Ongoing History of New Music Daily: “Death to Bono”

Now that Bono’s memoir is out—which is called Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, by the way—we’re hearing some interesting stories from his life.

Back in the 80s when Ireland was in the midst of all kinds of political strife, Bono and U2 took a position against all the violence and constantly hammered away at a pro-peace message. This didn’t sit well with the leadership of the Irish Republican Army because U2 was costing the IRA a lot of money went it came to raising money for their paramilitary organizations.

At one point, he got a tip that his wife was a target for some kind of harm. Another tip warned that a gang leader was planning to kidnap his daughters and had actually had the family under surveillance for months.

Nothing happened but it was an extraordinarily scary time.

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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