Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris

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Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris
U2 Innocence + Experience - Live in Paris video cover.jpg
Video by U2
Released 10 June 2016
Recorded 7 December 2015, AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France
Genre Rock
Length 151 minutes
Label Island, Interscope
Director Hamish Hamilton
U2 video chronology
Songs of Innocence
(2014) Songs of Innocence2014
Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris
(2016) Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris2016
Songs of Experience
(2017) Songs of Experience2017

Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris (stylised as iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live in Paris) is a 2016 concert film by Irish rock band U2. It was shot on 7 December 2015 at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, during the final date of the band's Innocence + Experience Tour. The concert aired on American television network HBO the same day as the show, and was later released worldwide on home video on DVD, Blu-ray, and via digital download on 10 June 2016.

The video depicts U2's return to Paris less than a month after the 13 November 2015 attacks in the city, the band had played two of four scheduled shows in the city when the attacks occurred, forcing the postponement of the final two shows and the originally planned HBO broadcast until December. During the 7 December show, U2 paid tribute to the victims of the attacks and were joined on-stage by Eagles of Death Metal, whose concert at the Bataclan was the site of the deadliest of the attacks.

Background[edit]

Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris was originally scheduled to air on American television network HBO on 14 November 2015 to showcase a performance from U2 on their Innocence + Experience Tour at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France from earlier that day.[1] However, the broadcast was delayed after the terrorist attacks in Paris the day prior forced the postponement of the band's final two Paris concerts, scheduled for 14 and 15 November.[2] The shows were rescheduled for 6 and 7 December,[3] making them the final dates of the European leg of the tour.[4] According to tour producer Arthur Fogel, "minimal" refunds were requested (3,000 of the 34,000 tickets sold), the rescheduling posed logistical challenges for the band, as the tour was supposed to end in Dublin more than a week prior to the new Paris dates, and crew members and equipment had been set to disperse. Arena security was bolstered for the rescheduled shows.[5] Writing about U2's plan to return to a Paris still on high alert, Don Kaplan of the Daily News said, "The Dublin band, born in the crucible of violence that gripped Ireland in the 1970s and '80s, has long collaborated with other musicians, artists, celebrities, and politicians to address issues concerning poverty, disease, and social injustice. That they've now opted to challenge terrorism and fear should surprise absolutely no one."[6]

U2 are joined on-stage by Eagles of Death Metal, who were returning to Paris for the first time since the attack at their Bataclan show.

U2 paid tribute to the victims of the attacks by displaying their names on the video screen during their performance of "City of Blinding Lights",[7] the display was created by Willie Williams and the tour's video team. Guitarist the Edge said the group tried to balance paying tribute "in an artful way that doesn't feel exploitive or jingoistic or anything trite",[7] at the end of the show, the group were joined on-stage by Eagles of Death Metal, who were returning to the city for the first time since their show at the Bataclan where the deadliest of the attacks in Paris occurred, killing 89 people. Bono introduced the group by saying, "They were robbed of their stage, so we would like to offer them ours."[7] The two bands performed a cover of Patti Smith's song "People Have the Power" before U2 left the stage and Eagles of Death Metal concluded the show with their song "I Love You All the Time",[8] the Edge singled out the moment in which the members of U2 handed their instruments to Eagles of Death Metal as his favourite of the evening.[7]

Release[edit]

The concert was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and via digital download on 10 June 2016.[9] Deluxe editions of physical copies include bonus video material. A super deluxe bundle includes: a USB light bulb; a 64-page hardcover book; stencil set; dog tags; badges; and a downloadable copy of the concert.[10]

The packaging for the home release was designed by AMP Visual in conjunction with long-time band consultant Gavin Friday, the cover image depicts a lightbulb, a prop that was used at the beginning of shows on the Innocence + Experience Tour to represent U2's early, innocent days. The light bulb photographed was taken from a desk lamp and was given a "tough punk-like graphic" treatment, the packaging design is an homage to Andy Warhol's artwork for The Velvet Underground & Nico; additionally, the two-DVD edition of Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris features a peel-off sticker of the light bulb, similar to the banana sticker that peels off the cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Track list per U2.com official website.[12]

All lyrics written by Bono; all music composed by U2, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "People Have the Power" (public address introduction) Patti Smith, Fred "Sonic" Smith  
2. "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" U2 (music), Bono and The Edge (lyrics)  
3. "Vertigo" U2 (music), Bono and The Edge (lyrics)  
4. "I Will Follow"    
5. "Iris (Hold Me Close)" U2 (music), Bono and The Edge (lyrics)  
6. "Cedarwood Road" U2 (music), Bono and The Edge (lyrics)  
7. "Song for Someone" U2 (music), Bono and The Edge (lyrics)  
8. "Sunday Bloody Sunday"    
9. "Raised By Wolves" U2 (music), Bono and The Edge (lyrics)  
10. "Until the End of the World"    
11. "The Fly" (public address during intermission)    
12. "Invisible"    
13. "Even Better Than the Real Thing"    
14. "Mysterious Ways"    
15. "Elevation"    
16. "Every Breaking Wave" U2 (music), Bono and The Edge (lyrics)  
17. "October"    
18. "Bullet the Blue Sky"    
19. "Zooropa"    
20. "Where the Streets Have No Name"    
21. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"    
22. "With or Without You"    
23. "Stephen Hawking Global Citizen" (prerecorded speech)    
24. "City of Blinding Lights"    
25. "Beautiful Day"    
26. "Mother and Child Reunion" Paul Simon  
27. "Bad"    
28. "One"    
29. "People Have the Power" (with Eagles of Death Metal) Smith, Smith  
30. "I Love You All the Time" (solo performance by Eagles of Death Metal) Jesse Hughes, Joshua Homme, Mark Ramos Nishita  
Bonus Material
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Cedarwood Road – A Gavin Friday Narration"    
2. "Out of Control" (Live in Paris – 6 December 2015)    
3. "The Future Better Hurry Up" (commercial for Innocence + Experience Tour)    
4. "The Electric Co." (Live in Paris – 11 November 2015)    
5. "i + e – Behind the Scenes with the Director"    
6. "Bad" / "People Have the Power" (With Patti Smith, Live in Paris – 6 December 2015) U2 / Smith, Smith  
7. "The Wanderer" (Intermission video)    
8. "The Troubles"    
9. "Music Videos"
  • "Ordinary Love"
  • "Invisible"
  • "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)"
  • "Every Breaking Wave" – A Film by Aoife Mcardle
  • "Song for Someone" (Directed by Vincent Haycock)
  • "Song for Someone" (Behind the Scenes)
  • "Song for Someone" (Directed by Matt Mahurin)"
   

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Brazilian DVDs (ABPD)[13] 4
UK Music Video Chart Top 50 (OCC)[14] 1
US Music Videos (Billboard)[15] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grow, Kory (30 July 2015). "U2 to Air 'Innocence' Show, Behind-the-Scenes Doc on HBO". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Butler, Bethonie (13 November 2015). "U2 postpones its Paris concert that was to air live on HBO Saturday night". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "U2 reschedules Paris concerts, HBO will air Dec. 7 show". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "U2 Reschedules Paris Concerts Postponed Because of Attacks". Time. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Waddell, Ray (8 December 2015). "U2's Rescheduled Paris Shows 'A Challenge' That Ended With a 'Great Experience' Says Live Nation Exec". Billboard. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Kaplan, Don (23 November 2015). "U2, HBO bravely reschedule Paris concert, despite global terror threats". Daily News. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d Newman, Melinda (23 June 2016). "U2's The Edge on HBO's 'Innocence + Experience' Paris Concert, Eagles of Death Metal and 'Busting Our Ass' to Finish the New Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Moyer, Justin Wm. (8 December 2015). "Eagles of Death Metal join U2 onstage for triumphant return after Paris attacks". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (13 May 2016). "U2 Announce iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE - Live In Paris Concert Film". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Bonner, Michael (13 May 2016). "U2 reveal iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE – Live In Paris". Uncut. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "U2 A Light in the Dark". AMP Visual. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Official release: Live in Paris DVD". U2.com. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Top DVD – 13/06/2016 a 19/06/2016". Portal Sucesso! (in Portuguese). 
  14. ^ "Official Music Video Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Music Video Sales: 2016-07-16". Billboard.