The ambitious structure from the band's 360 Tour has found an unlikely permanent home...
U2‘s ambitious stage structure ‘The Claw’ will become a permanent landmark at an aquarium in Utah.
In 2009, Bono and co embarked on the two-year 360 Tour. As part of the shows’ grand production, 165-foot four-legged stages were erected in huge venues across the globe – offering fans a unique view of the band.
Now, it’s been confirmed that one of the steel beasts will have a new home at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Draper, Utah.
“We are excited to bring this iconic monument to its permanent home in Utah,” LLPA’s Founder & CEO Brent Anderson said in a statement (via Pitchfork). “This landmark will shine a light on our mission to inspire people to explore, discover, and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems.”
Craig Evans, U2’s tour director, added: “It’s bittersweet to see it go, but we are pleased it’s going to enhance the mission and vision of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium as part of its expanded campus.”
You can check out a mock-up on LLPA’s official website, where they say that ‘The Claw’ “will serve as a majestic symbol of science exploration, learning, and conservation”.
At the end of the band’s 360 Tour in 2011, it was reported that they had approved calls to turn the structures into permanent venues. The move followed an appeal in 2009 from the band’s tour architect Mark Fisher.
Each claw is said to have cost between £15m and £20m.
Meanwhile, U2 have announced the vinyl reissue of three of their classic releases, including their 2000 album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’.
The three records in question – 1985’s ‘Wide Awake In America’ EP, 1997’s ‘Pop’, and ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ – will be all be remastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl for the reissue, with each record set to be packaged in a sleeve which faithfully reproduces the original release’s artwork.