Bonus marks 60 years confined, but on a war footing against the coronavirus


At the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Dublin asked to participate in a public-private effort to ensure personal Protective Equipment (Ppe) and test overseas medical

“In the north of Dublin. 14 studio albums. 22 Grammys. 1 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International”. This is the irish band U2 in his account of Twitter, proud of their origins, their musical achievements and the activism led by their lead singer, Bono, who meets this Sunday 60 years away from the spotlight and confined by the coronavirus.

It is not, surely, the birthday that would have imagined the leader of U2, whose figure awakens admiration and antipathy among their compatriots, since the same celebrate his undeniable talent as criticize his ego supposedly excessive and its contradictions.

You might have desired a great party as the that we organized two years ago to his friend Shane McGowan, singer of The Pogues, for its 60th anniversary, with a concert among colleagues in the Bond he shared the stage with Johnny Deep, The Corrs or Nick Cave.

However, if you follow the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19, you need to blow out the candles in his mansion in Killineyone of the most exclusive residential areas south of the irish capital, where you have neighbors to other stars as Van Morrison, Enya or The Edge, guitarist and songwriter of U2.

Far is Finglas, the working-class neighbourhood in the north of Dublin in which he grew up, Paul Hewson (Bono), married to Ali and the father of four children.

Popular culture says that the residents who live north of the river Liffey are the guardians of the essence dublinesa, the most castizos, which are distinguished even by their accent, harder and more closed than in the south.

And, in addition to pedigree, apparently they also have rhythm and soul, according to what he wrote Roddy Doyle in his novel “The Commitments”, then brought to the cinema by Alan Parker to tell on the big screen the adventures of a group of young dubliners who form a band of “soul”, a style unknown to them.

In one of his most memorable passages, while a television without volume sample James Brown waddled frantically, the representative of the group, in answer to your questions, it is reassuring for them.

“The irish – remember – are the blacks of Europe and dubliners are the blacks of Ireland and the dubliners in the north are the blacks of Dublin, so utter, loud and clear: I’m black and I’m proud!”.

A long time ago that Bonus since she has no accent in the north of Dublin and although the style of U2, nor is it the “soul”, many of the lyrics of their songs, almost all hand outs Bonus, they contain a high degree of spirituality and religiosity.

His critics reproach him move that same air of a preacher to his public appearances, whether in interviews, giving a speech at the UN on eradication of poverty in Africa or launching a company of fair trade.

In general, the Ngo held that, thanks to its fame, Bono has talked about social issues with prominent world leaders, some as unpopular as George W. Bush, but also suspect that it is the politicians who take greatest advantage of these meetings to clean up their image posing next to a rock star committed.

Many irish also reproach him that, while he embarks on a cross-social, U2 has woven over the years a complex tax to transfer a great part of their interests to the Netherlands, where they pay less tax.

Also, a filtering mass of documents, dubbed the “papers of the paradise”, revealed in 2017 that Bond was a “passive investor” in societies supposedly established in a tax haven to acquire real estate projects.

Bond is very aware that her figure is mixed, and that not everyone “buys” their image “buenista” – of “postureo” for some, which is why it almost always addresses these issues with a sense of humor and self-criticism, which, in turn, tends to disarm his detractors.

“I don’t think that this is the time for U2 to put in plan Kumbayá. Would not set well now, what is needed now are actions rather than words,” he said recently about the crisis of the coronavirus in an interview with “The Irish Times”.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Dublin asked to participate in a public-private effort to ensure personal Protective Equipment (Ppe) and test doctors in the foreign countries.

Since then, Bono has been in contact with, among others, the leaders of Apple and Alibaba, Tim Cook and Jack Ma, respectively, and sent a letter to the Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to purchase medical supplies.

U2 has also donated 10 million euros to help the health in Ireland and Bonus published march 17 in their social networks, the song “Let Your Love Be Known”, composed by him to encourage Italy, the first european country severely punished by the COVID-19.

A few days ago, the authorities in Seoul confirmed that Moon Jae-in had received a letter from Bono, whom they described as a “leader” for U2, “activist humanitarian” and “candidate for the Nobel Prize of the Peace”.

When this crisis passes, with 60 already completed, it may be a little closer to achieving the recognition of the Swedish Academy for his crusades for social work.