Bono On Bowie -
David Bowie 2004 Rod Laver Arena. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Bono On Bowie

by on January 28, 2016

in News

David Bowie wrecked Bono’s dreams of becoming a rock star, because the U2 singer always knew he’d never be as good as the Thin White Duke.

The U2 frontman was good friends with the late singer, who lost his battle with cancer on 10 January (16), and he has shared his memories of the 69-year-old in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

“I’ve played at being a rock & roll star, but I’m really not one,” he confessed. “David Bowie is my idea of a rock star. Right now, I’m in Myanmar, a little cut off from the reaction to David’s passing, but I can assure you the sky is a lot darker here without the Starman.”

The 55-year-old grew up with Bowie and became friends with the star after U2 hit the big time, and Bono credits David with introducing the band to many sights and sounds which influenced the group’s music.

“He came and visited us when we were mixing Achtung Baby – and, of course, he had introduced us to Berlin and to Hansa Studios,” Bono continued. “We had a playful sort of banter – he would really go there in conversations, and we would even occasionally hurt each other’s feelings.”

While the truth can hurt, Bono appreciated David’s honesty for the most part, especially when it came to remarks he made about his Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which he co-wrote with bandmate The Edge.

“He took his daughter to a matinee, and he sent me the reasons he didn’t like it,” he recalled, “and everything he said was really helpful, because it was in the early days of the show.”

Like all David’s friends, Bono was devastated to learn of his death, but he’s glad he reached out to contact his hero on his birthday, just two days before he passed.

“I sent him a long email, and I sent him a beautiful poem by Michael Leunig, called Love and Fear,” Bono recalled. “One line goes, ‘There are only two feelings/love and fear’. I didn’t hear back, but I was told he got it.”


Never miss a story! Get your free daily music news email alert. Subscribe to the Noise11 Music Newsletter here

Listen to the Noise11 Music News channel now at iHeartRadio

Follow on Facebook and Twitter

NOISE11 UPDATES are now in Apple News

more from



Related Posts

Bono, U2 perform at Etihad Stadium. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Bono To Build Cultural Hub In Ireland

U2 frontman Bono is reportedly teaming up with a property developer to build a cultural and wellness hub in his native Dublin, Ireland.

December 17, 2019
Noel Gallagher: Photo By Ros O'Gorman
Check Out New Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ‘Rattling Rose’

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released two new songs today coinciding with news of their support for U2 in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

May 31, 2019
Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Noise11, Photo
Noel Gallagher to Support U2, Bono’s Son to Support Gallagher in UK

Noel Gallagher is expected to be announced as the special guest of U2 when their ‘The Joshua Tree’ Australian tour is announced this week.

May 20, 2019
The Edge and Bono, U2 perform at Etihad Stadium. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
U2’s Bono and The Edge spent Christmas Eve busking in Dublin

Bono and The Edge turned buskers on Christmas Eve in support of The Simon Community in Dublin.

December 28, 2018
Bono, U2 perform at Etihad Stadium. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Bono talks up his friend George W. Bush

Rocker and activist Bono has come to cherish his unlikely friendship with former U.S. President George W. Bush after working together to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.

December 3, 2018
Bono, U2 perform at Etihad Stadium. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Bono to front AIDS Benefit on TV

U2 star Bono and comedians Will Ferrell and Chris Rock are teaming up for a U.S. TV special to raise money and awareness in the fight against AIDS.

November 16, 2018
Bono, U2 perform at Etihad Stadium. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Bono Returns To Work After Losing Voice

Bono has assured fans he will be "back to full voice" for the remainder of U2's tour after suffering vocal issues over the weekend.

September 4, 2018