Bono & The Edge On American Idol

Joining a bevy of stars on the American Idol finale stage were Bono and the Edge of U2 performing Rise Above from their Broadway show Spider-Man.

In one of the strangest performances of the night, Bono and the Edge from U2 played the American Idol finale and performed a song from their beleaguered Broadway show Spider-Man -- along with show star Reeve Carney -- on a stage done up like a giant web.

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The song seemed lackluster -- not Broadway, and if U2 recorded it for one of their albums it wouldn't be released -- and Carney's facial expressions alternated between intense boredom and nauseated, not the excitement one would expect from the American Idol finale performances.

Regardless, Carney seemed to enjoy himself. Right after his performance he tweeted, "Had the BEST time on Idol. What an honor it is 2 perform w/ your heroes. And even better when ur heroes are the nicest guys on the planet..."

As long as someone had a good time...

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Comments on "American Idol finale: Bono & the Edge perform Rise Above"

Person May 26, 2011 | 9:03 PM

U2was cooler than anyone else..

Petra May 26, 2011 | 8:09 PM

The only good part of this performance was when Spidey dropped down from the ceiling and scared the crap out of JLo. Everything else about it was meh at best, Bono or no Bono.

Samantha May 26, 2011 | 3:59 PM

The fact that Kim thinks this was the best song she heard on Idol all night isn't saying much since every other performance sucked, too.

Allan May 26, 2011 | 3:55 PM

You people are all crazy. That song sucked.

B.K :) May 26, 2011 | 3:13 PM

Very sensual song. What you are seeing is not boredom, but an intensity. Anyone who is a musician gets the look on the Carney's face.

tammy May 26, 2011 | 11:29 AM

This performance was my favorite part of the whole show. And Reeeve Carney is a doll!

Karl May 26, 2011 | 7:14 AM

That was a lame review, didn't see any of the things you were whining about.

Omar May 26, 2011 | 6:11 AM

This was the best of the night... Don't know what you're talking about

anonymous May 26, 2011 | 5:15 AM

Okay Caroline Goddard, Rise Above was the best performance of the night. How the hell was it boring? It's freakin Bono, one of the best artists in the world. The most respected for sure. The 2 second best performances had to be Mark Anthony's and Steven Tyler's. He can still hit those high notes! Damn.

Tony May 26, 2011 | 4:58 AM

I guess its a matter of taste. I thought Rise Above was awesome. What, does it have to be a show tune to be considered Broadway? Give me a break!!

Kim May 25, 2011 | 10:09 PM

"Rise Above 1" sounded lackluster? my suggestion for you is to get the wax out of your ears ....that was the best song I heard on AI all didn't sound Broadway? what? it's Spiderman...not shouldn't be expecting Andrew Lloyd Weber type showtunes

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