Ongoing History Daily: The U2 brawl

From the outside, U2 has always seemed to have it together.  They’ve got this all-for-one, one-for-all thing going.  No line-up changes, no diva solo projects, the money all divided equally and all that.  But it wasn’t always this peaceful. 

The Edge once punched Bono in the face.  It was an early, early gig.  Larry Mullen’s drums quite literally fell apart during a show, so he stopped playing.  Bono didn’t realize what was going on, so he lost it on Larry.  That’s when the Edge stepped in and broke everything up with a shot to Bono’s face.  That shut him up real fast. 

And according to everyone in the band, that’s the last time any member exercised violence on another.

Yesterday’s Ongoing History Daily post was about the lowest note in the universe.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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