Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Spider Man”: The American Idol Performance Not from Broadway Show


Very exciting on the “American Idol” finale: Bono, The Edge and Reeve Carney performing something called “Rise Above” from the show “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark.” Only, it wasn’t “Rise Above” from that show. It’s a song called “Rise Above 1.” The song is also now a single on ITunes and (although it refuses to download from the latter). And it’s not “Rise Above” from the aforementioned musical. To promote what’s left of “Spider Man,” the trio has recorded a different version of the song than the one in the show. That’s what was on “American Idol.” Hence, I guess, the “1′ in the new title. Why they’ve done this is a mystery–the new version has different, meaningless lyrics that have nothing to do with the show. They’re also fairly banal and have no context. Why didn’t Bono, Edge, and Carney just sing the song from the show? Who knows? Maybe they’re tired of it. But it’s interesting that “Rise Above”–even after publicized added songs–remains the most hummable tune in the troubled show.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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