Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelganger
Longtime buddy and reporter, Neil McCormick, finds youth and cutting-edge tales approximately Bono and his band, U2.
Some are born great.
a few in achieving greatness.
a few have greatness thrust upon them.
and a few have the misfortune
to visit college with Bono.
Everyone desires to be well-known. yet as a tender punk in Dublin within the Nineteen Seventies, Neil McCormick's goals went approach past mere pop stardom. It was once his future to be a veritable Rock God. He had all of it labored out: the albums, the live shows, the hunt for global peace. there has been just one factor he hadn't counted on. The boy sitting at the different part of the study room had plans of his own.
Killing Bono is a narrative of divergent lives. As Bono and his band U2 ascended to international superstardom, his college pal Neil scorched a burning direction in on the contrary course. undesirable medications, bizarre intercourse, extraordinary haircuts: Neil skilled all of it in his elusive quest for status. yet occasionally it truly is life's losers who've the main attention-grabbing stories to tell.
Featuring visitor appearances via the Pope, Bob Dylan, and a galaxy of stars, Killing Bono deals a very humorous, startlingly candid, and unusually relocating account of a lifestyles lived within the shadows of superstardom.
“The challenge with understanding you is that you've got performed every thing I ever sought after to,” Neil as soon as complained to his recognized good friend. “I'm your doppelganger,” Bono responded. “If you will want your existence again, you will have to kill me.”
Now there has been a thought...
to aid me out even supposing this venture quite runs correct outdoors her remit. thank you additionally to Regine’s husband, Kevin Davies, who provided the wonderful U.S. conceal shot. And a unique point out to my nice pal Darren Filkins, the photographer who dropped into Anton’s photograph. Darren can have written his personal saga of lifestyles as a might-have-been, having hand over the embryonic Blur to commit himself to images, yet, in his case, the alternative by no means weighed seriously upon him. he's an outstanding guitarist (who.
Punk outfit virtually stuffed a whole university workout booklet (it was once a mark of my age, i assume, that I selected this actual medium for my labors). I then needed to undergo the sound of scratching from the editor’s workplace as he struck blue pencil traces via each pretentious sentence, eventually rising to confess defeat. “There was once loads of attention-grabbing stuff there,” he stated, encouragingly, “but, uhm, not anything i will truly print.” Niall used to be a superb editor, among the finest i've got ever identified. He can have.
occasionally climb the steps after hours to aid us out while the going bought particularly tricky, putting in place stints on the rock ’n’ roll entrance line with the Letraset and cow gum. He had a style for reggae and all its vices, dabbled in journalism, controlled the peculiar band and harbored obscure pursuits as a music-business entrepreneur. i feel he should have taken pity on me while he provided me the spare room in his rented flat in Belsize Crescent. He sincerely had no thought what he used to be letting himself in for. Belsize.
have been a part of the relatives. the entire adventure used to be unusually off-putting. each time i peeked up from the ideal type of the bare attractiveness writhing underneath me, i might capture sight of Bono taking a look down at us. used to be faint trace of disapproval in his eyes? Did he comprehend that i used to be in basic terms with this lady simply because she used to be a version and that i may possibly brag approximately it later? “Do you brain if we flip the lighting off?” I requested. My breathless little good looks appeared stunned by way of my bashfulness yet still complied.
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