U2 Where the Streets Have No Name

On This Day in 1987 U2 stopped the streets of LA.

The Video for the Streets have no name, was directed by Meiert Avis and produced by Michael Hamlyn and Ben Dossett.

 (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns)

On the day, U2 attracted over 1,000 people as they played an 8 song set on the roof of a liquor store in Downtown Los Angeles on 27 March 1987. Some might similar to the Beatle’s video for ‘Let it Be

“The object was to close down the streets. If there’s one thing people in LA hate, it’s streets closing down, and we’ve always felt bands should shake things up. We achieved it because the police stopped us filming. Were we worried about being arrested? Not at the time…”

—Adam Clayton

. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

The depiction of the police attempting to shut down the filming due to safety concerns actually happened during filming, just as seen in the video. Hamlyn was almost arrested following a confrontation with the police.According to Avis, the events depicted in the video show what actually happened that day “almost in real time”, and that “getting busted was an integral part of the plan.


The Song went on to become one of the bands most iconic hits and videos.