Birth­day 2U

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SI­MON HEWSON SAYS BE­ING RE­LATED TO BONO BRINGS PROB­LEMS

The Church is go­ing to be a fo­cal point after both shows. One of my best friends is ac­tu­ally in a U2 tribute band. He’s based in Hol­ly­wood.

“He’s the “Hol­ly­wood Bono” in Hol­ly­wood U2, which is one of the big­ger tribute bands in the States. Any time I go out to LA, I stay with him.”

One of Si­mon’s big dreams is to share a plat­form with the band.

He said: “One of the things still on my bucket list is I still haven’t got up on stage with him.

“I’m al­ways a lit­tle jeal­ous when peo­ple I know get to go up.

“My buddy, who’s the Hol­ly­wood Bono, got pulled up on stage at a show. He got to sing a duet with band. They did Sweet­est Thing. Bono and The Edge said he ac­tu­ally sung the song bet­ter than Bono.”

RE­SPECT­FUL

It’s not al­ways a bed of roses be­ing re­lated to one of the big­gest su­per­stars on the planet.

Si­mon added: “Prob­a­bly 95% of the time it works out OK. But I’ve had my share of bad ex­pe­ri­ences with fans. I’ve had a few stalker fans.

“There was one par­tic­u­lar lady when I lived in Seat­tle and she was pushy and per­sis­tent. It got to the point where she started fol­low­ing my cousin around while he was in Seat­tle to try and get pic­tures with them.

“Then fi­nally she con­vinced them she knew me. And he gave her a ticket to a show.

“I don’t mind an en­thu­si­as­tic fan. I ap­pre­ci­ate them. But there’s a cer­tain line you don’t cross – and she crossed it. I had to cut off com­mu­ni­ca­tion with her. But that was one of the few. In gen­eral, most of them are very re­spect­ful and happy. And we share the same love of a great band and great guys. “I’m proud of be­ing a Hewson. I’m proud of who I’m re­lated to. I love go­ing to shows. I love meet­ing my U2 friends. Every­body loves U2 for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, but the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor is the mu­sic.” news@irish­mir­ror.ie

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