08 June 2007

How cool is Bono?

Way cool! NPR had an interview with the man himself on Morning Edition today. I am a huge U2 fan, but more than that, Bono's activism is so inspiring. Sure, he can make a greater impact than the average Joe, being a rock star and all, but the One.org organization that he's involved in touches millions. Even one of the J-man fan sites that I participate in has a "Make Poverty History" banner. I added one today, as I am finally beginning to understand HTML coding and was able to get it to work. I'm adding it to my MySpace, too. When we come together to work for a common cause, we can accomplish amazing things.

Once upon a time, I even saw that in my own community. It is a long and involved story, too personal for an anonymous blogger to share, even for me. That must seem strange, that I'm perfectly willing to share with the world my struggles with mental illness but not an inspiring tale of a community coming together. Sorry. You'll just have to take my word for it, that I've seen when people come together for a common cause, even here in the rustbelt, great things can happen.

I find it amazing and even a little awe-inspiring that even President Idiot and Condee listen to Bono. The interview on Morning Edition talked about a slight problem with Italy, and how the Italian Prime Minister also listens to him.

When you go to a U2 concert, as I did about 2 years ago, Bono spends no small amount of time talking to the crowd about his political issues. I went to see them with a close friend in Cleveland, at an arena that is now called "The Q," which holds 20,500 people. The concert was sold out. So every night that U2 is on stage somewhere, you can assume that they've got an audience of between 15,000 and 25,000 people. That's a lot of ears that Bono gets to bend. U2 live is one of the greatest shows I've ever seen.

Interesting, isn't it, that only a select few of rock royalty or megastars in the other entertainment genres get involved in things like this?


MotherMe said...

I'm secretly glad that most other entertainment megastars DON'T get politically involved. Bono is one of the few who actually has intellect behind his passion. ~mm

Lucy Arin said...

That's very true. Some of those folks ain't so smart and you wouldn't want them involved. But it would be nice if there were Bonos.

Dawna said...

He is a leader for our generation. What can ya say to that?

Lucy Arin said...

Not much other than "Amen, sister!"