U2 drummer Larry Mullen has slated the band’s frontman Bono for the company he keeps - in particular his fraternising with ex-PM Tony Blair.
The musician branded Blair a “war criminal” in an interview for the imminent edition of Q and said he finds Bono’s activities disquieting on a “regular basis”.
Although he says he admires his bandmate for his achievements on the world stage – which he says will be “his legacy”, as well as his his voice and lyrics he adds: “
My biggest problem really is sometimes the company that he keeps. And I struggle with that. Particularly the political people, less the financial people. Particularly Tony Blair – I mean, I think Tony Blair’s a war criminal. And I think he should be tried as a war criminal. And then I see Bono and him as pals, and I’m going: 'I don’t like that'.
He said Bono "would know how I feel about Tony Blair". Mullen said he understood why the singer had cosied up to President Bush. "George Bush has been very generous to his cause … the difference between him and Tony Blair is that Blair is intelligent. So he has no excuse for what he did. Whereas I think George Bush could find a few excuses for his behaviour.
Asked about his relationship with Bush in the forthcoming Q, Bono said: “It was embarrassing for the band. Edge always tells me, 'You’re an artist, remember that. You’re not a politician'. But if you’ve looked into the face of a mother whose daughter or son has died in their arms for no good reason, they don’t know or care who’s President of America. It’s something that once you’re a witness to, you can’t get it out of your head and so you don’t take shit on their behalf. "
You can read the full interview in the new edition of Q on December 31.
3:38 PM | 27/12/2008
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