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U2 to retain dignity by not performing on 'American Idol'

May 24, 2011 |  6:00 am


Apparently, some in the music business still value the whole ability-to-look-yourself-in-the-mirror thing. Sunday night U2 manager Paul McGuinness told Billboard.com that the act would be heading to Los Angeles to rehearse for the final of "American Idol."

But readers of Pop & Hiss, you can breathe a sigh of relief (we hope). Yes, U2 is heading to the "American Idol" finale, but don't expect a full-on U2 performance. U2's official website has provided a simple explanation: 

U2 are not performing on American Idol this Wednesday.

Bono and Edge will appear alongside Reeve Carney, who plays Peter Parker, and cast members from SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark which is set to open on Broadway,  June 14.

Let us hope this is not some fake-out -- although you're welcome to have your doubts about this Broadway thing -- as a certain segment of Pop & Hiss cannot endorse any viewing of the show whatsoever. It's a slippery slope, people, as one appears on "Idol," and suddenly "Glee" seems like a good idea. Meanwhile, U2's 360 Tour comes to Anaheim on June 17 and June 18. Tickets are still available.

And yes, all of us here know, Iggy Pop. Moving on. 


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-- Todd Martens

Photo: U2's Bono at the Rose Bowl in 2009. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times