U2 to Sell 360 Tour 'Claw' as Permanent Venue

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Band in talks about converting their innovative stages into amphitheaters

By Matthew Perpetua, Rolling Stone

U2 have announced plans to sell "the claw" - the innovative four-legged structure at the center of their record-shattering 360 Tour - as a permanent venue following the conclusion of the tour this summer. The band had three of the 29,000-square-foot steel structures built for the two-year-long jaunt and are in discussions with various promoters about installing each at different spots around the world.

"It's certainly our intention to see these things recycled into permanent and usable ventures," U2 tour director Craig Evans told Billboard. Evans would not get into specifics about potential buyers but said that discussions typically involve converting the structures into full interior pavilions and amphitheaters. "They're something you can put up on a waterfront and become an instant skyline icon."

U2 manager Paul McGuinness told Rolling Stone about the plans to repurpose the tour staging last month. "They need to be slightly re-engineered so they'll have a roof, a rainproof roof covering the stage," says McGuinness. "We're actively marketing them at the moment, and I have every hope that they will find new homes as festival stages in three different locations around the world."

The "claw," which is the largest stage rig ever constructed for a concert tour, includes a sound system built into each leg, a cylindrical video screen, various lighting effects and hovers above the performance area. According to McGuinness, the band only owns the structure, and the buyer will need to purchase their own sound, lighting and video equipment.

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