- 17 Jul 17
Nope, July 21 won't be the first time that U2 and the Gallagher brothers (Ok, just one of the Gallaghers) have played to a stadium crowd. Back in 1997, Hot Press Neil McCormick went on tour as two of the world's biggest bands played together in San Francisco.
The spectacle of U2 playing to 50,000 admirers with OASIS as their support band would seem to suggest that reports of PopMart's demise have been greatly exagerrated. And, behind the scenes, the mood is even more upbeat as the two bands revel in a mutual appreciation society. Neil "Access All Areas" McCormick was with them in the dressing room, the mini-bus and the after-hours bar.
POP: a musical of general appeal, especially among young people that originated as a distinct genre in the 1950s. It is generally characterised by a heavy rhythmic element and the use of electrical amplification. - Collins English Dictionary.
There was a time when, Bono will freely confess, he thought the word "pop" was a term of abuse. "It seemed sort of insulting and lightweight," he says. But lately, as anyone who has been paying attention will be aware, he has rather warmed to the notion of being a pop star, in a pop group, making pop music. For "pop", he has decided, is a word full of freedom, a term that can mean almost anything, with none of the leaden, old-fashioned connotations of rock. To demonstrate this, he will drag out an enormous dictionary and recite a sprawling, multiplicitous definition of Pop to anyone who'll listen.