Rocker BONO still regrets not supporting troubled INXS star Michael Hutchence in his final days - because he thinks he might have been able to save the Australian icon.

The U2 star was close friends with Hutchence, but fears he let his pal down because he didn't act on his wife ALI HEWSON's concerns that Hutchence was on the edge.

He reveals, "I felt I had let Michael down because I was lost in my own busy-ness and hadn't called as much as I would have liked.

"In fact, Ali had spent some time with him and she'd said he looked a bit shaky to her.

"I just wished I'd been around a bit more. He would confide in me and I in him. We were really good friends."