Hometown fans give Bono a rapturous welcome as the U2 frontman brings his book tour to Dublin with a night of stories and songs

Just when we thought we’d seen him in all his guises, Bono took the stage at 3Olympia on Monday and proved that he truly is a master of innovation.

In his day, there were no high-tech props, no welcome from thousands of fans in an international stadium, and no guitar in sight.

Instead, the 62-year-old served one of his most intimate, raw and emotional shows inviting attendees to take a journey into the inner workings of a church’s mind. pop star.

Like being a fly on the wall during a therapy session for Bono, his show is based on his memoir Surrender stories delve into his inner struggles and formative years.

The long book is divided into 40 chapters, each named after a song by U2. But this time, there’s context and meaning behind them as he performs some of them live.

The show begins with stories of his ‘eccentric heart’, needing life-saving surgery in New York in 2014, and moves on to his first years at Mount Temple comprehensive school.

He moved emotionally about the sudden death of his mother Iris when he was 14 years old, after she contracted an aneurysm at his own father’s funeral. Just like in the book, he ponders the impact of losing her so young as he struggles to find his place in the world.

Life became infinitely better for young Bono, aka Paul Hewson, in 1976, when he met his future wife Ali in the same week he joined the band – the two unions already serving Your service is very good.

Stripped and sometimes singing completely without accompaniment, the man who was described by his late father Bob as a “tenor who thought he was a baritone” offers some unique insights into what delighted him.

Proving that his voice has improved with age, he opened with City of dazzling lights before continuing Dizzy, Self-esteem and I will follow.

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Funny and self-deprecating, this is a Bono we’ve never seen before as he talks about the tour being a “completely different level of staring”.


Bono on stage in Dublin’s 3Olympia. Photo: Ross Stewart

He said he was “a quarter of a boy band” and said it felt “a bit violated to meet without my bandmates”.

But they’re definitely there in spirit – if not in person – as he talks about the band’s early days, the band started from humble beginnings and went on to prove all its detractors. their phase is wrong.

Bono was especially emotional when performing Bloody Sundayunder the supervision of President Michael D Higgins, before continuing Where The Street Has No Name.

With just over 1,000 people in attendance at 3Olympia, the unique show was made even more appealing since everyone had to hand over their phones in advance.

Like many other characters on his stage, his show delves into various stories of his life, from his campaign work to his love for women. the woman he claimed to have “saved him”.

And there is a lovely recollection of a good time with his late ‘Da’ in Finnegan’s pub in Dalkey. It was also where he first learned of his father’s advanced cancer before his death in 2001.

It seemed fitting that the show ended with an emotional performance by Torna and Surriento, The song was recorded by the legendary tenor Pavorotti, who was also a hero of his late father.

Fittingly, he received a standing ovation from attendees, including Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, broadcasters Charlie Bird, Joe Duffy, Pat Kenny and Dave Fanning, Harry Crosbie promoter and founder Riverdance John Colgan. There are also members of his immediate family and his loyal circle of close friends including Guggi and Gavin Friday.

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