U2 have admitted they fear contemporary heavyweight bands such as The Killers and Coldplay.
The Dublin quartet, who are set to return with their first album in
over four years, said they are constantly looking over their shoulder
at their possible rivals.
“In our heads that’s who (Coldplay, The Killers) we’re up against,”
said frontman Bono.
“You’ve got to keep an eye on the youth.”
Despite the competition, the singer, who last week joined both bands
onstage at a special War Child concert in London, hailed their hunger
“Coldplay are such an extraordinary band with such song writing
talents,” he enthused.
“I think he (Chris Martin) is one of the most important melodists
since Noel Gallagher, since Ray Davies since Paul McCartney. He’s in
the line of great British melodists.
“I love the fact that The Killers want to get their songs on the
Current chart toppers Kings of Leon, who toured with U2 on their
recent Vertigo world jaunt, came in for special praise from
guitarist, The Edge.
“They are taking a southern American idiom and moving it into the
21st century,” he told Zane Lowe.
“It’s so great. We saw it on the tour, they were learning so much and
they were so hungry to see what was going on.
“I think they’re a band to watch for the future.”
Bono also said that despite their own global success during a career
which spans 33 years, the Dublin quartet are “constantly fighting for
our lives” to keep people interested.
“A lot of people have a U2 album. Why would they want another one is
a very good question?” he added.
“We have to fight very hard to explain why we think it’s worth coming
along for the ride with us. That’s how we feel.”
U2 are currently in the U.K. for a special week at the BBC, which
will culminate in a one-off performance for Radio 1 on 27 February.
The group’s 12th studio album, No Line on the Horizon, is released on
News Source: BBC Radio1 Newsbeat