Bono thinks music “has gotten very girly”

The U2 frontman also voiced his belief that "rage is at the heart" of rock and roll - a quality he says is lacking from rock music in 2017

Bono has said that music “has gotten very girly” in recent years, with hip-hop serving as “the only place for young male anger at the moment”.

The U2 frontman voiced the opinion during a new interview, with the 57-year-old lamenting the lack of “young male anger” in rock music in 2017.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Bono revealed that his children help him discover new music.


“Jordan is a music snob, an indie snob,” Bono explained. “Eve is hip-hop. Elijah is in a band, and he has got very strong feelings about music, but he doesn’t make any distinction between, let’s say, the Who and The Killers. Or, you know, Nirvana and Royal Blood. It is not generational for him. It is the sound and what he is experiencing. He believes that a rock and roll revolution is around the corner.”


Asked if he believed that “a rock and roll revolution is around the corner”, Bono replied: “I think music has gotten very girly. And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment – and that’s not good.

“When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me,” he continued. “You need to find a place for it and for guitars, whether it is with a drum machine – I don’t care. The moment something becomes preserved, it is fucking over. You might as well put it in formaldehyde.

“In the end, what is rock & roll? Rage is at the heart of it. Some great rock & roll tends to have that, which is why the Who were such a great band. Or Pearl Jam. Eddie has that rage… It will return.”


Earlier this month, the premiere of U2 at The BBC attracted complaints from some viewers who found that Bono and host Cat Deeley talked too much.