U2 – Where Bono Spray Paints “Rock N Roll Stops The Traffic” in the Movie “Rattle And Hum”

Bono spray painting "Rock N Roll Stops The Traffic" on the Vaillancourt Fountain sculpture in the movie "Rattle And Hum."

Bono spray painting “Rock N Roll Stops The Traffic” on the Vaillancourt Fountain sculpture in the movie “Rattle And Hum.”

Vaillancourt Fountain at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA.

On November 11, 1987, U2 held a free concert at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA.   The stage was set up in front of the Vaillancourt Fountain. An estimated crowd of over 20,000 people showed up.   The band closed their nine-song set with “Pride (In The Name of Love).” During the middle of the song, lead singer, Bono, climbed onto the sculpture behind the stage and spray painted “Rock N Roll Stops The Traffic.”   The incident sparked outrage and the singer was issued a citation for misdemeanor malicious mischief. Bono later apologized and said that he regretted it. The artist who designed the fountain/sculpture, Armand Vaillancourt, responded “Good for him. I want to shake his hand.” The group later paid for the cleanup of the graffiti. The incident was captured on film for the U2 movie “Rattle And Hum,” documenting the group’s 1987 tour. In the movie, the band is shown playing the Bob Dylan classic “All Along The Watchtower” during the Bono spray painting episode, however it actually happened during last song, “Pride (In The Name of Love).”

Required Listening:

  1. All Along The Watchtower
  2. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  3. Where The Streets Have No Name
  4. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  5. All I Want Is You



Bono spray painting "Rock N Roll Stops The Traffic" on the Vaillancourt Fountain sculpture in the movie "Rattle And Hum."

Bono spray painting “Rock N Roll Stops The Traffic” on the Vaillancourt Fountain sculpture in San Francisco in the movie “Rattle And Hum.”

 

Valliancourt Fountain in San Francisco, CA where Bono spray painted graffiti in "Rattle And Hum."

Valliancourt Fountain in San Francisco, CA where Bono spray painted graffiti in “Rattle And Hum.”

 

Vaillancourt Fountain in Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco (photo by Enoch Lai).

Vaillancourt Fountain in Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco (photo by Enoch Lai).

 

Adam Clayton of U2 on stage at Justin Herman Plaza in 1987 and the location today.

Adam Clayton of U2 on stage at Justin Herman Plaza in 1987 and the location today.

 

U2 playing at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA.

U2 playing at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA.

 

Aerial view of Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA.

Aerial view of Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA.

 

Map of Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA.

Map of Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA.