Like other bands in the digital age, U2 is struggling to grab new listeners. Its members admit to frustration at the average album sales for its most recent release and wonder, as bassist Adam Clayton put it, whether the idea of an impassioned rock ‘n’ roll fan is becoming a thing of the past.
“The commercial challenges have to be confronted,” Clayton said during an interview backstage at “Saturday Night Live,” as he awaited the band’s performance on the show’s season kickoff. “But I think, in a sense, the more interesting challenge is, ‘What is rock ‘n’ roll in this changing world?’ Because, to some extent, the concept of the music fan — the concept of the person who buys music and listens to music for the pleasure of music itself — is an outdated idea.”
Err… no. Something else is outdated.