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Report: U2 shooting Achtung Baby documentary in Winnipeg this week


The city of Winnipeg is all abuzz over the sight of several trucks of U2 equipment being loaded into the Burton Cummings Theatre on Thursday.

There's no official word of what's happening, but CJOB radio says U2 is shooting a documentary to be called Achtung! with Davis Guggenheim, the man who helmed It Might Get Loud a couple years ago with The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White. If that turns out to be correct, the documentary would presumably be included on the anticipated-but-not-yet-announced Achtung Baby re-issue/remaster that's expected later this year.

The Winnipeg Free Press says there's a "strong possibility" that U2 will be rehearsing and/or shooting a documentary at the theatre. CBC says they've only been told the facility is booked for a private event.

At both of those links you can see photos of U2's gear outside the theatre. @U2 readers Rick S. and Heather A. were at the theatre earlier today and shared several photos with us. We've added them to our Flickr account, and here's a slideshow of today's activity.

We'll update this post if/when we hear more about what's happening in Winnipeg. Rick S. also sent us this photo of The Claw, which has now gone up at Canad Inns Stadium in preparation for Sunday's concert. Thx Rick! Thx Heather!

Claw in WPG