By Neil McCormick

Longtime pal and reporter, Neil McCormick, finds youth and today's tales approximately Bono and his band, U2.

Some are born great.
a few in attaining greatness.
a few have greatness thrust upon them.
and a few have the misfortune
to visit university with Bono.

Everyone desires to be recognized. yet as a tender punk in Dublin within the Seventies, Neil McCormick's targets went means past mere pop stardom. It was once his future to be a veritable Rock God. He had all of it labored out: the albums, the live shows, the search for global peace. there has been just one factor he hadn't counted on. The boy sitting at the different aspect of the study room had plans of his own.

Killing Bono is a narrative of divergent lives. As Bono and his band U2 ascended to worldwide superstardom, his college buddy Neil scorched a burning direction in on the contrary path. undesirable medicines, bizarre intercourse, weird and wonderful haircuts: Neil skilled all of it in his elusive quest for reputation. yet occasionally it really is life's losers who've the main attention-grabbing stories to tell.

Featuring visitor appearances by way of the Pope, Bob Dylan, and a galaxy of stars, Killing Bono bargains a really humorous, startlingly candid, and unusually relocating account of a existence lived within the shadows of superstardom.
“The challenge with understanding you is that you've got performed every little thing I ever sought after to,” Neil as soon as complained to his recognized good friend. “I'm your doppelganger,” Bono responded. “If you will want your lifestyles again, you will have to kill me.”

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I hadn’t been on a level in and a part years. yet, as I regarded out into the faces earlier than me, I knew this used to be the place I belonged. What a gig that was once. We went out all weapons blazing, acting as though we have been enjoying for our very lives. And the viewers reacted in sort. We introduced the home down, finishing with loudly asked encores—and, whereas the viewers could have been sympathetic, i've been at sufficient different showcases to grasp that this isn't regularly the case. later on, I walked out into the group, accepting the congratulations of our pals. Dad had made it over for the gig and used to be grinning from ear to ear. “I constantly knew you had it in you,” he acknowledged. “That was once tremendous, boys. ” yet there has been something uppermost on my brain. I needed to payment the visitor record. while I acquired to the doorway, Ivan had already overwhelmed me to it, eagerly scouring the pages for the an important ticks that might express us who had attended. there have been nearly 100 names at the record. yet whatever was once certainly mistaken. He passed the sheets of paper to me with out a observe. All of 2 humans from the track enterprise had proven up. And certainly one of them was once a secretary from Virgin who had taken pity on us. Of the entire A&R humans we had visible, purely invoice Drummond were there. yet he had no longer hung round after the convey. enable me cross on one other piece of knowledge to any aspiring musicians analyzing this sorry saga. when you truly get into an A&R man’s place of work he'll say nearly something to get you out. Promising to return in your gig is without doubt one of the least difficult methods. A spontaneous celebration broke out within the flat that evening, one of those wake blending get together and depression. The gig were a triumph, without doubt approximately it, yet we had placed all our eggs in a single basket…and dropped it. I crashed out, inebriated out of my brain, approximately 5 within the morning. a person had videoed the gig and it used to be nonetheless enjoying at the television set in my bed room, with the sound grew to become down. I woke to static at the television display and a cell ringing. sun poured in during the home windows. My head was once spinning and while I lurched to my toes i assumed i'd throw up. I staggered into the kitchen. there have been our bodies in every single place. What the hell were happening the following? It appeared like a bloodbath. I picked up the telephone. Waves crashed opposed to the part of my cranium. I hung on to the door jamb as I croaked my hi. “Neil,” acknowledged a well-recognized Scottish voice. “Bill Drummond right here. I simply needed to name and say final evening used to be out of this global. ” “Wow, thank you, Bill,” I spoke back. “I don’t be aware of who else you’re speaking to,” stated invoice, “but i need to signal you. ” Fifteen U2 performed Milton Keynes Bowl on June 22, 1985. It was once their largest U. ok. gig thus far, an immense open-air occasion for 50,000. Ivan, Vlad, Joan and that i traveled up via teach to the live performance, humming with anticipation. Hell, we have been simply humming normally. We have been floating approximately in a bubble of happiness, heads spinning from a whirlwind week during which the nice Fairy of popularity & Fortune had waved her magic wand over our heads. I spoke to Bono at the mobilephone almost immediately after invoice gave me the excellent news.

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