JoBlog.com interviews U2 3D director Catherine Owens who says:
“It was a very definite decision to shoot in South America. Bono felt that the South American audience had a passion that matched his Irish passion. They felt they would get a result that they wouldn’t get in other places.”
So there you have it, fans, the South Americans and the Irish are kindred spirits. What are the Italians going to think of that? (‘la gente italiana e quella irlandese hanno lo spirito vicino’ – Bono, 1985.)
More important than U2’s special relationship with their fans, however is the bond between the band members themselves:
“They have a very strong relationship. They have their own language on stage and so the only direction was that they should be a little more conscious of their own language between the groups, which they already had on stage. Some of the other cuts you will see in the final film are really incredible. There are moments between them that are very physical and tender. They are four people together for so long, who are like family – you want to kill them, you love them – so there is that kind of tenderness between them.”
Read the full interview.
Billboard has published Paul McGuinness’ reflections on 2005:
“This was such a great year for U2. A No. 1 album in 20 countries, 110 shows all sold out, 3.3 million tickets sold, 100% of the tickets we put on sale. Nine million-plus sold of the current record, 3 million catalog, 2 million DVDs. U2 have never been bigger or better. Next year after Mexico, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, we will end the Vertigo tour in Honolulu.”
We’d say that was a pretty good year too, full of many numbers.
ETS, the official tour and travel operator for the Vertigo tour, has informed us that it is now offering Nite Out packages for the shows in Mexico and South America. (Previously, ETS was only offering hotel and ticket packages for those locations.) Nite Out packages provide you with admission to a pre-show party and a ticket to the show. Good deal. Good fun.
ETS, the official tour and travel operator for the Vertigo Tour, is asking for fan input on the 2006 tour. ETS recognizes that U2 fans travel great distances to see the band, but ETS is wondering how far we will follow.
If you are planning or want to attend any of the shows on the 2006 tour (there will definitely be more dates announced!), please take a minute to read a letter from Don McVie, the president of ETS, about the 2006 tour and answer his questions.