'How to Take Out U2'

7 Jan 2005
The answer, for young bands today is simple, says Edge, in the second part of the NME interview.

"I'm sure there are a lot of young bands that are just not into us because
we're successful and because we've been around for a long time." explains
Edge. "I would just say turn that into a positive energy and try and write
some great songs. That's the way ­ if you want to take U2 out, the only way
you're gonna do it is by writing better songs that us!"

Also in the new edition of the UK's music weekly, the band talk about
selling out, about being the most independent rock group in the history of
pop music and about why they haven't embarked on solo projects.

"If being in U2 was creatively frustrating", says Adam. "Then maybe people
would go off and do other things, but it's fulfilling enough that you don't
need to go and have a reggae band for the weekend."

And Bono reveals that going into the making of the new album he went back
and listened to the music that made him want to be in a band in the first
place."...the Buzzcocks, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Echo and the Bunnymen, all
that stuff.And what was interesting is, that was what a lot of people in
bands now are listening to anyway...."

The new edition of NME is on the streets now and don't forget that you can
still vote for U2 in the annual 'Shockwaves NME Awards'.

Next month the great and the good of the rock world will 'descend on a
central London location for the ultimate rock'n'roll party of the year.' (It
says here.)

The 'ShockWaves NME Awards' is the only gong-giving ceremony in which the
winners and losers are chosen not by some 'industry' panel but by ordinary
music fans. (It continues to say here)

And there's a barrow-load of brilliant new bands up for your vote including
Franz Ferdinand, Razorlight, Scissor Sisters, The Killers and The Bravery.

And of course, there's our very own U2 who qualify in categories like 'Best
International Band', 'Best Album', 'Best Single' and a whole bunch of

So if you've got a second, you can cast your vote here

Visit the NME website


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