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U2 launch SiriusXM radio channel and some of the band aren't exactly thrilled

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 05/12/2019 01:39:00 Brynmor Pattison

Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., Bono, The Edge posing for the camera: U2 © PAU2 U2 launched a new radio channel today - and some of the band weren't thrilled about it.

U2X Radio, which will play on satellite and online radio stations SiriusXM and Pandora, will play tunes and feature other good stuff from the Irish band 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The band will take part in the channel, which will feature interviews, live concert recordings, archive surprises, band-curated playlists and more.

But speaking about the launch today, some of the members didn't exactly buzz with excitement.

Drummer Larry Mullen said: "It all sounds exhausting to me but if people really want to listen to us for 24 hours a day, this is the way to do it."

a group of people performing on a stage: The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform Joshua Tree live on stage © PAThe Edge, Larry Mullen Jr, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform Joshua Tree live on stage Bassist Adam Clayton added: "I'm not entirely sure what this is but what it isn't is an opportunity to hear some bass solos. U2 24/7.

"Welcome to the last 43 years of my life."

Self-aware frontman Bono, on a better note, said: "Generally when I open my mouth people prefer if I'm singing, but on U2X RADIO, maybe they'll forgive me the odd interruption."

Guitarist The Edge seemed to be the only truly enthusiastic member.

He added: "So I get to sit around having a laugh with my musician friends and playing our favorite music.

"As I always say, I have the best job in the world!"

a man wearing a uniform: Bono and The Edge perform during the U2 Experience and Innocence tour at SSE Arena Belfast on October 27, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland © Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesBono and The Edge perform during the U2 Experience and Innocence tour at SSE Arena Belfast on October 27, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland The channel was revealed live on stage at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan on the band's The Joshua Tree Tour.

Bono cut in live to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM channel 'Howard 100', as the tour's massive 200x40 ft screen light up with a video tribute to radio ahead of a live performance of the band's hit Elevation.

The event was also streamed on Facebook Live.

U2 join basketball player LeBron James, musician Drake and comic book giant Marvel Entertainment at SiriusXM and Pandora.

President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM Scott Greenstein said: "U2 has unparalleled influence as musicians, social activists and global cultural icons.

Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, The Edge posing for a photo: Musicians Larry Mullen Jr, Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge of the band U2 pose in the press room with the Touring Top Artist Award during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada © Isaac Brekken/Getty ImagesMusicians Larry Mullen Jr, Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge of the band U2 pose in the press room with the Touring Top Artist Award during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada "The band's ability to evolve has enabled it to create a large and diverse library of hit songs, as well as four-plus decades' worth of renowned live performances. 

"U2X RADIO and the offering on Pandora will provide listeners new access and insights into one of the world's most accomplished bands.

"We could not be more excited to welcome Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry to the SiriusXM family."

5. joulukuuta 2019 3:39:00 Categories: Irish Mirror New York Daily News

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