U2 and the Dalton Brothers
During the 3rd leg of Joshua Tree tour which covered North America in 1987, U2 developed an interesting set of alter egos, when they performed as a country and western band known as The Dalton Brothers or sometimes simply The Daltons. This band consisted of four apparently 'seasoned' musicians: Betty Dalton (Adam), Luke Dalton (Edge), Alton Dalton (Bono) and Duke Dalton (Larry).
Adam and Bono as Betty and Alton Dalton
Playing such large outdoor venues, many fans didn't actually realise at first that the strange pseudo country and and western band on stage was in fact U2, especially if they were a long way from the stage. Some fans went as far as booing them, thinking that they were a bunch of amateurs not fit to share a stage with the mighty U2. Given the fact that they tended to wear wigs, sunglasses and some pretty tasteless clothing, it's hardly surprising that people didn't recognise them. They didn't even have the internet to warn them. :) Typically The Daltons played just a couple of songs - Lucille and The Lost Highway being two regulars in the set.
The original Daltons as drawn by cartoonist, Goscinny
The band showed up for their only other known appearance (known by me, at any rate) when they accepted an award on behalf of U2 at the Grammy Awards in 1989. It was at that event that Adam uttered that immortal line "We play both kinds of music - country and western". (However, many independent observers believe that this line was shamelessly stolen from the classic film 'The Blues Brothers'. Which it was.)
"Freeway like a river cuts through this land, into the side of love...like a burning spear" - Heartland
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