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  1. Forbes has posted a big interview with Bono and Bill Gates. The article is about their humanitarian work, ONE, RED, AIDS, Africa... It´s already online in the site but it will be also available in the issue of the magazine on December 2. It´s quite big so I thought it was better not to post it here, just the link. However, the last question is very interesting because Bono mentions U2. So here it is: Forbes: Last question. There’s a lot of pressure on you guys, as people expect big things. Do your amazing first acts create self-imposed pressure for your second acts? Bono: I haven’t left my day job yet, though there’s always this possibility when U2 puts out an album that no one will be there to buy it. And according to my band, if I keep doing these type of events, that’s going to be closer than we thought. I have a tricky one, you know, because I have to balance being an artist, which is my gift, and being this salesperson. In U2, I sell melodies, I sell songs. Here I try to sell ideas, but I have to believe in them, and then I’m a pretty good salesman. There is a huge pressure in not wanting to screw up the position that you’ve been put in. I do feel that, and I know that everyone in ONE feels that and everyone in RED feels that, because we’re serving. Though Nelson Mandela asked us to serve and Desmond Tutu threatened us on a regular basis that if we stop serving we wouldn’t go to heaven, the pressure is internal, as Bill says. In this kind of work you do see people crack under that because these are matters of life and death a lot of the time. So it’s lucky that we get to, Bill and myself, drink heavily. That’s a joke. But we actually do have a lot of fun doing this. It’s very exciting to see the progress that’s been made in the last ten years. And you get to hang out with Warren Buffett, who is a comedian. You can read the full article here. Photo: Glen Davis
  2. From the album: U2 & Me.......

    talking away about.....

    © Gary Paul

  3. From the album: U2 & Me.......

    I can't actually remember what we were laughing about.....

    © Gary Paul

  4. After helping to found MTV, Tom Freston reigned as C.E.O. of Viacom. But it was never his natural habitat. Bono recalls how he cheered when Freston (V.F.’s Man in Kabul) left, in 2006—then promptly recruited him to become chairman of One and (Red), organizations fighting extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa. Was I the only person in the world who punched the air when Tom Freston was forced out of One Astor Plaza, headquarters of Viacom? I should have been sobbing, like most of the hundreds of colleagues and staff who worked for him. His exit was not good for the audiovisual music business (i.e., MTV) or for the other Viacom companies, which would cry for imaginative leadership as they faced a life without the Walt Disney of Pop Culture. But I punched the air because I had sensed for some time that this magnificent man, this satellite cowboy, this pioneer of communications, had long since been ready to ride off into a much more satisfying sunset than nail-biting box-office returns and Nielsen ratings. Tom Freston’s world has never been just the Northern Hemisphere, the safety of the corporate office or multiplex. This man has been on a magic-carpet ride since his early 20s, his intellectual curiosity leading him everywhere he wanted to go but shouldn’t. He had lived in India and Afghanistan for years, making and losing his first fortune, before he joined the start-up that became MTV. For some time I had wanted—needed—his brain to go to work for the poorest of the poor. One and (Red), the organizations I helped set up, were blessed with influence and access, part of a movement helping to generate billions of dollars for vaccines, ARVs, bed nets, schools, wells, food security, etc. But what did I know about building organizations of hundreds of people in seven cities? “Are you asking will I come work for you?,” Tom said when I began the campaign of recruitment harassment. “No! We all want to go work for you,” I replied. “Your genius is not just innovative thinking but innovative leadership and the structures that are necessary for creative people to succeed.” Tom was already up to his knees in some of these issues, quietly supporting an orphanage in Burma and many other good works. Before he gave me an answer he asked to go to Washington, D.C. I think he wanted to discover the quality of the people in our U.S. headquarters and assess how lawmakers felt about them. After three days, he called me from his hotel, mildly traumatized by the scale, the stakes, and the jeopardy involved in organizations trying to change bad policy and protect good policy by appealing to both sides of a very fractious political aisle, not to mention corporate America and the public. “In all my years of traveling through Afghanistan and Iran,” he exclaimed, “hell, I’ve never felt like emptying a whole mini-bar. I’m lying here on my bed staring at the ceiling thinking, this is some mad hill to climb. I want to help you people climb it.” They say a genius record producer is the guy in the room when someone writes their best song. I disagree. It’s being in the room and showing them how. When Tom Freston walks through the door, somehow everybody else gets a whole lot better. Vanity Fair
  5. From the album: Where's Bono

    Fans had wanted Bono back in the studio and writing but this wasn't quite what they'd had in mind...

    © image from google, photoshopped by the hat!

  6. From the album: Where's Bono

    Bono near Cannes, Bono's current rumoured whereabouts...but who knows where he really is and where those banana trousers will take him next...

    © from google images, photoshopped by Mr The Edge!

  7. From the album: U2 in Moscow 2010

    Bono. The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow. 25.08.2010 http://rollingstone.ru/articles/music/almost_star/17320.html

    © On4Off

  8. From the album: U2 in Moscow 2010

    Bono. The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow. 25.08.2010 http://rollingstone.ru/articles/music/almost_star/17320.html

    © On4Off

  9. From the album: U2 & Me.......

    Bono hadn't seen the finished Hard Rock Amnesty T-shirt so when he seen me with it he decided to check it out

    © Gary Paul

  10. From the album: U2 & Me.......

    Bono & Me - Dublin Dec 2012

    © Gary Paul

  11. emadd

    Discotheque

    From the album: U2360

  12. GersonKlein

    U2 art

    From the album: Two Hearts Beat as One

    This is a painting that i made, based on a beautiful photography by Anton Corbjin. U2 is a very important to me. Is a pleasure for me to be part of the community. Greetings to all! GK
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  14. From the album: U2 & Me.......

    Checking the Hard Rock / Amnesty T-Shirt

    © Gary Paul

  15. alonlo

    IMG 0582

    From the album: Dublin - Dec 2012

    Bono drew me a Doodle on U22
  16. alonlo

    IMG 3862

    From the album: Dublin - Dec 2012

    Me and Bono in Dublin, Dec 2012
  17. From the album: U2 & Me.......

    At Tosca charity event Dublin 2012

    © Gary Paul

  18. From the album: U2 & Me.......

    Gordon Meets Bono, Dublin 2012

    © Gary Paul

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