Will.i.am 'intimidated' by U2

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 August 2012


Will.i.am was "intimidated" when he met Irish rockers U2, the biggest band on the planet, to produce some of their tracks

Will.i.am was "intimidated" by U2.

The Black Eyed Peas star has produced a whole host of high-profile artists' work but was incredibly nervous about being in the studio with the 'One' hitmakers.

He said: "I recorded for a month with U2. Even though I worked with Michael Jackson, their U2-ness intimidated me. I didn't know how to suggest a song from scratch.

"So I co-produced 'I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight' and kept 'I Got A Feeling' for us."

The 'My Humps' hitmaker also spoke of an astonishing encounter with a fan who proved she knew his lyrics better than him.

He explained to NME magazine: "In Japan and this girl came up and says, 'I reckon in 'Boom Boom Pow' you say 'boom,' 101 times'. I was like, 'Yeah, right', but said, 'Thank you so much for listening to the song.'

"I got back on the train, counted my booms and she was right. We counted all the booms."


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


Black Eyed Pea-er and judge on The Voice bring his poppy hip hop on a mini tour.

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