In a new departure, we asked intrepid reporter, (and noted scholar of the Edge effect pedal board), Dr Chimp to file a review of the U2 crowd outside the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 22 Aug, 2009...
It should be noted that U2 have the most unstylish fans in the world. There were some truly horrendous mullets (non-ironic mode) on display around town this afternoon, and lots of men in cowboy boots. And dozens of people were already unconscious or semi-unconscious outside the pubs near the stadium by about 3pm.
That's not far off a usual Saturday in Cardiff, of course, but the snowwash-o-meter had been cranked up a notch or two.
Overheard a hilarious conversation between a group of teenagers on the train as it passed the stadium, too. I was actually laughing to myself and trying to not be noticed by them. It went something like this:
Teenager 1: Who the fuck would queue up to get in early to see U2?
Teenager 2: Bunch of daft cunts.
Teenager 3: My dad asked me if I wanted to go with him, and I was, like, 'Don't think so!'
Teenager 4: What's that shit song of theirs? Lovely Day?
Teenager 5: Sunny Day.
Teenager 6: Beautiful Day.
Teenager 7: Cunt Day.