Musicians Honor U2 at NYC Musicares Benefit

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Text by Erin Reilly

Before Michael Franti, The Lumineers and several other artists performed in honor of U2 bassist Adam Clayton at the Musicares Map Fund Benefit concert, they took a moment to share how U2 has inspired them over the years. Here's what they had to say:

the lumineers

"We just played a few arenas on tour and had a lot of video screens and a B-stage during our shows. That's something U2 pioneered. They got so big they had to invent ways to entertain people in bigger rooms. We're beneficiaries of that." 

Michael franti

"U2 is my favorite band so anytime I'm in the same room with them it's awesome. I've just admired how they are able to bring 50,000 people into a stadium and make people laugh, dance, cry, sing - all around this message of one people, one love."

chronixx

"U2 has reached a level in their career where their music just kind of possesses people. It's a great place to be as musicians." 

Jack Garratt

"These guys invented stadium rock. To still see a show that has the same kind of passion and intensity as a show they would've done in the '80s is a remarkable thing to watch as a fan of live music."

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