At Last, Rockers Shut Up and Sing

Really, it's about time rockers made concerts all about the music
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2009 12:30 PM CDT
In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Bono of U2 performs at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)
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(Newser) – Bono—he of the eons-long concert diatribes about everything from Burma to the whales—has done the unthinkable. "Bono has started editing himself," Virginia M. Moncrieff realized during U2's Rose Bowl concert. And it's about time: Though Moncrieff admires their causes, she has reached the age where the nicest thing rock stars can do is "just shut up and get on with the set," she writes on the Huffington Post.

And the world seems to be with her, as the "tin pot half-baked undergraduate political ramblings of some bloke who just happens to have the mic" are slowly ebbing—maybe because "we are just too grown up to get our political education from some numbskull with a guitar." Either way, Moncrieff has some advice for any musicians who haven't yet gotten the memo: "Start with your first song and don't stop playing until the final bar of your last. Thank you, money well spent."