U2 Joshua Tree Tour 2019
· U2's Mumbai setlist, 15/12/19
· U2's Manila setlist and videos, 11/12/19
· U2's Seoul setlist and videos, 08/12/19
· U2's Tokyo #1 and #2 setlists and videos, 4/12/19 and 5/12/19
· U2's Singapore #2 setlist and videos, 01/12/19
· U2's Singapore #1 setlist and videos, 30/11/19
· U2's Perth setlist, 27/11/19
· U2's Sydney #2 setlist, 23/11/19
· U2's Sydney #1 setlist, 22/11/19
· U2's Adelaide setlist, 19/11/19
Bono Puts Away the Briefcase; U2 Back on Song|
Posted on Saturday, October 28 @ 11:43:37 UTC by Macphisto
LONDON (Reuters) -- Bono has put away the briefcase and Irish supergroup U2 are back on song.
Putting his political causes on the backburner for the moment, the group`s flamboyant lead singer is singing up a storm and enormously relieved to find his voice has not deserted him.
From the Vatican to Capitol Hill, Bono has been campaigning for rich nations to cancel Third World debt.
Now one of pop music`s most vociferous idealists -- he also backs Amnesty International and Greenpeace -- has returned to his regular job with the group`s 11th album in 25 years together.
``I feel like I`ve been wearing a bowler hat and carrying a briefcase,`` he told Saturday`s Daily Telegraph. ``Now I have found my voice again and it`s an amazing feeling.``
Bono, fearing that his raw-edged voice would crack, revealed that he had consulted specialists who told him that his problems stemmed from allergies. He has also cut down on his smoking and drinking.
He is delighted with the results on the new album ``All That You Can`t Leave Behind`` with songs on a wide range of subjects from terrorism to mid-life crisis.
``There are notes I haven`t sung for years and years,`` he said.
But he has not given up his political causes: ``I am not in any way at peace. I still think the world is a really unfair and often wicked place and beauty is a consolation prize. There has always been a kind of rage in me and it does still bubble up.``
But the 40-year-old superstar thought it was ridiculous that his fame was needed to further causes.
``It is absurd if not obscene that celebrity is a door that such serious issues need to pass through before politicians take note,`` he said.
``In between the building of hospitals and schools and the commitment to cancel $100 billion in debt there is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy. It is of Kafka-like proportions, everyone passing the buck and people hiding in the small print. And we are going after each one of them.``
On the music front, he is also ``on-song`` with fellow superstar George Michael.
Both have complained that British pop music nowadays was dominated by too many bubblegum bands and ``pretty young things.`` Gone are the days when The Beatles and the Rolling Stones ruled the hit parades of the world.
``People are sick to the teeth of processed and hyped pop bands. It`s crap. They want something real again,`` Bono told the Sun tabloid.