Exclusive interview with U2’s The Edge on TXFM Drive
Dublin – Friday, 10th October 2014: U2 fans were given a treat today when TXFM Drive host Joe Donnelly interviewed The Edge, exclusively on TXFM. Joe chatted to The Edge on the same day the band releases their much talked about 13th studio album, Songs of Innocence.
Speaking about the now infamous iTunes deal, where users were given the new album for free, The Edge commented “You can’t please everybody. It’s a free album.. But, I do understand for some people they felt it was an unwelcome gift. I mean, I was saying to Bono, in our heads we were leaving a free carton of milk on people’s doorsteps but actually what happened is, it was placed in their fridge, y’know, in their house”
However, The Edge sees the digital release as a positive move for the music industry: “for us, the prospect of getting our music out to 500 million people is thrilling as an artist, just to get them to listen to your work. It’s kind of mind-blowing…the internet for so many years has been problematic for songwriters and musicians. This, I felt, was like a bit of a role reversal, where suddenly music was taking advantage of the power of the internet. In many ways, it’s caused certain people to raise their eyebrows, but I think in terms of making music important and centre-stage again in culture it has put it back on the front pages again rather than just the review section. That’s got to be good, not just for U2, but good for music”
Speaking about U2’s tour plans to promote the new album, The Edge agreed that it won’t reflect the massive scale of their 360 tour, which spanned the two years from 2009 to 2011:
“I think it [the scale] can’t be matched or surpassed, no. That was so huge. I think we’re definitely going to be starting smaller. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be a shorter tour. But we’ll definitely not be taking on stadiums initially. As time goes on we may have to venture that way, but initially we’re definitely going to keep it on a smaller scale”
Asked about his favourite song on the new album, The Edge singled out ‘This Is Where You Can Reach Me’, “That one was one of my favourites from early on. I had to champion that one a little bit to make sure it made it”
As for the chances of The Edge recording a solo studio album, it’s a notion he has entertained: “I have occasionally thought about it, and I’m singing more than I have ever sung. I even contemplate the idea that I might sing something on a solo album. But there’s never any time! To be honest, if I was to carve out a month or two and knock out a solo album, I know I would not be happy with it. I would torture myself and run out of time and it wouldn’t be fun. And that’s the thing about working with U2 that I figured out early on when I actually did a few solo things. Whatever about it giving you the opportunity to express your artistic instincts without any other people ruining them; it’s so much fun to be in a band. It’s so much more fun to work with U2 than doing a solo thing. It’s worth the one or two occasion when it’s not my idea, y’know? I mean, Bono might have one or two lyric ideas and I let him put them in, I just have to!”
You can listen back to The Edge in conversation with Joe on TXFM.ie.
The interview will be repeated in full tomorrow (Saturday) from 6pm on TXFM.
TXFM Drive with Joe Donnelly is on weekdays from 3-7pm on 1052 TXFM.
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