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By Neil McCormick

Longtime buddy and reporter, Neil McCormick, unearths formative years and modern day 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 university with Bono.

Everyone desires to be well-known. yet as a tender punk in Dublin within the Nineteen Seventies, Neil McCormick's objectives 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 concert events, the hunt for international peace. there has been just one factor he hadn't counted on. The boy sitting at the different aspect 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 worldwide superstardom, his university good friend Neil scorched a burning course in on the contrary path. undesirable medicinal drugs, bizarre intercourse, extraordinary haircuts: Neil skilled all of it in his elusive quest for repute. yet occasionally it truly is life's losers who've the main fascinating stories to tell.

Featuring visitor appearances by means of the Pope, Bob Dylan, and a galaxy of stars, Killing Bono deals a very humorous, startlingly candid, and surprisingly relocating account of a existence lived within the shadows of superstardom.
“The challenge with understanding you is that you've got performed every thing I ever sought after to,” Neil as soon as complained to his well-known buddy. “I'm your doppelganger,” Bono spoke back. “If you will want your lifestyles again, you will have to kill me.”

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Ivan and that i watched incredulously, failing to realize how a gaggle we knew to be dynamic and encouraging may be made to sound like rank amateurs. possibly there has been wish for we all! “Everybody’s gotta fall flat on their face sometimes,” acknowledged Bono later on. “The vital factor is to choose your self up. ” I knew how that felt. John introduced he was once leaving the Modulators, uttering the immortal line: “I don’t imagine i will be able to deal with the rock ’n’ roll way of life. ” I checked out him incredulously. What used to be it that he stumbled on quite tricky to deal with? We weren’t precisely battling off groupies, there have been no medicinal drugs and basically the occasional gig within the area people heart. We discovered quickly adequate that John used to be truly doing to us what we had performed to Frank. He and Paul Byrne have been forming their very own band, Sounds Unreel, taking part in prog rock, a style the place John’s Afro and Paul’s blow-dried bouffant wouldn't be so misplaced. We recruited a brand new bassist, David Parkes. He had a unique virtue over each person who had held this place prior to in that he may truly play an tool. no longer bass, brain you—that could were asking an excessive amount of. yet he was once an finished classical guitarist and Ivan set approximately instructing him what he had to comprehend to move his abilities from six strings to 4. Then, via an commercial in scorching Press, we procured a drummer who didn’t have probation regulations, be afflicted by dope-induced paranoia or require us to make disclaimers prior to each functionality. actual, Johnny McCormack (no relation, thank God) was once a Dublin Jack-the-lad who used to be quite a lot older than us (he should have been all of, oh, twenty-two or twenty-three, which appeared certainly historic) and with whom we had completely not anything in universal, yet he was once keen to play drums in our band and (beggars, choosers and all that) that was once adequate to seal the deal. via summer season 1979, we have been able to rock. or maybe that are supposed to be “ready to pop. ” Our rules of what we would have liked to accomplish have been commencing to coalesce and Ivan and that i agreed there has been anything inherently proscribing in regards to the rock style. It used to be choked with bands who appeared to take themselves extraordinarily heavily and who relied for impression on a kind of sonic pummeling. We loved songs: verses, choruses, center eights and all. Our heroes have been the Beatles and we would have liked to create a musical platform that will preferably enable us room to discover a mess of other kinds. And, in our fierce ambition, we actually desired to be well known, the foremost be aware that lay on the very center of our imaginative and prescient of father tune. “It’s all pop music,” I stated to Bono after a gig in the future, increasing on principles that tied into my rejection of inventive elitism. “It’s approximately what’s well known, what the viewers chooses to listen to, what humans take heed to and sing to themselves even if the band isn’t there. You’re making pop song. ” “Up yer bum, buddy, with an immense bass drum! ” retorted Bono, aghast on the very suggestion. “U2 is a rock band. ” “I’m speaking in regards to the Jam, the Boomtown Rats, the Ramones, Blondie…” I rattled off (perhaps pausing for a second to think about the imaginative and prescient of Debbie Harry, new wave’s so much beautiful pin-up).

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