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U2's Bono Believes Music Has 'Gotten Very Girly'

U2's Bono Believes Music Has 'Gotten Very Girly'

U2 frontman Bono is speaking out about how he feels music has changed over the years.

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The 57-year-old musician was asked about the state of music in a new interview for Rolling Stone, published on Wednesday (December 27).

“I think music has gotten very girly,” Bono said when asked whether he believes a rock revolution is coming.

“And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment – and that’s not good. When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me. You need to find a place for it and for guitars, whether it is with a drum machine – I don’t care. The moment something becomes preserved, it is f–king over. You might as well put it in formaldehyde. In the end, what is rock & roll? Rage is at the heart of it. Some great rock & roll tends to have that, which is why the Who were such a great band. Or Pearl Jam. Eddie [Vedder] has that rage.”

For more from Bono, head to RollingStone.com.

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  • Fah Q

    When you’re getting too old, disconnecting from the times and you’re losing control on the direction that pop culture goes…”Oh your girly little millennials & your girly music!!!”

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  • luis soria lugo

    He is f* right. He´s just telling the truth. He speaks with words of wisdom and no matter what the girly haters say!!

  • Utope

    I agree with him. Popular music today is pop music, most of it which is completely unauthentic and overproduced and most artists don’t even write their own music. You need to have variety, yet artists sing about the same thing over and over and most of music are ballads. You need a good mix of rock, metal, pop, R&B and rap and we just don’t have that. All we’re really left with is pop and rap.

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    music has lost it’s creativity. people mix their “music” on their macbooks thinking they are musicians. if you dont arrange, write, and play your music you are not a musician. those that can create music. those that can’t DJ. its a sad musical world.

    music used to be controversy. in our PC world that is not allowed.

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    and it’s bad rap. it lost the edge that good 90s rap had.

  • Lo Mo

    “girly” = weak = whiny = rose scent-y = ocean breezy

    “manly” = rock solid = powerful = 5 oclock shadowy = tornado-y

    WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!! AGAIN, BACK TO THE 50s!!!

  • Lo Mo

    It is sad that ppl dont like change.

    why are you not sad that gospel is not hip? or Bach..? they used to be… IN A DIFFERENT ERA

  • Utope

    Completely agree.

  • Gina

    He has a point; especially when you think of flowery, bubblegum, hippie bands like Coldplay.

  • Jo

    Coldplay’s amazing and Bono is actually a fan. Their songs aren’t flowery, you’re thinking of some of their imagery from their last album. I went to their concert and believe me, it was hard-hitting and thumping in there.

  • Jo

    I agree with him also. These hit songs by these guys like Shawn Mendes and Charlie Pleuth – ugh – their voices are just awful and the lyrics have no grit or meaning to them. I cannot stand when one of them is singing on an awards show or on the radio.

  • Gina

    Ok, sure.

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    actually the music you listed is alive and well.