Last night saw the premiere of U2 at The BBC, a new documentary and performance show starring Bono and co. Not everyone was a fan, though, with many viewers noting that Bono and host Cat Deeley talked too much.
The opinion-splitting frontman was the subject of much online ire, with a number of viewers taking to Twitter. “I love Bono,” wrote one user, “But he does take over the talking doesn’t he?”
“HAVE WE NOT SUFFERED ENOUGH THIS YEAR?” asked another irate viewer. Check out a bunch of Twitter reactions to U2 at The BBC below.
#U2attheBBC HAVE WE NOT SUFFERED ENOUGH THIS YEAR?
— Steve Heffernan (@SteveHef) December 19, 2017
Why do the BBC have to intersperse music shows with inane chatter? Just play some f**!!@* music! #U2attheBBC
— Tim Chaplin (@Chapperstee) December 19, 2017
Do we need the talking bits? Just play the hits #U2attheBBC
— Jason Pope (@Jason_Pope) December 19, 2017
Speaking in an interview with Stereogum, the members of U2 recently discussed their favourite albums of 2017, and addressed the nature of being a longstanding band with a new album, ‘Songs Of Experience’.
Asked who they look to for inspiration in the music world today, Edge and Bono name-checked the likes of Royal Blood, M83 and Kaytranada. Speaking of 2017 specifically, Bono loved Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ and the Chance The Rapper track, ‘First World Problems’.
The U2 singer also addressed the polarising album from Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’ which he praised for its ‘audacity’.
Bono also spoke on his collaborative relationship with Kendrick Lamar. Bono appeared firstly on Lamar’s ‘XXX’ off of ‘DAMN.’. Lamar returned the favour by appearing on ‘Songs Of Experience’ track ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’. Lamar also appears on ‘American Soul’ from the same album which is a reworking on ‘XXX’.
Edge began on the band’s relationship with the rapper: “It was really just that we were fans. We were just thinking about artists we really respect and like, and he was on the top of our list. We look for artists that we feel have a similar spirit.”
“There’s a righteous anger that is hard to argue with,” Bono adds. “I asked him would he rap about where America is at, his reply was to rap about where America isn’t at. Smart dude.”