RIO – GRAND!

The band have a smashing time shooting a new video...

Details have emerged of U2’s video shoot for the controversial song ‘WALK ON’, which got their album ‘ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND’ banned by the military dictatorship in BURMA.

As reported on NME.COM last week, the band went to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil to fulfil TV promotional duties, and while there decided to fly out video director Jonas Ackerlund to work with them.

Although ‘Walk On’ is not yet slated for a commercial release, a video is being made for the US market, and some early scenes were aired on the Globo TV station show ‘Fantastico’ at the weekend.

The Burmese government banned U2’s album because the song is dedicated to Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for a month along with her senior party colleagues. All material mentioning her has been banned in the country, and anyone found bringing it across the borders could face up to a 20-year prison sentence.

According to reports, scenes already shot include U2 at their hotel, the Copacabana Palace, driving through the city in an old-fashioned Cadillac, playing snooker and drinking in a bar, and dancing with a female fan in the middle of the street outside the bar.

There are no reports of their jaunt causing the chaos that it brought last time they performed in Rio, when the city centre was brought to a standstill and many fans missed their gig.

At the weekend, Globo TV showed a live performance by the band in front of an audience of 300 fans and VIPS. They played ‘Beautiful Day’, ‘Elevation’, ‘Stuck In A Moment (You Can’t Get Out Of)’ and a surprise track, ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’ from the soundtrack to ‘The Million Dollar Hotel’.