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Bono Jokingly Apologizes During The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Interview


Bono has been through a lot – climbing the highest mountains and running through several fields. However, he remains subject to error over the years. 

The singer-songwriter humorously issued an apology for a set of slipups he made during a funny segment titled “Apologies to Look Forward to in Bono’s Next Book.” He shared his apology in his extended interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

First of all, he apologized for his peculiar eyewear. 

“I’d like to apologize for wearing sunglasses,” he stated, looking at a cue card Colbert handed him. “You see, when I take them off, I shoot lasers out of my eyes like Cyclops from the X-Men.” 

Unluckily, the U2 lead vocalist doesn’t exactly sit with the Marvel superhero circle in his break between dropping award-winning music. 

Bono elaborated on the reason behind his wearing shades in an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in 2014. He said he has suffered from an eye disease called glaucoma for over 20 years. 

Bono is Hilarious

Furthermore, he knows the band’s records have a few false vows. 

“Our 2004 album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb does not actually contain instructions as to how to dismantle an atomic bomb,” he stated, trying to hold his laughter, on The Late Show. “Just 11 really great songs.” 

Bono added: “I’m sorry. Because after we released [the 1984 album] The Unforgettable Fire, I totally forgot about the fire.” 

Ultimately, he raised a white flag in the air toward his fellow band members. 

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“Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., I’m sorry you’re stuck with guys who call themselves Bono and the edge,” he jested. “I didn’t realize we could just use our real names.”

However, there is another thing Bono confessed he’ll forever blame himself for: showing off a mullet in the 1980s. 

“It upsets me,” he shared with Colbert. “We’re all dealing with s—, you know?” 

He continued to share what he thought would happen in getting that haircut. 

“In the decade taste forgot, the ’80s, the mullet was a kind of David Bowie lab experiment that went wrong,” he elaborated. “We all thought we were going to get it like David Bowie. It didn’t really look like that. And a man should really not look like his hair has been ironed, I don’t think.” 

Funny and Genuine

Although he might have endured the look, Bono isn’t proud of that haircut era when he recounts the memory. 

“Can you imagine Live Aid, one of the most incredible moments of anyone’s life, as a concert, fighting famine, organized by my mate Bob Geldof and Queen and just incredible artists, you know, in Philadelphia and London? And broadcast all over the world? I see that back now and just go, ‘Oh, bad hair day,'” he said. 

But Bono did actually apologize for one mistake in a part of his book. (His memoir is titled Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story and was released on November 1 in The Guardian.) It is about time he gave everyone a free copy of U2’s 13th album, Songs of Innocence, on iTunes in 2014. 

“I take full responsibility,” an excerpt read. 

“Not Guy O, not Edge, not Adam, not Larry, not Tim Cook, not Eddy Cue. I’d thought if we could just put our music within reach of people, they might choose to reach out toward it. Not quite. As one social media wisecracker put it, ‘Woke up this morning to find Bono in my kitchen, drinking my coffee, wearing my dressing gown, reading my paper.’ Or, less kind, ‘The free U2 album is overpriced.’ Mea culpa.”

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