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July 5th, 2005

Bono/U2...? @ 10:54 pm

splishysplashy:
Just something that has been cropping up lately that's annoying me, so felt I should share with the rest of the comm and glean some opinions! :)

Anyway in the press over here especially during and after Live 8, whenever Bono was mentioned or U2 were mentioned, it was kind of strange. They do this a lot, I find. It's often when they act as if Bono's the only member of the band. A particular example was during a TV quiz yesterday and the question was 'Who performed Sgt Pepper with Bono AND U2?' But Bono's IN U2! It should really have just said U2, they were all there and they provided the flippin' music! This isn't anything to do with the band, obviously, just the media and press. I just get slightly annoyed when they treat the other 3 as if they're just 'the band, U2' when they're just as important. Sure, there are times when Bono is highlighted more and of course he is the recognisable face of U2 to people who might not know them that well, but at events like that and stuff, I dunno, I feel the others get overlooked and it's a shame cause they all make the band!

As I said nothing to do with U2 themselves. Just wondered what everyone thought about this!

I feel better for getting it out there anyway, lol!
 
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From:zoostation
Date:July 5th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
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I know what you mean. While we get mad, I'm pretty sure the guys are over that sort of thing.
Any publicity is good publicity I suppose.

Just like the assumption when I bought my u2pod at the Apple store. The guy was like, "why are you buying this?" and before I could open my mouth he said..."Oh...I know. You like Bono" in some sing-songy kind of voice.
I shot back, "Actually, I like The Edge. And it's u2's music that's good."

And my mom did it to me about 5 times today at work. Any time Bono's named popped up she pointed it out to me. Heck, they all do. Okay okay okay! Yes, Bono is amazing! Move on...
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From:rockontheedge
Date:July 6th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Amen. Once everyone hears I'm a U2 fan they all do the same thing "wow, Bono this, bono that, you must love Bono!". And then I try to explain that, like you, I like Edge and the music's first...it just gets frustrating sometimes.
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From:canadanne
Date:July 5th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
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I've noticed that too... just this evening I tuned in to watch the Live 8 highlights programme on BBC3, and the announcer blokey reeled off a list of artists who would be featured. But he said "Bono" instead of U2... I was like, what's that all about?!  The whole band were there!
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From:splishysplashy
Date:July 5th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
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So glad it's not just me! Found another one a minute ago - "Bono and his mates from U2" beside a picture! WHAAAA? How flippin' rude apart from anything else.
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From:zoostation
Date:July 5th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
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If anything, that just excludes Bono from the rest of the band.
>:(
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From:finyda
Date:July 6th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
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I know what you mean, I feel bad for the rest of the band sometimes...or for Bono whichever one is getting isolated.

I know for Live 8 the announcer just said Paul McCartney and Bono in the TV guide and when I went to watch it, it had the whole of U2 in it. WHich made me really mad...what happened to the rest of the band?
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From:rational_twists
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
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I hear ya.

Anytime my mom mentions U2, it's never the band, it's Bono. Like when I went to see them in May, she'd always refer to it as "seeing Bono" or "the Bono concert." I was like, "It's U2, an entire band, and I love them all." *sigh*

By the way, this is parallel_rhythm. I needed a change. :)
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From:rational_twists
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
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I know what you mean. When I saw them back in May, my mom referred to it as "the Bono concert." Yes, he is my favorite, but I was there for all of them!!
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From:mrslat
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
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That was a pretty stupid TV quiz question...
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From:splishysplashy
Date:July 6th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I know! My mum wondered what was wrong with me cause I got so annoyed, lmao...
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From:wolfp10
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
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Bono is by far the most vocal member regarding politics, therefore he gets the name recognition.
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From:splishysplashy
Date:July 6th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Yup, I know that's a reason - I did mention it in my first post :)
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From:rockontheedge
Date:July 6th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
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your icon is fantastic.
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From:fluidwhispers
Date:July 6th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
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Wow. I saw your subject title, and was half-way through the entry before I realized you had written Bono/U2, and not Bono/Edge.

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*ducks head*
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From:so_cruel
Date:July 6th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC)
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I'm surprised to read a post on this. For the longest time I've felt so alone thinking this. I'm sure the guys don't really care, but for some reason it just irks me.

I have friends who swear to be diehard U2 fans, yet they refer to them as "Bono and the boys." Maybe I'm overly sensitive, but it bothers me. U2 wouldn't be U2 without all the members and it amazes me that such "diehard fans" could mention them as if it's just Bono and his backup band.

Believe it or not, when I mentioned this to my friend she told me to get off my high horse and proceeded not to talk to me for over a month and a half. haha. I've had a fight with a friend over U2. Now that's some U2 love. ;)
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From:splishysplashy
Date:July 6th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh no, you're definitely not alone on this! I've thought it, as I said before, for a while now but thought maybe I was being petty. I'm sure the band themselves aren't fussed but you know, I'm such a fan of the actual music as well, it annoys me. I don't think you're being overly sensitive at all! And yay for your diehard U2 love - why was your friend so bothered anyway? :|
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From:vinyl__
Date:July 6th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
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I've always found that slightly amusing, considering Bono didn't even form the band -- Larry did, didn't he? (&oh god if I've got my U2 history wrong I'm going to kill myself, lol.)

I know it's just because he's so openly political &such, but it still bothers me a bit.
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From:splishysplashy
Date:July 6th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, he did, and this would be a totally different issue if he'd called it The Larry Mullen Band after all ;)
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From:canadanne
Date:July 6th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)

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You've set me off now. I was just downloading the Live 8 performance of Sergeant Pepper's from iTunes, and Mum said "Is that the one with Paul McCartney and Bono?", and I was all "ARGH, it's U2, why does everyone keep saying Bono!!!!!". Mum looked extremely contrite and said sorry. *g*

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