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U2 2017 : Joshua Tree Tour

Stadiums all across America and Europe will not be the hosts for just sports events this year, but also for the well known U2. The group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree by performing the 1987 album from beginning to the end. OneRepublic, Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers will rotate as opening acts. The tour starts at BC Place on May 12th and ends in Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium on July 1st. Then, the group will fly to Europe and run shows with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The first time in the history of U2, The Joshua Tree Tour will be an event where the group will play a classic album in concert. The album that they picked is probably one of the greatest and full of hits like “With or Without You”, “Where The Streets Have No Name”, and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Some of the rarely played songs like “In God’s Country”, “Trip Through Your Wires” and “Exit” will make those hardcore fans very happy. Also, “Red Hill Mining Town” will live up to its first live performance.

The structure of the show is still under construction. U2 guitarist The Edge said:” The show might not necessarily start with Track 1, Side 1 “Where The Streets Have No Name” because we feel like maybe we need to build up to that moment and we are still in the middle of figuring out exactly how the running order will go.”

Last year, at the time the group was working on the finishing touches for their new album Songs of Experience, the idea for The Joshua Tree tour was born. The Edge said:” The election happened and suddenly the world changed. We’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.”

Guys in the group came to the conclusion that worldwide political situation is very similar to like it was back in 1987 when The Joshua Tree was made. So the band saw the opportunity to make a tour and give themselves some time to think about the new album. Edge said:”The Joshua Tree album was written in the mid-1980s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics. It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.’ We needed to put the album on ice for a minute just to really think about it one more time before putting it out; just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say.”

The singer, Bono, also had a few words to say about The Joshua Tree and the upcoming tour:” Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years and it’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current: love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization … all the greats. I’ve sung some of these songs a lot, but never all of them. I’m up for it and if our audience is as excited as we are, it’s going to be a great night.”

If you are interested to hear U2 again, tickets sale starts on Tuesday, January 17th, for the US shows.       

Stadiums all across America and Europe will not be the hosts for just sports events this year, but also for the well known U2. The group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree by performing the 1987 album from beginning to the end...

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Documentary about North Korea cancelled

American Museum of Modern Art board announced that they have wrongly canceled the New York premiere of “Under the Sun,” a documentary about North Korea, after it has been heavily criticized by North Korea and Russia.

It is a troubling look at the Asian state by the Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky. This film supposed to be shown at the museum’s 2016 Doc Fortnight festival in February this year, but festival organizer and an assistant curator at Museum of Modern Arts, Sally Berger, expressed concern in January about launching the documentary. The problem was as she stumbled upon an article saying that any organization who was willing to show the film, would also risk retribution from North Korea.

 

After couple of days, she eventually said to the documentary’s distributor that the schedule has been changed, leaving that film out of the list. “It just simply came in too late to review all the possible ramifications of showing it here at MoMA,” she wrote.

On withdrawing the film, the chief curator of MoMA’s film department, Rajendra Roy said wrote: “‘Under the Sun’ is a remarkable documentary that was wrongly disinvited. The decision was made by the festival’s curator without my knowledge or input.” Later on, Ms. Berger was fired by the organization, and the spokeswoman for the MoMA, Margaret Doyle didn’t wanted to comment anything.

Even if there are many documentaries about North Korea, very few of them had the permission of the country’s government. The director Mansky spent two years negotiating with North Korea before succeeding to make a contract that allowed their government to give the script and cast, assign helpers to direct Mansky’s film crew and approve the final version of the film at the end.

North Korea was listed in the schedule with five other producers and representatives from Russia, Latvia, Germany and Mansky’s production company, Vertov Films. The quality of this film is hugely in way that Mansky chose to shoot it, regarding that all the scenes were staged by North Koreans. His solution was simply to let his cameras run all day, capturing everything. Finally he captured the whole staging phase, revealing one side of general manipulation in that country. In some point, North Korea cancelled his final trip to the capital Pyongyang, where he planned to finish the last part of story. He said that at the time he had only a third of the total footage planned. So, he gave his best to edit the existing material into a 90 minute documentary.

“Under the Sun” was received nicely on the international festival circuit, even managing to win some awards and good drawing reviews. Many saw this film as a study in state propaganda and the tough truth that leaves those staged borders. But, the documentary was heavily criticized by both North Korean and Russian government. North Korea tried to convince Russia to destroy all the material and even punish Vitaly Mansky. Russia’s Ministry of Culture, which firstly helped financing the documentary, later asked for its name to be removed from the credits. As Mr. Mansky didn’t want to make those changes, the Ministry has not granted permission for the documentary to be shown in Russia.

American Museum of Modern Art board announced that they have wrongly canceled the New York premiere of “Under the Sun,” a documentary about North Korea, after it has been heavily criticized by North Korea and Russia.
It is a troubling look at the Asian...