Is there any significant world event that Bono doesn't feel the need to sink his claws into? If there is, U.S. president elect Barak Obama's Inaugural Celebration concert at Washinton D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial yesterday is not one of them.
U2 played amongst such musical megastars as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi and James Taylor, as well as appearances from some of America's most famous faces, including Tom Hanks and Tiger Woods. By all accounts, Beyonce stole the show at the close of the celebrations, leading several of the performers and many of the concerts half a million attendees in a rendition of "America The Beautiful." Barak really knows how to get the team onside, I tells ya.
Bono once again claimed the limelight from his bandmates, evoking the words of Martin Luther King before advancing into their tribute to him, "Pride (In The Name Of Love)".
"Let freedom ring. On this spot where we're standing 46 years ago Dr King had a dream. On Tuesday, that dream comes to pass"
Perhaps in explanation of his presence at the very All-American celebration, Bono also proclaimed "Not just an American dream. Also an Irish dream. A European dream. An African dream. An Israeli dream. And also a Palestinian dream." Yes, Mr. Hewson, you're very timely.
The band must be delighted with this extra burst of exposure, what with the release of their upcoming 12th album, 'No Line On The Horizon', on February 27th, and its lead single, 'Get On Your Boots', airing for the first time today on 2FM.