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May302011

U2 Talks 'Spider-Man' Single 'Rise Above 1,' 360 Tour

Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If you watched the season finale of American Idol on May 25, you saw Bono and The Edge perform the song Rise Above 1 from the Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with actor Reeve Carney, who plays Spider-Man in the show.  Speaking to reporters backstage after the Idol performance, Bono said of the song, "[It] was one of the first songs that jumped out as us and we're really proud of it.  It's a big tune." 

The U2 duo wrote all the music for Spider-Man, a process Bono called "the easiest thing of all" when it came to dealing with all the facets of the show.  Rise Above 1 can be downloaded now on iTunes.  The show officially opens on Broadway on June 14.

Meanwhile, U2 is currently on its North American leg of its 360 tour.  The band's next show is in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Bono said the band was ready to hit the road again and play big venues: "It's great to play a club on your night off but there's a thing when you're surrounded by, whatever it is, 20,000 people or 100,000 people it was," says Bono.  "It's hard to get 100,000 people to agree on anything so when they're singing your songs, it's a very special feeling."

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