Bono provided a dramatic reading of W.B. Yeats’ “September 1913,” with musical accompaniment, at an event titled the Peace Concert at the Library of Congress in Washington last night. The concert was in honor of World Bank President James Wolfensohn, who celebrated his 70th birthday earlier in the week. Among the attendees were Bill Clinton, who hung out with his Irish friend for the majority of the evening.
While U2 fans enjoyed the MTV/VH1 broadcast of the 46664 concert on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), Bono and Edge attended an AIDS Day rally organized by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Cape Town, South Africa, where Bono addressed a small audience comprised of HIV-positive people and AIDS activists. The U2 singer acknowledged the inititatives that TAC has taken on, saying he was “overwhelmed” by the organization’s work, and paid tribute to the true heroes of the fight–those living with AIDS/HIV.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, Paul Martin has confirmed that Bono will deliver a speech at the Liberal Leadership Convention in Toronto.
Bono will pay tribute to director Neil Jordan at the Irish Film and Television Awards, where Jordan will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards ceremony takes place in Dublin on November 1 and will be televised on RTE1 on November 2.
…Bono in New York City. The New York Post recently spotted Bono enjoying lunch with Bobby Shriver and New York Times columnist Frank Rich and dinner with Robert DeNiro.
The Times (UK) reports Bono, Kate Moss, and Johnny Depp were among the celebrities who attended the Rolling Stones’ concert at the London Astoria last night.