Bono: “I spoke to him last week… the voice that was louder than any rock band was a whisper. Still he communicated his love. Full of love.”
The Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti died at his home in Modena today. He was 71 years old.
Pavarotti once famously asked Bono’s housekeeper to “Tell God to give me a call” when he found it difficult to get hold of U2’s singer. He was trying to get U2 involved in his charity concert ‘Pavarotti and friends‘ for Bosnia’s war children. When Bono did get involved, the collaboration produced the single Miss Sarajevo. Bono later duetted with the opera legend on various occasions, including the performance of Ave Maria shown above.
Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year.
The Edge is still buzzing from his trip to Morocco when he takes time to talk to Hot Press magazine’s Peter Murphy. They reflect on the past, remembering the late great Bill Graham and discuss U2’s collaboration with Eno and Lanois in Fez.
The interview with U2’s guitarist is for subscribers only, but we’re sure the good people at Hot Press won’t mind if we share a few choice quotes with you.
To what extent did you use Bill Graham as a sounding board?
“Bill was very important to us from the beginning. […] We’d meet him from time to time and play him some stuff, and in a very touching way he would mentor us, give us records to listen to that he felt were important for us to hear, stuff that maybe we hadn’t come across before. And I think he filled a certain kind of almost big brother role with the band, and we certainly appreciated all his advice and consideration.”
Is this your latest psycho-geographical adventure (in Morocco), trying to channel the atmosphere of a place into the music?
“I think it is. It was one of those ideas that wouldn’t go away. Bono suggested it a good while ago. He throws out ideas a lot, and a lot of them do not necessarily get met with the greatest enthusiasm. I would probably be the one most ready to go for it, Adam is fairly easygoing, Larry is hard to persuade a lot of times. In this case, to everyone’s amazement, Larry pretty early on went, “I think there’s something to this; it sounds like a good idea.””
Are these songwriting sessions for a U2 album or an extra-curricular endeavour?
“It’s a U2 project, and one of the luxuries we’ve afforded ourselves is not to have to think about exactly what it will be or how it’ll be finished or when it’ll be released.”
WHY U2LOG SHOULD NOT RELY ON ONLINE TRANSLATORS
Translating a section on the Amigo Awards at wandoo.es we came up with: Special prize by its Collaboration to Music: U2 To its contribution to the world of music…, and to the world in general because U2, mainly their vocalista and leader, Bond, has been dedicated to collect bottoms for diverse social causes. More than deserved the prize for these boys who have new disc in the market. Everything a recognition.
You get the picture. (Sheesh, and we thought collecting spoons was odd)