U2Brothr – The Documentary Film

If you don’t have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?

I met U2 Brothr – AKA Mark Baker – on May 29, 2011 in the GA queue of the U2 360° show in Winnipeg.  I think we might have known each other from the online U2 community, but it was nice to finally meet in person.  He was excited, almost overly excited.  Mark explained to me that he came all the way over from Toronto for the Winnipeg show, namely because it would be his birthday!  Not only that, he was boisterous to reveal his costume – Mirror Ball Man 2.0.

For those not familiar with the U2 reference, the Mirror Ball Man was a character Bono played on the 1992 Zoo TV tour dates in Europe and North America.  He was dressed in a silver suit and cowboy hat.  Mirror Ball Man appeared at the start of the encore for Desire and looked into a mirror and sarcastically said, “You know something?  You look fucking beautiful!”  The irony was to personify the Las Vegas mentality of ‘trash and transcendence.’  It also sought to poke fun at American televangelists who seemed to care more about cashing in than spreading the Christian message of humility.

The day prior to the concert, Mark met Bono at the Burton Cummings Theatre where U2 were filming for their documentary From the Sky Down.  Mark informed Bono that the Mirror Ball Man was making a reprisal – 2.0 – as part of his birthday.  Bono was curious.  Perplexed.  The next day, true to form, Mark slipped on the Mirror Ball pants, jacket, helmet – Mirror Ball Man 2.0.

I didn’t know at the time, but Mark and his friend Michael Corbiere were filming a documentary about his U2 travel adventures on the last leg of the tour in North America.  Watching this documentary made me feel nostalgic about the U2 360° Tour.  Struggling to consider how many shows you can possibly see was something I could empathize with.  Needless to say, it was great to connect with Mark at that show, and it was a pleasure to catch up with him at the subsequent Montreal shows.  This is a fun movie for any U2 fan.

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