Bono's singing lessons from David Bowie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 November 2010
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David Bowie showed U2 singer Bono how to sing beyond his ''man'' voice, and add a feminine touch to his vocals

David Bowie showed Bono how to sing beyond his "man" voice, and add a feminine touch to his vocals.

The U2 frontman has spoken about his love of the 'Life on Mars' hitmaker, and how indebted his band are to him for the things he introduced them to.

He told Rolling Stone magazine: "U2 owe him a lot. He introduced us to Berlin and Hansa Studios, to collaborating with Brian Eno.

"It's the high singing, beyond your 'man' voice into the feminine. And there's the staging, the attempt to be innovative.

"Bowie wasn't afraid to use scale, to dramatize things. His set list was not just a jukebox he could run through. It was drama."

The Irish 'Beautiful Day' singer also compared the singer to a UK version of Elvis.

He added: "It's not exaggerating to say, what Elvis meant to America, David Bowie meant to the UK and Ireland. It was that radical a shift in consciousness.

"The first time I saw him was singing 'Starman' on television. It was like a creature falling from the sky. Americans put a man on the moon. We had our own British guy from space - with an Irish mother."

He also picked his top 15 songs by David, including 'Space Oddity', 'Changes' and lesser known tracks including 'Five Years' and 'Lady Grinning Soul'.

U2

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.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

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