Episode #14 - A lifetime of U2 memories with Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd is known as an American actress and political activist but she has also been a longtime U2 fan and a friend of the band. In honour of Bono's 60th birthday Ashley shares with us how she became a fan, how Bono's friendship inspired her in her political activism and what birthday present she will give Bono for his 60th birthday. A lifetime of memories and anecdotes spanning more than 30 years of fandom and friendship.
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"I was reminded of something I had long ago forgotten - that I had written the lyrics for this song in a small village in northern Ethiopia on a scrap of paper, an Air India sick bag, I think. And there it was, nearly twenty years later, coming back to Africa, all the stuff about parched lands and deserts making sense for the first time. The hairs just stood up on the back of my neck. I could barely sing the song. And it was like that every night of the tour."
- Bono on Where The Streets Have No Name during the Vertigo tour
did you know
U2 lost money on the production of the 1997 Sarajevo PopMart show as ticket prices were kept low, an average of $18, which did not cover the cost of the production. Any income generated from radio sales went to War Child.