By now everyone has heard about the less than fortuitous opening previews for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” The mega-musical, directed by Julie Taymor with music by Bono and The Edge, has broken records (and the bank) with a $65 million initial budget, more than twice as big as the previous record holder, “Shrek the Musical.” “Spider-Man” is up against a monster task to turn a profit, and its extremely limited in that it can’t travel. Part of the reason it cost so much to produce is because the Foxwoods Theater on Broadway was built especially for “Spider-Man,” with specific height and construction requirements for its many flying sequences and stunts. It’s going to take a lot to make that $65 million back, but how much, exactly?
Elvis Costello hosts Bono and The Edge on SPECTACLE. Our esteemed host has a discerning ear. For the second season of Spectacle, we asked him to choose a track or two from his guests’ sizable songbooks. Not “the greatest” or most iconic tunes necessarily, but pieces that have always knocked him out. We’ll update the…
Elvis Costello performs with U2′s Bono and The Edge on SPECTACLE.
In 2001, a few weeks after the September 11th attacks had stunned the world, high in the sky somewhere between Montreal and Toronto, guitarist The Edge sat back in his seat on U2’s private “ElevationAir” jet and spoke to me about the band’s personal bonds. “We’re not like so many groups you hear about, where the members don’t ever talk offstage or out of the studio,” he said. “It’s not like that with us—quite the opposite. If we end up at a party, at the end of the night you’ll probably find the four of us off in a corner hanging out.”
Let’s side aside the musical contributions, the classic songs and unforgettable performances that U2 have delivered over the years. If you just consider their personal histories, these four Irishmen have boldly gone where no band has gone before. There has never been another group whose line-up has remained intact for over thirty years. Since forming in Dublin in 1976 at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School (a site the Edge revisited in the recent guitar documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD), these same four guys have shared a stage all the way from drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.’s kitchen to sold-out stadiums around the globe.