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U2 Show: The Art of Touring [Hardcover]

Diana Scrimgeour
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14 Oct 2004
Everything about the band U2 is huge. From their music, to their tours, to their influence on global popular culture and politics. In the US they are cultural icons as well as multimillion album selling pop stars. Underpinning their popularity is their passion for touring. For the last 20 years they have hardly been off the road. It is the thing they love to do most. And it is touring which drives their creativity and reflects the direction of the band. From the modest Tick Tock Tour of 1980, through the Joshua Tree, and on to the videomedia extravaganza of ZooTV in the early 90s and Popmart in the late 90s then the more intimate Elevation tour of the last two years, it is the tours which have set their agenda. For the first time the band has agreed to allow a book on this vital part of their creative energy. The photographs are hand picked from their archive put together over 25 years. There will be a commentary by Diana Scrimgeour, who has been a photographer on recent tours, and first-person accounts from the close associates of the band. U2 Show will be the music publishing event of 2004.

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (14 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752856073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752856070
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 27.6 x 30.2 cm
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U2 SHOW marks the first time that the band's contribution to live music has been gathered together in one sumptuous volume and it's a must for any fan... truly spectacular (IRISH NEWS)

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Authorised by U2 this is the inside story of the tours from The Tick Tock Tour of 1980 to Elevation 2001, featuring photographs from the exclusive U2 archive.

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On 12 May 1979, at the Dandelion Market beside Dublin's Gaiety Green flea market, an up-and-coming local band called U2 played an outdoor concert to a largely teenage audience. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what you have been waiting for 30 Oct 2004
Now, if like me you are fascinated by U2's amazing shows and stand in awe at their concerts and would like to know what goes into producing some of if not the biggest rock and roll concerts on the planet, then this book is for you. From their early days on the War tour right up until The last elvation tour this book covers every angle to do with putting these spectacles on. From conception through the final thing. The book talks to all the contributors Ned o'hanlon, willie williams,a great interview with U2's manager Paul Mcguiness,sound crews, lighting crews.Video technicians,you name it and they are in this book. You could not ask for a more comprehensive book. Great pics, and lots to read. I personally put on small bands in little venue where i live and after reading this, i think i'll be producing U2's next show.:)
That is how imformative it is. This book is also very honest about where things went wrong, technicly and financialy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars U2 Show 31 Aug 2013
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Great history and perfect photos from U2 tours of Achtung Baby to Elevation Tour.
I would recommend 100% :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most beautiful U2 book published to date. 22 Oct 2004
By LA_Sea - Published on
Having attended 8 U2 shows dating back to 1992 and having been a fan since 1987, this is the book that I have been waiting for. It is simply one of the best U2 books that I have ever seen. It was much larger than I expected (1 1/4" thick) filled with gorgeous, large color photographs all of which relate to U2's long touring history, nearly all of which I have never seen before (there are a handful that I have seen in other books). The design and layout of the book is also top rate. Willie Williams (U2's longtime live tour designer) contributes quite a bit in terms of the ideas behind the design of each tour (The book is divided into chapters that chronicle each touring era (Boy 1980-81, War 1983, The Unforgettable Fire 1984-1985, Joshua Tree 1987 etc. etc.) with a bevy of supporting photographs (as described earlier). Some of the cooler shots are of Bono's "Elevation" jackets hanging in a closet and one that shows a rack of 20 (or so) of Edge's guitars.

There is also a detailed chapter where all the artists, lighting directors, guitar techs, head of wardrobe, promoters, graphic designers, DJs, agents, video directors etc. involved with U2 over the years talk about their individual experiences with the band. Remember, this is a book about their touring history/production and not about the lives of the individual members so not a lot about Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry (though they are obviously in nearly every photograph). The book was put together by Diana Scrimgeour who was asked by Paul McGuinness to document the Elevation 2001 tour. Also, the price of $35 is much lower than expected (and you can get it even cheaper on Amazon for only $21). I've paid up to $75 for books similar in scope. A perfect companion for the new album which comes out in about a month and the new tour in 2005.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Technically great 17 Feb 2005
By nHansen - Published on
If you have any interest in what happens to make a U2 concert happen, by the crew members, designers, and band, this is the book for you. It is not only a backstage pass to most of U2's greatest tours, it is also a technical approach to a technical process. Pictures are pretty good too, but don;t purchase this book if you want some old photos from long-gone tours; buy this book if you want to read about the tours.

This would be a good book for someone interested in becoming a "roadie" or stage crew member, and all the like, for it talks a lot about how and why the tours were as they were. It will require a lot of reading, so don't thing it is a simple page turner.

If you love U2, want to know more about their tours, from the inside out, this book is for you. Get ready to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and wonderful book 2 Mar 2005
By Axver - Published on
This is the kind of book that any U2 fan would treasure forever. It currently has pride of place on my bookshelf and I never tire of picking it up and looking at the marvellous photography or reading the fascinating and detailed articles that cover essentially every aspect of U2's touring history that you could ever wish to know. The depth of information is amazing and presents one of the most intriguing and vivid insights to date on the finest live band in the world. What's more, the price is exceptionally good for the quality of the product. I would have expected it to be at least double or triple the price.

If you are interested in U2 and haven't bought this book yet, do so now. You won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Show And Tell 21 Jun 2006
By The Wasp - Published on
The best photographically based U2 publication since BP Fallon's 1994 book Faraway, So Close!, U2 Show follows the Irish band moving from `70s pub gigs through to gargantuan stadium bills. Lovingly detailed with candid shots backstage, Bono's early scaffold climbing antics and images from their first Australian tour in 1984, U2 Show also comes up trumps with its notation by numerous crew who have worked the lights, checked the sound and designed the stage over the years. The testimonials by everyone from Brian Eno through to Anton Corbijn prove a strong family ethos has been present in U2's inner circle from the beginning. While the pages of reports from stage technicians and sound engineers can sometimes be a little heavy going at the tail end of this tome and there's more proofing errors than a quality official book like this should contain, there's plenty of insider information that will impress fans of Dublin's finest.
4.0 out of 5 stars U2 Show = A Great Book About U2, Decade by Decade, & Theme by Theme!!!!! 18 Aug 2009
By Gary Covington - Published on
This is a great well illustrated book about U2. It does cover the art of Touring. It describes how U2 has basically had a theme, that changes decade by decade. In the beginning, in the 1980's, they were basically searching for a theme through the following albums: "Boy", "The Unfogetable Fire", "October, "The Joshua Tree", "War", and the "Rattle & Hum". In the 1980's, it seems their theme was a kinda "Angry" theme, with such songs as "Bullet the Sky", "Sunday Bloody Sunday".

Then in the 1990's the theme changed, and their first album of the 1990's was "Acthung Baby". And this album set the "theme" for the 1990's ablums, such as "Zooropa",and "Pop". Then in the 2000's they started off with "All That You Can't Leave Behind", and this set the "theme" that was a more Christian oriented theme, than the prior themes. It was around this time when Bono's Father died. This usured in the "Elavation" Tours of the 2000's. More albums with that "theme" followed with "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb", which includes the song "Vertigo".

Overall, this is a great book, if you're a U2 fan. It covers others details of the "Art of Touring". It also covers "Tour" personnel who work behind the scenes. So if you like U2, and what I have described, you should like this book, and in that context, I recommend it. Thanks, and May God Bless!!!!
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