Oasis guitarist Noel says Bono is the genuine article
NOEL GALLAGHER is quite the box-office interviewee. His latest chatter with the music industry hacks came about as he recovered from being pounded on-stage by a peeved audience member during a show in Canada.
Still, to begin to summarise a Gallagher interview would take an essay in itself but in between his admiration for Chris Martin’s songwriting skills, his condemnation of popsters Keane’s general existence and cursing how vile a place his homeland is, he made an interesting comment about one of our own rock aristocrats, Mr Bono.
Bono has long shared an ambivalent relationship with the Irish people. As a U2 frontman, songwriter and showman few would argue he is up there with the world’s finest over the past three decades. But as is becoming more common with celebrities these days, there are quite a few more strings to his bow.
The more enjoyable of the Oasis brothers feels that Bono is misunderstood by many people and that he is actually very genuine in his bid to right the world’s wrongs. And when you think about it he has got a point.
Not the sort to take a once-off flight to some troubled land and lament the squalor that the victims of global greed have to endure in some weekend glossy mag, Bono’s passion for the fight stretches all the way back. Back to the days of the 1988 masterpiece ‘Rattle and Hum’.
Have a listen to the track ‘Silver and Gold’ and you’ll hear a much greener Bono speaking on the horrors of apartheid to a live audience. He also asks the crowd if he is bugging them by doing so. Well now Paul, if you have to ask...
But the list of organisations Bono has been accredited with founding or co-founding is nothing short of noble and if he was an American, per say, there would probably be a bronze statue the size of Liberty herself perched at the welcoming gates of Virginia.
But in Ireland we have a condition. It’s not our fault, it’s in the blood. If Trevor Tuttle turns up at Sunday morning Mass in an Aston Martin with Angelina Jolie giggling away on his arm then (a) he must have been left money and (b) she must be after it.
Unfortunately Bono has that knack of making people tut, even though they may not mean it.
So well done Noel for pointing it out and sure if the rest of us did even an inch of the work the leather-trousered one has gotten through, the world would surely be a little better off.
DAFT OLD BAT
IT’S A MIRACLE
ITALIAN plumbers have we got jobs for you!
Due to a plumbing hiccup in the town of Marino, south of Rome, the inhabitants couldn’t believe their luck when free wine gushed from their kitchen taps.
Meant for a fountain in the town centre for the annual festival, the dozy workmen got their wires crossed and the wine ended up in people’s homes. Somehow if the same thing were to happen in this country you just know we’d hear a lot less complaining about the quality of our drinking facilities and the whole controversy that is cryptosporidium. And a lot less people making it to
work. THE NEWS that an American mother in Montana brought a dead bat into her children’s school and went from class to class getting the kids to touch it is another of those ‘only in America’-type stories. As the bat was diseased and up to 90 kids are now feared infected.
If you found a flying rat sitting in your own cat’s mouth one day what would you immediately do?
Well for me the bin outside would be the ideal resting place. How she got past all those teachers and let the children touch it is borderline insanity.
Daft old bat, you might even say.