Thank you, U2, for correcting an error that you made in 1984. Devoted U2 fan that I am, I know that U2 released their album, “The Unforgettable Fire,” in that year. The most anthemic song of that album was “Pride (In the Name of Love).” The song, an ode to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has the lyric, “ Early morning April 4, a shot rings out in the Memphis sky.” Yet diligent students of U.S. history realize that there is a mistake here. Dr. King was shot at 6:01 p.m., which is not early morning by any stretch of the imagination.
Fast forward to 2008, when R&B star John Legend covered “Pride (In the Name of Love.” If one listens closely to this version, one will hear Legend say, “Late afternoon, April 4, a shot rings out in the Memphis sky.” I’m not sure who’s responsible for this subtle amendment, but I appreciate it.
Now if they could just fix “Vertigo” . . . .