Ongoing History Daily: Why U2 always seemed so happy to accept an award

Have you ever noticed that when U2 shows up at an awards ceremony to receive yet another honour, the guys seem all happy and bubbly and talkative and just a little goofy?  Your reaction has probably been the same as mine. 

You either think “Gee, look at how excited and overwhelmed they are!” or “Boy, they’re acting like knobs.”  There apparently is a reason U2 acts this way.  Take a close look at what they’re holding in their hands, either on stage or in their seats.  You will usually see a bottle of Evian water.  You might think “That’s good.  They’re keeping hydrated.”  But think again. 

Nine times out of ten, U2 has filled those bottles with vodka.  All except Adam, of course, because he’s a recovering alcoholic.

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.

One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: Why U2 always seemed so happy to accept an award

  • January 18, 2023 at 5:42 pm

    Haha! That is true! I vividly remember MTV video music awards 1997. A lot of ”evian” on their way to the Stage. And Bono singing two thirds of In the port of Amsterdam instead of a speech


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