// Popmart DVD details
U2.com has confirmed that a Popmart DVD will be released this summer.
'PopMart Live From Mexico City' is expected to be in stores by the end of June, an exact release date has not been confirmed.
The concert, filmed on December 3, 1997 at Foro Sol Autodromo in Mexico City, was previously released on VHS in 1998.
For its debut on DVD it's been transferred to digital with upgraded pictures and remastered audio, mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.
The DVD will come in a Standard 1-disc format, featuring the concert, and a Special Limited Edition 2-disc format, the 2nd bonus disc containing unreleased live audio and video material, including documentaries, a PopMart tour visuals montage, and DVD-ROM extras.
Here's what's on the bonus disc:
Bonus live tracks
Live from Rotterdam (Feyenoord Stadium, 18th July 1997):
- Where The Streets Have No Name
- If You Wear That Velvet Dress
Live from Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium, 14th June 1997) :
- Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
- Mysterious Ways
Bonus video tracks
- Staring At The Sun (Miami version)
- Last Night On Earth - First Night In Hell (Remix version)
- Lemon For Sale
- The Road To Sarajevo
- A Tour Of The Tour
- Last Night On Earth - One Day In Kansas
A PopMart Tour Visuals Montage, curated by Catherine Owens
Extras: Weblinks, Wallpapers, Screensavers
And here's the track listing for disc 1, the concert disc: (continued)
// U2 3D trailer
Here is the trailer for 'U2 3D', the first ever live-action concert film in 3-D, which is heading for cinemas later this year.
Bono will present 'U2 3D' at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival later this month, where a 55 minute preview of the movie will be shown.
To watch the film viewers need to wear special 3-D glasses, and only specialist 3-D cinemas will be able to screen it.
But that's worth it says Catherine Owens, who directed the movie:
There is no comparison with a traditional concert film seen in 2D. One minute you are on stage with the band and the next you are at the back of the stadium.
The best way I can describe it for the viewer is that it's like being on the wings of a bird flying around the concert stadium - it's really something else.
IGN has an in-depth article about the state of the art 3-D technology used for this movie.
// Bono, The Edge and Spiderman on Broadway
U2's Bono and The Edge have signed up to write the music and lyrics for a forthcoming Spiderman Broadway musical.
Auditions have started, but no date has been set for the show's debut.
It's not the first time that Bono and Edge write for the stage, in 1990 they composed songs for for a Royal Shakespeare Company production of 'A Clockwork Orange'.
// U2 get to work on new album
U2 have announced that they have begun work on their new album.
Guitarist The Edge says that the band are working with producer Rick Rubin on the follow up to 2004's 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'.
We're working on new songs and getting lost in the music, I don't think we're going to try and think too much about what we're going to do with it yet, we're just going to do a lot of writing and just see what gives.
We're giving ourselves the luxury of just working on the songs. There's some amazing things coming through.
// Bono receives honorary knighthood
Bono has been named a 'Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire' in an informal, laugh-filled ceremony in the Dublin home of British Ambassador David Reddaway.
What a great year for an Irishman to receive an award from Great Britain...I couldn't be more proud. I would like to thank Her Majesty's Ambassador for pinning this award on me in my home town, and the band for not bursting my balloon.
// Adam Clayton splits from fiance
According to reports in the Irish media the engagement between Adam Clayton and his fiance Susie Smith has been called off.
Last year the couple announced that they were planning to marry this year, but now it seems that their eight-year romance has ended. Sources say that the couple has separated amicably and that they hope to remain friends.
Smith, a London-based record company executive, met Clayton when she worked as an assistant to U2 manager Paul McGuinness.
It's Adam's second broken-off engagement, in 1993 he was briefly engaged to supermodel Naomi Campbell.