He also said he learned to sing “soon”.
Bono – real name Paul Hugheson – admitted that he still does not like the name of the group U2. “I really don’t. But I was late for some dyslexia, ”he said. “I didn’t understand that Beatles was also a bad word.
“In our head, it looked like a spy plane, a U-boat, it was futuristic – it turns out it means such consent, no, I don’t like the name. I still don’t like the name. “
He continued, “Our first manager, Paul McGuinness, said, ‘Here’s a great name, it looks good on a t-shirt, letter and number.’
Explaining to me that most vocal performances are “a little embarrassing,” Bono said that U2’s 2004 single “Vertigo” was “probably the one I’m most proud of”. “It’s a way to connect with the crowd,” he added.
“When one of our songs came on the radio, I was in the car and I turned red, as we said in Dublin. I’m just embarrassed. “
Although he believes the group has “an incredible voice,” the 61-year-old frontman says his voice is now “hard.”
Looking back on the 80s, Bono remembered how it went Robert Palmer U2’s bassist Adam Clayton said, “God, if you tell your singer to lower the keys a little bit, he’ll do himself a favor and he’ll do good for all of us who need to listen to him.”
“But I was thinking outside my body. I wasn’t thinking about singing. I wasn’t thinking about changing the keys. Have we ever changed the key?”
He added: “I think U2 pushes the boat a lot in embarrassment, and maybe that’s the place to be as an artist, you know, on the verge of embarrassment.”
According to Bono, U2’s 1980 debut record contained “very unique and distinctive material” in terms of the lyrics to “Boy”, as well as subsequent “other albums”.
“But I don’t think I’ve filled in the details,” he continued, “and I look back and say, ‘God.’
You can listen to the full interview above.
Seen last month Bono will perform U2’s “Running To Stand Still” at the annual charity busking event. Dublin.
Back in November, U2 guitarist The Edge has announced that the band is working on a new album. The update came shortly after the release of the four-part track “Your song saved my life”, their first new material in two years.
U2’s latest studio album, “Experience songs”, Returned in 2017.