“I felt I was suffocating”- Bono
September 4, 2018
Poor old (58) Bono from U2 lost his voice on stage this week. A reminder that our culture needs new musicians..
“I had a sense of suffocation. I am a singer, and everything I do comes from air. Stamina, it comes from air. And in this process, I felt I was suffocating.”
These are Bono’s words from less than a year ago and I can’t help thinking it’s related to his choking on stage yesterday! He goes on..
“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.”
“It will return…if the rock & roll revolution isn’t happening, we are going to start it.”- Bono, Rolling Stone; Dec 2017
In my opinion the rot set in a long time ago, 20 years or so. And, the next cycle is not around the corner but about as far ahead again.
New Zealand is a cultural colony of Britain and The USA so posts like this, made from time to time, are part of New Zealand history too