Frank Sinatra and Bono separately helped combat racism toward Jones.
“1964, when I was in Vegas,” Jones said, “there were places I wasn’t supposed to go because I was black, but Frank [Sinatra] fixed that for me. It takes individual efforts like that to change things.”
About Bono, Jones said, “When I go to Dublin, Bono makes me stay at his castle because Ireland is so racist. Bono’s my brother, man. He named his son after me.”
But even though Quincy Jones and Bono may be brothers, he still thinks U2 is terrible.
When Marchese asked Jones if U2 is still making good music, this was Jones’ response: “[Shakes head.]”
When asked why not, he said, “I don’t know. I love Bono with all my heart, but there’s too much pressure on the band.”
Cyndi Lauper hated "We Are the World."
Marchese asked Jones about a story in his memoir about how rock musicians who were asked to be on “We Are the World” complained about the song. Well, this is what Mr. Quincy Jones had to say about that:
“It wasn’t the rockers. It was Cyndi Lauper. She had a manager come over to me and say, ‘The rockers don’t like the song.’ I know how that s**t works. We went to see Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, and all those cats and they said, ‘We love the song.’ So I said [to Lauper], ‘Okay, you can just get your s**t over with and leave.’ And she was f**king up every take because her necklace or bracelet was rattling in the microphone. It was just her that had a problem.”
And now, Quincy Jones’ thoughts on modern pop music…