Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard’s Ray Waddell – featuring comments about Barsalona from Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luuko and many others — we asked U2 manager Paul McGuinness for a quote: and he responded with this touching tribute.

By Paul McGuinness, Dublin

“Trying to get U2 signed to Premier Talent was the reason for my trip when I flew to New York for the very first time in 1980. I was a baby manager but I knew that Premier were the agency that had driven the British Invasion for the Who, Zeppelin and all the great bands. U2 were recording their first album, “Boy,” in Dublin, with Steve Lillywhite producing, for Island Records. When I arrived in New York, I phoned Frank Barsalona’s office for an appointment. They took my number, maybe they would have called back. The next day my father died suddenly back in Dublin. I phoned Premier to say I wouldn’t be able to see Frank that week because I would be at the funeral but I would be back soon. He had to see me when I returned, I was the guy in Ireland whose father had died …

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December 10, 1993 – Tokyo, Japan – Egg Dome

Opening Act(s): Big Audio Dynamite II
Setlist:
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.

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December 9, 1993 – Tokyo, Japan – Egg Dome

Opening Act(s): Big Audio Dynamite II
Setlist:
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Remarks:
The Edge’s guitar fails at the start of Even Better Than The Real Thing and while a replacement is sought, the rest of the band continues with the song in a style Bono calls “funky”. Almost half the song is played before The Edge joins in again with a different guitar.

December 4, 1993 – Auckland, New Zealand – Western Springs Stadium

Opening Act(s): 3Ds, Big Audio Dynamite II
Setlist:
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-One Tree Hill, Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Remarks:
This was U2’s final concert in New Zealand for 13 years. Bono personally selected 3Ds, a band from the southern New Zealand city of Dunedin, to be the support act. It was the 3Ds’ biggest concert ever, but when an associate of the band pilfered a bottle of wine from U2’s dressing room, the concert promoter angrily told 3Ds that they would not get paid for the gig. Bono, however, was in the room at the time and insisted that the 3Ds get paid double – and receive an extra bottle of wine.

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December 1, 1993 – Christchurch, New Zealand – Lancaster Park

Opening Act(s): Big Audio Dynamite II
Setlist:
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-One Tree Hill, Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem-My Girl, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.

November 27, 1993 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – Sydney Football Stadium

Opening Act(s): Kim Salmon and The Surrealists, Big Audio Dynamite II
Setlist:
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Remarks:
This concert was videotaped and officially released as “ZooTV Live From Sydney”. It was also broadcast live on pay-per-view television. The live broadcast included Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, which was cut from the video release.

November 26, 1993 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – Sydney Football Stadium

Opening Act(s): Kim Salmon and The Surrealists, Big Audio Dynamite II
Setlist:
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Remarks:
This concert is infamous as the only U2 concert to be missed by a member of the band. Adam Clayton was so severely hung over that he could not take the stage, and the show could not be postponed as it was a necessary rehearsal for the videotaping of the next night’s concert (which, as well as being recorded for official video release, was also to be broadcast live). Adam’s bass technician, Stuart Morgan, filled in on the bass, and Bono informed the crowd that Adam was “sick”.

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November 20, 1993 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – ANZ Stadium

Opening Act(s): Kim Salmon and The Surrealists, Big Audio Dynamite II
Setlist:
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.

November 16, 1993 – Adelaide, South Australia, Australia – Football Park

Opening Act(s): Kim Salmon and The Surrealists, Big Audio Dynamite II
Setlist:
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Remarks:
N/As a rehearsal for the upcoming filming of the November 27, 1993 Sydney concert for official release, this show was filmed in its entirety. Before Even Better Than The Real Thing, the band conducted a satellite link-up to the backyard of a contest winner.

November 13, 1993 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – Cricket Ground

Opening Act(s): Kim Salmon and The Surrealists, Big Audio Dynamite II
Setlist:
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-She’s A Mystery To Me, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem-Dancing Queen, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Remarks:
MacPhisto’s phone call to Dame Edna Everage (which ends during the start of Lemon) is concluded by MacPhisto singing God Save The Queen to Dame Edna. The lyrics are modified to “God save our dame”.

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