Bono happy to be 'uncool'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 February 2009

Bono happy to be 'uncool'

U2 frontman Bono claims he is glad his band is "uncool" because it means they can speak their minds

Bono is glad U2 are "uncool".

The Irish rocker - who performed at the BRIT Awards with his bandmates earlier this week - says "cool" musicians often aren't allowed to speak their minds and end up "crippled" by cynicism.

He said: "Because we were Irish and uncool we didn't realise how powerful it was to be uncool then. We just thought, 'We'd better get cool', but thank God we didn't, because it meant we could actually say things!

"Cool people don't have the same power to say things. That 'you have to be cool' thing confined punk rock, it crippled talents. I'm always grateful we got through all that while managing to remain relatively uncynical.

"And it made us get tough - it made us tough enough to be uncynical."

Bono believes U2 - whose 12th studio album 'No Line On The Horizon' will be released next month - have enjoyed enduring success because they have a big "band ego".

He said: "There's some big egos in U2, but none of them is bigger than the band one. For example, it means the idea is more important than whose it was. We dropped that back when we were 20."


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

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