U2 were interviewed by Jo Whiley earlier today, 45 minutes before going on stage at Live8. Talking about rehearsals today, Bono explains this is the first time Paul McCartney will play Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band live, so forget U2 feeling nervous… the song’s author is just as apprehensive.
The Edge confesses he felt chills coming round the corner and seeing the Live8 logo sticking out above the stage. Adam Clayton says it’s great this the event is in London’s city centre, and a great thing to feel the city’s involved. Larry Mullen’s memories of their appearance at Live Aid 20 years ago focus on the embarrassment of their entrance: in Noel Edmunds helicopter. Mullen says he could see the headline: ‘U2 go down on Noel Edmunds chopper.’
After his usual passionate rant on the issues of the day, Bono tells BBC presenter Jo Whiley he’s nervous and feels sick at the thought of facing the billions of viewers today: ‘The molecules are vibrating in this place.’ He even tosses in a little barfing motion.
The Edge shares his thoughts on the impact Live Aid had on people’s views on Africa and the shift from charity to justice, and he predicts that twenty years on from Live8 we will see even greater awareness.