Bono & Co. enjoy their stay
U2 caused a bit of a stir in Cambridge Wednesday night after their not-so-secret, five-song show at the Somerville Theatre.
Before bolting Boston on a midnight flight to Dublin, the band headed to Harvard Square, where UpStairs on the Square owners Mary-Catherine Deibel and Deborah Hughes hosted an intimate, invite-only after-party for Bono, the Edge, and Adam Clayton. (More on Larry Mullen Jr. later.)
The lads arrived in a fleet of black SUVs and were promptly escorted into the restaurant through an underground garage and back hallways. (Bono paused in the kitchen to give one of the workers a big kiss.) Deibel said she and her partner planned the party for a week but were sworn to secrecy, not allowed to tell even the staff. Why UpStairs on the Square? Seems the Edge is partial to the place, having been in a few times for lunch with his pal Dr. William Li of the Angiogenesis Foundation.
The crowd of 60 or so people included mostly radio execs and programmers, as well as MTV types like Sway and Dave Sirulnick. Dustin "Fletcher" Matthews, assistant program director at WFNX, said he's not often impressed by rock stars, but he's a huge U2 fan. (He has the image of a Joshua tree tattooed on his arm to prove it.) "I didn't have any super nerdy questions," said Fletcher, cohost of the morning show "The Sandbox." "I just asked Bono for a hug, and it was a good one. Not a handshake hug, but a full-on hug." We're sure the dim lights, votive candles, and roaring fireplace only enhanced the vibe.
Chefs Steven Brand and Susan Regis fixed margaritas for the band - that's their drink of choice, apparently - and tempura shrimp and Susie's special creamed spinach and chanterelle pizza. "It was daunting to keep it all under wraps," Deibel told us yesterday. "It was clear to people that something was happening because there were cop cars out front, but we just said it was the Rabinowitz bar mitzvah."
If Mullen made it inside, our sources didn't see him. But the handsome drummer did show up at Tommy Doyle's, the Irish bar across the street. Said GM Garrett Tingle: "He ordered a Guinness and a few drinks for his friends. Everyone's jaws dropped to the floor, but he was very gracious with customers and stayed for about 45 minutes." One of those customers was actor and "On Broadway" producer Lance Greene. "I told him the band was a big influence on my life, not that it'd helped that much," Greene joked. U2 will be back in town Sept. 20 to play Gillette Stadium, and don't be surprised if they add another show or two.
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The Huntington Theatre threw a power-player bash Wednesday night for the opening of playwright Richard Goodwin's "Two Men of Florence." In the crowd to celebrate the former JFK and Lyndon B. Johnson speechwriter: lead producer Stephen Pagliuca,
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