The frontman for U2, Bono, has claimed President Trump was the reason for the delay on their new album.
In an interview with Rolling Stone that was published on Wednesday, Bono claimed “there’s a couple of reasons why we delayed Songs of Experience. One personal, one political.”
“The world around us was certainly changing out of all recognition, we nearly lost the European Union, something that has helped keep the peace in our region for nearly 70 years,” he said during the interview. “Globalization replaced with localization is somewhat understandable, but the return of hard right views is not to be tolerated. If Marie La Pen had been elected president of France, the whole idea of a European Union would have been vulnerable.”
“You’ve had the same sort of disaffection in the United States with the rise of a new kind of constituency, people on the both left and right who have lost faith in political process, the body politic, in political institutions,” he continued. “These sentiments are easily played and manipulated by the likes of Donald Trump.”
Bono also claimed, “for the first time in many years, maybe in our lifetime, the moral arc of the universe, as Dr. King used to call it, was not bending in the direction of fairness, equality, and justice for all.”
“The baseness of political debate, the jingoism, the atavistic fervor of Trump’s verbiage reminded us that we were dreaming if we thought evolution applied to consciousness,” he said. “Democracy is a blip in history and it requires a lot of focus and concentration to keep it intact.”
According to the aging musician, one of the songs from the new album, “The Blackout,” started as a song about Bono’s situation but soon turned political.
Bono claims it “started off its life about a more personal apocalypse, some events in my life that more than reminded me of my mortality but then segued into the political dystopia that we’re heading towards now.”
The lyrics “Dinosaur, wonders why it still walks the earth. A meteor promises it’s not going to hurt,” he said, “would have been a funny line about an aging rock star. It’s a little less funny if we’re talking about democracy and old certainties – like truth.”
“The second verse, ‘Statues fall, democracy is flat on its back, Jack. We had it all and what we had is not coming back, Zac. A big mouth says the people they don’t want to be free for free. The blackout, is this an extinction event we see?’ goes straight to the bigger picture of what’s at stake in the world right now,” he continued.
“It is a little bit of a departure as I’ve always believed in working across the aisle as an anti-poverty activist but this isn’t a matter of right or left,” he explained, referring to U2 confronting the President through their music. “There’s a bully on the bully pulpit and silence is not an option.”
“It’s a strange place we find ourselves in. It’s dangerous out there when you have a little emperor there with a bad haircut and his finger on the nuclear arsenal,” he added.
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