Bono kicked off his book tour with a bit of guilt going on stage with three musicians who weren’t his U2 members and singing, joking, and shouting his life story to thousands of people. beloved fans at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater.
I even performed a song in Italian, a perfect piece of “Torna a Surriento”.
“It’s all a bit bizarre,” he noted at one point. “But it seems to be going well.”
The 62-year-old singer, songwriter and humanitarian describes himself as an eternal boy (born Paul David Hewson) with “aerial” fists, a “great” rock star and a voice. baritone trying to become tenor.
He’s now the published and best-selling author of his book “Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story,” which came out this week and is already in the top 10 on Amazon.com.
Through “Bloody Sunday,” “Where Streets Have No Names” and other U2 classics, he traces his biography from his childhood home in Dublin and his grief. about the early death of his mother Iris Hewson to the formation of the band he is a global celebrity and his strong marriage to Alison Stewart.
Former President Bill Clinton, Tom Hanks and U2 guitarist The Edge were among his famous fans, who often cheered and sang along.
For 90 minutes plus “Story of Surrender,” billed as “an evening of words, music and some mischief,” Bono wore a plain black jacket, matching pants Match and add color with her orange glasses.
He opened an account from his book about his heart surgery in 2016, but on the contrary, he jumped and jumped like a man never seen inside the hospital and sang out songs written decades ago without even knowing he forgot what inspired them.
Fares are rock-star: thousands of dollars for the best seats and hundreds even when the view is obscured.
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Compared to U2’s performance, the setting was relatively intimate – handwritten illustrations on screens hung towards the back of the stage and a few tables and chairs that Bono used as props for climbing or simulating meetings. conversation.
With a sense of humor and warmth, he recalls phone calls with Luciano Pavarotti and his pleas about “Bono, Bono, Bono” when the opera star recruited him to perform at a show. interests in Modena, Italy, and a brief appearance at U2’s studio. announcement – with a film crew.
Bono also reenacts his many tense bar meetings with his father, who seems to see his son’s career as some kind of business failure.
Brendan Robert Hewson’s rough facade once fell unexpectedly – when he met Princess Diana, an encounter Bono described as like watching the disgust of centuries of Irish royalty “drift by” passed in eight seconds”.
“A princess, and we are equal,” Bono added.
He often talks about the loss, about his mother when he was a teenager and about his father in 2001.
But he also describes life as a story of presence, whether about his religious faith, his wife and children, or his band friends.
After what he calls the typical Irish reaction to a child’s overwhelming ambitions – assuming they don’t exist – he calls himself “lucky”, adding that “what silence was filled, mainly, with music.”
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