People: Bono

Gettysburg Times / AP (1988-10-07)

New York (AP) – U2 vocalist Bono, who says past live footage of his band seemed “like pornography to me,” is hopeful the Grammy-winning Irish group’s upcoming concert film captures its commitment to rock ‘n’ roll.

“There’s a lot at stake for us. It’s something almost sacred,” the single said about “U2 Rattle and Hum” in the November issue of Premiere magazine.

“It’s what we do best,” he said. “We’ve never really been able to make records. We’re a live band, and that’s more important to me than the records.”

Bono said “U2 Rattle and Hum” will show a side of him unknown to those who’ve never seen the band live. “Being on a stage is a special place, a place apart. It’s where I reach down into myself and bring up stuff…There are times onstage where I completely lose myself.”

U2 will release a double-album soundtrack to the film, which is directed by Phil Joanou.

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