U2 Rise Again

by Dean Mattson

Rare among even the best entertainers, U2 knows how to rise to the moment. In 2002, they gave us the greatest Super Bowl halftime moment with their 9/11 tribute, and just a couple of days ago, they did something that was also very cool. They dedicated “Beautiful Day” to Arizona Congresswoman Gaby Giffords and had her husband, NASA Commander Mark Kelly, appear from the International Space Station.

I know a lot of people get turned off by U2 because of Bono’s ego, but I’ve always been willing to forgive them for that because the band frequently acknowledges that reputation with good humor (see lyrics to “All Because of You”) and because they can pull off moments like this. How many other rock shows have an astronaut being featured?