Bono does not like “U2”.
01/19/2022 11:07 AM
For over 40 years, Bono has been the number one in a particular rock band called U2. There’s one thing he doesn’t really like about the set, as he now reveals: his name. And that’s not the only thing he’s been struggling with.
His real name is Paul David Hewson. But he dealt with his nickname Bono Vox, which was given to him at school and later shortened to simply Bono. Likewise with his band name: U2. Now the singer reveals that he doesn’t really like him that much.
“In our minds, it was like a spy plane, it was…a submarine, it was futuristic,” the 61-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast.
But then it turns out that U2 (“You Two” or “You Too” in German “Your two” or “You too”) means “that kind of agreement”. “No, I don’t like that name. I still don’t really like that name,” Bono points out. Then they kept the name on the advice of their first manager, who said it would look good on T-shirts.
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Bono explains that not only does the band’s name bother him today, but his voice as well. When asked about the album “Boy” (1980), he said, “The band looks great.” However, he finds his voice tense. In principle, only recently he became a singer.
The U2 rock quartet was formed in Dublin in 1976, at that time it was still under the name feedback. The band’s name was changed two years later.
With albums such as “The Unforgettable Fire” (1984), “The Joshua Tree” (1987) and “Rattle and Hum” (1988), the Irish rose to become international stars throughout the 1980s. They sold nearly 200 million records.
The group is currently nominated for an Academy Award with the song “Your Song Saved My Life” from the animated musical “Sing 2”. For U2 it is the third Academy Award nomination in the “Best Song” category.