Gay Byrne says there were no limits during his interview with U2's Bono for next week's episode of The Meaning Of Life series.
In the interview, which will be broadcast on RTÉ One on Tuesday June 25th at 9.35pm, Bono talks about “the life that has shaped his beliefs and values and the values and beliefs that have shaped his life.”
Two days before his 53rd birthday last May, the singer and activist took time out from the studio, where U2 are recording their next album which is due for release in autumn.
According to series producers, he wanted a clear space between his interview with Byrne and promotional interviews for the new album because, having watched previous episodes of The Meaning Of Life, he understood that this was not a conversation about the album or the band.
Speaking about the interview, Byrne said: “Bono is one of the people who I have always wanted to feature on the Meaning Of Life. For one of Ireland’s most influential figures he has managed to maintain a remarkable degree of privacy. We had spoken many times about doing the interview as I knew this would be very different to any we had done in the past.
“Many people will be surprised that Bono has a deeply-rooted belief which permeates his everyday life and motivates all his campaigning work. Nothing was off limits and he opened up about his innermost beliefs, his religion, his family and of course the influence of his beliefs on U2.”
Bono has come in for somewhat of a kicking recently with the publication of a new book which is highly critical of his political and humanitarian activism.
The Frontman: Bono (In The Name of Power) by lecturer and journalist Harry Brown is a polemical overview of the U2 man’s career as a campaigner which accuses of him of worsening the injustices he campaigns against.