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Bono fears U2 split

Bono fears his band U2 will kick him out because of his campaign against global poverty. The U2 frontman has admitted that his support for the Make Poverty History campaign and the Live8 concert has “raised eyebrows” among drummer Larry oullen, guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam Clayton. Bono reveals, “They are hugely supportive spiritually and financially of the work I do but they are in a rock ‘n’ roll band and the first job of a rock ‘n’ roll band is not to be dull. So we have to be very careful about not letting me go too far. There was one point when I thought, ‘I’m going to be thrown out of the band for this stuff’.” Bono also fears alienating U2 fans at concerts with his on-stage statements about global poverty. He adds, “People openly jeered and I felt I was a weight around my band’s neck for doing this kind of work. I thought we would wear our audience out.” The group first formed as Dublin schoolboys in 1977. [4 January 2006]

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