U2 member Bono opened up about the embarrassing moments he felt whenever he listened to the band’s early songs.
For decades, U2 has been gracing metal heads’ lives with their songs since their debut decades ago. Bono, alongside its current members Adam Clayton, The Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. continue the band’s legacy by releasing more songs.
But the lead singer recently opened up how – despite their success – they would want to change something in their career.
In his recent interview on the Awards Chatter podcast on Monday, Bono said he would want to change his voice on some of U2’s earliest songs. According to the singer, he did not always love how he sounded.
Bono described his voice as something very strained. He admitted that he did not sound macho in some of their songs.
“A big discovery for me was listening to The Ramones and hearing the beautiful kind of sound of Joey Ramone and realizing I didn’t have to be that rock and roll singer. But I only became a singer recently. Maybe it hasn’t happened yet for some people’s ears, and I understand that,” he said.
Bono, despite being part of one of the world’s most famous bands, said he felt embarrassed while listening to those songs. He particularly mentioned their album “Boy” and others that he thinks he did not fill in the details with his voice.
Bono Wants to Change Band’s Name
Aside from his voice, Bono also wanted to change U2’s name, something The Edge agreed.
Per The Edge, the group was initially called The Hype. But as the name felt unoriginal, they asked for Steve Averill’s help and learned about U2’s name.
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“And of the suggestions, it wasn’t that it jumped out to us as the name we were really looking for, but it was the one that we hated the least. And what we loved about it was that it was not obvious from the name what this band wound sound like or be about,” he went on, as quoted by Billboard.
While the members seemingly loved the name already, Bono revealed he still feels that way.
The singer explained that they thought about the implications of having a letter and number in the band’s name. Although fans loved it, Bono would need more time to find the beauty in the band’s name.
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