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Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher brands U2 as ‘boring and useless’

"I've never seen any of them do anything remotely rock 'n' roll."

Bono & Liam Gallagher (GETTY IMAGES)

Clodagh Meaney

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has branded Irish rock ’n’ roll band U2 as “boring and useless.”

It comes as Gallagher was recently named ‘one of the last remaining rock stars’ by Foo Fighters and Nirvana musician Dave Grohl.

"He's correct, the rest of them are useless,” Liam told a fan on Twitter when reacting to the comment.

He went on to tell Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez exactly how he felt about Bono.

"I mean, not all of them are [useless], but the majority of them are. The ones that think they're rock stars are not, they... just live a very boring f**king life, and I think rock 'n' roll deserves a little bit more than just making music, you know what I mean?

"You gotta get out there and get yourself — you just gotta live an exciting life. It's like U2, they pass themselves as a rock 'n' roll band, but what the? Come on, man, I've never seen f**king Bono, I mean I've never seen any of them do anything remotely rock 'n' roll."

He also said that being a 'rock star' isn’t just about the music, but how you carry yourself.

"Without a doubt, I think attitude, a lot of people will go, 'Oh it's all about music.' But I disagree, I don't think it's all about music.

“Obviously, you've got a certain degree of, your tunes have gotta be decent enough, but I think attitude goes a long way.

"But, people just think that rock 'n' roll kind of sounds a bit silly and a bit stupid, but it means a lot to me. I'd rather be that than f**king some politically correct f**king idiot."

However, it seems as Bono might share in the sentiment as he recently revealed he was embarrassed by U2's music.

The band’s frontman made it clear that he’s not a fan of his own singing voice – which he said makes him “cringe a little bit” - and can’t bear to listen to most of the group’s discography.

Speaking on the Awards Chatter podcast, the 61-year-old shared: “I’ve been in the car when one of our songs has come on the radio and I’ve been the colour of, as we say in Dublin, scarlet. I’m just so embarrassed.

“I do think U2 pushes out the boat on embarrassment quite a lot and maybe that’s the place to be as an artist, you know right at the edge of your level of embarrassment.”

Bono (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

Speaking about his own voice, he said that U2’s 2004 hit Vertigo is “probably is the one I’m proudest of.”

“It’s the way it connects with the crowd,” he added.

Bono also admitted that he hates U2’s name, which was first suggested by Steve Averill of Dublin band The Radiators, who went on to design many of U2’s album covers, in the late 1970s.

“I really don’t [like it],” he said.

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