Sunday, 8 March 2009

"Shush Now" Bono

Read the quote below from Bono after the Fordham gig and it really pissed me off!

"Every album is like our first album. And we want to do the thing we did with our first album and go out and play the colleges," Bono told MTV News on Friday after the show. "Play to the people who are living closest to the music."

Bono said that for the most part, young people can best appreciate new sounds. "They're often students," he said. "They're often not people in their 30s. Bob Dylan has this line, 'He not busy being born is busy dying' [from 'It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding']. I love that line. I often think it applies to music. People, as they get older, they stop listening to the music. We want to go to where people are still passionate for music."

I'm sick of Bono saying things like this, why can't he appreciate ALL U2 fans' ability to embrace the new? I know he was speaking at a college and so was focused on young people, but there was no need to write off most older people. Do you lose passion for music just because you are over 30? I know lots of young people who have never even been to a concert and are not into music at all, and yes there are older people like that too, my point is you shouldn't generalise about people as Bono seems to be doing here.

I am still passionate about music and so are my U2 friends who are all well over 30. Music is one of the things that I think actually keeps me young inside. And there are still times when I get that that special feeling when I hear a new song, you know that feeling - when a song touches you deep inside and you go "Wow!" I love it when that happens and there is no age restriction to that. In fact the last time that happened to me was last Monday when listening to a new album some middle-aged band called U2 ......

Ok rant over, maybe I'm just a bit cranky today, I'm tired. I feel better now.


  1. you tell him! good rant :)

  2. Well said, Sue! I could always kick his royal Irish arse when he says something like that! In my experience a love for music has nothing to do with age. Typial Bono twaddle.

  3. some middle-aged band called U2...yeah, i heard they're really old and look like shite. relevant? i think not...

  4. Glad it's not just me being over sensitive! I could slap Bono when he says stuff like that.

  5. Totally agree with you, Sue. Thank God U2 have made such a good album recently, so I'll try to be patient with Bono until he'll finally be "cool" enough to not talk crap like that any longer (I remember him saying once that this day would come at 60...) ;-)

  6. Yes. Most people over 30 lose passion for music. It's a tragedy, but true.