This morning an odd story surfaced and began orbiting the Web: Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic signed '80s rock heartthrobs (now aging '80s rock heartthrobs) Spandau Ballet to be the first band to rock out in space. Citing a press release of dubious origin, several blogs and even the UK's Daily Mail reported the story, even naming possible songs the group would play during a five-minute weightless set.
But we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. The Internet has hoodwinked us once again.
A spokesman for Virgin Galactic told PopSci: "It is not true. An agent approached us some time ago but did not follow up, we think it's a hoax." But while we're loath to gin-up the old rumor mill, we're more than eager to engage in some wild speculation and wishful thinking. So we ask you readers: Who should be the first band to spoil space's silent void with a live set?
So far around PopSci HQ we've got votes for Bill Haley and the Comets, the remaining members of Sun Ra's Solar Myth Arkestra, and one definite "no" for Jefferson Starship. Add your nominations in the comments below.
Dragonforce -Warrior inside (very spacey ending lol)
Conor Oberst (bright eyes/monsters of folk)
No More Kings!
aerosmith. No doubt
1234 by the plain white t's or something by thursday
If they could get Zeppelin back together...
"Stairway to Heaven" would be awesome.
See: David Bowie
Nine Inch Nails - Burn
It's got to be Muse. Half of their songs are about space and the advancement of humans. Plus, they are one of the best modern bands. My vote is for Muse. But if they can't do it, I'll go with The Strokes.
You need a group with a serious "universal" sound. My suggestion would first be ELO and then U2.
U2, no question.
Spock's Beard is the only logical choice.
i was gonna say NOT U2, it shuld be kanye west cough
My votes in order: Rolling Stones (good chance one or two of 'em could die of a heart attack on the trip but hey, they rock), AC/DC, U2, Aerosmith. Regardless of who gets the first shot at this, it SHOULD make for one heck of a strong promotion and skyrocketing sales. If I was any band that could afford this, I'd be banging on Mr. Branson's door...
Jean-Michel Jarre, because he was supposed to have the first song partially recorded in space, except the Challenger blew up with the saxophone player on it...
I think that U2 should absolutely be blasted into space
Its cheaper because theres no need for a return trip.
definitely Space Oddity by David Bowie
I gotta say U2. How could you not, they are probably the most world renown band still together. It'd be fitting.
Too bad the concert would only be 5 minuets long since that's how long the weightless part of Virgin's flight is :p
im definitely down with mewithoutyou.
or maybe incubus, RUSH, minus the bear.
Duran Duran -- gonna take you higher
Not Bowie "Ground control to Major Tom ...." Not the most positive message
how about none of them since they are all pretty much out of shape and would never pass a physical.
Pink Floyd - "Learning to Fly" Gonna need a bigger ship to haul all that gear though ;-)
Europe - The Final Countdown. Enough said.
2112 by Rush or maybe Space Oddity by David Bowie
Get some techno DJ to go up there techno is spacey and i like it.
But if not the guy that played the final countdown.
Bullet for My Valentine.
Of course Padge's solos would probably burn off our atmosphere...choas would ensue.
U2? Really? With an ego as large as Boner's he'd try to like, fly or something and crash into Ireland and wipe it out. Irony would follow.
I can't think of a worse band than U2. On Earth or in innerspace. Puke. Gag.
I think Lady Gaga would feel the most comfortable doing the job.
Guys, none of you are picking the most obvious choice - VNV Nation! :-D