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Old 05-17-2006, 02:54 PM   #1
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GRRR!! Look what Eric Clapton said about U2...

He is so off the mark! What he hasn't been around the last 30 yrs for god's sake. He's got a major chip on his shoulder thats for sure.


Eric Clapton hits out at Coldplay and U2
Wednesday, May 17 2006, 14:48 BST - by Fiona Edwards


Eric Clapton disapproves of bands like U2 and Coldplay as they seem
to put their fame before their music.

The 61-year-old guitar legend told The Times: "Right now, the power
of music sits with Simon Cowell and Coldplay and U2, who are really
people who just attend awards shows.

"From just listening I can't tell the difference between Coldplay and
U2. The one in Coldplay even dances like Bono."

Clapton said that he's also worried that modern bands are forgetting
where rock and roll has come from.

He said: "I think what it shows is how incredibly detached all the
current stuff is from its roots. What worries me about what's going
on now is that people don't know where it's all come from, and I
don't suppose they're that interested."
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Old 05-17-2006, 03:01 PM   #2
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What tosh!!!!

Edge is better anyway!
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It sounds like someones been eating too many lemons!?! Not to mention sour grapes!! And hey, is that the green eyed monster I see called Eric Clapton?!?
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Re: GRRR!! Look what Eric Clapton said about U2...

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The one in Coldplay even dances like Bono."
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So he is saying that Coldplay are a bunch of copycats, why are U2 to blame?
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Old 05-17-2006, 03:07 PM   #6
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"From just listening I can't tell the difference between Coldplay and
U2."

HAH finally somebody else who can hear that coldplay is influenced by U2.. TAKE THAT CHRIS MARTIN


why is it so that if celebs don't have sucess anymore, they start to bash others who do have success?
jealousy is a bitch!
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Just another example of why I never liked Clapton
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Let's face it; Eric Clapton is old and crunchy and has never had a large following. He's also a victim of being unable to allow music to grow up, like a parent that gets angry that her child has moved on.
I actually like the guy, but that comment made me roll my eyes. It's whining hypocrisy.
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Geez--I used to like Eric Clapton--cue in on the words USED TO!
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who CARES what clapton has to say. its still funny to me that people can hate goodness.
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Let's face it; Eric Clapton is old and crunchy and has never had a large following. He's also a victim of being unable to allow music to grow up, like a parent that gets angry that her child has moved on.
I actually like the guy, but that comment made me roll my eyes. It's whining hypocrisy.
I don't agree with all that he said, but he has had a large following.
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Im not liking all the associations with coldplay he makes. In my opinion thats more of an insult.
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The first thing I thought when I heard that was, "When was the last time Eric Clapton was in Africa or the Lower Ninth Ward?" Bono and the Edge, especially, are giving plenty back these days.

I've got lots of sympathy for his loss a few years back, but his criticism of U2 and Coldplay says more about him and less about the bands. Clapton has a respected position in the rock firmament -- he doesn't need to cut others down to build himself up.
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Old 05-17-2006, 04:07 PM   #14
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eh. U2 embraced rock roots a long time ago, they moved on and pushed the boundaries of music since then (1987). Clapton just continues to make the same music over and over again. he's a great guitarist, a legend, but he really is off the mark with his comments.
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Wasn't this guy like best friends with George Harrison? Harrison said similar remarks about U2 years back. It's sad to see these musicians become overcome by bitterness in their old age.
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It's sad to hear someone like Eric Clapton say that... Comparing Coldplay and U2? Come on... There are some negative U2 critics that I can stand, but not this one... It's not that I don't like Coldplay but their lyrics are really weak with no poetry... Maybe a couple of Colplay melodies can remind me of U2 (the guitar on Fix You always reminds me of Miracle Drug) but there is no possible common line between the two bands...
And Chris Martin dancing like Bono? You can't blame the B-man... he does his dance for a looooooooong time...
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I used to like him.....but that truly wasn't very nice.
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If he can't find the difference between U2 and Coldplay, which is just a ridiculous statement anyways, how is that U2's fault exactly? U2 has done their own thing for as long as Coldplay have been alive, it is not their fault if others try to copy their style, even though I still like Coldplay though.

I let things like this bother me too much I'm sorry. Like someone else said, some U2 criticism I can take, but this is just dumb. There are a lot of other bands out there putting out some true garbage I don't know why he has to slam these two who happen to be 2 of my favorite bands btw.
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I think that was much more of a dig at Coldplay than U2, considering U2's been around forever so if anyone's a copycat it'd have to be Coldplay.

Don't let his opinions on U2 or whoever influence your opinion of his music. I've never been a huge Clapton fan but I still think he's a very good guitarist regardless of what he says
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^^ That I agree. Of course I still like his music as I did before, but maybe my respect changed a little :/
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