U2‘s Bono and The Edge took David Letterman on a musical and private journey round their hometown of Dublin, Eire, for the upcoming Disney+ documentary Bono & The Edge: A Kind of Homecoming, With Dave Letterman.
The movie, marketed as “half live performance film, half journey journey plus an entire lot of Bono and The Edge, with Dave’s humor all through,” does precisely that, as Letterman navigates the origins and cultural influence of U2.
Directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville, the documentary will debut March 17 on Disney+ and showcase Bono and The Edge‘s particular live performance efficiency in Dublin.
Billboard checked out the heartwarming documentary, and we’ve compiled among the finest, most impactful moments from Bono & The Edge: A Kind of Homecoming, With Dave Letterman. See them beneath, and be certain to join Disney+ right here earlier than the movie’s launch.
The Unique Band Identify & The place the Nicknames Got here From
Earlier than U2, there was Lypton Village, and The Edge admitted that he “can’t keep in mind” why he and his group of buddies named themselves that. One of many foremost traits of the band, nonetheless, was that each member was given a nickname, which is the place The Edge (actual title David Howell Evans) was given his alter ego.
“Bono’s Village title was Bono Vox of O’Connell Road,” The Edge mentioned of his bandmate (born Paul David Hewson), earlier than Letterman famous that Bono was nicknamed after a listening to help retailer.
“It was a part of a pushback in opposition to the conservative society that we had been part of,” The Edge defined, earlier than joking that U2 members Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. weren’t given the very best nicknames, and that’s why they finally determined to maneuver ahead with their actual names. Clayton was “Mrs. Burns” and Mullen was “The Jam Jar.”
“My nickname is ‘Dumba–,’” Letterman joked.
“Sunday Bloody Sunday”
A lesser identified reality amongst youthful U2 followers is simply how a lot the non secular turmoil of Eire impressed the band. Bono and The Edge delved into the historical past of rigidity between the Catholics and Protestants of their house nation and the way it impressed their Warfare hit “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” written by The Edge.
“On one explicit day, this rage poured out. This frustration at not having the ability to write, not understanding if I needs to be in a rock n’ roll band, what the long run would possibly maintain,” The Edge mentioned of his 21-year-old self, who felt as if he needed to selected between his religion and his love for music.
“This was alchemy,” Bono mentioned of the tune’s creation. “I used to be watching it. I used to be standing beside it. I noticed this transformation of inner rage to exterior. I used to be like, ‘Phew, that’s why I’m in a band. That’s why I’m with this dude.’ It was a approach to really feel our music might imply one thing outdoors of simply itself.”
Tremendous Bowl XXXVI Halftime Present
At one level within the documentary, Bono touched on his determination to honor the names of those that died within the 2001 9/11 assaults throughout U2’s Tremendous Bowl Halftime present efficiency, which got here simply six months after the devastating tragedy.
“I recall grappling with the idea of America, and what it meant to me and what it would imply all over the world, and that this can be a fragile second,” he shared. “I needed to make use of some exhortation, taking away regular spectacle and turning it right into a monument of rolling names. Tremendous Bowl Halftimes are a spectacle, however the best spectacles are feelings.”
Watch the transferring tribute in the course of the “The place the Streets Have No Identify” efficiency right here.
Panti Bliss Talks U2 & Homosexuality in Eire
As the way forward for drag in the US is presently in peril, because of the current wave of anti-drag and anti-trans laws launched by Republican lawmakers within the U.S., it felt necessary to see how strongly U2 helps the rights of individuals of all sexualities — significantly drag queens.
Letterman sat down with drag star and marriage equality advocate Panti Bliss — who as soon as joined U2 onstage in Dublin again in 2015 — to debate how she initially had misconceptions concerning the band. “I grew up in a rustic that might completely repress any trace of sexuality. Dublin, all by way of the ‘80s, was this grey, aggressively regular sort of place. Homosexuality wasn’t even heard of,” she defined.
“I unfairly maligned U2 as a result of, to me, at the moment, they had been half and parcel of this tradition, this kind of straight-boy rock tradition that I felt completely rejected by,” Panti continued. “So I left, I went to Japan to dwell and work and do [drag]. Whereas I used to be residing there, U2 got here to carry out and I began to see, ‘Oh truly, this U2 is just not the U2 that I unfairly maligned.’ What I noticed onstage in Tokyo was outward-looking, you already know? It was horny and enjoyable. Perhaps I’m overselling it, however they had been a part of the explanation then ultimately that I ended up coming again finally.”
On how U2 impacted the motion of equality in Eire, Panti famous, ” U2 was a part of what allowed Eire to face by itself two ft and have our personal factor. I appreciated that on the time and I nonetheless do now.”
A Candy Second of Friendship
It’s uncommon to see a band keep a detailed friendship after 50 years of working collectively, however Bono and The Edge took a second throughout their live performance efficiency at Dublin’s Ambassador Theatre to bathe one another with love.
“The factor I don’t like about Edge is that he doesn’t want me. He might be doing all of this, writing, singing, performing, taking part in, producing on his personal. However he doesn’t,” Bono shared, his outdated pal.
“As a result of it’s not as a lot enjoyable,” The Edge sweetly replied.
Tearing up, Bono added, “Your finest buddies are those that you may have the very best arguments with. I’ve acquired just about the very best argument you would ever discover proper right here. I might belief the Edge with my life. In actual fact, I’ve trusted him with my life.”
David Letterman’s Private U2 Tune
The late evening discuss present icon was bowled over at maybe some of the heartwarming components of the documentary, when he came upon that The Edge and Bono had spent the morning writing a tune about him, impressed by Letterman’s journey to Eire’s Forty Foot.
“We come to like this Forty Foot man / He retains on doing the very best that he can / We virtually misplaced him there on Sandymount Strand / Being swept away was a part of his plan / You’ll be able to snicker nervously / That’s how we see beneath,” the duo sing, earlier than Letterman places his palms on his head in disbelief.
“Many good issues have occurred to me for my life. This might be proper on the high of that checklist,” he shared.