Activism Makes Bono Appreciate U2 More

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Outspoken Bono's activism has helped save his career as a rock star in U2 - because he's always so grateful for recording session time with his bandmates. The Where The Streets Have No Name singer has become a leading voice in the war against global poverty, but he insists he could never turn his back on music to become a full-time activist. And he insists the work he does outside U2 helps him appreciate what he has when the group comes together. He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've spent a lot of time in these two-dimensional worlds - numbers, values, analysis of statistics - and when I get away from it, being with U2 is such a playground. "It's made me realise how sacred music is. It's a kind of sacrament - like marriage, like friendship. "I'm not sure the other three in the band know this, because they - maybe sensibly - have avoided that other world. They just think they're in U2, and that's great. But I really know how great it is to be in U2. "As it became my job to be in a band, you take for granted that you've got a few hours with your mates in the studio. I don't anymore. It is sanctuary and escape from the material world of casualties, profit and loss, cynicism and hard-bitten victories over your own indifference or somebody else's. "You get into this f**king room and everything seems possible, and I've never really appreciated it more than now... It's this incredible thing. I treasure it."


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i'm equally as grateful for both parts of Bono's life and work . . . he's inspired millions to add their voice to ending the war on extreme poverty and hunger worldwide. i will always appreciate that. he and sir bob have with others plowed a path to our elected official's offices, making it considerably easier for us grassroots constituents to meet with them and speak positively and intelligently about legislation regarding meeting the Millenium Development Goals. yet as a fan, there's nothing like u2 music, a concert night, even a tv appearance, and the community of fans the likes of u2.com (their official fanclub) have grown into. amazing. so yes, there is plenty of room for both, in his life and in mine. stay close, sammi =)
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