Bono: U2's name and songs make me cringe

The band, comprised of Dublin schoolmates, has sold more than 150 million albums over a 40-year career.

But speaking on the Awards Chatter podcast, the 61-year-old said that, aside from 2004 track Vertigo, he finds it hard to listen to their music.

He added that his voice sounds "very strained" on earlier recordings.

"I've been in a car when one of our songs has come on the radio, and I've been the colour of - as we say in Dublin - scarlet," he told The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg during an hour-long interview.

U2 brings Joshua Tree Tour - and Noel Gallagher - to New Zealand


On November 8, the group will play seminal album The Joshua Tree, in its entirety and in sequence, at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.

U2 will be supported on the tour by Noel Gallagher, of Oasis fame, touring under his solo moniker Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

The tour, which also takes in Australia and Asia, follows a 2017 tour of Europe and North and Latin America, during which U2 played The Joshua Tree on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

Taylor Swift joins copyright law plea

More than 180 artists have signed an open letter criticising the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

They claim the law benefits companies that "exploit music for their financial enrichment", but not artists.

One journalist said the music industry was "making mischief" to get more money from sites such as YouTube.

Here are the most iconic songs of all time, according to science

What is this incredible new information that will change our lives for the better?

An official list of the most iconic songs of all time.

OK, we might have oversold this a little bit, but it's still pretty cool how Dr. Mick Grierson, from the University of London was able to figure out which songs are truly iconic, based on certain parameters.