US flag Monday 7th May 2018
San Jose, California, USA

SAP Center

[Desire ends; Bono leads the crowd in its clapping rhythm]

Bono: "Desire... greed... luuussst... deceit... vanity – all the essentials for the showman in all his forms. And of course, a licence... to just look... in the mirror." [approaches tablet computer on a stand] "Oh. Haven't seen you in quite a while."

Crowd: [cheers and screams as a devilish face appears superimposed over Bono's image on the screen]

MacPhisto: [admiringly] "Oh... oh. Age brings... beauty! And a spot of bother. Is there a dermatologist in the house? I-- I have a little blemish." [points to lesion on his cheek] "How the hell are you, California?"

Crowd: [cheer]

MacPhisto: "I hear you're a little backed up on the 101. Who d'you think turned the 680 into the 280? Hello!"

Crowd: [laughter and cheers]

MacPhisto: "I do love highways. My absolute favourite is the information superhighway!"

Crowd: [cheer]

MacPhisto: "I love information... on people. I was just today at the..." [searches for the right word] "...coronation of Comrade Putin, my old protégé. I remember telling him, back in his days in the KGB: 'Soon, people will actually spy on themselves!'"

Crowd: [whoops]

MacPhisto: "So here we are... the truth is DEAD! And the KKK are out on the streets of Charlottesville without their silly costumes – who'd have thought? Oh, San Jose. When you don't believe I exist, that's when I do my best work."

[Acrobat begins]

MacPhisto: "Don't believe what you hear. Don't believe what you see. If you just close your eyes, you can feel... the enemyyy! AHHH!"

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