The day after the 46664 concert in Cape Town, South Africa, Bono submitted to an interview with Paris Match in his hotel room at the Arabella Sheraton.
In the interview (in French), Bono explains how he wants to be the voice of those in Africa whom no one can hear. He describes meeting Africans living with HIV/AIDS and his admiration for their positive attitude toward life. He also describes his admiration for Nelson Mandela, a man whom he says “possesses grace.”
In more revealing areas of the interview, Bono speaks frankly about having to expose his personal side to be an effective voice for Africa. “I’ve never been ashamed to show my feelings,” Bono tells Paris Match. He admits that he is not afraid of people learning who the real Bono is: “The people who know my music really well know who I am. I reveal all in my songs.”
We will try to provide a translation of the complete article once our copy of the magazine arrives.