Sunday, December 31, 2006
Bono Bored With Making Great Music
Bono tells the BBC he wants to take U2 to "the next level." Uh, what level is there after "biggest band in the world?" More worrying, he says he's bored with the classic U2 sound they've returned to with their critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning, smahs-hit comeback albums "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb." It took a long time for Bono to accept that anthemic rock was what U2 did best -- some stiff backbone from the Edge helped; when he started playing that ringing guitar sound on "Leave Behind" and Bono jumped all over it as unacceptable because it sounded too much like U2, Edge stared him down. Now apparently, he's bored again. An acoustic, perhaps bluesy sound certainly doesn't worry me. But running scared from what you do best does.