By Marty Rosenbaum

Bono spoke with Marty Lennartz from Dublin about a host of topics ranging from U2’s latest release Songs Of Innocence, how their relationship with Apple came to be, and more. Before digging into specifics about his music, Bono praised XRT and the partnership the station has with the band exclaiming “it’s a relationship that we treasure and one of the few stations that was with us from the very beginning.”

Bono and Marty discuss the record, sharing stories from the recording process and U2’s goal with this album. Bono says, “I want these tunes to be airborne, light in their feet. To be like Beatles records, you can stray into dark territory but then stray into a pop song.” He tells Marty that the band didn’t want to make music if it wasn’t valid to their earlier days and doesn’t play a role in how they became the band they are today.

Bono acknowledged the negative reaction some people had to the release of the album on iTunes. He praises Apple for their innovation in not only providing fans with music, but protecting the interests of musicians and making sure they are properly reimbursed for their efforts. To the fans that weren’t happy with the release, Bono stated “a lot of blood, sweat, and tears just went in to your junk mail. No one has deleted more U2 songs in the last five years than the members of U2.”

Despite the mixed reaction, Bono is behind the idea of helping shape the future. Paying respect to his punk rock interests, he stated, “If you disrupt you’re always going to upset some people, but isn’t that the job of anyone who joins a punk rock band in the first place?”

Concluding the interview, Bono proclaims “Chicago’s behind our experimentation, and it goes deep with us.”

U2 will be making their return to Chicago on Saturday, June 3rd at Soldier Field as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album The Joshua Tree.

May 12 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place w/ Mumford & Sons
May 14 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field w/ Mumford & Sons
May 17 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium w/ Mumford & Sons
May 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl w/ The Lumineers
May 24 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium w/ The Lumineers
May 26 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium w/ The Lumineers
June 3 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field w/ The Lumineers
June 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field w/ The Lumineers
June 8-11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
June 11 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium w/ OneRepublic
June 14 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium w/ OneRepublic
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field w/ The Lumineers
June 20 – Washington DC @ FedExField w/ The Lumineers
June 23 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre w/ The Lumineers
June 25 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium w/ The Lumineers
June 28 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium w/ The Lumineers
July 1 – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium w/ OneRepublic


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