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THEY WILL FOLLOW

There's no greater digit in U2 numerology than "One," so for their first-anniversary show tonight (Thursday) at Fadó, Austin tribute band Mysterious Ways needed an appropriately grand gesture. Inspired by the "Where the Streets Have No Name" video, they decided upon a short rooftop set (7pm) but weren't quite sure on Monday how to get their gear up there. "They're supplying a bunch of guys to help us bring it up with a ladder," laughs lead singer Patrick Fleming. Mysterious Ways began when Fadó manager Robin Moran suggested the idea to Fleming, who was already playing the Warehouse District pub as a solo act. Quickly graduating to weekends, where they alternate Friday and Saturday nights, the group – guitarist Buffalo Speedway, bassist John Kelley, drummer Damon Alexander – has now worked up more than 50 U2 songs. "They're not as straightforward a band as I thought they'd be," admits Fleming. "Sometimes their structure is skewed. You really have to pay attention." MW also play Fadó's new stage 10pm tonight and Friday.
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