"Window in the Skies" (Modernista Version 2) [04:14]

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Video Information

This is the second version of the Modernista video for “Window in the Skies”. This video, like the first, uses footage of other musicians to make it look as if they are performing the song. U2 appear, as fans in a crowd of people attending a concert. This later version of the video includes footage of the Beatles, which U2 were unable to get the rights to use in time for the first edit of the video to be done. The director Koepke spoke about how they got the Beatles footage: “That was a big challenge, and that’s where Jeff Estow came in. He had to call everybody. Towards the end, we started splitting up calls. And then Bono made some calls. Bono got the Beatles in at the end — who had originally said “no” to us.” This new version of the video debuted on February 2, 2007 on u2.com.

The video features clips from a wide array of artists.

The full run down of performers and clips in the video that have been identified include: Frank Zappa, Billie Holiday, Simon & Garfunkel, Roy Orbison, Bjork, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Marley, David Byrne (White shoes from “Stop Making Sense” video), Willie Dixon, Louis Armstrong, John Bonham (Led Zeppelin from “How the West Was Won”), Run DMC (Shoe), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin from “How the West Was Won”), David Bowie, Angus Young (AC/DC), Lou Reed, Frank Sinatra, John Stirratt (Wilco), Kanye West with John Legend, Mick Jones (The Clash), Nat King Cole, Audience at Led Zeppelin Concert (Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1970), Topper Headon (The Clash), Keith Moon (The Who), The Rolling Stones, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Ozzy Osbourne, Four Tops, Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Elvis Costello, The Ramones ,Jimi Hendrix, John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Joe Strummer (The Clash), Johnny Cash, Iggy Pop, Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Mary J. Blige, Perry Farrel (Jane’s Addiction), Elvis Presley, Art Neville, Morrissey (The Smiths), Beck, Beyonce (Destiny’s Child), Elton John, The Police, Wu-Tang Clan, Sharon Corr (The Corrs), Beck, The Temptations (?), Jack White (The White Stripes), Meg White (The White Stripes), Sly and the Family Stone, Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Bono, Larry, Adam and the Edge in the crowd, Charles Mingus, Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Arcade Fire, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Paul and John (Beatles), Ringo (Beatles), Sam Cooke, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Vladimir Samojlovic Horovic (Mosca Recita, April 20, 1986), Ronnie Spector (The Ronettes), James Brown, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), MC5, Queen, Muddy Waters? (Newport Jazz Festival), Jackie Wilson, Beastie Boys, Parliament-Funkadelic, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Chuck D (Public Enemy), MC5, Flavor Flav (Public Enemy), Adam Clayton in audience, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bono in audience, Jay-Z, Larry in Audience, Patti Smith, Jesse Gallagher (Apollo Sunshine), Stevie Wonder, From Documentary: When We Were Kings, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Frank Zappa, Edge in Audience, John Entwistle (The Who from Monterey Pop Festival), Adam in Audience, Edge in Audience, From Movie: The Constant Gardener, Frank Sinatra.

The footage of U2 was shot in a hotel in Melbourne, Australia, which is a well known music venue in the area. 300 extras were chosen to appear in the video, and U2 were filmed so it appears they are in the crowd at this amazing rock show. Larry looks like he particularly enjoyed his time shooting this video. U2 was filmed on November 20, 2006. The video itself took three months to complete and work had begun in September of 2006 on the video.

Video Shooting Locations

Quick Start - Leaflet

Additional Screen Captures

Video Credits

Directed by Gary Koepke
Art Director: Nathan Naylor
Director of Broadcast: Charles Wolford
Associate Producer: Joyce Chen
Production Assistant: Alejandra Ravassa
Business Affairs Manager: Jeff Estow
Editors: David Brodie and Max Koepke
Assistant Editor: Julian Wadsworth
Post-Production at the Mill, New York
Creative Director: Angus Kneale
Producers: Verity Grantham and Dan Roberts
Lead Flame Artist: Dan WIlliams
Flame Artists: Dirk Greene, Richard de Carteret, Westley Sarokin, Gavin Wellsman, Mark French, Aska Otagke, Cole Scrheiber
Smoke Artists: Jeff Robins and Tristian Wade
Combustion Artists: Jeanette Willford, Anu Nagaraj and Winston Lee
Telecine Artists: Fergus McCall and Sal Malfitano
Support Artists: Gigi Ng and Mary Casey
3D Animators: Ben Smith, Pete Hamilton, Kevin Ives, Jin Choi, Emily Meger, Wyatt Seavarese.