Review: Bono humbles himself in a new memoir.
“Bono and the Band’s Tour” is a new memoir by U2 frontman Bono in which he tells the behind-the-scenes story of how his band, the Irish rock group U2, used to live during the band’s first tour in support of its “Where the Streets Have No Name” album.
The book, released Tuesday, has been translated from the Irish language and was released under the title Bono and the Band’s Tour: A Tour of the Tour.
Bono is interviewed by Michael Lewis
It was written by Irish journalist Michael Lewis and features an introduction by Bono, who has long been a journalist’s dream for profiles. Bono doesn’t offer the standard account of their life, however. He focuses on what he’s seen the band do, what he has seen them achieve and what he has seen the band at their most ordinary moments. It is a riveting book but also a deeply intimate account of how band members get along and how they talk about one another.
Bono is at the height of his fame
Bono and the Band’s Tour is an insider’s look at a very private relationship, as each of the band members has very close ties to members of the other bands in the group, and to the other band members as well.
Bono calls this intimate look into his life “a memoir and a tribute to the life of a band I loved and to a lifestyle that has changed me more than any other in my life.”
“For the time being it’s really something that, when I look at, I think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s what I was supposed to be doing’… When people ask me what it’s like being on tour, there’s not a lot of truth to what I tell them. I’d tell them that it’s very, very different… I’d be lying.”
Sitting in the green room of the Irish Music Hall of Fame in Dublin, Bono says a tour “doesn’t have to be a big deal. A lot of the people in that room are the same as me.”