U2 ~ "Staring at the Sun" '97
Directed by Jake Scott
Written by U2
Music: The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.; Lyrics: Bono
"Staring at the Sun" Single by U2 from the album Pop
Released: 15 April 1997
"Staring at the Sun" is the second single from U2's 1997 album, Pop. It peaked at No. 3 on the UK singles chart, No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks, No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, and No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song was written with the line "Stuck together with God's glue," which was taken directly from the title of the album by the Irish band Something Happens, who are good friends with U2.
A new mix of "Staring at the Sun" was released for the compilation, The Best of 1990-2000. During the summer of 2002 recording sessions in which "Electrical Storm" and "The Hands That Built America" were recorded, parts for four U2 songs were re-recorded, including "Staring at the Sun."
"Staring at the Sun" was played at most of the PopMart Tour shows. However, during the first concert at Las Vegas, U2 failed to time the song right and had to start over. Bono singing at the wrong tempo was to blame for the mistake. The song was performed acoustically for most of the rest of that tour. It had several appearances on the Elevation Tour, being the only Pop song to be performed on all three legs of the Elevation Tour. Sometimes it also appeared as a snippet in "Discothèque". It has not been played full since October 24, 2001 in New York City.
It appeared in the live videos/recordings Please: PopHeart Live EP, "Please" single, PopMart: Live from Mexico City, Hasta la Vista Baby! and U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland.
Bono – lead vocals, additional guitar.
Adam Clayton – bass guitar.
The Edge – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals.
Larry Mullen, Jr. – drums, percussion, programming.
U2: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.http://www.u2.com
© 1997 Island Records UK.