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May 11th, 2006

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bonoffee:
I have no idea what the appropriate subject heading is because this is just a random thing. But anyway a few months ago (I think) I read a very positive article about what makes U2 great, on the net somewhere. I can't remember exactly which site it was on. But I was so pleased to see someone mention all of the guys and not just Bono (this came days after I'd read a concert review which mentioned Bono every 2nd line, Edge about twice and Larry and Adam not at all). It was just a good, all-round article and I liked it so much that I emailed the woman who wrote it. Just found the reply I received and thought I'd share it with you, I totally forgot all about it! So just skip if you don't care. :p


Thanks for writing. I'm glad you liked the story.

I tried not to focus too much on Bono. I think he's great, but he gets more
than enough publicity (i.e., cover of Rolling Stone) and doesn't need any
from me. The other members of U2 are accustomed to Bono being the center of
attention, so I don't think there's a lot of resentment or jealousy among
the ranks. Still, it's nice when the other guys get some recognition. When
we chose art for the story, I told my editor that in addition to a close-up
of Bono, I wanted to run a photo that showed all four members of the band.
After all, U2 is the sum of its parts. If any of those four were missing, it
wouldn't sound like U2. (And anyone who thinks Adam is inconsequential has
never really listened to the music. If they did, they'd notice how the bass
guitar is always extremely prominent in the mix.)

A lot of people seem to think of U2 as Bono's backing band. But Bono never
would have made it as a solo act. He needed the other three as much as they
needed him. And that's the wonder of U2. It's like a table with four equally
strong legs. When you listen to the music, you can concentrate on the
performance of any individual member and enjoy it, because they're all so
skilled at what they do.

Have a "beautiful day"!
 
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From:boriel
Date:May 11th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
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cool for you to write and even cooler for them to reply! and very gratifying that the person who wrote this article 'gets it'.
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From:bonoffee
Date:May 11th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
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I know! I was so happy I got a reply! Made me feel all special, hehe. I was just like 'yay, someone who understands!'
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From:lydia_petze
Date:May 11th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
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She's right on all of it. And especially on the Adam issue. Ah well - the fans know :-)
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From:bonoffee
Date:May 11th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Exactly! We know all! ;)
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From:bonoffee
Date:May 11th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I know. That's the thing, I'm not criticising Bono because he's great and I love him. And to be fair it's not his doing that people are that stupid. Even in Rolling Stone he was saying how unfair it is he gets all the credit instead of Edge (bless). They're all great in their own ways!
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From:rockontheedge
Date:May 12th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
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Aw, that's so cool! I remember how excited I was when Angela Pancella replied back to something I'd sent her about one of her Fan Year articles. Its really nice when people actually take the time to get back to you. :D Not to mention she's definitely got the right idea about U2. There *are* three other members, despite what the majority of the media seems to show...(no one hurt me, I still love Bono.)
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From:inklingfair
Date:May 13th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
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Hee! I love it when writers reply. Angela Pancella sent me a Christmas card, too, with little bitty concert memorabilia last U2 Christmas card exchange :D

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