U2 respond to Iggy Pop criticism and discuss performing at George Clooney’s wedding

The band think giving away the album for free "was a great thing to do"

U2 have responded to comments made by Iggy Pop this week in which he stated that people criticising the iTunes giveaway of U2’s ‘Songs Of Innocence’ “are trying to say, don’t try to force me. And they’ve got a point.”

Bono and The Edge were interviewed this morning by Lauren Laverne for the presenter’s BBC 6 Music show.

“[Iggy]’s one of the great singers we have, like Frank Sinatra-good,” frontman Bono said. “He’s also a great lyricist. I would listen to anything he says apart from telling us!”

Guitarist The Edge added on the topic: “I still think it was a great thing to do and most people thought it was great and really thought it was a generous act. And there are people who are offended that it ended up in their iTunes library but I think they’re really in the minority.”

Bono also discussed his recent performance at the wedding of George Clooney to barrister Amal Alamuddin.

“I opened for The Venetian Blinds, Bill Murray’s band,” Bono told Laverne. “I was their toaster. I do a good sort of opening monologue, you know, and generally worked the deli tray backstage. That kind of thing.”

You can listen to the full 20 minute interview on the 6 Music website.

Earlier this week, Bono apologised for U2’s album giveaway, admitting to a “drop of megalomania”.