Saturday 20 July 2019

Sometimes you can’t make it on your own, says Bono

Beautiful day: Bono and Ali in Venice for the wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
Beautiful day: Bono and Ali in Venice for the wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

CLARE Mc CORMACK

A FORMER US president, an Irish businessman and the Mayo GAA team are among the list of people praised with inspiring U2 during the production of their new album, Songs of Innocence.

Bill Clinton, Paddy McKillen, John Lennon’s son, Steve Jobs and a host of Irish music stars all get a special mention in the ‘Thanks to’ section on the sleeve of the rockers’ 13th studio album which was released for free on iTunes last month.

To business man Paddy McKillen, who has been close pals with Bono for years, they write “Thank you Paddy McKillen for your grace under pressure”, possibly a reference to the businessman’s protracted battle with the billionaire Barclay brothers for control of the world famous London hotels, Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught.

The band also thank Jefferson Hack, the editorial director of hipster magazine Dazed and Confused and ex-boyfriend of Kate Moss, for his “visuals and visions”.

John Lennon’s son Julian is thanked “for a place to crash, bang and wallop”.

In an interview with the Guardian last year, Julian said: “Bono looks like a later version of Dad — the emotion on their faces is almost identical.”

The four band members also write their own personal thank you messages.

In Bono’s section, which is about double the length of the others, he starts by thanking his wife Ali “for everything on top of that, Jordan, Eve, Eli and John . . . and the rest of our family”.

From there he goes straight to artist and close friend Guggi “for wisdom since the age of three”.

Bono also gives a shout out to his fellow band members, writing “nice work if you can get it, and we did it”.

To the Clinton family Bono thanks “Bill, Hillary, Chelsea, Mark and ??” — clearly penned before the birth of Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky last month.

Other high-powered pals who get a pat on the back include Bob Geldof, River Café chef Ruth Rogers and architect husband Richard who built the Millennium dome and Terminal Five at Heathrow Airport.

And, of course, all at the Clarence Hotel and his favoured Dublin haunts Coppinger Row and Cavistons fish restaurant in Dalkey.

Keeping things short and sweet, The Edge, starts by  thanking his wife Morleigh “for her eyes and ears, arms and heart”. He also paid special homage to his late mother Gwenda, “a grandmother/wife/sister/mother/friend, you are still with us”.

Drummer Larry, who has struggled with a knee problem, thanked the Steadman Clinic — a world-renowned clinic with facilities in Vail, Colorado and sports medicine doctor Marc Philippon. He also praised the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry, Dublin.

Larry also writes in praise of Errol Brown, the singer and songwriter best known as the frontman of Hot Chocolate.

Keeping it very rock and roll, Adam gives a special thanks to all his bass-playing idols, including Paul Simenson from The Clash, Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel, and the late, great Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy.

The band also sends their appreciation to award-winning singer Adele for “raising the bar”.

Finally, at the end of the three-page list, the band thanked Apple for the initial release of their Songs of Innocence album as a free offering for its 500 million iTunes customers. “Thanks to the late but very great Steve Jobs” and Apple CEO Tim Cook: “We did it, and there’s more to do.”

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