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Going to see these guys in Atlanta in November for a mere $20.� Pretty pumped about it.� :-)

Helen, here it is.

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Mac - Rubber Johnny.... way way too creepy for me.... I stopped it at the 2 minute mark..

Maybe we shouldn't have such videos, don't want the authorities to shut us down already. Cheers.

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http://www.usatoday.com/l...law-stage-for-sale_n.htm

 

 

Didn't get U2 tour T-shirt?

Buy the 'Claw' stage instead

By Craig Wilson, USA TODAY

Posted 13h 31m ago

 

 

 

One of the world's most iconic stages is looking for a new home. "The Claw," the state-of-the-art centerpiece of U2's just-concluded, record-grossing 360 tour, has been officially retired after 110 concerts in 30 countries.

The price: If you have to ask …

"It's not like buying a can of Coke," quips David James of Panther Management, which is selling the stage seen by more than 7 million U2 fans. (There are, in fact, three identical stages for sale.)

"It really depends on what you want to do with it," James says. "How and where you'll use it makes the price very variable." He did say the price will be "a fraction of what it cost to build it."

Designed by Bono, Willie Williams and Mark Fisher, the massive structure was an industry first, dubbed The Claw for its four clawlike supporting rigs. The in-the-round stage was designed to support up to 185 tons and withstand high winds while sustaining seismic loads. Its cylindrical video screen, which opens to 14,000 square feet, is not included.

"We're looking to repurpose this thing," James says. "It's had an amazing beginning to its life. We're looking to find it a good second home."

Possible uses include everything from a bio-dome/conservation lab to an attraction at a world exposition or the Olympic Games. It can be a permanent or portable structure. As a plaza, it can provide cover for 2,800 people.

James already has received "a number of inquiries" from around the world. He suspects the stages might be bought by a city for a waterfront landmark, become a permanent music venue, or be used for special events.

The folks at Hard Rock International are interested. They collect rock memorabilia, although usually not so large. Think Madonna's tasseled bustier.

"It's a piece we would love to have. Our designers would have a field day working with that," says Jeff Nolan, rock historian/memorabilia guru at Hard Rock. "U2 is an icon, and their memorabilia has an emotional connection with their fans."

Nolan says he could see The Claw being displayed at Hard Rock hotels or casino properties with grounds large enough to house it. So far, the largest piece of memorabilia owned by Hard Rock is the bus used in The Beatles' 1967 film, Magical Mystery Tour. But a 28,287-square-foot stage?

The whole idea is to think big.

"Why should kids have to settle for a scale model?" asks Christopher Byrne, aka The Toy Guy, content director of TimetoPlayMag.com. "Since entertainment-based toys are about reliving an experience and creating new ones through play, this has to be the best stage ever for classic play."

Byrne says his only concern is: Who's going to make the lifesize U2 action figures, and will kids now be whining for a real Transformer?

"Probably not something to worry about," he says. "This is, after all, the ultimate niche product."

Interested buyers can visit panthermanagement.com/theclaw.

 

 

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Mac - Rubber Johnny.... way way too creepy for me.... I stopped it at the 2 minute mark..

Maybe we shouldn't have such videos, don't want the authorities to shut us down already. Cheers.

 

Shut down for what???

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[quote name='MacFoley wrote:


hnicolaidesk']
Mac
- Rubber Johnny.... way way too creepy for me.... I stopped it at the 2 minute mark..

Maybe we shouldn't have such videos, don't want the authorities to shut us down already. Cheers.

 

Shut down for what???

Don't misunderstand my friend - I would give you free range - but I don't want anyone to be offended by anything we do in The Blue Room ....

I, don't want The Blue Room to be closely scrutinized...

There are young ones around... we must exercise some discretion.

 

 

 

Having said all this... maybe it was only me who was creeped out by the Rubber Johnny video...  especially since I thought it was going to be something naughty... not scary.. hahahaha ...laugh.gif

 

 

Helen

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mich40']Going to see these guys in Atlanta in November for a mere $20.� Pretty pumped about it.� :-)

Helen, here it is.

 

Just wondered why it had disappeared... I didn't have the opportunity to listen to it last night - so I knew I was going to this morning. Thanks for the re-post. x

Good work on the letter. smile.gif

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Well at the end of the day kids shouldn't be in bars! Ban them all! :)

smile.gif Agreed - but as you well know - I have no control over that.

Thanks for letting me speak my mind... carry on....

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So this is my quiet lament... I've just been re-reading BW's live interactive threads from S. America...

What a doofus I am... why didn't I realize the shows were being covered by the U2 Community pages?

I've missed out on so much fun! But nothing I can do about that now. Glad to be here now. Quiet lament is done.

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Caught you Maggie!!laugh.gif Can't have you drinking alone, I'll just have the one before I go off to bed, my shout, what can I get you?

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thanx for invitation helen! btw i did open an irish pub in here some time ago, think it was called xanax& wine? but it never got sticked (so yes i'm a bit jealous at thattongue.gif)

btw; did some reading back, never saw the... special rocks, but i do know they sell pasta like that. they seem very popular round valentinesday over here. but i don think they are very romanticsick.gif

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thanx for invitation helen! btw i did open an irish pub in here some time ago, think it was called xanax& wine? but it never got sticked (so yes i'm a bit jealous at thattongue.gif)
btw; did some reading back, never saw the... special rocks, but i do know they sell pasta like that. they seem very popular round valentinesday over here. but i don think they are very romanticsick.gif

Glad you popped by Barbara!

I've never seen the rocks the guys were talking about... can't imagine wanting one... or pasta either... seems odd.

I was pleased at being stickied... I must confess... but please don't be jealous.

I'm certainly learning there used to be/still are other pub threads here... I didn't realize... I never saw them. Just thought there might be a need for one now that the tour is done and there wouldn't be any more LIVE threads to come together in and chat. So I created this one. I hope you'll be a regular... smile.gif

 

Maggie and Anjana - sorry I missed you.

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I was thinking of reading A Game of Thrones. Is it any good? For now, I'm reading my usual young adult novels. That's what I prefer to read. It makes it a good thing then that I want to go into young adult librarianship. Teens are grossly underserved in libraries. Okay, so as for what I'm reading now...I just started a book called Ultraviolet. Yes, the name is what got my attention. I'm not that far into it yet, but so far it deals with a teenage girl who wakes up in a mental institution and apparently has confessed to a murder. The problem is, she doesn't remember doing any of these things. 

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I was thinking of reading A Game of Thrones. Is it any good? For now, I'm reading my usual young adult novels. That's what I prefer to read. It makes it a good thing then that I want to go into young adult librarianship. Teens are grossly underserved in libraries. Okay, so as for what I'm reading now...I just started a book called Ultraviolet. Yes, the name is what got my attention. I'm not that far into it yet, but so far it deals with a teenage girl who wakes up in a mental institution and apparently has confessed to a murder. The problem is, she doesn't remember doing any of these things. 
Hmmm, sounds interesting.

In terms of young adult books, I always enjoyed the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants novels, especially the Greek girl character, Lena wink.gif

 

A Game of Thrones is very good. Really enjoying it. Watched the HBO series this past spring/summer.

A medieval fantasy.

Also read Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and World Without End ... middles ages stuff... very good.

I can't say if you'd like them or not, but I certainly did.

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Maggie and Anjana - sorry I missed you.

 

Hi there, I had a nice nightcap thanx, think Maggie went to the loo and didn't come backlaugh.gif either that or she fell asleep in theretired.gif

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Who's reading what these days?

 

I'm just finishing reading A Game of Thrones and am about to venture into Book two A Clash of Kings . Looking forward to it.

 

This summer I have also read The Bean Trees and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - both excellent, enjoyable reads.

 

What are you reading?  smile.gif

I'm reading The Help right now.  I was hesitant at first, but it truly is an incredible book.

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