U2’s Bono praises Radiohead ‘courage’


U2’s Bono has praised Radiohead’s move to release In Rainbows on a pay-as-you-like basis, calling it “courageous and imaginative in trying to figure out some new relationship with their audience”.

The singer’s comments (included within this week’s NME) are in direct contradiction to those made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness, who lambasted Radiohead’s move, saying it had “backfired” and claiming U2 wouldn’t follow Radiohead’s lead when they release their next album.

Now it looks like Bono may not be following McGuinness’ lead, saying of the Radiohead move: “Such imagination and courage are in short supply right now,” he continued. “They’re [Radiohead], a sacred talent, and we feel blessed to be around at the same time.”

Bono’s full message is available in the NME in the UK, available at newsagents now. Radiohead attracted 30,000 fans to a park in East London last night for what most commentators agree to be an inspired performance of music, mainly taken from the much-discussed In Rainbows album.



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