HBO to air two-part U2 tour special

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For U2, 2 HBO Specials in November.

Get ready for another behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like being a world-class rock band on tour, when U2 gets the up-close-and-personal treatment from HBO in November.U2 is a band that generally likes to go big and, as such, it will receive not one but two substantial HBO specials in November, the cable channel said Thursday.The documentary, bowing on Nov. 7, will offer access to the rockers and the team behind their current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour, while also featuring interviews with the band, Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. The first, to be shown Nov. 7, is a documentary by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) that chronicles the current U2 tour, as well as the setbacks the band faced when its front man, Bono, injured himself in a bicycle accident in New York.

U2’s Nov. 14 performance from the Bercy Arena in Paris will be showcased in the concert special, which includes music from the band’s entire career, starting with the 1980 debut album “Boy” to their most recent “Songs of Innocence.” “U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock ’n’ roll,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said Thursday. “The one-two combination of this documentary special, followed by the concert, will provide viewers with the ultimate look at this remarkable band behind the scenes and on the stage.” The doc will uncover the creation of the tour with interviews with Willie Williams, who has conceptualized U2’s tours for more than 30 years; designer Es Devlin; production director Jake Berry; audio director Joe O’Herlihy; exec director Gavin Friday; set designer Ric Lipson; and more creative types who help bring the band’s music to life onstage. You may not have been a fan of that time the band infiltrated your iPhone — but this time, the documentaries presumably won’t be automatically loaded into your HBO queue. The tour has already included live-feeds via Meerkat and two-sided displays to maximize audience enjoyment — so it should be interesting to learn how it all came together. Hamilton, who has worked with U2 on collaborations including “Elevation: Live From Boston,” “U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle,” the “Beautiful Day” documentary, and “Vertigo in 2005: Live From Chicago,” will also direct the special. HBO says the special will detail how it was conceived, revealing the blood, sweat and imagination that have gone into making a tour that would ultimately “reinvent the arena show,” according to Rolling Stone’s opening-night review.

The premium cabler also confirmed the rest of its 2015 documentary lineup starting Aug. 3 with “Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A,” directed by Alan and Susan Raymond. The doc takes a look at an experimental prison yard in California that is “free of violence, racial tensions, gang activity and illegal drug and alcohol use.” On Aug. 17 “Tashi and the Monk” debuts, telling the story of a Himalayan safe haven that rescues orphaned and neglected children. Directed by Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke, the doc follows a five-year-old girl named Tashi. “San Francisco 2.0,” directed by Alexandra Pelosi is about the reinvented California city due to an influx of wealth from the tech boom. Alexandra Shiva’s pic “How to Dance in Ohio,” bowing Oct. 26, follows a group of young people with autism as they prepare for a spring formal dance.

Leah Wolshock directs “Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists,” airing Dec. 7, about the cartoon editor of the Conde Nast pub. The band has also brought Lady Gaga and Jimmy Fallon and the Roots onstage and offered a tribute band and young audience member to play with their idols. Finally, directed by Nick Read, “Bolshoi Babylon” follows Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet in the wake of an acid-attack against creative director Sergei Filin. It was just over 20 years ago that an Alaskan songwriter named Jewel made her debut with Pieces of You, a record that carved out a perfectly confessional, coffeehouse niche between the decline of grunge and the rise of the slinky pop princess.

And on September 11th, the “Who Will Save Your Soul” singer will release Picking Up the Pieces, Rolling Stone Country can exclusively confirm, her first collection of new material since 2010 and a follow-up, of sorts, to that breakthrough LP in both subject and spirit. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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