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Sunday 18 November 2018

Joshua Tree blossoms 20 years on

U2 star Bono has revealed how it took him over 20 years to finish a song he originally wanted to include on their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree.



U2 star Bono has revealed how it took him over 20 years to finish a song he originally wanted to include on their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree.



The singer penned Wave Of Sorrow about his experiences in Ethiopia, where he went as a charity worker with wife Ali after the band appeared at Live Aid in Wembley Stadium.



"It was one of the songs from the Joshua Tree sessions that we just never finished. A song that was trying to describe the experiences that myself and Ali had when we were out working in Ethiopia," he revealed.



The remastered album features several unreleased demos. And Bono recently added new, completed vocals to 'Wave of Sorrow.'



The deluxe edition of the re-released album will be released this month to coincide with its 20th anniversary.



"Myself and Ali saw all these sights that you really shouldn't ever have to see. People would walk through the night, all night, to these feeding stations. They would lay their children down, and sometimes they would be dead. Or they wanted to give them away.



"And I was struck by the fact that Ethiopia is such a mythic country. It was never colonised the way the rest of Africa was. It was the land of the Queen of Sheba and all these emperors. These were all huge figures.



"It was said that Solomon and Sheba had this relationship, we hear about it in the scriptures. And she brought gold and sandalwood and spices to him. I was contrasting it in my head with this parched land we were in at the time," revealed Bono.



As well as his notebook, Bono also took his camera with him to Ethiopia, where himself and Ali lived in tented accommodation with other aid workers, and staged a moving exhibition of photographs after his return to Dublin.

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