- 08 Nov 18
The 360° Tour would go on to be the biggest grossing in history. along the way, there was the small matter of filming the show in the Rose Bowl. Malcolm Gerrie had to make it happen...
“Not only did it work, but it looked fucking amazing...”
Not a lot of people know this story, but at the start of the U2360° Tour, the band weren’t planning to shoot the Rose Bowl. At all. They wanted to do a shoot in Fez, a town in Morocco, where they’d done some of the writing and recording for No Line On The Horizon, which was the ‘album of the tour’. They wanted us to film it in a ‘riad’ – a type of Moroccan house built around an open “360 degree” courtyard – and there would be 100- 200 invited people there to see it. The opening shot was to be from outer space, through the ozone and zoomed into the house through the open roof. That seemed very manageable!
Then, three weeks before filming was due to start, I got a text from Paul McGuinness saying: ‘Hi Malcolm, we’re killing Fez. But don’t worry, we’re thinking about the Rose Bowl!! Ring me!