One of the more colorful rock-star impersonation stories in circulation, however, involves an SF Weekly staff member who met an Irish chap claiming to be Larry Mullen Jr., drummer for the band U2, during the early 1980s. Upon meeting the phony Mullen in a San Francisco restaurant, the staffer, who has absolutely begged for anonymity, immediately called up friends, who drove in from the East Bay with great excitement.
Alcohol and other intoxicants were procured and consumed (in the car, by god!), and the rock 'n' roll party load arrived at the Hard Rock Cafe, on the prowl for female company. "Mullen" quickly dumped his star-struck entourage for a pack of girls. Entourage members skulked out and reconvened in an apartment, where the television was turned on, and the channel set to MTV. A news segment came on. The segment listed concert schedules for rock bands. And just then, U2 was on tour ... in Australia.
The next night, the scam artist returned to the same restaurant, and picked up the establishment's comely female manager, who whisked the "rock star" to her Sausalito houseboat. During a subsequent break in the action, as the "star" was taking a shower, the woman turned on MTV and learned that U2 was currently on tour ... in Australia.
The Mullen impostor was last seen naked, running off a Sausalito houseboat, clutching his clothing.