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September 16th, 2004

Re: Interference.com's exclusive U2 interview @ 10:40 pm

kjackson:
So who exactly was interviewed in Interference.com's recent interview with U2?

Reading through it, I couldn't quite grasp who the subject of the interview was. It can't not Bono; "U2" responds to one question: "Bono says it best..." Could it be one of the producers? After all, a producer could get away with saying "I think..." and then, on behalf of the band, "we think" (which is pretty much what happens in the article).

There're also some answers in the interview that kinda irk me, that seem rather made up... responding to a tour-related question, there's: "[there's] a new software that anyone can get called "Vertigo." Vertigo lets you make 3-D images that can be projected on to a big screen. It's stunning and its applications in a live show are unlimited." That anyone can get? Wouldn't U2 go for a more exclusive product? Plus, the fact that it's named "Vertigo" made me feel all-the-more gumshoe-y.

And then, almost at the end of the article, there's the bit that bothered me the most: "We are no doubt going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame very soon. It's staggering and humbling." Are U2 really that arrogant??!

To call the interview a work of fiction would definitely be premature, but... I dunno. It just comes off as a bit shifty to me.

Any thoughts?
 
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From:signifiers
Date:September 16th, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC)
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I've been thinking about this a lot, too, and I think I agree with you. There were several bits that felt really off to me as well, and it just seemed very... pulled off, if you know what I mean. It definitely didn't feel like a whole-band interview. I was thinking it was Edge, and that seems to be the general consensus by the readers. I'd really like to find out the truth about this; it's been bothering me.
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From:kjackson
Date:September 16th, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Man... I'm really glad I'm not the only one who feels this way!
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:September 16th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
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If anyone, I'd say by Edge.

I'd have to read it again though.



Re: Arrogant bit

Well, they are. I mean, everyone knew it was coming this year, so I don't think it's arrogant to state the obvious.
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From:axver
Date:September 16th, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC)
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With regards to the Vertigo software, there is a thread on EYKIW about it, and it's quite genuine, I believe it's been around since the eighties. It's just coincidence, as with there being a movie also named Vertigo and a town named Bono. And why would U2 use something more 'exclusive'? Since when have U2 been like that? They used everyday programming for ZooTV, I believe ...

Considering U2 have claimed to be the best band in the world, the R&R HOF quote comes as utterly no surprise to me. I would have been more surprised if they HADN'T said that.

Personally, I think that the article involves all of them, most likely mainly Edge and Adam. Definitely Edge when talking about the software.
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From:hew_
Date:September 17th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't call them arrogant, since it is the truth.. they *are* the best band in the world. ;)
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From:laughingbox
Date:September 17th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
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yeap i was slightly disturbed too with the last bit..although it is all too true as we know it, it sounds weird coming from them yea..
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From:sirensong984
Date:September 17th, 2004 05:40 am (UTC)

It's Fake.

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I would put all my money on it being fake, especially considering the LAST debacle that came from Interference and so many before that.
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From:canadanne
Date:September 17th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)

Re: It's Fake.

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I am curious as to what these previous debacles were...
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From:cptjacksparrow
Date:September 17th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC)

Three Points

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1) People love U2. They had one of the biggest impacts of any band in the 80s, and the voters for the Rock Hall will not NOT vote them in soon.

2) Rock stars by definition and by excess are a little extravagant and/or arrogant. But I do not believe this was highly arrogant.

3) They had a highly publicized and celebrated exhibit there in the Rock Hall for a year that I myself visited. Now, if the Rock Hall didn't want them, why would they fill their top two floors with an exceptional exhibit.

U2 knows it's coming, and they aren't rubbing it in people's faces. I do not believe it was arrogant to much extent. It's tolerable.
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From:pattinthehatt
Date:September 17th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
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I think U2 has a long and excellent relationship with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so they've probably pretty much been told they will be inducted as soon as they reach the point of qualification. If everyone on my committee had already told me I was definitely getting my PhD I'd be pretty certain of it... and I might actually slip and say something, too. Not out of arrogance. Confidence, maybe, or trust, but mostly I think it would just seem like a done deal to me.

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