U2 frontman Bono says he is ’embarrassed’ about the band’s old music. Image via Twitter @U2

‘I’m just so embarrassed’: Bono gets candid about U2 [listen]

‘I was late into some kind of dyslexia’: U2 frontman Bono admitted the band ‘pushes out the boat’ on embarrassment quite a lot…


U2 frontman Bono says he is ’embarrassed’ about the band’s old music. Image via Twitter @U2

Iconic Irish rock band U2 has been dubbed “the biggest band on Earth” by Rolling Stone Magazine, but frontman Bono confessed on a recent appearance with guitarist The Edge (David Howell Evans) on the Awards Chatter podcast that he was actually not too fond of the band’s name.

He went as far as saying that he is “embarrassed” by some of the band’s earlier songs…


U2 was formed in 1976 and consists of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton (bass guitar) and Larry Mullen Jr (drums). 

Bono and The Edge joined The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg for the Awards Chatter podcast where they discussed U2’s legacy and their single Your Song Saved My Life for the animation film Sing 2

Describing the origin of their band name, The Edge mentioned that the band received a few ideas from close friends and U2 was the name they “hated the least”. Bono added that he “still doesn’t” like the name U2.

“I was late into some kind of dyslexia, I didn’t realise that The Beatles was a bad pun either. I don’t like the name, I still don’t really like the name.”

“Our first manager did say look, it’s a great name. It’s gonna look good on a T-shirt.” 



Touching on the subject of U2’s earlier music, Bono says he finds it difficult to listen to the songs because his voice sounds strained. 

“I’ve been in the car when one of our songs has come on the radio and I’ve been the colour of… As we say in Dublin, scarlet. I’m just so embarrassed.”

“I do think U2 pushes out the boat on embarrassment quite a lot and maybe that’s the place to be as an artist. Right at the edge of your level of embarrassment.”

“The lyrics as well, I feel that on Boy and other albums it was sketched out very unique and original material, but I don’t feel like I filled in the details.” 

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The Irish rock band contributed a song to the animation film Sing 2 directed by Garth Jennings. The song, titled Your Song Saved My Life, plays during the end credits of the film and was described by Jennings as a song with “so much emotion and heart”

Other U2 tracks featuring in Sing 2, are Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of and Where The Streets Have No Name.