Bono Risked Lives To Help Sarajevo

U2 frontman BONO agreed to do a television interview and concert in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo in 1997 to help the city's war ravaged people, despite knowing it would put him and his bandmates in danger. The ONE singer made the decision after an emotional plea from US filmmaker BILL CARTER, who felt U2's visit would create good publicity and for the city which was, at that time, under siege from Serbian forces. Bono, in an extract from the band's self named book, says, "Right on the edge of Europe there was a symbol of tolerance, where three ethnic groups - Croats, Serbs and Bosnians - lived together in peace. "And this tolerance was being challenged by an appalling siege by Serbian forces. "So I agreed in an emotional moment to do a gig there. And after I've agreed on Sarajevo Television, I then have to explain to the band why putting our lives at risk is going to help the people of Sarajevo." Bono's decision was not met with approval by all his band members, particularly drummer LARRY MULLEN JR, who felt the plan was immoral. U2's manager, PAUL MCGUINNESS, says, "Larry was pretty much against it. He thought we were exploiting people's misery for entertainment. "Bono definitely felt that we were shining a light on something important."


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Bono's big heart. Seeing those ravaged peoples' faces at the concert, getting the band there and back safely, all would make the greatest of all of their DVDs..
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Bono, talks the talk and walks the walk, he also visited Ethiopia in the Live aid era, which he never made public. I'm sick of other artists slagging him off, he's using his influence and fame for many a good cause, wheres the harm in that? While his fellow artists are partying it up and snorting goodness knows what, Bono remains one of rocks cleanest, purist, family orientated, diamond amongst dung!
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Bono's selflessness for the poorest people of the world is not always popular but it's for the poorest people, to them that have no voice, which puts rock and roll ego and posturing aside for the bigger issue. this is not something many are willing let alone able to do. his gift of deferance is just now becoming cool in the world of celebrity . . . .he seems to have evolved from an activist to a statesman and now a godfather to this generation's entertainment giants. many in the west would not have considered Sarajevo at all had he and the band not highlighted it. the song is still played to this day at u2 concerts. on a number of occassions they've had the potential danger to literally go out in a blaze of glory, but have, thank God, been enveloped in a shroud of protection. i pray to that end often.stay close,sammi
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