Paul Hewson aka Bono of U2 celebrates his 58th birthday today (May 10th). In concert U2 sometimes messes with the sound of some of it’s songs. Maybe because they’re bored, sometimes to make a song more hip, or in the case of: “Bullet the Blue Sky”, to make it more hip hop. They did it on the Popmart tour 10 years after the song was originally released on The Joshua Tree. Guitarist The Edge explained why they decided to incorporate some hip-hop sonics into the sound of “Bullet the Blue Sky” live to make use of sounds that were prominent a decade on from The Joshua Tree’s release.
“When we had Public Enemy with us on the road we talked to Chuck D about our tunes and what he thought of them. And he at the time thought that ‘Bullet the Blue Sky’ was a song that could really go in a sort of hip-hop direction. It’s not really hip-hop, but it’s borrowing some ideas from that form and it’s kind of giving it a lot more swing and a lot more of a ‘90s rhythmic slant.”
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