The Truth : Top Rockers Do A U-Turn - U2 France

The Truth : Top Rockers Do A U-Turn

vendredi 14 mars 1997

Source : The Truth

From The Truth (Auckland) :

TOP ROCKERS DO A U-TURN No more Mr Wild Guys

DIX John

IRISH supergroup U2 have turned their backs on their hellraising rock n’ roll lifestyle.

The multi-million selling band locked themselves away in a high-tech recording studio inDublin to record their new album, Pop.

And the group is shunning the hard-drinking, high-living showbiz lifestyle they have beenused to. With the album just released, the ex-wild boys of rock say they’ve deliberately cutback on boozy binges to prove they’re still up there at the top.

U2 idols Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton admit to having taken upswimming and regular early morning walks to get completely fit for their comeback.

Since hitting the pop charts in 1981, U2 have sold an incredible 70 million records andgrossed nearly $ 2.3 billion from albums and tours.

But the excesses that came with success began to take their toll and bass guitarist AdamClayton even ended up in an alcohol clinic.

All that has changed in the past nine months and a band insider says : "What you are seeing now is a band who know just how much they’ve achieved and realise it would be foolish tothrow it all away. They have worked desperately hard on the new album.

"Once you’ve been given the label supergroup’ it can sometimes be quite hard to maintain your position at the top of the pile.

"Bono and the boys are desperate not to be remembered for the records they used to make. Instead, they want to be seen as a group who are still relevant today."

The new single, Discoteque, has already been a success on the black market overseas.


Despite almost total secrecy surrounding the recording sessions, a computer buff hacked into their high-tech studio equipment, copying precious recordings of the new songs to makebootleg tapes which have been sold on market stalls.

But U2 fans are promised a taste of the real thing as the lads announced plans for a world tourthis year which could earn them $ 205 million.

According to one music biz source : "The U2 gigs will be the biggest, best and most outrageous pop concerts ever seen."

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