New Single with Bono Released to Streaming Services

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2020-05-09)

A new single by Bono has been issued to streaming services. A one track single featuring Bono, Zucchero and Pavarotti is now available on streaming services worldwide. The recording is a live version of the song “Miserere”. The song was released yesterday, and is credited to Bono, Luciano Pavarotti, and Zucchero. The song is now available on Spotify, Qobuz, Tidal, YouTube Music and other streaming services. This appears to be a streaming only single, as even shops that offer a download option are not offering this for sale.

The song was recorded with the Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana on May 27, 2003. It was part of Luciano Pavarotti’s 10th annual Pavarotti and Friends benefit concert in Modena, Italy. The concert was the same show where Bono sang “Ave Maria” with Pavarotti. The concert was televised, but never released in audio format. Bono’s performance with Pavarotti on “Ave Maria” was released just last year as part of the soundtrack to the documentary, Pavarotti.

The song opens with Zucchero with Bono coming in next in Italian and followed by Pavarotti. The song as streamed comes in at just over four minutes in length. Bono, Zucchero and Pavarotti collaborated on the song in 1992. Bono and Zucchero collaborated on the lyrics to the song with Zucchero contributing in Italian and Bono in English. Zucchero’s plan was to get Pavarotti to sing the song, but had to work to convince him to sing the operatic vocals. Zucchero discovered a piano bar singer by the name of Andrea Bocelli and got him to cut a rough demo to share with Pavarotti. Pavarotti is said to have been blown away by Bocelli’s voice and suggested that he wasn’t needed, but eventually relented and sang the song with Zucchero.

Two versions appear on the Miserere album and it was released at the time as a single as well. A live version featuring Pavarotti and Zucchero was released before on the Pavarotti and Friends album, but this is the first time this version with Bono has been released. The song hit #15 in the UK chart. The single was released with stickers attached to add promotion in English markets that Bono had co-written the song.

This live version has not been released before. The recording engineer is Marco Sabiu and the song produced by Michele Centonze, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana was conducted by José Molina.

Zucchero has worked with Bono more recently as well. For Earth Day he performed a version of Bono’s “Let Your Love Be Known” in front of the Colosseum in Rome.

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