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Heroes: Matt Nathanson on Bono

Wednesday 26 March 2014, by Corinne/Dead pour U2 France

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"Bono doesn’t do anything halfway. He’ll drive right into a wall to make his point."

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by Joe Bosso11 hours ago

Since releasing his debut album, Please, in 1993, Matt Nathanson has established himself as one of the most creative and popular purveyors of modern folk-rock. But the San Francisco-based singer-songwriter didn’t grow up spinning The Anthology Of American Folk Music; surprisingly, he spent most of his youth idolizing bands like Kiss and Def Leppard, and he credits four guys from Ireland with opening his ears to other musical sounds and genres.

"It was in 1983, and I heard New Year’s Day from the War record," Nathanson recalls. "I really liked it, but I didn’t commit to the band till I bought Under A Blood Red Sky on cassette. I remember MTV was playing Sunday Bloody Sunday from that Red Rocks show. I think that was the first time I actually saw Bono do his thing, where I became fully aware of his passion and power. I remember watching him and going, ’What the hell is this? This is great!’"

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