Your No-Panic Guide To LA Life, And The New (And Changing) Coronavirus Rules. A backup generator was also put on the roof so shooting could continue if the authorities shut off the power on the primary generator. For the video for Where the Streets Have No Name, Avis wanted U2 to perform on a building roof, in an homage to the Beatles' final public performance. Enjoy this blast from the past. Eventually, the local police shut down the video shoot. Here's a less high-quality version with less audio overlay. It was all filmed as the official video for "Where The Streets Have No Name," back when MTV still showed videos and U2 was unquestionably the biggest band in the world. As Many Angelenos Stayed Home, LA County Saw A Spike In Coronavirus Among Latinos. Avis later said that "getting busted was an integral part of the plan. It took place on the rooftop of the Republic Liquor store at 7th and Main on March 27, 1987. As Paul McCartney prepares to shut down Hollywood Boulevard tonight, we remember that beautiful day in 1987 when U2 did a live show on a rooftop of a liquor store in downtown L… It was actually was not quite as impromptu as it appeared: Prior to filming, a week was spent reinforcing the roof of the liquor store to ensure it would not collapse if fans swarmed onto it, according to Wikipedia. We're shutting this location down.". On March 27, 1987 U2 recorded the video for “Where the Streets Have No Name” on the rooftop of this former liquor store. [further explanation needed] Two minutes into the video, U2 are seen on the roof of a liquor store at the corner of 7th St. and S. Main St., and perform "Where the Streets Have No Name" to a large crowd of people standing in the streets surrounding the building. They also rebuilt the sign for The Million Dollar Hotel, which can be seen in the background, as an added draw in case no one showed up. This Time It Could Be Harder. Paul McCartney prepares to shut down Hollywood Boulevard. The impromptu performance was an homage to The Beatles, who did the same thing in their final concert in "Let It Be." ", Adam Clayton later said, "The object was to close down the streets. (As Bono said at the time, "It's not the first time we've ripped off the Beatles.). Mulholland, PCH, Arroyo Parkway: LA, What's Your Favorite Street To Drive And Why? "Where the Streets Have No Name" is a song by Irish rock band U2 and the opening track … If there's one thing people in L.A. hate, it's streets closing down, and we've always felt bands should shake things up. The audio was actually a studio recording, although the band played four versions of their Joshua Tree hit. Large crowds gathered to see them and traffic was clogged up for miles around. We achieved it because the police stopped us filming. Not at the time.". Today the location is a Mexican restaurant. The video shows the police about to shut down the show at at any moment: one cop is heard saying, "You're drawing people in here from Orange County and all over the goddamned place. Hamlyn was almost arrested following a confrontation with the police, according to an interview with Uncut magazine. The video was directed by Meiert Avis and produced by Michael Hamlyn and Ben Dossett and went on to win a Grammy. Were we worried about being arrested? Roof Top 7th Street and Main Street According to band manager Paul McGuinness, the confrontation was overly dramatized; the band was hoping to get shut down by the authorities, but the police let them play. The performance attracted about 1,000 people, not the 30,000 predicted in the radio clips at the beginning of the video. Here's Why. In California, A Vocal Minority of Asian Parents Helped Defeat Affirmative Action Once Before. We salute you, fist-pumping guy in a baseball cap perched on that one-way sign and curly-haired dude dancing in the streets. The location is now a Mexican restaurant (Margarita's Place) that still draws tourists, as in this Flickr photo from last year. As Paul McCartney prepares to shut down Hollywood Boulevard tonight, we remember that beautiful day in 1987 when U2 did a live show on a rooftop of a liquor store in downtown L.A..