WNUR “Backstage” show with Bono

Bono visits WNUR Evanston Illinois. WNUR is the “largest college radio station in the US” and, due to its signal strength, reaches a wide audience in the Chicagoland area.  Bono is interviewed by Michael Lev and topics include how U2 formed, early attempts to cover The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones, playing pubs in Dublin, Bono shopping U2 demos in London, U2-3, The Edge, early impressions of America, and playing the University Of Chicago the night before. Original audio repaired by “Candle” from ElevaSHN hub. Recorded April 12th, 1981 the day of their second Chicago area show of the Boy tour.

Bono and Edge October Era Interview

Bono and Edge, speak to Phil Sutcliffe for the BBC. The interview was recorded during the first leg of the October tour in Brighton England. The interview is short, and focused on the “new” October album. In particular, the religious connotations of songs like Gloria and Tomorrow are discussed. Bono also tells the stories behind Stranger In A Strange Land and the B-side J Swallow. Interview most likely recorded while on tour in Brighton, October 12th, 1981.

U2 on WBCN Boston

A great early interview by DJ Ken Shelton with the band (minus Adam) on WBCN Boston from the 3rd leg of the Boy Tour. The band is interviewed and play favorite records during the lunch hour. Also, the band discuss with enthusiasm the upcoming recording of the October album. Finally, Larry does a great Boston area weather report! Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Interview recorded May 27th, 1981.

Boy Story Radio Show (6 parts)

BP Fallon interviews Bono and discusses the genesis of the Boy album on this radio show. The original show includes demo versions of Boy tracks compared with album versions of the same tracks. However, only the interview portions have been reproduced here. This show is in six parts.  First aired 1983.

Adam WXRT Interview

A brief interview with Adam just as U2 performed their first ever series of shows in Chicago. This was during the 3rd leg of the Boy Tour, April 12, 1981. The interview was presented as part of WXRT‘s 25th anniversary, and comes from a promotional CD. Special thanks to Rajiv Udani for providing this interview.  First aired April 12th, 1981.

Bono on RTE Chat Show

In 1979, Bono appeared on an RTE chat show to discuss singing. He was the “rock singer” on a panel with Dr. Veronica Dunne of the Royal Irish Academy, RTE host Pat Kenny, and others. In 2005, much of this panel discussion was re-broadcast on the John Bowman Saturday morning show.  First aired 1979.

Thanks to Caroline of U2log.com for pointing us toward this rare interview.