U2 + HBO = 2 fall specials

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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 network said it will air a documentary in November about how the “iNNOCENCE and eXPERIENCE” show was put together and how the band overcame obstacles, including singer Bono’s serious bicycle accident, to perform.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.This fall, HBO will air two new specials following 22-time Grammy award-winning band U2 on their “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” world tour, which began in May of this year.

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. The first is a behind-the-scenes documentary about the trek and the second is a live concert special capturing the Irish band’s November 14 show in Paris. Davis Guggenheim, maker of “An Inconvenient Truth” and also a documentary about U2’s “Achtung Baby” album, will produce and direct the film about the tour.

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. No doubt there will be a lot to cover in that segment, which airs November 7, as their tour behind Songs of Innocence coincided with Bono’s bicycle accident and the Edge falling off the actual edge of the stage. 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.

Airing November 14, the film is directed by Hamish Hamilton who’s name will be familiar if you’ve watched any of U2’s former concert films, a handful of which he also directed. The aforementioned stage design allows the group’s members to move all around the venues they’ve been playing, while specially created video presentations are viewable on the massive LED screen.

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