Bono, U2 doc will open Toronto International Film Festival

A film about Bono and U2 will kick off the Toronto International Film Festival. Organizers on Tuesday announced that “From the Sky Down,” Davis Guggenheim’s documentary about the mega-band, will open the North American film showcase on Sept. 8.

Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for the environmental film “An Inconvenient Truth” and directed last year’s education-reform documentary “Waiting for Superman,” said that his new movie traces the arc of an act that has defied conventional wisdom. “In the terrain of rock bands, implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull toward destruction,” he said in a statement.

U2 began life about three decades ago by making politically inflected rock songs and has reinvented its sound numerous times. It’s one of the all-time top-grossing acts, with Bono of course regarded as a prominent activist for numerous causes, particularly in the Third World.

The “Sky” choice is rare for Toronto, which in its 35 previous editions has never opened with a documentary and frequently opens with a Canadian film (last year’s opener was “Score: A Hockey Musical”). Organizers have not said whether Bono will come to the festival.

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U2 no longer headlining Glastonbury, Postponing American tour

U2 has been forced to postpone its American tour dates and cancel on the Glastonbury ticket-holders anxious to see the band headline the festival in June. After injuring his back and being admitted to the Ludwig Maximilians-University Hospital in Munich on Friday, Bono is now beginning an eight-week long rehabilitation process that will keep him off stage for most of the summer.

As stated by U2’s manager, Paul McGuinness, on the band’s website: “Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated. For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow. He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience.” U2’s 360° tour, which kicked off in Europe last August, was set to hit Salt Lake City June 3 and stop at many West and East coast stadiums from that date through July 19.

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