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  1. Copy of an email posted by souprqt on U2.com:-


    I just wanted to share with you all the email I received back from Willie Williams this morning. I wrote to thank him for all the work that he did for theBoston show, how special the night was for me, and how much I appreciated it.


    In closing I let him know how much we enjoyed his blog and we were all having fun speculating about the shows this summer, including the stage design. I askedhim if the band was going to have access to the outside perimeter as the computer generated images were difficult to figure out. I didn't really expect aresponse so quickly (or at all for that matter). It made my day! In any case here is his response-


    Hello Beth and thanks for your kind words.


    There is, admittedly, a little confusion over the outer perimeter of

    the stage, largely because I asked the graphics people to not show the

    two bridges (!) Yes, the band will have access out there and I am

    sure will take full advantage of it. I'm not sure why I had them

    remove the bridges from the rendering - I guess we wanted to save one

    or two surprises for opening night. Anyway, spread the word, the band

    will be all over this thing.


    Very best,




  2. Photographer Sugimoto strikes a Stone Age deal with U2




    Just two minutes into an interview with artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, it became clear why the famously discreet 61-year-old had agreed to talk about rock bandU2's use of one of his photographs on the cover of their latest album, "No Line on the Horizon."


    News photo

    Primal: The cover of U2's new album, "No Line on the Horizon," features a photograph by Hiroshi Sugimoto


    "The first thing I want you to let people know," he said, seated in an office at Ginza's Gallery Koyanagi, "is there is no commercial aspectto my relation with U2. No cash is involved."


    No cash? Sugimoto's 1993 image of the Boden Sea at Uttwil adorns not only the cover of the album that debuted this month at No. 1 in almost 30 countries,but is also plastered over buses, taxis and TV ads worldwide as part of a multimillion dollar advertising blitz. The commercial connection had seemed soobvious that many assumed Sugimoto had sold out.


    "People thought that I was in some sort of financial trouble," chuckled Sugimoto, who has always had a reputation for refusing requests to use hiswork in merchandise or advertising.


    Others suggested he'd been corrupted by the megarich U2. According to The Guardian's Web site, electronic-music artist Taylor Deupree, who created a CDwith Richard Chartier for a Sugimoto retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2006, dismissed the U2 cover saying that for Bono and crew,"it's simply a phone call and a check."


    Deupree also accused the band of copying the design of their album. Both covers use the same "Boden Sea" image (which was actually taken at LakeConstance in Switzerland and is just one of over 200 photographs that make up the artist's "Seascapes" series).


    Apparently Deupree is wrong on both counts. Noting that the choice of the same photograph was just a "coincidence," Sugimoto explained that he wasfirst introduced to Bono during a visit with an art collector in France about four years ago.


    "I was taken by private jet to this beautiful villa in Nice," he explained. "When we got there, this guy, rather short - OK, my size - waswelcoming me. I thought, 'He looks familiar.' " Although not impartial to rock music, Sugimoto wasn't really familiar with U2's work."I was part of the Beatles generation," he said. "I still have Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' playing in my car!"


    Bono confessed that he loved Sugimoto's seascape photographs and began quizzing the artist about the work.


    "He started taking notes as I talked," Sugimoto recalled. Those notes became the foundation for the new album's title track. Last year, during avisit to Dublin, Sugimoto heard the first demo tape, and a few months later was told by Bono that U2 wanted to use the Boden Sea image on the album jacket.


    "I said, 'Are you sure? If you use it you won't be able to put anything on top of it, not even the U2 name," the artist remembered.


    He was surprised when Bono strongly agreed. Rolling Stone is now calling the text-free jacket "an early front runner for album cover of the year."(The cover also features an equal sign, but it is attached to the plastic wrapper, so it disappears once opened it.) Then came talk of money.


    "I gave myself just a second to think about it," Sugimoto recalled, "and I said 'How about a Stone Age deal - no cash?' "


    Bono agreed on an "artist-to-artist" barter whereby Sugimoto could use the "No Line on the Horizon" song in any project he wanted in thefuture. Sugimoto says he still hasn't made up his mind about how to use the song - which he says he likes, but liked even better in its "more hardrock" demo stage.


    "Maybe I'll use it in some video-art project, or charity project," he said. Is he happy with the way the album cover looks? "The boxededitions of the album are printed well," he noted. But, he was resigned to the impossibility of proper quality control when they "print them all overthe world."


    Still, Sugimoto is satisfied that his photographs have struck a chord with so many people.


    "That's the effect of seascapes," he said, before explaining that a view of a boatless ocean is one of the only things left in the world that wecan experience in the same way that our primitive ancestors would have experienced millenniums ago. "The works are really connected to the very deep rootsof the human mind," he said. "Even to the minds of musicians who have reached the pinnacle of success."



  3. Magnificent

    Get On Your Boots


    Last Night On Earth

    Until The End Of The World / Two Tribes (snippet)

    Moment Of Surrender

    Unknown Caller

    I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight / Come On Eileen (snippet)

    Angel Of Harlem or In A Little While


    Stay (Faraway, So Close)

    Miss Sarajevo


    City Of Blindling Lights


    [Red Screens] Psalm 116 / Where The Streets Have No Name / The Playboy Mansion (snippet) or Zooropa (snippet)




    Begins with sort of Pop Muzik sound and intro of the Mexico DVD on the screens


    Stand Up Comedy

    Discotheque / Relax (snippet)

    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

    If You Wear That Velvet Dress




    No Line On The Horizon or Being Born

    The Fly / Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car (snippet)

    Ultraviolet or Acrobat or One / Unchained Melody (snippet)

    With Or Without You / Shine Like Stars (snippet)

    Peace On Earth (snippet) / Walk On or Love is Blindness or White As Snow

    Cedars Of Lebanon

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