In about 10 days, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil its new, state-of-the-art theater. The Foster Theater was made possible by a generous donation from Gregg and Madolyn Foster, and it features a fantastic 3-D viewing experience and enhanced audio.
To inaugurate the theater, the Museum will be presenting U2 3D, the brilliant 3-D concert film featuring the Hall of Fame inductees. The movie was filmed in South America during the final leg of U2’s Vertigo tour in 2006. The movie captures all of the excitement and energy of a U2 stadium show. And the 3-D effects and awesome sound make the audience members feel as if they are right in front of the stage. It’s as if Bono, Larry, Edge and Adam are right there in the room with you.
I have had a long relationship with U2, dating back to 1980, when I became the first American journalist to write about the band. I was the Music Editor at Rolling Stone at the time, and the headline on that first story was “U2: Here Comes the ‘Next Big Thing’.” I proceeded to write several other stories about the band during my time at Rolling Stone. When I became the curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 1994, I contacted the group, and they generously loaned us numerous items for a small exhibit. Then, in 2003, I curated a major exhibit about the band called In the Name of Love: Two Decades of U2. It took up two floors of the Museum and featured artifacts from all phases of the band’s career. U2 is currently featured in the Museum’s main gallery. The exhibit includes the first U2 T-shirt, which the band members made in a high-school art class; two record-company rejection letters; Bono’s first-ever guitar and his The Goal Is Soul guitar; his MacPhisto and The Fly stage outfits from the ZOO TV and Zooropa tours; one of Adam Clayton’s basses and one of the Edge’s guitars.
So if you’re a U2 fan, you’ve got to come to the Hall of Fame and see U2 3D and check out the current exhibit. Even if you’ve seen the movie before, it’s unlikely that you’ve seen it in a theater this cool, and you get the chance to see some great U2 artifacts.