Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The Edge and the Sistine Chapel
Recently the guitarist for rock band U2 played what he called the most famous parish hall in the world. David Evans, known as The Edge, played four songs at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel for an audience of physicians and medical researchers. Evans/ Edge, whose father died last month from cancer and whose daughter overcame leukemia, is on the board of foundations working for cancer prevention. He had nice things to say about Pope Francis and quipped “being Irish you learn very early that if you want to be asked to come back it’s very important to thank the local parish priest for the loan of the hall.”
There was a Canadian connection as one of the songs he sang with a backup choir of Irish teens was Leonard Cohen's If It Be Your Will. The video has lousy sound and is fuzzy, but other than that, perfect! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ-1zJ9cnxQ
It is meaningful that he contributed in this way as someone who cares about medical research from a personal standpoint This brief concert was also a reminder that everything changes. The Sistine Chapel is the monumental artistic expression of another era of the Roman Catholic church. The Edge is the first contemporary rock musician to play at the Vatican, although some would argue that U2 is from another era as well.
What do you think about The Edge in the Sistine Chapel? Is this a sacrilege, or a recognition that in every era there are fresh artistic expressions?