All four members of U2 attended a special dinner to honor Gavin Friday last Friday at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel. The Irish Hospice Foundation arranged the event to recognize and thank Friday, who was the driving and creative force behind the Peter and the Wolf project.
Update 23/3: Several of the evening’s guests performed live, including Bono who sang Sinatra’s ‘You make me feel so young’ to his friend. But it was The Edge who apparently stole the show, playing wild and wondrous bass on the Virgin Prunes’ classic ‘Art Fuck’. Brother Dik assisted on guitar, while Gavin and Guggi took care of vocals.
The night begins with Gavin. Gavin Friday is the person who conceived the “Peter and the Wolf” CD and book project to aid the Irish Hospice Foundation. His arrival at Christie’s in New York City tonight (Nov. 21) marked the beginning of the end of the project: the auction of the book’s illustrations, drawn by his friend Bono.
Bono and The Edge were in playful spirits at the “Peter and the Wolf” exhibit launch in Dublin last week, as these photos show. At the launch, Gavin Friday explained to the media how Bono and his daughters got involved in the Peter and the Wolf project.
“I was actually out in Bono’s for lunch and the kids were going mental as kids do on a Sunday,” said Friday. “I had a rough mix of the recording and I put it on to see if the children liked it and if they related to it — and they all loved it, especially my godchild Eve. And two months later, Bono, Jordan and Eve were painting away for the book.”
Photos from exhibit launch in London
BBC coverage (includes video)