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Sunday 24 September 2017

U2 salute Mandela and his 'big part' in band

U2 at the launch of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
U2 at the launch of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
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Actor Idris Elba and actress Naomie Harris attend a screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom", hosted by U2,in New York.
The Edge and Bono at the film premiere.
U2 at the launch of: Mandela Long Walk to Freedom
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

YOU know there will be a star-studded guestlist when U2 are helping to host an event.

Rock royalty Bono and his U2 bandmates The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton turned out to honour their long-time friend Nelson Mandela in New York on Monday.

The main draw was a special screening of a film about the former South African president's life, 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'.

U2, whose first new song in three years 'Ordinary Love' features on the film's soundtrack, co-hosted the event.

Dressed in sharp suits, they were pictured together for the first time since Paul McGuinness announced he was stepping down as the group's manager after 30 years.

The band happily signed autographs and posed on the red carpet with 'Vogue' editor Anna Wintour, as well as actors Idris Elba, Justin Chadwick and Naomie Harris.

While U2 have yet to comment on McGuinness' departure or on incoming manager Guy Oseary, father-of-four Bono was full of praise for Mr Mandela as he arrived at the Ziegfield Theatre for the screening.

Bono said Mr Mandela has played "a big part" in the lives of the band.

"He always says the same thing when you go and see him, 'you come to visit an old man like me, why would you do that?'

"You know, you're struck by his humility and his humour, they are the two things. But seeing my two kids, seeing him play with my kids is something I'll always remember."

Irish Independent

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