Bono Musician or Save the World'er??? in General Forum Posted November 30, 2012 Alma1 - Saying that U2 were only famous because of Bono is one of the most ridiculous things I've heard in my life. What about Edge's guitar style? Or Adam and Larry's talents? Are you saying that Bono's the only member of the band with any talent? If so, then you really need to relisten to some of their music. Without Larry, U2 wouldn't even have formed! I'm with Basher, U2 have lost fans who are bored sick of Bono preaching 60% of the time. And here we go again about 'real' U2 fans! You're just like that Arngrim guy who came along last year going on about how anyone who didn't like a particular thing that U2 were doing wasn't a true fan to begin with. There are no 'true' U2 fans. There are only U2 fans. Bono is not a hero. He's a singer. He is a musician in a band, so he should really be spending more time with the band and less time with the politicians - right now the situation is vice versa. peterferris8: You said "What about Edge's guitar style?" Of Course. Edge's guitar style is 1/2 of what made U2 UNIQUE & AWESOME. The Other Half Is Bono. Before U2, No One had Ever sounded like them before. As far as Edge's guitar-playing: I heard & recognized the awesome Phenomenon & total Uniqueness of his guitar-playing in U2's instrumentation the 1st time I was exposed to them in 1983. In fact, for years I couldn't understand why more people didn't hear that in their instrumentation like I did. Well the world caught up, didn't they. At that time, I didn't try to deconstruct & explain what part of the instrumentation it was or exactly what it was about how it was played - but I Definitely recognized it as UNIQUE & a total phenomenon-of-a-lifetime. No Offense Whatsoever meant to Adam's great bass-playing & Larry's great drum-playing. And of Course we all have Larry to thank for putting that flier up on their school bulletin board 'back when.' And the diversity of the bandmembers makes U2 Strong. I have believed that for years now. But U2 would NOT EVER have become the band it did Without Bono. Not even debatable. I think there could have been a different great bassist & a different great drummer - but I know 1 thing for absolute sure: U2 would NOT be Great without Edge & Bono - they are to U2 what Paul McCartney & John Lennon were to the Beatles (not saying they have the exact same roles). The band would NOT have been the once-in-a-lifetime, 1st-time-ever-done, Unique phenomenon that it is w/out Bono & Edge. They are what make U2 as Special as it Is. I would never say you're not a 'true' U2 fan. We are All U2 fans & have that in common: our love of U2! But you're wrong about Bono not being a hero. He VERY much is. As far as losing fans, well what did You pay to be here for then? Wow - the LARGEST and the GREATEST band on Planet Earth supposedly doesn't have fans. Or they're disappearing or some such. I'm sure U2 is shaking in their boots w/fear. As far as u not being able to deal w/so-called "politics," just leave it up to the big boys. Like Bono - And me (even though I'm a girl) - And tons of their fans who LOVE that aspect of U2 & Bono - & Love being involved in it. It's why many like me became their fans-for-life in the 1st place - that Combined w/Edge's guitar-playing.