U2, who pleased the crowds on a rain sodden day at Glastonbury last Friday, have announced that they are going to ‘recycle’ their massive 360° tour stage set. The band’s Tour Director Craig Evans told Billboard: “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 are 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” adding ”They’re something you can put up on a waterfront and become an instant skyline icon. We know that the inquiries will keep coming in. Having been part of the biggest tour of all time, they’re pretty well tried and tested. They can carry weights no other structure can consider, and since they’re already developed and designed you can probably complete [a venue] in a one-month period instead of a two-year build period”.
in April 2011 U2′s 360° tour overtook the Rolling Stones’ Bigger Bang tour as the highest grossing tour of all time, making £341m with 20 gigs to go.
If you want to support the work of Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid you can download three exclusive live tracks from the three Pyramid Stage headliners at Glastonbury 2011 – U2’s I Will Follow, Coldplay’s In My Place and Beyonce’s Irreplaceable until the end of July on iTunes – see more at http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/news/download-u2-beyonce-and-coldplay-performances-on-itunes-raising-funds-for-glastonburys-charities
Photo: Denis O’Regan at Glastonbury 2011