U2 to sell off tour claws
- Bang Showbiz
- 29 June 2011
U2 are to sell off the 29,000-square-foot steel 'claws' they used to create the stage on their '360 Tour'
U2 are to sell off the stage 'claws' used on their '360 Tour'.
The Irish rock band created incredible 29,000-square-foot steel 'claws' which formed the structure of the set and allowed for 360 degree views for fans.
The run of shows - which have spanned across three years - are due to come to an end on July 30 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and rather than just let structures sit in a warehouse the group and their management intend to sell them off.
U2 tour director Craig Evans told Billboard magazine: "It's certainly our intention to see these things recycled into permanent and usable ventures. It represents too great an engineering feat to just use for [the tour] and put away in a warehouse somewhere.
"We're now in discussions to send them into different places around the world and have them installed as permanent venues. Some major events have shown interest in these, from four different continents and we haven't even really put the word out yet."
U2's '360 Tour' is the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, with ticket sales totalling over $700 million and it requires 120 lorries to transport its 50-metre tall sound system, stage and lighting rig making it the most expensive tour to hold.
Guitarist The Edge - who played the Glastonbury Festival with his bandmates Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen last weekend - previously admitted the rockers will never be able to go on a bigger tour.
He said: "We're actually at the limit, the absolute limit, when you consider the economics and the practicality of transportation. We're really as big as we could ever get."