U2 singer Bono writes 60 fan letters on his 60th birthday

U2 singer Bono writes 60 fan letters on his 60th birthday
U2 singer Bono writes 60 fan letters on his 60th birthday

Anyone who, like Bono, turns 60 last Sunday can usually celebrate properly. Not so the U2 singer, who actually turned the tables instead. He used the day of honor to publish a list of 60 songs by a wide variety of artists on YouTube, which, according to the description, "saved his life." On the official website of his world-famous band, he now wants to thank each and every one of his "lifesavers" with an individual letter.

He has already bestowed this honor on the first six big names. He already thanked newcomer Billie Eilish for her song "Everything I Wanted", turned to David Bowie's son Duncan Jones for the hit "Life On Mars?", and in further letters addressed Luciano Pavarotti, who also died, and the bands Massive Attack and Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams.

And Bono has also already considered a German band with a "fan letter": He thanked the two Kraftwerk creators Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider for the song "Neon Lights" with the words: "I'm already a fan for many years. 'Neon Lights' is a song that created a future that has become so familiar." At the end he specifically mentions Hütter again and honors Schneider, who died on April 30 of this year.

54 letters pending

Since Bono describes his fascination for every single song in detail, he still has a lot of work to do with the 54 letters that are still outstanding. He also has Elton John, Madonna, Adele, Nick Cave and Bob Dylan to write.

He also has to commemorate many dead stars. These include Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Prince and Lou Reed. Only one name appears twice in the list: David Bowie, who died in 2016 and whom he already spoke to for "Life on Mars?" wrote, in due course he also has to thank for the song "Heroes".

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