U2 singer Bono says he hates the band’s name and has trouble listening to the songs
“Most of the songs make me cringe! U2 lead singer Bono says he hates the band’s name and finds it hard to listen to their songs out of embarrassment
Having become one of the most successful bands in the world, you would think that Bono would be proud to be the frontman of U2.
But the singer claimed he didn’t like the band’s name and found most of their songs goofy.
The 61-year-old, who has been with the band since it formed in 1976, told the Awards Chatter podcast: “I still don’t know [like the name]. I really do not know.
Shocking: U2 singer Bono claimed he didn’t like the band’s name and finds most of their songs trustworthy in a new podcast interview (pictured in 2018)
“But I was late in a kind of dyslexia. I also didn’t know the Beatles were a bad pun.
“So the U2, if we thought about the involvement and the numbers – in our head it was like the spy plane, the U boat, it was futuristic – as it turned out to involve that kind of acquiescence, no, I don’t like that name.
“Paul McGuinness, our first manager said ‘look, that’s a great name, it’ll look great on a T-shirt, a letter and a number’.
Bono also admitted that he cringes at most of their songs and can’t listen to his vocals in their early albums as he hasn’t been able to sing well until recently.
Not a fan! The 61-year-old, who has been with the band since it formed in 1976, told the Awards Chatter podcast: “I still don’t know [like the name]. I really don’t’ (pictured in 2017)
He said: ‘I was in the car when one of our songs came on the radio and I was the colour, as they say in Dublin, scarlet. I’m so embarrassed.
‘It’s the voice. The band sounds amazing, although I just find the voice very strained and a bit unmacho, and my Irish macho was a bit strained by that and was.
“I only became a singer recently – maybe it hasn’t happened yet to some people’s ears and I understand that.
‘Robert Palmer, he met Adam Clayton somewhere in the 80’s and he said ‘My God, would you tell your singer one day to pick up the keys a little, he would do himself a favor and he would do us all a favor who should listen to him”.
Opinion: Bono has also admitted that he cringes at most of their songs and can’t hear his vocals on their early albums because he’s only recently been able to sing well (photo LR Adam Clayton, Bono, the Edge and Larry Mullen Jr in 2019)
The Irish singer said he was most proud of their song Vertigo saying it connects with the crowd and the track he can listen to the most is Miss Sarajevo.
“Most of the others make me cringe a bit,” Bono added.
“I think U2 pushes the boat a lot on embarrassment and maybe that’s the place to be as an artist – you know just on the edge of your level of embarrassment.”
He met bandmates The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton at school in Dublin.
U2 are one of the most successful bands in history and have sold over 157 million albums and won 22 Grammy Awards.
He said: ‘I was in the car when one of our songs came on the radio and I was the colour, as they say in Dublin, scarlet. I’m so embarrassed’ (pictured with Adam in 2018)