Sunday, July 21, 2024

U2 Tour Ending, Group Wants to Sell Its “Claw” Stage


U2 is finishing the most successful tour in the annals of everything. So what’s next? They want to sell their stage–that’s right, I mean, everything they used including The Claw, the gigantic device that moved around and looked like one of those metal picker things in 25 cent candy machines. Only really humungous. You can read all about this at Who doesn’t want a claw in their backyard? Maybe Julie Taymor can use it, or it can be incorporated into “Spider Man” some how.

Here’s a description: “Designed by Bono, Willie Williams and Mark Fisher, the massive stage structure is an industry first. Tried and tested at over 110 concerts in 78 cities in 30 countries, the in-the-round transportable structure was designed to support up to 185 tonnes and engineered to withstand high winds while sustaining seismic loads. While on tour, “the claw” carried a cylindrical video screen able to open to a size of 14,000 square feet and designed to provide fans with the best possible concert viewing experience ever. It was an overwhelming success.” The last stop on the 360 tour is July 3o in Moncton, Canada. Bring your station wagon if you want to drive the Claw home.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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