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Monday, June 6, 2011

Liberation: A Rock & Roll Monologue

"I'm thinking here, in Rock n' Roll's great cathedral that is Madison Square Garden, thinking in this moment about all the pilgrims, all the pioneers that got us all here, the saints and the heretics, the poets and the punks that now make up the Hall of Fame. It's a dangerous thing, this business of building idols, but at least Rock n' Roll is not, at its best, about worshipping sacred cows; it's about the thousands of voices gathered in one great unwashed congregation, like tonight. For a lot of us here, Rock n' Roll just means one word: 'Liberation'. Political, sexual, spiritual - liberation, that's what it is." 
- Bono
I was watching a few videos on YouTube one night when  I couldn't sleep, and I stumbled across U2's performance at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Madison Square Garden, back in 2009. Bono, performing with Bruce Springsteen, is legendary enough; but then he opens his performance with this little monologue, and I found it mesmerizing that anyone could speak so passionately about music, live, and impromptu. The emotion in Bono's voice adds to the sincerity behind it, as does the Boss' little "Let's have some fun with that!" nudge at the end of it.

Magic. Give it a listen. Also, after hearing this, I can't believe I didn't see how perfect Bruce Springsteen's vocals are for this song.

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1 comment:

roman said...

Whooha. You're right. Bono's got one big inspirational moment here. And a great song, of course!

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