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Bono did not want his 'Meaning of Life' shown with rest of series

Published 25/06/2013 | 05:00

Bono talks about tax affairs in the programme which will be shown tonight.
Gay Byrne and Bono

BROADCASTER Gay Byrne said that Bono was "very fussy" about when his episode of 'The Meaning Of Life' would be shown on RTE television.

The U2 frontman was "adamant" that his recorded interview go out months ahead of when the full series broadcasts in the autumn, as it would overlap with publicity for his band's new album.

Bono (53) talks extensively about his humanitarian work and his religious faith, but also his parents' marriage, his father's death and even his tax affairs in the programme which will be shown tonight.

Byrne (78) previously approached the Dalkey-based singer to do the interview, but due to U2's touring schedule, a suitable date could not be agreed upon. But the pair eventually sat down for two hours in a hotel in Killiney, Co Dublin, last May.

"He's very fussy," Byrne said. "U2 have a lot going on later this year with musical activities, so he was adamant that this should not be part of that.

"Of course we're adhering to his wishes, but I'd like it to be repeated, so I'm arguing that it go out again in the autumn."

Byrne established a friendship with Bono following U2's appearance on 'The Late Late Show' when the group were first emerging.

"I've known him a long time, but for the people who don't know him, I'd imagine they will probably be surprised by his faith and knowledge of the psalms and scriptures and what propels him to do what he does," Byrne explained.

'The Meaning of Life' airs tonight on RTE One at 9.35pm.

Irish Independent

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