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By Neil McCormick

Longtime buddy and reporter, Neil McCormick, finds early life and contemporary tales approximately Bono and his band, U2.

Some are born great.
a few in achieving greatness.
a few have greatness thrust upon them.
and a few have the misfortune
to visit institution with Bono.

Everyone desires to be well-known. yet as a tender punk in Dublin within the Nineteen Seventies, Neil McCormick's goals went manner past mere pop stardom. It used to be his future to be a veritable Rock God. He had all of it labored out: the albums, the live shows, the hunt for international peace. there has been just one factor he hadn't counted on. The boy sitting at the different part of the study room had plans of his own.

Killing Bono is a narrative of divergent lives. As Bono and his band U2 ascended to international superstardom, his tuition good friend Neil scorched a burning course in on the contrary course. undesirable medications, bizarre intercourse, extraordinary haircuts: Neil skilled all of it in his elusive quest for repute. yet occasionally it's life's losers who've the main fascinating stories to tell.

Featuring visitor appearances by way of the Pope, Bob Dylan, and a galaxy of stars, Killing Bono deals a really humorous, startlingly candid, and unusually relocating account of a lifestyles lived within the shadows of superstardom.
“The challenge with understanding you is that you have performed every thing I ever sought after to,” Neil as soon as complained to his recognized good friend. “I'm your doppelganger,” Bono answered. “If you will want your existence again, you will have to kill me.”

Now there has been a thought...

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13 In July 1984, i used to be again in eire laying out sizzling Press. My alternative as paintings director, Jaqui Doyle, had surrender all of sudden to take in an identical place at spoil Hits in London. I agreed to quickly step into the breach even if i used to be so paranoid approximately wasting my Unemployment and Housing profit (or govt Arts provide, as Ivan and that i said it) that I insisted the journal fly me again to London on a Monday morning in order that i may get a teach from Heathrow to Camden, sign up the dole, then head instantly again to the airport to fly to Dublin, returning to paintings at scorching Press through mid-afternoon after a round journey of six hundred miles. Bob Dylan was once taking part in a major open-air live performance at Slane fort and the total employees of scorching Press headed as much as disguise the good occasion. It used to be Dylan’s first stopover at to eire because the sixties, an get together taken care of with due reverence through the nation’s huge tribe of unreconstructed hippies. greater than 100,000 amassed at the hillside to pay homage yet, being a qualified freeloader, I controlled to wangle my means into Lord Henry Mountcharles’ citadel. U2 had lately been recording classes for a brand new album within the castle’s ballroom so i used to be no longer shocked to come across Bono and Ali between these having fun with hospitality. “The very guy! ” acknowledged Bono, mysteriously, grabbing my arm. I hadn’t obvious my outdated schoolfriend for over a 12 months and much had occurred in all our lives (or hadn’t occurred, in my case) yet he didn’t are looking to speak about it. Bono published that he used to be being taken to fulfill Dylan, who had expressed an curiosity during this younger pretender. “Why don’t you return alongside? ” Bono casually acknowledged to me. And, seeing as I had not anything higher to do correct then, I acknowledged i might like to, correct once they picked me up off the ground the place I had collapsed in a gibbering heap. It quick transpired that Bono had his personal time table in inviting me alongside. Niall Stokes had bought wind of Bono’s assembly and had persuaded him to take a tape recorder and interview the good guy. This was once rather a coup for warm Press yet now not so nice for Bono, who used to be starting to fear that he can be out of his intensity. the reality was once, he didn’t truly be aware of a lot approximately Dylan, past the most obvious (world’s maximum lyricist, voice like sand and glue, replaced renowned track eternally, amen). it would be difficult to think given Bono’s latter-day prestige as keeper of the flame, frequently known as upon to induct legends of yesteryear into the rock corridor of status, yet there has been a time while he didn't show a lot curiosity in rock’s earlier. Bono used to be all in regards to the destiny. whilst I initially interviewed U2 in London, questions about the origins in their variety have been met with vociferous denials of any and all affects. “The approach it really is, there’s no longer a lot track I do like,” stated Bono, emphatically. (Oh, he might most likely try and deny it now…but i've got it on tape! ) So there he was once, being summoned for an viewers with the grasp yet afraid he could betray his lack of knowledge. yet Bono is either a natural-born bluffer and a brief learner, and that i imagine he figured with me there to again him up he couldn’t get it wrong.

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