8/4/09

Thoughts on Music pt. 3 (Bono)

This is the third blog in my "Thoughts on Music" series which feature quotes containing interesting thoughts on music that someone has said or written (or both). This time around: Bono.
According to Wikipedia:
Paul David Hewson, KBE (born 10 May 1960), most commonly known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer and musician, best known for being the main vocalist of the Irish rock band U2.

Reflecting on the making of the album Achtung Baby (1991) in 2002:
There was a lot of tension between us during the making of that album, with Edge and myself wanting to chop down the Joshua Tree, and Larry and Adam wanting to put a glass house around it and play to our strength. Because Adam and Larry have that humility, but Edge and myself had the arrogance that it wasn’t the sound of the guitar, it wasn’t a coalition of notes that made a melody, or a particular bass and drums approach that made U2. We believed that what made U2 was the spark, and that you could destroy all the outward manifestation, and it would still be there. You could put my voice through a distortion pedal, you could ban Edge from playing his echo unit and those silver notes that he plays, you could change the subject matter…you could just deface all that was recognizable in the band, and it still would come through".

(the quote is taken from the book "Bono on Bono: Conversations with Mickha Assayas". It's in there somewhere. Somewhere in the back).

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