U2’s Bono and The Edge have written classic rock songs on a variety of topics, including Spider-Man. When creating the song, Bono said he wanted it to sound like one of the greatest songs ever written. Plus, he said he wanted the song to make people cry.
U2’s Bono and The Edge wrote songs for a musical
Broadway has given the world many shows based on popular characters like Superman, Mary Poppins, and Lestat. In the same vein, popular musicians have composed musicals for Broadway. These two trends collided Spider-Man: Put Out The Dark. Based on the beloved cartoon character, Spider-Man: Put Out The Dark featuring original songs from Bono and The Edge. The co-author of the musical, Glen Berger, wrote a book about it called Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the most controversial musical in Broadway history.
In his book, Berger revealed that Bono and The Edge wanted to write a hymn for Spider-Man: Put Out The Dark. Bono and Edge had identified a vibe for the song they were going to write that would transport an audience from the nihilism sparked by Uncle Ben’s death to the defining moment of the musical – when Peter swears to fight on behalf of the love and righteousness as a spider-Man, “said Berger.” “Rise Above,” Bono suggested. “Rise above the difficulties around you. Above the sadness within you. Be the best of yourself.
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U2’s Bono Wanted This Spider-Man Song To Sound Like “One Of The Greatest Songs Ever Written”
Bono and The Edge created a song about Spider-Man called “Rise Above” and Bono had high hopes for it. “If I really want to put something like that on the af ****** page, it would be better something that people will sing about in football finals 10 years from now and make everyone cry,” Bono said. “I just want to say it has to be a classic. In the ‘rise above this’ genre, if you follow me. ”
Bono wanted the song to be as good as another song from a Broadway musical. “It’s better if it’s as good as ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ which is one of the best songs ever written,” Bono said. For context, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a song from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Carousel. In Ireland, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is commonly used as a football anthem.
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The way the world reacted to “Rise Above”
Spider-Man: Put Out The Dark presented two versions of “Rise Above”. “Rise Above 1”, a conventional power ballad and “Rise Above 2”, a version of the song with the voice of a choir. Bono and The Edge released “Rise Above 1” with the voice of actor Reeve Carney as a single. It peaked at No. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for a week. “Rise Above 1” was not a great success; however, maybe fans will one day use it in sporting events as Bono hoped.
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