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Old 04-23-2002, 09:41 AM   #1
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Bono's Band

When I first discovered U2 (1984), the musician that I appreciated the most was Larry. He had a wild, often "tribal", way of drumming that was very very unique. But now, it's Bono that I really appreciate the most. In fact, it has gone so far in that direction that when I think about U2, I think about Bono. Larry, Edge, and Adam, though great musicians they are, don't really pop into my mind. U2 has become "Bono's Band" for me. Anyone else feel this way?
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Old 04-23-2002, 10:00 AM   #3
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It's U2. With 4 band members, not one.
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I always see U2 as the four members that they are.

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"I think that Edge is the head of the band,
I'm the heart, and Adam and Larry are the feet."
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Take any one part away, and they wouldn't have the power and magic that they do.
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Old 04-23-2002, 10:27 AM   #6
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80s Im kinda w you.

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Old 04-23-2002, 10:38 AM   #7
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I think bono has directed the band where to go. It seems when Bono became a Christian they made October. When Bono started listening to country music they made R&H. When Bono went back to Europe and got into dance and the club scene they made Achtung baby and Zooropa.

I think it is clear that it is Bono's band. The others are just there to keep him under control.
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No way. Without the others, Edge, Larry & Adam there would be no U2.
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Originally posted by The Arms of America:
I think bono has directed the band where to go. It seems when Bono became a Christian they made October. When Bono started listening to country music they made R&H. When Bono went back to Europe and got into dance and the club scene they made Achtung baby and Zooropa.

I think it is clear that it is Bono's band. The others are just there to keep him under control.
A quote from Bono comes to mind:

"we often discuss and argue and then we do as I say" or something like that...

Even if I am into Bono, U2 would never be the same without any of them and I hate when reporters write Bono's U2. I always think, if it's anyones U2, it's Larry's.
So, no I don't agree.

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I think some of adam's basslines are really inspired, that edge's guitar playing is incredible, that larry's a really solid drummer. Bono's lyrics and quotability are great, but if the music sounded like sh!t, I wouldn't buy their records. He's a great frontman and certainly the most visible member of U2, but I think edge is the musical genius of the group, and that larry and adam are a very solid rhythm section-- without any of those 3, U2 would not be where it is right now.
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I agree Bono has been the one who dictates the direction U2 is going for the last couple of years

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I think while that may be a natural conception due to the fact that Bono is 1. The front man. 2. Highly visible in politics. and 3. Can't shut up. However, it's pretty safe to say that we have no clue what goes on in the studio and how the interplay between the band works when it comes to making the music. For all we know, Edge may be the one calling the shots or Larry or Adam for that matter. I guess for myself, I can't think of U2 without thinking of all 4 of them simultaneously.
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its larry's band.

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As much as I love *Bono*, yes, 80's-U2 is ALL 4 of them! the magic just wouldn't be there without All of them!! But I do see what you are saying, still...thye all inspire each other!
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I think all 4 contribute to the sound and look of U2 equally. Bono gets alot of attention because he enjoys it. The others are much more low key.

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it's paul mcguiness' band!

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Eh, I remember having a conversation similar to this about the U2 Encyclopedia. You have a band called U2... the book boasts that it covers the biggest band in the world.... well, if you're going to have a book about the biggest band in the world, the least you could do is put a picture of all FOUR members on the front cover, not relegate Larry, Edge, and Adam to the back and Bono on the front.

All four of them work off of each other. If one of them doesn't exist within the four, the sound isn't the same and the band isn't U2 anymore.

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Its all four of them, but if you had to pick just one person, it would be THE EDGE! The Edge writes the most music in the band, and has directed the band in key situations. The only reason Joshua Tree was not a double album was because Edge was against it. The Edge decides how he wants things to sound on guitar and the rest of the band falls in around that. The Edge SINGS, plays keyboard, uses his feet to start sequencers and other sounds, in addition to playing guitar. The Edge often writes to lyrics to many U2 songs. Bottom line, if anyone one in the band was to embark on a solo career, and I mean SOLO career, the Edge would be most likely to succeed.
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