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Old 01-04-2010, 03:16 AM   #1
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Bono's Vocal Range

I wondering if anyone knows about bonos vocal range -
I have heard he is a tenor? How many octaves does he have or utilize? Also was there a time where is vocal range was better than it is now. How is his vocal range today (im thinking of MOS and wondering how it measures up against past vocals)

Also I know Bonos highest note is the C - what songs does he hit the C note

- if the C is the highest then am I correct in thinking that B is higher than an A note

thanks for anyone willing to educate me a little on a subject i know little about but am interested
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I wondering if anyone knows about bonos vocal range -
I have heard he is a tenor? How many octaves does he have or utilize? Also was there a time where is vocal range was better than it is now. How is his vocal range today (im thinking of MOS and wondering how it measures up against past vocals)

Also I know Bonos highest note is the C - what songs does he hit the C note

- if the C is the highest then am I correct in thinking that B is higher than an A note

thanks for anyone willing to educate me a little on a subject i know little about but am interested
Actually it is an High C#
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you are dropping a bomb here..... let's continue.... his best voice was 85-89

check this era
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you are dropping a bomb here..... let's continue.... his best voice was 85-89

check this era
His range is certainly better now that it was in 1987-1989.
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you are dropping a bomb here..... let's continue.... his best voice was 85-89

check this era
He asked about range...
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The 80s were horrible in terms of singing.

Technically, he's best now.

He's voice has been improving since the end of the Elevation tour when it wasn't very good.

I think he is a good singer, not a great one, but he has a lot of soul and passion, that's what counts.
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His technique was rubbish in '87-'89 but his voice was incredible then.
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does anyone know how many octaves he utilizes or has

also whats his highest note on NLOTH
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Actually it is an High C#

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Nope, thats an A

High C# is hit in:
Studio version of Bad
1986-06-15 - East Rutherford - Bad
1997-12-03 - Mexico All I Want Is You *U2
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Nope, thats an A

High C# is hit in:
Studio version of Bad
1986-06-15 - East Rutherford - Bad
1997-12-03 - Mexico All I Want Is You *U2
My bad.....

Whatever it is--it's lovely and shows what a great voice Bono has. My father, who is a tenor--and no fan of pop music is always very impressed with Bono's voice.
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High C# is hit in:
Studio version of Bad
1986-06-15 - East Rutherford - Bad
1997-12-03 - Mexico All I Want Is You *U2
Well, logic would prove that if U2 were playing Bad in the same key as the studio recording then every performance of Bad when he reaches for the high C#, so there would be a lot more than just this performance.
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Well, logic would prove that if U2 were playing Bad in the same key as the studio recording then every performance of Bad when he reaches for the high C#, so there would be a lot more than just this performance.
Those where just few examples
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His control has never been better than it is now. His raw ability peeked in 1989 and then downward spiraled through 2001. Elevation was his bottom... After that he started taking opera singing lessons and his technique has continued to improve.

No idea about his octaves, etc.....
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What I find interesting is that Bono seems to be singing in a higher pitch than he did before 1997. He started singing a lot differently from the Pop album unti this day. I personally prefer the way he used to sing (prior to 1997), but I do agree that technically he is better now than he was then. I wonder what exactly accounted for the higher pitch. Was it a conscious decision, or was it out of necessity due to vocal damage?

I was listening to 'Stay' this morning, and I noticed that the high parts (parts of the chorus) are closer to his modern voice, but the lower parts (the versus) sound very different from today and more like old school Bono. I don't think Bono's lower register sounds the same anymore.
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He might be "technically" a better singer today (i don't really know that for sure),but there's no denying his voice was a lot more pleasing to the ear pre-97. It was hypnotic, intoxicating, dirty, angelic...all at the same time sometimes. Sometimes it had to do with vocal effects. His voice today always sounds a little too clear, a little too in-your-face. It doesn't seep into the music the way it used to. Lost that murkiness, that hypnotic aura, that hazy feeling you'd get listening to his voice floating around the music. But again, it also has to do with less effects being used. I'm sure i'm probably wrong about something, but that's what stands out to me about the singing.
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He might be "technically" a better singer today (i don't really know that for sure),but there's no denying his voice was a lot more pleasing to the ear pre-97. It was hypnotic, intoxicating, dirty, angelic...all at the same time sometimes. Sometimes it had to do with vocal effects. His voice today always sounds a little too clear, a little too in-your-face. It doesn't seep into the music the way it used to. Lost that murkiness, that hypnotic aura, that hazy feeling you'd get listening to his voice floating around the music. But again, it also has to do with less effects being used. I'm sure i'm probably wrong about something, but that's what stands out to me about the singing.
spot on.....

technically speaking probably better now than ever, however, emotion-wise, far from pre-97 !
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It was hypnotic, intoxicating, dirty, angelic...all at the same time sometimes.

Wow


I'll read the rest of your post later.






That really was a good description though I know what you are saying. I listen to those albums sometimes and am just in awe of the vocals. I hear it in the live shows too though, so it was there in his voice, not the effects.
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I prefer his voice today, I can hardly listen to his 80s voice. As a singer, he's better now. He has finally learned to make use of his voice properly. Bono was basically singing totally the wrong way for ages, that what eventually contributed to his voice problems he was having in the 90s. He has a beautiful voice today, much more under control.
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I actually should have clarified in my above post that I was mostly referring to his voice in the early-mid 90's, though I hear some of those beautiful qualities at all other stages at times. There was just something really special going on in that era.
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