The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently outlined how he improved U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ album after offering advice to Bono.
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He recalled the anecdote to Zane Lowe in a new interview with Apple Music 1, where he also explained how numerous artists from across the ‘90s inspired him.
It was here that Corgan landed on the topic of Irish rock veterans U2, and stated that back in 2000 he offered Bono some advice on his upcoming album — comments which the band then implemented into the final release.
“So, I’m over in Dublin, circa 2000, and I go to visit Bono at his house,” Corgan recalled. “We stayed up all night, and in the morning, for some reason, me and him are the only people up, and he says, ‘I want to play you something. We’re going to have to go out in the car, because I don’t want to wake the house up.’”
The music in question turned out to be the demos for the band’s tenth studio album, ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’, which Corgan claimed were “not all the way there”.