"The others don't count me as a musician. In fact the only way to get Edge to play the guitar is when I start playing it."
Column: off the record ..., vol. 16-749
November 20, 2016
This is not a rebel column.
I’m going to “go there” and write about the recent election in America. As we absorb the unexpected results of this most divisive and tiring of elections, I am among those realizing there is a greater divide among our citizens than imagined. It’s a divide that, quite honestly, demands introspection from all of us, and that our self-examination must lead to change for the better. I love my country and our freedoms and opportunity. I want to see us work more effectively toward the common good, which I understand may be a tough road to hoe within our current political environment. That won’t stop me or millions of others from trying to meet in the middle to make life better for all Americans.
U2 have never been shy about who they support in elections around the globe, especially in the U.S. As you know, the band urged Americans not to vote for Donald Trump and came out overtly against him at their concerts earlier this year in Las Vegas and at Dreamforce. Some people viewed them as overstepping, especially since they are an Irish band and don’t vote here. Many said U2 should just stick to playing music.
Of course, one of the things I love about U2 is that they are not afraid to take a stand for what they think is right and just in this world. Their music symbolizes hope and tells us to exceed the boundaries of our compassion and decency. They live their lives in such ways that set the example for all of us to follow.
In that spirit, Bono directed the president-elect to regard women as equals and fight for gender equality during his acceptance speech last week as Glamour magazine’s first ever Man Of The Year. Bono also talked about the Poverty is Sexist and ONE campaigns, which aim to help women and girls across the globe attain educational and economic equality.
On a related note, don’t forget to tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Nov. 22 to see Bono kick off the annual (RED) auction in support of World Aids Day Dec. 1.
The Huffington Post publishes a video series called “Talk To Me” that currently features children of celebrities interviewing their parents. A recent installment of Jordan Hewson interviewing her father Bono is both heart-warming and informative.
Bono calls his eldest daughter his cosmic twin (they share the same birthday) and he tells the story of recording her heartbeat in the hospital when Ali was in labor. Jordan's heartbeat slowed and Bono brought it the attention of medical staff. When a nurse told him that was common, he told her something was indeed wrong, saying “I know tempo.” Sure enough, Jordan needed to be quickly delivered and she spent the next two weeks on Bono’s chest. Talk about a beautiful beginning. No wonder they share such a deep connection.
Check out the interview for some humor and love and the usual deep thinking from Bono. He discusses poverty, celebrity, God, the band and how Ali drove HIM to the hospital (along with a small flask of whiskey) when Jordan was born. It’s worth a few minutes of your time.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving in America this week, I am grateful for my family, friends and an amazing U2 tribe. I had so much fun seeing and meeting many of you at the #U240 anniversary party in Cleveland in September. My life is so much richer for knowing all of you. Blessings!
Any opinions expressed in this column are those of the individual author and do not necessarily represent the views of @U2 as a whole.
(c) @U2/Myers, 2016.