Press release: Rock Hall of Fame Announces U2 exhibit
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, January 08, 2003
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A RETROSPECTIVE ON U2
"IN THE NAME OF LOVE:
TWO DECADES OF U2" OPENING FEBRUARY 8
CLEVELAND (January 8, 2003) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
Museum proudly announces an upcoming retrospective on the Irish rock band U2. Titled IN THE NAME OF LOVE: Two Decades of
, the comprehensive exhibit will open on February 8 and run through September 2003.
"U2 is one of the most important
rock bands of the past two decades. They have made brilliant music and they possess a unique kind of integrity and social
conscience," said James Henke, Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs. "I'm delighted that they are being so
cooperative, and I think this exhibit will be a special treat for their fans."
The exhibit will include more than two
dozen pieces of clothing, going back to outfits from the 1983 War tour to costumes from U2's most recent tours and videos.
The new exhibit will also include instruments from all four band members, original lyric manuscripts, stage set designs, personal
correspondence and video and animation cells. The Museum also has a large collection of artifacts from the band that have
been on loan to the Museum since it opened in 1995, as well as costumes from Bono that were featured in the Rock Style exhibit
in 2000. These materials will be incorporated into the new exhibit.
The exhibit will consume the top three floors
of the Museum. From February 8 through May 2003, the fourth floor will feature an exhibit of U2 photographs by Anton Corbijn.
Over thirty photographs of U2 taken by the world-famous photographer between the early 1980s and today will be on exhibit.
June through September 2003, the fourth floor will house an exhibit dedicated to the "look" of U2 over the years. Artwork
from designer Steve Averill and his team at Four 5 One, who have been working with U2 from the very beginning, will be featured
in this part of the exhibit. The exhibit will include album cover concepts that have never used as well as many other looks
that U2 has gone through. IN THE NAME OF LOVE: Two Decades of U2
will open on Saturday, February 8 at 6:30
p.m. with a special preview party. This party is open to Museum members and their guests. Tickets are $15.00 and go on sale
Monday, January 13 through Ticketmaster and at the Museum box office. Tickets are limited. Members must show their membership
card at the door for entry to the party. The event will include a special viewing of the U2 exhibit, a short lecture by James
Henke, Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs, light hors d'oeuvres, drinks and more.
In addition, a
special U2 fan celebration is in the works for Spring 2003.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exists to educate
its visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and significance of rock and roll music. The Museum
carries out this mission through its efforts to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret this art form.
Among the artifacts featured in IN THE NAME OF LOVE: Two Decades of U2
- The leather jacket worn by Bono during the Super Bowl XXXVI half-time performance in 2001. A trademark for the Elevation
Tour 2001, the inside of the jacket is lined with an American flag.
- Stetson Bono wore during the Joshua Tree tour and is featured on the cover of Rattle and Hum.
- Studded jeans and #7 shirt that the Edge wore during the Elevation Tour 2001
- The first U2 shirt, made by drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.
- The Irish Falcon Gretsch guitar Bono used during much of the Elevation Tour 2001
- First place trophy for a battle of the bands U2 won in 1978
- Production notes from Daniel Lanois
- A collection of promotional and merchandise items from over the years
- Fanzines and other fan-related memorabilia
Original lyric manuscripts, spanning U2's entire career, including
"The Ocean," "Bad," "Indian Summer Sky," "When Love Comes to Town," "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" and revised "New York" lyrics
after September 11, 2001.
© Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2003.