In the name of love, it’s The U2 Show

AT THE ASTOR: The U2 Show - Achtung Baby. The show is played by a tight group of friends and talented musicians, Michael Cavallaro, Peter Kalamaras, David Attard and Craig Jupp. Photo: Catherine Rohotas at Musicland
AT THE ASTOR: The U2 Show - Achtung Baby. The show is played by a tight group of friends and talented musicians, Michael Cavallaro, Peter Kalamaras, David Attard and Craig Jupp. Photo: Catherine Rohotas at Musicland

IT’S going to be a beautiful night in Goulburn when The U2 Show – Achtung Baby comes to the city.

Bass player David Attard, who adopts the persona of U2’s Adam Clayton, says there is a lot of demand for tribute musicians in Australia. They’ve been doing this for about 14 years, “and we have been able to travel the country several times over,” Attard said.

He and band mates Michael Cavallaro, Peter Kalamaras and Craig Jupp have also performed overseas, taking in Singapore, China, New Zealand and Vanuatu. “Most of the people who come are U2 fans,” Attard said. “Lots of them are very critical! But we’ve had plenty of very good responses.” 

The U2 Show – Achtung Baby has had fans come and celebrate the music of U2 with them multiple times.

The band says they will be performing their most lavish show to date, overflowing with all the U2 classics beloved by many.

It will be accompanied by all the flamboyance of costumes and stylings of Bono, Edge, Clayton and Mullen, as well as the visual animations and films that have featured in legendary U2 tours like Zooropa and U2:360.

They give painstakingly detail, seeking to reproduce each note, each sound, each nuance of performance and audience interaction.

Attard said the first time he heard a U2 song would have been when he was about 11 years old and it was playing in his lounge room.

He loved it then, and has never looked back. 

“Everyone in the band is a U2 fan,” Attard said. “We just really enjoy playing their music. We also think U2 is a great band [from which] to make a really diverse show. It works for a very broad audience.” 

While U2 might perform different versions of their songs in their live shows, The U2 Show performs the songs exactly as they have been recorded, either in the studio or live.

The show also uses costumes and imagery, just like the original band. “We provide a show as close as we can with the concepts of costume changes and visual effects,” Attard said. “We have given a lot of thought into not just the music, but also the whole experience.” 

The concert will feature a selection of U2’s greatest songs from albums such as Achtung Baby, Joshua Tree, Unforgettable Fire, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Rattle and Hum, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, and No Line On The Horizon.

The U2 Show: Achtung Baby will be on Friday, May 25, at the Astor Hotel in the Attic, upstairs on the corner of Auburn and Clinton streets. Doors open 6pm.

Tickets are available through the Astor Hotel’s Facebook page.

Everyone in the band is a U2 fan. We just really enjoy playing their music. It works for a very broad audience.

David Attard (Adam Clayton)