“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 Irish lads from Dublin starting a fight? Unheard of !
“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