Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong on Bono’s voice

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day said Bono’s singing as “50 percent Guinness, 10 percent cigarettes — and the rest is religion.”

It’s such a great description that I had to post it. It was from Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers issue (more on that later!). Armstrong went on to say that Bono is a “physical singer, like the leader of a gospel choir, and he gets lost in the melodic moment. He goes to a place outside himself, especially in front of an audience, when he hits those high notes. That’s where his real power comes from — the pure, unadulterated Bono.”


About genemyers

Gene Myers is a New Jersey poet, music journalist and columnist who learned to walk twice. His weekly column is called The Joy of Life. He was awarded first place in Arts and Entertainment Writing by The New Jersey Press Association.
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