Half of U2 were in the house to talk up the soundtrack to Spider-Man, which is due June 14th -- the same day Spidey finally, officially opens (preview performances began in November 2010; some Spider-Men were sacrificed during the show's difficult journey). The Edge called the 14 songs from the show "some of the best we've ever written" and Bono added, "U2's best work has always been when we didn't know what we're doing," saying they were thrilled to escape "an 'A B A B, chorus, get the f--- out of here' kind of structure." Riiight. But have you two listened to The Joshua Tree lately? That's some good stuff.
As for the more controversial topics -- OK, the main controversial topic, the exit of original director Julie Taymor -- Bono applauded the show's producers for keeping the $75 million musical in business ("What's Spanish for 'big balls'?") and said he "really credit[s] Julie Taymor, who I spoke to today." Calling her a "card-carrying genius and incredible dramatist," he theorized she "got so close to it" but said he was "privileged to work with her."
In related news, a large theater union is now suing the production on Taymor's behalf for unpaid royalties.
P.S. If you're going to listen to one song from Spider-Man, make it "Boy Falls From the Sky" -- it really is an awesome U2 song and it works incredibly well in the show.
P.P.S. If you're going to listen to two songs from Spider-Man, make the second one "Rise Above." Catchy theme that returns throughout the show to somewhat thrilling effect. The real thrills come from the fantastic sets and the fear that a falling Spidey might kill you before the end of the show.
[Photo of Edge being funnier than Bono: Ryan Rayhill]