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Bono In Wax and Words in Nashville

by Rich and Laura Lynch

We are still getting over our disappointment in not getting to see BONO present his STORIES OF SURRENDER program when he was here last November at the Ryman Auditorium. But, when we stumbled upon the wax figure of the singer formerly known as Paul David Hewson prominently positioned at the gift shop of the Madame Tussauds Nashville at the Opry Mills Malls we did remember that we could at least read about his interesting life in times in his similarly named autobiography.

BONO at the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville.

So, rather than strap in for a show at the Mother Church of Country Music - we did the next best thing - and ordered the book through the fantastic Nashville Public Library system and waited for the best-selling, 576 page memoir to arrive.

Once in hand, we learned a lot about the captivating and charismatic U2 frontman. BONO who in the 90's took the stage as an alter-ego known as the fly helped his band from Dublin, Ireland generate a lot of buzz in the early 80's when they were just starting out. In that decade, the Irishman began getting involved in high-profile causes like Live Aid. Rather than just lend his singing and songs to the efforts BONO went all in - visiting Africa and later South America in order to take a deep dive into a variety of subject matters with his boots on the ground while getting his hands dirty in the process as he educated himself on all aspects of public policy and global politics.

For this we salute the man who has remained extremely active with his group, family life and social concerns as the decades progressed as detailed in the pages of the hard to put down collection of memories and musings. Through the years U2 has navigated their career traversing a few low points only to peak on the charts and with their worldwide fanbase again and again. The numbers speak volumes. Since their founding they have sold over 135 million albums and counting with more songs and stories surely to come in the future.

BONO is winning new fans for his personal writing style in his best-selling autobiography - Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story.

Related Links: For more information on BONO and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Surrender Memoir by Bono | Madame Tussauds Nashville | Madame Tussauds Now Open In Music City | Nashville Public Library


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