Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic
U2 is getting its due at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Known for its socially conscious anthems and Grammy-winning ways, the Irish band will be the subject of a major exhibition on the rock hall's fifth floor. The career-spanning retrospective will open in January or February, according to chief curator Jim Henke.
"We have about 25 pieces of clothing, going back to outfits from the Red Rocks show [in 1983] to costumes from their most recent tours," Henke said. "We have some instruments, too, and we're hoping to get some of Bono's handwritten lyrics."
No, the infamous giant lemon - a prop from U2's "PopMart" roadshow - won't be part of the installation. "It's too big," Henke said.
Four outlandishly decorated Trabant automobiles from U2's "Zoo TV" tour have been on display in the museum lobby since the rock hall opened in 1995. Band members expressed interest in lending more memorabilia during a visit to the museum last year, when they were in town for a concert at Gund Arena.
It is uncertain whether lead singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bass player Adam Clayton or drummer Larry Mullen will be on hand for the unveiling of the new exhibit, Henke said.
U2 will be eligible for induction into the rock hall in 2004, 25 years after the release of the group's debut EP.
"U2: Best of 1990-2000" is due in stores Nov. 4. In addition to highlights from the band's last five albums, the compilation includes two new songs, "Electrical Storm" and "The Hands That Built America."
The rock hall's John Lennon exhibition is set to close in December, ending a 26-month run.
[[[[Well, looks like I'll be planning a trip to Cleveland again pretty soon. Also, when they do get inducted into the Hall Of Fame......well, just wow is all. I mean, talk about being at a once in a lifetime event, eh?]]]]]