How U2 got their new studio

When they were asked where they wanted their new studio to be built, the lads thought long and hard. Bono said: “Rock ‘n’ roll doggie… somewhere we’ll bound to get divine inspiration.” Adam, phoning in from Katmandu, offered: “I’d quite like a room with a view, please.” Edge, smirking, said: “Anywhere we’ll get planning permission.” They all looked at Larry. “Ask me arse,” he said, scratching his belly, “… or anywhere where the fans can’t hang around too much.” Done.

68 thoughts on “How U2 got their new studio

  1. So it’s true what they say about Larry not liking it when fans call round to the studio? That’s a bit arrogant of him. We did, after all, put him where he is today.

  2. So it’s true what they say about Larry not liking it when fans call round to the studio? That’s a bit arrogant of him. We did, after all, put him where he is today.

  3. In Larry’s defense, I think he made clear that there’s a difference between fans and fanatics; he just thinks some fans go too far. Given what fanaticism has done in both Ireland (Bloody Sunday) and rock music (John Lennon), it’s a completely understandable sentiment.

  4. In Larry’s defense, I think he made clear that there’s a difference between fans and fanatics; he just thinks some fans go too far. Given what fanaticism has done in both Ireland (Bloody Sunday) and rock music (John Lennon), it’s a completely understandable sentiment.

  5. It sounds to me like Larry is just a serious guy who likes to keep the attention on the tunes.
    That’s cool…as is Larry.

  6. It sounds to me like Larry is just a serious guy who likes to keep the attention on the tunes.
    That’s cool…as is Larry.

  7. It sounds to me like Larry is just a serious guy who likes to keep the attention on the tunes.
    That’s cool…as is Larry.

  8. It sounds to me like Larry is just a serious guy who likes to keep the attention on the tunes.
    That’s cool…as is Larry.

  9. I chuckle everytime I read someone saying that they’re completely justified in bothering a star or an artist or a celebrity because they put them where they are today. It’s one thing to be a fan, but there’s a certain line that shouldn’t be crossed. Celebrities are real people too.

  10. I chuckle everytime I read someone saying that they’re completely justified in bothering a star or an artist or a celebrity because they put them where they are today. It’s one thing to be a fan, but there’s a certain line that shouldn’t be crossed. Celebrities are real people too.

  11. i don’t think it’s too freakish to wanna meet your heroes outside their studio. outside their houses is different. anyway, i think u2log should hold an art competition for us to design the tower. i wanna put a huge lemon on top of mine.

  12. i don’t think it’s too freakish to wanna meet your heroes outside their studio. outside their houses is different. anyway, i think u2log should hold an art competition for us to design the tower. i wanna put a huge lemon on top of mine.

  13. Larry’s a drummer, not a thinker!Everyone knows BONO is the true soul of the band.They could carry on without Larry, but not your man.

  14. Larry’s a drummer, not a thinker!Everyone knows BONO is the true soul of the band.They could carry on without Larry, but not your man.

  15. Bonovox…what are you thinking!
    Without all four, there is no band…haven’t you been listening?
    And yes, Bono is the man!

  16. Bonovox…what are you thinking!
    Without all four, there is no band…haven’t you been listening?
    And yes, Bono is the man!

  17. Larry can be (and has been) replaced in the past. Love the song MOFO: originally recorded with drum machine due to larry’s sore back (caused from carry the heavy burden of having fans). Plus Do you feel loved also originated on a Drum Machine.
    Also some of Larry’s ‘finest moments’ have been created (by him?) with sampling/loops etc. Example BAD: the loop in their is very effective.
    Larry is great but he can be replaced, so can Adam for that matter. They are a great rhythm combination, but really it is Edges’ minialist guitar playing and Bono’s distinctive voice that sets U2 apart. Consider how many bands imitates Edges guitar playing to how many bands that copy Larry/Adam’s rhythm/beats?

  18. Larry can be (and has been) replaced in the past. Love the song MOFO: originally recorded with drum machine due to larry’s sore back (caused from carry the heavy burden of having fans). Plus Do you feel loved also originated on a Drum Machine.
    Also some of Larry’s ‘finest moments’ have been created (by him?) with sampling/loops etc. Example BAD: the loop in their is very effective.
    Larry is great but he can be replaced, so can Adam for that matter. They are a great rhythm combination, but really it is Edges’ minialist guitar playing and Bono’s distinctive voice that sets U2 apart. Consider how many bands imitates Edges guitar playing to how many bands that copy Larry/Adam’s rhythm/beats?

  19. Am I going crazy or have some u2 fans faulted honesty in their favorite rock performers?
    Tell the truth, wouldn’t you be sooo sorry to see Larry… WALK ON……GONE…go FLY a KITE…

  20. Am I going crazy or have some u2 fans faulted honesty in their favorite rock performers?
    Tell the truth, wouldn’t you be sooo sorry to see Larry… WALK ON……GONE…go FLY a KITE…

  21. I can’t even believe some of you “fans”. Just because Larry doesn’t want to be stalked it doesn’t mean he’s suddenly a prick… and that website is really great!

  22. I can’t even believe some of you “fans”. Just because Larry doesn’t want to be stalked it doesn’t mean he’s suddenly a prick… and that website is really great!

  23. Having met all four of U2 In ’89 and ’98,
    I have to say that Larry was the only one who actually made any effort to talk to me. Some fans can step over the line.

  24. Having met all four of U2 In ’89 and ’98,
    I have to say that Larry was the only one who actually made any effort to talk to me. Some fans can step over the line.

  25. Hanover Quay open till 2005?

    I was around there last week and the U2 studio is pretty much the only remaining building in that area…it’s like a bomb has hit the place and the only building that got missed was the studios. They must have some clout to be able to keep their little building until a new one is built!

  26. Hanover Quay open till 2005?

    I was around there last week and the U2 studio is pretty much the only remaining building in that area…it’s like a bomb has hit the place and the only building that got missed was the studios. They must have some clout to be able to keep their little building until a new one is built!

  27. Larry is an eejit who has in the past publicly stated his dislike for fans – and particularly American fans. I’m sure he can hardly contain his joy at the thought of the new studio and it’s inaccessability to those who put him where he is.

  28. Larry is an eejit who has in the past publicly stated his dislike for fans – and particularly American fans. I’m sure he can hardly contain his joy at the thought of the new studio and it’s inaccessability to those who put him where he is.

  29. Well true, the fans put him where he is in a sense, but we wouldn’t if his band was shite, would we? He does his job very well, and if he doesn’t want fans to bother him, then I think we should respect that. Although I do think he is being a bit hypocritical – I mean, he was only too happy to walk through Elvis’ house and sit on his bike, wasn’t he?

  30. Well true, the fans put him where he is in a sense, but we wouldn’t if his band was shite, would we? He does his job very well, and if he doesn’t want fans to bother him, then I think we should respect that. Although I do think he is being a bit hypocritical – I mean, he was only too happy to walk through Elvis’ house and sit on his bike, wasn’t he?

  31. I don’t think that Larry minds meeting fans, in the right context. During the Elevation Tour in Milwaukee, Larry got out of his card and met his fans and was generally very cordial. I think what pisses ’em off is when he’s TOTALLY off duty. I.E. – with friends, family, at dinner, etc. Just listen to the MSN web chat held a couple of weeks ago…
    Fans are cool – fanatics are NOT.

  32. I don’t think that Larry minds meeting fans, in the right context. During the Elevation Tour in Milwaukee, Larry got out of his card and met his fans and was generally very cordial. I think what pisses ’em off is when he’s TOTALLY off duty. I.E. – with friends, family, at dinner, etc. Just listen to the MSN web chat held a couple of weeks ago…
    Fans are cool – fanatics are NOT.

  33. Anybody know where can I find the information about how to submit a proposal for the tower and the studio? I looked all over the DDDA website but I was unable to find the information there. Thanks!

  34. Anybody know where can I find the information about how to submit a proposal for the tower and the studio? I looked all over the DDDA website but I was unable to find the information there. Thanks!

  35. Would I like fans hanging around me? Well, if they were blonde, female, attractive, and of, uh, loose morals, then……HELL YEAH!

  36. Would I like fans hanging around me? Well, if they were blonde, female, attractive, and of, uh, loose morals, then……HELL YEAH!

  37. Larry doesn’t like fanatics and he labels anyone seen outside the studios as fanatic. That much is very clear from the MSN chat. I don’t think he has to love fanatics because we helped make him a multi-millionaire, but I DO think it is rude of him to say he finds the fanatics, his biggest fans, “a bit intolerable”. As long as we’re standing outside the studio and not his house, or asking him for an autograph in the middle of his dinner, I don’t see what he has to complain about. A little fame (in his case since he’s not Bono) is a small price to pay for what he’s got. I don’t think he has a right to be condescending towards U2’s most devoted fans. If Bono had his attitude, I would have to stop listening to their music. (by the way, Bono CALLED A FAN LAST WEEK!! Check out the 9/11/02 posts on youtwo.net!)

  38. Larry doesn’t like fanatics and he labels anyone seen outside the studios as fanatic. That much is very clear from the MSN chat. I don’t think he has to love fanatics because we helped make him a multi-millionaire, but I DO think it is rude of him to say he finds the fanatics, his biggest fans, “a bit intolerable”. As long as we’re standing outside the studio and not his house, or asking him for an autograph in the middle of his dinner, I don’t see what he has to complain about. A little fame (in his case since he’s not Bono) is a small price to pay for what he’s got. I don’t think he has a right to be condescending towards U2’s most devoted fans. If Bono had his attitude, I would have to stop listening to their music. (by the way, Bono CALLED A FAN LAST WEEK!! Check out the 9/11/02 posts on youtwo.net!)

  39. U2 represent the best part of Irelands music heritage. ATYCLB was recorded in this studio and God knows what else. The DDDA are destroying U2’s landscape. This is an iniquitous deed. It illustrates the rot that has been labelled progress. They are illustrating their innability to think by destroying the great with the bad. Development? They should be named The Heritage Destruction Authority or The Iniquitous Bunch. Is it too late to stop this lot ???

  40. U2 represent the best part of Irelands music heritage. ATYCLB was recorded in this studio and God knows what else. The DDDA are destroying U2’s landscape. This is an iniquitous deed. It illustrates the rot that has been labelled progress. They are illustrating their innability to think by destroying the great with the bad. Development? They should be named The Heritage Destruction Authority or The Iniquitous Bunch. Is it too late to stop this lot ???

  41. Larry is a miserable so and so but coming from Dublin myself, I think it is great to be able to relate to a typical Dub. It is quite impressive that he has managed to maintain his Dublin stubbornness while being in a legend of a band. It is a little disappointing when he just drives away from the studios without a wave or whatever.

  42. Larry is a miserable so and so but coming from Dublin myself, I think it is great to be able to relate to a typical Dub. It is quite impressive that he has managed to maintain his Dublin stubbornness while being in a legend of a band. It is a little disappointing when he just drives away from the studios without a wave or whatever.

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