October 7, 2009

Rock Band: U2?

From The USA Today:

U2: 'We definitely would like to be' in video game
By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

U2 may reconsider joining Rock Band. A year ago, the Irish quartet was in talks with the video game maker about lending their songs and likenesses to a version of the popular series. At that time, U2 bowed out, but the debut of The Beatles: Rock Band, with its faithful depictions of the Fab Four, may change the band’s minds.
“We definitely would like to be in there, but we felt some of the compromises weren’t what we wanted,� bassist Adam Clayton tells USA TODAY's Edna Gundersen. “That could change. I love the idea that that’s where people are getting music, and we’d love to be in that world. We’ll figure something out. What The Beatles have done, where the animation is much more representative of them, is what we’re interested in, rather than the one-size-fits-all animation. We didn’t want to be caricatured.�

U2 is already following The Beatles into the record books. The Liverpool quartet was the first act to ever play a stadium, packing 55,600 fans into Shea Stadium on Aug. 15, 1965. The gross: $304,000. U2, starring in the biggest touring production ever staged, is breaking records at every stop on its high-tech 360° Tour. The band drew a record 84,472 to Giants Stadium on Sept. 24. The take? Roughly $8 million. Read more from Bono and the guys in our story here, our cool panoramic interactive view from the stage here and see concert photos here.Â
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