Growing up in South Florida during the seventies, concerts were a big deal. Thirty one years ago, Elvis Presley performed his final South Florida appearance at the Hollywood Sportatorium. The memories of "The Rolling Stones," "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" and "Michael
Jackson" concerts will go up in smoke when the Orange Bowl is demolished later this year. It has will be the twenty year anniversary this July third when Joe Robbie Stadium hosted their first concert, a triple header featuring Chicago (disappointing), Hall & Oates (who were great when they did not perform their own songs) and Rod Stewart (who was excellent). Of
course, Paul McCartney has fond memories performing as "Beatle Paul" in the early 1960s and with solo concert tours during the seventies, eighties, nineties and new millennium.
While concerts promote community and tail gating rituals, sometimes these pleasurable experiences can be exhausting affairs. Of course, there is usually some loser puffing marijuana at these concerts that make red eyes and stink up clothing. Then there is the dangerous commute from a concert venue that demands defensive driving from stoned teen age drivers or adults who believe that Jim Morrison is still alive and well and sitting in the back seat of their car. "U2 3D" provides a new concert experience for individuals who no longer desire such commutes.
The Museum of Discovery IMAX theatre in Fort Lauderdale is presenting the first ever first live-action movie ever shot, produced and exhibited in
digital 3-D. Screened at the Cannes Film Festival last summer, "U2 3D" features Bono (lead singer and guitar), the Edge (guitar, keyboards, vocal), Adam Clayton (bass guitar) and Larry Mullen (drums) as the band on the run.
Known for their soulful rock and ballads, "U2 3D" provides an intimate experience by using a projector’s 15,000 watt Xenon bulb that projects images onto the five-story-high screen. With Cinematographers: Tom Krueger ("Fatal Attraction") and Peter Anderson ("Terminator 2 -3D" in Universal Studios , "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" at Disneyworld EPCOT), "U2 3D" may be considered one of the best concert movies ever. "U2 3D" is also enchanced by a 15,000 watt digital sound system that delivers six discrete channels of clear sound through 42 speakers.
As a band, U 2 was heavily featured in the late 1980s in rotation on MTV. With the release of the heavily promoted LP Record album, cassette and Compact Disc - "The Joshua Tree," U 2's music entered mainstream. With his rendition of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," Bono sent chills down the spines of the IMAX press screening. Bono's band mates are especially in synch during performances of "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "With or Without You."
For some, **U2** is an acquired taste. Nonetheless the band's message is a positive one that respects multiple world religions. With a large electronic billboard in the background, the symbols of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian Faiths appear. The computer graphics configures the symbols into one word
"U2 3D" is reminder about how much fun a rock concert can be. Given the digital video and the Big Screen of IMAX 3 D, one wonders what The Beatles or a Glenn Miller band could have done with such epic technology in their hey day.