Saturday, July 13, 2024

O Solo Bono: U2 Leader Going On His Own for 8 “Surrender” Shows at NYC’s Beacon Theater in April


O solo Bono:

The leader of U2, Bono, has booked 8 nights at the Beacon Theater in New York for April. He’s launching his solo tour, called “Songs of Surrender,” named for his current best selling book.

A few weeks ago, Bono tested this show out at the Beacon and then hit the road on a book tour to major markets.

I guess he liked it. In the show, he can be more intimate and personal, singing songs he likes, reading from his book, and taking it down a notch from the big U2 stadium shows. The set list first time around had 16 songs, all U2 hits, just pared way down. This time around, I’d love to hear one of his best songs, “Stay (Faraway So Close”) and a little known one, “Original of the Species.”

Let’s hope those shows return next summer, however. As much as we love Bono, there’s nothing like the whole band.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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