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Title: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 12:09:25 AM
Not sure if this thread exists, if not, feel free to merge, but it thought it'd be interesting to see the kaleidoscope of views other rock stars have of U2, good or bad
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 12:11:31 AM
Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 12:13:51 AM
Who: Bob Dylan
When: 1988
What he said: Quote:
Bob Dylan: Yeah, U2 will probably be around years from now. ...I like U2 a lot, but, well, U2 are actually pretty original. But they're Irish; they're Celtic -- they've got _that_ thing goin'. You've gotta get away from America in order to make anything stick. America will just bombard you with too much sh**...
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 12:17:17 AM
Who: Chris Martin, Coldplay
When: 2005
What he said: I don't buy weekend tickets to Ireland and hang out in front of their gates, but U2 are the only band whose entire catalog I know by heart. The first song on The Unforgettable Fire, "A Sort of Homecoming," I know backward and forward — it's so rousing, brilliant and beautiful. It's one of the first songs I played to my unborn baby.

The first U2 album I ever heard was Achtung Baby. It was 1991, and I was 14 years old. Before that, I didn't even know what albums were. From that point, I worked backward — every six months, I'd get to buy a new U2 album. The sound they pioneered — the driving bass and drums underneath and those ethereal, effects-laden guitar tracks floating out from above — was nothing that had been heard before. They may be the only good anthemic rock band ever. Certainly they're the best.

What I love most about U2 is that the band is more important than any of its songs or albums. I love that they're still best mates and that they each play an integral role in one another's lives as friends. I love the way that they're not interchangeable — if Larry Mullen Jr. wants to go scuba diving for a week, the rest of the band can't do a thing. U2 — like Coldplay — maintain that all songs that appear on their albums are credited to the band. And they are the only band that's been around for more than 30 years with no member changes and no big splits.

It's amazing that the biggest band in the world has so much integrity and passion in its music. Our society is thoroughly screwed, fame is a ridiculous waste of time, and celebrity culture is disgusting. There are only a few people around brave enough to talk out against it, who use their fame in a good way. And every time I try, I feel like an idiot, because I see Bono actually getting things achieved. While everyone else was swearing at George Bush, Bono was the one who rubbed Bush's back and got a billion dollars for Africa. People can be so cynical — they don't like do-gooders — but Bono's attitude is, "I don't care what anybody thinks, I'm going to speak out." He's accomplished so much with Greenpeace, in Sarajevo, at the concert to shut down the Sellafield nuclear plant, and he still runs the gantlet. When the time came for Coldplay to think about fair trade, we took his lead to speak out regardless of what anyone may think. That's what we've learned from U2: You have to be brave enough to be yourself
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 12:22:17 AM
Who: Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin
When: 1980s
What he said: U2 is the only true successor to Led Zepoelin as theirs is the only music as dramatic.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 12:27:48 AM
Who: Liam Gallagher, oasis
When: vertigo era
What he said: I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f---ing U2 record. Where do their fans f---ing come from? Where are they? I reckon they buy them. With all the money they've made, they just bought a load of people and every time they do a gig they get a shovel and pile them into their gigs to make them look good.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on April 10, 2014, 12:29:16 AM
I've heard Noel Gallagher , Sammy Hagar,Chris Martin, Tom Smith,Fran Healey,Shirley Manson, moby,Elvis Costello,Pete Turner,James Walsh,Bob Dylan ,Mick Jagger,Ron Wood, BB king, Tom Morrello, Bruce Springsteen,Willie Nelson ,Roy Orbison ,Lou Reed,Paul McCartney, to name a few praise U2 in one form or another .
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 12:32:58 AM
Who : Noel Gallagher, oasis
When: 2000s
What he said: I've always loved U2 even when everyone in my circle not just didn't get it but hated them, I've always fought their corner. I love the Joshua tree, I even love rattle and hum, I lined up at Piccadilly Circus and bought it on cassette,  I loved it then and I love it now. Then they followed David Bowie snd iggy pop to Berlin and dismantled it sll and that was really inspiring
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 12:34:49 AM
Kurt cobain, nirvana 1993

ok, when I see U2 or Rush or Prince or Iggy Pop or whoever, I feel lost, traumatised by this singular, fascistic vision of rock.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 12:49:36 AM
Freddie mercury, queen, at live aid: Is it Bohno, or BonO?  .... Anyway we decided we like you
Brian May, guitarist, queen: your guitarist, the hedge, is something
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: New Zooland on April 10, 2014, 03:26:14 AM
Neil Finn, 2001

"There are bands that have a long life. I was very interested in the new U2 album from that point view, "Can they do it again? Can they reinvent themselves?" I think they did it brilliantly on Achtung Baby, and I have great admiration and respect for them generally. I think they've handled their career in a wonderful way. But I'm not a big fan of the new record because it feels to me it's kind of safe in way - and also strangely pop for them. I only mention them because they have lasted the longest time at that high level and have managed to keep a nose in front of the opposition."
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: marvgadgie on April 10, 2014, 05:40:23 AM
I remember Noel Gallagher saying something around the Elevation tour that he'd seen U2 and "doesn't it make you sick, just how bloody good they are". He intimated that live, they were a band he would love to be able to emulate ...
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: briscoetheque on April 10, 2014, 06:20:37 AM
Neil finn gets it.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 08:46:34 AM
Jim Kerr, simple Minds, 2001:
Well, they're on a different planet. I just can't be objective. They're such good guys. Such kind people, generous people. They work their socks off. I know many fans will know that, unfortunately, last week Bono's father passed away and that would take the wind out of anyone's sails. But he was - the energy was immense
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Gypsy Heart on April 10, 2014, 12:20:26 PM
I do find all these opinions really interesting. But most of them where uttered more than 10 years ago. By that time, U2 were actually the best band in the whole universe, you could say they have the audience wrapped around their finger.
What I would love is to read/listen to some other points of view from the Vertigo era until now, this year. At any rate, whatever that Gallagher thinks about U2, I just don't care. He's disgusting, to say the least, I never liked him at all, I won't take his comments, taking into account they are coming from an insanity virtuoso.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 10, 2014, 02:48:07 PM
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I do find all these opinions really interesting. But most of them where uttered more than 10 years ago. By that time, U2 were actually the best band in the whole universe, you could say they have the audience wrapped around their finger.
What I would love is to read/listen to some other points of view from the Vertigo era until now, this year. At any rate, whatever that Gallagher thinks about U2, I just don't care. He's disgusting, to say the least, I never liked him at all, I won't take his comments, taking into account they are coming from an insanity virtuoso.
You're thinking of Liam, not Noel, I assume?
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Achtung Rory on April 10, 2014, 03:19:28 PM
Henry Rollins 2014

As a lifelong fan ,it was an easy choice to agree to produce the new U2 album.😃
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: whateverman42 on April 10, 2014, 03:36:28 PM
Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys has always had an interest in U2 and regularly offers up comments on them. He can be very negative, he was especially in the 80's, but on the whole I think he's a fan of their music. These are some I found searching the web:


Neil Tennant, quoted by Chris Heath not long after Rattle And Hum was released, saw it as something only loved by "ghastly rock purists... who want it to be like 1969 again", declaring that, "We hate it for exactly the same reasons Johnny Rotten said he hated dinosaur groups in 1976... it's stultifying, it says nothing, it is big and pompous and ugly."

"I think that there's music being made today that is pompous, but ultimately hollow. U2's songs don't say anything; they're posturing."

"In the week that George Bush was elected president, U2 was the No. 1 group in America. Millions of the people who bought Rattle and Hum then went out and voted for Bush, apparently seeing no contradiction. I think that may show the weakness of their message."

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"Their album is produced by Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and Steve Lillywhite! I can’t even work out how that all works! And then there’s the four of them!" he said. "I think with us, musically, it still has a freshness and energy about it and maybe it comes to us easier, in that sense."

"The thing with U2 is that they want to be the biggest group in the world and I applaud that but we’ve never really [wanted that]," he said. "And it’s not because we’re not ambitious because we are - we’ve had a lot of number one singles and probably more than U2 – but that [desire] is a rock thing, isn’t it?"

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"[In the '90s] there were lots of pop musicals, so it felt like a bit a cliché to work in that, though really most of those are just catalog musicals.

"There's just Elton John, and Boy George, and Bono and The Edge, who are having a rather ghastly time in New York at the moment. I'm sure they're discovering that when you start to write musicals it's a lot more difficult than you might have thought, because your music has got to work theatrically.

"I think we're lucky that we can write music theatrically. It's very difficult for rock music. There's been a lot of debate over this, saying that rock music doesn't work because the rhythmic dynamic of it is not particularly flexible."

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"I've always been against the idea of rock stars lecturing people as if they know something the rest of us don't - it looks arrogant.

"It's not as if they have a private source of information. To state the obvious as if you are the only person that knows it is intellectually weak. Like Bono - he uses his celebrity, but in doing so he increases his celebrity. I'm never even totally convinced that the rest of U2 feel comfortable with that."

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"We were at Elton's house in the South Of France," he grins, "and Bono and his wife came round to dinner. We wondered how he was going to be because we had done a slightly satirical version of Where The Streets Have No Name. Bono is quite obsessed about the difference between rock and pop. We were in the '80s, but we kind of grew out of it.

"There was a lot of drinking going on so when Bono jumped into the pool from Elton's terrace, I thought, 'I can't let him get away with that' and jumped in after him. He said, 'OK, it's Rock 1, Pop 1', but I think he's much more competitive than I am. It wasn't a typical evening at Elton's. Elton doesn't usually stay up that late."
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Gypsy Heart on April 10, 2014, 05:37:02 PM
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I do find all these opinions really interesting. But most of them where uttered more than 10 years ago. By that time, U2 were actually the best band in the whole universe, you could say they have the audience wrapped around their finger.
What I would love is to read/listen to some other points of view from the Vertigo era until now, this year. At any rate, whatever that Gallagher thinks about U2, I just don't care. He's disgusting, to say the least, I never liked him at all, I won't take his comments, taking into account they are coming from an insanity virtuoso.
You're thinking of Liam, not Noel, I assume?

That's correct. I was talking about Liam.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on April 10, 2014, 06:11:54 PM
Here is a good one from Ian Mculloch 1997. "Then there was U2' s album TJT and I remember thinking they're making records that are better than ours and that really scared me".
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: EnduringChill on April 10, 2014, 06:45:45 PM
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Henry Rollins 2014

As a lifelong fan ,it was an easy choice to agree to produce the new U2 album.
Good one. :P
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: EnduringChill on April 10, 2014, 06:47:53 PM
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Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys has always had an interest in U2 and regularly offers up comments on them. He can be very negative, he was especially in the 80's, but on the whole I think he's a fan of their music. These are some I found searching the web:


Neil Tennant, quoted by Chris Heath not long after Rattle And Hum was released, saw it as something only loved by "ghastly rock purists... who want it to be like 1969 again", declaring that, "We hate it for exactly the same reasons Johnny Rotten said he hated dinosaur groups in 1976... it's stultifying, it says nothing, it is big and pompous and ugly."

"I think that there's music being made today that is pompous, but ultimately hollow. U2's songs don't say anything; they're posturing."

"In the week that George Bush was elected president, U2 was the No. 1 group in America. Millions of the people who bought Rattle and Hum then went out and voted for Bush, apparently seeing no contradiction. I think that may show the weakness of their message."

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"Their album is produced by Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and Steve Lillywhite! I can’t even work out how that all works! And then there’s the four of them!" he said. "I think with us, musically, it still has a freshness and energy about it and maybe it comes to us easier, in that sense."

"The thing with U2 is that they want to be the biggest group in the world and I applaud that but we’ve never really [wanted that]," he said. "And it’s not because we’re not ambitious because we are - we’ve had a lot of number one singles and probably more than U2 – but that [desire] is a rock thing, isn’t it?"

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"[In the '90s] there were lots of pop musicals, so it felt like a bit a cliché to work in that, though really most of those are just catalog musicals.

"There's just Elton John, and Boy George, and Bono and The Edge, who are having a rather ghastly time in New York at the moment. I'm sure they're discovering that when you start to write musicals it's a lot more difficult than you might have thought, because your music has got to work theatrically.

"I think we're lucky that we can write music theatrically. It's very difficult for rock music. There's been a lot of debate over this, saying that rock music doesn't work because the rhythmic dynamic of it is not particularly flexible."

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"I've always been against the idea of rock stars lecturing people as if they know something the rest of us don't - it looks arrogant.

"It's not as if they have a private source of information. To state the obvious as if you are the only person that knows it is intellectually weak. Like Bono - he uses his celebrity, but in doing so he increases his celebrity. I'm never even totally convinced that the rest of U2 feel comfortable with that."

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"We were at Elton's house in the South Of France," he grins, "and Bono and his wife came round to dinner. We wondered how he was going to be because we had done a slightly satirical version of Where The Streets Have No Name. Bono is quite obsessed about the difference between rock and pop. We were in the '80s, but we kind of grew out of it.

"There was a lot of drinking going on so when Bono jumped into the pool from Elton's terrace, I thought, 'I can't let him get away with that' and jumped in after him. He said, 'OK, it's Rock 1, Pop 1', but I think he's much more competitive than I am. It wasn't a typical evening at Elton's. Elton doesn't usually stay up that late."
I was about to say "But they covered Streets..." and then read the "slightly satirical" comment. I never knew that. It's a great cover.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: This Dave on April 10, 2014, 10:58:19 PM
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I do find all these opinions really interesting. But most of them where uttered more than 10 years ago. By that time, U2 were actually the best band in the whole universe, you could say they have the audience wrapped around their finger.
What I would love is to read/listen to some other points of view from the Vertigo era until now, this year. At any rate, whatever that Gallagher thinks about U2, I just don't care. He's disgusting, to say the least, I never liked him at all, I won't take his comments, taking into account they are coming from an insanity virtuoso.
You're thinking of Liam, not Noel, I assume?

Liam's quotes are meaningless. He's made a career out of saying stuff to get a media reaction. You might as well be quoting what a professional wrestling character says about their scripted opponent as if it were a real thing.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Gypsy Heart on April 10, 2014, 11:04:44 PM
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I do find all these opinions really interesting. But most of them where uttered more than 10 years ago. By that time, U2 were actually the best band in the whole universe, you could say they have the audience wrapped around their finger.
What I would love is to read/listen to some other points of view from the Vertigo era until now, this year. At any rate, whatever that Gallagher thinks about U2, I just don't care. He's disgusting, to say the least, I never liked him at all, I won't take his comments, taking into account they are coming from an insanity virtuoso.
You're thinking of Liam, not Noel, I assume?

Liam's quotes are meaningless. He's made a career out of saying stuff to get a media reaction. You might as well be quoting what a professional wrestling character says about their scripted opponent as if it were a real thing.

I couldn't agree more. That's why I named him an insanity virtuoso.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: briscoetheque on April 11, 2014, 06:49:43 AM
Brandon Flowers in 2008...

Flowers wants his band to be the biggest in the world. He has, he confesses, "a drive bordering on obsession". He talks about bumping U2 off their pedestal. "They're unbelievable but they're getting old. It feels like it's time."

Time to release Battle Born and render that statement MEANINGLESS, Brandon? huh?
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: briscoetheque on April 11, 2014, 06:52:58 AM
And this from 1997 era Damon Albarn... in Request Magazine

Albarn:
Well, no U2 would be all right if it wasn't for Bono. He ruins everything. I feel really sorry for the Edge because he comes up with some quite tasteful stuff.
Malkmus:
Yeah he's an original guitarist for sure.
Albarn:
Let's not forget that Bono was a born again Christian only 10 years ago.
Malkmus:
Was he really?
Albarn:
Yeah. And he writes crap lyrics. But I've never liked him, though - that comes from when I was a barman at a hotel and he was really snotty to me.
Malkmus:
You do hold a grudge!
Albarn:
I totally do. I'm very bad like that. I never ever forget. I just wait. I bide my time. Then I strike. Oh yes.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: briscoetheque on April 11, 2014, 06:56:06 AM
And one of my favourites that involves a few...

Daniel Johns (Silverchair), Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil, but at this time  Federal MP - or Congressman for you seppos), Natalie Imbruglia (that chick who sang 'Torn') and Bono

Quote
Sometimes a damaging political story can be nipped in the bud even before the news cycle has taken so much as a quarter turn.

Take today’s fleeting allegation that ALP Shadow Minister Peter Garrett had once smoked a joint with Silverchair’s Daniel Johns and, ahem, U2’s Bono.

It all started with Johns being interviewed on the Triple J Breakfast show this morning (listen to the interview here):

He [Bono] buzzed me over to the house that he was staying at in Sydney and asked if I’d play the demos and it was really one of the most surreal moments in my life. It was me and Natalie and Peter Garrett and Bono laying on Bono’s bed smoking joints listening to Young Modern demos.

Young Modern, the latest Sliverchair album, was released in March this year. Which likely places the alleged bed-lounging-spliff-sharing incident around November last year, when U2 was playing in Sydney.

At the time, Garrett was shadow parliamentary secretary for reconciliation and the arts.

By late morning, a chastened Johns had taken it all back, citing the ”just kidding” defence:

”In an interview I did this morning on Triple J I made a stupid joke. It’s just been brought to my attention that some people in the media have taken my dumb joke seriously so I want to set the record straight. At no time have I ever “smoked a joint” with Bono or Peter Garrett. They are both well known to be very anti-drugs so that’s why I assumed everybody would know I was joking when I made that comment. Clearly that wasn’t the case and I feel sick that I might have caused embarrassment to two people who I admire so much.

”I was fortunate enough to once get to play them some of my demo’s but I swear that no joints were involved. I guess I felt a bit like a namedropper mentioning them on the radio so that’s why I added a silly throwaway joke. I accept that drug use is no laughing matter and I apologize sincerely for any confusion or harm I’ve caused. Just by the way, this is one of the reasons why I hate doing interviews. I really should just shut up and stick to singing.”

Garrett’s office had no further comment.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: briscoetheque on April 11, 2014, 06:56:35 AM
and you so know they were smoking weed....
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgematic on April 11, 2014, 09:05:52 AM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

Harrison said this in 1997 during the Popmart tour, which makes the "Big Hats" comment make more sense.  Bono responded somehow in a controversial manner, but I forget how, exactly.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on April 11, 2014, 09:27:08 AM
He gave G. HARRISON the finger at a concert I believe ........
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: mdmomof7 on April 11, 2014, 09:51:23 AM
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He gave G. HARRISON the finger at a concert I believe ........

Before or after George's quote?
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on April 11, 2014, 11:10:16 AM
Bono, 37, told a sell-out crowd during PopMart  at Leeds: "Good people of Yorkshire, you are making a terrible mistake.
"George Harrison says you shouldn't be here. He said it's all about big hats, lemons and egos."
Then sticking his finger in the air in a rude gesture, Bono barked: "This one's for you George, pump it up!"

The crowd cheered U2 and jeered Harrison.

Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: marvgadgie on April 11, 2014, 11:11:04 AM
When U2 played the Popmart concert at Leeds Bono said someting like George Harrison says you shouldn't be here, it's all big hats and lemons before sticking a middle finger up and going in to a song ... if memory serves correct. The crowd applauded loudly.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: marvgadgie on April 11, 2014, 11:11:30 AM
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Bono, 37, told a sell-out crowd during PopMart  at Leeds: "Good people of Yorkshire, you are making a terrible mistake.
"George Harrison says you shouldn't be here. He said it's all about big hats, lemons and egos."
Then sticking his finger in the air in a rude gesture, Bono barked: "This one's for you George, pump it up!"
The crowd cheered U2 and jeered Harrison.





You beat me to it!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on April 11, 2014, 11:15:34 AM
HAHAHAHHA.............. good memories
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 11, 2014, 11:26:14 AM
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HAHAHAHHA.............. good memories
Not that I want a giant peach and a Burger King logo across the stage on the next tour, but where is THAT U2???? The one with ATTITUDE!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on April 11, 2014, 11:27:24 AM
guess too worried about fitting in..........attitude usually means not giving a F$%K
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgedisciple on April 11, 2014, 12:02:57 PM
"After I moved to Hollywood, I was mired in a series of degrading, soul-crushing menial jobs. For a while, I was a professional alphabetizer. Were it not for this album, I would've murdered someone."

Tom Morello on The Joshua Tree, Spin Magazine 2003
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on April 11, 2014, 12:10:17 PM
This says more about Bon Jovi and it's cult of personality around Jon Bon Jovi, than it does about U2, but when Richie Sambora left the band in the middle of a tour and Jon called his bluff by continuing the tour, Jon told the Guardian newspaper that it wasn't like Richie Sambora was the Edge, and the tour couldn't continue without him.

Sambora retorted in the media a few days later that Jon should simply hire the Edge.

I think they worked it out....
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Gypsy Heart on April 11, 2014, 12:24:36 PM
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This says more about Bon Jovi and it's cult of personality around Jon Bon Jovi, than it does about U2, but when Richie Sambora left the band in the middle of a tour and Jon called his bluff by continuing the tour, Jon told the Guardian newspaper that it wasn't like Richie Sambora was the Edge, and the tour couldn't continue without him.

Sambora retorted in the media a few days later that Jon should simply hire the Edge.

I think they worked it out....

BTW, Bon Jovi, and Jon himself, are nothing without Richie...
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on April 11, 2014, 10:14:40 PM
Lars Ulrich (mettalica) I'm like the hugest U2 fan ,I would borderline call myself a groupie !
                                                                                                     November 2010
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: imaginary friend on April 11, 2014, 11:16:29 PM
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Bono, 37, told a sell-out crowd during PopMart  at Leeds: "Good people of Yorkshire, you are making a terrible mistake.
"George Harrison says you shouldn't be here. He said it's all about big hats, lemons and egos."
Then sticking his finger in the air in a rude gesture, Bono barked: "This one's for you George, pump it up!"
The crowd cheered U2 and jeered Harrison.





You beat me to it!

Wasn't Harrison actually there that night, watching from the soundboard?
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: marvgadgie on April 12, 2014, 12:06:31 AM
I don't know about that but his comments had been printed in the UK tabloids that week. I was there though! It was great!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: ian ryan on April 12, 2014, 12:46:08 AM
Can't find the quotes, but I do remember that Weezer said they wished they could be like U2 around ATYCLB in that U2 still had so much passion and energy for the music after that long. I also remember reading an interview where whatsername from Evenesence said she didn't like the countdown to Vertigo.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: marvgadgie on April 12, 2014, 12:57:30 AM
I remember John Lydon really slating "One" on a radio review show way back when it first came out. He seemed to absolutely despise the song and the band. Made me laugh as he made a sort of obscene comment through a euphamism on live Radio 1!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: kango on April 12, 2014, 04:25:32 AM
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I remember John Lydon really slating "One" on a radio review show way back when it first came out. He seemed to absolutely despise the song and the band. Made me laugh as he made a sort of obscene comment through a euphamism on live Radio 1!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2a_xXz-phQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2a_xXz-phQ)  U2 bit at 5:30
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: marvgadgie on April 12, 2014, 05:52:55 AM
Yes. That is exactly the one!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: jackofhearts on April 13, 2014, 03:10:10 AM
I recall Elvis Costello saying he waited in line to buy The Joshua Tree and then saying he went home and played it on repeat because it was so fantastic. 
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: smee on April 13, 2014, 06:07:57 AM
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I recall Elvis Costello saying he waited in line, at midnight, to buy The Joshua Tree and then saying he went home and played it on repeat because it was so fantastic.
Fixed it for ya ;)
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: EnduringChill on April 13, 2014, 09:36:46 AM
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HAHAHAHHA.............. good memories
Not that I want a giant peach and a Burger King logo across the stage on the next tour, but where is THAT U2???? The one with ATTITUDE!
That's crazy to read, especially since I'd assume Bono & U2 have nothing but respect for George Harrison and other ex-Beatles... PopMart was truly an out-of-character moment.

Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: an tha on April 13, 2014, 10:53:12 AM
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HAHAHAHHA.............. good memories
Not that I want a giant peach and a Burger King logo across the stage on the next tour, but where is THAT U2???? The one with ATTITUDE!
That's crazy to read, especially since I'd assume Bono & U2 have nothing but respect for George Harrison and other ex-Beatles... PopMart was truly an out-of-character moment.

It was dead cool - harrison had a pop, bono gave it the answer, but for me it was delivered with a playful swagger. U2 have often been too fawning over others. The swagger and playfulness of them back then is something i miss.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on April 13, 2014, 12:12:32 PM
Liam was always a wanna be IanMcculloch with a big mouth spewing a bunch of CRAP just
for shock value, even the way he stands on stage is all Ian ,then he even ruined his voice with cigarettes and alcohol just like his idol Ian. It was Noel who made Oasis.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 05, 2014, 11:08:32 PM
Miles Davis was apparently obsessed with The Unforgettable Fire before his death.....
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 10, 2014, 08:16:15 AM
Who: Bruce Springsteen
When: Vertigo era
What he said: It was the early '80s. I went with Pete Townshend, who always wanted to catch the first whiff of those about to unseat us, to a club in London. There they were: A young Bono -- single-handedly pioneering the Irish mullet; the Edge -- what kind of name was that?; Adam and Larry. I was listening to the last band of whom I would be able to name all of its members. They had an exciting show and a big, beautiful sound. They lifted the roof.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Thunder Peel on May 10, 2014, 09:20:24 AM
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I recall Elvis Costello saying he waited in line to buy The Joshua Tree and then saying he went home and played it on repeat because it was so fantastic. 

I remember Darius Rucker saying something similar. He said he didn't want anyone to play it for him because he wanted to go out and buy it first without hearing any of it. Seems a lot of stars had similar Joshua Tree experiences when it was first released.:)
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Inishfree on May 10, 2014, 10:38:55 AM
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Who: Liam Gallagher, oasis
When: vertigo era
What he said: I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f---ing U2 record. Where do their fans f---ing come from? Where are they? I reckon they buy them. With all the money they've made, they just bought a load of people and every time they do a gig they get a shovel and pile them into their gigs to make them look good.


Guess, he has never been to the States.   ::)   U2 has plenty of listeners here.  Their songs get air time and they sell out concerts venues.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: smee on May 10, 2014, 12:13:06 PM

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Who: Liam Gallagher, oasis
When: vertigo era
What he said: I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f---ing U2 record. Where do their fans f---ing come from? Where are they? I reckon they buy them. With all the money they've made, they just bought a load of people and every time they do a gig they get a shovel and pile them into their gigs to make them look good.
Yet, his own brother is a big fan of u2!!

Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 10, 2014, 06:17:30 PM
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Who: Liam Gallagher, oasis
When: vertigo era
What he said: I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f---ing U2 record. Where do their fans f---ing come from? Where are they? I reckon they buy them. With all the money they've made, they just bought a load of people and every time they do a gig they get a shovel and pile them into their gigs to make them look good.
europe too. U2 is just the biggest band of the last 30 years, and they keep making new music that people listen to. Therefore, lots of people want to see them fail......


Guess, he has never been to the States.   ::)   U2 has plenty of listeners here.  Their songs get air time and they sell out concerts venues.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: meximofo on May 10, 2014, 09:34:37 PM
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Who: Liam Gallagher, oasis
When: vertigo era
What he said: I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f---ing U2 record. Where do their fans f---ing come from? Where are they? I reckon they buy them. With all the money they've made, they just bought a load of people and every time they do a gig they get a shovel and pile them into their gigs to make them look good.


Guess, he has never been to the States.   ::)   U2 has plenty of listeners here.  Their songs get air time and they sell out concerts venues.
Liam is a jerk (putting it mildly), but he's right on this one. In my everyday life I never knew another hardcore U2 fan (I've only heard of the mythical "friend of a friend") in my hometown in Mexico, not even here in the U.S., and I've been here 5 years now. I don't see U2 stickers on cars, I don't see people wearing their T-shirts, and less of all I don't  hear people talking about U2 at parties or bars. I know many fans of the hit songs (BD, WOWY, etc.), but that's it. Of course, when U2 hits our city then all of a sudden we all come out from our caverns and tickets sell out in minutes. Strange, huh? Last time U2 were in Mexico City, even the President turned out to be a "closeted U2 fan" and went to the 360. I'm pretty sure he only knows the hits, though.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: briscoetheque on May 12, 2014, 07:06:35 AM
That is because, as we've discussed in the past, U2 are not 'cool'.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Buck on May 12, 2014, 08:00:08 AM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

Did he say that in 2001, or was it more like 1997-1998. George Harrison passed away in November 2001. 30 years? Well, its been almost 15 if he said that in 2001 and the record industry and tour industry are still waiting for the next U2 launch of a tour and album.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 12, 2014, 01:09:42 PM
If George Harrison did say that then shame on him for being so uncool .... And so wrong. It's 30 years since war/UF and both are still played on the radio. I haven't heard George Harrison's solo efforts in a while though
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: New Zooland on May 13, 2014, 06:05:53 AM
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If George Harrison did say that then shame on him for being so uncool .... And so wrong. It's 30 years since war/UF and both are still played on the radio. I haven't heard George Harrison's solo efforts in a while though

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Buck on May 13, 2014, 07:20:59 AM
Sting said in HOT PRESS interview in 1980 that "Tick Tock" is a f****** awesome song.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bonofan2006 on May 13, 2014, 12:16:59 PM
The Great Rock groups will be remembered forever! A lot of these bands, singers today are very popular and good , but can they last forever ?  or will they fade away ? As for the great bands of Rock n Roll of the 60's , 70's , 80's and 90's will be remembered forever! There will be no other band like them, because they all stand a lone for there unique music that they played.  ;D
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgedisciple on May 14, 2014, 05:36:42 AM
This is long, but it's worth I think

Who: Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters' drummer
When: 2005, Hot Press interview
What he said:

"To be honest, I'm probably more of an older U2 fan. I was a really huge fan of 'Boy', 'October', 'War' and 'The Unforgettable Fire'. I like their new stuff here and there, but my favourite stuff is really the early, underproduced stuff.
  'Under A Blood Red Sky' was a really big record for me when I was a kid, but there's something about 'Boy', man I love it: the energy, the youthfulness of it and I just love the way they sounded back then.
  With U2 you can't listen to the first four albums in the sun. You can almost only really enjoy then in the winter because they have this darkness to them. You just think of them in the snow with those big overcoats on, all earnest, like in the 'New Years Day' video. By 'Joshua Tree', though, you could listen to them in the sun.
  I met Larry Mullen Jnr when I was real young, at the MTV Awards. I was playing with Alanis Morissette when I was 23. I went up to him and said 'Dude, you were such an influence to me and to so many drummers and I just think you're really great'. He was really nice to me.
  I regret to say I never saw them play back in the day, but I just saw them on this tour and they were really great. I saw them on the 'Achtung Baby' tour and I didn't like that so much. I like some of that record but I don't love all of it, and I wasn't really into the ironic rock star thing they were going for at that time. They were kinda taking the pi*s out of being rock guys and I'm just not really into joke rock. Even though the songs were serious and I definitely like a couple of songs off that record, just the vibe and the huge stage and the cars with lights and sh** on them, I couldn't pay attention to what was going on: it was too much of a multi-media affair
  But when I saw them on this tour, it was a really good, stripped-down rock show. They played 'Electric Co/An Cat Dudh' and that was the highlight of the show for me. I would love to see them in a club, just playing their first three records. I like their new stuff but it's more worldly now."
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Starman on May 14, 2014, 06:35:21 AM

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Who: Liam Gallagher, oasis
When: vertigo era
What he said: I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f---ing U2 record. Where do their fans f---ing come from? Where are they? I reckon they buy them. With all the money they've made, they just bought a load of people and every time they do a gig they get a shovel and pile them into their gigs to make them look good.

Funny, I could say the same about Oasis.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: EnduringChill on May 14, 2014, 06:40:30 AM
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Who: Liam Gallagher, oasis
When: vertigo era
What he said: I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f---ing U2 record. Where do their fans f---ing come from? Where are they? I reckon they buy them. With all the money they've made, they just bought a load of people and every time they do a gig they get a shovel and pile them into their gigs to make them look good.

Funny, I could say the same about Oasis.
Ha, that's true. I've never met (in person) any really big Oasis fans.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: seashells on May 14, 2014, 08:03:03 AM
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This is long, but it's worth I think

Who: Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters' drummer
When: 2005, Hot Press interview
What he said:

"To be honest, I'm probably more of an older U2 fan. I was a really huge fan of 'Boy', 'October', 'War' and 'The Unforgettable Fire'. I like their new stuff here and there, but my favourite stuff is really the early, underproduced stuff.
  'Under A Blood Red Sky' was a really big record for me when I was a kid, but there's something about 'Boy', man I love it: the energy, the youthfulness of it and I just love the way they sounded back then.
  With U2 you can't listen to the first four albums in the sun. You can almost only really enjoy then in the winter because they have this darkness to them. You just think of them in the snow with those big overcoats on, all earnest, like in the 'New Years Day' video. By 'Joshua Tree', though, you could listen to them in the sun.
  I met Larry Mullen Jnr when I was real young, at the MTV Awards. I was playing with Alanis Morissette when I was 23. I went up to him and said 'Dude, you were such an influence to me and to so many drummers and I just think you're really great'. He was really nice to me.
  I regret to say I never saw them play back in the day, but I just saw them on this tour and they were really great. I saw them on the 'Achtung Baby' tour and I didn't like that so much. I like some of that record but I don't love all of it, and I wasn't really into the ironic rock star thing they were going for at that time. They were kinda taking the pi*s out of being rock guys and I'm just not really into joke rock. Even though the songs were serious and I definitely like a couple of songs off that record, just the vibe and the huge stage and the cars with lights and sh** on them, I couldn't pay attention to what was going on: it was too much of a multi-media affair
  But when I saw them on this tour, it was a really good, stripped-down rock show. They played 'Electric Co/An Cat Dudh' and that was the highlight of the show for me. I would love to see them in a club, just playing their first three records. I like their new stuff but it's more worldly now."

That's a great interview.  Thx for posting.  I love the Foos, but I've never seen them live (does youtube count?).  Maybe U2 should go to a Foo Fighters concert. 
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgematic on May 15, 2014, 12:23:35 PM

The fact that he considered Zoo TV to be "joke rock" tells all I need to know insofar as how seriously to take his opinion on U2.

Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: alexsandro on May 15, 2014, 12:27:43 PM
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This is long, but it's worth I think

Who: Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters' drummer
When: 2005, Hot Press interview
What he said:

"To be honest, I'm probably more of an older U2 fan. I was a really huge fan of 'Boy', 'October', 'War' and 'The Unforgettable Fire'. I like their new stuff here and there, but my favourite stuff is really the early, underproduced stuff.
  'Under A Blood Red Sky' was a really big record for me when I was a kid, but there's something about 'Boy', man I love it: the energy, the youthfulness of it and I just love the way they sounded back then.
  With U2 you can't listen to the first four albums in the sun. You can almost only really enjoy then in the winter because they have this darkness to them. You just think of them in the snow with those big overcoats on, all earnest, like in the 'New Years Day' video. By 'Joshua Tree', though, you could listen to them in the sun.
  I met Larry Mullen Jnr when I was real young, at the MTV Awards. I was playing with Alanis Morissette when I was 23. I went up to him and said 'Dude, you were such an influence to me and to so many drummers and I just think you're really great'. He was really nice to me.
  I regret to say I never saw them play back in the day, but I just saw them on this tour and they were really great. I saw them on the 'Achtung Baby' tour and I didn't like that so much. I like some of that record but I don't love all of it, and I wasn't really into the ironic rock star thing they were going for at that time. They were kinda taking the pi*s out of being rock guys and I'm just not really into joke rock. Even though the songs were serious and I definitely like a couple of songs off that record, just the vibe and the huge stage and the cars with lights and sh** on them, I couldn't pay attention to what was going on: it was too much of a multi-media affair
  But when I saw them on this tour, it was a really good, stripped-down rock show. They played 'Electric Co/An Cat Dudh' and that was the highlight of the show for me. I would love to see them in a club, just playing their first three records. I like their new stuff but it's more worldly now."

That's a great interview.  Thx for posting.  I love the Foos, but I've never seen them live (does youtube count?).  Maybe U2 should go to a Foo Fighters concert.

They must have at least seen video of their London Wembley shows, it's where they got the idea for U2 270 "360"
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 17, 2014, 09:16:44 PM
Keith Richards ( Rolling stones ) I like U2 I REALLY do ,I think Bono has something special.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 17, 2014, 09:33:44 PM
Brandon flowers (the killers) on ATYCLB  I was really into it I thought it was an amazing comeback for them, and I was blown away by how many great songs were on that record. There's an earnestness, spirit and soul to U2.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 17, 2014, 09:57:24 PM
David Lee Roth ( Van Halen ) Were not trying to save the world ,that's U2's job .
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Siberian Tiger on May 18, 2014, 08:00:09 AM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Siberian Tiger on May 18, 2014, 08:11:59 AM
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Who: Liam Gallagher, oasis
When: vertigo era
What he said: I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f---ing U2 record. Where do their fans f---ing come from? Where are they? I reckon they buy them. With all the money they've made, they just bought a load of people and every time they do a gig they get a shovel and pile them into their gigs to make them look good.


Guess, he has never been to the States.   ::)   U2 has plenty of listeners here.  Their songs get air time and they sell out concerts venues.

I think Liam was just being the d-head he always was, the bad boy rocker. I'm sure he likes U2 as much as any other rock star on here. His comments were tongue in cheek.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgedisciple on May 18, 2014, 02:44:01 PM
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Who: Liam Gallagher, oasis
When: vertigo era
What he said: I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f---ing U2 record. Where do their fans f---ing come from? Where are they? I reckon they buy them. With all the money they've made, they just bought a load of people and every time they do a gig they get a shovel and pile them into their gigs to make them look good.


Guess, he has never been to the States.   ::)   U2 has plenty of listeners here.  Their songs get air time and they sell out concerts venues.

I think Liam was just being the d-head he always was, the bad boy rocker. I'm sure he likes U2 as much as any other rock star on here. His comments were tongue in cheek.

Liam Gallagher used to like U2 and maybe he still does. As we know very well, everything that he says should be taken with a grain of salt. In the book "U2 Into the Heart: The Stories Behind Every Song" (great book by the way, a little dispersive in some parts but it's worth to check out) Bono recalls that once Liam came to him singing the bass line of "Seconds" and told him "That's a great groove. It really is!". Noel's admiration for them, on the other hand, has never been a secret.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: zooshoes on May 18, 2014, 04:04:14 PM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.

You wouldn't listen to The Beatles because George Harrison once said something you didn't like about U2? Geez. You know the comment was about U2 and not you, right?
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: New Zooland on May 18, 2014, 09:23:25 PM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.

Good idea. Best to just listen to U2 to be on the safe side. Mind you U2 seem to have played and recorded many Beatles songs. Perhaps they've been corrupted by the late Mr Harrison's " attitude"? Is anything good and wholesome anymore? Isn't it a pity.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Siberian Tiger on May 19, 2014, 02:32:09 AM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.

You wouldn't listen to The Beatles because George Harrison once said something you didn't like about U2? Geez. You know the comment was about U2 and not you, right?

Nah, I have always refused to listen to the most over rated musical act on the planet. I have heard enough of their songs in the mainstream and they have never appealed to me. I know what I am missing. ;) That was already my decision, George Harrison didn't help anything. 
(It's a bit like Kramer refusing to wear an AIDS ribbon even when he was on the AIDS walk. I refuse to listen to The Beatles even if everyone thinks they are cool. Because I can. :)  )

P.S Your sarcasm doesn't help anything, of course I know the comment was not about me. What prompts you to speak that way to me? I haven't been here in quite a while, and pretty quickly people are being rude again. "Geez."
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: surit87 on May 19, 2014, 04:45:26 AM
David Bowie (after the release of Zooropa): "U2 might be all shamrocks and deutsche marks to some, but I feel that they are one of the few rock bands even attempting to hint at a world which will continue past the next great wall—the year 2000."
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: kango on May 19, 2014, 05:13:47 AM
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David Bowie (after the release of Zooropa): "U2 might be all shamrocks and deutsche marks to some, but I feel that they are one of the few rock bands even attempting to hint at a world which will continue past the next great wall—the year 2000."

That's interesting, not heard a Bowie quote on U2 before. Any positive thing Bowie has to say about them cancels out a lifetime of insults by other certain singers.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: surit87 on May 19, 2014, 05:33:35 AM
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David Bowie (after the release of Zooropa): "U2 might be all shamrocks and deutsche marks to some, but I feel that they are one of the few rock bands even attempting to hint at a world which will continue past the next great wall—the year 2000."

That's interesting, not heard a Bowie quote on U2 before. Any positive thing Bowie has to say about them cancels out a lifetime of insults by other certain singers.

Yep, Bowie's quote certainly rang true at that time, U2, in the 90s, were adventurous and in-your-face. Sadly, today, they want to blend into the mainstream rather than 'f**k it up'.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgedisciple on May 19, 2014, 11:58:47 AM
Dave Grohl on when he saw U2 during Elevation Tour
http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/630971/dave-grohl-is-a-big-fan-of-u2s-live-show.jhtml (http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/630971/dave-grohl-is-a-big-fan-of-u2s-live-show.jhtml)

It's cool that he liked the show, but it seems also that he might have some reserves on judging by the way that he talks of them, as if he considers them laughable...
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: SlyDanner on May 19, 2014, 01:55:04 PM
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Dave Grohl on when he saw U2 during Elevation Tour
http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/630971/dave-grohl-is-a-big-fan-of-u2s-live-show.jhtml (http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/630971/dave-grohl-is-a-big-fan-of-u2s-live-show.jhtml)

It's cool that he liked the show, but it seems also that he might have some reserves on judging by the way that he talks of them, as if he considers them laughable...

Dave was hesitant to admit he was/is a U2 fan, or even a fan of just that show.  For many, many people, U2 are the epitome of uncool.  It is what it is.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Starman on May 19, 2014, 02:38:07 PM
Meanwhile, he's an open KI$$ fan. I love you, Dave, but man...
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: EnduringChill on May 19, 2014, 03:49:01 PM
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David Bowie (after the release of Zooropa): "U2 might be all shamrocks and deutsche marks to some, but I feel that they are one of the few rock bands even attempting to hint at a world which will continue past the next great wall—the year 2000."

That's interesting, not heard a Bowie quote on U2 before. Any positive thing Bowie has to say about them cancels out a lifetime of insults by other certain singers.
Now that's true. :D I think the quote was mentioned in U2 At The End of the World. It said that Bowie wrote a whole article on Zooropa and Zoo TV, which I would love to read if it's available anywhere. It'd be very interesting to hear what he thought of it all...

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Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgedisciple on May 19, 2014, 04:14:53 PM
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Dave Grohl on when he saw U2 during Elevation Tour
http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/630971/dave-grohl-is-a-big-fan-of-u2s-live-show.jhtml (http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/630971/dave-grohl-is-a-big-fan-of-u2s-live-show.jhtml)

It's cool that he liked the show, but it seems also that he might have some reserves on judging by the way that he talks of them, as if he considers them laughable...

Dave was hesitant to admit he was/is a U2 fan, or even a fan of just that show.  For many, many people, U2 are the epitome of uncool.  It is what it is.

I've found something else:
 
Dave Grohl, 2000
From a radio interview
"Y'know recently I had a Sunday at home where I was fixing breakfast and I put on the new U2 record. It was quite nice, flipping my eggs, it was a beautiful day man."

Here's an audio of them attempting to cover Beautiful Day during a soundcheck, it's not fake even if it might seems like it is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx3YL5umicc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx3YL5umicc)

Pretty sure that he likes them at least a little bit!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: surit87 on May 19, 2014, 11:46:31 PM
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Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Siberian Tiger on May 20, 2014, 10:55:21 AM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.

Good idea. Best to just listen to U2 to be on the safe side. Mind you U2 seem to have played and recorded many Beatles songs. Perhaps they've been corrupted by the late Mr Harrison's " attitude"? Is anything good and wholesome anymore? Isn't it a pity.

I'm really enjoying Linkin Park's new material and waiting for their new album. I'm enjoying the new Coldplay too. I have been on a personal U2 boycott / hiatus for two months now. I will not listen to anything of theirs until the bring out a new album.

As for the Beatles, never.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: EnduringChill on May 20, 2014, 04:06:22 PM
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Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: New Zooland on May 20, 2014, 06:19:10 PM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.

Good idea. Best to just listen to U2 to be on the safe side. Mind you U2 seem to have played and recorded many Beatles songs. Perhaps they've been corrupted by the late Mr Harrison's " attitude"? Is anything good and wholesome anymore? Isn't it a pity.

I'm really enjoying Linkin Park's new material and waiting for their new album. I'm enjoying the new Coldplay too. I have been on a personal U2 boycott / hiatus for two months now. I will not listen to anything of theirs until the bring out a new album.

As for the Beatles, never.

Fair enough. How about the Rutles?
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: surit87 on May 21, 2014, 12:43:07 AM
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Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgematic on May 21, 2014, 01:12:01 PM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.

Good idea. Best to just listen to U2 to be on the safe side. Mind you U2 seem to have played and recorded many Beatles songs. Perhaps they've been corrupted by the late Mr Harrison's " attitude"? Is anything good and wholesome anymore? Isn't it a pity.

I'm really enjoying Linkin Park's new material and waiting for their new album. I'm enjoying the new Coldplay too. I have been on a personal U2 boycott / hiatus for two months now. I will not listen to anything of theirs until the bring out a new album.

As for the Beatles, never.

You'll listen to Linkin Park and Coldplay, but not The Beatles, because The Beatles are overrated.

Ok.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: surit87 on May 21, 2014, 01:55:43 PM
Didn't Paul McCartney perform with U2 at Live8? Also Sean Lennon seems to have a good friendly relation with U2.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgedisciple on May 22, 2014, 06:03:34 AM
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Didn't Paul McCartney perform with U2 at Live8? Also Sean Lennon seems to have a good friendly relation with U2.

Yes, McCartney is a friend of theirs and has nothing but respect for them as artists. I dont know about Sean, but Lennon's other son Julian is a close friend of Bono.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: surit87 on May 22, 2014, 06:18:04 AM
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Didn't Paul McCartney perform with U2 at Live8? Also Sean Lennon seems to have a good friendly relation with U2.

Yes, McCartney is a friend of theirs and has nothing but respect for them as artists. I dont know about Sean, but Lennon's other son Julian is a close friend of Bono.

Sorry, I meant Julian not Sean.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: smee on May 22, 2014, 07:08:11 AM
Speaking of Paul McCartney.....i remember reading/hearing an interview with him about Live Aid. He was listening into the live radio broadcast, in the car....on the way to perform at the show....when he said U2 came on.....and he said something along the lines of how u2s performance was a highlight of the day
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 22, 2014, 07:43:29 AM
It's funny to look up Freddie Mercurys interactions with Bono at Live Aid
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Siberian Tiger on May 22, 2014, 09:09:11 AM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.

Good idea. Best to just listen to U2 to be on the safe side. Mind you U2 seem to have played and recorded many Beatles songs. Perhaps they've been corrupted by the late Mr Harrison's " attitude"? Is anything good and wholesome anymore? Isn't it a pity.

I'm really enjoying Linkin Park's new material and waiting for their new album. I'm enjoying the new Coldplay too. I have been on a personal U2 boycott / hiatus for two months now. I will not listen to anything of theirs until the bring out a new album.

As for the Beatles, never.

You'll listen to Linkin Park and Coldplay, but not The Beatles, because The Beatles are overrated.

Ok.

Yep, ok.

Try King's X, they are a band with plenty of talent. I like lots of music. In fact I will listen to almost anything.

I just choose to boycott the Beatles.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: imedi on May 22, 2014, 10:09:50 AM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.

Good idea. Best to just listen to U2 to be on the safe side. Mind you U2 seem to have played and recorded many Beatles songs. Perhaps they've been corrupted by the late Mr Harrison's " attitude"? Is anything good and wholesome anymore? Isn't it a pity.

I'm really enjoying Linkin Park's new material and waiting for their new album. I'm enjoying the new Coldplay too. I have been on a personal U2 boycott / hiatus for two months now. I will not listen to anything of theirs until the bring out a new album.

As for the Beatles, never.

You'll listen to Linkin Park and Coldplay, but not The Beatles, because The Beatles are overrated.

Ok.

Yep, ok.

Try King's X, they are a band with plenty of talent. I like lots of music. In fact I will listen to almost anything.

I just choose to boycott the Beatles.
i tend to agree about the beatles in that they seem to have this untouchable perch at the top in some peoples opinion and its almost insane to some people if u say anything bad about them..for my part i love the beatles but prefer u2
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Messenger on May 22, 2014, 01:22:30 PM
Everyone has different musical tastes, but choosing to not listen to the Beatles out of spite because of their high place in popular culture is an odd way to rebel.

Maybe only Canadians will get this, but it reminds me of my initial reactions to all the Mott's Clamato TV ads. I thought they were so stupid, I decided that there's no way people liked caesars that much. Because I had never had one. About a year ago I had one.

Now I'm hooked on them. I still think the ads are pretty dumb (like most ads) but that doesn't stop them from being delicious.

Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: EnduringChill on May 22, 2014, 05:56:45 PM
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It's funny to look up Freddie Mercurys interactions with Bono at Live Aid
Oh yeah! That's a great tidbit from U2 By U2 when Bono talks about his Live Aid experience.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 22, 2014, 10:59:52 PM
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It's funny to look up Freddie Mercurys interactions with Bono at Live Aid
Oh yeah! That's a great tidbit from U2 By U2 when Bono talks about his Live Aid experience.
I think Freddie was trying to hump him!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: surit87 on May 23, 2014, 12:54:55 AM
Foo Fighter's Taylor Hawkins hates Discotheque.
http://www.avclub.com/article/foo-fighters-taylor-hawkins-why-he-hates-u2s-disco-204670
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on May 23, 2014, 06:54:45 AM
I agree with Taylor Hawkins...........
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: briscoetheque on May 23, 2014, 06:55:47 AM
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I agree with Taylor Hawkins...........

The video is definitely as much at play here as the song.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on May 23, 2014, 07:05:09 AM
yes the video didn't help for sure...........
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: an tha on May 23, 2014, 08:44:07 AM
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Foo Fighter's Taylor Hawkins hates Discotheque.
http://www.avclub.com/article/foo-fighters-taylor-hawkins-why-he-hates-u2s-disco-204670

Interviewer and interviewee both getting whooshed massively by AB and Pop

Interviewer

"It feels like both Pop and Achtung Baby were supposed to make listeners think u2 was this fun party band, which they never really were"

Really? I think they have missed the point there in a big way.

And as for the lad from the Foo's he really got whooshed by it all.

Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on May 23, 2014, 08:50:00 AM
something is off in the interview........how was Achtung Baby a fun record?  that Album had a lot of grief in it, loved the emotion of the whole record
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Johnny Feathers on May 23, 2014, 09:34:36 AM
Come now, we're going to pretend there wasn't an element--even deliberately ironically--of fun on those albums?  Achtung Baby had Mysterious Ways, as well as EBTTRT, Zoo Station, and TTTYAWTW.  The album absolutely has its darker side, even within songs that have uplifting choruses and dance beats, but there's a reason why there are photos of the band in Carnival on the cover. 
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on May 23, 2014, 09:40:21 AM
the songs were dressed up differently but I wouldn't call the album fun........... if it came across as fun I think U2 did their job
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Messenger on May 23, 2014, 10:50:10 AM
They're obviously painting the albums with aspects of their respective tours and videos. Still, can't criticize him for his opinion.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgedisciple on May 23, 2014, 11:18:36 AM
Achtung Baby a fun party album... The interviewer understood everything
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Tarahumara on May 23, 2014, 11:41:34 AM
That "Discotheque" video is great! Haven't watched that in a long time. Man, U2 were so cool back then. And by cool, I mean not that everybody liked them, but that they could do something goofy and silly and not care what people thought of them. They were not of the mind-frame, "we want to be mainstream and need people to like us". I mean, Edge dancing, Adam with the mirror ball, Edge with the fresh-breath spray (instead of hairspray), the dancers in the background...that's poking fun at yourself and your music before others can! It takes some confidence to do that! Regardless of musical style, I wish they were still of that frame of mind! It certainly wasn't timid!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 23, 2014, 11:46:15 AM
I'd like to see that attitude, but I have no desire for a return to that music. Disliking POP may be unpopular on this forum, but I think it was the worst of their 90's albums. And I count passengers as a 90's album
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: rexstardust on May 23, 2014, 02:24:29 PM
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Fair enough. How about the Rutles?

Now you're talking!

I had to laugh reading the Taylor Hawkins interview.  He basically took this forum's opinion on 90's U2 and said exactly the opposite. 
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: smee on May 23, 2014, 03:45:26 PM
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Fair enough. How about the Rutles?

Now you're talking!

I had to laugh reading the Taylor Hawkins interview.  He basically took this forum's opinion on 90's U2 and said exactly the opposite.
I think among u2 fans who have been about as long as i have.....Taylors opinions arent that unusual. When u2 went and did Achtung Baby and the next few albums, they lost a LOT of fans
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: an tha on May 23, 2014, 04:09:37 PM
It's all about personal taste and opinion - but give me 90s u2 over what they have been since 2000 every time.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on May 23, 2014, 04:31:59 PM
yep 90's U2 tried going against the tide and many loved that they were attempting to be different, now they sadly want to fit in with a music scene that is just getting bland and unimaginative...........
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: New Zooland on May 23, 2014, 04:40:47 PM
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Fair enough. How about the Rutles?

Now you're talking!
 

Still going strong, although minus Dirk and Stig these days sadly....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/live-music-reviews/10851916/The-Rutles-O2-Academy-Islington-review-still-going-strong.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/live-music-reviews/10851916/The-Rutles-O2-Academy-Islington-review-still-going-strong.html)
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 24, 2014, 08:06:15 PM
Billy Coragan
Smashing Pumpkins

It was 1983 I was 16, and from the moment I heard New years day it was unlike anything I ever heard it was fierce, political,passionate they quickly became the most important band in the world to me.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 24, 2014, 11:05:02 PM
ROBERT SMITH
THE CURE

I never liked U2 the things they've done over the years the single with the Edge intoning platitudes over a really tired backing: if we were to do something like that it wouldn't get past the demo stage, Id think someone in the group was taking a pi*s.


My opinion on Smith's comment is I think his entire band( the cure) has been taking a pi*s since 1992 's Wish , And please grow up already loose that goth look for crying out loud !
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 24, 2014, 11:34:11 PM
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Who: George Harrison, Beatles
When: 2001
What he said: "Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. The Beatles had a value which will last forever". Will we remember U2 in 30 years?  I doubt it

I've never been a fan of the Beatles, and with an attitude like that, I'm not about to start.

And the fact that pretty much every other rock star quoted is a fan makes Georger Harrison seem extremely arrogant. I was thinking of waiting until I was 64 to listen to the Beatles. It might have to be 94 now.

You wouldn't listen to The Beatles because George Harrison once said something you didn't like about U2? Geez. You know the comment was about U2 and not you, right?

Nah, I have always refused to listen to the most over rated musical act on the planet. I have heard enough of their songs in the mainstream and they have never appealed to me. I know what I am missing. ;) That was already my decision, George Harrison didn't help anything. 
(It's a bit like Kramer refusing to wear an AIDS ribbon even when he was on the AIDS walk. I refuse to listen to The Beatles even if everyone thinks they are cool. Because I can. :)  )

P.S Your sarcasm doesn't help anything, of course I know the comment was not about me. What prompts you to speak that way to me? I haven't been here in quite a while, and pretty quickly people are being rude again. "Geez."
Personally, I think the Beatles, While overrated, are a great band. I am the walrus is a fantastic song, and a perfect commentary on people's unreasonable expectations of rock stars. What other lead singer would deliberately lead his fans on a futile search for meaning in meaningless lyrics? Lennon utterly mocked himself in a way that 90s U2 would have been proud of.....
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Siberian Tiger on May 25, 2014, 03:12:07 AM
Probably many bands are over rated, simply because that is what marketing actually does.

I haven't bothered searching out a lot of music from before my time. The Beatles are definitely before my time. I've heard plenty of their music without even trying, and I mostly find it to be quite syrupy.

The 60s does interest me, and there was a lot of significant protest music and much revolutionary thought going on during that time. The Beatles however were not a part of this. They rode the wave of their commercial success and then tried to cash in on the hippy movement later on once it was already cool. I don't have much respect for that, hence I consider them to be phonies with little artistic integrity. But that's all my loss considering they were so popular. But then again I don't listen to music just because it is popular or I would be a fan of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna, Boy-zone and New Kids on the Block. But I'm not. Therefore, The Beatles are not for me. My point was that George Harrison just underlined by his attitude a decision I had long ago already made, it was not as if I chose not to listen to them because of his comments.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: briscoetheque on May 25, 2014, 05:41:35 AM
'overrated'

Out of interest, who decides what the correct and appropriate level of 'rating' is?
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: briscoetheque on May 25, 2014, 05:41:57 AM
If the answer is no one, then I'm applying for that job.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Edgedisciple on May 25, 2014, 06:29:49 AM
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I never liked U2 the things they've done over the years the single with the Edge intoning platitudes over a really tired backing: if we were to do something like that it wouldn't get past the demo stage, Id think someone in the group was taking a pi*s.

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Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning of The Killers are big U2 fans, there are tons of interview where they talk about it.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: New Zooland on May 25, 2014, 08:44:19 AM
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Probably many bands are over rated, simply because that is what marketing actually does.

I haven't bothered searching out a lot of music from before my time. The Beatles are definitely before my time. I've heard plenty of their music without even trying, and I mostly find it to be quite syrupy.

The 60s does interest me, and there was a lot of significant protest music and much revolutionary thought going on during that time. The Beatles however were not a part of this. They rode the wave of their commercial success and then tried to cash in on the hippy movement later on once it was already cool. I don't have much respect for that, hence I consider them to be phonies with little artistic integrity. But that's all my loss considering they were so popular. But then again I don't listen to music just because it is popular or I would be a fan of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna, Boy-zone and New Kids on the Block. But I'm not. Therefore, The Beatles are not for me. My point was that George Harrison just underlined by his attitude a decision I had long ago already made, it was not as if I chose not to listen to them because of his comments.

Absolutely. Your loss. Feel free to not listen to some of the greatest, most revolutionary music ever written and recorded with massive global artistic and cultural influence.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: meximofo on May 25, 2014, 11:26:10 AM
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ROBERT SMITH
THE CURE

I never liked U2 the things they've done over the years the single with the Edge intoning platitudes over a really tired backing: if we were to do something like that it wouldn't get past the demo stage, Id think someone in the group was taking a pi*s.

My opinion on Smith's comment is I think his entire band( the cure) has been taking a pi*s since 1992 's Wish , And grow up already loose that goth look for crying out loud !

If Robert Smith dislikes U2 so much, why did he join Bono in Knockin on Heaven's Door in this video?:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8p-RSK8h-M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8p-RSK8h-M) (at 5:15)
Even that guy from Flock of Seagulls joins in!
 :P
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: feedback on May 25, 2014, 02:16:38 PM
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It's all about personal taste and opinion - but give me 90s u2 over what they have been since 2000 every time.


This X 100!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 25, 2014, 06:24:05 PM
It amazes me how some bands feel the need to diss U2 and in return U2 says something kind or complimentary about their music, case in point U2 has always spoke kindly about The Bunnymen and Edge recently gave a thumbs up to The Cure' s A Forrest . Apart from Bono and Edges drunkin remarks about Phil Collins ,I have never heard them diss a band point blank .
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Doc_Holiday on May 25, 2014, 08:48:19 PM
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Billy Coragan
Smashing Pumpkins

It was 1983 I was 16, and from the moment I heard New years day it was unlike anything I ever heard it was fierce, political,passionate they quickly became the most important band in the world to me.
New Year's Day is amazing, I can't believe U2 guys were just around 23 back then. Good taste by Corgan
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 26, 2014, 12:11:00 AM
AXl Rose
Guns and Roses

I'm really into U2, I've went to every one of their stadium shows that I could.


Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 26, 2014, 12:27:10 AM
Joe Satriani
Guitar virtuoso

Asked by Guitar Player magazine
Who is your favorite guitar player ?  His answer:  The Edge !
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 26, 2014, 01:18:58 AM
Rob Thomas
Matchbox 20

U2 is the greatest band ever .
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Pocket Merlin on May 26, 2014, 01:53:36 AM
After reading bondylan's post about Rob Thomas saying that U2 is the greatest band ever and trying to find when Rob Thomas said that, I found this--a handful of musicians talking about their favorite U2 song: http://www.atu2.com/news/u2s-best-by-the-bands-that-love-them.html

Apparently, Taylor Swift is a fan.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 26, 2014, 05:34:01 PM
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After reading bondylan's post about Rob Thomas saying that U2 is the greatest band ever and trying to find when Rob Thomas said that, I found this--a handful of musicians talking about their favorite U2 song: http://www.atu2.com/news/u2s-best-by-the-bands-that-love-them.html

Apparently, Taylor Swift is a fan.
wow, I just lost a little bit of my love for U2!
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Post by: Pocket Merlin on May 26, 2014, 06:59:43 PM
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After reading bondylan's post about Rob Thomas saying that U2 is the greatest band ever and trying to find when Rob Thomas said that, I found this--a handful of musicians talking about their favorite U2 song: http://www.atu2.com/news/u2s-best-by-the-bands-that-love-them.html

Apparently, Taylor Swift is a fan.
wow, I just lost a little bit of my love for U2!

Why? Because their music speaks to someone you don't like?
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: KenpoMatt on May 26, 2014, 11:15:16 PM
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After reading bondylan's post about Rob Thomas saying that U2 is the greatest band ever and trying to find when Rob Thomas said that, I found this--a handful of musicians talking about their favorite U2 song: http://www.atu2.com/news/u2s-best-by-the-bands-that-love-them.html

Apparently, Taylor Swift is a fan.

Great link, thanks!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 26, 2014, 11:32:23 PM
Ryan Tedder

One Republic

The Beatles were and U2 still are able to write massive hits that have more of a deeper meaning, Bono' s lyrics are so much from his gut,and so like honest but poetic They're not trying to be ambiguous or trying to be cool.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: macfoley on May 27, 2014, 03:10:11 AM
Some of the responses in here are rather hysterical. The George Harrison replies are so entertaining! So are the Robert Smith ones! :D

So anyone who slags of U2 it's "RIGHT THAT'S IT! I am NEVER listening to them again!"

Those who praise U2 are "I LOVE THEM NOW!"

Brilliant! Keep them coming, rather entertaining.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bonofan2006 on May 27, 2014, 10:58:46 AM
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This is long, but it's worth I think

Who: Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters' drummer
When: 2005, Hot Press interview
What he said:

"To be honest, I'm probably more of an older U2 fan. I was a really huge fan of 'Boy', 'October', 'War' and 'The Unforgettable Fire'. I like their new stuff here and there, but my favourite stuff is really the early, underproduced stuff.
  'Under A Blood Red Sky' was a really big record for me when I was a kid, but there's something about 'Boy', man I love it: the energy, the youthfulness of it and I just love the way they sounded back then.
  With U2 you can't listen to the first four albums in the sun. You can almost only really enjoy then in the winter because they have this darkness to them. You just think of them in the snow with those big overcoats on, all earnest, like in the 'New Years Day' video. By 'Joshua Tree', though, you could listen to them in the sun.
  I met Larry Mullen Jnr when I was real young, at the MTV Awards. I was playing with Alanis Morissette when I was 23. I went up to him and said 'Dude, you were such an influence to me and to so many drummers and I just think you're really great'. He was really nice to me.
  I regret to say I never saw them play back in the day, but I just saw them on this tour and they were really great. I saw them on the 'Achtung Baby' tour and I didn't like that so much. I like some of that record but I don't love all of it, and I wasn't really into the ironic rock star thing they were going for at that time. They were kinda taking the pi*s out of being rock guys and I'm just not really into joke rock. Even though the songs were serious and I definitely like a couple of songs off that record, just the vibe and the huge stage and the cars with lights and sh** on them, I couldn't pay attention to what was going on: it was too much of a multi-media affair
  But when I saw them on this tour, it was a really good, stripped-down rock show. They played 'Electric Co/An Cat Dudh' and that was the highlight of the show for me. I would love to see them in a club, just playing their first three records. I like their new stuff but it's more worldly now."
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: EnduringChill on May 27, 2014, 04:40:42 PM
I remember hearing Taylor Swift say something along the lines of if she could have a conversation with anyone in the world it would be Bono. I wonder if they've met by now? (Well, we would probably have seen pictures if such a meeting took place.)
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 27, 2014, 04:57:07 PM
John Lydon (aka) Johnny Rotten
Sex Pistols

"U2 that's a band that should have never existed".
"There's no life experience in any of their songs".
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Starman on May 27, 2014, 09:27:05 PM

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I remember hearing Taylor Swift say something along the lines of if she could have a conversation with anyone in the world it would be Bono. I wonder if they've met by now? (Well, we would probably have seen pictures if such a meeting took place.)

I think they met at the Golden Globes afterparty or something
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 27, 2014, 09:43:09 PM
PETE TOWNSEND
THE WHO

"I didn't like the U2 album Zooropa which surprised me ,cause it got spectacular reviews I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about."
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 27, 2014, 11:32:30 PM
Robert Zimmerman
(Aka) Bob Dylan

"Yeah U2 will probably be around years from now ,I like U2 a lot,U2 are actually pretty original they got that thing goin."
 
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: hrsan on May 28, 2014, 08:39:46 AM
Interviewer:  If you could push a button that would magically guarantee an end to the chaos in Iraq, but you would have to walk around with ‘Bono Rules’ tattooed to your forehead for the rest of your days, would you do it?
 
Henry Rollins:  No, but I would do it on your forehead for busfare.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on May 28, 2014, 08:45:25 AM
Henry Rollins.......what a joke he is. 
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: u2live on May 28, 2014, 08:54:23 AM
Rollins who's real last name is Garfield..........wishes he were able to get his message across like Bono does but obviously is the jealous type.   Grew up without a dad so I'm sure that contributed to his outspoken rebelious attitude
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Post by: mdmomof7 on May 28, 2014, 10:34:00 AM
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Billy Coragan
Smashing Pumpkins

It was 1983 I was 16, and from the moment I heard New years day it was unlike anything I ever heard it was fierce, political,passionate they quickly became the most important band in the world to me.
New Year's Day is amazing, I can't believe U2 guys were just around 23 back then. Good taste by Corgan

Agreed! NYD is the song that made me notice them. Still love it.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 28, 2014, 10:11:45 PM
Tom Smith
EDITORS

When asked by an interviewer to say one word to describe U2, Tom replied "expensive"!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 29, 2014, 09:55:17 PM
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Interviewer:  If you could push a button that would magically guarantee an end to the chaos in Iraq, but you would have to walk around with ‘Bono Rules’ tattooed to your forehead for the rest of your days, would you do it?
 
Henry Rollins:  No, but I would do it on your forehead for busfare.

To which Bono, on hearing of this interview, said "Henry who?"
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on May 29, 2014, 10:09:01 PM
It doesn't always bother me when another artist criticize' s U2, I'm still a fan of The Bunnymen and The Cure despite their opinions of U2's music. It could possibly be jealousy on their part for all the adoration U2 recieves, but Henry Rollins just runs his mouth way to much. It reveals his desperate attempt for attention.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 29, 2014, 11:40:56 PM
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It doesn't always bother me when another artist criticize' s U2, I'm still a fan of The Bunnymen and The Cure despite their opinions of U2's music. It could possibly be jealousy on their part for all the adoration U2 recieves, but Henry Rollins just runs his mouth way to much. It reveals his desperate attempt for attention.

most criticism of other artists is
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on June 05, 2014, 11:27:41 PM
BB king

" U2 is a fantastic group ,they didn't get to be number 1 for nothing they earned it" .
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on June 05, 2014, 11:37:33 PM
Matt Nathanson
singer songwriter

"U2 is like the greatest band in the world".

Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: imedi on June 19, 2014, 02:04:01 AM
just read that shakira lists u2 as her fave band and with or without you as her top song
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: jick on June 19, 2014, 02:46:28 AM
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/foo-fighters-taylor-hawkins-really-hates-u2s-discotheque-20140523

Cheers,

J
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: bondylan on June 19, 2014, 11:34:36 PM
Robbie Williams on U2
http://m.youtube.com/index?&desktop_uri=%2F#/watch?v=Bh-gdX2LG8E
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Sunchild on June 20, 2014, 01:28:08 AM
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It amazes me how some bands feel the need to diss U2 and in return U2 says something kind or complimentary about their music, case in point U2 has always spoke kindly about The Bunnymen and Edge recently gave a thumbs up to The Cure' s A Forrest . Apart from Bono and Edges drunkin remarks about Phil Collins ,I have never heard them diss a band point blank .

It speaks about the grace they carry, beauty is everywhere, even in what social morale would call the worst kind of human beings on planet. Someone who calls someone egocentric only reveals and projects their own ego. That's a beauty of reflection, because what irritates you in other people is actually only an aspect of yourself. Having an ego is necessary, the question is how much it drives you, and how much is there a room for God to speak. I see a very healthy ego from Bono myself, most of the time, but there's a possibility to be lost in it too. 
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: david on August 03, 2014, 11:40:33 AM
From Cork, the Sultans of Ping were one of the few Irish acts to have a pop at their fellow countrymen in U2 on many an occasion. I remember that even the art work from this particular single was in Achtung Baby font (it was 1992) and read 'U talk 2 much'. To this day they blame U2'-loving Hot Press magazine for their demise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaHmolxcFhc
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Cam501 on August 03, 2014, 04:13:21 PM
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Billy Coragan
Smashing Pumpkins

It was 1983 I was 16, and from the moment I heard New years day it was unlike anything I ever heard it was fierce, political,passionate they quickly became the most important band in the world to me.
New Year's Day is amazing, I can't believe U2 guys were just around 23 back then. Good taste by Corgan

Never realized he's only 6-7 yrs younger than the bandmates of U2.  I tend to associate Smashing Pumpkins with a different era of music (on a side note- SP put on a heck of a show when I saw them in '96 but it was ruined by the jack***es behind us who were yelling at us for standing when they were the only ppl in the arena sitting)

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After reading bondylan's post about Rob Thomas saying that U2 is the greatest band ever and trying to find when Rob Thomas said that, I found this--a handful of musicians talking about their favorite U2 song: http://www.atu2.com/news/u2s-best-by-the-bands-that-love-them.html

Apparently, Taylor Swift is a fan.
wow, I just lost a little bit of my love for U2!

Let's not be so harsh.  I'm a die hard U2 fan but I'll admit I like a couple Taylor Swift songs.  I also think it's great that she's a fan.  People from all genre's can enjoy the music we know and love.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Parsons on November 02, 2014, 12:11:28 AM
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/professor-iggy-pop-criticizes-u2-praises-thom-yorke-at-bbc-lecture-20141014
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: The Edges Cat on November 02, 2014, 01:30:45 AM
I know Tori Amos is a U2 fan. When I interviewed her in 1996, she said she wanted to do a duet with Bono but they couldn't coordinate their schedules. For her RAINN organisation, I think. Lovely lady, imagine her and Bono at their vocal peaks singing together!

I've never, ever heard U2 badmouth another band or musician, ever. Yeah, Bono called Chris Martin a "wa**er", but that was in jest... I think.  ::)

Behind closed doors, among themselves, sure, I bet they've said a few words! But U2 stay classy in public -- if you've got nothing nice to say, then don't say anything. That's why other musicians who bag them come across as wa***rs. It's why U2 have more fans than critics in the music industry -- they're gentlemen and scholars. I'm sure this is what grates on the nerves of many of their critics -- they're such nice guys!
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Post by: Doc_Holiday on November 02, 2014, 07:06:23 AM
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From Cork, the Sultans of Ping were one of the few Irish acts to have a pop at their fellow countrymen in U2 on many an occasion. I remember that even the art work from this particular single was in Achtung Baby font (it was 1992) and read 'U talk 2 much'. To this day they blame U2'-loving Hot Press magazine for their demise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaHmolxcFhc
Seeing that video, they should blame themselves for their demise. The guy looks like he is being anally raped while singing.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: smee on November 03, 2014, 05:28:22 AM
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I know Tori Amos is a U2 fan. When I interviewed her in 1996, she said she wanted to do a duet with Bono but they couldn't coordinate their schedules. For her RAINN organisation, I think. Lovely lady, imagine her and Bono at their vocal peaks singing together!

I've never, ever heard U2 badmouth another band or musician, ever. Yeah, Bono called Chris Martin a "wa**er", but that was in jest... I think.  ::)

Behind closed doors, among themselves, sure, I bet they've said a few words! But U2 stay classy in public -- if you've got nothing nice to say, then don't say anything. That's why other musicians who bag them come across as wa***rs. It's why U2 have more fans than critics in the music industry -- they're gentlemen and scholars. I'm sure this is what grates on the nerves of many of their critics -- they're such nice guys!
Ahem................https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD4PXEw8hxM
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Post by: Edgedisciple on November 03, 2014, 06:00:54 AM

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I know Tori Amos is a U2 fan. When I interviewed her in 1996, she said she wanted to do a duet with Bono but they couldn't coordinate their schedules. For her RAINN organisation, I think. Lovely lady, imagine her and Bono at their vocal peaks singing together!

I've never, ever heard U2 badmouth another band or musician, ever. Yeah, Bono called Chris Martin a "wa**er", but that was in jest... I think.  ::)

Behind closed doors, among themselves, sure, I bet they've said a few words! But U2 stay classy in public -- if you've got nothing nice to say, then don't say anything. That's why other musicians who bag them come across as wa***rs. It's why U2 have more fans than critics in the music industry -- they're gentlemen and scholars. I'm sure this is what grates on the nerves of many of their critics -- they're such nice guys!
Ahem................https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD4PXEw8hxM
It was an ironic banter. Nothing serious. And it was during the Zoo TV era, so go figure.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: The Edges Cat on November 03, 2014, 10:23:50 PM
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I know Tori Amos is a U2 fan. When I interviewed her in 1996, she said she wanted to do a duet with Bono but they couldn't coordinate their schedules. For her RAINN organisation, I think. Lovely lady, imagine her and Bono at their vocal peaks singing together!

I've never, ever heard U2 badmouth another band or musician, ever. Yeah, Bono called Chris Martin a "wa**er", but that was in jest... I think.  ::)

Behind closed doors, among themselves, sure, I bet they've said a few words! But U2 stay classy in public -- if you've got nothing nice to say, then don't say anything. That's why other musicians who bag them come across as wa***rs. It's why U2 have more fans than critics in the music industry -- they're gentlemen and scholars. I'm sure this is what grates on the nerves of many of their critics -- they're such nice guys!
Ahem................https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD4PXEw8hxM
It was an ironic banter. Nothing serious. And it was during the Zoo TV era, so go figure.

They look so YOUNG! Even Phil Collins...

Yeah, I treat it the same as Bono calling Chris Martin a wa**er on radio. Taking the pi*s, mostly out of how seriously Phil's presenting the award. Larry didn't take part though, he has respect for fellow drummers!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: fresno dave on May 19, 2015, 10:39:59 AM
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Bono, 37, told a sell-out crowd during PopMart  at Leeds: "Good people of Yorkshire, you are making a terrible mistake.
"George Harrison says you shouldn't be here. He said it's all about big hats, lemons and egos."
Then sticking his finger in the air in a rude gesture, Bono barked: "This one's for you George, pump it up!"
The crowd cheered U2 and jeered Harrison.



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T9BcKlviOX8
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: zeeTV on May 21, 2015, 05:55:28 AM
Most will hate this... but -
Kanye West
West also talked about how one of the new album's songs, the lovely "I Wonder," was inspired by the U2 track "City of Blinding Lights": After seeing Bono and crew perform "Lights" to rapturous crowds when he was opening for them, Kanye told himself, "I want one of those."

Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: hrsan on May 21, 2015, 06:24:45 AM
Dave Ellefson of Megadeth  http://loudwire.com/megadeth-david-ellefson-bold-moves-metallica-u2/

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson opened up in a recent interview defending U2’s controversial release of ‘Songs of Innocence,’ which automatically appeared in everyone’s iTunes library. He also compared the move to Metallica’s decision to fight Napster, saying Lars Ulrich and the rest of the band were “right” to fight the file-sharing site.

In the interview with JoeDaly.net, Ellefson was asked about his thoughts on the new U2 album and how it was delivered. “I think U2 are a fantastic band, just like any big group that goes out and takes chances,” Ellefson said. “Years ago, everybody wanted to hate on Metallica and Lars Ulrich because he fought Napster. Well, duh! He was right. Now there’s another big artist named Taylor Swift doing the same thing with Spotify. “

The bassist added, “So it’s easy to hate people when they’re making bold moves that quite honestly, the rest of us can’t make. So it’s easy to hate the 800-pound gorilla because everybody sees them as entitled and privileged and they get to do what the rest of us can’t. But you know what? They work their asses off for it. I didn’t buy the last U2 record, it was given to me by iTunes. (laughs) I did listen to part of it on the airplane and there are U2-isms on there. “

I saw them when they played on the Tonight Show after Jimmy Fallon took over there was  a moment when the Edge picked up an acoustic guitar from behind the couch and started playing “Stairway to Heaven.” I can tell a guy’s musicianship within the first two to three bars of him touching the instrument, whether he’s playing the drums or a piano or plucking an acoustic guitar. You can tell the quality of their craft within the first few notes and U2 have it.

Ellefson continued, “They’re a phenomenally great band. Whether you like their recent songs or not, whether you like some of the publicity moves they make or their business acumen, I have nothing but tremendous respect for that band. I’ve always said, the hardest thing is to start a band and the second-hardest thing is to keep a band together, and they’ve been doing it for a long, long time.


Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: mdmomof7 on May 21, 2015, 10:08:18 AM
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Dave Ellefson of Megadeth  http://loudwire.com/megadeth-david-ellefson-bold-moves-metallica-u2/

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson opened up in a recent interview defending U2’s controversial release of ‘Songs of Innocence,’ which automatically appeared in everyone’s iTunes library. He also compared the move to Metallica’s decision to fight Napster, saying Lars Ulrich and the rest of the band were “right” to fight the file-sharing site.

In the interview with JoeDaly.net, Ellefson was asked about his thoughts on the new U2 album and how it was delivered. “I think U2 are a fantastic band, just like any big group that goes out and takes chances,” Ellefson said. “Years ago, everybody wanted to hate on Metallica and Lars Ulrich because he fought Napster. Well, duh! He was right. Now there’s another big artist named Taylor Swift doing the same thing with Spotify. “

The bassist added, “So it’s easy to hate people when they’re making bold moves that quite honestly, the rest of us can’t make. So it’s easy to hate the 800-pound gorilla because everybody sees them as entitled and privileged and they get to do what the rest of us can’t. But you know what? They work their asses off for it. I didn’t buy the last U2 record, it was given to me by iTunes. (laughs) I did listen to part of it on the airplane and there are U2-isms on there. “

Ellefson continued, “They’re a phenomenally great band. Whether you like their recent songs or not, whether you like some of the publicity moves they make or their business acumen, I have nothing but tremendous respect for that band. I’ve always said, the hardest thing is to start a band and the second-hardest thing is to keep a band together, and they’ve been doing it for a long, long time.

That is quite reasonable and gentlemanly. Good on Mr. Ellefson!!

No hate z -
Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: tom_b1807 on May 21, 2015, 12:41:24 PM
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"After I moved to Hollywood, I was mired in a series of degrading, soul-crushing menial jobs. For a while, I was a professional alphabetizer. Were it not for this album, I would've murdered someone."

Tom Morello on The Joshua Tree, Spin Magazine 2003

I hope he didn't listen to Exit then!  ::)
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Mary C on May 21, 2015, 01:15:06 PM
I'd like more of these post-SOI release opinions, but from today's artists. It seems like the Apple thing  is proving to be a watershed event in U2's career, a kind of "before" and "after." Even with the start of the tour the repercussion have not faded away.  I wonder how many of these opinions may have changed. Most of them  are from Vertigo era or before. Of course, you'll have to dig deeper to find post-Sept ones, a lot of these recent interviews prob come from Twitter links, Facebook pages or other social media rather then interviews or websites...but I like what I'm hearing.


So Taylor Swift is a fan? Lol. I'm gobsmacked though--"Sometimes.." ?  It's amazing, you have their whole big catalog full of timeless classics and she's obsessed with what most U2 fans would call a throwaway song. I haven't even listened to that in yrs. but to each their own, it depends on when you joined the fandom. It reminds me of a quote I heard about Bob Dylan once: "What do you MEAN that song is about a dog that got run over by a car in the street? That song changed my life and defined me for 15 yrs!"  ;D


I'm hoping that we see a lot of these folks just magically appear at shows this summer. That alone would be a gesture of solidarity. It's really strange, because U2 have reached a point where they should be commanding respect from people in the industry/community, simply because of their endurance, anyone who has reached this rarified level and still are there...and still care.  They should be on top of the world,  but the problem is, they've stayed true to character: going along great, slowly climbing to a peak, then doing something dramatic to smash the upward trajectory and collapsing dramatically,  then getting up, dusting themselves off,  and slowly climb another to another peak. It's amazing, that they still think there can be another peak??

This is where they're at now, and it's breaking all the rules. Acts break up, fade away, become Vegas-ified once they reach this age and esp. after enduring such a series of humiliating setbacks...some would argue that Vegas-ication is what's happening now, but given  the chaos of the tour  in that they're clearly sussing things out and trying to re-invent themselves yet again, and the mostly positive reviews of the tour so far, it's almost unprecedented...I'd argue that they're very far from becoming a caricature of themselves. Before May 15, I wasn't sure.

But they have changed. That cheekiness/playfulness/sass that Codeguy and others want to return: that comes from feeling that you are invincible; therefore, you can afford to do and say risky things. (the immortal "f*** the pop kids, we don't need 'em") When the band felt they had nothing left to lose, they had that. But now they feel they have everything to lose; they feel their foundation is no longer solid or even stable...therefore you play it safe. This seems paradoxical, but I think I understand it. I don't agree with it or support it, however. The tour is where I expect them to take risks, tinker and fiddle. 4 shows in, I can see a bit of that but not enough. I'm not passing judgment this soon however.   


Not to get OT here, but I'm clearly mystified by the reviews. Yes, we haven't heard from the really big guns yet...NYT, Wash Post, Irish Times (have we?) the Village Voice, Salon.com, Huff Post..but USA Today is hardly partisan. But really? How are these raves merited? The setlist is totally up in the air, they've been shaky musically, the show has yet to reach a coherent state...but even the negative reviews , like for San Jose, aren't scathing.  Honestly, I expected it to be an utter disaster, with the critics pronouncing The End. What I think has happened is:  the Fallon skits hit all the right notes--the band sounding a more humble note with the band willing to poke fun at themselves.  Plus I really think there's an undercurrent of respect and even admiration for Bono performing at the state he's in, everyone can see that in spite of all the energy he's shown onstage so far, he clearly is still recovering. (I'm still amazed the tour wasn't cancelled, that they had faith back in late November that Bono would be able to get out there in 6 months. This is U2 in their 50's: the "F you" attitude is: We're still here.) Then too, given the current fluid state of the music industry, I think there's an enormous amount of goodwill built up for them: people want to have something stable, solid and profitable to rally around. (It's a stupid attitude though: not about U2, but not planning ahead for the future, the industry resisted tech trends, plus this STUPID "instant massive profit now"/take no risk attitude,  and now is paying the price.)

That's all well and good, but I want any praise for the band to come on its own merits. So far I have not seen much written about how the new material translates live. It's such a big part of the show, and it is evolving. And we haven't heard all of it yet. "The Crystal Ballroom"  is going to be making its debut sometime after the Denver shows, according to Bono. That should merit a great graphic on the screen!

I can see ST's attitude towards the Beatles in a strange way. I went through plenty of stages of "everyone expects me to love this thing, b/c everyone loves it, it irritates me that I'm supposed to march in lockstep, therefore I won't like it." All I can say is, ST: I hope you one day get to hear Revolver. "Woman Is The N***er  Of The World." See footage of the John and Yoko's Bed-In For Peace. Appreciate how much of late 60's rebellion/culture was driven by the late-stage Beatles and not the other way around, as you think it was. And wonder at just how revolutionary and dangerous a song like "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" really was. If you think their first 2 albums defined them and after that it was all wanna-beism and hangers-on, you are so wrong.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: codeguy on May 21, 2015, 11:29:07 PM
Mary C, I will never be a huge beatles fan, but you're correct. The beatles didn't react to late 60's rebellion by changing their image and music to suit - they changed their music and image and the late 60's reacted to them. In that sense, Sargent Pepper is the greatest album of all time. This coming from someone who doesnt particularly like the Beatles.
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: HEY!youtwo! on May 23, 2015, 06:02:44 PM
Trey Anastasio from the band Phish makes a U2 reference towards the beginning of this song...pretty hilarious

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3eGDCl6sJw&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Other rock stars views of U2
Post by: Mary C on May 24, 2015, 01:55:11 PM
Oh wow, that *was* funny. Too bad more people in the audience weren't in on the joke...