April 16, 2010

Bono is Bieber?

"The U2 stuff, I mean, that's kind of why we started a band. I'm still kind of freaked out about it. And I'm not a guy who takes a bunch of pictures and video, but I'm going to be filming the whole thing. [We'll be like] one of those idiots, backstage, Twittering our rosy little fingers off. For all those kids out there, it's kind of like how you feel about Bieber. Bono is Bieber to us. I have a little bit of Bieber fever too, but not as much as Bono fever. I have a full-on rash. A Bono-sized rash."
-OneRepublic frontman and songwriter-for-hire Ryan Tedder, discussing how he feels about U2. His band is serving as the opening act for U2's upcoming tour, one of two high-profile curtain-jerking spots OneRepublic will be handling over the next few months. OneRepublic will follow Bono and company across North America starting at the beginning of June, and the idea of sharing a stage with U2 reduces him to a squealing teen.
The other big opening slot OneRepublic have booked for themselves over the next few months will take them to the brand new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to open for native sons Bon Jovi. "We just got asked to open up the first musical performance at the new Meadowlands Stadium, in New Jersey, so that's going to be crazy," he said. "Something like 70-80,000 New Jerseyans, opening up for Bon Jovi in his home state. So we have to do something special for that. I'm not sure just what, but it'll be something. Maybe we'll work a Bruce Springsteencover into the set."

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