Herbert Grönemeyer and Bono performing Grönemeyer’s ‘Mensch’ (lyrics) in German at the P8 festival in Rostock.
Bono also performed Redemption Song with Youssou N’Dour and Bob Geldof, You Never Give Me Your Money / Carry That Weight with Youssou N’Dour, Bob Geldof, and the Toten Hosen’s Campino, and Get Up Stand Up with Youssou N’Dour and Bob Geldof.
Paul Vallely at The Independent refutes claims made by advertising trade magazine Ad Age that Bono’s RED campaign spends more money on advertising than it raises for Africa.
“The money RED has raised means that some 160,000 Africans will be put on life-saving anti-retrovirals in the coming months, orphans are being fed and kept in school in Swaziland and a national HIV treatment and prevention programme has begun in Rwanda. Some 99 per cent of funds raised go directly to life-saving schemes.”
“Your article says that $18 million and soon to be $25 million (when we have completed our most recent accounting) is a “meager” amount. It’s five times the amount given to the Global Fund by the private sector in four years.”
“Since U2 singer Bono announced the RED campaign to raise money to benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS on The Oprah Show, 66.3 percent of people registering to join the RED Web site clicked through to merchandise partners’ Web sites, according to a metrics company.”
Uncut Magazine released their third special ‘Legends’ issue this month, this time featuring U2. If you haven’t already picked up a copy from your newsagent, go do it now – it’s quite good value for money.
All U2’s albums are discussed and all members of the band have a chapter dedicated to them. A number of photographers pick their favourite U2 shots and journalists like Gavin Martin and Stuart Bailie chip in with features on ‘what makes U2 tick’.
Tons of pictures complement the words, and yes – there are even a couple you won’t have seen before. Gavin Friday earns the ‘bigmouth strikes again’ award for the best quote in the magazine: “I don’t think Bono decided to be ambitious, he just is. But if this country ever ran out of electricity, just shove a plug up his hole and it would run for a week.”
Unfortunately, the issue is not without its flaws. Irish journalist Bill Graham is mentioned a number of times in the magazine, but the pictures that go with the quotes are of of the American concert promotor of the same name.
Last week we told you about Ali Hewson’s helping to raise money for Down’s Syndrome Ireland (see Bags on Display). Now we’ve learned that Larry Mullen also has pitched in for the cause by designing a t-shirt for the organization.
Larry’s design, along with several other celeb t-shirt designs, are available for purchase at Brown Thomas stores and its affiliates across Ireland. All profits from the t-shirts, which retail for Euro 30 for ladies and Euro 35 for gents, will go directly to Down’s Syndrome Ireland.