Bono Compares Pearl Jam And ‘Girly’ Music


U2 frontman Bono discussed Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder having the ‘rage’ compared to today’s ‘girly’ rock music scene in a new Rolling Stone interview.

“I think music has gotten very girly. 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 fucking 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 has that rage.”

He also discussed U2’s Apple experiment.

“The Apple experiment really helped in that way. Larry [Mullen Jr.] had been very skeptical about that. But, later, he was saying, “Look, I am up on my [drum] perch [at concerts]. I can see what you can’t see, and I can see that the audience is younger.” I asked him how did he know it was related to the Apple experiment. He said, “Well, because they don’t know the words of ‘Beautiful Day,’ but they do know the words of ‘Every Breaking Wave.’ ” And as we go ahead with this album, we are on the radio – it’s amazing. I can’t think of another artist in their fifties who is on the radio. On mainstream radio. Can you think of any?”

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  • Brian

    Bono and U2 haven’t released anything that hasn’t sounded girly since Joshua tree. And to say that music has gotten girly just means he is only listening to what the main stream is pushing. There are so many artist out there writing and performing there own thoughts. Not the thoughts of a agenda driven label.

  • lilac moon

    What a sexist stupid comment. It’s so outdated to think only man have rage.

    • FM KC

      He didn’t say that. That’s not intended to be sexist. It’s testosterone. Science.
      Equality doesn’t mean identical. We are equal despite being so different.