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I Might Be Wrong: Why U2 Sucks

He might be wrong, but Reverb columnist Colin St. John thinks U2 sucks. Photo by Alexandre Meneghini, AP.

He might be wrong, but Reverb columnist Colin St. John thinks U2 sucks. Photo by Alexandre Meneghini, AP.

“Sucks” is admittedly a very childish word, as least as far as its utilization within the modern lexicon. But, it’s immediate, descriptive and evokes an emotional response. Everybody knows, plainly, that “sucks” is bad. And, quite possibility, it is very bad. Using the word “sucks” may be juvenile, but so is liking U2.

U2’s entire image, catalog and influence are a major drain on the rock ‘n’ roll that surrounds it. The Dublin quartet — quite literally — sucks the life out of whatever it touches, progression be damned. (When’s the last time you heard a U2 song and said, “Oh my god! That was completely unexpected and fresh!”?) And whether you are as vitriolic and vehement as this all might seem, or you plain don’t care about U2 — like, say, Ric Ocasek whose Cars played Denver on Sunday — you then have, at least, dismissed them in some way, shape or form. If, however, you are going to Invesco on Saturday, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do. Of course, as Ocasek says in his New York Times interview, musical preferences are subjective. The point here is just that you shouldn’t subject yourself to listening to U2.

The worst thing about U2 is right in front of you: Bono, well-documented as one of the biggest self-righteous turds in the world. But what’s worse, his affected, bogus, second-coming-of-Albert-Schweitzer turd-ery browns out the perfectly competent and even inventive musician in the Edge. His parts in the 2008 documentary “It Might Get Loud” were enthralling and exhibited a guitarist fully embracing his craft with stupendous effect (and effects). The problem is the Edge’s sometimes ethereal guitar parts are almost always drowned out by Bono’s awful, syrupy voice. The Edge-helmed “Numb” from 1993’s “Zooropa” might be U2’s best song not only because it eschews the band’s safety zone in favor of industrial territory but also because Bono is largely absent.

But, what about “The Joshua Tree”? Some might cite it as U2’s best record (or perhaps “War” or “Achtung Baby”). Well, what about them? Unfortunately, even the most well-known and “best” songs from those records are, by-and-large, boring schlock. Take, for instance, the sacred cow “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from “The Joshua Tree.” Lyrically, it’s one cliché after another (love not found, how original) sprinkled on top of an Edge loop and terribly simple drumbeat. The words are the clincher, though. Check out the beginning of the second verse: “I have kissed honey lips / Felt the healing in her fingertips / It burned like fire / This burning desire.” Did it “burn like fire,” Bono? Sweet simile, bro.

And what of its massive, elaborate touring sets? Isn’t U2 keeping big, arena rock alive? There might be something of an argument here, but check this out: The average (mean) ticket price of the show at Invesco Saturday (including the Red Zone seats — whatever the hell those are — and service charges) is $159.27. That can buy any damn 360 Tour set the greedy dudes want. And given how rich they all already are, the ticket prices are simply unethical. Couple that with the fact that there are many other arena-size acts — the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan among them — worth seeing far and above U2 and you’ve got a nonstarter.

It all adds up to too much going against the guys. Sure, they were a fairly lovable group of Irish lads when they stormed America (and Red Rocks) back in the day. The music wasn’t very good back then, either, and three decades into its career, the band isn’t even the creepy guy who hung around for too many years after college. At least that guy had some personality.

It’s the attractive, older wealthy woman who slops on way too much makeup every morning and doesn’t really have much to talk about besides her tennis game. I might be wrong, but if you’re going to U2’s concert Saturday, you’re —here’s that word again — a sucker.

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  • Odysseus Greek

    u00a0Clearly you are an atheist – as evidenced by your unnecessary rudeness and one-sided bias.u00a0u00a0 You have no honest opinion about the music – you just hate God.u00a0 Get a life!

  • Cupon

    Yes, U2 is grossly overrated.u00a0 Bono can’t sing to save his life, and their songs are boring, repetitive, and unimaginative. u00a0

  • Yousuck

    You are the one that sucks, writer.

  • Damien McCarron

    I’ll take you head on, in parts, on the debate you’ve begun…………….nnRight or wrong, I see this band from another angle, I grew up around the scene as they began in Ireland and didn’t feel too compelled to call them the best band around, but they progressed, “I Will Follow” defined the youth of Dublin in the moment as our anthem and they went from strength to strength fromnthe northside of Dublin, to England and on to the USA. By the time Joshua Tree arrived, I was working nin America, pumping gas in Connecticut and listening to this amazing record that reflected the America I was experiencing at that moment. U2 had their impressions nailed into the songs and it was in parallel to everything going on around me and I finally got them as potential “Best band around”. They have been taken from Ireland and juiced on the high voltage American desire for dazzle, but if you strip it all back,nit reveals brilliant crafting of songs. Bono may be a bit much, invading parts of the day, like an alarm clock, but that’s more the reflection of society owning and molding him than his need for us to keep paying attention. The man with the loudest voice may have something to say but the band, it’s music and it’s ability to defy all conventional odds over 30 years leaves a lasting legacy on more levels than I can count. I’m duly bias as Irish, but U2 became America’s band a long time ago.n

  • Earthenfiend

    Amen.

  • http://twitter.com/U2TributeBand UZoo U2 Tribute Band

    u00a0I guess it’s safe to say you would never want to come see my U2 tribute band (www.u2act.com)…u00a0

  • Ortizu2

    Colin? Who the fuck is that!? You’re a nobody! You don’t know U2! But you’re an idiot with a pen! Crawl back to that rock you crawled out of! U2 rocks biotch!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/kevkeen27 Kevin Keenan

    You article puts me to sleep….it’s been so “in fashion” to hate U2u00a0for so long that idiots like you are starting to have the opposite effect.u00a0I suggest the new “in fasion thing to do should be….nTO START HATING THEu00a0PEOPLE WHO HATE U2u00a0

  • MBehrenhausen

    And here’s another reason:nnu00a0It may be urban legend, but this is what I heard:nnBack in the late 90s (during the “Pop” tour) the band were in town and Bono and the Edge either after the show or day before or something, showed up at the door of El Chapultepec with two young ladies on their arms. The ladies however, looked underage and so the quartet were stopped at the door by the Chapultepec owner. nnEither Bono or the Edge then exclaims, “Don’t you know who we are!? We’re U2!!!”nnThe Chapultepec owner, immediately quips, “Well, if YOU TWO don’t show me these gals ID’s you ain’t coming into my bar!”n

  • Evilcamel

    u00a0Wow. u00a0You seem angry. u00a0At life.

  • Liam

    you are a complete knob jockey you probably have no friends you dick.

  • Reintje_pientje

    So, what is your point???u00a0

  • http://twitter.com/kevkeen27 Kevin Keenan

    The “Iu00a0hate U2 “u00a0bandwagon is way past capacity….it’s beenu00a0so “in fashion”u00a0to hateu00a0U2 for so long now that idiots like you are having the opposite effectu00a0.I will suggest the new “in fashion”u00a0thing to do should be to…..u00a0START HATING THE PEOPLE WHO HATE U2

    • Chad

      Hey Kevin Keenan, way to post the same thing twice. 

  • Doctor Acula

    Musically, they haven’t been as relevant in the last 20 years, but I do laud their humanitarian efforts.u00a0 I saw them in 84 or 85 at McNichols, and that was enough.u00a0

  • Anon

    You’re free to not attend if you don’t want to.u00a0 I didn’t realize that attendanceu00a0on Saturday was mandatory.nnHaving said that, I’m sure that you wrote this for attention, and I’m giving it to you.u00a0 I guess that’s my fault.u00a0

  • FSM

    You’ve realized that the best way for your writing to get hits is to postu00a0inflammatoryu00a0remarks with a simple headline about a band that a bunch of people like. Congrats. It will surely get you more hits than your review of Portugal the man.u00a0You at least back up your own opinions with some arguable points, but to conclude by saying that those going to the concert are “suckers” is extremely far fetched. You could claim that in your opinion, they have poor taste in music, or have more money than a reviewer for Reverb, but to say they are suckers is a bit much. Not to mention, there are tickets for $33, hardly a ripoff to see a huge band, whether or not you like them.u00a0You may think they suck, I may think you suck, but no one cares.u00a0

  • Martha

    Awww. What happened? Did Bono kick your puppy? Speaking of juvenile…

  • Bartondahl

    bono can’t sing to save his life? how does your voice sound?

  • Rodderboy

    While I admit that Bono’s voice isn’t what it used to be, I think U2 deserves some credit. They’ve stayed *relatively* relevant in the music scene over the years and have tried to make change in parts of the world where they saw injustice. In other words, they put their money where their mouth was. Moreover, the band stayed together for 30+ years, took creative risks, and have managed to have meaningful partner relationships and raised families during the course. When you make the blanket statement “U2 Sucks” it simply conveys to me that you’re a pompous little cowtown writer who’s simply trying to get a rise out people by saying something inflammatory. In any case, your certainly entitled to your opinion. :-)u00a0u00a0

  • ehaus

    I bet these last two brainiacs didn’t even bother reading the article in full.

  • Catbus

    u00a0I felt that way in high school in the mid ’80s. People really really loved them and tended to be insufferable about them. I reacted against that by being a U2 skeptic. (I was a Cars fan then, and I probably would have enjoyed their concert).nnBut there were songs I liked, and a couple of albums I’ve found myself listening to over and over (Achtung Baby and All that You Can’t Leave Behind). I can’t speak the language of rock critics. I just know what I like.nnI can see why Bono annoys people, but it does seem like he’s trying to do some good in the world.nnI got a couple of general admission tickets for Saturday’s concert from a friend who couldn’t use them. Big stadium concerts aren’t really my thing, but I’m going to embrace the spectacle, enjoy the music and u00a0live in the moment with 70,000 of my closest friends.nnAnyone who feels differently should have no problem finding something else to do on Saturday night.u00a0

  • vcpcgirl30

    Of course you are wrong, what are you? and frustrated musician who is talentless sou00a0you have never achieve anything? I guess so.u00a0Justo to start, U2u00a0is now what it is because they have songs with powerful lyrics, with social awareness, andu00a0with all their fame, they are still humble to reach out to their fans. And also they are using their fame to help people in need in Africa.u00a0I guessu00a0you hate them just because you feel envy. Go and do something greatu00a0to see if you can achieve something.u00a0

  • u2 doesn’t need you

    Really? Have you everu00a0even been to au00a0U2 concert?u00a0Clearly not – because you have no idea what you are talking about. nnAnd as for your criticisms of their song writing – have you ever heard the song “One”?u00a0 If those lyrics are too cliche’ for you – then perhaps you have no heart. nnBono’s voice is beyond amazing. Not to mention all of the contributions he has made to this world. What have you ever done?nnYou don’t deserve to listen to U2 or even to talk or write about them. I hope you are not at the show on Saturday. We don’t need you and your negativety bringing us down.

  • Damon Barbour

    I have to say I agree. Although, I did catch U2’s Joshua Tree tour when I was in high school and tickets were just $15. In my defense, U2 was one of the edgiest bands around in the 80s … that I knew of. Then again, my musical universe was quite small and largely influenced by MTV. That was, of course, back when the M in MTV stood for music.nnThe juggernaut that is MTV has caused a mass musical dumbing down of an entire generation. At least it used to be just music, now it’s culture, too. (Jersey Shore anyone?)u00a0nnBut U2 is just the very beginning of bands, “artists” and TV personalities who have little going for them besides MTV’s eternal promotion. Among the over-hyped (and I won’t even go into the Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera’s or “boy bands” of the world) areu00a0Madonna, Michael Jackson andu00a0one you mentioned as “worth seeing” … The Rolling Stones. What have they done lately? Did you see them on last year’s Super Bowl halftime show? I hate to say it but The Stones suck, too.nnEventually, bands start to run out of ideas and therefore relevance. U2, Madonna, Michael Jackson … MTV made them stars. And refused to let them fade gracefully away into their mansions.u00a0They all suck.u00a0nnThere are a lot of talented, innovative young bands and artists out there. Let’s spend our time, not to mention our ticket money, helping them move the art of music forward. Rather than propping up bloated bands of MTV’s glory days.n

  • OrbitHoney

    You should talk when you sell millions of records and have thousands of fans flocking to see you at a stadium. U2 rocks hard and you suck hard.

  • Anon

    Slow news day, Jason?u00a0 Boss said “hey,u00a0no one reads your blog.u00a0 Get someu00a0hits!”?nnThings will pick up.u00a0 Don’t worry.u00a0

    • Anon

      Sorry, I meant Colin (not Jason). 

      Don’t worry – some day people will know your name enough to write that you suck (and that day may not be far off!) 

    • Chad

      I think his name is Colin. 

  • Bill Deville

    Sell your tickets while you can…you do know thatu00a0theu00a0world is coming to an end on Saturday.u00a0 I guess we’ll be saved from this overblownu00a0debacle afterall.u00a0 u00a0u00a0u00a0

  • Melman

    One would assume that writing about music for a living would require knowing something about the biggest band in the world, like them or not.  Notwithstanding this writer’s poser hate for U2, the article is so factually inaccurate that it really is beside the point what this hack thinks about the band. 

  • http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment John Wenzel

    u00a0Who’s Jason?

  • Meh

     Written by another hipster douche who hates music other people listen to because you’re not an audience of one. Might want to take off your skinny jeans and breathe.

  • Bono? Boner.

     hahaha!  what does this article have to do with god?  how do you know the writer is an atheist?  u2 plays the devil’s music – you guys are all going to hell.   

  • http://twitter.com/LMikey Mike Long

    Lovin’ these devastating “No, YOU’RE stupid” type rebuttals. Colin might be RIGHT, at least about some U2 fans.

  • Ron

    Hmmm . . .u00a0 The author must be a raving fan of Justin Beiber and / or Brittney Spears.u00a0 He clearly needs a girlfriend or a boyfriend, and perhaps a high colonic!nnI bet he would label one “WRONG!” if one were to disagree on something as simple as an opinion on a movie.u00a0 A textbook narcissicist if there ever was one.u00a0 Pity.u00a0 u00a0

  • Ajfranchise

    U2 have done a lot for personalu00a0andu00a0Musical growth throughout the world whereas you , Colin St. John have written a bland unsuprising postu00a0that makes me believe that Bonou00a0isnt the biggest prick in the world despite your slanderous properganda suggesting it. This post makes methink that you have very little ambitionu00a0or drive to acomplish anything musicly and that you have resorted to being pathetic and a dirt sheet corrospndant to make a few peopleu00a0agree with you and have a common bond of hate towards a band who are legendary and are still going. I also realise that this post wont happen when they are dead as you seem like a coward who is only willing to post this without feeling any consiquence.u00a0

    • Kissed/Honey Lips

      “Consiquence”?  You mean the 1999 U2 acapella tribute disc?  

    • Kissed/Honey Lips

      “Consiquence”?  You mean the 1999 U2 acapella tribute disc?  

    • ha

      “unsuprising”
      “properganda”
      “acomplish”
      “musicly” 
      “corrospndant”
      “consiquence”
      Don’t know which one is better, “musicly” or “consiquence.” Awesome. Typical U2 fan I guess.

    • ha

      “unsuprising”
      “properganda”
      “acomplish”
      “musicly” 
      “corrospndant”
      “consiquence”
      Don’t know which one is better, “musicly” or “consiquence.” Awesome. Typical U2 fan I guess.

  • George Kaplan

    If what u wrote is serious, then u have no business being a writer. If this is simply a PR stunt to get more hits to the REVERB website, then you’ve just graduated from the Donald Trump School of Marketing. Quite a feat for a 12-year old!

  • U2spirit04

    there are those of us that have room for both the old and the new.u00a0 Itu00a0doesn’t hve to be one or the other.u00a0u00a0nIt’s a sign of maturity to be able to appreciate both. u00a0

  • Bono fan

    Facinating how the haters use the “Bono” name to bring readers to their pages.u00a0 Bono’s been insulted by better than some two bit hypocrite with an affinity for turds.u00a0 But I’m sure you made some 12 year olds chuckle.

  • Chad

    What parts are inaccurate?u00a0

  • Chad

    I know Colin, and he couldn’t be farther from a hipster. u00a0

  • EricNoy

    As the author’s best friend (and one who argues with him about music regularly, but still thinks U2 is overrated), I can safely attest to the fact that he has at least one friend.

  • Epona212

    Brilliant response, man.u00a0

  • Clarence

    Anybody gonna actually try to refute ANY of this or are you all gonna just act like a hurt 12 year old and name call?u00a0 Yes, they were there for you in the 80’s and care deeply about stuff and shit, so what?u00a0 If U2 audiences were any less white, it’d be a McCain rally from 2008.

  • Baxterg18

    You’re an idiotu00a0

  • smili72

    Col, the fact you don’t know what “Red Zone” is only proves how ignorant you are. u00a0

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Hogg/1014180067 Daniel Hogg

    Bono can hit ranges with his chest voice that many singers should be jealous of, including myself. If Bono can’t sing, then Slash can’t play a guitar.

  • Kalalarga

    a couple of years back, my wife was working as a waitress in nyc and Bono was sitting in her section. At the end of the night, he left her no tip and told her here is my autograph (he scribbled “bono” on a napkin) put it on ebay….that’s your tip. What a deuche!

  • http://www.facebook.com/emadsenus Erik Madsen

    You know what sucks more?  A writer passing themselves off as a lover of music, paid to pretend to know more of the subject than his average reader.  It sucks even more that a decent publication is endorsing his opinion and sponsoring his entertainment – when all it really amounts to is snobbery.  Just another feigned attempt at embracing the arts, executed in the common dilettante fashion: hate what’s commercially successful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emadsenus Erik Madsen

    You know what sucks more?  A writer passing themselves off as a lover of music, paid to pretend to know more of the subject than his average reader.  It sucks even more that a decent publication is endorsing his opinion and sponsoring his entertainment – when all it really amounts to is snobbery.  Just another feigned attempt at embracing the arts, executed in the common dilettante fashion: hate what’s commercially successful.

  • Dublin Quays

    Five reason you are wrong, wannabe music critic:
    1.  U2 at least is an interesting name, not Colin St. bathroom or whatever yours is…
    2.  U2 make billions of people happy around the world; you are a lonely pathetic writer for a paper which can’t even have the dignity of offering a decent concert & music section in print, but relegates it to the internet (Reverrb? How about Revolting…)  To do it right, see “LA Times – Calendar Section”
    3.  U2 fans have the best road trips…you’ve probably never left Denver
    4.  U2 can make the simplest note into a powerful expression; you make annoying U2 fans into your 4 1/2 minutes of online fame
    5. Visiting Windmill Lane studio in Dublin on a cold, rainy February day a few years back made for an awesome day…and the joy in my kids eyes seeing me follow up on one of my “bucket list” trips was precious…and we autographed on the world famous U2 graffiti wall together…priceless. When I mentioned your article on the web site…they rolled their eyes as if to say “what a tool…”  Kids are so sweet, innocent, and accurate like that!

    I’ll see the real U2 fans, from not just Denver but around the world, at Invesco on Saturday.  Have fun, lonely writer, reviewing the latest Justin Bieber movie, if your mom let’s you borrow her car…

  • Dublin Quays

    Five reason you are wrong, wannabe music critic:
    1.  U2 at least is an interesting name, not Colin St. bathroom or whatever yours is…
    2.  U2 make billions of people happy around the world; you are a lonely pathetic writer for a paper which can’t even have the dignity of offering a decent concert & music section in print, but relegates it to the internet (Reverrb? How about Revolting…)  To do it right, see “LA Times – Calendar Section”
    3.  U2 fans have the best road trips…you’ve probably never left Denver
    4.  U2 can make the simplest note into a powerful expression; you make annoying U2 fans into your 4 1/2 minutes of online fame
    5. Visiting Windmill Lane studio in Dublin on a cold, rainy February day a few years back made for an awesome day…and the joy in my kids eyes seeing me follow up on one of my “bucket list” trips was precious…and we autographed on the world famous U2 graffiti wall together…priceless. When I mentioned your article on the web site…they rolled their eyes as if to say “what a tool…”  Kids are so sweet, innocent, and accurate like that!

    I’ll see the real U2 fans, from not just Denver but around the world, at Invesco on Saturday.  Have fun, lonely writer, reviewing the latest Justin Bieber movie, if your mom let’s you borrow her car…

  • Justafan

     I hope bono surprises us all by kneeling with his hands in the air at some point in denver.  I’d willingly pay thousands to see it.  Who’s got my miracle?

  • Justafan

     I hope bono surprises us all by kneeling with his hands in the air at some point in denver.  I’d willingly pay thousands to see it.  Who’s got my miracle?

  • James

    Another disenchanted faceless writer who is desperately trying to create some mild controversy.
    You always have been a poor writer. Your father would be ashamed.

  • James

    Another disenchanted faceless writer who is desperately trying to create some mild controversy.
    You always have been a poor writer. Your father would be ashamed.

  • Andrew J

     This is such a bad article. critique them all you want, I agree that music is subjective, but please get some facts right.

    I still haven;t found what I’m looking for isn’t about love not found. That is the obvious interpretation from people who don’t take the time to work it out and then criticise it. It is actually more of a gospel song about not finding concrete proof of god/religion. 

    Bono can’t sing? have you ever heard him? Listen to a live version of Miss Sarajevo where he really nails the tenor bit, or a live version of Kite or Sometimes you can’t make it on your own where he lets his voice rip, he also has the range to go high.

    And I guess bagging out his philanthropy is just someone else with tall poppy syndrome is it not? 

  • Andrew J

     This is such a bad article. critique them all you want, I agree that music is subjective, but please get some facts right.

    I still haven;t found what I’m looking for isn’t about love not found. That is the obvious interpretation from people who don’t take the time to work it out and then criticise it. It is actually more of a gospel song about not finding concrete proof of god/religion. 

    Bono can’t sing? have you ever heard him? Listen to a live version of Miss Sarajevo where he really nails the tenor bit, or a live version of Kite or Sometimes you can’t make it on your own where he lets his voice rip, he also has the range to go high.

    And I guess bagging out his philanthropy is just someone else with tall poppy syndrome is it not? 

  • Es

    U2 – amazing the varied the response that comes out of the minds of music fans. If you don’t like their music thats fine if you do that deserves an equal response. In terms of their musicianship, they’ve said this before, they aren’t good enough to survive on their own…and yes even the Edge. Larry can hold a beat but his fills aren’t really interesting, Adam can play the bass but most of his riffs are pretty simple and repetitive, Edge can play guitar but take the electro-gizmo effects and you’ve taken almost all ‘his’ sound away and Bono…Bono has this Messianic complex that enjoys to preach from the pulpit of a rockstar’s mic. Indeed, there are may reasons to hate U2 and being rich kind of jades you. At least rich for that long. Napkins with Bono’s signature used as a tip, Edge buying real estate in a pristine area of Malibu…But when you put these guys together, they make pretty dam good music and thats why they are still together after 30 years. They are much better together then the sum of their parts. Just imagine when the Joshua Tree rolled out into the music world, there was nothing that sounded like that album ever before it. Before that… The Unforgettable Fire, the critics hated it but the point of the album had nothing to do with musical taste or popularity. It was Brian Eno’s ambient music on crack…it was an experimental musical and lyrical dance. Under a Blood Red Sky…pretty dam good live act if you care for that sort of thing as was Rattle and Hum. And if you are down on their lyrics feel free to read the words for Bullet the Blue Sky for starters. 

    And as for the money. They nearly went broke on their tours. Yeah Achtung Baby made tons of money but their aesthetic vision for the show almost bankrupt them. Same with Pop. Not that I shed a tear for them, but they clearly spend enough of their own money to make their shows what they want. No corporate sponsorship, not until 360. You might hate all their popular songs…which I don’t blame you for. Have you checked out Exit/Running to Stand Still from Joshua Tree? How about Scarlet on October? Electric Co on Under Blood Red Sky? Please/Gone on Pop? Grace on All That You Can’t Leave Behind? Not to mention Lemon from Zooropa. I can guarantee none of these songs sound alike. Different times = different songs => different band. 

    With that said, I have one misgiving I’m sure more die hard fans are willing to forgive. Bono’s voice. He had a pretty dam good voice. He was a baratone able to sing as a tenor. He could belt out some insane highs and lows. Then he got the bright idea to smoke. WTF? And thats when all those awesome tunes they now play live kind of suck. Its almost like Bono is gone and U2 got this other dude to sing for him. In the case of Bono, I think he’s a pretty swell fella, but I feel like either the Edge should sing (which he can) or they should retire. 

  • Es

    U2 – amazing the varied the response that comes out of the minds of music fans. If you don’t like their music thats fine if you do that deserves an equal response. In terms of their musicianship, they’ve said this before, they aren’t good enough to survive on their own…and yes even the Edge. Larry can hold a beat but his fills aren’t really interesting, Adam can play the bass but most of his riffs are pretty simple and repetitive, Edge can play guitar but take the electro-gizmo effects and you’ve taken almost all ‘his’ sound away and Bono…Bono has this Messianic complex that enjoys to preach from the pulpit of a rockstar’s mic. Indeed, there are may reasons to hate U2 and being rich kind of jades you. At least rich for that long. Napkins with Bono’s signature used as a tip, Edge buying real estate in a pristine area of Malibu…But when you put these guys together, they make pretty dam good music and thats why they are still together after 30 years. They are much better together then the sum of their parts. Just imagine when the Joshua Tree rolled out into the music world, there was nothing that sounded like that album ever before it. Before that… The Unforgettable Fire, the critics hated it but the point of the album had nothing to do with musical taste or popularity. It was Brian Eno’s ambient music on crack…it was an experimental musical and lyrical dance. Under a Blood Red Sky…pretty dam good live act if you care for that sort of thing as was Rattle and Hum. And if you are down on their lyrics feel free to read the words for Bullet the Blue Sky for starters. 

    And as for the money. They nearly went broke on their tours. Yeah Achtung Baby made tons of money but their aesthetic vision for the show almost bankrupt them. Same with Pop. Not that I shed a tear for them, but they clearly spend enough of their own money to make their shows what they want. No corporate sponsorship, not until 360. You might hate all their popular songs…which I don’t blame you for. Have you checked out Exit/Running to Stand Still from Joshua Tree? How about Scarlet on October? Electric Co on Under Blood Red Sky? Please/Gone on Pop? Grace on All That You Can’t Leave Behind? Not to mention Lemon from Zooropa. I can guarantee none of these songs sound alike. Different times = different songs => different band. 

    With that said, I have one misgiving I’m sure more die hard fans are willing to forgive. Bono’s voice. He had a pretty dam good voice. He was a baratone able to sing as a tenor. He could belt out some insane highs and lows. Then he got the bright idea to smoke. WTF? And thats when all those awesome tunes they now play live kind of suck. Its almost like Bono is gone and U2 got this other dude to sing for him. In the case of Bono, I think he’s a pretty swell fella, but I feel like either the Edge should sing (which he can) or they should retire. 

  • Craig914

    Interesting…for someone who obviously a U2 hater, one could say you must of spent a long long time on this article. An to be fair, I stopped reading as it got very very boring!

    Love them or hate them, I’m a lover, to say Bono can’t sing is almost insane! So do us a favour, keep your over blown opinions to yourself and write about something interesting and worth while. An idea for you, how about a rock star that wrote off third world debt, or a band that campaigns for people in Africa and their fight against extreme poverty and aids!

    IDIOT!!! Walk on lol

  • Craig914

    Interesting…for someone who obviously a U2 hater, one could say you must of spent a long long time on this article. An to be fair, I stopped reading as it got very very boring!

    Love them or hate them, I’m a lover, to say Bono can’t sing is almost insane! So do us a favour, keep your over blown opinions to yourself and write about something interesting and worth while. An idea for you, how about a rock star that wrote off third world debt, or a band that campaigns for people in Africa and their fight against extreme poverty and aids!

    IDIOT!!! Walk on lol

  • Drew B

    I can’t decide if this article is cute, or laughable, but its one of the two. Cute in that the title is a Radio Head song and if that had occurred to the writer he might have opted for different wording. But he didn’t, because he’s lazy. By “lazy” I mean he didn’t even do his homework for this one when he admitted to not knowing what the red zone tickets are because if he did, he’d realize his averages are off. Greedy dudes? Really? It’s laughable because it seems that this little writer only knows how to use a dictionary which says more than what he seems to know about music; save for Ocasek the band connects with Sir Mick Jagger, The Boss, and Dylan both personally and professionally so if he’s going to get into the company they keep, then don’t forget Johnny Cash, B.B. King, or Pavarotti, all of which are not really the type of company greedy dudes attract. And speaking of Dylan, people were furious when he switched from acoustic to electric, pushing the envelope a little, or a lot in this band’s case, can sometimes be a good thing. Readers be advised; this author could be mistaken for a hater.

    To the writer: for writing this piece you get the gasface (google it), for standing up to a rock star I think you should get a golf-clap, but there is no “might” about your title, you are wrong. In fact everything you know is wrong, because if you’ve ever talked with anyone who knows anything about the band you’d be told that the boys thank their fans profusely each show and enjoy recalling their first loans of the five hundred pounds that got them each started. I hope you’re able to bring your misdirected, and miseducated criticism to Invesco to see if you change your opinion. U2’s concerts are indeed a life experience and the ticket prices *some* will argue are even worth an online markup for what you get back. And FYI you’re not the first one to try to call the band out about being pompus… Bono has already beaten you to it, bro.

  • Drew B

    I can’t decide if this article is cute, or laughable, but its one of the two. Cute in that the title is a Radio Head song and if that had occurred to the writer he might have opted for different wording. But he didn’t, because he’s lazy. By “lazy” I mean he didn’t even do his homework for this one when he admitted to not knowing what the red zone tickets are because if he did, he’d realize his averages are off. Greedy dudes? Really? It’s laughable because it seems that this little writer only knows how to use a dictionary which says more than what he seems to know about music; save for Ocasek the band connects with Sir Mick Jagger, The Boss, and Dylan both personally and professionally so if he’s going to get into the company they keep, then don’t forget Johnny Cash, B.B. King, or Pavarotti, all of which are not really the type of company greedy dudes attract. And speaking of Dylan, people were furious when he switched from acoustic to electric, pushing the envelope a little, or a lot in this band’s case, can sometimes be a good thing. Readers be advised; this author could be mistaken for a hater.

    To the writer: for writing this piece you get the gasface (google it), for standing up to a rock star I think you should get a golf-clap, but there is no “might” about your title, you are wrong. In fact everything you know is wrong, because if you’ve ever talked with anyone who knows anything about the band you’d be told that the boys thank their fans profusely each show and enjoy recalling their first loans of the five hundred pounds that got them each started. I hope you’re able to bring your misdirected, and miseducated criticism to Invesco to see if you change your opinion. U2’s concerts are indeed a life experience and the ticket prices *some* will argue are even worth an online markup for what you get back. And FYI you’re not the first one to try to call the band out about being pompus… Bono has already beaten you to it, bro.

  • Earthbelowus

    God hateru00a0

  • Parn_27

    I Am Right: Colin St. John Sucks

  • Nickbok22

    Iu00a0think its fair to expect more from someone who writes for a Music website.u00a0nnMusic is art. It is open tou00a0interpretation. This isn’t a football game or a team with wins and losses to measure success. You either enjoy art or you don’t care for it. Such a childish column that impunes the music/musicians you don’tu00a0care for simply highlights your lack of appreciation for those who make art that don’t happen to fit youru00a0tastes. u00a0nnMaybe as you develop someday as a critic and a writer, you’ll afford yourself the chanceu00a0to consider viewpoints that differ from yours as you evaluate the art in front of you. Then, even if you don’t care for it, you’ll at least be mature enough to consider the talent it takes to create it. nnMaybe someday, you’ll feel the same way way if those who don’t appreciate your talent childishly tell you that you suck.

  • Melhiker

    Anyone who thinks U2 sucks is clearly jealous and clueless. U2 is one of the best overall bands in the world!u00a0

  • Chad

    It doesn’t matter how his voice sounds, he is not comparing himself to Bono.

  • TeamColin

    u00a0Colin, you are my hero.u00a0

  • http://twitter.com/solomusicachida Eugenio Tena del C.

    u00a0I agree completely with the writer. u00a0U2 is a mass media lifeless event, it became a farce 15 years ago. u00a0All fanboys defending U2 should be out hearing new music instead….

  • Chriswba

    For somebody who clearly dosent like u00a0you seem to know an awful lot about them , lets face it numbs not U2’s most famous song. if you didnt like them when they started why do you know so much about their 90’s material. nnFor me you are somebody who dosent like the band but they do enough for you to listen to everything they do , maybe a love hate relationship!

  • Clarence

    Every other comment here, paraphrased:u00a0 Waaaah, the 80’s, Ireland … you’re a stupidhead, irrelevant Bieber remark, please ONLY write things that reinforce the belief that the 3 bands that radio and the music industry told me to love are beyond criticism. nnFace it, U2 is Journey for the hip (25 years ago). Those who couldn’t fathom Husker Du or Sonic Youth, back then, were too white and/or intimidated by Prince and probably haven’t bought an album by a new artist in 10-15 years.

  • 4goldners

    Wow. What a ridiculous waste of space. How original to bash au00a0long-popular band. Hopefully some day you’ll grow up and learn to appreciate good music, once you learn how to open your mind.u00a0

  • BOOMROASTED

    Actually the last time I heard a U2u00a0song that sounded “new and fresh” was from their last album No Line On the Horizon, and the time before on How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, and the time before and so on.nnU2’s Joshua Tree has sold 30 million copies worldwide. u00a0This article won’t even come close to reaching that many hits.nnSorry bud, you don’t play in the world’s biggest rock band, you’re sitting at home writing this article.

  • Againstacedia

    u00a0I think this guy is somewhat correct. u00a0U2 sucks at making bad music. u00a0

  • BRAINSTORMART

    Colin,nAlthough your opinion and skill (he’s not a bad writer, people) is what makes you a paid reverb journalist, I think you are going overboard in your article. u00a0Sure, U2 has been quite an overrated band for most of the last 15 years and their last major hits have been downright nauseating (that uno, dos, tres, catorce? one makes me want to vomit in someone else’s mouth.) u00a0I’ll be honest, I have never personally owned a U2 album and I really only like about 10 songs they have created, FYI I am 30 years old. u00a0But still I bought tickets to this show about 2 years ago before Bono did a Steven Tyler and hurt his back during a show. u00a0And first of all I am in section 128 and it was $60. u00a0Not a bad price to see them most popular band in the world. u00a0I am a musician, I don’t know if you are but you write as if you can’t play a lick. u00a0I don’t even know the drummer’s name but I am going just to check out his chops and to see the edge. u00a0There is something to gain from watching people who have perfected their craft and are making millions and millions of fans happy. u00a0I promise you it will not be my most favorable concert or probably even in my top 50, but I will be happy to say I saw the them live. u00a0There is something to take away from nearly every live performance attended, you of all people should know this.nCheers.u00a0nps. u00a0Went to Bob Dylan a couple years back in Snowmass; TERRIBLE…yet he is a legend and I am glad I attended. u00a0Get it?

  • Johnbcoleman

    I like U2 a bit, but I was kind of embarrassed for the Edge in “It Might Get Loudu201d.u00a0u00a0Jimmyu00a0Pageu00a0was of course brilliant and Jack White came off like au00a0crazy talented musicalu00a0genius.u00a0 The Edge seemed out of his league with them,u00a0more like the guy whou00a0wanted it a lot and worked really hard but could never be as good regardless of all that.u00a0 Think that movie “Rudy”.u00a0 Anyway, he’s still a good guy and I don’t hate his band.u00a0 u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0

  • night&day jase williams

    u00a0I couldn’t say it better myself.nPerfect reply… IMO.nThank you.

  • dk

    I think your response is well-crafted. But America’s band? Only someone who likes Bono would make such a blanket, arrogant statement.

  • Sltmurph

    I always thought journalism was about facts.u00a0 Even when offering an opinion, it is a reflection based on facts. nnThe facts are simple:n- People keep coming to the u2 showsn- People keep buying the tunesn- People keep paying attention to the band.n- Bono is taken very seriously by world leaders.n- Towns like Denver really love it when bands like U2 come to town as it means $$$$ for the merchants, hotels, bars and then they have more money to buy ads in newspapers, who then nespapers have more money to hire columnists. nnThe funny thing is, Bono would be the first person to stand up and fight for your right to criticize him or the band. BUt he would probably challenge you to defend the reasons why you dont like the band. I bet you cant do that. u00a0 nnnMaybe its cool to take pot-shots at the biggest act in history, and it may stroke your ego a bit to sit around a bar or room and brag that you said U2 sucks.u00a0u00a0 We would all chuckle and then wonder WTF you have been smoking. nnI guess I wont see you at the show!nnPaul MurphynSt. Louis, MO nn

  • SammoZ

    Popularity does not equal qualitynnThe facts are simple:nn- People keep watching American Idol shows, toon- People keep buying the Kid Rock “tunes”, toon- People keep paying attention to Lady Gaga, toonnnnn

  • U 2bela

    Money talks andu00a0now owners of the most attended concert tour ever, inu00a0poor economies all around the world says you are quite wrong. This is you’r opinion, and you’r opinion only. and you know what they say about those….u00a0

    • Paul Murphy

      well said. 

    • Paul Murphy

      well said. 

  • Lucy

    Indeed, you are wrong.

  • Life

    I guess the point is…Colin doesn’t like U2 and neither should anyone else.u00a0 Yes, Bono is a pompous, self righteous, post middle aged man, but you don’t get that level of success without offering something.u00a0 Much of their music is 80’s type of sound, probably a time period when Colin was wearing diapers, so he probably doesn’t have a clue about that time period.u00a0 He also lacks talent and finds jealousy as an acceptable substitute.

  • Iuefw

    This is a blog.u00a0 There is no shortage of space here.u00a0u00a0u00a0

  • Pinkoe27

    U2’s music and image are easy to understand, and makes them appeal to the unquestioning masses. You don’t have to have any taste to like them, and their overplayed songs are still on the radio because they’re safe and help advertisers. Bono’s self-righteous humanitarianism has led to $150 tickets and and an obnoxious stage that burns thousands of gallons of fossil fuel to truck across the country just so that he can strut around and share his pseudo-religious message to the old folks who don’t remember that there was better music from the 80s. I would see any other Eno produced band in a heartbeat- Devo is transcendant while being tongue in cheek, the Talking Heads want to make you smarter, and even the Police (while also overplayed and borderline pretentious) can jam with more energy and spontenaity than U2. Sure we might have grown up with them, but nostalgia only works if you’re not constantly bombarded by the past- maybe i could appreciate them more if they went away for awhile. I would like to acknowledge their once unique and groundbreaking sound, but its just part of ntheir schtick now- you know that one U2 hit where Bono belts out vague lyrics about love and spirituality over a steady beat and echo-y reverbed guitar arpeggios? Oh yeah, thats all of their hits. U2 proves that we are all DEVO, and if you don’t know what that means, you’ve been listening to the wrong band.

  • http://twitter.com/herstoryhere Tracey McCormick

    u00a0Nice try, dude. But the title is the best part of this article. U2 does not suck, although it is clear you don’t like them. And you don’t have to. My tickets last night cost $60 and the show was epic.

  • Susan (Paul’s wife)

    u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0 Gosh Paul, still can’t keep to yourself, or maybe say a few words to your WIFE now and then?u00a0I had to delete your food blog to get you to clean out the garage. I had to cancel our internet service, and now you just drive down to theu00a0nickel wash to steal John andu00a0Julia’s wifi without having to see them? I’m in theu00a0kitchen working hard on another meat salad,u00a0and here you areu00a0writing about music bands and giving away MY financialu00a0SECRETS?! u00a0You’re sleeping on the couch tonight. I gave our RedZone tickets to the twins. You and I will have plenty of time alone to talk.nnu00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0The thing is, you just won’t admit that we have communication problems.u00a0 I love you, but I’m tired of reaching out to you in the comments section of someu00a0out-of-state newspaper’s music blog.u00a0 Remember when you spent that weekend drinking with Jay?u00a0 I found you drunk in Cheyenne, moaning about AC/DC’s state fair cancellation when they were going to be in St. Louis in TWO DAYS!!! You ignored me and went to see the Nicklebags. When I told Stacy about this, she said I should have married Todd Barnum.u00a0Sometimes I wonder if she’s right. Yeah, I said it, I think about it at least.u00a0I have for years.u00a0I think he’s handsome and sexual, and you’re sleeping on the couch tonight. The twins will be home from the RedZone by midnight.Susan MurphySt Louis, MO

  • Dalton

    Damn straight Smili, some people (like Colin) just don’t understand Gallagher’s humor and won’t come situ00a0up close.u00a0Colin-u00a0 Life’su00a0short.u00a0 Learn to enjoy the little things, like paying to watch au00a0sad manu00a0smash watermelons and birthdays cakes with a sledge hammer.nnYours in Christ-Dalton Winterbury

  • Janice NONYA

    u00a0Colin, I love all kinds of music, with my favorite bands being NIN, QOTSA, Tool, to name several. The show wasn’t exceptional by any means as all of the three above bands completely blow U2 away musically. But I still really enjoy some of U2 songs. I paid $45.45 for my ticket from TM, complete with taxes. Not a bad price to see U2 and The Fray. But to call all of us “suckers” and basically saying only people without taste enjoy their music, well, BITE ME!

  • http://twitter.com/SlobX SlobX

    U2 is everything that is wrong with ,music.

  • GARRETT

    Right on Bro!.u00a0 ~ Photo G

  • Sundeep

    u00a0This article will give you the most attention you will ever get…if that was your goal…great. This clearly showed how stupid some people can be.

  • Fletch

    u00a0Spot on, man. Love your take on the most over-hyped band of the century!

  • Rjrock

    You make some good points, and there were more than 70000 people that disagreed with you. u00a0Perhaps as a music critic that somehow means your taste is more intellectual, more refined, or more something, but I can tell you honestly, U2 in Invesco is in the top ten concerts I have been to, and I have been going to concerts since 1983 and spent 3 days at the Us Festival. u00a0So pick away, but perhaps next time you might to write a review until after the show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4DJ6KLBGAOWMGIV4I57X4AQHIQ Zoe

    Every time I see Bono in those big fly glasses and tight leather pants I just can’t hack it. I can’t see that as solving the world’s problems. He’s crushing his testicles in tight trousers for world peace.u201du00a0

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4DJ6KLBGAOWMGIV4I57X4AQHIQ Zoe

    Every time I see Bono in those big fly glasses and tight leather pants I just can’t hack it. I can’t see that as solving the world’s problems. He’s crushing his testicles in tight trousers for world peace.u201du00a0

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