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Can Bono really play the guitar?
« on: December 11, 2011, 02:29:26 PM »
This is going to sound stupid... refrain from reading if you love Bono too much :P

Can he really play the guitar, or is he just trying to imitate his Fly looks? When he plays, I really cannot hear a thing from his, it's like the song sounds the exact same even if he's playing. He just looks like he's trying to make some noise to me :P

What do you guys think? Is he a good guitar player or not?



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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2011, 03:29:01 PM »
He plays a little bit of background rhythmic guitar at most. Nothing really special, but he can play the guitar.

If you watch for example the performances of Staring at the Sun from Popmart, you'll find he's playing acoustically along with Edge on the song and that you can clearly hear both of them.

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011, 03:53:54 PM »
Bono acoustic So Cruel.  Not a great guitar player, but OK.

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 04:29:33 PM »
Bono is known for being a crappy guitar player, everyone takes the mickey out of him when he plays, even those who "love him too much." The man himself acknowledges the fact and admits to having the volume down on his guitar.  :D

Having said that, he is proficient enough to get a tune out of it, as Middy said you can see him play guitar on Popmart, not only SATS but also Desire where he starts off without Edge. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 05:01:19 PM »
If you've seen that "Greatest Albums" episode about The Joshua Tree (which I think was done in '98...had to be Pop-era as Edge is still rocking his Pop-stache), there's this cute part where Bono is characteristically self-deprecating about his guitar skills.  Danny Lanois is playing the individual components of some song in its mixing infancy (again, purists, jump in here with more specific details  ;)) and he mentions, "Here's Bono's guitar."  Bono grimaces and says, "That's the first time anybody even mentioned those two words together." 

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2011, 12:42:41 AM »
Middy hit the nail on the head.  Bono is no Edge, but he fills his role as a backup rhythmic guitarist perfectly.  Yes he can play guitar

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 11:43:40 PM »
You can hear him pretty clearly on parts during Dirty Day on the ZooTV DVD, particularly the scratchy little noodlings he does during the verses.

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2011, 12:00:19 AM »
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You can hear him pretty clearly on parts during Dirty Day on the ZooTV DVD, particularly the scratchy little noodlings he does during the verses.

Awww...scratchy little Bono noodlings, I'm off to hear them. Hope these cheapo headphones will do the job!  :P

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2011, 01:48:00 AM »
He plays...but I think they turn him down... ;D

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2011, 09:49:22 PM »
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He plays...but I think they turn him down... ;D

I'm pretty sure your right!

He does a pretty good job on From the Sky Down, unless that's really Edge playing and they just overdubbed Bono. ;D

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2011, 11:10:23 PM »
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He plays...but I think they turn him down... ;D

Hasn't Bono said in the past that he requests his guitar sound to be turned down because he hates how he sounds?

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2011, 03:41:56 PM »
The answer to the title of this  thread... NO  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2011, 03:56:30 PM »
I like to say that whenever he does have a guitar out, its just to show off to Edge "Look, Edge!!! I can play guitar too!!"

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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2011, 08:50:01 AM »
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I like to say that whenever he does have a guitar out, its just to show off to Edge "Look, Edge!!! I can play guitar too!!"

Of course he does, he's got the biggest man crush on Edge. :P


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Re: Can Bono really play the guitar?
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2011, 12:18:18 PM »
Who can blame Bono for having a crush on Edge?  Anyways, I've always thought Bono wears a guitar sometimes as an accessory.