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1997’s Pop album was somewhat underwhelming. U2 admit they released it before it was really finished and have since talked about completing it properly for re-release.
No matter, as the PopMart tour took U2 shows to another level. The stage boasted a 50-metre-wide LED screen, a 30m-high golden arch, a giant cocktail stick and olive, plus a huge ‘lemon’ pod from which the band emerged.
And Spinal Tap-style, U2 got stuck in the lemon in Oslo and had to climb out the back to start the show.
Pictured is the vainglorious PopMart show at Wembley Stadium. PopMart took a tidy $80m in revenue. Unfortunately, it cost U2 $100m to stage.