In other words, the nations dislike of U2 is classic Irish begrudgery – the phenomenon that Irish people are predisposed to feel envy and resentment towards those who achieve a certain level of success. Harry Browne, author of The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power), believes this theory has some credence.
What is so special about U2?
U2 have released 14 studio albums and are one of the worlds best-selling music artists, having sold an estimated 150–170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
How good is U2?
U2 has been very, very good for decades. U2 has a passion for being popular (the band has worked at it, hard, over many decades). The type of music U2 plays is intellectually, emotionally and politically engaging. U2 has surrounded itself with very high quality support personnel (e.g. Paul McGuiness).
Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford, Hertfordshire and London, in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach has changed over the years.