Coldplay are just bad!
I wish I could do the multiquote thing but I can't so hey ho...
... I LIKE the yellow pants
... Bono might not be a hero to everyone, but don't dismiss the fact that he is to some, whether that be through music, advocacy or the fact they worship at the alter of yellow pants. Is he a hero to me? Hmm... I'm not sure. I'm not really sure I have any. I love his music and I greatly admire the fact he has gotten off his arse to make the world a better place. I don't even mind him rambling on at concerts (much) - although I do have a version of 'One' where I think the vocals actually kick in at 9 minutes because he has waffled for so f*cking long! No big deal really because sweating the small stuff is pointless. Their show - their rules. If you don't like it then vote with your feet and don't go - it really is THAT simple. The vast majority of the audience at a U2 show are attending a single concert on that tour - if it raises the awareness of just one person in the audience regarding *'Drop the Debt', 'ONE', 'DATA', 'RED', Aung San Suu Kyi or whichever is the 'cause' of the moment then surely that can't be a bad thing?
*Delete as applicable depending on who he is 'mates' with at the time!
... I was a U2 fan long before Live Aid - I don't need a history lesson on why BAD turned into a 14 minute rendition. Yep, U2 were playing big shows globally prior to Live Aid - they were playing those shows to U2 fans though. Ask a 'non' U2 fan had they heard of Red Rocks or US festival prior to Live Aid and a huge majority won't have a clue. Ask them about U2 post Live Aid and yep, they'll remember the 14 minute version of BAD and Bono jumping off the stage (regardless of the reason). I was at secondary school (high school for you Americans out there) when Live Aid happened. I was pretty young, coming up to 12 but unlike my schoolmates, I had been gazing at U2 posters on my walls for the previous 3 years or so, whilst they were listening to Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran et al. They KNEW who U2 were on the Monday morning in school and could see what I had spent the previous few years harping on about. I am absolutely certain that my experience wasn't unique and the same thing was happening globally on the Monday morning back at school!
... Whilst your at it - ask a shit load of U2 fans globally when they became a U2 fan, and a shit load will tell you it was off the back of Live Aid. It WAS a defining moment in their career