Ongoing History Daily: Bono’s phone calls

When U2 was on their Zoo TV tour, Bono used to take a cell phone onstage with him every night. And almost every night during the North American leg of the tour, he would place a call to the White House from the stage.

In October 92, after many phone calls and annoying many White House operators, he decided to make things up to them. U2 dispatched their private jet to Washington where it picked up the operators and flew them down to the U2 gig in Columbia, South Carolina.

President George Bush was not amused. He said “I have nothing against U2. But the next time we face a foreign policy crisis, I will work with John Major and Boris Yeltsin. And Bill Clinton can consult with Boy George.”

Is it really the thought that counts? Check out Friday’s post.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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