U2 Announce New HBO Documentary and Concert Special
U2 fans will have the chance to take an up-close look at the band's latest world tour with a pair of HBO specials this fall.
On Nov. 7, the network plans to air a behind-the-scenes documentary about the band and its Innocence + Experience tour, helmed by Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim. According to a press release, the film will feature interviews with the band and its team as well as a look at Bono's recovery from the bike accident that sent him to the hospital last fall.
Following the documentary, HBO intends to broadcast the band's stop at the Bercy Arena in Paris on Nov. 14, airing the concert the same day for cable subscribers as well as those with subscriptions to its HBO Go and HBO Now services. "U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock ’n’ roll," enthused HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo. “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 Innocence + Experience tour arrived in New York last night, and Billboard reports that fans were treated to a small parade of special guests that included Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson and the woman who called 911 to report Bono's bike accident. You can see a clip of Simon's appearance, which found him joining the band for a bit of his "Mother & Child Reunion," via the fan-shot footage above.
Anderson's presence in the crowd also prompted U2 to perform a cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" in honor of her late husband; you can watch that portion of the show below.
Billboard notes that Bono's introduction of his good Samaritan included a small gaffe, when he introduced her as being from Colorado. Pointing out that she's actually from Washington, D.C., she prompted a few boos from the crowd when she said, "Here's what happened: I was running in Central Park, there was an accident, obviously I had to stop and help because I'm not from New York, I'm from Virginia, where people are nice."
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