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March 26, 1996

Excerpt from Bono on his stage persona

Juice magazine, March 1996

"The stage is a platform show after all. All it does is make us look bigger. I think dressing up as the devil was great, and I enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, I miss the old bird.... What we did with ZooTV was, again, just a way of stopping me being placed as one person, because you have to accept the caricaturing that goes on when you become a big band and have fun with it and create these alter egos. I mean, we were parodying it all, you know, these were other sides of myself: The Snake Oil Salesman, The Devil, The Mirrorball Man. It was a nice way of sending out decoys, because, deep down, I'm still a really nice guy. Honest." - Bono, as quoted in *Juice* Magazine, March 1996.

And here's what he calls his current image: "Returning form fat Elvis period, passing resemblance to Vladmir Lenin, on the way to Cuba to meet cigar-smoking women."

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"U2, Cohl To Take $100 Mil Tour"

Baseline Inc. and The Hollywood Reporter, 1996

U2, Cohl To Take $100 Mil Tour

By Jefferey Jolson-Colburn

In a deal worth more than $100 million, rock group U2 and manager Paul McGuinness have reportedly granted Toronto-based concert promoter Michael Cohl rights to handle the group's upcoming stadium tour, sources said.

However, the offer was made with the proviso that Cohl goes into equal partnership on the tour with a possibly unwilling Creative Artists Agency, who originally made an offer to U2 in partnership with Bill Graham Presents.

However, BGP was turned down in a series of faxes Thursday to suitors, as was Metropolitan Entertainment Group, both of which were told they were the two finalists. Neither was told Cohl was still in the running until Thursday.

Cohl would reportedly be a unwelcome bedfellow for CAA, which views him as a competitor.

John Scher of Metropolitan and his associate on the offer, U.K. promoter Harvey Goldsmith, are reportedly hopping mad, especially after being called to Dublin along with CAA and BGP to present offers.

Cohl was thought to be out of the running due to a Canadian government investigation of his old firm, Concert Prods. Inc. that it charged superstars like U2 an extra fee for a nonexistent tax.

U2 reportedly investigated the charges and found to their satisfaction that Cohl was not responsible, sources said.

However, the apparently still want Cohl working with an independent partner of their choice.

CAA and Cohl reportedly have 45 days to work out a deal on what could be the biggest-grossing concert tour ever.

Other unsuccessful bidders reportedly included Pace concerts and ICM.

Cohl's new the Next Adventure Inc. company, which he formed after leaving Toronto-based Concert Prods. Inc., scored a coup in obtaining national promotion honors for the 1987/88 tour -- the only major stadium tour scheduled for that time.

The band is working on its new studio album, with aims to complete it in July or August for an anticipated October release.

Cohl was the national promoter on the Rolling Stones tour in 1994, which grossed $121 million that year to rank as the largest ever. Observers believe the upcoming U2 tour could eclipse that figure.

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Bono writes to the people of East Timor

East Timor is a tiny nation in South-East Asia (directly north of Australia) and it has been under strict Indonesian rule for several decades now. In the '70s, two Australian journalists reported the abuse East Timorese have suffered under Indonesian rule. They were shot dead by Indonesian-controlled soldiers. Several years ago, a crowd of East Timorese were gunned down by Indonesian troops. The Indonesian government to this day has not acknowledged these facts, nor apologised for them. The Australian government is too pathetic to demand justice, and the rest of the world..? East Timor is too small and holds no economic value for the rest of the world to care about. For every ten copies of a new benefit album, Love From A Short Distance, sold, an East Timorese orphan will gain an entire secondary education. The title of the album is taken from a letter Bono wrote to the East Timorese people, expressing his concern for their plight;

"There is no silence deep enough, no black-out dark enough, no corruption thick enough, no business deal big enough, no politicians bent enough, no heart hollow enough, no grave wide enough, to bury your story and keep it from us. ....Love from a short distance."

The words have been put to music by Australian techno act SOMA, and it appears on the album along with Billy Bragg, Yothu Yindi, Silverchair, Hecate, The Mavis', Painters And Dockers, and Vika And Linda Bull's version of "Set On Freedom", which is also on the Dalai Lama's benefit album.

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