Sorry for the slight delay in getting these pictures up here, but yesterday was a very silly day on the campus of Fordham University.
For many students, the silliness began far before dawn as the crowds started forming as early as 1:45 am for the opportunity to see U2, widely regarded as one of the biggest bands in the world, perform a free show as part of a promotional pit-stop for their new album, No Line On The Horizon, on the ABC morning-show Good Morning, America.
The "little outfit from the north side of Dublin" played 6 songs (including crowd pleasers "Beautiful Day" and the non-sequential "Vertigo") in front of several thousand fans assembled on the main lawn of the University. Supposedly open only to Fordham students and faculty, U2 took the stage a little after 8 am in a show that stretched on for the better part of an hour and included an on-stage interview with the GMA cast as well as a cooking segment with celebrity chef Mario Batali.
Broadcast live on ABC's "Good Morning, America," which traditionally runs second to NBC's Today in the ratings, University President Fr. McShane said the performance would introduce "Fordham to the nation."
Lucky for me, and with my school finally having found its place "on the map," Bono et al. put the quiet of the Rose Hill campus behind them just in time for me to make my 10 o'clock class....
Below are some pictures from the event:
Also at Fordham yesterday, Times reporter Corey Kilgannon covered the event, and even managed to sneak his way on campus along with a few out-of-state fans. And for those interested, an MTV interview with the band is available here.