Tuesday, August 4, 2015

U2 Go One on One with Fans for In-Depth Q&A Session

Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. sit down with a live audience at the SiriusXM studios in New York City

NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SiriusXM announced  that one of the most significant rock bands of all time, U2, sat down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of listeners for the SiriusXM "Town Hall" series at the SiriusXM studios in New York City.

Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. answered questions from SiriusXM listeners about their celebrated career, everything from the very early days of the band when bassist Adam Clayton was their manager and The Edge's mother was the first U2 roadie, to the future of music streaming and distribution to their most recent album Songs of Innocence and their current tour "iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015."

Asked about the connection between Songs of Innocence and the upcoming Songs of Experience, Bono explained the philosophies behind the two albums for which the tour was named, summing them up with two lines.

“The philosophy of the first album is probably best contained in a line from our second album October in a song called Rejoice. And the line is, ‘I can’t change the world, but I can change the world in me.’ That was the position that I think we felt when we were in our younger times,” he explained.
“For Songs of Experience, it’s a different line — it’s in [the song] Lucifer’s Hands, which is an outtake that really has both innocence and experience in it – and it has the line, ‘I can change the world, but I can’t change the world in me.’

Bono continued: “So the thing is, when we were younger, we were fighting very much with the physical world and trying to make it a better place, trying to fight when we would see injustice wherever it raised its head. Whereas in the ‘90s we made a kind of a change, and we started fighting perhaps more interesting enemies, the ones that you find in your own life, in your own heart — the hypocrisy of the human heart is great material — and just finding those kinds of enemies, you know, it’s the world in you rather than the exterior world.”


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