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Why Bono isn’t a fan of U2, too

Bono recently reflected on his band, U2, by criticizing its name and style

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Bono, Edge and U2 perform at the Delta Center in 2001.

Bono, front, Edge and U2 perform at the Delta Center in 2001. U2’s lead singer recently said that he never really enjoyed the legendary band’s name.

Chuck Wing, Deseret Morning News

Don’t worry — you’re not the only one who is upset with U2 (especially after the iPhone incident).

What’s happening: U2 lead singer Bono recently described his issues with the band, explaining that he never really enjoyed the legendary band’s name, CNN reports.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, Bono said he never liked the U2 name.

  • “I still don’t. I really don’t. I was late into some kind of dyslexia — I didn’t realize that the Beatles was a bad pun either.”
  • He said that “in our head, it was like the spy plane, it was... a U-boat, it was futuristic. But then, as it turned out to imply this kind of acquiescence, no, I don’t like that name. I still don’t really like the name.”

Why it matters: It’s not every day you see one of the biggest rock stars complaining about their band’s music and name.

Bono said he doesn’t love U2’s sound either. He said he finds himself shutting off the radio when the band comes on, per Consequence.

  • “I’ve been in a car when one of our songs has come on the radio and I’ve been the color of ... scarlet. I’m just so embarrassed. I do think U2 pushes out the boat on embarrassment quite a lot,” Bono said.

Background: As Deseret News Jay Evensen wrote in 2014, U2’s album “Songs of Innocence” found its way onto everyone’s iPhone, a move that some called a violation of privacy. Since then, U2 has become somewhat of an internet meme, making this reflection from Bono even more interesting.