As we told you last month, the first single from the Batman
Forever soundtrack is U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me,"
which will only make you lament that the band is taking so long with
their follow-up to Zooropa. (Are we the only ones that are
impatient?) U2's spokesperson told us there is a strong rumor that the
band would enter the studio in two weeks, telling us that "the band
has been known to take off a couple of weeks before they lock
themselves in the studio. "Two weeks!" we snorted, "Try two years."
Our ubiquitous spokesperson tried to calm us down, speaking in
soothing tones as he said, "Well now that they know that they're about
to do it, they need to have a last fling before they get down to
business." During this final fling, the band got good news about the
fate of the club they own in Dublin. The Kitchen was abruptly closed
down last week, with nary a warning. U2 were doing extensive
remodeling to the site, and the club was staying open while the
renovations took place--playing a little fast and loose with their
building permits--so officials shut them down. According to Harry
Crosbie, the club's manager, the club is back open after he had his
day in court. The judge approved an extension application that would
allow dancing on the premises, but not without expressing his
reservations. He expressed his objections to the extension application
because he felt the club was unfit for dancing during remodeling.
Crosbie presented extensive evidence that the building was safe and
fit, and ultimately convinced the court. So less than twenty four
hours after the club was given it's official marching orders, it was
back up and running--and dancing was indeed happening again.