Props, sets, costumes and other production paraphernalia… part 1

Hot on the heels of Britain’s Next Top Model choosing ABC Selfstore as a temporary home for their production equipment and sets, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the iconic live gig props, sets, costumes and other famous (or infamous) paraphernalia that could be lurking in a lockup somewhere…

In Part 1 – we take a look at the sparkliest giant citrus fruit ever seen on a stage…

…is it a fruit, is it a car? No, it’s U2’s Lemon.

The 40ft high Lemon shaped mirror ball was a key prop on the band’s 97-98 PopMart world tour. The motorised spinning sculpture would move on stage at the beginning of the first encore – showering the venue in a ballroom-esque light show.  The Lemon would open up and the band would then emerge on the B-stage to perform.  The prop gained infamy on the Oslo leg of the tour when (in a classic Spinal-Tap bassist stuck in the pod style moment) it spectacularly failed to open, the band having to escape through the back.

In an interview with Chris Evans on Radio 2 in February 2009, guitarist Edge jokingly chose the failure of the Lemon as his individual favourite U2 moment. When asked by Evans what happened to the Lemon, Edge confirmed that it was still in storage somewhere…

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