Is the U2 front­man deaf to the suf­fer­ing of his peo­ple?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

It has come to On The Record’s at­ten­tion that one of the coun­try’s most high-pro­file rock stars is missing in ac­tion. At a time of great na­tional cri­sis, we have heard from Westlife and Jim Corr about the trou­bles which now face us. Yes, we’ve chuck­led loudly at what they’ve had to say, but they have nonethe­less been with us in our hour of need.

One man, though, re­mains missing. Cometh the hour and cometh the cri­sis, there’s no sign of Bono.

Of course, he hasn’t gone too far. This was the week when he and The Edge were caught up in the furore over the Broad­way pro­duc­tion Spi­der-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with ad­vance pre­views slat­ing the $65 mil­lion show’s “baf­fling script” and “dull score” (the lat­ter com­posed by the U2 duo).

There was also an in­ci­dent in New Zealand where Bono ded­i­cated a song to the 29 min­ers who died in an ex­plo­sion at the coun­try’s River Pike mine. Some fans at the Auck­land show thought the choice of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Look­ing For was “in­sen­si­tive”.

How­ever, the U2 front­man’s si­lence on Ire­land’s eco­nomic woes is baf­fling. It’s re­mark­able that there’s been noth­ing from him, es­pe­cially given Bono’s propen­sity to com­ment on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional events. All we can find is an aside at an Athens con­cert in Septem­ber com­par­ing the Greeks to the Ir­ish (“not only are we broke, but our lands are ca­pa­ble of god-like ge­nius”).

Per­haps part of his ret­i­cence to com­ment is down to the band’s 2006 de­ci­sion to move part of their busi­ness to The Nether­lands to avail of their lower tax rate.

Still, it would be nice to hear from him.

Speak to us, Bono!

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