Toronto Sun : U2’s Balloon Not About to Popvendredi 13 juin 1997
Source : Toronto Sun
From The Toronto Sun :
U2’S BALLOON NOT ABOUT TO POPJANE STEVENSON
Nobody said it was going to be easy being a supergroup in the last part of the 20th century.
And U2 certainly seems to be bearing that out.
Negative media has dogged the band since the release of their latest album, Pop, and subsequent PopMart tour.
You know the drill. Pop falls out of Billboard’s Top 10 after three weeks.Mixed reviews for PopMart’s opening night in Vegas. Two cancelled shows in the U.S. And the cancellation of U2’s homecoming show in Dublin on Aug. 30 due to PopMart’s expense. In the beginning, I thought it was pretty kneejerk of the media to suggest U2’s glory days were all but over when Pop, which toys with techno but by no means embraces it, fell out of the Billboard Top 10.
"It happened to R.E.M., too, with their album," said U2 lead singer Bono on the phone from New York recently. "It’s not going to bother us as it happens because we’re touring. We’ll win in the end. The truth is that withActung Baby we were in exactly the same situation, we were pushing the record up the hill to the very end."
Pop, whose next single Last Night On Earth hits record stores on July 2, currently sits at No. 29 on the Billboard chart and has sold over one million copies in the U.S. and over 300,000 in Canada. Meanwhile, Pop saleswere at five million worldwide even before the tour started.
It’s important to remember that the fate of an album is usually determined over the course of a couple of years. Hootie and the Blowfish, Jewel, and Alanis Morissette all had to wait a year, in some case two, before their respective albums took off.
As for PopMart, last week Reuters suggested two shows in the U.S. hadbeen cancelled due to faltering ticket sales.
But the Toronto-based tour promoters said the Philadelphia stop wascalled off so U2 could play the Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York, while the Raleigh, N.C., show was cancelled after the video screen (made by Canadians and Belgians) was damaged.
"There was a monsoon there in Washington," said Bono. "And I actually liked the looks of the screens. It had these kind of tears in it and I qenuinely thought it was very beautiful, the distressing effect, but unfortunately therewas a distressing effect on a bunch of Belgian people and some Canadians."
Perhaps U2’s two upcoming special shows with popular British act Oasis on Wednesday and Thursday in Oakland will boost their flagging image.
"I think it will be great because first of all, they’re Irish really - so there’sa lot we have in common," said Bono. "And we’ve known them over the while and been supporters of theirs and vice versa. Noel was saying just amazing things about our group, and younger bands don’t often do that about bands that have been down the road. They’re usually too painfullyhip."
There’s also the new video for Last Night On Earth, which Bono speaks about with great enthusiasm.
"It was the best time I’ve every had making a video," he said. "It’s a sort of homage to Faster Pussycast Kill ! Kill ! Kill ! meets The Omega Man. It’s kind of a B-movie. All of Kansas City is on the run because the aliens havelanded. There’s a big light shining over the city and everyone’s left and we’re flying ’round in a car with this big chick in the back. We’ve never done a big chick video. In fact, no one has."
Incidentally, the single will feature three previously unreleased tracks including a rendition of John Lennon’s Happiness Is A Warm Gun, and the classic PopMusik.