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The band U2 have released a new documentary entitled, “From The Sky Down”, which traces their direction after “The Joshua Tree” and onto “Achtung Baby”.

But…unlike their previous documentary, “Achtung Baby: A Classic Album Under Review”, which focused on the music of the album itself, this film looks back after several decades of the four boys being ‘U2’, and where they were all those years ago.

Bono, The Edge, Adam, and Larry take you through the journey of ‘…music, and mindsets, and missions, oh my!…’, from the downing of the Berlin Wall to the almost downfall of the band itself.

Along the way, you see the images of what some of the songs were going to be, and how some of those ‘throwaway bits’ actually inspired other songs that have become standards in their live set today.

And the constructing of the songs was matched note for note with the deconstruction of the trust they felt, not as people, but as bandmates who could rely on each other’s feelings, instincts, and commonalties, their direction, and subsequent overhaul, of their sound and mental state of well-being as well.

The famous quote that started their whole “Achtung Baby” journey, and still reverberates in the ears of U2 fans today, is when Bono, on stage, announced that the band were gonna go away and think the whole thing up again.

This is that thought process…

…as well as the outcome.


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