BBC Picks UP U2 Documentary

BBC Worldwide Canada, part of the BBC’s commercial arm, has picked up distribution rights to Davis Guggenheim’s U2 film From the Sky Down (pictured), which earlier this month became the first documentary to ever open the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The documentary celebrates the 20th anniversary of U2’s 1991 album Achtung Baby!, the creation of which marked a major turning point for the band musically.

Earlier this year, U2 returned to Hansa Studios in Berlin, the site where they first recorded the album, with Oscar-winning director Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for “Superman”) in tow, to make the doc.

Following the film’s September 8 premiere at TIFF, Guggenheim and U2 band members Bono and The Edge held a press conference to discuss the making of the film and highlight their favorite rock documentaries, paying praise to filmmakers including Jonathan Demme, DA Pennebaker and Martin Scorsese.

Packed Rogers Centre Welcomes U2

U2 360 Tour /U2TOURFANS 2011 TORONTO – U2 proved that the wait was worth it. Rogers Centre sold out and the tour is coming to a finish finally. Now fans may want the tour to go on, however its time to come to close.  The evening started out the same as the rest of the shows with David Bowie’s Major Tom, driving the band right into “Even Better than the Real Thing” “Achtung Baby” and “The Fly” as the crowds arose from their feet to welcome the boys from Ireland back.

Rise your hands in the air! Bono shouts during Mysterious Ways as he walks towards the The Edge on the walkway.

 No Line on the Horizon tracks was few and the 130-minute show could be called the greatest hits show.   

“Thank you for your patience, some of you were two years younger when you bought tickets for tonight’s show, feeling much better thank you,” Bono said, adding Mullen was starring in the new film Trainspotting III before saying The Edge had a new idea for a musical: a superhero bitten by a spider and turns into a nerd.

“Where are we? Who are we?” Bono quipped before the first notes put him and the sold-out right at home with I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. Here the crowd took over the first verse while Sunday Bloody Sunday had the same effect with one massive sing-along. 

U2 360 Tour / U2TOURFANS 2011 Dedicating Beautiful Day to Arizona Congresswoman and shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords, U2 shifted into another gear with Elevation as Bono crammed a Canadian flag tossed onstage into his rear pants pocket. “I got Canada shining from my backside.” 

From there Pride (In The Name Of Love) had its spine-tingling moments as the lights along the CN tower glowed and rose, looking like an applause meter. The same could be said for City Of Blinding Lights, another highlight with Bono taking a young boy from the audience, walking the circular walkway and harmonizing with him. 

If there was one slight lull it might have been the one-two combination of Miss Sarajevo and Zooropa, but even this was striking with the screen expanding and elongating from the claw’s floor to ceiling. The dance-meets-disco medley featuring with I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight and Discotheque was also okay but slowly grew on the crowd.

After Walk On, the group returned for more warhorses in One, an epic Where The Streets Have No Name and a memorable With Or Without You.

 The Set list

  1. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  2. The Fly
  3. Mysterious Ways / Someone Somewhere In Summertime (snippet)
  4. Until The End Of The World / Anthem (snippet)
  5. I Will Follow
  6. Get On Your Boots
  7. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  8. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  9. Beautiful Day
  10. Elevation
  11. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  12. Miss Sarajevo
  13. Zooropa
  14. City Of Blinding Lights
  15. Vertigo
  16. Miss You (snippet) / Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet)
  17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  18. Scarlet
  19. Walk On

  20. Encore(s):
  21. One
  22. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
  23. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  24. With Or Without You
  25. Moment of Surrender

Snippets provided from u2gigs -

160K Fans in Montreal

MONTREAL — After 160,000 people in Montreal made their way through the gates of the Hippodrome this weekend to watch U2 perform, Sunday was a day for the massive cleanup.

Crews showed up at the site of the two nights of massive concerts early Sunday morning to pick up debris and garbage left behind.

Most of The Claw, the infamous stage allowing Bono and bandmates to put on a 360-degree performance, is en route to Toronto, where the Irish rock stars take the stage Monday.

Vendors and sponsors were on hand to tear down their booths, while nearby businesses were recuperating from a busy night.

“It was completely full – every single seat, table, chair… There was a line up of people waiting to be seated and outside we made a take-out counter for smoked meat, just for take out—there was a big line all through the whole parking lot,” said Shafir Mohammed of Dunn’s restaurant.

The U2 360° tour ends on Moncton’s Magnetic Hill July 30.

Check out the set list

  1. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  2. The Fly
  3. Mysterious Ways / Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (snippet)
  4. Until The End Of The World / Where Have All The Flowers Gone? (snippet)
  5. Out Of Control
  6. Get On Your Boots
  7. All I Want Is You
  8. Stuck In A Moment
  9. Beautiful Day / Space Oddity (snippet)
  10. Elevation
  11. New Year’s Day
  12. Miss Sarajevo
  13. Zooropa
  14. City Of Blinding Lights
  15. Vertigo / Teenage Kicks (snippet)
  16. Miss You (snippet) / Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet) / Please (snippet) / Life During Wartime (snippet) / Psycho Killer (snippet)
  17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  18. Scarlet
  19. Walk On

  20. Encore(s):
  21. One
  22. Hallelujah (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
  23. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  24. With Or Without You / Shine Like Stars (snippet)
  25. Moment of Surrender

U2 and 80K Fans at Hippodrome

MONTREAL - “Secteur Decarie à Eviter – Concert Rock” read the illuminated highway sign over the 20 eastbound. So at least Transport Quebec got that one right.

It takes a special kind of ambition to actually build a venue in a sunstroked parking lot and completely paralyze a habitually thromboid traffic artery for a rock concert because the local 60,000-seater is too cramped, but the Irish band appeared to have bet on the right pony at the Hippodrome. Welcome to U2ville. Population: me.

And people like me, who’ve seen U2 … before. This was something of a surprise, and the radio call-in folks and Twitterati may disagree … but Friday night’s first of two U2 360 megashows under the light-green Spacecrab was proof that the Gen X/Boomer ticket dollar is the viable rock market. And that legacy carries an audience.

A year delayed, we ramped up for the show with a day or two of Montreal’s fave new summertime game, Where’s Bono? He got a haircut yesterday … he was in the Apple Store … saw him in this restaurant … There was talk of a Helipad on the site, perhaps the band’s way onto and off an unprecedentedly massive site. And a helicopter lazily circled 5 or 6 times – but the real question answered here was: Where were your parents last night?

Lead in with Bono ad libbing “Mister I ain’t a boy / no, I’m a man” in I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. Ottawa’s Darlene Levecque, 51, wore a custom Irish tricolour dress, designed by husband Joe Neil, 52. “Their music inspires and comforts me,” she said. “We’ve seen them 7 times – Dublin, Paris, Toronto, Montreal,” Neil added. “The dress was made for the Dublin show.” And all the teenagers, where are they, in an 80,000-strong crowd?

Set List

  1. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  2. The Fly
  3. Mysterious Ways / Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World (snippet)
  4. Until The End Of The World / Anthem (snippet) / Where Have All The Flowers Gone? (snippet)
  5. I Will Follow
  6. Get On Your Boots
  7. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / The Promised Land (snippet)
  8. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  9. Beautiful Day / Space Oddity (snippet)
  10. Elevation
  11. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  12. Miss Sarajevo
  13. Zooropa
  14. City Of Blinding Lights
  15. Vertigo
  16. Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet) / Life During Wartime (snippet) / Psycho Killer (snippet)
  17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  18. Scarlet
  19. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)

  20. Encore(s):
  21. One
  22. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
  23. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  24. With Or Without You
  25. Moment of Surrender / Rain (snippet)