Bono And The Edge to Write New Musical


It’s a little known fact that whilst on a School Biology field trip in 1970, Paul David Hewson had a pair of sunglasses superglued to his face by school bullies, and he has never been able to remove them since. Nearly fifty years later, these glasses are still permanently stuck to him, which explains why he escapes ridicule for wearing sunglasses indoors. It’s not a cool look. But in an effort to at least sound cool, Paul David Hewson decided to change his name to Bono (we’ve no idea why either), and formed one of arguably the greatest rock bands in the world, U2.

This week, it has been announced that Bono and The Edge from U2 are set to begin work on the new musical film Sing Street, in collaboration with Once director John Carney, who is writing the screenplay as well as directing. The film is roughly based on events from Carney’s childhood, which was free from the glasses and glue nightmares of Bono’s upbringing. Even now, Bono suffers panic attacks even at the sight of a Pritt Stick. The film will focus on a young fourteen year old boy called Cosmo, who uses his love of music to try to help him break free from his awful home life in inner city Dublin.

Bono and The Edge will be penning songs and the musical score for the film, on the back of the Golden Globe that they won for the song Ordinary Love, used in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The Irish group have penned songs for several successful films, as well as some rubbish ones, in particular Batman Forever, with the song Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me. The song reached number 2 in the UK charts, and is ironically what Bono was heard shouting as he was being pinned down having spectacles stuck to his head. Sing Street will begin production in Dublin this summer.

Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.