WINNIPEG - Achtung, babies. U2 have returned.
The Irish rock gods brought their 360į Tour back to Canada this week, landing in Winnipeg on Friday in advance of a Sunday night concert at the cityís Canad Inns Stadium.
Singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr., hit the city early to shoot some video for an upcoming release and possibly to rehearse for their upcoming shows, according to various media reports.
The group arrived at the cityís historic Burton Cummings Theatre around 7 p.m., signing autographs, chatting and mingling with several dozen onlookers gathered at the venue. Bono and co. were described as friendly and gracious with fans, who have been hanging around the area since the bandís gear was seen being loaded into the historic building Thursday.
Inside the Burt, security was extremely tight, with only faint bursts of music being heard occasionally. Reportedly, the musicians are filming documentary footage with director David Guggenheim for a DVD to be included in an upcoming 20th anniversary reissue of the bandís 1991 release Achtung Baby.
Meanwhile, across town, crews continued to assemble The Claw, the massive stage on which the band will perform Sunday. Along with the giant spidery arms, circular video screen and moving walkways, they might want to toss in a few space heaters; according to the latest forecast, by the time the band is slated to take the stage, it will be 12į C and cloudy.
After Winnipeg, U2 head to Edmonton for a Wednesday concert and Commonwealth Stadium. The next Canadian shows on the 360į Tour take place in Montreal July 8 and 9, followed by a Toronto show July 11.
The tour wraps up in Moncton, N.B., on July 30. It will be the bandís first visit to Atlantic Canada.