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“The Last Rock Stars!”, Elvis Costello proclaimed when introducing U2‘s Bono and The Edge on Costello’s Spectacle  tv interview series, and while no one could have predicted it  when U2’s documentary concert film and soundtrack album Rattle and Hum  debuted in 1988, it is clear now that the post- Joshua Tree   period captured in the film, as well as in this week’s In the Studio interview, is precisely when the band was elevated  into rock’s pantheon. But unlike the unseen and unheard passage of the Voyager 1 spacecraft from our solar system into uncharted interstellar deep space, U2’s reviews while crossing over rock’s “termination shock boundary” to superstardom were very public, plentiful, and contentious. Four  lads from Dublin starting a fight? Unheard of !

 When Academy Award-winning documentary film maker Davis Guggenheim‘s ( An Inconvenient Truth , and my favorite It Might Get Loud with guitarists The Edge, Jack White, and Jimmy Page) U2 rock doc From the Sky Down aired on Showtime, you saw confirmed what U2 drummer Larry Mullen jr blurted out to me during in our In The Studio classic rock interview: that the Dublin-based quartet nearly broke up in the Berlin recording studio after reconvening following their Rattle and Hum  first flirtation with the movie world.

“We’ll always be that band that over-reaches, and we’ll take the hit for it”, declares lead singer/ lyricist Bono in this week’s classic rock interview.”It doesn’t matter. We want it to count, to make a difference. In the ’80s there were more determinable bad guys, and we were having a go at them. In the ’90s our music got a little more intimate, and the hypocrisy that we were having a go at was more our own. I’d like to think that it’s the same righteous anger.” – Redbeard 004990-U2-When-Love-Comes-to-Town-Rattle-and-Hum-1988