Back in the late 80's, the quintessential "alternative" band U2 dominated, not only the music world, but possibly permeated into the very core of society itself. Their music, starting with the quintessential "Pride in the name of love", dedicated to Martin Luther King, is still one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever written. Followed closely, if not tied with "Sunday Bloody Sunday", a memorial song written for the Irish people fighting for independance from England.
Sadly, in more recent years, I've felt that U2's core of social conscience was lost in the midst of the mainstreaming of their popularity, and the band's pursuit of the all mighty dollar.
Of course, Bono himself has done much great work for the cause of poverty, and the cause of convincing world leaders to erase the debt of African nations.
But, all of that, all of the drama began to overshadow their music. U2's last truly great album, in my humble opinion, was Rattle and Hum, the follow up to The Joshua Tree, also a true classic of rock history.
But, Bono is back, with a vengeance!
He has filmed the voice over for the 2010 FIFA World Cup ads.
Less than 30 days, if anyone is still reading these and following the countdown along with me! LOL