Last we checked in on the members of U2, they were auctioning off a rare Basquiat painting at a Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction in London back in July. Today there’s news about the iconic Irish rockers that’s sure to excite fans, thespians and 8-year-old boys alike. Spin.com reports, via Q magazine’s recent interview with U2 guitarist The Edge, that he and singer Bono have been writing songs for the forthcoming, Spiderman: The Musical. “I think the musical had its heyday back in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s era. I don’t think there’s been anything that interesting done in it since,” The Edge told Q. “Anyway, we’ve always harboured this sneaky ambition that maybe one day we might try our hand in that area.” Who knew!
Well, at least a few people did, since the item was first reported a little under a year ago. Oops! Still, it’s news to us. Plus some new details have emerged: The Edge revealed that the musical, which is a collaboration with Tony-winning director Julie Taymor (The Lion King) and scriptwriter Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda!), could open this year, “most likely … in New York,” and that “There won’t be a full orchestra – it’ll be something like 18 or 20 musicians: string players, brass, some woodwind. The core will be a rock’n’roll band.” In the meantime, U2 is gearing up for the release of its 12th studio album, No Line On the Horizon, which comes out on March 3.