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U2

There's no denying that U2 has become one of the most iconic, loved and, yes, important rock bands in the world. And if they're not bigger than Jesus, Bono's attempt to turn his celebrity toward the greater good -- rubbing elbows with heads of state as he tackles climate change and African debt relief -- hasn't hurt his saintly stature. With an unchanging lineup of Bono (vocals), the Edge (guitar), Adam Clayton (bass) and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums), the Dublin-born band established itself with a string of post-punk-influenced, protest-minded albums in the early '80s. The Joshua Tree (1987) and the following year's Rattle & Hum capped the first phase of the band's career. The '90s were U2's pop decade, as they at once embraced and undercut their mega-star status, experimenting with dance beats and multimedia theatrics. Beginning with 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2 returned to their rock roots and embarked upon a "mature" career phase that included record-setting tour grosses and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. No Line on the Horizon -- released in March 2009, 30 years after their debut EP -- suggested that the band had no intention of slowing down.

U2 Concert Films

  • Classic Album: The Joshua Tree

    U2

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 51 min

    An outstanding entry in the Classic Albums video series, this hourlong documentary, produced in 1999, assembles the creators of U2's The Joshua Tree to comment about the musical magic that occurred a dozen years earlier in a home studio in Dublin. Merging past and present, coproducers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, mixer Steve Lillywhite, and guitarist The Edge isolate separate tracks on the album's master tapes to illustrate how some of U2's greatest songs were layered with each individual's crucial contributions. Bono listens in while Lanois deconstructs the masters, appearing genuinely shy about his vocal tracks but eloquent in describing the album as "not Irish at all" in its innovative sound, but "very Irish" in terms of the emotions that inspired it. Later, The Edge describes the "cinematic" sound of the album, intended to transport the listener to a specific physical location based on each song's mood and atmosphere.
    Bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen weigh in with illuminating comments, and the hour offers an abundance of video excerpts, concert footage, and memorable anecdotes. Eno sets the record straight on the torturous process of recording "Where the Streets Have No Name" (he almost "accidentally" erased the master tape in hopes of starting from scratch), and Bono admits to a heavy Led Zeppelin influence on "Bullet the Blue Sky." Archival footage shows the recording in progress (one wishes there were more of it), and what emerges from this collective reminiscence is an enlightening study of mutual chemistry and fruitful collaboration. Upon viewing this video, another listening to The Joshua Tree will be more rewarding than ever.
     
     
  • iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE - Live in Paris

    U2

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 2 hr 31 min

    In December last year, U2’s groundbreaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour returned to the French capital for two very special shows. This concert film captures all the energy and excitement of the band’s critically acclaimed live show - “U2 reinvent the arena show” (Rolling Stone). Filmed on 31 cameras, in front of an audience of 18,000 fans, U2 – iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE – Live in Paris puts viewers inside the Paris arena with Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr, and features a guest performance from Eagles of Death Metal. Staged in the round, the tour features multiple performance areas plus a state of the art 100 foot LED screen suspended above a 118 foot walkway running the length of the arena floor, as well as an innovative suspended sound system serving every corner of the arena. U2 – iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE - Live In Paris sees the band perform fan favourites from latest album ‘Songs of Innocence’, with highlights featuring Cedarwood Road, Song For Someone and an acoustic version of Every Breaking Wave, as well as career- spanning staples including I Will Follow, Pride (In the Name of Love), Vertigo, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Until The End of the World, Beautiful Day, Where The Streets Have No Name and many more. Warning: This work contains flashing lights & images that may affect those with photo-sensitive epilepsy.
     
     
  • Island 50 Festival: Live

    U2

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 1 hr 10 min

    If the 50th anniversary of what was once the greatest independent record label in the world isn't a good excuse for a memorable party, then I don't know what is. Chris Blackwell's Island Records championed everything from reggae and African music to British rock and folk, promoting dozens of major artists in the process from Bob Marley to U2.
     
     
  • Live at the Rosebowl

    U2

    Year: 2015

    Runtime: 2 hr 10 min

    U2's 360° concert at the famous Pasadena Rose Bowl was U2's biggest ever show in the United States with a box office attendance in excess of 97,000. The first live streaming of a full-length stadium concert, U2360° at the Rose Bowl streamed across seven continents, making history with over 10 million views in one week. This ground breaking concert was filmed with 28 cameras and directed by Tom Krueger who previously shot the concert film U23D.
     
     

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