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For sale: Giant, claw-like concert stage from U2 tour (slightly used)



U2 stage in Tampa/Times photo

U2 is selling the claw-like stage setup from their recent world tour. Oh, you know the one I'm talking about. It got better reviews than the band did these last couple albums. I'm just shocked that Bono and The Edge aren't keeping it and turning it into some superhero clubhouse. Or using it to remake The Spy Who Loved Me.


"Designed by Bono, Willie Williams and Mark Fisher, the massive stage structure is an industry first," according to a LiveNation press release. "Tried and tested at over 110 concerts in 78 cities in 30 countries, the in-the-round transportable structure was designed to support up to 185 tonnes and engineered to withstand high winds while sustaining seismic loads. While on tour, 'the claw' carried a cylindrical video screen able to open to a size of 14,000 square feet and designed to provide fans with the best possible concert viewing experience ever. It was an overwhelming success."

In case you're wondering what you could POSSIBLY do with a structure of this sort, well, stop sweating. Panther Management, which is selling the claw, has some suggestions:

  • "As a music and entertainment venue, structure is able to provide a large covered stage area with or without wings and offers maximum load capacity for any event.
  • "At a world exposition or Olympic games, this is an attention grabbing high profile structure that also claims a unique piece of history.
  • "As an exhibition hall, the complex could be fitted with multiple floors with ceilings anywhere from 10 to 100 feet.
  • "As a plaza, the “claw” encompasses an area of 2,727 square meters (28,287 square feet) and would easily accommodate up to 2,800 people under cover.
  • "As a pre-built, engineered enclosure the structure is easily transportable, requires a very short installation time frame, and has proven to be extremely rugged and dependable."

And the pricetag? Well, if you have to ask ...

[Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 1:01pm]


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