U2’s Bono: ‘I think I sound like a girl’

Singer says he can't stand the sound of his own voice

U2 frontman Bono has admitted that he can’t stand to listen to his own voice and thinks he sounds “like a girl”.

The Daily Express claims that the singer, who appeared on US TV programme The Ellen DeGeneres last night (December 1), told the chat show host that he is never satisfied with his vocal performances and tries to avoid listening to U2 songs.

“I do try to avoid it [listening to himself sing],” he said. “If I hear our songs on the radio I tend to turn them down. Not because I don’t like them or believe in them. Actually, my voice annoys me. I always think I could have sang it better.”

He went on to add:

I am sort of a macho, Irish guy and particularly in those ’80s songs, I think I sound like a girl.

In October, Bono raised doubts over U2’s future when he revealed he’d be happy to end the group’s career now and said he had irritated his bandmates by questioning the relevance of the rock veterans in the current climate.

More recently he blamed the band’s disappointing headline slot at this summer’s Glastonbury Festival, partially, on his choice of footwear, claiming that he was wearing the “wrong shoes” for the occasion.