Pop and hip-hop mostly dominate the airwaves nowadays, but Bono believes a rock revolution is coming. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the U2 frontman says in order for that to happen, rock acts have to tap into the rage that fueled so many legendary bands.
“I think music has gotten very girly,” says Bono. “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.”
“… In the end, what is rock n’ roll?” asks Bono. “Rage is at the heart of it. Some great rock n’ roll tends to have that, which is why The Who were such a great band. Or Pearl Jam. Eddie [Vedder] has that rage.”
Bono adds that he discovers a lot of new music through his children.
“The band is always listening to music, and I have got my kids. Jordan is a music snob, an indie snob. Eve is hip-hop. Elijah is in a band, and he has got very strong feelings about music, but he doesn’t make any distinction between, let’s say, The Who and The Killers. Or, you know, Nirvana and Royal Blood. It is not generational for him. It is the sound and what he is experiencing. He believes that a rock n’ roll revolution is around the corner.”
When asked if rock music will rise again, Bono replies, “It will return … [My son Elijah’s] angle was, if the rock n’ roll revolution isn’t happening, we are going to start it.”
U2 launch their 2018 Experience + Innocence tour May 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The trek is scheduled through a Newark, New Jersey, gig on June 29.
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