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Bono: ‘In Rainbows’ release was courageous

Following U2′s manager Paul McGuinness’s comments regarding Radiohead’s pay-what-you-like ‘In Rainbows’ release, Bono wrote a letter to NME

Earlier this month, McGuinness said Radiohead’s album release “backfired” and that U2 would not be following the Oxford band’s example when they release their next record.

In the letter, printed in tomorrow’s (June 25) edition of NME, Bono says that he disagrees with his manager’s comments, calling Radiohead “courageous and imaginative in trying to figure out some new relationship with their audience”.

“Such imagination and courage are in short supply right now,” he continued. “They’re [Radiohead], a sacred talent, and we feel blessed to be around at the same time.”

Read the full letter from Bono in the new issue of NME, out nationwide tomorrow.

22 Comments

  • Class act, that Bono.

  • I like to hate Boner but gotta give him some credit for going out of his way on that.

  • Stop hating on Bono. He’s a nice dude.

  • do you know that biggest-crap episode of south park?
    imagine the bono theme as an intro to the letter..hahaha

  • Not a huge fan of Bono…but good of him to go to the effort to do that.

  • [...] in trying to figure out some new relationship with their audience,” the U2 frontman says in a letter to be printed in the NME. The comments are in stark contrast to those made recently by [...]

  • 2 people having seperate opinions on a band? NO WAY! *rolls eyes*

  • Typical of Bono to try to suck up to Radiohead like this. ¬_¬

  • I’m proud of Bono for speaking up.

    Now, if he could only call the Bush administration — adjusting for income and privileged backgrounds of its membership — the greatest, most unjustifiable threat to human kind on the planet, instead of claiming they had good intentions toward the Middle East. Not swearing off permanent bases and allowing Blackwater, Halliburton and other corporations to exploit the nation oil (not confining profits for Iraq) and kill Iraqis without facing justice isn’t exactly good will. It’s neocolonialism, and Bono should recognize it, having protested against it in Latin America in the ’80s. Come on, Bono. Stand by your principles.

  • Regardless of what idiots like jury think of Bono, he’s always been nothing but respectful towards other musicians.

  • If you think the Bush Admin is the single greatest threat to humanity then you have your priorities out of whack. You’re an idiot.

  • Interesting – it went from Radiohead to Bono to Bush to calling people idiots.

  • bono’s always cool in my book

    muldfeld, go back to your battlestar galactica reruns

  • McGuiness you are a fucking music industry tool.

    free download backfired?

    errrrrrm – loads of press, and when the actual album is officially released it still goes to number 1?

    mcguinness- get back in your castle and go wank over U2. (who haven’t written a good song in approx ten years btw)

  • [...] thanks to AtEase for the new. Do you believe that U2 is possible to follow Radiohead’s example? Waiting for [...]

  • I love U2 and radiohead. Best two live acts by a mile. I admire both Thom and Bono for their causes but they just get hammered by cynical people. At least they give a shit!

  • hahaha god, bono is SO full of shit!

    “They’re [Radiohead], a sacred talent, and we feel blessed to be around at the same time.”

    Give me a fuckin’ break.

  • yeah! yeah! yeah! yeah!

    haaalloooo haaaaallloooo

    hahahahaa

  • “mcguinness- get back in your castle and go wank over U2. (who haven’t written a good song in approx ten years btw)”

    I think that’s a bit unfair.

  • Ed O’Brien himself admitted that “Stuck in a Moment” is a brilliant song and that U2′s still got it.

  • Here’s the full letter:

    U2 defends Radiohead in letter to NME Magazine

    NME, June 25, 2008

    Bono

    I wanted to set the record straight on behalf of the members of U2 on comments made to the BBC by our much-loved and valued manager, Paul McGuinness, regarding Radiohead’s decision to make the music of ‘In Rainbows’ available as a download, using the ‘honesty box’ idea for payment.

    We agree with our manager that this is a head-scratching and worrisome time for many musicians who, unlike ourselves, are depending on royalty or publishing cheques to pay the rent (particularly songwriters). We also agree that it is disturbing to see internet service providers and technology companies profit from the so-called ‘disintermediation’ of the music business when so many music lovers are losing their jobs. And while there is no doubt that it’s extremely difficult for a new artist to get the kind of investment on which U2 depended in the first few wobbly years of recording, we disagree with Paul’s assessment of Radiohead’s release as “having backfired to a certain extent.” We think they were courageous and imaginative in trying to figure out some new relationship with their audience. Such imagination and courage are in short supply right now…they’re a sacred talent and we feel blessed to be around at the same time.

    With respect,
    Bono

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