Three weeks after Bono’s previous interview with David “Kid” Jensen, both Bono and Edge return. The main topic, not surprisingly, is the forthcoming War album. Topics include the origin of Edge’s name, how Steve Wickham’s violin turned up on War, Bono’s recent marriage to Ali, pre-Boy songs, The Virgin Prunes, 40, how “Steven Rapid” came up with the name U2, etc. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Recorded 8:30pm, February 21st, 1983.
Bono and Edge phone in from Windmill Lane and talk with Simon Mayo of Radio 1. Discussion includes the song Miss Sarajevo for which Bono shares the “original” English lyrics Luciano Pavarotti later sang in Italian. Discussion also includes recording of “the new album” (Pop), Howie B., and recording the GoldenEye theme with Tina Turner. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Recorded November 22nd, 1995.
Comming off a month long break in the War tour, and less than a week before an appearance at Phoenix Park, the full band drop by Dave Fanning’s Radio 2 show for an interview. The band are in good spirits as they discuss the War album in depth, including a discussion of controversial lyrics that were removed from Sunday Bloody Sunday. Other topics include John Lennon, ZZ Top, living in Dublin, and Edge shops for a Triumph Herald during the interview. BP Fallon (aka “The Cosmic Egg”) sits quietly behind the band as they are interviewed. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Recorded August 11th, 1983, 7:45pm.
Two weeks before the ZOO TV tour began, U2 drop by Radio 1 to speak with Mark Goodier. This interview is not the typical “ironic” Zoo era interview, as the band seem to be in a fairly serious mood at many points. Apparently, the band had been shooting videos all day, and Bono is tired and a bit off his game. Bits of this interview ended up on Achtung Baby: The Videos, the Cameos, and a whole lot of Interference, including Edge discussing “owl droppings” and a quip by Bono about Edge’s “smelly feet”. Topics include Hansa Studios, Bono discusses the Achtung Baby bootleg tapes, a rant by Bono about regarding tour sponsorship, Adam says something about not wearing clothes, and the band discuss swimming pools. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast February 13th, 1992.
Bono does a “phone in” to Atlanta’s 99x FM radio for their Mother’s Day show in 1998. The interview is with Adora Mills, mother of Mike Mills from REM. Of note is Bono’s daughter Eve saying “Happy Mother’s Day” while home with a sore throat . Also, there is an extended discussion with Adora regarding The Mother’s Of The Disappeared coming on stage during some of the Chile and Argentina PopMart tour stops. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this updated interview. First broadcast on May 8th, 1998.
Australian radio station Triple J catches up with Edge, Adam, and Paul McGuinness in Glasgow Scotland. Interviews were taped just before the Zoo TV Glasgow show. Particularly interesting is hearing Paul McGuinness discuss the “economics” of the tour, specifically how the Zoo TV lost money. Paul also suggests, somewhat bluntly, that U2 would probably not tour Australia due to the poor Australian economy (this obviously turned out not to be true). Also, Edge goes into an extended discussion of the Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant. Additionally, there is a rare interview with original Zoo TV belly dancer Christina Petro (who years later became XTina X, the lead singer for the band Grim Faeries). The source tape has some issues during both parts. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Recorded June 18th, 1992.
Yet another interview with Jo Whiley, only this time, there are studio problems. The entire band are in their Dublin studio as the Pop album is being released. The radio show goes out to a reported audience of 145 million, representing 5 continents and 50 countries. Technical problems crop up and the interview is interrupted at various points. The mixing desk “blows up”, there is “spillage” by someone working for the BBC and Bono has an allergic reaction to red wine and is highly medicated. Additionally, this interview includes two segments created by the BBC. In one, Irish fans are asked their opinion of the band (not all are good). In another, a “U2 in two minutes” segment covers the history of the band. This version of the interview was recorded directly from BBC Radio 1, and as a result, includes extra interview segments. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast March 1st, 1997.