INXS Singer Had Discussed Suicide With U2's Bono

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12.27.00 - Reuters

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Australian rocker Michael Hutchence, who killed himself in 1997, had discussed suicide with U2 singer Bono who now feels guilty that he let his friend slip through the cracks, Rolling stone magazine said Wednesday.

In the upcoming issue of the magazine, Bono said that they had both agreed how "pathetic" suicide was, "(a)nd we kind of promised each other we wouldn't, we wouldn't cross that line where things get stupid."

Hutchence, charismatic frontman for rock band INXS, broke that promise in November, 1997, when he hanged himself in a Sydney hotel room. A coroner determined that Hutchence had been depressed about a custody battle between his lover, Paula Yates, and her former husband, singer Bob Geldof.

Bono wrote a song about Hutchence called "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of," which appears on the new U2 album "All That You Can't Leave Behind."

"That song is an argument. It's a row between mates. You're kind of trying to slap somebody around the face, trying to wake them up out of an idea. In my case it's a row that I didn't have while he was alive."

Describing himself in the Rolling Stone interview as a deeply loyal friend, Bono recalled feeling guilt, anger and annoyance when hearing of Hutchence's death.

He said the tune was a "really tough, nasty little number," because he felt it would be disrespectful to Hutchence to write a "soppy" song.

The issue containing the article is due out on Dec. 29. U2 are featured on the cover as band of the year, as determined by the magazine's critics.

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Bono performed a tribute to Michael Hutchence when U2 toured Sydney shortly after his passing. At the point when he sang the words.... 'let it rain, rain down on me....' the heavens opened and it began to pour. The audience of 80,000 gasped in awe!!! It was truly one of the most amazing moments I can remember !

U2 also did a tribute song to michael on the day after he died. They dedicated ONE to michael during the pop mart tour in mexico. If you purchased the complete U2 for your ipod; go to the ONE version Live from Mexico. It is also on the album.

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