U2: Good or Bad?

It's time for another Good or Bad debate. Marsha Lederman and Jim DeRogatis duke it out over "the biggest band in the world".
Lead singer Bono of the Irish rock band U2 performs. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

It's time for another one of q's patently polarizing Good or Bad debates. On trial this time: U2 — the seasoned rockers who don't shy from the title of biggest band in the world. 

Fronted by shade-wearing lead singer Bono, U2 is emotionally epic and resonant to some, but bombastic and past their prime to others.

Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay checks in with two passionate debaters: 

  • Arts journalist and superfan Marsha Lederman argues the pro side. She's armed herself with stats, stories and stirring lyrics. 
  • Music critic and resolute rabble rouser Jim DeRogatis takes the con side. He argues that the band's "go big" gusto doesn't serve them when they suck. 
Remember: there is no middle ground in our Good or Bad series! Cast your vote below. 


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