Love to your lovelies!" at the end of their conversation. <3 (Also Larry cracking up behind the drumkit!)

With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAGtEze2veY) has a different ending from the amazing Sydney performance, but I like this version almost as much. The bit where he's looking straight up at the sky, getting rain in his eyes is a nice touch. And then there are those intense and seductive gazes into the camera:
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Guh, he's gorgeous.

There's another stunning rendition of Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrJU_UFXzkA), with MacPhisto looking on the verge of tears at one point (just after "that almost makes sense"), and a great "Won't you wrap the night around me-e-e-yeaaahhh!"
And here is Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7mb2C7Wd5g). That girl really messed up his hair with her roving hands!

The whole Adelaide concert can be watched here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70VTqxv6Bpg), with an audio bootleg here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyoXC5OHbFo).
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: alsy on November 16, 2015, 02:36:13 PM
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 Macphisto in the rain of Munich, June 4th 1993.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 16, 2015, 02:53:32 PM
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 Macphisto in the rain of Munich, June 4th 1993.

Oh, lovely! Thanks for sharing! :)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: alsy on November 16, 2015, 04:56:08 PM
No worries. I think I have a few more somewhere from his first ever outing in Rotterdam?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 20, 2015, 01:47:27 PM
It's the anniversary of the Brisbane show today. Along with Lausanne, this is the holy grail of my fandom as I've never come across a bootleg of it. :( The quotes in Pimm Jal de la Parra's book give me hope that maybe a recording does exist, but then again maybe he just wrote it from memory. Apparently MacPhisto claimed to be related to the Queen (and to have been her babysitter!), talked about cricket and phoned Allan Border, who remarked that his name "sounds like a hamburger". I would love to hear from anyone who can remember more!

It's also 16 years to the day since I heard my first MacPhisto phone calls outside of the Sydney video - very exciting. :D There were a handful of them on a fansite called Lemon Haze (so if the owner of that site is reading this, my belated thanks to you). I wrote this at the time: "Those MacPhisto sound clips are excellent, it's really great to hear his voice again, saying new things! I also listened to a clip of the Mirrorball Man, which surprised me. It's just Bono speaking in a half-Irish, half-bad American accent, and he doesn't sound anywhere near as charismatic and interesting and wicked as MacPhisto." Heh! Never did grow to like that character at all.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: alsy on November 20, 2015, 05:43:50 PM
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I was at the Brisbane show and can remember that he called Alan Border. Was also at the Lausanne show as well. These pictures taken inside the ground, include my mate in the Zoo Confessional Box, flossing a condom through his nose and mouth. https://vimeo.com/146459746 (https://vimeo.com/146459746)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 26, 2015, 04:20:19 PM
The first of the two Sydney shows took place on this date, and you can watch a bootleg video of the whole thing here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaA1LYODDLY) - Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car is at 1:25:50 (this one did include MacPhisto's dressing room!) and the speech starts at 1:31:05. It's a shame the quality is so poor - there are several bits I couldn't make out at all when transcribing it - but definitely better than nothing.

This was basically a repeat of the wonderful Melbourne routine, with MacPhisto attempting to phone his royal friends and getting Dame Edna instead, but you can tell his heart isn't really in it this time - the playful humour seems to be missing, doubtless because of all the tension arising from Adam's absence and the upcoming live broadcast. On the plus side, you get to hear MacPhisto use the F-word and have one of his little rants (about everything Australia owes to the UK, haha), and I like Dame Edna addressing him as "you naughty little devil" and praising the Zooropa album. :)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 27, 2015, 01:14:46 PM
Happy 22nd anniversary to the greatest concert video of all time, ZooTV Live From Sydney!
I'm guessing I don't need to post any reminders about what happened at this show. :) I would love to hear about everyone's favourite bits of the encore, though. There are too many highlights to list, but here are just a few of mine:

- The entire dressing room sequence. The way he admires himself in the mirror, and stares down the camera right into your soul with that knowing smile.

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He's sexy and he knows it. :P

- The crazy dance in the middle of that song. :D

- Adam being scared half to death when the money cannon goes off!

- "People of the former Soviet Union: I've given you capitalism, so now you can all dream of being as wealthy and glamorous as me. People of Sarajevo, count your blessings - there are those all over the world who have food, heat and security, but they're not on TV like you are."

- LEMON. This performance of Lemon is quite possibly the Best Thing Ever. Sheer bliss from start to finish.

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- The best ever performance of With Or Without You. Passionate, heart-wrenching, perfect. That ending! There are no words for how great this is.

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- The intensity of Love Is Blindness, and the female fan who must be giddy with excitement but handles her live-on-TV guest role like an absolute pro. (Has anyone ever found out her name?)

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- That stunning falsetto on Can't Help Falling In Love. Still takes my breath away every time.

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: binary_code on November 28, 2015, 05:25:29 AM
The falsetto, especially on Can't Help... stops time. It's out of this world.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on November 28, 2015, 06:31:40 AM
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The falsetto, especially on Can't Help... stops time. It's out of this world.

i know ... :-*
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: THRILLHO on November 29, 2015, 12:19:03 PM
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The falsetto, especially on Can't Help... stops time. It's out of this world.

The Sydney version is going to be my first dance at my wedding.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on November 29, 2015, 03:15:34 PM
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The falsetto, especially on Can't Help... stops time. It's out of this world.

The Sydney version is going to be my first dance at my wedding.

Congrats and have a great day !!  8)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 01, 2015, 04:25:17 PM
With the live broadcast done and dusted, the New Zooland shows seem to have a relaxed party atmosphere which makes them fun to listen to. :) The first was a visit to Christchurch on this date. It had been all change in NZ with a recent general election and referendum on electoral reform, and MacPhisto doesn't like change! He phones one of his controversial politician friends, John Banks (I love the local girl in the audience who keeps loudly asking her friend who that is!), but has no luck in getting hold of him, despite trying his work number *and* his home number, which he reads out loud with a chuckle. ;D

There's an incomplete bootleg video of the show here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4utVDA_kjU). Daddy's Gonna Pay starts at 42:10 (and includes the dressing room!) but is cut off partway through. MacPhisto's speech is at 45:30. Lemon follows in its entirety, with something-or-other going wrong after the first verse (I can't make out anything except "Edge, we're waiting for you"?), and the mysterious remark "You say that to all the pop stars"! Only the first part of With Or Without You is shown, and then it skips Love Is Blindness and goes straight to Can't Help Falling In Love, which is missing a couple of lines from the start.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: briscoetheque on December 01, 2015, 07:31:51 PM
I think Sydney love is blindness is my most watched youtube of all time.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 01, 2015, 08:12:49 PM
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It's the anniversary of the Brisbane show today. Along with Lausanne, this is the holy grail of my fandom as I've never come across a bootleg of it. :( The quotes in Pimm Jal de la Parra's book give me hope that maybe a recording does exist, but then again maybe he just wrote it from memory. Apparently MacPhisto claimed to be related to the Queen (and to have been her babysitter!), talked about cricket and phoned Allan Border, who remarked that his name "sounds like a hamburger". I would love to hear from anyone who can remember more!

Oh, this is interesting. Someone posted a partial transcript of the Brisbane phone call on WIRE back in 1993:
http://sporttoday.org/5_3066bbd37fe95221_1.htm

MacPhisto suggests that he call a friend of his who's pretty
 good at cricket.. and proceeds to call Allan Border, long-time
 captain of Australian cricket team, beloved by all.
Again, Border at least *slightly* surprised, but on the other hand,
 he answered on the third ring.
MacP: Some friends and I were just chatting and the subject of cricket
       came up.. it was the English who invented cricket, wasn't it?
 Border: Yeah, the poms invented the game, but it's come a bit of a cropper
       since then.
 ...
 Border: Who's this speaking?
 MacP: This is Mr MacPhisto
 Border: MacPhisto.. sounds like a Hamburger
 ...
 Border: Are you in a bar somewhere..
 MacP: Yes, a big one..
 Border: Sounds pretty raucous
 MacP: Yes, it is a loud mother.. (Launch Lemon Intro..)
 (Thanks and goodbye)


So nice to finally have a bit more detail about it! Although it makes me even more desperate to read - and preferably *hear* - the whole thing...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: briscoetheque on December 03, 2015, 10:24:00 PM
I sure there was a tape of this floating around back in the day - very poor quality though. I had the 12th nov melbourne show on tap which was awful quality but brisbane was worse.

I'll see if I can dig it out some time.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 04, 2015, 01:54:24 PM
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I sure there was a tape of this floating around back in the day - very poor quality though. I had the 12th nov melbourne show on tap which was awful quality but brisbane was worse.

I'll see if I can dig it out some time.

I can't describe how happy I would be if a recording of *any* quality surfaced!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 04, 2015, 03:49:01 PM
The second and final New Zealand show was in Auckland, and features MacPhisto at his playful best, with lots of laughter and mischief. :) You can watch the bootleg video here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjDfIG0ueaI); DGPFYCC is at 36:40, with more preening in the mirror, and his speech starts at 41:32. He phones some guy whose garden overlooked the stadium, and who was charging a ridiculous amount of money for people to watch the show from his own homemade grandstand! I particularly like MacPhisto admitting to being "two inches tall", and singing the theme from Neighbours. ;D

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It appears that someone jumps onto the B-stage uninvited during the first verse of Love Is Blindness, and rather like the recent incident on the IE Tour, MacPhisto prevents them being dragged off by security and lets them dance with him for a while. He then sends them back and picks out another fan for the usual slow-dance part of the song.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 09, 2015, 11:54:07 AM
The ZooTV tour reached its FINAL destination on this date! :'( Two nights at the Tokyo Dome to finish this incredible journey. The first show includes a great performance of DGPFYCC - I love his two shrieks of "Daddy's gonna pay!" :) MacPhisto phones the Sumo wrestler Akebono (and delights in pronouncing it as "Akay-Bono"), challenging him to an arm wrestle, which I assume didn't actually happen but I don't know for sure! The best part of the phone call is the sign-off "Love from Mr MacPhisto!" at the end, followed by him shouting his own name a couple more times. Makes me slightly weak at the knees...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 10, 2015, 03:32:34 PM
Second night in Tokyo and the very final show of the ZooTV tour. :'( The thought of this tour coming to an end makes me all emotional, even though it was 22 years ago and I wasn't even following it at the time. :P The audio bootleg of the show is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZeWYRpNVe8) - skip to 1:36:38 for Daddy's Gonna Pay, or 1:41:15 for MacPhisto's speech about the eventful past two years! Larry is introduced as "Boy George's wet dream", which I'm sure he was thrilled about. ;)

MacPhisto makes an unsuccessful attempt to phone his "closest friend", Madonna, whose people had been involved in a nasty argument with U2's people over these dates at the venue. (Now, of course, Madonna's people ARE U2's people!) If anyone here understands Japanese, can you tell me what the automated message is saying, please?

Lemon includes the line "A man builds a city with banks and karaoke", and With Or Without You ends with a snippet of Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Willie Williams remarked in his tour diary that he wasn't sure we'd seen the last of MacPhisto, and of course he was right, with the HMTMKMKM video, PopMart and other little teases since then. :) They probably weren't expecting him to still have such an enthusiastic fanbase more than two decades later, mind you! :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on December 15, 2015, 08:28:25 PM
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Second night in Tokyo and the very final show of the ZooTV tour. :'( The thought of this tour coming to an end makes me all emotional, even though it was 22 years ago and I wasn't even following it at the time. :P The audio bootleg of the show is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZeWYRpNVe8) - skip to 1:36:38 for Daddy's Gonna Pay, or 1:41:15 for MacPhisto's speech about the eventful past two years! Larry is introduced as "Boy George's wet dream", which I'm sure he was thrilled about. ;)

MacPhisto makes an unsuccessful attempt to phone his "closest friend", Madonna, whose people had been involved in a nasty argument with U2's people over these dates at the venue. (Now, of course, Madonna's people ARE U2's people!) If anyone here understands Japanese, can you tell me what the automated message is saying, please?

To answer your question about the automated message, it's actually similar to the automated number that tells the time in the US.  It's just telling the time, but in Japanese.  I recognized it because I heard a bit of it listening to some internet radio station from there ages ago, haha!  It's quite an incredible end to what was/is without question (with respect to i-E) THE GREATEST U2 TOUR EVER.

Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 15, 2015, 08:45:34 PM
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To answer your question about the automated message, it's actually similar to the automated number that tells the time in the US.  It's just telling the time, but in Japanese.  I recognized it because I heard a bit of it listening to some internet radio station from there ages ago, haha!

It's a speaking clock?? That is not at all what I was imagining - no wonder I've had no luck in translating it! Thanks for the info!

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It's quite an incredible end to what was/is without question (with respect to i-E) THE GREATEST U2 TOUR EVER.

Amen!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 22, 2015, 10:07:23 AM
I hadn't seen this video about the bike ride competition before. It made me smile, especially the bit at 2:04:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wldUQvLCRnU
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 05, 2016, 01:17:11 PM
Just felt like celebrating the glory that is MacPhisto singing Ultra Violet, since today is the anniversary of the first time I ever heard a clip of it. :) Not 100% sure which performance it was that I'd found, but here's the pro-shot video from the Basel show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpOllhxpBXs
Ahh, the days when UV in concert was a thing of real beauty... hard to find the words for how perfect it was! <3
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: an tha on February 05, 2016, 01:48:08 PM
The greatest ever in my view...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmvgkt9Yuzk

Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on February 05, 2016, 02:25:58 PM
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The grestest ever in my view...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmvgkt9Yuzk

 8)   I like the ''Sorry we are closed for lunch'' part, ha ha !
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 05, 2016, 05:24:19 PM
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The greatest ever in my view...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmvgkt9Yuzk

That really is stunning. Those choruses! That ending! Stuff like this makes my heart feel like it may just explode with bliss.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: ShankAsu on February 23, 2016, 10:29:26 AM
The Fly is my favorite 'character' of Bono's.  Curious, I've heard Bono say that MacPhisto was meant to be the Fly 10 years down the road, a road-weary rocker, now that Bono is 15 years beyond that age, what would the character look like today?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on February 23, 2016, 07:09:43 PM
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The Fly is my favorite 'character' of Bono's.  Curious, I've heard Bono say that MacPhisto was meant to be the Fly 10 years down the road, a road-weary rocker, now that Bono is 15 years beyond that age, what would the character look like today?
Mick Jagger
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 10, 2016, 09:37:54 AM
Haven't seen this one before. :)

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Spaderholic on May 17, 2016, 01:37:21 PM
What a fantastic thread this is! This is my first post on the forum but I just want to say thank you to Canadanne for all the brilliant recaps and details of each show on the ZooTV tour and what MacPhisto said, whom he phoned, etc, as well as all the links to the YouTube etc clips. I've enjoyed every second of reading this!

I ADORE MacPhisto and think Bono was just a genius as this character. So inventive and creative and how I'd love him to do something similar again! Or just bring MacPhisto out of retirement! How I wish I'd gone to the ZooTV tour. I bought Achtung Baby when it came out and it remains today my favourite U2 album, yet I stupidly never got tickets to see the tour. I guess I've always hated stadium concerts and didn't think I'd enjoy it as the venues would just be too vast and impersonal. I made an exception and went to see Madonna at Wembley Stadium and, whilst the show itself was good, I may as well not have been there, for all I could see of her was a dot on the stage, and I wasn't even at the back of the stadium! It's put me off going to stadium concerts. Anyway, I'm glad to have the Live From Sydney DVD, of course. Thanks to Canadanne's links it's cool to see some of the other concerts from the tour and to watch of all sexy MacPhisto's naughty antics! :)

I'm curious, how many of the shows from ZooTV were filmed professionally, to be shown on TV in the countries they were in and how many of them are on YouTube in full, do you know? I'd love to be able to watch them all, if possible.  :)

Can't get enough of MacPhisto!  ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 17, 2016, 02:48:17 PM
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What a fantastic thread this is! This is my first post on the forum but I just want to say thank you to Canadanne for all the brilliant recaps and details of each show on the ZooTV tour and what MacPhisto said, whom he phoned, etc, as well as all the links to the YouTube etc clips. I've enjoyed every second of reading this!

I ADORE MacPhisto and think Bono was just a genius as this character. So inventive and creative and how I'd love him to do something similar again! Or just bring MacPhisto out of retirement! How I wish I'd gone to the ZooTV tour. I bought Achtung Baby when it came out and it remains today my favourite U2 album, yet I stupidly never got tickets to see the tour. I guess I've always hated stadium concerts and didn't think I'd enjoy it as the venues would just be too vast and impersonal. I made an exception and went to see Madonna at Wembley Stadium and, whilst the show itself was good, I may as well not have been there, for all I could see of her was a dot on the stage, and I wasn't even at the back of the stadium! It's put me off going to stadium concerts. Anyway, I'm glad to have the Live From Sydney DVD, of course. Thanks to Canadanne's links it's cool to see some of the other concerts from the tour and to watch of all sexy MacPhisto's naughty antics! :)

I'm curious, how many of the shows from ZooTV were filmed professionally, to be shown on TV in the countries they were in and how many of them are on YouTube in full, do you know? I'd love to be able to watch them all, if possible.  :)

Can't get enough of MacPhisto!  ;D

Yay! :) Glad you've been enjoying the thread!

I wish I could have seen that tour as well (especially since I *love* stadium shows and ZooTV must have been the ultimate!), but it was several years before I got into U2, and even if I had liked them at the time, I probably would have been too young to go. :(

The only complete pro-shot shows I've seen floating around are Basel, Adelaide and Sydney 2, but I too would love to see more if they exist. I think I recall someone telling me that one of the London shows was televised, but I've no idea if that's true.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Spaderholic on May 17, 2016, 05:02:50 PM
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Yay! :) Glad you've been enjoying the thread!

I wish I could have seen that tour as well (especially since I *love* stadium shows and ZooTV must have been the ultimate!), but it was several years before I got into U2, and even if I had liked them at the time, I probably would have been too young to go. :(

The only complete pro-shot shows I've seen floating around are Basel, Adelaide and Sydney 2, but I too would love to see more if they exist. I think I recall someone telling me that one of the London shows was televised, but I've no idea if that's true.

Ah, I'll have a look for the full Basel and Adelaide films then, thanks! That would be cool if one of the London shows turned up too. Such an amazing tour. Thanks again. :)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Spaderholic on May 19, 2016, 05:57:43 AM
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Yay! :) Glad you've been enjoying the thread!

I wish I could have seen that tour as well (especially since I *love* stadium shows and ZooTV must have been the ultimate!), but it was several years before I got into U2, and even if I had liked them at the time, I probably would have been too young to go. :(

The only complete pro-shot shows I've seen floating around are Basel, Adelaide and Sydney 2, but I too would love to see more if they exist. I think I recall someone telling me that one of the London shows was televised, but I've no idea if that's true.

I've just been browsing your website! Simply fantastic! So much work that has gone into it, I bow down to you! I'm in MacPhisto Heaven right now, or should that be Hell!  ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 19, 2016, 09:09:24 AM
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I've just been browsing your website! Simply fantastic! So much work that has gone into it, I bow down to you! I'm in MacPhisto Heaven right now, or should that be Hell!  ;D

Haha, thank you! :D Still working my way through a bunch of updates...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 13, 2016, 06:00:27 PM
Has anyone seen this image before? Where's it from?

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Spaderholic on June 13, 2016, 06:42:30 PM
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I haven't seen it before - but I like it!!  ;D :-*
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on October 18, 2016, 07:27:36 PM
I love finding pics that are totally new to me! Especially when they're as wonderful as these!

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on October 19, 2016, 10:10:31 AM
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I love finding pics that are totally new to me! Especially when they're as wonderful as these!

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really gorgious! What a character it was, i wish i had a golden suit like that.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 09, 2016, 10:13:19 AM
It's time for him to come back
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on November 10, 2016, 03:07:07 AM
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It's time for him to come back

Would be fun, they had a little wink at the Fly last tour. Hope that they also pay a homage like that for the wonderful caracter of McPhisto. Who knows?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 10, 2016, 08:33:03 AM
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It's time for him to come back

Would be fun, they had a little wink at the Fly last tour. Hope that they also pay a homage like that for the wonderful caracter of McPhisto. Who knows?
funny thing is this i didn't get it when it was happening, guess I was too young.  But as I got older I was like McPhisto and The Fly are brilliant. 
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on November 10, 2016, 10:41:35 AM
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It's time for him to come back

Would be fun, they had a little wink at the Fly last tour. Hope that they also pay a homage like that for the wonderful caracter of McPhisto. Who knows?
funny thing is this i didn't get it when it was happening, guess I was too young.  But as I got older I was like McPhisto and The Fly are brilliant.
yeah, really creative and cool. I am blessed to have seen both from up close.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 12, 2016, 08:08:40 PM
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It's time for him to come back

If ever there was a time to give him a weekly column on U2.com, this is surely it... a replacement for Willie's tour diaries? ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: MASTER YODA on November 12, 2016, 09:45:19 PM
Trump would probably answer the calls
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: satellitedog on November 13, 2016, 04:51:31 AM
A MacPhisto<->Trump Twitter feud would be f****** awesome.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 13, 2016, 06:39:59 AM
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A MacPhisto<->Trump Twitter feud would be f****** awesome.
yes!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Spaderholic on November 13, 2016, 06:14:59 PM
I sure miss MacPhisto! His creation was a work of genius. Yes, a MacPhisto Vs Trump war of words would be great! Please come back MacPhisto, you naughty little devil! :-)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on November 14, 2016, 09:56:59 AM
McPhisto would smile and sing ""I just called to say i love you....! "" 
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: riffraff on November 14, 2016, 10:02:36 AM
Too funny...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on November 15, 2016, 02:46:57 AM
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Too funny...

He really did this in Nijmegen Holland, ha ha ha !! It was so hilarious. He called a politician that was openly racist. His name was Janmaat.
 
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 19, 2016, 06:51:08 PM
What is this all about.....??
http://twitter.com/cloecreative/status/800114239264485376
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 20, 2016, 01:57:57 PM
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What is this all about.....??
http://twitter.com/cloecreative/status/800114239264485376
can we get excited yet?  It just makes so much sense for him to return and mock Trump!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on November 21, 2016, 02:13:27 AM
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What is this all about.....??
http://twitter.com/cloecreative/status/800114239264485376
can we get excited yet?  It just makes so much sense for him to return and mock Trump!
Just so cool, the thought McPhisto could make a comeback. The situation is more than perfect.
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Post by: Canadanne on November 21, 2016, 06:39:20 PM
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What is this all about.....??
http://twitter.com/cloecreative/status/800114239264485376
can we get excited yet?  It just makes so much sense for him to return and mock Trump!

I am so confused... where did that picture come from? Is it something to do with this Jimmy Kimmel auction thing that's being broadcast on Tuesday night?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 21, 2016, 07:20:41 PM
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What is this all about.....??
http://twitter.com/cloecreative/status/800114239264485376
can we get excited yet?  It just makes so much sense for him to return and mock Trump!

I am so confused... where did that picture come from? Is it something to do with this Jimmy Kimmel auction thing that's being broadcast on Tuesday night?
it looks like Bono now, airbrushed but not 25 years ago.  We can hope.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 22, 2016, 06:24:32 AM
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What is this all about.....??
http://twitter.com/cloecreative/status/800114239264485376
can we get excited yet?  It just makes so much sense for him to return and mock Trump!

I am so confused... where did that picture come from? Is it something to do with this Jimmy Kimmel auction thing that's being broadcast on Tuesday night?
it looks like Bono now, airbrushed but not 25 years ago.  We can hope.

Are you talking about the picture on the right? I think that's just something a fan has made. I meant the one on the left, that looks like a video screencap.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 22, 2016, 07:55:14 AM
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What is this all about.....??
http://twitter.com/cloecreative/status/800114239264485376
can we get excited yet?  It just makes so much sense for him to return and mock Trump!

I am so confused... where did that picture come from? Is it something to do with this Jimmy Kimmel auction thing that's being broadcast on Tuesday night?
it looks like Bono now, airbrushed but not 25 years ago.  We can hope.

Are you talking about the picture on the right? I think that's just something a fan has made. I meant the one on the left, that looks like a video screencap.
honestly it's probally not real, but I want it to be!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 22, 2016, 12:00:33 PM
OH EM GEE YOU GUYS

http://www.facebook.com/JimmyKimmelLive/videos/vb.195974498373/10154703362358374/

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This had better be made available for people outside the US to watch!!!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 22, 2016, 01:21:50 PM
OMG!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 22, 2016, 03:56:55 PM
Have some pics because I can't words right now

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: an tha on November 22, 2016, 04:06:14 PM
what are those stick on 'eyebrows' and sideys meant to be?
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Post by: riffraff on November 22, 2016, 04:23:45 PM
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what are those stick on 'eyebrows' and sideys meant to be?
They are face-pasties!!!
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Post by: an tha on November 22, 2016, 04:33:13 PM
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what are those stick on 'eyebrows' and sideys meant to be?
They are face-pasties!!!

you saying bono is a tit?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 22, 2016, 06:13:31 PM
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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on November 23, 2016, 02:21:12 AM
Please MR MacPhisto, can you make a comeback next tour? I'll promise i'll be good, and so will the rest of us fans be !
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: riffraff on November 23, 2016, 04:23:23 AM
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Please MR MacPhisto, can you make a comeback next tour? I'll promise i'll be good, and so will the rest of us fans be !
Yes...and I promise I'll never mention pasties again! (But, I'd really rather have The Fly return)!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: miryclay on November 23, 2016, 07:21:53 AM
The RED pack! Priceless.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 23, 2016, 07:37:49 AM
Who watched how was it? I have it on DVR for later
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Monicalea on November 23, 2016, 08:25:30 AM
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OH EM GEE YOU GUYS

http://www.facebook.com/JimmyKimmelLive/videos/vb.195974498373/10154703362358374/

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This had better be made available for people outside the US to watch!!!

This is killing me right now.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 23, 2016, 08:45:01 AM
Ok next up McPhisto YouTube channel. Right? I'm planning this out, if only I was in charge,  lol
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 23, 2016, 08:55:33 AM
"We're Going To Hell"!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7QrAAFx8nQ

I never honestly thought we would see this happen. Best early Christmas present EVAR! <3
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 23, 2016, 10:19:41 AM
A whole new generation is being introduced to Mr McPhisto, so cool
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 23, 2016, 10:35:07 AM
Holy hell, just when I thought my day couldn't get any better... thank you Kevin Davies!!!

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: xy on November 23, 2016, 12:31:11 PM
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what are those stick on 'eyebrows' and sideys meant to be?

Another reason for an tha to moan and complain about 00's U2 ?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: ShankAsu on November 23, 2016, 12:33:43 PM
Isnt Bono now 15 years older than what the character is supposed to be?  MacPhisto was supposed to be a bitter rock singer 10 years older than Bono was during Zoo TV i believe i heard him say.  Wonder if the character has changed at all.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on November 23, 2016, 12:33:58 PM
It's emoj McPhisto it's updated
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on November 23, 2016, 12:42:15 PM
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Isnt Bono now 15 years older than what the character is supposed to be?  MacPhisto was supposed to be a bitter rock singer 10 years older than Bono was during Zoo TV i believe i heard him say.  Wonder if the character has changed at all.

I don't recall ever seeing a quote about "10 years older than Bono" - any idea where you saw/heard that? MacPhisto seems considerably older than 43!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: an tha on November 23, 2016, 01:07:25 PM
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what are those stick on 'eyebrows' and sideys meant to be?

Another reason for an tha to moan and complain about 00's U2 ?

why did he do that in the 00's as well then...?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: MASTER YODA on November 23, 2016, 11:10:46 PM
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A whole new generation is being introduced to Mr McPhisto, so cool

I don't know who mcphisto is
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Kurukira on November 28, 2016, 08:02:40 PM
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"We're Going To Hell"!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7QrAAFx8nQ

I never honestly thought we would see this happen. Best early Christmas present EVAR! <3

Considering the timing of this, it was one more reason for me to give thanks XD
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 07, 2016, 01:48:10 PM
Finally finished updating my website (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/) to cover the latest tour and last month's surprising event! There will also be a new image gallery for this at some point, but I need some time to do more screencapping first.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 12, 2016, 12:42:56 PM
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Ok next up McPhisto YouTube channel. Right? I'm planning this out, if only I was in charge,  lol

I would love to see MacPhisto film a Christmas message like the Queen (whom he used to babysit). That would be perfect!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on December 12, 2016, 01:06:51 PM
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Ok next up McPhisto YouTube channel. Right? I'm planning this out, if only I was in charge,  lol

I would love to see MacPhisto film a Christmas message like the Queen (whom he used to babysit). That would be perfect!
would be awesome!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 12, 2016, 02:18:08 PM
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Isnt Bono now 15 years older than what the character is supposed to be?  MacPhisto was supposed to be a bitter rock singer 10 years older than Bono was during Zoo TV i believe i heard him say.  Wonder if the character has changed at all.

I don't recall ever seeing a quote about "10 years older than Bono" - any idea where you saw/heard that? MacPhisto seems considerably older than 43!

Bono told Carter Alan that MacPhisto was like The Fly still playing Vegas "thirty years later", and there's a similar quote in B.P. Fallon's book where he actually says "fifty years later". So in human terms he'd be somewhere in his 60s/70s/80s. I couldn't find any mention of him being only ten years older.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 16, 2016, 09:17:50 AM
Very rich pop stars can afford to pour champagne on the floor.

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on December 19, 2016, 06:00:48 PM
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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on January 02, 2017, 06:29:22 PM
Fansite traffic over the past three months. There appears to have been a sudden spike of interest in MacPhisto towards the end of November... I wonder why? ;D

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on January 03, 2017, 04:01:33 AM
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Fansite traffic over the past three months. There appears to have been a sudden spike of interest in MacPhisto towards the end of November... I wonder why? ;D

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That's cool, of cause he's the hippest little devil around.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on January 23, 2017, 11:30:07 AM
So the White House shut down the phone lines, my dreams of MacPhisto calling are shattered. I mean I was hoping for a Bono SNL appearance in costume calling the White House.  I had this all planned.  So bummed
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on January 23, 2017, 11:37:22 AM
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So the White House shut down the phone lines, my dreams of MacPhisto calling are shattered. I mean I was hoping for a Bono SNL appearance in costume calling the White House.  I had this all planned.  So bummed

"I don't need the telephone lines! You know who I am! And I want to thank you for letting me back into the country! I'm BAAACK!"
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on January 23, 2017, 11:41:27 AM
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So the White House shut down the phone lines, my dreams of MacPhisto calling are shattered. I mean I was hoping for a Bono SNL appearance in costume calling the White House.  I had this all planned.  So bummed

"I don't need the telephone lines! You know who I am! And I want to thank you for letting me back into the country! I'm BAAACK!"
yes! And today we have You Tube I'm going to live now lol
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on January 31, 2017, 04:53:09 PM
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The Zooropa Tour opened in Rotterdam on this day in 1993! Love this quote from Willie's tour diary: "'Desire' was one of those great moments where you know something that the audience (and the enormous amount of press people) don't. Out he comes, and you can feel 50,000 people go 'What the f***?' The absolute crowning glory was that it stayed dry all night until the encore break when the heavens opened, so MacPhisto made his first entrance in a raging downpour under a sky full of thunder and lightning. It looked like Faust meets Apocalypse Now."

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I have the video of Desire, but Dailymotion deleted and blacklisted it for some reason. :( There's a funny bit where he shouts up at God in response to the rain ("You can p**s on me!"), and I adore the "I have a vision... Eurovision!" twist. ;D

You *can* watch MacPhisto's speech (including his rendition of 'Ding-A-Dong'!) and the first of many taxi phone calls, plus Ultra Violet:
http://dailymotion.com/video/xcazit_rotterdam-9-5-93-ding-a-dong-phone_music
I still don't know the story behind him saying it was the last Eurovision and the end of an era - I can't find any reference to the contest possibly ending that year! Do let me know if you can shed any light.

You can watch MacPhisto's dramatic debut in full on YouTube now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NByCgmkDk3k&t=1h35m29s

I love how he remarks "The Devil plays a harp too, you know" just before his harmonica solo!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Volcanogirl on February 01, 2017, 03:10:06 AM
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The Zooropa Tour opened in Rotterdam on this day in 1993! Love this quote from Willie's tour diary: "'Desire' was one of those great moments where you know something that the audience (and the enormous amount of press people) don't. Out he comes, and you can feel 50,000 people go 'What the f***?' The absolute crowning glory was that it stayed dry all night until the encore break when the heavens opened, so MacPhisto made his first entrance in a raging downpour under a sky full of thunder and lightning. It looked like Faust meets Apocalypse Now."

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I have the video of Desire, but Dailymotion deleted and blacklisted it for some reason. :( There's a funny bit where he shouts up at God in response to the rain ("You can p**s on me!"), and I adore the "I have a vision... Eurovision!" twist. ;D

You *can* watch MacPhisto's speech (including his rendition of 'Ding-A-Dong'!) and the first of many taxi phone calls, plus Ultra Violet:
http://dailymotion.com/video/xcazit_rotterdam-9-5-93-ding-a-dong-phone_music
I still don't know the story behind him saying it was the last Eurovision and the end of an era - I can't find any reference to the contest possibly ending that year! Do let me know if you can shed any light.

You can watch MacPhisto's dramatic debut in full on YouTube now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NByCgmkDk3k&t=1h35m29s

I love how he remarks "The Devil plays a harp too, you know" just before his harmonica solo!
Oh....all those memory's. Was there, along the catwalk. His first appearance was great. Next day i saw girls with red horns on in
the audiance. The shoes.........awesome!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 01, 2017, 01:11:56 PM
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The Zooropa Tour opened in Rotterdam on this day in 1993! Love this quote from Willie's tour diary: "'Desire' was one of those great moments where you know something that the audience (and the enormous amount of press people) don't. Out he comes, and you can feel 50,000 people go 'What the f***?' The absolute crowning glory was that it stayed dry all night until the encore break when the heavens opened, so MacPhisto made his first entrance in a raging downpour under a sky full of thunder and lightning. It looked like Faust meets Apocalypse Now."

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I have the video of Desire, but Dailymotion deleted and blacklisted it for some reason. :( There's a funny bit where he shouts up at God in response to the rain ("You can p**s on me!"), and I adore the "I have a vision... Eurovision!" twist. ;D

You *can* watch MacPhisto's speech (including his rendition of 'Ding-A-Dong'!) and the first of many taxi phone calls, plus Ultra Violet:
http://dailymotion.com/video/xcazit_rotterdam-9-5-93-ding-a-dong-phone_music
I still don't know the story behind him saying it was the last Eurovision and the end of an era - I can't find any reference to the contest possibly ending that year! Do let me know if you can shed any light.

You can watch MacPhisto's dramatic debut in full on YouTube now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NByCgmkDk3k&t=1h35m29s

I love how he remarks "The Devil plays a harp too, you know" just before his harmonica solo!
Oh....all those memory's. Was there, along the catwalk. His first appearance was great. Next day i saw girls with red horns on in
the audiance. The shoes.........awesome!

He looks great without his jacket on! You're so lucky to have seen this up close....

Interesting how they hadn't really worked out the encore routine at this point - it's unusual to see LIB performed on the main stage, and MacPhisto even disappearing backstage during the guitar solo of WOWY.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 01, 2017, 01:13:49 PM
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Lisbon anniversary today!
Love MacPhisto's little renditions of Moon River. :) Poor old devil didn't have much luck with the latest taxi company: "I'm the last pop star, and they've hung up on me." :( There's a bootleg video of the concert here, with the speech starting at 40:26:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AKhNflwTqw

I think the performance clips in this Zooropa album promo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEt-uniKdzk) (from 3:04 to 3:59) are also from the Lisbon show.

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Dang, YouTube blocked the first link in the US  :(

Aw, I didn't know that. :( It's not a particularly great quality bootleg, mind you - filmed from miles away!
I'll still try to find it elsewhere on the Internet. Maybe I'll get lucky.

Perhaps this link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTnFBr0t-hE&t=1h29m30s) will work better?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 02, 2017, 12:58:51 PM
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Frankfurt was the first in a run of German shows at the start of June. Probably the most boring of all the phone calls, in which he attempted to order a taxi but the number was engaged! (I do love hearing him say "They like you, I love you", though...)

There are individual audio links for this show: Desire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh2ria_gGmo), MacPhisto speech (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed5uB72LVBs), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg_T1MEyQ2s), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuURnYaE1MM), Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke-G80n-EPU) and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4CwSk69bP4).

The video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E8Bf_uoC1w&t=1h27m27s) of this show is now on YouTube as well. :)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on February 02, 2017, 01:26:01 PM
Wish Mac Phisto would sing me happy birthday I can post my number lol
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Post by: Canadanne on February 02, 2017, 03:09:12 PM
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Wish Mac Phisto would sing me happy birthday I can post my number lol

Ah, happy birthday! You can always listen to the Verona clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNEw-oca6Cc&t=1h37m56s) and pretend it's for you... I mean we've all done it... haven't we? ;D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on February 02, 2017, 05:45:31 PM
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Wish Mac Phisto would sing me happy birthday I can post my number lol

Ah, happy birthday! You can always listen to the Verona clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNEw-oca6Cc&t=1h37m56s) and pretend it's for you... I mean we've all done it... haven't we? ;D
I shall hit the you tube later!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 03, 2017, 06:58:51 PM
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Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ayq9V-4-w) is a bootleg video of Desire in Bremen 22 years ago today. I find it to be a thoroughly entertaining performance by MacPhisto. :) Love the "Shall we dance?" bit during the bridge, and it always makes me giggle when he does that exaggerated stride forward with the mic stand for his harmonica solo. ;D (I also like his movements during the harmonica solo...) Someone in the front row gets the aforementioned mic stand casually dropped on their head, and the Devil claims ownership of the future U2.com message boards: "My Zootopia!"

MacPhisto is still keen for a chat with Kohl, but has given up on trying to phone him and decides to see him in person, so it's a taxi order with a difference tonight - instead of taking him home, he wants them to take him all the way to Bonn! The guy is (understandably) very intrigued as to why he's going all that way to visit the Chancellor, and seems to be trying to talk him out of it, possibly suspecting that he's some kind of lunatic. *g* This conversation has one of my favourite endings, when the guy warns him how expensive the journey would be, and MacPhisto shrugs it off with "I can afford it - I'm a very rich pop star!"

There aren't any clips of the phone call on YouTube at the moment, but you can watch videos of the other songs - Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp2n26xHz2Q), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kNnpMNY4KU), Love Is Blindness and Can't Help Falling In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcNueakW1Sk).

...And now you *can* also watch the phone call, here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBmv-m-6bM4&t=1h37m06s). :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 04, 2017, 01:52:04 PM
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Click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx94TXz4wzc) for a bootleg video of the Cologne show, with Desire starting at 34:01. There are two things I highly recommend listening to in this performance. The first one is MacPhisto's awesome manic laugh just after 36:40 when he's thrown the money into the crowd. The second is at 37:35 when he finishes his harmonica solo and lets out what can only be described as moans of pleasure. I dunno about you, but they have quite an effect on me. :P (He follows that up by ending the song with a passionate cry of "I LOVE YOU!" Darling, it's mutual.)

His speech begins at 38:28; he's still trying to contact his old friend the Chancellor. The woman answering the phone sounds a little weary of the routine by now! ;D This time he gets through to a different man, who is considerably less tactful and polite than the other one, asking "Who are you?" and "Do you know what time it is?" when he asks to speak to Kohl. I absolutely love MacPhisto snapping back at him "Yes, I know the time. I know a lot of things!"

The video I linked to before ends partway through Love Is Blindness, so here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAkpkhsX3bI&t=1h29m27s) is a more complete upload, although it cuts off the great ending of Desire instead!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 05, 2017, 03:42:57 PM
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The tour arrived in Italy on 2nd July with the first of two nights in Verona. Poor Mr MacPhisto is lonely and sad and homesick tonight. <3 The phone call always makes me smile, though! He speaks to his old friend Mire from Clannad as the band are having an anniversary party, and makes her laugh by singing Happy Birthday to them! I love how she addresses him in character and everything. :D

Whole show video is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVTR9SE0jHQ), though it's missing the start of Desire, which cuts in abruptly at 1:33:45. The speech starts at 1:37:04.

This video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNEw-oca6Cc&t=1h31m05s) is a different bootleg of the same show, which doesn't have the start of Desire missing!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 06, 2017, 03:11:06 PM
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The Italian tour continued with a visit to Turin on 12th July. "Do you like... me? I LOVE me!" ;D MacPhisto observes that they only have three Trabants left by this point, and tries phoning Gianni Agnelli to ask for some Fiat Bambini. Someone answers but proceeds to give him the silent treatment after that, so the call mostly consists of him repeating "Hellooo...?" in a rather forlorn voice!

I believe the Ultra Violet clips at 14:47 and 16:12 in Naked City (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xk8XzgqyMs) are from this show, as are some of the ones used in the U2 in Tokyo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eezzsLLM_wQ) documentary - I think the first and fourth lines of the "sleep on stones" verse are from Turin, but the second and third lines are from Bologna 2. Guess they couldn't find one performance they were totally happy with. :P

The audio bootleg is up on YouTube - Desire, speech and phone call (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK2TTmBCinU), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sCuZ8xw_1Y), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwRfLFP3e0M) and Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE-h770Gsu0).

You wait ages for a bootleg video of this show and then two come along at once - one filmed from Adam's side (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF52GgxW9uQ&t=1h32m29s) and one from Edge's side (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHn59by0I5g&t=1h29m59s). Another impressive display of flicking lighters at the end of LIB. :)
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 09, 2017, 04:20:44 PM
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The first of two nights in Bologna was on this date. In the middle of Desire, MacPhisto apparently spots a balloon in the crowd ("Oh, lovely!") and is very keen to get his hands on it, for some reason - does anyone know what it was, exactly?!

The phone call was to lovely Luciano Pavarotti and is a real joy to listen to - even just the way he answers the phone in a sing-song voice, which brings a huge smile to MacPhisto's face as you can see in the clip here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzYbo3N0jQU) at 0:26! He is full of love and praise for U2 and their audience, laughs at MacPhisto's suggestion that he is "slimming down for the '90s", and says it would be "a great pleasure" to join them on stage one day (which happened in Modena a couple of years later). Awwww. I was really sad when he died in 2007.

You can watch the end of the phone call, Ultra Violet and With Or Without You here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGuLS7oK8w). It's one of my favourite bootleg videos because of MacPhisto hilariously drawing his microphone technician into a slow-dance and kissing his hand at the start of Ultra Violet (2:06), and then bringing a girl on stage during WOWY and literally sweeping her off her feet (9:54)! I mayyyyy have watched that part quite a few times in the past... what a smooth technique he has...

The full show is on YouTube now, so you can also enjoy Desire, MacPhisto's speech, the start of the phone call, and Love Is Blindness:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbnsCmmoJAQ&t=1h25m20s
Unusual ending to LIB in this one!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 13, 2017, 12:07:51 PM
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Second night in Bologna and the final show in Italy.

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Today's concert anniversary is the first of two nights in Rome. This is one of the first MacPhisto performances I ever heard outside of the Sydney video, as I bought the bootleg on cassette during a visit to Dublin, haha!

And this was the other bootleg tape I bought on that trip. :) Always liked the Sympathy For The Devil snippet in Desire! "Please allow me to introduce myself... hello." :D There are some nice little moans in there too...

MacPhisto's speech and phone call are the first of the wonderful Achtung Baby Easter Eggs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nokHRIqkGPE). Oh my sweet heavens, the way he says "a gold lam suit like mine" with that sultry stare... is it hot in here or what?

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He decides to phone Mussolini's granddaughter Alessandra, but gets a babbly answerphone message, and pulls an amusing bunch of frowny, unimpressed faces before shouting in vain for some human response. He then leaves one of his sweetly barbed messages for Alessandra ("I was a close friend of her grandfather's, and I just want to tell her she's doing a wonderful job filling the old man's shoes!"), adding "I will be with her forever in spirit..." in a tone that'll send shivers up your spine.

I think some Ultra Violet clips from this show were used in the Tokyo documentary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eezzsLLM_wQ), mixed with Turin footage as previously mentioned (http://forum.atu2.com/index.php/topic,26553.msg1556620.html#msg1556620).

Audio links: Desire, speech and phone call (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFbrgVfGiUA), Ultra Violet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77k5b-H2I34), With Or Without You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEq3c1R4qsE) and Love Is Blindness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3vqR25ap80).

There is a bootleg video of the whole thing on YouTube now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va-nqIbv-I8&t=1h34m31s
The female guest at this show is unusually lucky - she gets to dance with MacPhisto and hold his hand during WOWY, I think she gets a kiss for the camera (plus a kiss on the hand at the end), they dance again as LIB starts, she gets to sit next to him for a while, and he appears to be lying down beside her during the guitar solo! Oh, my heart...

The brief clip of Desire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xk8XzgqyMs&t=13m13s) on Naked City also appears to be from this show.

Regarding the U2 in Tokyo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eezzsLLM_wQ) documentary, I now think that performance of Ultra Violet is actually a combination of THREE different shows - anyone would think this band were a bunch of obsessive perfectionists!! The clips of him posing with the mic stand during the last verse are taken from Turin and Bologna 2, but the "Baby baby baby" clips (twirling on the main stage and heading along the catwalk) are from Turin and Bologna 1.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Spaderholic on February 13, 2017, 05:41:01 PM
MacPhisto - the sexiest little devil I've ever seen. :-P
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 15, 2017, 12:53:57 PM
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MacPhisto - the sexiest little devil I've ever seen. :-P

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Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 15, 2017, 02:39:09 PM
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The only concert U2 have ever played in Hungary took place 22 years ago today, in Budapest. Desire has quite a lengthy shouted snippet of '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' at the end. I guess there weren't many English-speaking fans in the audience, as they bizarrely had an interpreter on stage with MacPhisto! (Meanwhile I don't speak any Hungarian, so please let me know if you're able to transcribe the answerphone message for me.) It's all rather awkward-sounding, especially since there appears to be some uncertainty as to how the communist politician Gyula Thrmer's name is pronounced!

Here's a bootleg video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AAiKk6InnM&t=33m51s) of the show. Not the greatest quality, but something is always better than nothing!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on February 16, 2017, 04:42:49 PM
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It's Cork day! :D The Zooropa Tour landed on Irish soil and oh, what an entertaining speech we have here. Definitely a favourite of mine!

At the end of Desire, MacPhisto appears to say "Oh dear... up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up!", then "You fell over, didn't you?" and later "Who stuffed those cannons?" I would love to know what happened there! Someone must have come a cropper. :)

The Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds (who died last year) is among the VIP guests at this show, so MacPhisto starts by referencing his former career as a ballroom manager in the Irish showband era. And then the hilarity begins. The stadium is owned by the GAA, who banned U2 from selling condoms on the merchandise stands, so Paul McGuinness handed them out for free instead! This controversy becomes the topic of MacPhisto's speech - a fabulously sarcastic rant about the GAA saving the young people from being "carried away on a sea of seed and desire" and "delivered to the gates of Hell in a latex jacket", while closing their eyes to realities such as the AIDS crisis. It's so funny the way he just keeps on going! (And what can I say, I like hearing the old devil talk about sex. :P "Can't you feel it burning inside you... oh baby?") He tries to ring the GAA secretary Frank Murphy but gets no answer as the guy is apparently there in the audience, so he sings him Dana's winning Eurovision song instead! I love the way he sings "postcards to write", for some reason. :)

There's a bootleg video of Love Is Blindness and Can't Help Falling In Love here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLgKsnbCKto). I do hope the rest will show up at some point!

You can listen to the whole show here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1yJ9B_Cg7U) - Desire starts at 1:30:38, with that magnificent speech at 1:35:03.

Sadly I still haven't seen any video of Desire, the wonderful speech / phone call or Ultra Violet, but this partial concert video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FElW-WjkQh8&t=1h04m33s) includes With Or Without You as well as the songs I posted before.
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Post by: Canadanne on February 18, 2017, 08:21:09 PM
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There are a couple of bootleg videos from the second Melbourne show: here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCAuB24fuws) is Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car (which doesn't include the dressing room scene like the Sydney show), and here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfeZB9XWzZ0) is MacPhisto's speech & phone call followed by Lemon. He makes reference to an Australian TV station mistakenly announcing the Queen Mother's death (http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1993/Editor-Fired-for-Mistaken-Report-of-Queen-Mother-s-Death/id-c80e6ee0d906678ea0a1b17e19494205), and attempts to get in touch with her for a health update ("She's a personal friend of mine"), but he appears to have the wrong number... it's Dame Edna who answers the call! "Australian royalty", haha. :) This whole conversation is hilarious, it's just so camp and I love how they much they make each other laugh, along with everyone else! (I have never been able to make out Dame Edna's joke about the "Prince" who has her phone number, though?? What does she say and whom is it referring to? MacPhisto obviously gets it.) He ends up singing her a personalised version of the UK national anthem, and very rousing it is too. I wonder if she followed through with her promise to phone *him* from the stage?! This would not be the last conversation between MacPhisto and Dame Edna on the Zoomerang tour, but it's definitely the better of the two. Really funny stuff. :D And oh, that Lemony goodness. Cha-cha-cha...

You can now see the whole encore here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FGSW0RXG7M&t=1h42m15s). The ending of With Or Without You is different again from both the Adelaide and Sydney versions - it was obviously a work in progress!
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Post by: Canadanne on February 20, 2017, 01:46:13 PM
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The first of the two Sydney shows took place on this date, and you can watch a bootleg video of the whole thing here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaA1LYODDLY) - Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car is at 1:25:50 (this one did include MacPhisto's dressing room!) and the speech starts at 1:31:05. It's a shame the quality is so poor - there are several bits I couldn't make out at all when transcribing it - but definitely better than nothing.

This was basically a repeat of the wonderful Melbourne routine, with MacPhisto attempting to phone his royal friends and getting Dame Edna instead, but you can tell his heart isn't really in it this time - the playful humour seems to be missing, doubtless because of all the tension arising from Adam's absence and the upcoming live broadcast. On the plus side, you get to hear MacPhisto use the F-word and have one of his little rants (about everything Australia owes to the UK, haha), and I like Dame Edna addressing him as "you naughty little devil" and praising the Zooropa album. :)

That other upload had a lot of weird freezing and fast-forwarding, but this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzUJqCXyeMk&t=1h42m12s) appears to be better.
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Post by: Canadanne on March 22, 2017, 10:34:26 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39349323/hollywood-screenwriter-accuses-disney-of-stealing-ideas-for-zootopia
"A Hollywood screenwriter and producer has accused Disney of copying the idea for its Oscar-winning animation Zootopia from him. [...] He claims Disney copied themes, settings, plot, characters and dialogue and the title of his Zootopia concept."

Wow, I hope Mr MacPhisto sues as well. He came up with the name "Zootopia" back in 1993. :)

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Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ayq9V-4-w) is a bootleg video of Desire in Bremen 22 years ago today. I find it to be a thoroughly entertaining performance by MacPhisto. :) Love the "Shall we dance?" bit during the bridge, and it always makes me giggle when he does that exaggerated stride forward with the mic stand for his harmonica solo. ;D (I also like his movements during the harmonica solo...) Someone in the front row gets the aforementioned mic stand casually dropped on their head, and the Devil claims ownership of the future U2.com message boards: "My Zootopia!"
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 10, 2018, 05:49:27 PM
This is no time not to be alive...

Just dropping by to say that I, too, have been a busy little devil, trying to get the MacPhisto fansite (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/) up to date now that he's BACK ON TOUR?!?!?!?! (until the moment I eventually wake up from this insane dream).

There's a new transcripts page (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/transcripts/ei_index.html) and various other small additions, though I haven't yet had a chance to update this page (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/offstage.html) (soooo much to wrap my head around in the past week or so). I did say this was the perfect time to bring him back, but I still can't believe they came to the same conclusion!

One other thing:

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I have mentioned this elsewhere but not here, I think... MacPhisto left a voicemail message (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/offstage.html#intotheheart) for a fan convention in 2004, mocking the lyrics of 'Into The Heart' and saying "Innocence has turned to experience..." So I am hoping for a 'Teenage Bono vs MacPhisto' theme on the upcoming tour, as the voices of innocence and experience. ;)

Called it! :D The only thing they changed was having the two personas on separate tour legs instead of alternating 'innocence' and 'experience' nights!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on May 10, 2018, 06:13:33 PM
Are you the person who made THE MacPhisto fansite???

I'm honored!!

I read through it all. Took me quite a bit of time, too.

Curious about your opinion of this MacPhisto. He seems to disaapoint people who were fans of the funny, charming one.

But I think this is brilliant. I mean, I love the 90s one. But this seems to be the correct next installment, imho.
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Post by: Canadanne on May 10, 2018, 06:54:29 PM
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Are you the person who made THE MacPhisto fansite???

I guess so, unless there's another one somewhere. :) Thanks for reading... took me quite a bit of time to write it, too!

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Curious about your opinion of this MacPhisto. He seems to disaapoint people who were fans of the funny, charming one.

But I think this is brilliant. I mean, I love the 90s one. But this seems to be the correct next installment, imho.

I can see both viewpoints. I mean, I don't disagree that the new avatar is kind of horrifying and cheap-looking (not exactly what I had in mind for a MacPhisto comeback), so it took a bit of adjusting to. But this is absolutely still MacPhisto and I love him in whatever form he takes! The whole "magic mirror" routine is a great way to introduce him, and it makes sense that the face of evil is now scary and ugly - I don't think you could get away with presenting it as charming any more, as there are too many people who would just nod in agreement when he's praising white supremacists or whatever. It's still creepy and funny and getting better with every show.

Plus... I've spent the best part of two decades wishing for *any* kind of tiny MacPhisto reference in a show. To have him actually *back* and giving full topical speeches again is more than I ever dreamed possible, so it would be the height of ingratitude for me to complain about the way they're doing it. I'd rather have a rough-around-the-edges animated MacPhisto than none at all!

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"Would that spoil my chance with the young ladies... if my make-up was smudged?"

...I still would. ;)
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Post by: JTNash on May 10, 2018, 07:08:44 PM
So glad hes back I agree any form will do.  But I think the evil out there now is so dark and twisted it had to be a dark and twisty MacPhisto
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: kevtn43 on May 12, 2018, 06:49:38 AM
Im so glad that he is baaaaack i love the classic and the new one
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 14, 2018, 08:01:22 PM
For anyone who hasn't yet heard it, MacPhisto's speech from one of the Laval rehearsals (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2SMre8LY78&t=1h11m52s) is well worth a listen. The voice is a lot closer to "classic" MacPhisto and he's certainly at his mischievous best! Transcript added here (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/transcripts/mac180420.html). :)
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Post by: miryclay on May 14, 2018, 08:24:38 PM
I really, really liked the Acoustic Showman that was on u2start from Laval.
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Post by: miryclay on May 14, 2018, 08:38:47 PM
You can watch it on that video yt link.
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Post by: laoghaire on May 14, 2018, 08:58:36 PM
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For anyone who hasn't yet heard it, MacPhisto's speech from one of the Laval rehearsals (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2SMre8LY78&t=1h11m52s) is well worth a listen. The voice is a lot closer to "classic" MacPhisto and he's certainly at his mischievous best! Transcript added here (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/transcripts/mac180420.html). :)

LOVE how you transcribed it.

I haven't listened yet, but if I just read that transcription from a paper laying in the street with no names attached, I'd go OMG MACPHISTO IS BAAAAAACK.
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Post by: 73October on May 16, 2018, 12:09:48 PM
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For anyone who hasn't yet heard it, MacPhisto's speech from one of the Laval rehearsals (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2SMre8LY78&t=1h11m52s) is well worth a listen. The voice is a lot closer to "classic" MacPhisto and he's certainly at his mischievous best! Transcript added here (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/transcripts/mac180420.html). :)

LOVE how you transcribed it.

I haven't listened yet, but if I just read that transcription from a paper laying in the street with no names attached, I'd go OMG MACPHISTO IS BAAAAAACK.

That's because he's Anglo-Irish, obviously!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 17, 2018, 07:24:56 PM
From last night's show (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/transcripts/mac180516.html):

"I have always been with you, though it's nice when I get the chance to dress up. It feels like I'm making a comeback - d'you get that feeling?"

There aren't enough heart emojis in the world for how I'm feeling right now...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on May 17, 2018, 07:29:59 PM
Hes almost ready to tweet, he can do this Tweet Trump!
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Post by: miryclay on May 17, 2018, 09:35:43 PM
Actually good idea.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on May 18, 2018, 05:45:21 PM
I realised today that I am never going to be able to see Putin on TV any more without the expressions "Vladdy-Vlad" and "Polonium up the bum" coming into my head.
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Post by: redapple129 on May 20, 2018, 10:32:17 PM
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Hes almost ready to tweet, he can do this Tweet Trump!

Back in the 90s the best Macphisto could do to reach the president was get someone working a desk. Now he has the chance to push Trump's buttons directly. I wanna see it happen.
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Post by: JTNash on May 21, 2018, 10:35:49 AM
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Hes almost ready to tweet, he can do this Tweet Trump!

Back in the 90s the best Macphisto could do to reach the president was get someone working a desk. Now he has the chance to push Trump's buttons directly. I wanna see it happen.
yes come on MacPhisto you can do this it will be awesome e
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Post by: Canadanne on May 24, 2018, 07:15:46 AM
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I wonder what Mr. MacPhisto would think of Putin.

Well... now we know! ;D
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Post by: Kurukira on June 03, 2018, 07:44:57 PM
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Hes almost ready to tweet, he can do this Tweet Trump!

Back in the 90s the best Macphisto could do to reach the president was get someone working a desk. Now he has the chance to push Trump's buttons directly. I wanna see it happen.

YES to both, please!  I'm begging MacP to get his own Twitter, because that way, he CAN finally conmmunicate directly to the President  ;-)
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Post by: JTNash on June 03, 2018, 07:51:47 PM
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Hes almost ready to tweet, he can do this Tweet Trump!

Back in the 90s the best Macphisto could do to reach the president was get someone working a desk. Now he has the chance to push Trump's buttons directly. I wanna see it happen.

YES to both, please!  I'm begging MacP to get his own Twitter, because that way, he CAN finally conmmunicate directly to the President  ;-)
Im begging him too anyone got a direct line
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 03, 2018, 08:02:03 PM
He won't do it, not for any lack of balls, but it is counter to what he is trying to spread.

He will criticize Trump but only in very direct ways. No game playing.

And, very important, he will try not to alienate Trump supporters. Angry words won't stop a fight, two wrongs won't make it right. And he is right about that.

Ok to criticize but we need to shrink the divide not grow it.

Notice what Bono (not MacPhisto) said about the gun problem. While anyone can take offense to anything, and he did take a stand, he was very inclusive in his statements.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on June 03, 2018, 08:54:17 PM
He can tweet him there wounldnt even be a way to know if it was really Bono.  Its the same exact idea as a prank call.  He doesnt have to be an ass, hes just witty MacPhisto
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Post by: JTNash on June 03, 2018, 09:06:23 PM
There is a Fake Bono on Twitter there can be a fake MacPhisto
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 04, 2018, 06:31:06 AM
Then somebody else will have to be Fake Twitter MacPhisto because he won't do it. And it's not a case of getting "caught;" he doesn't want it done this way. Trolling Trump would be divisive - not because of Trump (who greatly widened the divide) but his followers (who would take such trolling as a further widening of the divide).

Direct and specific criticisms of Trump, yes. Trolling him, and widening the divide for his supporters, no. This is how he's been doing it, and it's not a matter of not being caught doing it another way.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on June 04, 2018, 07:39:09 AM
I think he would tweet him but not be rude.
So MacPhisto is an alter ego so Id say what he does goes further than Bono would hes a character. 

The tweets could be witty and not offensive.

Im available to be consulted by PM for Content if MacPhisto needs some material
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: shineinthesummernight on June 04, 2018, 11:17:42 AM
MacPhisto:
     Good on Trump for separating those immigrant children from their parents.  Way to keep those pesky seven year olds on their toes---that'll show 'em!
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Post by: JTNash on June 04, 2018, 11:30:10 AM
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MacPhisto:
     Good on Trump for separating those immigrant children from their parents.  Way to keep those pesky seven year olds on their toes---that'll show 'em!
see this would totally work.

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Post by: laoghaire on June 04, 2018, 12:15:26 PM
Yeah, that reminds me of the "what have the whales ever done for us" line.
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Post by: Canadanne on June 08, 2018, 08:33:53 PM
The speeches in Montreal were so much fun, weren't they? Great to hear what he really thinks about the current state of the USA - I get the feeling he's been bottling that rant up for a while. ;)
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Post by: JTNash on June 08, 2018, 08:41:54 PM
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The speeches in Montreal were so much fun, weren't they? Great to hear what he really thinks about the current state of the USA - I get the feeling he's been bottling that rant up for a while. ;)
fing maple syrup lol
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Post by: Canadanne on June 09, 2018, 09:27:29 AM
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The speeches in Montreal were so much fun, weren't they? Great to hear what he really thinks about the current state of the USA - I get the feeling he's been bottling that rant up for a while. ;)
fing maple syrup lol

I love the "tiny hands of children" barb, haha!
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Post by: JTNash on June 09, 2018, 10:58:03 AM
Is was awesome, I love ❤️ that hes back
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Post by: Canadanne on June 09, 2018, 08:09:49 PM
I did wonder if going back to the US would mean him slightly tiptoeing around the Trump stuff again.

........Nope! ;D
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Post by: JTNash on June 09, 2018, 08:45:16 PM
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I did wonder if going back to the US would mean him slightly tiptoeing around the Trump stuff again.

........Nope! ;D
can you recap for me?  I had to do Mom stuff and pack my kid for camp I missed it
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Post by: Canadanne on June 10, 2018, 05:11:14 PM
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I did wonder if going back to the US would mean him slightly tiptoeing around the Trump stuff again.

........Nope! ;D
can you recap for me?  I had to do Mom stuff and pack my kid for camp I missed it

http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/transcripts/mac180609.html
"Now I've got dear old Donny. Ha ha ha ha ha! High confidence, low self-esteem - wonderful combination! He's like a child showing you a picture he's drawn. 'Yes, Donald - that does look like an elephant!' Oh, we all have our favourites." ;D

Fabulous acting with the eyes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGxpw8z5Ccg) at this show. And I love how he's sounding more and more serpent-like when he speaksss...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 10, 2018, 05:48:17 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Would it be weird if I said you were doing the Lord's work?
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Post by: Canadanne on June 10, 2018, 05:59:08 PM
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. Would it be weird if I said you were doing the Lord's work?

Haha, I think my allegiance is definitely with the other side, but I'll take it as a compliment - thank you. ;)
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Post by: JTNash on June 10, 2018, 06:36:22 PM
Yes thank you thank you!  So good!
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Post by: JTNash on June 13, 2018, 07:54:31 PM
Canadanne what did you think?

Loved the kids loving their rockets part!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 13, 2018, 07:57:27 PM
Both Mixlrs I tried died after one song (Cedarwood) tonight. Bah.
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Post by: JTNash on June 13, 2018, 08:00:49 PM
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Both Mixlrs I tried died after one song (Cedarwood) tonight. Bah.
Im getting over the top listening to every speech but its fun!
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Post by: Canadanne on June 15, 2018, 03:59:00 PM
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Canadanne what did you think?

Loved the kids loving their rockets part!

I just got back from holiday and listened to these. "I almost choked up" - hahahahahahaha!

There are no words for how much I am loving all of this. :D
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Post by: JTNash on June 15, 2018, 06:09:47 PM
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Canadanne what did you think?

Loved the kids loving their rockets part!

I just got back from holiday and listened to these. "I almost choked up" - hahahahahahaha!

There are no words for how much I am loving all of this. :D
so fun we waited a long time!
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Post by: Canadanne on June 15, 2018, 06:34:20 PM
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Canadanne what did you think?

Loved the kids loving their rockets part!

I just got back from holiday and listened to these. "I almost choked up" - hahahahahahaha!

There are no words for how much I am loving all of this. :D
so fun we waited a long time!

And I never truly believed it would happen. This is everything I dreamed of and more! If they only knew how grateful I am for this amazing gift...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 15, 2018, 06:52:13 PM
Have you reread your comments on the first page of this thread lately? It's like everything you wished for.

I'm sure they are aware of your site and therefore that SOMEBODY at least has been pulling for this.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 15, 2018, 07:34:39 PM
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Have you reread your comments on the first page of this thread lately? It's like everything you wished for.

What, my wishful thinking about him appearing on this tour as the voice of Experience? I know!! Can't believe I was right all along about that. I mean, it made sense - the clues were there - but I was basically joking, I didn't dare to hope they would actually do it! Was the MacPhisto megaphone a sneaky bit of foreshadowing...?

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I'm sure they are aware of your site and therefore that SOMEBODY at least has been pulling for this.

I keep wondering about that. It's hard to imagine that anyone in the band's circle would have seen or paid any attention to my fansite, and it's entirely possible that this is all a coincidence and they just had the same ideas as me. Then again, it's right there on the Internet where someone influential *could* stumble across it, and I'm kind of stunned that all this has happened right after I wrote several paragraphs about what perfect timing it would be. I'll probably never know if I played any part in this or not. It'd be pretty mindblowing if I succeeded in altering the course of U2 history, haha!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on June 16, 2018, 07:33:15 AM
I think things get read to gage what the fans are thinking, Im sure an assistant is given this task but Id say your hard work got noticed!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 16, 2018, 07:54:13 AM
I'm sure they know your site exists. I don't know if your ideas had any influence or if it was just a wonderful coincidence but it's not impossible that you had influence.

That aside, the whole thing is rather amazing. Zooropa bequeathed us video cameras so we can film ourselves and each other, and whoa. We are here is the rise of fascism, which feels impossible because that memory is still fresh in our social memory, at least for those middle-aged and older. Fear and division is at an all time high in my lifetime. 1993 seems quaint. Hardly anything to do these days indeed. So much for the beautiful, tragic character. Here is his real face.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 16, 2018, 08:44:30 AM
You know what else is quite freaky and cool? I wrote a terrible fanfic back in 1999 with MacPhisto as the guest villain, and this was part of a creepy dream sequence:

MacPhisto's voice came again, from a different direction. "Don't believe what you hear. Don't believe what you see," it whispered. Then Ray heard the voice right behind his ear, MacPhisto's breath tickling his neck. "If you just close your eyes, you can feel the enemy."

Little did I imagine that 18 years later, I would get to hear him speaking those lines for real!! I knew they would suit him. :D


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That aside, the whole thing is rather amazing. Zooropa bequeathed us video cameras so we can film ourselves and each other, and whoa. We are here is the rise of fascism, which feels impossible because that memory is still fresh in our social memory, at least for those middle-aged and older. Fear and division is at an all time high in my lifetime. 1993 seems quaint. Hardly anything to do these days indeed. So much for the beautiful, tragic character. Here is his real face.

Yep. I was reading the news today and thinking "You really can't make this sh** up!"
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 16, 2018, 09:03:17 AM
Wow, that is cray.

I have to admit, I don't really understand Acrobat. What I got out of it was encouragement (don't let the bastards grind you down) and the Take This Cup sequence was always very uplifting to me. But my 15 year old self never dug deeper. Who is telling us not to believe what we hear or see? Who is the Enemy? What voice is singing the song?

I still don't feel sure of it but obviously a devil is singing it this year, and I think it was also originally the devil's voice a la Screwtape. That bit I heard as encouragement is the devil framing "them" as "bastards." So it sounds nice to the listener but it's worming his way in.

But, there are soooooo many U2 songs that follow a path of resentment -> betrayal (or considering it at least) -> redemption. Vertigo and UTEOTW being some obvious examples. (And The Playboy Mansion being similar but turned on its head, the opposite).

So even in a dark song, "love" is going to pop up at the end, and it does here too. I don't know what "in dreams begin, responsibilities" means (I know it's a book, but nothing about it), but we finally get to "and I can love, and I can love," which is the absolute classic Bono lyrical climax, the redemption. "I know that the tide is turning round" also suggests a redemption, a change from the rest of the song. But we end with another "so don't let the bastards grind you down" and all I can think is that it's a different set of bastards we're talking about now. Because something changed.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 16, 2018, 09:12:23 AM
Also, "in dreams begin, responsibilities" calls to mind "there's a promise at the heart of every good dream, it's a call to action, not to fantasy."
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Post by: JTNash on June 16, 2018, 10:23:43 AM
Good stuff here in this thread! 

I just think we have turned into a wacky upside down world and that is the perfect place for Mr MacPhisto to return!

He just needs to tweet now
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Post by: laoghaire on June 16, 2018, 10:44:15 AM
So I was wrong, it was not a book but a short story, and its title was borrowed from a part of a Yeats poem, the latter of which is a little too thick for me to glean much from a first reading.

A summary of the short story plot suggests a story of a young man who, in a dream, tries (too) hard to control a course of events on a movie screen (his parents' courtship) to ensure an outcome that has already happened (to secure his existence). Hmm.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 16, 2018, 08:23:44 PM
OK, the transcripts (http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/transcripts/ei_index.html) are up to date now, if anyone's been waiting for the Philly shows.
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Post by: laoghaire on June 16, 2018, 08:40:42 PM
No, I have not been refreshing your page twice daily for those, why do you ask?
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 18, 2018, 08:23:43 AM
That face, OMG!! Hahahaaa! ;D

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Is "No middle in amongst puddle and piddle" an Irish expression or something?! Google has never heard of it!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 18, 2018, 08:32:13 AM
Give the man an Oscar.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 18, 2018, 06:25:50 PM
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Is "No middle in amongst puddle and piddle" an Irish expression or something?! Google has never heard of it!

OK, found a clearer recording and it now sounds more like "No middle in the muddle, just puddle and piddle"... but my question remains - is this an existing phrase somewhere??
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: laoghaire on June 18, 2018, 06:36:01 PM
I've never heard anything like it.

Could be satirically damning the middle, the moderate way of compromise and getiing along. Just a puddle of pi*s in the efforts of compromise.

Ah, I only just now read the DC transcript, so that's fitting. Let's hear from any Irish if it's a saying. It's quite perfect for him, dunno if he made it up or not.
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Post by: Canadanne on June 18, 2018, 08:11:53 PM
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Is "No middle in amongst puddle and piddle" an Irish expression or something?! Google has never heard of it!

OK, found a clearer recording and it now sounds more like "No middle in the muddle, just puddle and piddle"... but my question remains - is this an existing phrase somewhere??

I'll get this right eventually... it's "No middle in the muddle, just puddle in the piddle", and he switched it round to "piddle in the puddle" (which makes a bit more sense) at the second show tonight, so even he is struggling to say it correctly. :P

Glad the Bible justification stuff got a mention this time - I've been waiting for that to come up! Once this DVD filming is out of the way and they can make a few more topical references, I hope he has a proper rant about the border situation...
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: miryclay on June 18, 2018, 08:21:48 PM
I'm Irish and I've never heard of that expression.
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 19, 2018, 10:18:08 AM
I wonder if MacPhisto is celebrating National Martini Day? :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 21, 2018, 01:05:40 PM
Well, this is intriguing...!!
http://en-gb.facebook.com/u2/videos/10156730278141686/
http://twitter.com/U2/status/1009849098592247814
We're getting MacPhisto teaser trailers now? :D
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: JTNash on June 21, 2018, 01:52:15 PM
Wonder if the question is I really dont care, do you?
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Post by: melissafarrah on June 21, 2018, 02:33:06 PM
I love this thread! MacPhisto has always been my favorite. I first became a U2 fan after ordering  the Live from Sydney Pay Per View and the best part for me was when he came out as MacPhisto (I was 13).  I am so happy he is back this tour!
Title: Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
Post by: Canadanne on June 21, 2018, 02:39:54 PM
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I love this thread! MacPhisto has always been my favorite. I first became a U2 fan after ordering  the Live from Sydney Pay Per View and the best part for me was when he came out as MacPhisto (I was 13).  I am so happy he is back this tour!

Yay!

I used to watch that part of the video every night...
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Post by: Canadanne on June 21, 2018, 07:52:39 PM
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Wonder if the question is I really dont care, do you?

"I spray-painted the First Lady's coat, but she still wore it anyway!" ;D
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Post by: JTNash on June 21, 2018, 08:44:33 PM
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Wonder if the question is I really dont care, do you?

"I spray-painted the First Lady's coat, but she still wore it anyway!" ;D
just got home and saw this I was like yes! Awesome!