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|I Am Skooter|
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
U2 is tonight’s musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and it’s the first time I’ve seen them perform anything from their new album — How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.
When I first heard the lead single, Vertigo, I was pretty excited. I wasn’t that drawn in by the last album, but this one sounded truly interesting.
Seeing Bono sing the track live, it occurs to me that this album may, in fact, be a return to the Acthung Baby and Zooropa days. Achtung Baby was a brilliant album, in part because it was a fresh sound; the tour was incredible, the singles were great, the video’s stunning. I can’t really summarize how significant this album was to music in the 90’s. It was amazing.
Performing live, it struck me that Bono was reinventing his Fly character from the Zoo TV tour and musically there’s some similarities.
Am I less excited because of this? Not really. I’m looking forward to the album’s release no less, but I’m wondering whether this is U2 - for the first time really - dipping into their own past.
I’m seriously hoping that this band doesn’t slip into Sting territory; if it becomes a cliche of itself, I may lose faith in popular music altogether.