In this series we will be regularly interviewing fans during the tour to ask them about their personal experiences. Today we have an interview with U2 fan MauroTonon. Mauro comes from Italy and visited the second show in Berlin this tour dressed as Mister MacPhisto, which made Bono invite him up on stage during Mysterious Ways to sing along and to let him have to stage by himself too. We got to ask Mauro a few questions about his incredible experience.
"I got the first idea last Christmas being in Dublin at the Little Museum. There as a statue of Mr McPhisto standing there and I realised saying to myself , well it would be a fun idea going to a U2 concert dressed as the old Mc"
Thanks for answering a few questions for us. Can you tell us something about yourself to start with, who are you and where do you come from?
Hi, my name is Mauro I come from the North East part of Italy (close to Venice) and I've been listening to U2 for 25 years. I work for a cctv and security company, occasionally MTB racer and I like discovering the world through travels.
What does your Innocence & Experience tour schedule look like, which shows have you been to and will you to go?
Actually this year I did not attend Italy as that week end I had a MTB race, however I had the opportunity to see them in LA at the end of May . it was a wonderful journey as I had the chance also to find out the original "Corbijn Joshua Tree" in the Death Valley. Besides Berlin, in Europe, I will go to London and Dublin.
You went to the second show in Berlin, and got on stage with U2 dressed as Mister MacPhisto, a great moment during the show. Why did you dress as Mister MacPhisto and how long ago did you came up with this plan?
Thanks. Well, I got the first idea last Christmas being in Dublin at the Little Museum. There as a statue of Mr McPhisto standing there and I realised saying to myself , well it would be a fun idea going to a U2 concert dressed as the old Mc. I was not figuring out at the time that this tour would have been so close to the audience and also that some of them would have been picked up on stage. When I was in LA , I said to myself .. In the meantime well let' s start to looking for the set up of Mc2.0 "
Tell us about the moment. Bono picked you from the crowd, and then? What happened and what was it like?
Well,when I realised Bono was picking me up to the stage I got a full brain reset and just got in his hands as he is the master of the stage.. So just felt the moment. In my head it was just a dream and in the dream I was imagine whenever it would ever happen that it was for "Until the end of the world" as a representation of Good against Evil.. Thinking about it could never have been realistic as I couldn't stay that serious because of exploding joy.
How was the rest of the show, also after the moment? Did you enjoy it differently?
After I got off stage really the first thing I wanted was to go back to my place and enjoy the concert. Yes it changed because I had my mind blown away , but I sang along with them thanking for the blessing I received that day.
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did you know
In U2's early days when picking nicknames for each other, one of Bono's earliest was "Bon Smelly Arse".