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Old 02-22-2002, 11:53 PM   #1
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Superbowl Bono's voice

I was just watching the superbowl performance and was wondering what was the problem with Bono's voice. Was he sick or something? I'm sure he knew he had to keep it since it was the superbowl halftime! I mean I hope he has been careful with his voice a couple a days before. I was expecting a 100% healty voice. I'm a little disapointed with that because it was occasion to show EVERYBODY that U2 are awsome live. But, without a healty Bono, it's another ball game. What a day to lose it...
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I dunno if he was sick, but it was very raspy. thankfully no one really noticed and it didn't take away from the performance- i myself was only vaguely aware of it watching it for the first time, and realized how raspy it was on the 2nd run through. he probably was out partying the night before, or talkin too much at WEF and stuff.


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Obviously you people are totally wrong to even suggest that there is anything remotely wrong with Bono's voice! How dare you?
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Bono's voice is faltering, no denying that, but usually it's decent enough not to detract from the overall live performance of the band

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Bono's voice is faltering, no denying that, but usually it's decent enough not to detract from the overall live performance of the band

You said it. The superbowl performance, his voice was a bit shot, but he responded to that with so much energy and passion it was far far better than almost all modern rock singers. He's good at doing that, incidentally.



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I think we, as U2 fans simply expect too much from Bono sometimes. Give him a break.

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maybe I will give him a "break"
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He's 42 years old. I think his voice is better than ever. It sure beats the hell out of anyone else's I've ever heard.
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Agreed, Bono's voice was actually pretty decent at the Superbowl. I've listened to bootlegs where it sound like he swallowed some glass at dinner. Let's face it folks, he trashed his voice during the Lovetown tour. Smoked it out during Zoo TV, and tried too hard to compensate during Popmart. Elevation Tour voice was pretty good compared to some of the squeaks and croaks during Popmart. Who remember's Robert Plant trying to belt out old Zeppelin hits during the late 80's and early 90's. Not pretty. Bono seems to do a better job with U2's older hits. Cut the man some slack. Enjoy them.
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We need to accept the fact that Bono's voice is going to get progressively worse with each passing year. He's aging. These things happen. His range will diminish and his low end will become rougher. It happens to every singer who doesn't off himself at the age of 27.
The Superbowl performance was a little rough but what worried me was the newly recorded version of Stay. Even studio gimmickry couldn't hide that Bono's voice has gotten considerably more "scratchy" in the past year.

But hell, he's Bono. The man will find new ways of expressing himself vocally. He's a better singer now with his diminished chops then he was in the late eighties and early nineties when his voice was at its peak.

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Hey, he's 41, not 42!

I'm always amused by how different people react to Bono's voice nowadays. I thought that his voice at the Superbowl was frankly godawful, yet I've read a few fans saying that it was heaps better than on the Elevation DVD.
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Well i dared to say his voice was croaky during the superbowl when those threads were first up but was made to feel i was mean and ungrateful to say it.
mine was just a query.

However, i personally wouldn't say its a disappointment. the man should be allowed to have bad days for goodness sake.
And MIB is right, it never detracts from the overall performance.
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I guess we are avoiding the real subject of my topic. I don't want to talk about the voice of Bono now in general (because we had several trends on it) but at the suberbowl only. I just cannot understand why he wasn't on 100% when he knew it was the biggest event of the year. I cannot imagine him doing party the night before. It's a non sense. Maybe he did and you see the result. Or maybe he had a flu. Just want to know

I'm curious
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I agree, his voice was VERY raspy during the Super Bowl. However, unlike some, the first time I watched it I was in "pain" for poor Bono - but on the second watching, it didn't seem as bad as I thought it was on the first listen.

However, I have noticed that when Bono is at his most raspy, his vocals sound like Scott Stapp at his best! This is because Stapp naturally sings in this baritone, raspy, screaming voice.

I wonder if this is the reason so many people thought U2 sounded so good during the Super Bowl - they've grown used to Stapp and Durst style of vocals....
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Please don't compare Bono to that guy.
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U2 are always innovating right?

maybe bono could revolutionize music with some sort of non-verbal singing method. no?
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Please don't compare Bono to that guy.
Too late - I already compared!

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I just cannot understand why he wasn't on 100% when he knew it was the biggest event of the year. I cannot imagine him doing party the night before. It's a non sense. Maybe he did and you see the result. Or maybe he had a flu. Just want to know

I'm curious
I think his voice wasn't 100% because he just got off of the Elevation Tour and he had just been speaking non-stop for 5 days (or so) at the World Economic Forum. Bono is quite a jibber-jabberer, and has always talked himself into oblivion. Not being 100% was not a conscious decision - his performance was certainly 200% - people the world over felt what he and the band were getting across - but his voice was clearly strained from recent over-usuage, and not from partying the night before.

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