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Bono’s Liberty Medal Speech

This is Bono’s acceptance speech in honor of Bono and DATA receiving the 2007 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia. A text version of Bono’s speech can be found here.  Recorded September 27th, 2007.

Bono discusses Across The Universe

Bono talks very briefly to Hollywood.com about the movie Across The Universe.  First released September 14th, 2007.

Bono discusses Luciano Pavarotti

Bono pays tribute to Luciano Pavarotti in a short discussion with BBC presenter Eddie Mair. Topics include; Bono’s father and Pavarotti, how Miss Sarajevo came about, flying with Pavarotti, staying at Pavarotti’s summer home, the empathy behind the notes. Recorded and first broadcast September 6th, 2007.

Bono, Voices Of Sun City

Artists who took part in the Artists United Against Apartheid (Sun City) project recorded an interview LP and video entitled “Voices Of Sun City”. On this promo LP, Bono discusses why he joined the Sun City project and the recording of Silver and Gold. This is a very short interview segment. Special thanks to Eric of U2vl.org for providing this interview. Released 1985.

Bono press conference regarding graffiti

On November 11th, 1987, U2 played a free show at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco. During that show, Bono spray painted “Rock n roll stops the traffic” on the Vaillancourt fountain. This resulted in Bono receiving a rebuke from then San Francisco mayor Diane Feinstein, “I am disappointed that a rock star who is supposed to be a role model for young people chose to vandalise the work of another artist”. This short press conference is Bono’s response to the situation. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Recorded November 1987.

The Edge with Roger Scott I

Edge sits down with Roger Scott for a short interview on BBC Radio One. Topics include; When Love Comes To Town, working with BB King, She’s A Mystery To Me, meeting Roy Orbison, recording cover versions, Dancing Barefoot, Fortunate Son, Warm and Tender Love, Everybody Loves A Winner, Unchained Melody, 1989 plans for U2, and Edge’s favorite music including S’Express, Living Colour, and The Neville Brothers. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast April 15th, 1989.

The Edge with Roger Scott II

During rehearsals for the Lovetown Tour, Edge sits down with Roger Scott for a short interview on BBC Radio One. Topics include; Everlasting Love, Unchained Melody, touring Australia and New Zealand, songs for the next album, and The Who touring. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast June 24th, 1989.

Bono phones Simon Mayo

Just after becoming a dad for the first time, Bono phones in to Simon Mayo‘s BBC Radio One show for a short interview. Topics include; the birth of Jordan, being a father, All I Want Is You single and video, Felini’s La Strada as the basis for the video, who dies at the end?, the Lovetown tour, U2 fanzines, and Everlasting Love. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast June 7th, 1989.

Bono in Stockholm Sweden

Bono tapes a short interview in the Kaknästornet tower restaurant with a Swedish journalist. Topics include; the radio tower, wallpaper music, the War album, Sunday Bloody Sunday, the troubles, Simple Minds, change, working on a ballet soundtrack with Arlene Phillips for the (then) Irish National Ballet, a gift for the interviewer. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Recorded sometime early in 1983.

Bono and Jim Kerr with Dave Fanning

Just before the Phoenix Park show, Bono and Jim Kerr visit with Dave Fanning.  This is an extremely short interview in which the upcoming show is discussed and Jim Kerr discusses going on before U2.  Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast August 12th,1983.