Bono worried about U2's legacy

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 September 2011
Bono

Bono

Bono admits he still worries that U2 will be remembered as a ''very good'' band rather than a ''great'' one, despite their worldwide success

Bono worries U2 will be remembered as a "very good" band rather than a "great" one.

The 'Even Better Than The Real Thing' rockers are unveiling a new documentary, 'From The Sky Down', which focuses on their struggles to cope after poor reviews for their sixth album 'Rattle and Hum', and while they have gone on to become one of the biggest bands in the world, frontman Bono worries about their legacy.

He told RollingStone.com: "I found it a little humiliating to realise that we were so inept and these days we're a better band.

"We've learned our craft - and therein lies the huge danger, which is there's a giant chasm between the very good and the great, and U2 right now has a danger of surrendering to the very good."

However, after criticism for 'Rattle and Hum' led to infighting between the group - which also includes guitarist The Edge, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and bassist Adam Clayton - director Davis Guggenheim claims their single 'One' "saved" the band.

Bono said: "Making 'Achtung Baby' is the reason we're here now."

Davis explained: "The movie has this pretty long section where you hear them write 'One' - and it's goose bumps.

"The writing of that song really saved the band. They had come out of the height of 'Joshua Tree' as the biggest band in the world. 'Rattle and Hum' was a disaster from their point of view, a lot of bad reviews - they weren't happy with what they had become.

"They take that bridge section out of 'Mysterious Ways' and they go back into the room at Hansa. They write a song on the fly in a matter of minutes. 'One' is written and the band is saved and we have all that on tape."

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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