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My Top 8 U2 Concert Posters
November 23, 2012
[Ed. note: This is the 44th in a "U2 Lists" series, where @U2 staffers pick a topic and share their personal rankings on something U2-related.]
Over a 30-year career, U2 have performed a lot of concerts, so trying to come up with a list of their top concert posters was not easy. I chose posters from shows that were significant or memorable in some way for me, or ones that looked different from the average U2 concert poster in design, or have a collectible factor.
U2 and Pearl Jam – Hawaii (2006)
In late 2006, U2 were at the end of the Vertigo tour, which began in San Diego in March 2005 and culminated in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Dec. 9. Among the support acts that night were Pearl Jam, a band that had enjoyed enormous success and was nearly as big as the headline act. This poster designed by (Brad Klausen) featured both bands' names enclosed in a wave, signifying the link to Hawaii on the night. The original price for the poster was $35, but it has sold on eBay for up to $300.
U2 Dallas (2001)
This poster was designed by artist Bobby Masse in limited amounts to publicize a gig in Dallas, Texas, on April 3, 2001, as part of the Elevation tour. It's considered an essential for those who collect all things U2, and I've always liked it.
U2 Turin (2010)
In May 2010, just as the second leg of the 360 tour in North America was due to start, news came that Bono had undergone surgery on his back resulting in the postponement of the North American tour until Spring 2011. The European leg due to start in August 2010 went ahead as planned, and this was the first show for Bono following his surgery, signifying his return to form.
U2 Sarajevo (1997)
In September 1997, U2 played a concert in Bosnia-Herzegovina, becoming the first act to perform in Sarajevo since the end of the Bosnian war. The song "Miss Sarajevo" made its debut that night, and the concert was well received, bringing people from many different backgrounds together.
U2 3D (2008)
Filmed in Buenos Aires during the Vertigo tour, U2 3D was the first live-action digital 3-D film, and earned the band positive reviews. It previewed at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 (where U2 also performed), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 and went on to public release in IMAX theaters around the world.
U2 and Lenny Kravitz – Anaheim (2011)
Source: Sam Carter Art
I've discovered this unusual poster only recently. Designed by U2 fan Sam Carter, who's also a fan of underground concert posters, and titled "Angel of Harlem," the poster refers to the song "Angel of Harlem" and Angel Stadium where the show took place over two nights in June 2011.
U2 War Tour (1983)
After the release of the War album and its success in Europe and America, U2 embarked on the War tour, which saw them perform as headline acts for the first time. U2 would later release Under A Blood Red Sky, which featured a performance from Red Rocks in Denver, Colo., and cemented U2 as a top live act.
U2 Brand with PJ Harvey (2001)
Source: Wolfgang's Vault
This poster was designed by artist Uncle Charlie to publicize a gig in Heuston, Texas, on 2nd April, 2001 and takes it's inspiration from the Daz washing powder brand, with U2 being the brand! I really like this poster too, it's quirky and different and also I think one for the collection!
(c) @U2/Foster, 2012.