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.