C’mon, Bono, go ahead and just say it.
That’s what any number of concertgoers were thinking this week when Bono and the boys, the legendary band U2, wowed Arrowhead Stadium with their trademark powerhouse rock. No question that the music is still stunning. The issue here is with the band’s politics.
U2 rose to fame via its brand of progessive, we’re-all-in-this-together concert-rallies with songs like “Where the Streets Have No Name” that question income disparity and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” that despairs of Northern Ireland bloodshed. The band hails Martin Luther King Jr. It rages against poverty.
But Bono spent the evening dancing all around the notion that a man named Donald Trump is America’s president. Images flashing behind the band at one point showed icons Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Michelle Obama and, of all people, Begum Rokeya, the social activist who started the first school for Muslim girls in 1909 in Calcutta.
You get the band’s drift.
So why dance around it? Why not damn what this band has seemingly spent decades damning? Rock gods can express that in ways hardly anyone can. It was, after all, Roger Waters who flashed a Photoshopped Trump in KKK garb during his concert at the Sprint Center.
Next time, tell us what you really think.
Steve Kraske, firstname.lastname@example.org