Sep 27, 2012 | Comments 0
From The Ground Up
U2 360° tour
WORDS BY DYLAN JONES
FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS BY RALPH LARMANN
PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY PREFACE ON 11TH OCTOBER 2012 PRICED £25
FOREWORD BY U2 MANAGER PAUL MCGUINNESS
From the Ground Up goes on the road with U2 360° and features exclusive contributions from the band, manager Paul McGuinness, and world-renowned set designer Willie Williams. Photographer Ralph Larmann shows the magnificent production as never seen before, with words by Dylan Jones – who was given complete access.
U2 360°, the most successful concert tour of all time, came to an end in Moncton, Atlantic Canada on July 30, 2011. The massive 26-month undertaking saw U2 play 110 concerts in front of more than 7.1 million fans in 30 countries across five continents.
U2 360° BY NUMBERS:
7,100,000 fans; 10 million people watched a live stream of U2 360° at the, ‘Rose Bowl’ on, ‘YouTube’; 320,000 fans saw 360° in, ‘Mexico City’; 92,270 meals fed to working staff and guests; 29,000 tee shirts given to local stagehands; 9,760 guitar strings utilized; 7,100 miles – approximate distance travelled by space station while talking with U2; 5,200 years – collective touring experience of U2 tour personnel. 400 tons – weight of the fully loaded claw;
134 crew members; 126 truck drivers; 110 concerts; 53 gigs attended by a single fan; 33 Flemish speaking crew; 30 countries; 12 bus drivers; 11 babies born to crew; 7 astronauts attended; 4 appreciative Irishman; 2 fairy-tale crew weddings; 1 singer in surgery; 1 world leader released from house arrest during tour!
DYLAN JONES is editor of British GQ and has won the Editor of the Year Award four times during his tenure. He has published biographies of Jim Morrison and Paul Smith and two anthologies of journalism. He is the author of the book, iPod Therefore I Am: A Personal Journey Through Music and When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World also published by Preface.