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RNR Hall Of Fame Offers U2 Retrospective

A U2 retrospective is set to open February 8 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. "In The Name Of Love: Two Decades Of U2" features more than two dozen pieces of clothing, including outfits worn on the group's tours and in videos from the past 20 years; instruments provided by all four band members; original lyric manuscripts; stage set designs; personal correspondence; and video and animation cells. There's also some U2 memorabilia that's been on loan to the Rock Hall Museum since it opened in 1995. The exhibit is scheduled to run through September 2003.

U2 guitarist the Edge says that the exhibit is part of a long-term commitment the group has made to the Rock Hall. "We've been donating stuff to the Hall Of Fame over the years, you know, and I've been there a couple of times, and I think it's a great facility," Edge said. "It's fascinating to wander around. We give them any help we can." Edge and U2 frontman Bono have been involved in Hall Of Fame inductions for the The Who, the The Yardbirds, Bob Marley, and Bruce Springsteen.
The U2 exhibition will take up the top three floors of the museum, with a shifting design on the top floor. From its opening through May, the fourth floor will feature an exhibit of U2 photographs by Anton Corbijn, who has also directed many of the band's videos, while June through September will bring an exhibit dedicated to the band's image, spotlighting U2 artwork by designer Steve Averill and his Four 5 One team, plus unused album cover concepts.
"In The Name of Love: Two Decades Of U2" will kick off with a special preview party open to museum members and their guests. A limited number of tickets priced at $15 each went on sale January 13 through Ticketmaster and at the Museum box office.
U2 is nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal for its live version of "Walk On," taken from the America: A Tribute To Heroes album. The Grammy Awards will be handed out February 23 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and broadcast on CBS.
-- Darryl Morden, Los Angeles, Gary Graff, Detroit (launch.com)

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