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Old 07-13-2011, 09:00 AM   #1
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Bono is a crappy guitar player...

I mean, I love the guy but...I really believe he only plays the guitar onstage to either (A) look cooler or (B) have his own rhythm in his "in-ears"...

Sorry I'm a musician so I love analyzing this stuff!
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:15 AM   #2
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It changes from song to song. Some songs he serves no purpose on whatsoever. Others he plays a pretty important part. I'll give him credit: he's doing a lot more on The Fly this tour than he ever has (playing along with Adam after the chorus is a really nice touch).
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This is not news....in fact, you might be the first to put the words Bono, guitar, and player in the same sentence.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:17 AM   #4
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His guitar is also very low in the mix...thank goodness.
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It changes from song to song. Some songs he serves no purpose on whatsoever. Others he plays a pretty important part. I'll give him credit: he's doing a lot more on The Fly this tour than he ever has (playing along with Adam after the chorus is a really nice touch).
It's quite funny on the 'Glastonbury Fly', at one point i think Bono forgets which chord he's supposed to be playing and quickly goes from an A to a G, or something, then does my trick of just fumbling for any old chord
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I heard Bono's guitar in every song he had it on for over the last 3 shows. I think he adds to The Fly, for example.
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Well at least he looks good w/ a guitar....
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On the Vertigo tour live dvd, his guitar is way up in the mix for "The Fly" to the point it ruins the song.
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"I want to play the guitar very badly and I do play the guitar very badly."

There we go.
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Brian Eno has said that Bono has become a better guitar player over the years and that he actually has some good ideas. Now i kind off agree with you some times i cant make out what Bono is playing, And sometimes i can. I know what he is playing during No Line,The Fly and now i understand what he is playing in One.
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I heard Bono's guitar in every song he had it on for over the last 3 shows. I think he adds to The Fly, for example.
Yup, and on the early 2010 shows his added solo to One was a very nice touch.

He doesn't play much, but when he does it's an improvement. Tho during the Vertigo tour he usually wore guitar rather than played it.
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I doubt if you've been playing guitar for 30 years, you could be considered "crappy". It doesn't mean Bono's a virtuoso by any means, but he can certainly play more than three chords by this point.

Whether he adds anything to the songs live, though, is another debate. There's definitely a few songs in the past where he's added something to it though.
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"I want to play guitar badly. And I do play guitar badly." - Bono.
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I heard Bono's guitar in every song he had it on for over the last 3 shows. I think he adds to The Fly, for example.
He adds his plumbers fingers to the fret board.
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There we go.
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"I want to play guitar badly. And I do play guitar badly." - Bono.
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