Bono annoyed by own voice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 December 2011


Bono hates listening to U2's early records because his voice ''annoys'' him as he thinks he sounds ''like a girl''

Bono's voice "annoys" him.

The U2 frontman can't bring himself to listen to his group's earlier hits because he thinks he sounds "like a girl" when he sings on them.

He told TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres: "I do try to avoid it. If I hear our songs on the radio I tend to turn them down. Not because I don't like them or believe in them. Actually, my voice annoys me. I always think I could have sang it better.

"I am sort of a macho, Irish guy and particularly in those '80s songs, I think I sound like a girl."

Bono isn't the only star to admit to not enjoying their own music.

Beyonce Knowles has previously admitted she hates hearing her songs in nightclub because she finds it "awkward".

She explained: "The last thing I want to hear at a club is one of my own songs.

"I get so uncomfortable. It's that awkward moment when you know that everyone is watching you to see if you're gonna bust a move to your own song."

Despite virtually every track from his 1995 album 'Play' being used in advertisements, Moby has admitted he rarely listens to the songs because he finds them "obvious".

He has said: "I still don't like 'Play' that much. I listen to it and I'm like, 'Yeah, it's OK. Seems a little obvious in places.'"


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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