04 November 2006
'Not As Seen on TV'
In the week since it was first broadcast on You Tube, 1.2 million people have so far watched the video for U2/Green Day's version of 'The Saints Are Coming' making it one of the most watched videos on You Tube.
Chris Milk shot the video at Abbey Road studios in London and at the reopening of the New Orleans Super dome in September.
The live and in-studio scenes are spliced with images of American military aircraft bringing supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Milk used actual news footage from Hurricane Katrina combined with CGI fighter jets, helicopters and tanks. The video is overlayed with fake cable news headlines 'US Iraq Troops Redeployed to New Orleans'
Edge spoke to U2.com today about the response, 'We thought we might get people's attention but we never thought it would be this big'.
If you haven't seen the video watch it here
The track was released for download earlier this week and is currently No.1 on iTunes in the UK, the commercial single is in stores on Monday, with proceeds going to Music Rising.