The Frames make Brian Eno cry, but front man Glen Hansard has no love for U2. He tells SHM.com.au:
We’d like to remind Glen that U2 have supported a number of Irish bands over the years. JJ72 opened for them on their last tour, Fatima Mansions did a full European tour with U2 in ’92, and various other Irish bands have supported them over the years.
In the late 80’s U2 set up Mother Records, a record label that gave young Irish bands the experience of the first single. In Tua Nua, Cactus World News, Hothouse Flowers and An Emotional Fish and many others were on the label. It wasn’t the most succesful label ever, but at least they tried.
U2 paved the way for the Irish music industry — without them and their success, a lot of Irish musicians would still be busking in the street.