Tuesday 16 January 2018

Oliver Callan channels Bono - 'I’m very good at modesty, probably the best at modesty in the whole world'

Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Barry Egan chats to Bono about a year of trials and tribulations from his accident in Central Park to his tax arrangements and his relationship with the Taoiseach.

BARRY: It was a tough year for you. How are you since your accident.


BONO: It was difficult. You know I got so excited trying to shove my iPad into a jogger’s lycra that I fell off my tricycle. I broke nearly every bone. You know the doctors said I was lucky I didn’t have a spine or I would’ve broken that too.


BARRY: The U2 album stunt with Apple is regarded as a PR disaster. How do you look back on that now?


BONO: Modesty is important. I’m very good at it, probably the best at modesty in the whole world. But think of the less fortunate - every time I click my fingers another African child.. rolls their eyes as my album uploads to their iPod.


BARRY: The anger in Ireland about your tax arrangements continues to bubble on – how do you explain U2’s tax situation?


BONO: When you are as successful as me, you’ve already proved how good you are, so you shouldn’t have to pay too much tax, tax is for failures. But I think Irish people are generous and resilient. It wasn't the Troika that bailed out Ireland, it was the Irish people. Not this Irish person, obviously, I was at the Oscars, in a solid gold suit, watching Ellen send my social media shares through my Faberge egg encrusted ceiling.


BARRY: As someone who’s endured a media storm, what would your advice be to Enda Kenny for 2015?


BONO: You know. Look to Europe. I love Europe I go down on Europe. So Enda Kenny is not to blame. He saved Ireland. I find it hard to tell the Taoiseach how grateful I am to his face, as most of the time he is too busy kissing my arse.

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