Bono working with Zucchero on a New Song

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2020-04-11)

Zucchero, the Italian musician, was interviewed in today’s Corriere Della Sera about what he is doing during the virus quarantine in Italy. He was due to be touring in April, kicking off a tour in Auckland supporting his new album D.O.C. released in 2019. Instead Zucchero finds himself in isolation with his family and at home. And he’s revealed that he’s working on new songs while at home:

“I exchanged a few messages with Michael Stipe after he published that beautiful piece Stay Safe, take care of yourself. And then I’m working with Bono for a new thing, he’s working on music and I’m working on the lyrics.” The two are in communication via phone.

He refers to a video that Micheal Stipe published recently which shares tips for staying safe and staying healthy and performs an REM song, “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).”

Bono and Zucchero have worked extensively together over the years.

  • In 1992, Bono contributed lyrics for Zucchero’s “Miserere” for the album of the same name. The song was performed by Zucchero and Pavarotti.
  • In 1998, Bono contributed English lyrics for Zucchero’s “Blue” featured on the album Blue Sugar.
  • In 2010, Bono contributed lyrics for the song “Someone Else’s Tears” for Zucchero’s album Chocabeck.
  • In 2016, Zucchero released Black Cat and Bono wrote “Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)” about the terror attacks in Paris, which Zucchero recorded for the album.
  • Both “Blue” and “Miserere” were released as singles.

The new song with Zucchero may not see light for a little while. Zucchero tends to release an album every 3-4 years and his last album just came out last fall. But with time away from other concerns, perhaps he will be able to get a head start on the new project.

During this time, Bono is at home in Dublin with his family. He has also written a song called “Let Your Love Be Known” which was initially performed and shared on U2’s social media accounts with Bono’s son on piano. Black Eyed Peas frontman took the song and added additional lyrics, and vocals by both himself and Jennifer Hudson, with piano by Yoshiki, relasing the song as “SingForLife“.

It was recently announced in the Irish media that U2 had contributed €10million Euro for PPE for Ireland at this time. The band has also been supporting the Live Nation initiative Crew Nation at this time, which is a global relief fund for live touring crews at this time when tours cannot go ahead.

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