U2 — The most inspirational band in the world?

by Susan

Tonight as I watched U2 rock the stadium, I couldn’t stop thinking that they must be the most inspirational rock band in the world.

Here’s a shot Janice took from her iphone during the show…

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If only all our musical and celebrity icons were such positive influences as Bono, this world would be such a different place.

I was struck by the obvious contrast between U2′s song lyrics and the gangster inspired filth of many current rap musicians. While U2 begs the world to find peace in songs like Sunday Bloody Sunday, some rappers promote violence and degrade women.

If only all rock stars and rappers were spreading positive messages like U2. Can you imagine the different world we’d see? Maybe that horrific crime in Richmond, California wouldn’t even have happened.

I’m not saying U2 is perfect, but I think Bono and his bandmates are a phenomenally positive force in the world.

Through projects like ONE and (RED), U2 are not only changing the world themselves, they are empowering and inspiring others to do the same.

When I came home from the concert tonight, I recorded a few of my thoughts. Let me know what you have to say… leave a comment here or better yet, reply to me over at Say It Face To Face.

U2 -- The most inspirational band?

So tell me… which rockstar or celebrity do you find most inspiring?


 
Written by Susan, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Amys blah, blah, blogging October 29, 2009 at 6:48 am

Yep, U2 is not only my favorite pop band, but certainly I would say one of our best pop culture role models of all time. Bono’s motivation to seek social justice and change is astounding, I’m always impressed and interested to see what he will do next. There should be more people like him, this world would certainly be a better and more hopeful place.

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2 Tina October 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

It would probably be Bono. I have always loved their music and how they are not afraid to say what they believe.

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3 Kimberley October 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I agree with you, Bono expresses his messages so perfectly through his music. That concert must have been just amazing. I wish all celebrities were more positive, why the heck does violence sell?

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4 Ecki October 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Oh, I’m a huge U2 fan. Bono’s accused of being “God-like”, but my personal experience has found that to be far from the truth. Back on the Joshua Tree tour, I had the opportunity to sit in on a press conference — and be seated closest to Bono. He had come in late, since he had dislocated his shoulder at a concert in DC the night before. He tapped on his mic, which was off, and asked if it was working. Me and my big smart mouth had to say something along the lines of “maybe we don’t want to hear you talk!” OMG, you could have heard a pin drop in that room! How dare someone say that to Bono! But he just laughed and said “you’re probably right!” That made him so much more human to me. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen U2 live since the dozen shows on the Joshua Tree tour. I just can’t afford them. And to think I used to complain about their $15 tickets!

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5 2 Toddlers and Me October 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Looks like you had a great time. I love bands with messages too and U2 is one of my favorites as well.

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6 Rob Caldwell October 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Sue,
I like your thoughts about U2 and how they are striving to do good in the world. I agree that there could be many other groups that could use their platform for good. At least they are setting a good example.

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