U2- Rattle and Hum 30th Anniversary- Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen jr 10-29

“There’s a history of people from rock’n’roll going to Hollywood and never coming back,” U2 guitarist/ songwriter The Edge reminds me in this interview marking the thirtieth anniversary of the controversial loud love letter to America coming the week of October 29. 

Maybe one of the reasons why U2‘s Rattle and Hum   film and soundtrack album did not get quite the same critical worship that their preceding album The Joshua Tree  had received is because all five U2 studio efforts to date had been conceived with the band’s uniquely Irish perspective. Rattle and Hum  saw the gauzy media perceptions of American culture by my guests  Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen jr jammed up against a Reagan-era reality that did not always ring true,  confirmed in the songs “Desire”, “Angel of Harlem”, “When Love Comes to Town” with the immortal B.B. King, “Silver and Gold”, the John Lennon-inspired “God pt II“, as well as live versions of Joshua Tree  favorites all the week of 10/29. –Redbeard