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Old 04-26-2002, 02:18 AM   #1
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Bono and the guitar

How long has he been playing it? Seems the earliest shows I remember seeing him with a guitar are the Joshua Tree tour ones. He's got one during WOWY in the R&H movie too, but maybe he started earlier than that even. I thought I heard somewhere that he started playing during a few gigs of the UF tour. As far as I know, he didn't know any guitar at all when they first started up, so it probably took him a while to get comfortable playing in front of all those people. But I guess he had a pretty damn good teacher in Edge.

Of course nowadays he can play by himself, as evidenced by his solo performances of One a few years ago. Those were beautiful.

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If you have heard that rather dreaded song called "New Day", Bono plays a guitar solo during the bridge and I thought it was damn fine.I dont know if he performed it or not, but in the video, Bono was shown playing that part.But overall I think he just holds the guitar to feel like a rock n roll star.I think he should develop the skill, then we can have more lose The Edge, just like The Edge now a days compliements Bono in singing.eg that tenor-ish Daaay and that lovely falsetto on Stuck.

However said that, he is a decent guitar player, some parts of the Kite,Unchained Melody live,Staring at the Sun (POPmart) are proof of this.But there is always a room for improvement.

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He played it during the Unforgettable Fire Tour.

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He also plays on Under a Blood Red Sky video,can't remember the song though.

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His guitar sounds terrible at times during the JT tour and some bootlegs from Popmart he really screws up badly....During Gone from Elevation you can't even hear it!!, He's just got it for show mostly!
But he does a good job sometimes...especially acoustically
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I honestly think the Edge secretly has a tech turn off B's amp just before every performance.
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I honestly think the Edge secretly has a tech turn off B's amp just before every performance.
I must admit in the Elevation DVD you see Bono playing, but you rarely hear anything distinct.
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I must admit in the Elevation DVD you see Bono playing, but you rarely hear anything distinct.

At the very end of Kite, it's just Bono and his guitar, and you can hear him play. Rather it's good or not, I'm not a very good judge.

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Well, its hard for him to compete with Edge in concert. No point in trying to steal any of his thunder. But it at least looks cool on him.

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I think I remember reading that Bono claimed to be able to play guitar at the first meeting in Larry's kitchen, but he didn't have one, so the duties went to Dave.
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Does Bono actually play the solo on "Dancing Barefoot" or was Adam joking about that when he commented on it a few years ago?
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Can Bono REALLY play an electric geetar?

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I think I remember reading that Bono claimed to be able to play guitar at the first meeting in Larry's kitchen, but he didn't have one, so the duties went to Dave.
Yeah, on the AB video, Larry says something like "Bono said he could play guitar, but he didn't have one." That had to be kinda sticky.



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At the very end of Kite, it's just Bono and his guitar, and you can hear him play. Rather it's good or not, I'm not a very good judge.

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Indeed he does, and it is good. But most of the time, you can't really hear him.

Like (and I'm not a good observer) but at the Grammys, Bono stopped playing at the end and I couldn't hear a significant difference between the sound of that performance and the sound from the tour.

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you can see and hear bono playing his guitar on gone(elevation dvd) at the end that ching ching noise.you can see edge waiting for him but bono turns his back to the camera then edge playes the same thing and he gets mad at his guitar and all hell breaks loose.

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