Indie Rockers Franz Ferdinand Reveal Why Bono Might Have A Grudge Against Them

Alex Kapranos and Julian Corrie dropped into The Project on Monday night.

You may remember them from 2004’s crazy-popular hit Take Me Out, and now, fresh out of Byron Bay for their performance at Splendour in the Grass, Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand are back and ready to rock out with a brand new album.

Dropping in to The Project on Monday, Alex Kapranos and Julian Corrie sat down with the panel to talk everything from their Splendour set, to the rumour that they once took over Bono’s personal stage when specifically asked not to.

“It was true,” the boys said about cheekily defying the U2 front man. “We played in Latin America with them. It was amazing, these gigs in huge stadiums and there was what they call an ego ramp in the business… We were told, ‘whatever you do, don't go out on it!’ and they put a big space in it so we couldn't get onto it.”

Of course, in true rock ‘n’ roll style, the pair simply couldn’t help but bend the rules.

“I was just too tempting! So we leapt across and went on the ego ramp. [Bono] didn’t seem too upset… Maybe he just didn’t show it” they added.

It's not the only time they've stirred the pot with other musos -- the indie rock outfit were apparently so loud at a recent festival in Madrid that Massive Attack cancelled their appearance at a nearby stage due to the noise, saying in a now-deleted tweet that “the sound of the stage where Franz Ferdinand was playing at the time would bother them during the performance of their show."

Image: Mad Cool Festival

Asked if they ever get sick of their smash hit track Take Me Out, the pair reassured fans that they still enjoy playing the banger.

“It goes off! We have five albums now, a lot of songs to choose from... But it’s pretty strange when a band who has a really big hit doesn't want to play it. I don't understand that,” they said, adding, “We've seen that with other bands. Radiohead didn't want to play Creep.”

Franz Ferdinand's album Always Ascending is out now.

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