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"If you love your music its about communication- thats why you formed a band. No one forms a band because they want to be The Beatles or The Rolling Stones or The Sex Pistols or The Clash or Nirvana, you know, no one forms a band. If you want a private little experience, you can become a potter. Go buy yourself a potter's wheel and go fuck off."-Bono

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"...I think a lot of it is kind of tolerance. You have to get used to being with people, being with them for a long period of time, and they become very tolerant of you and your little quirks, and you become tolerant of them and theirs. And you just try to see the positive in every situation. . . . We do great work together and we do inspire each other, and I think we have a very good sense of how much further we can go in the company of each other than just on our own."

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"We are family. Bono and I bought a house together ten years ago in the south of France and Adam and Larry ended up buying in the same area, partly a practical thing, so we can work, but partly because we want to hang out together. I go to parties with these guys, "he points around the cabin," and I end up sitting in the corner talking to them. It´s weird. It´s actually weird. It´s the weirdest thing. I have other best friends too - I´m not saying they´re my only friends, but they are my best friends." by Edge - 2005
U2 - Boston

Larry on Bob Dylan

This never ceases to crack me up = Larry on Bob Dylan.

Larry: But he is actually a very - I must admit, I wasn't fazed by him, therefore I did get an opportunity to sit down and talk with him, and he is actually a very nice guy. And he's a talented guy.
Edge: Talented! Did you go far enough, Mullen?

[courtesy of the BBC1 radio interview on 10/30/1988]
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From Bono in Conversation, by Michka Assayas

Bono: And then I remember Edge picking the guitar, sitting down in a corridor, once. He was playing Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done." I was trying to play it as well. I was envious because I could tell that he could play a little better than I could. (laughs) What I didn't realize at that time is that he could play a lot better than I could. He always had that thing about him, that he wouldn't nominate himself to run in the race. But if he was put in the race, he would want to win it. It's a strange thing, and I don't know where it comes from. He has a healthy disrespect - and respect - for his own ego.

What do you mean?

Bono: He knows that he's capable of, and he would not push himself forward. He would rather hang back in the shadows and be discovered.

So what you're implying...

Bono: (laughs, interrupting) What I'm implying is I'm his manager. Whereas Larry was different. Larry, who started the band, would tell you he has no interest in being a rock star. But he's the one who started the rock band. So that's a little disingenuous, because he's the guy who loved T. Red, Bowie, and the great pop stars. It's a strange thing. So he, in a way, though he didn't hang around in the shadows like Edge, once he was discovered certainly made attempts to run back there. But "Me thinks he doth protest too much," because I think Larry's really great at being in a rock 'n' roll back, but he doesn't think he is. Has all the instincts, but the way it appears is that myself and Adam were the showmen of the group.

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from Willie Williams tour diary about the Mexico City shows at U2.com:

'I love the way the audience ‘flick’ their lighters in this part of the world. They hold them up, then on the beat they ‘flick’ them to produce a momentary flame or spark. Seen from afar, this produces a wave of flashes, like expanding rings of ripples on a pond. Everyone flicks in time to the beat of the song as they hear it, so what you’re seeing is the sound wave traveling through the stadium - lighting at the speed of sound.'

And you can't ask for more than that at a rock'n'roll show.

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"I'm a scribbling, cigar-smoking, wine-drinking, Bible-reading band man," he tells the French journalist. "A show-off who loved to paint pictures of what I can't see. A husband, father, friend of the poor and sometimes the rich. An activist traveling salesman of ideas. Chess player, part-time rock star, opera singer in the loudest folk group in the world." Bono
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From Bass Player magazine, a while back.

BP: Are you still playing your '72 Precision?

AC: "I am. It's got a bit less varnish than it once had, but it's still around. I see photographs of it from different tours, and I can see the varnish gradually wearing off. It's a really light instrument, which is fantastic, because it's got this nice brightness without losing any bottom end. I'm always changing something on it, but it's still pretty much the same instrument I've always played. I did put a Jazz neck on it very early on; I find the Jazz neck suits my left hand better. The Precision is a painful, physical thing to do battle with. The Jazz is a bit more ladylike."

Rolling Stone Interview

What were the first rock & roll records that you heard?

Age four. The Beatles -- "I Want to Hold Your Hand." I guess that's 1964. I remember watching the Beatles with my brother on St. Stephen's Day, the day after Christmas. The sense of a gang that they had about them, from just what I've been saying, you can tell that connected, as well as the melodic power, the haircuts and the sexuality. Which I was just probably processing.

Then performers like Tom Jones. I'd see Tom Jones on Saturday night on a variety show -- I must have been, like, eight years old -- and he's sweating, and he's an animal, and he's unrestrained. He's singing with abandon. He has a big black voice, in a white guy. And then, of course, Elvis.

I'm thinking, what is this? Because this is changing the temperature of the room. And people stopped talking.