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- Posted on Sep 9th 2011 4:30PM by Sarah Kurchak
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At a Toronto International Film Festival press conference Friday (Sept. 9) in support of the U2 doc, which explores the creative process and near destruction that went into making the band's 1991 album, 'Achtung Baby,' Bono was surprisingly candid and open about his feelings.
"There's a giant chasm between the very good and the great, and U2 right now has a danger of surrendering to the very good," he said. "In those times, 20 years ago and before that, we were crap and we were great. There wasn't much very good and I think that I was reminded of how crap we were, watching the film. I found it really awful and yet... it was a self-imposed crapness. We were trying to make music that we didn't understand and the band seems to do its best work when it's in that environment."
"When it gets comfortable, it's not as interesting. So there may be more crap coming up," he laughed.
Things took a more serious turn as the press conference was about to wrap up.
"I was asking a question to myself why we might have agreed to this film, having spent our whole life consciously ignoring anything we did yesterday, and I think we agreed to this because we are at that moment again where U2 has dodged being irrelevant."
"Well," he admitted, nearly choking up, "U2's been on the verge of irrelevance for 20 years. We've dodged and we've dived and made some great work along the way and occasional faux pas, but this moment where we're at, to me, feels really close to the edge of irrelevance. We can be successful, we can play big music in big places, but whether we can play small music, for radio or clubs, remains to be seen. And we have to get to that place again, if we are to survive."