U2 and NASA Collaboration Video

NASA and U2 released a commemorative video highlighting a year’s worth of collaboration in space and on the Irish rock band’s 360 Degree tour.

U2 approached NASA in 2009 with an idea to include a dialogue between the band and the crew of the International Space Station during U2’s world tour. The astronauts of Expedition 20, the crew then living aboard the space station, agreed to participate and spoke with U2 several times before recording a video segment the band incorporated into its concerts.

The space station crew members were Michael Barratt of NASA, Frank De Winne of the European Space Agency, Bob Thirsk of the Canadian Space Agency, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Gennady Padalka and Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency.

“Working with U2 is atypical for NASA,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Operations. “By combining their world tour with the space station’s out-of-this-world mission, more people — and different people than our normal target audiences — learned about the International Space Station and the important work we are doing in orbit.”

Speaking onstage in Houston last year, Bono said, “These are the very best people in the world — dedicated to figuring how our little planet exists in this cosmos we call home.” De Winne and Romanenko attended U2’s performance in Moscow on Wednesday and met with the band before the show.

U2.com created the video and presented it to NASA to document the collaboration between the band and the space agency.



Vote for U2's 360 Tour 2009 Fan Video

Editor Note:  In case you lived under a rock for the past year and you found this website by mistake. Here is a small refresher before we ask you to vote. Real fans you know the story by now. So go directly to the bottom for the voting details.

The U2 360° tour that recently ended its first leg in the U.S. has taken the stadium show to a new level. The sheer scope of the production is mind-boggling. It took two years to design and develop, travels on 180 trucks, employs more than 400 people — including 12 system engineer/techs — and uses an astounding amount of audio and video gear. The best thing about the show is the communication and contact between the band and the audience provided by the 170-foot-tall steel structure perched over the stage.

Originally inspired by the Theme Building at Los Angeles’ LAX airport, the four-legged “spider” incorporates all of the lighting, some of the 12 manned cameras and spots, massive speaker arrays and a huge 360-degree vertically expandable LED video screen.

And as ridiculous as it sounds, once the show starts, you forget it’s there: Instead of being the elephant in the room, the structure focuses attention on the band and how they interact with the crowd, both near and far.

The inner ring nearest the main stage gives more than 3,000 fans close proximity to the band, while the outer ring gives the band access to standing and seated concert goers farther out.

At different times during the show, The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and even drummer Larry Mullins Jr. use two moving bridges to perform between the areas and are followed by video and audio all the way.

Voting: When the tour started we agreed to collect videos from every show from fans, guests, U2Tourfans team and crew. Its easy for us to say we have 50 to 60 videos from each show. Now the boys don’t mind punters shooting video. They are not cool with people selling them. Most fans would never buy or sell a bootleg video. (we hope) We have a process to post the videos to our channel (U2TOURFANS) or our Fan page on Facebook. We have selected a couple of videos to be the video of the year. Voting starts today and runs thru Monday - We ask that you vote only once per day (12hr) and that you view all the videos before voting.  Lets have some fun - Vote  Now- Please share and post your thoughts.

U2 FAN ALERT

We noticed that 24hrs before Pre-Sale an email was sent out from U2.com. Now that seems a little late and maybe someone dropped the ball. Anyway if you want to keep up on U2 follow us via twitter or facebook or even here on our site. We do keep you informed.

This week TICKETS GO ON PRESALE for U2’s 2010 360° shows in SEATTLE, PHILADELPHIA and A SECOND NIGHT IN ANAHEIM.

The show in SEATTLE at Qwest Field takes place on June 20th and the show in PHILADELPHIA at Lincoln Financial Field takes place on July 12th. A second show has now also been announced for Angel Stadium in ANAHEIM, CA - this final Southern Californian performance will take place on June 7th.

These shows go on sale to the general public next week but this week tickets are exclusively available to U2.com subscribers.

As well as the chance to buy up to FOUR tickets in the presale, U2.com subscribers will be sent a limited edition U2 remix album, which will not be available in the shops, and they gain unique online benefits with access to our dedicated U2.com subscription site.

Check the complete list of North American cities, venues and dates for U2 360° in 2010 here.

Did you hear that U2’s landmark 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire - their first collaboration with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, the album that gave us ‘Pride’ and ‘Bad’ - has now been remastered for the 25th anniversary of its release ? Take a look at some vintage period video and check out all the details.


 


The Unforgettable Fire: Rare Video

With the re-release of U2’s fourth album, The Unforgettable Fire, the group has decided to share rarely seen before video footage with their fans. The video showcases frontman Bono speaking on the recording process of the breakthrough album and flashes back to some of the most historical songs ever written.

The special edition release of The Unforgettable Fire marks 25 years since the album’s original release in October 1984. Recorded at Slane Castle, Ireland, The Unforgettable Fire was the first U2 album to be produced by Brian Eno and Danny Lanois, and spawned two top 10 UK

singles - “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” and “The Unforgettable Fire.”

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The Unforgettable Fire is available now in four different formats, with deluxe editions that feature two previously unheard tracks from the Slane Castle sessions: “Yoshino Blossom”, and “Disappearing Act” as well as a limited edition Super Deluxe package which includes a DVD featuring music videos, a documentary and unreleased live footage from the Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope Tour in 1986.

U2’s The Edge, directed the remastering from the original audio tapes, this release is a must have for any U2.

If your looking for holday gift items. Check out the U2 Gift Shop. Loaded with great idea’s and lots of wonderful gifts. Also your purchase supports our website.

U2's One Video

As I was thinking about what to throw out today I was remembering the One video. This next administration seems to grab the concept of "we carry each other" Think about the way we are today and the future of what President Elect Obama has started to say. While the video is about taking a care of someone that is not the same as you, via color, race and does not think like you. President Elect has taken us back to a time when we did turn around to see where our brother stands. I think we are all heading in the right direction.

"One life
But we're not the same
We get to carry each other
Carry each other"

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