Watch a few seconds of the video above…
That video was U2 Live at Red Rocks in June 1983, and it shows Bono in perhaps one of his most iconic moments.
Everybody knows Bono, but how many people know that Bono is a savvy investor? Yep. The kid from Dublin, Ireland, who made his name as an outspoken rock star is also a big player in the market.
Don’t take this the wrong way U2 and Bono fans (I grew up with them too), but it strikes me as a little odd that Bono could possibly become a billionaire from his investments in Facebook when the tech giant goes public.
I really don’t mean this as a knock—he’s got money and he needs to put it somewhere, so he invests, which I understand—but it strikes me as a little…incongruent I guess could be the right word.
“This song is not a rebel song,” he said. “This song is Sunday Bloody Sunday.”
But it was a rebel song. Bono was then and still is one of the most politically outspoken rock stars on the planet (among a whole bevvy of politically outspoken rock stars).
Sunday Bloody Sunday wasn’t a rebel song in the sense that he was choosing a side in the Irish troubles, it was a rebel song in that he was effectively denouncing generations of Irish who had fought tooth and nail against British occupation and were still fighting. It was a rebellious statement against his own countrymen.
The song was supposedly written about Bloody Sunday—January 30, 1972, when 26 unarmed civil-rights protestors were shot by the British Army near Derry in Northern Ireland.
Also known as the Bogside Massacre, it’s a notorious date in Irish history, along with the other Bloody Sunday—November 21, 1920, when 31 people died (14 British and 17 Irish) during the Irish War of Independence.
The Bogside Massacre is more notorious to the Irish, however. Among the 26 total killed, the British Army gunned down seven teenagers, ran down two protestors in vehicles and also shot five protestors in the back, according to Wikipedia.
Bono’s lyrics in Sunday Bloody Sunday were about both sides laying down their arms. It was a bold statement—a rebellious one—during a time when the fight for Northern Ireland was still costing lives on both sides.
Stay tuned for the follow-up, Facebook: Bono as Investor…