I was watching the U2 movie a while back and it occurred to me that U2 was the last great rock band.
Don’t get me wrong; there have been a ton of wonderful bands over the last 20 years or so, but U2 was the last one that was larger than life. You know, Rolling-Stones-Led-Zeppelin-Queen larger than life. Can-do-no-wrong larger than life. Know-they’re-as-big-as-Elvis larger than life. You-should-listen-up larger than life.
Terrific movie. If you haven’t seen it, do so. Kinda interesting insights into the band (and ourselves), and constant reminders that these guys are good. The musicianship, the energy, the passion … awesome. And, although they have had some great moments over the last 25 years, the film catches U2 at their peak, playing songs from their best period.
U2 carried on the tradition of rock super-hugeness. And by the time the movie was made, they were also filling a void. Zep was done. Freddie, well not dead yet, but … The Stones were iffy. U2 were the last ones standing.
Lotta great bands and fabulous music out there, but no one since has managed to achieve the larger-than-life stature. It’s a good thing we’ve had the boys from Dublin to carry the torch.
But it’s been a while. Who’s gonna step up?