In case you hadn’t heard it through the grapevine yet, Willie Williams confirms the rumour that U2 are to film their Milan concerts in the San Siro stadium in his 8/7 diary entry:
‘Myself, Ned the Producer, Hamish the director, Allen the TV lighting consultant and Jake the production manager flew to Milan. The Big Video Shoot is two weeks from now at San Siro stadium, so we thought it best to go and have a look. We flew into Milan’s Malpensa Airport (which surely must be Latin for ‘bad thinking’?) where we were met by some of the Italian promoter’s team who took us to the stadium.
San Siro is a great venue and will work really well for the shoot. We are playing across the pitch in order to face into the three sides of the stadium that have three levels of seats rather than two. However, the field is practically square so this isn’t as much of a drag as it might otherwise be. The upside though is the height of the grandstands. The pitch is quite small but the building is extremely tall, so it will be like playing a show inside a cauldron of Italian enthusiasm.
Congratulations, Milan. The horrible sound you hear is the Dutch fan contingent gnashing their teeth in jealousy.