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September 16th, 2004

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meineuphorie:
OK I'm having an argument about U2 with a friend of mine - he hates them. He says they hate America and that they said this:

"America got what it had coming on 9/11"

Please tell me he has been misinformed.
 
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From:shagadellique
Date:September 16th, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC)

there is no way in hell

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anyone from U2 said that. Your friend is a big loser.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:September 16th, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)
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No way in hell.
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From:wolfp10
Date:September 16th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)

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I doubt it, considering at the 10/30/01 show in Providence ( I was inside the heart for that one) he embraced a U.S. flag during Sunday Bloody Sunday. Later on, he told the crowd how honored he was to be in the U.S.

Do a Google search, and I am sure you can find more on U2 and the U.S.
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From:hachiemachie
Date:September 17th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC)

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I was at that show too. Very touching.
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From:wolfp10
Date:September 17th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)

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Yeah. That show was great. My sis and I cut school to wait in line, so it was (and still is) one of those memories we love to look back on.
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From:bonoinakilt
Date:September 16th, 2004 10:18 pm (UTC)
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that is *so* not true.
Just look at the transcropt from the O'Reilly factor:

O’REILLY: Do you really believe America is a great country?

BONO: Yes, I do.

O’REILLY: Because a lot of Europeans do not.

BONO: Yes -- no, I mean, I'm like an annoying fan. I'm like the one that reads the liner notes on the CD. I’m the one that -- I read the Declaration of Independence before a speaking tour we did on AIDS in the Midwest. I've read the Constitution. I've read these poetic tracks. And I suppose, you know, I'm just going around trying to remind people that their country -- why it is great, and in case they forget, why it’s great. Because the United States that I love is like the Statue of Liberty with its arms open, give me your tired, your poor and huddled masses. It’s not the continent behaving like an island, which sometimes it behaves like.


Bono talks more about America in that interview..

There is no way any member of U2 said that.
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:September 16th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)

Tell your friend he's full of shit...

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Okay, The Joshua Tree is basically a love letter to America. U2 have said repeatedly that they think the world of the United States and Americans. Many Irish do, because the United States really *was* the land of opportunity for so many down-trodden Irish in the 1800s. Granted, they might not agree with all of our policies, but hell, neither do I and I'm damn proud to *be* an American.

Besides, U2 were one of the most supportive bands after 9/11 for the victims and the entire country, even though they aren't even from the United States. With the exception of maybe Bruce Springsteen, U2 were one of the artists who most went out of their way to help and heal the country.
From:sumwonelss
Date:September 16th, 2004 10:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Tell your friend he's full of shit...

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And you know what? Saying that we got what we had coming doesn't mean that someone HATES us........but I've never heard that Bono said that in the first place.
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:September 16th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Tell your friend he's full of shit...

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Yeah, you're right. But I've never heard him say that either. I've only heard the most sincere sympathy and condolences from all of the guys. It doesn't even sound like something they *would* say. I could understand, "This is a wake-up call for America that they aren't invincible as they always thought and their hubris finally caught up to them" but never "The U.S. deserved 9/11." That's completely out of character for all four of them.
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From:bonolicious22
Date:September 17th, 2004 05:38 am (UTC)

Re: Tell your friend he's full of shit...

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exactly. prime example: "Heartland". what effect that song has. you really get a sense of the beauty of america that us americans dont usually register.
rock on-
Stef *U2*
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:September 16th, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Don't believe what you hear, don't believe what you see, if you just close your eyes you can feel the enemy...........
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From:sirensong984
Date:September 17th, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)

Nope

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I saw them on tour twice before September 11th and twice after. The two times after September 11th were much more intensely emotion and Bono sang "Please" for the first time in Baltimore since Popmart...and then in Atlanta of course Walk On had the screen behind them with the names.

There's no way they'd ever say that, no matter what they felt or who they supported. That's one thing I love about them--in a time when you can't get away from pompous musicians giving their opinion--they're not gonna play.
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From:hew_
Date:September 17th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
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That is not true.. like, no way. They're fans of America.. I sometimes think they should be more Irish :p
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From:aralitia
Date:September 17th, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)
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So do I
I hear some americans complain they didnt play enough in america but they were originally only going to play one show here and then diecded to have the second slane show. im sort of a bit bitter that they didnt even play here (belfast) as well last time lol especially as they are irish.

I really think your friend got the wrong end of the stick. :|
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From:hew_
Date:September 17th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I know. They play in America all the time. Of course I'm really happy with that and I'm not complaining, since I'm living in Texas :P
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From:projecte
Date:September 17th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
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As well as the superbowl halftime show in 2002. Not so many people remember the fact that he had a little american flag sewned on the inside of his leather jacket, as he performed he kinda showed it off.(if i remember correctly as well, he did this during the last leg of the u.s. tour in 2001) And there was a picture of him with it, on the cover, of, i think it was Time magazine.

maybe your friend was thinking of rammstein or something like that ;)
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From:meineuphorie
Date:September 17th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC)
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Thank you everyone for clearing this up. I knew no one in the band could possibly have said that, but it was a bit scary for a moment. No I can rub it in his face how WRONG he was ;)
From:ex_darshan119
Date:September 17th, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
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Your friend is ignorant, and only wants to believe wants to believe what he wants to believe. He'll continue to hate them based on whatever makes him feel good.

It's one thing to dislike a band, it's quite another thing to imagine things that don't even make sense to further one's dislike (hatred) for a band.

Complete horseshit.
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From:pornrockangel
Date:September 17th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
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agreed with all of the above, plus - tell this 'friend' of yours to hand over some proof. yeah, that's what we thought! hehe

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