Bono Talks Lou Reed: 'He Made Music Out of Noise'

U2 frontman offers tribute to the late Lou Reed.

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U2 frontman Bono has penned a tribute to the late Lou Reed. Writing in Rolling Stone (via NME), he commented on his own experience working with the "Walk On the Wild Side" singer, noting that he was a fan of his deadpan humor: "His deadpan humor was easily misunderstood as rudeness, and Lou delighted in that misunderstanding." Bono also noted that Reed "made music out of noise. The noise of [New York] city," and that the former Velvet Underground frontman was often misconstrued: "It's too easy to think of Lou Reed as a wild creature who put songs about heroin in the pop charts, like some decadent lounge lizard from the Andy Warhol Factory. This couldn't have been further from the truth. He was thoughtful, meditative and extremely disciplined. Before the hepatitis that he caught as a drug user returned, Lou was in top physical condition. Tai chi was what he credited for his lithe physicality and clear complexion."

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    I don't mean to go there, but I can not stand Bono, pure and simple wouldn't piss on him if he was burning alive.
    Am I the only person that likes U2.
    I can't stand the members personalities or ideals, but I love their music to death. It's the same way with RAtM, honestly. They even both have guitarists who are known for their effect-usage!
    I think they're ok. I've never gotten all the hate for Bono though. His ego annoys me but he's never done anything to make me burn with rage at the mention of his name like a lot of people.
    Say what you want about the band, but there's no denying that they've made a massive impact. The Edge is also a guy whose guitar playing serves the song rather than the other way around, so he has my respect for that.
    I can' stand him either. In the early 80's U2 were cool but after some success Bono turned into this look-at-me egomaniac.