Bono gives sixth graders a surprise visit

It was a trip down memory lane for U2 frontman Bono as he returned to his old school at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin’s Clontarf today.

Troubled sixth graders were given a private audience with the world famous pop star as he taught them all an unforgettable lesson.

A rumor went around this morning that Bono, 62, would be in the building, according to a student at Northside School, which produced the chart-topping Irish band 46 years ago.

The sixth grade students were then told they would be having a library gathering at around 2:30 p.m., and many of them had an inkling that they would have a VIP visitor in their midst.

“He was really nice and seemed pretty down to earth. He didn’t have a large entourage with him or anything, just a few people who seemed to work with him. He talked a bit and then read from his new memoir for a while,” she told

Students were asked not to photograph or film the famous singer, and he was filmed by a professional crew while he was there, sparking speculation that a documentary project could be linked to his new memoir release.

The Grammy-winning activist spent some time walking around campus, visiting the music room and meeting some of the students and teachers.

Around 140 sixth graders were then given an audience with the charismatic star, who shook hands with some of them in farewell after speaking to them in the library this afternoon.

“Most sixth graders would have known who he was, but some of the younger ones definitely didn’t know and didn’t understand what the big fuss was about,” the student said.

“He came across as quite humble and not really flashy considering who he is. It definitely caused a bit of a stir for everyone. A couple of teachers came in to stand in the back and listen to him, so there was a good group that listened to him for about an hour.”

Bono’s memoirs Surrender: 40 songs, one story will be released on November 1st and he spent a lot of time in Dublin prior to its release. Last month he returned to his childhood home on Cedarwood Road in Ballymun and he was also filmed while there.

Each chapter in the book is named after a U2 song as he takes readers on a journey from his early days in Dublin, including the loss of his mother Iris when he was just 14.

U2’s origins famously began in September 1976 in Mount Temple, after Bono saw a notice on the school’s bulletin board that read: “Drummer looking for musicians for band.”

In an exclusive excerpt from his new book, Bono wrote of this time: “It’s funny how random our destiny is. How do we fit all the drums, amps and apprentice rock stars into such a small space?”

Larry Mullen was already a competent drummer and Dave Evans (Edge) was a highly skilled guitarist, while Adam Clayton and Bono, aka Paul Hewson, were a little rougher on the edges.

“Adam was the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll,” writes Bono, “a kind of posh Sid Vicious. When Larry breathed life into the band, it was Adam who believed this band could give us life.”

Bono is promoting his new book with a theatrical tour of Europe and America, beginning November 2nd in New York City and ending November 28th in Madrid, Spain. He will take the stage in Dublin on Monday 21st November.

When it comes to U2 getting back on the road and touring, reports are that the foursome will be performing at the €1.8 billion MSG Sphere at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas next year. Bono gives sixth graders a surprise visit

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