Sunday, April 22, 2007

A Sign of the Apocalypse?

Just saw this when I was perusing the news and a shiver went down my spine:

Bono and the Edge will score Spider-Man: The Musical
From World Entertainment News NetworkApril 21, 2007 10:15 AM EDT

LATEST: U2 stars BONO and THE EDGE have confirmed that they will pen the soundtrack for new Broadway show SPIDER-MAN: THE MUSICAL.
The rockers will work with Tony-Award winning Lion King director Julie Taymor for the theatrical extravaganza.
A spokesperson for Marvel Studios says, "This project will delight Spider-Man fans."
Auditions for the main roles of Spider-Man Peter Parker, Mary Jane, spider-woman Arachne, villain The Green Goblin and Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson will begin this July (07). (AT/WNTSU/MT)

Which leads me to a question. What do you do when your favorite band of all time appears to be slipping? I posted a while back on the rapid decline of REM, but this is different. Whereas REM's decline seems to be due to more a loss of interest in their music because of other outlets, U2 seems to be actively trying to kill their careers. After all, am I the only one that is a little tired of St. Bono? I mean, trying to help the poor is great - but come on, you're a rock star, not a UN Ambassador. Now this! Set aside for a moment that the idea of a SPIDERMAN musical is flat out absurd, but to attach your names to this crap is really testing my patience. Then again, these guys could release a record of bird noises and I would probably buy it. But this is a stretch. Imagine what it would be like if these guys just concentrated on making good music...

Here's what I thought was the best song from their last record.

(m4a) U2 -- Miracle Drug (from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)


heather said...

more signs of an apocalypse:


"Bono and Dave Stewart pen American Idol aid anthem

Bono and Dave Stewart have teamed up to write a new aid anthem for TV talent show American Idol.

The rockers' new tune, American Prayer, will debut tonight during TV fundraiser Idol Gives Back.

Bono will also meet with the six current American Idol finalists as part of the special, which will highlight his One: The Campaign To Make Poverty History.

The Idol contestants will then perform the new song - about the AIDS emergency in Africa."

seriously? seriously?? american idol? enough is enough. as one of the few humans left who refuses to watch this show, i feel saddened that bono has cowtowed to such ridiculousness.

Matthew said...

So, Heather, in other words, Bono is the sign of the Apocalypse. No disagreement from me there.

Spider Man the fucking musical for Christ's sake. Jesus bloody wept.