Jan
30
2006

'A Very Fresh Sound.'

'Right now, a band playing guitar, bass and drums on a stage with very little else going on is a very fresh sound.' Edge talks to Rolling Stone about 'resurgent rock & roll' ahead of the 2006 Grammy Awards.

Here's a couple of extracts.

RS: You guys have more Grammys - seventeen - than any other rock band. Where do you keep all those trophies?

EDGE: Half in the office, half in my house. Luckily enough, they're fairly small, so you don't have to worry about them taking up too much space. They fit nicely on the shelf, and they look cool. I haven't run out of room yet.

RS: All That You Can't Leave Behind was seen as a huge comeback for U2. How
hard was it to have to follow it up?

EDGE: Coming off that tour carried us into the songwriting for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. It was always in the back of our minds as we were working on the songs -- playing them live. We really started becoming the band we are onstage. The best place to learn what your songs are like is to try them in front of the U2 crowd.

RS: Atomic Bomb is even truer to the idea of All That You Can't Leave Behind: "four guys playing a room."

EDGE: Yeah, that's probably a fair thing to say. We had been spending most of the Nineties trying to obliterate the core idea of what a band is. With this last couple of records, we've really found ourselves being inspired again by what a rock & roll band can be. Right now, a band playing guitar, bass and drums on a stage with very little else going on is a very fresh sound. Just looking at the other Grammy nominees -- the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, the Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire -- it feels like rock & roll is resurgent. And that's a really great feeling....

Check the whole interview out here