U2 to Air ‘Innocence’ Show, Behind-the-Scenes Doc on HBO

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Davis Guggenheim to helm U2 doc for HBO.

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.Davis Guggenheim – director of An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman, and the upcoming He Named Me Malala – is directing and producing a documentary following iconic Irish band U2 on its current world tour for HBO.

“U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock’n’roll,” said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “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 documentary will be produced and directed by Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Waiting for Superman”) and produced by Shannon Dill. The doc, set to debut on November 7, will be followed on the premium pay-TV service and its HBO Go and HBO Now platforms by a concert special on November 14, hailing from the band’s upcoming performance at Paris’s Bercy Arena.

The second, for audience members who just want to hear U2 play its music, will be shown Nov. 14 and will present the band’s tour performance at the Bercy Arena in Paris taking place earlier that day. 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. Crew members interviewed include Willie Williams, who has provided tour concepts for the group for more than 30 years, designer Es Devlin, production director Jack Berry, audio director Joe O’Herlihy, executive director Gavin Friday and set designer Ric Lipson, among others.

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. The doc will also chronicle the challenges and travails that beset the tour early on, such as Bono’s debilitating bicycle accident, and how they overcame them. Since it launched in Vancouver in May, the tour has found U2 revisiting old songs they hadn’t played in years, welcoming unexepcted guests and other surprises. 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.

The North American leg of the tour ends this week before the group resumes the trek in Europe in September. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. 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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