Hot news: Bono won’t shut up

ThisIsLondon.com reports TV producers had trouble shutting Bono up at the Grammy Awards last night. (He was overrunning advertising slots at $500,000 a minute.) They resorted to playing music to drown him out.


Seriously, reading Bono’s words… they don’t sound like ‘rambling’ to us. Maybe the Grammy audience isn’t used to artist actually saying something they mean: “It is still an extraordinary thing to behold the sound of a rock and roll band in full flight. Not just the sound of it when it gets airborne – but the deals that you make on the ground; the promises that your friendship will survive being broke [or] not being broke; the Eighties – and maybe 20 years later you will find yourselves at an award ceremony with people you started out with. Wow.”

28 thoughts on “Hot news: Bono won’t shut up

  1. The boys did ramble a bit, I’ll have to admit, but in all fairness they had a fair bit more to say than some of the other inbred, hoky morons who were up there. Plus, the Grammy’s have a long history of cutting people off, one man comes to mind in particular, who was shamefully cut off. That man was the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra. So chins up U2 fans, the Grammys are a sham anyways. Oh Brother, where art thou? Oh brother, where has your logic gone…

  2. The boys did ramble a bit, I’ll have to admit, but in all fairness they had a fair bit more to say than some of the other inbred, hoky morons who were up there. Plus, the Grammy’s have a long history of cutting people off, one man comes to mind in particular, who was shamefully cut off. That man was the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra. So chins up U2 fans, the Grammys are a sham anyways. Oh Brother, where art thou? Oh brother, where has your logic gone…

  3. Typical British tabloid press. They make it sound like Bono was prattling on for 10 or 15 minutes at a clip. The fact is: if a speech goes long at an awards show, the producers compromise be cutting back on host banter, cutaways, etc. And I would highly doubt that a “reporter” from ThisIsLondon.com would have access to the producer of the Grammy Awards.

    One more thing, is it just me, or did I not hear Bono thanking his manager, his mom, etc. after his first speech, as this article reports (which was less than 30 seconds, if I remember)? Sounds like a reporter trying to pad a story, if you ask me.

  4. Typical British tabloid press. They make it sound like Bono was prattling on for 10 or 15 minutes at a clip. The fact is: if a speech goes long at an awards show, the producers compromise be cutting back on host banter, cutaways, etc. And I would highly doubt that a “reporter” from ThisIsLondon.com would have access to the producer of the Grammy Awards.

    One more thing, is it just me, or did I not hear Bono thanking his manager, his mom, etc. after his first speech, as this article reports (which was less than 30 seconds, if I remember)? Sounds like a reporter trying to pad a story, if you ask me.

  5. The Rock says the Strokes should have won all the Grammys. He also says the reporter for ThisIs London is a pathetic excuse for a journalist. Not only were many of his facts blatently wrong, ie. U2’s 1st award was for Stuck in a Moment, and they had just performed, so would have to go with water, not beer, but his inferences were also baseless WRT advertising time… He did NOT thank his mother, Bono-Edge exchange was a joke, and it was not for the ATYCLB Grammy…The Rock thinks this James Langton needs a good, old fashion arse whipping courtesy of Principle Mgmt and the Rock. Maybe he should have kept a pen handy, or taped it or something, because he comes off like a right sorry son of a. What about Ray Romano and the fat guy? they sure went on, where was their mention in the article? The Rock is depressed, and wants some wine, and to listen to the Strokes… or Jay Z

  6. The Rock says the Strokes should have won all the Grammys. He also says the reporter for ThisIs London is a pathetic excuse for a journalist. Not only were many of his facts blatently wrong, ie. U2’s 1st award was for Stuck in a Moment, and they had just performed, so would have to go with water, not beer, but his inferences were also baseless WRT advertising time… He did NOT thank his mother, Bono-Edge exchange was a joke, and it was not for the ATYCLB Grammy…The Rock thinks this James Langton needs a good, old fashion arse whipping courtesy of Principle Mgmt and the Rock. Maybe he should have kept a pen handy, or taped it or something, because he comes off like a right sorry son of a. What about Ray Romano and the fat guy? they sure went on, where was their mention in the article? The Rock is depressed, and wants some wine, and to listen to the Strokes… or Jay Z

  7. um, is the Rock referring to himself in the third person? And if he is, he should know that the wha? really likes the strokes but they are no U2. seeing those 2 concerts back to back, which the wha? did, the difference was crucial.

  8. um, is the Rock referring to himself in the third person? And if he is, he should know that the wha? really likes the strokes but they are no U2. seeing those 2 concerts back to back, which the wha? did, the difference was crucial.

  9. Oh puhleeze…and this guy calls himself a journalist? What Grammys was he watching?? Wreak havoc with the schedule, sheesh…appears from my tape they got 1:20 before the music started playing, first speech they took 20 secs total, the other two clocked in at 1:50, 30 secs over apiece…so in total they came in right in the alloted time. (g) Second, the guy can’t tell the diff between a water bottle and a beer bottle? Can’t vouch if that was water in it (g) but it wasn’t a beer bottle. Third he got the order of the awards and the order of the presenters all wrong! Audience didn’t seem to mind…and if he was in NYC how could he tell? Fourth, the Rock Album award was announced *before* the ceremony. Fifth, while they had they hook music playing, they didn’t cut Bono off at all to go to commercial. This writer is on crack. (g)

  10. Oh puhleeze…and this guy calls himself a journalist? What Grammys was he watching?? Wreak havoc with the schedule, sheesh…appears from my tape they got 1:20 before the music started playing, first speech they took 20 secs total, the other two clocked in at 1:50, 30 secs over apiece…so in total they came in right in the alloted time. (g) Second, the guy can’t tell the diff between a water bottle and a beer bottle? Can’t vouch if that was water in it (g) but it wasn’t a beer bottle. Third he got the order of the awards and the order of the presenters all wrong! Audience didn’t seem to mind…and if he was in NYC how could he tell? Fourth, the Rock Album award was announced *before* the ceremony. Fifth, while they had they hook music playing, they didn’t cut Bono off at all to go to commercial. This writer is on crack. (g)

  11. I must defend my work colleagues, as being an journalist! That reporter from Thisislondon.com did not see the Grammys ceremony! He changed all the Bono and Edge speaches; some words from the first prize are in the thrid prize!
    I doubt he is even a journalist!

  12. I must defend my work colleagues, as being an journalist! That reporter from Thisislondon.com did not see the Grammys ceremony! He changed all the Bono and Edge speaches; some words from the first prize are in the thrid prize!
    I doubt he is even a journalist!

  13. Stop moaning, you lot. At least you don’t have to live in Britain, where all this dubious journalism comes from. What we tend to do is IGNORE it, rather than banging on about it.

  14. Stop moaning, you lot. At least you don’t have to live in Britain, where all this dubious journalism comes from. What we tend to do is IGNORE it, rather than banging on about it.

  15. I thought the grammies were supposed to recognize the artists and not the ads. If u2 and other artist,earned the awards, they should be able to thank whatever waythey want and not be shut down so they can run more ads.

  16. I thought the grammies were supposed to recognize the artists and not the ads. If u2 and other artist,earned the awards, they should be able to thank whatever waythey want and not be shut down so they can run more ads.

  17. I used to work for the Grammy organization. U2 was practically the only artist they were even running on their commercial promos. The more Bono spoke the better for the show / the ratings. The British press just like to bitch about a good man whenever they can. Fuck ’em. I was at the Meteor Awards last night – and when McG picked up his special award he said he asked B. for acceptance speech advice and a slightly wounded Bono told him “Whatever you do, be short!” But then when B. picked up U2’s last award of the night he said that McG told him “If you’ve something interesting to say, don’t you dare shut up.”

  18. I used to work for the Grammy organization. U2 was practically the only artist they were even running on their commercial promos. The more Bono spoke the better for the show / the ratings. The British press just like to bitch about a good man whenever they can. Fuck ’em. I was at the Meteor Awards last night – and when McG picked up his special award he said he asked B. for acceptance speech advice and a slightly wounded Bono told him “Whatever you do, be short!” But then when B. picked up U2’s last award of the night he said that McG told him “If you’ve something interesting to say, don’t you dare shut up.”

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