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Adam Clayton at the Oscars

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mark Burns, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Mark Burns

    Mark Burns

    Mar 5, 2014
    What brand acoustic bass guitar was Adam Clayton of U2 playing at the Oscars?
  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Breedlove ABG.

    He was killing it with those 2 notes.
  3. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    Here we go........
  4. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass

    May 10, 2006
    Yeah, but he IS the bassplayer for U2. :D
  5. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I don't get the Adam Clayton hate. I'm not a U2 fan, but I respect them because they've had the same line-up for 35+ years and have sold 150 million records. How many bands can claim that? Plus, the guy hasn't aged in the last 25 years (wait, that's the drummer) and he's married to a super model.

    I would love to have his bank account.

    Humorous excerpt from Wikipedia:

    When Clayton first joined the fledgling U2, he did not have formal training in the bass. In the band's early years, he generally played simple parts in 4/4 time. Bono said of Clayton's early bass playing, "Adam used to pretend he could play bass. He came round and started using words like 'action' and 'fret' and he had us baffled. He had the only amplifier, so we never argued with him. We thought this guy must be a musician; he knows what he's talking about. And then one day, we discovered he wasn't playing the right notes. That's what's wrong, y'know?"
  6. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    And has so much more money than I do. Agreed.:D

    I have no hate on for Clayton at all. Jealousy if anything. I think we can all agree that he is not a bass virtuoso by any stretch and a member of arguably the biggest band on earth. Lucky bugger.:p

    P.s. I bought War on release, been a huge fan since and have seen U2 multiple times. I love the band.
  7. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    I disagree. Virtuosity does not necessarily mean playing a million notes per second all up and down the fretboard. He is a virtuoso rock bassist.
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    For some reason, he has become the Ringo Starr of bassists. True musicians realize that they do not have to be "flashy" in order to be good. Clayton plays exactly what's right for the song just like Ringo did. Maybe their brilliance is really in the simplicity.
  9. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    +1 :)

    And to paraphrase my comment on last week's Adam Clayton thread 'he makes a pretty good living with those two notes'

    Actually, the bass line in 'New Year's Day' is a classic in my opinion.
    Simple, yet very effective, and driving the song.

    Really, in a band where the guitar playing is often more atmospheric than anything, the bass couldn't stray very far from a solid root foundation without losing much of the drive and power.
  10. Sparkdog

    Sparkdog Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Burbank, CA
    Exactly right. He's simple, solid, tasteful, and powerful. That's his job.

    Most people would say Flea is a great bassist and I agree. Imagine him in U2! Probably not a fit I'm thinking :)
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    One of my favorite songs of all time to play is Beautiful Day. One of Clayton's best bass lines IMO. Lots of fun to play.
  12. brad houser

    brad houser

    Jan 4, 2008
    they killed on the Oscars. U2 is a great BAND. As in, organic, breathing, unified.
  13. bass4u

    bass4u Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2007
    To all the haters, how many of you have written a bass line like
    New Years Day, that tens of millions of people recognize the
    moment they hear the first 4 notes of the line?

    raise your hands.......
    coughiefiend likes this.
  14. sparkyfender2


    Nov 25, 2013
    He gets much better gigs than me, no matter what brand bass he plays......
  15. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Sorry but you don't get to redefine words in order to make your point. He is a solid player, no more or less. I don't get why that isn't enough for some people.
  16. Mark Burns

    Mark Burns

    Mar 5, 2014
    That was not a Breedlove headstock, was it?
  17. catgut


    Jan 15, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Flea is a fairly simple player as well. Just in a different 'look at me' kind of way. I find Adam much more tasteful though. Flea has to cover up the rest of his band with bass notes. That's a tough job.