The IMAX movie "U2 3D," currently on view at the Natural History Museum, adds new dimension to the age-old concert movie. This is not Scorsese's "Last Waltz". This is a rock and roller coaster ride where a pair of red plastic glasses is the keypass to a whole new musical realm. This is U2, the band, with vocalist Bono, bass player Adam Clayton, guitarist The Edge and drummer Larry Mullen Jr, bigger than ever, playing in a manner that's as up close and personal as it comes, musicians three stories tall.
The 3D experience is not yet perfected, there's still something about it that makes it more novel than normal. Even so, the camera takes the viewer on a soaring sweep 15 feet above the crowd, or to a kneeling perch just under the drummer's drums, or right up on stage with the musicians. It's an hour and a half of exhilarating camera angles of a 14-song performance filmed during the band's 2005-06 Vertigo tour.
The view from the stage is breathtaking. Tens of thousands of concert goers, a teeming crowd, moving as one giant organism in a massive surge of love and admiration for the band. It's enough to make you wish you were a performer.