Neil Young Asks 'Who Is Bono?'

Godfather of grunge makes jibe at U2 singer in Twitter Q & A.

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Rock legend Neil Young took part in a Twitter question and answer session with fans yesterday, and event which saw him make a jibe at U2 front man Bono. The Needle And The Damage Done singer made the dismissive comment about the U2 front man after being asked on his opinion of the band Foster The People by user @akemi99:

"What do you like about foster the people? #askneil btw, bono said he likes them, too... it is surprising two super stars like them...".

Neil Young responded to this with: "Who is Bono?"

The singer was also asked by @kellyapritchard if he'd be making any projects similar to his Greendale record, a concept album about corruption, environmentalism and media consolidation that was also made into a movie and graphic novel. Young responded to this with a cryptic "anything can happen".

Young also noted that "creative things" would happen when user @jana_pe's asked him "what would happen if you were locked alone in a room with only a jar of nutella?" (We're not sure if we want to know just how Neil is intending to get creative with a nut based chocolate spread, but there ya go...)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse's latest LP, Psychedelic Pill, is currently streaming ahead of release at

The album is released on October 29th and follows Americana, the covers record that the band released back in June. This is the first album of new material that Young has recorded with Crazy Horse since 2003. The album was recorded straight after the band finished the Americana sessions at the Audio Casa Blanca studios.

Whether you share Neil Young's apparent animosity to Bono or want to speculate on just how the singer would go about "getting creative" with a jar of Nutella, let us know in the comments section.

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    Who's bono?
    I don't like bono... there... i've said it, gimme those negative votes!
    I hear you dude. I really like a lot of U2's early stuff (up through the Joshua Tree) but Bono's turned into kind of a joke.
    If you want to listen to some balsy Rock N' Roll made by an old man, look no further than Psychedelic Pill.
    we should all eat nutella with After The Gold Rush on the cassette player, sounds like a yummy rumination
    kill it
    Mr. Young, Bono is an extremely overrated singer in the most overrated band is rock history.
    This is one missed opportunity to use SLAM in the title, UG. It would've been perfect too. Neil Young SLAMS Bono!
    Rebel Scum
    [QUOTE]Whether you share Neil Young's apparent animosity to Bono[\QUOTE] There is no animosity, he didn't know who he is.
    awww come on Neil Young knows who Bono is. He's having alittle joke...not bad for somebody who can be curmudgeonly
    Amen to you, my friend. You are awesome. I'm glad I'm not the only one.
    Is there anybody on here who is actually going to admit openly that they like U2?
    I will openly and proudly admit to being both a U2 and Neil Young fan. Bono loves neil young and used to sing heart of gold regularly before U2 even became famous. Neil Young is great and he's entitled to hate Bono like half of the world. I'm entitled to love Bono and U2 like the other half. God bless you.
    I love U2. In my top 5 bands, easily, perhaps top three. U2'er and proud! I'm a through and through metal-and-classic-rock guy, but U2 rocks. They're not necessarily loud and flashy, but for pure songwriting ability, they're amazing.
    Who is Neil Young?
    He's the godfather of Grunge. Grunge's biological father ran off with a younger women years ago and Neil stepped in to raise the little genre himself. He's a stellar human being.
    Ohhh right that wait I'm thinking of Neil Diamond. I thought Kurt Cobain was the godfather of grunge?
    Kurt was the little brother of grunge always saying "me too!" and wanting to play with his older cousins Mark and Chris when they were busy with their own friends.
    God father of grunge? Am I perhaps missing something and am ignorant?
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    Whoa, didn't mean to post that. It would be cool if you could delete comments.
    WTF are you talking about?!
    I had typed my comment in the wrong box, so I copied and pasted it into the reply box like I originally intended. It looks like I hit the wrong button, because the comment ended up being some school work that must have been left in my clipboard from before.
    I can't stop laughing over how many up-votes your random clipboard accident has received. Certainly, it's more than many of the on-topic comments. Makes ya wonder. } : - ) >
    So now we have irrefutable evidence that you are cheating on your homework.
    Because he (and Black Sabbath) are considered for most grunge bands as the main influence for their sound
    Listen to Rust Never Sleeps and realise. Cobain used his lyrics on his suicide note.
    He also developed a strong relationship with a lot of the grunge artists. He's played some shows with Pearl Jam and was good friends with nirvana. He actually tried to contact Kurt shortly before he killed himself to tell him "he didn't have to do anything anybody tells him" and to just stop playing shows and such. He was trying to help him but it was unfortunately too late.
    You obviously haven't heard his Crazy Horse work, namely side b of the Rust Never Sleeps album, and songs like Rockin in the free world, the live Weld album.
    Not a fan of U2, but bono's irish falcon gretsch model is gorgeous