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The 6 Best American Reactions To U2's Grammys Performance On A Barge

U2 were very prominent at last night's Grammys in New York, appearing in the opening sequence during Kendrick Lamar's XXX and then playing 'Get Out Of Your Own Way' on a barge on the Hudson on a cold January night in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

As ever, any U2 public appearance raises more questions than answers and here were our favourite reactions from American viewers watching the barge performance from their comfort of their warm homes.

1.Obviously U2 played on a barge beside the Statue of Liberty

Anyone familiar with U2's body of work will not be surprised to learn that they chose a boat on the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty to protest Trump via a stars and stripes megaphone.

Remember Bono revealing the Stars and Stripes lining of his leather jacket during the 2002 Super Bowl?


Similar thing.


2. How did Adam play bass with those thick gloves on?

Playing outdoors on a barge at night on the Hudson would put a chill in the bones of the hardiest soul. So respect to Adam Clayton, who gave zero fucks about being a rock star hard man and played (or pretended to play) with a massive parka and a thick pair of Thinsulates over his fingers. That can't be good for playing bass!

Twitter noticed.


3. Larry looked really bored by the whole thing

Larry Mullen is a pretty chilled out drummer at the best of times. But Grammy viewers thought he could try to look a bit more interested by the whole playing-on-a-barge thing.


4. U2 accomplished a feat of time-space engineering last night

Everyone knows that traffic in Manhattan is mental. U2, however, make dreams come true and managed an unimaginable traffic feat last night. They got from Madison Square Garden to the Hudson River and back in less than two hours. Social media was dubious.


5. Bono's stars and stripes megaphone wasn't very subtle

Subtly has never been Bono's forte, but self-awareness did not prevent him picking up a stars and stripes megaphone and listing off a new set of beatitudes, including worthy things like 'Blessed are the shithole countries, for they gave us the American dream'


Not everyone liked the megaphone however.

6. This was only U2's second-best performance on a barge

Remember the video for 'Gloria', filmed on the Liffey back in 1981? Barge music was better back then.


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