Bono and the Edge U2

U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Belfast : Surrender

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It all began in 1976 when Larry Mullen pinned a ‘musicians wanted’ ad to the notice board at Dublin’s Mount Temple School: Drummer seeks musicians to form band. On Saturday 25th September 1976 the early shoots of U2 convened in Larry Mullen’s kitchen in Artane. And that’s where it started.

Alongside Larry and Co another band were attempting to make a name for themselves, this time fronted by Neil McCormick. For Neil it was different, we all went to school with friends who’ve turned out more successful than ourselves.

Bono and the edge

They don’t all phone from improbably glamorous places and drive us mad by telling us about it. And they’re not all Bono. In 2004 Neil NcCormick published his story in the book “I was Bono’s Doppelgänger” the unfortunate story of he and his brother Ivan. The book tells the story of Bono trying to poach Ivan to play rhythm guitar for his band. Neil secretly intervened to block the move and the story began.

U2 Live in Belfast

In 2010 work commenced on a move adaption of Neil’s book aptly entitled ‘Killing Bono’. Based on Neil McCormick’s cult book the screenplay was written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Commitments), ‘Killing Bono‘ is a rock n’ roll comedy about two Irish brothers struggling to forge their path through the 1980’s music scene… Whilst the meteoric rise to fame of their old school pals U2 only serves to cast them deeper into the shadows. The film is directed by Nick Hamm whose credits include Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel & Lawrence, as well as The Hole and Godsend.

U2 Belfast

The movie was shot between Belfast and Dublin in a winter of sub-zero temperatures. The film features top names such as, Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Martin McCann, Stanley Townsend, Pete Postlethwaite, and Krysten Ritter.

Bono and the Edge, U2, Live, Belfast, flixelpix

While Neil paved the way to his own success as a top music journalist at the Telegraph (via Hot Press) U2 continued on their meteoric rise to becoming (possibly) the most successful rock band the world. It was from the novel and film ‘Killing Bono’ that the journey was paved for me to finally photograph the real Bono (sorry Marty McCann) when they played Belfast.

The Edge and Bono


Following last year’s acclaimed stadium run with The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 and recently released 14th studio album ‘Songs of Experience’ U2 have launched their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Set List

The Blackout
Lights of Home
I will Follow
Beautiful Day
Zoe Station
The Fly
Wild Horses
Even Better than the Real Thing

You’re the Best Thing
Summer of Love
Get Out of your Own Way
New Year’s Day
City of Blinding Lights
Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way
There is a light

Bono in Belfast

Just as Songs of Experience serves as a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour acts as a sequel to the 2015 tour. As with every U2 tour, this new arena production explores the latest in cutting-edge technology.

The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour is a development of the unique and innovative staging of the 2015 tour, featuring multiple performance areas, a state-of-the-art sound system, plus an all new super high-res LED screen nine-times the resolution of the 2015 screen.

Chasing Bono

The chapter of the Killing Bono legacy is a new stage play by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, entitled ‘Chasing Bono’ check out details here.

Neil McCormick’s U2 Review


David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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  1. I discovered U2 while at college in 1986. They are my favourite band to this day. Somewhere in my basement are bootleg recordings of their 1988 London performance.

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