This article is from the U2 FAQ, by Maryann Stump firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
[M] Bono has played three different characters on stage. They are The
Fly, the Mirrorball Man, and Mr.
MacPhisto. The Fly is supposed to represent the typical "rock star" with
his black, shiny leather clothes and his
bug-eyed glasses. His excess and posing for the cameras is to make fun
of the way rock has become impersonal
and fake. The next character is the Mirrorball Man, who is a Television
Evangelist. He wears shiny, sparkling
clothes that look like, what else, a disco ball.
The last character, who was seen in the Sydney concert, is Mr. MacPhisto,
an aging thespian/rock star. Both the
Mirrorball Man and Mr. MacPhisto are representations of, if not the
devil, then very evil characters. The
Mirrorball Man was only seen in the US and MacPhisto was created for the
rest of the world. This was done
because it was felt that European and worldwide audiences would not be
able to relate to the evangelist