Episode #19 - The origins and legendary moments of Mr. MacPhisto
In this first podcast of 2021 we go back and forth in time talking about the famous Mr. MacPhisto. The legendary character who travelled around the globe in 1993, only to return in a somewhat different form in 2018 and 2019. We explore the origins of the character, share and listen to his most famous phone calls and we talk with U2 fan Marco, who has been dressing up as MacPhisto and even made his way on stage impersonating this devilish figure.
I just listened to this today. Great podcasht! I think the group forgot to remember that MacPhisto was also partially born out of Bono's perceived failure of the 'Jesus Saviour' stage persona of the 80's. Basically, his thinking was, l have tried the 'Christ approach' and now l have to try the 'Devil approach'. MacPhisto in 93 was of course foreshadowing his later 'fat elvis' future which came full circle in 18. MacPhisto won me over with his incredible references to songs and places and times. His exaggerated delivery just reveals how much of a genius Bono really is. Europeans must remember during discussions of cabreat and theatre that many Americans wouldn't be a well versed in theater traditions as those in Europe. It plays a minor role in American life. Thanks for sharing your story Marco.
If l meet Marco in real life, he lives near me, we will sure to play 'Marco....Bono'.
what they said
"Some of the ideas we started out with on Achtung Baby started to come into focus on the tour as we played around with the new stage set, the TV screens, the whole concept of a TV station on the road. It struck a chord in us and the music that came out on Zooropa was very influenced by the tour. Normally it's the other way around; you put an album together and then you go off on the road and you're drawing from the album for your inspiration."
- The Edge
did you know
The lyric "3:33 when the numbers fell off the clock face" from Unknown Caller is a reference to the Bible verse Jeremiah 33:3. Bono refers to it as "God's phone number".