Bono phones in to last ever Mystery Train

‘God bless you and the babies too!’

Bono paid tribute to radio DJ John Kelly on the last ever Mystery Train on RTE radio 1 on Thursday evening. Phoning in from France ‘under an orange moon, thinking of Enniskillen’, he talked to Kelly about the — wait for it — ‘extraordinary’ show, which has been prematurely axed in a recent RTE programming shake up, as well as congratulating him on the imminent birth of his twins.

Listen to Bono’s call. (mp3)

Later on during the show Bono rang in again (as did The Edge), off air, to request ‘Death is not the End’ by Dylan, or Gavin Friday, but Kelly didn’t have it on him. However, he had played the track earlier in the week in memory of Paschal Hanvey (Gavin’s father), who passed away a year ago this Wednesday.

We’re very sad to see a great, eclectic and unpredictable show like gentleman John’s go off air and wish him the best of luck, wherever the tracks may take him.

The good news is, John Kelly announced he will be back on air in October, on Lyric FM (1.30 – 2.30pm, Monday to Friday), with a different type of show. He encourages listeners to join him there.

18 Hours of U2 music

This Thursday (July 13), U2 fans may tune into Cleveland’s WBWC 88.3 FM radio for its annual U2 marathon, hosted by Mary Cipriani and Todd Richards. For 18 hours, Mary and Todd will spin U2 hits, rare tracks, B-sides, live cuts, as well as talk with special guests and give away prizes to listeners.

The marathon will be streamed on from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST. Email your song requests to Mary and Todd at

Use this link to listen to the marathon in RealAudio.