In an interview with the Australian-based theMusic.com.au, he said, "I mean, I think they probably thought it was gonna be a great idea, 'Here's the deal: everybody who has an iPhone, gets your record. And they get it for free!' And they thought, probably, 'Well that's pretty awesome!' but they didn't really take into consideration the Big Brother feeling that kinda goes along with like, '[In menacing voice] You have the new U2 record'... You couldn't get rid of it and they actually had to come up with an app to get rid of it, that's horrible."
It seems Hawkins wasn't feeling like much of a fan to begin with, so his criticisms should be taken with a grain of salt.
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"What happened to U2, man? I don't think people are that hyped on them," he said. "I don't know that any of that new album has anything great on it. I listened to it once, but it's so marred by that whole sort of, like I said, Orwellian, 1984 extreme that it just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it."
Meanwhile, Hawkins' own band dropped its new album, Sonic Highways, Monday -- it's eighth studio release -- amidst the run of Foo Fighter's HBO series by the same name that chronicles each song's making in a new city.