The Cult

Classic Rock - - Contents -

Down and look­ing at out, in 1987 they de­liv­ered out-and-out rock al­bum Elec­tric and sparked off a revo­lu­tion.

Mo­ments be­fore U2 took to the stage for the sec­ond night of their Joshua Tree 30 tour in the US (May 14, 2017), Bono sat down to talk about his band’s 1987 al­bum.

You should be tour­ing the new al­bum, Songs Of Ex­pe­ri­ence, but in­stead you’re about to per­form songs from The Joshua Tree which are thirty years old. Bono: The world changed! Songs that we wrote in the first half of 2016 sud­denly didn’t seem rel­e­vant in the light of the po­lit­i­cal up­heaval last year. But these songs from 1987 took on a new rel­e­vance. So we’re do­ing this Joshua Tree 30 tour while we get ready to fin­ish the new al­bum.

What is it about The Joshua Tree songs that make them so rel­e­vant to­day in 2017?

Just look back to what we were singing in 1987 [he be­gins to sing from In God’s Coun­try]: ‘Desert Sky, dream be­neath a desert sky/The rivers run but soon run dry, we need new dreams tonight.’ Those songs now sound like they were writ­ten for this very mo­ment. We re­ally do need new dreams tonight! This is the way I feel now; the way I think ev­ery­one feels with all that is go­ing on. If there’s an orig­i­nal idea out there we sure could use it. I think both the po­lit­i­cal left and right are a lit­tle stuck for so­lu­tions now.

What was the re­sponse to the songs on the open­ing night, in Van­cou­ver?

There’s this new re­al­i­sa­tion play­ing these songs again, that af­ter thirty years they don’t be­long to us any more. They be­long to the peo­ple who went through stuff when they heard them first. The au­di­ence re­ac­tion is very dif­fer­ent this time. Peo­ple are pos­si­bly re­mem­ber­ing who they were when they first heard them.

Al­though you play the al­bum track by track dur­ing the show, you start off by play­ing some songs that were re­leased be­fore The Joshua Tree. Why is that? We wanted to show peo­ple how we got to The Joshua Tree. So we play a few songs from the War al­bum and also The Un­for­get­table Fire al­bum – songs such as Sun­day Bloody Sun­day, New Year’s Day and Pride.

The orig­i­nal songs con­tained lyrics which were crit­i­cal of the then US Repub­li­can pres­i­dent, Ron­ald Rea­gan. Do they work the same way this time with pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump?

It is my be­lief that there has been a hos­tile takeover of the Repub­li­can party – the party of Lin­coln – by Don­ald Trump. While the peo­ple who voted for Trump are very wel­come at the shows, the Pres­i­dent him­self is not. BB

“These [Joshua Tree] songs now sound like they were writ­ten for this very mo­ment.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.