Forgive us while we turn into a celebrity gossip blog for a moment. Adam Clayton, bassist for U2, arrived in Shanghai last week … without a visa. So, his agent called Ireland’s Vice Consul here in Shanghai (in the middle of the night) and she pulled some strings and got Clayton and his girlfriend into the country — just like she would have done for any Irish citizen, we assume. Another perk to being a rock star. Clayton, who, we were told, flew to Shanghai from Fiji, is staying in one of our city’s luxury hotels in Pudong. We’re not going to say which one — stalking isn’t cool.
Clayton has found himself with some unexpected free time because U2 canceled the final 10 dates of its current world tour. Affected shows were in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Honolulu. The band says the move was due to “the illness of an immediate family member of one of the band.”