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Animal Lightweight: U2: Zooropa (Island)

Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 3 July 1993

SO THE intergalactic rock megastar reclines on his Virtual Reality waterbed at the Hotel Zooropa with multiple TV screens blasting 24-hour infotainment from every wall. BBC, RTE, MTV, CNN: an endless loop of computerised warfare, soft porn, babbling talk shows, electronic evangelists, 57 channels and all of them on. He only watches for the adverts and rock videos — not that he can tell the difference anymore — but suddenly chances upon his own serious face singing some impassioned battle cry many years ago. He smiles a sick, twisted smile. Of course, he was much older in those days.

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