U2’s Popmart: Sincerity Masked by Artifice

LAS VEGAS — Truth battles packaging in U2’s Popmart tour, the stadium spectacle that the band unveiled here on Friday night at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl. The package is high-concept, high-tech razzle-dazzle: a superstar band shows off its big-budget prerogatives and flaunts its status as a consumer product. But the songs, new and old, […]

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Stylish ‘Zoo TV’ Blurs Fact and Fiction

By STEVE HOCHMAN When you see a TV show open with a guy removing his prosthetic nose, you know you’ve got something different from the usual fare. It’s a great attention-getter for the second installment of “Zoo TV,” the three-week magazine-style series airing on MTV beginning Sunday, and it is the crux of the program. […]

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