U2 Sings Tribute to Bono's Dad

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2.14.05 - Associated Press

By David Bauder, Associated Press Writer

U2 may have captured the most attention -- and a Grammy Award -- for the song "Vertigo," but the band chose to make a very personal statement with its performance on the show Sunday.

They performed "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," dedicating it to lead singer Bono's father, who died in 2001.

Bono described him as a postal clerk who sang opera into the night in a beautiful tenor voice.

"I'd like to think when he passed away he gave that to me," he said. "I wish I got to know him better."

The stately song forced Bono and the Edge to match falsettos in the chorus. It was a rare moment of tenderness and vulnerability in rock 'n' roll, and when Bono sang a lyric about two men who would have liked each other more if they hadn't been so much alike, he spoke for generations of warring fathers and sons.

The easy choice would have been to sing "Vertigo," which won the Grammy for best rock song, just to show people they still stand on top of the rock pack. Instead, they chose a better song, and made a stronger connection with millions of people watching at home.

Copyright © 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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HEY IT KITA AND KERINA WARE

U PROBULALY DNT REMEMBER BUT WEN U WERE AT AUSTRALIA MANY YEARS AGO MY MUM N U GOT PUSHED INTO A TOILET TOGETHER MY MUM TELLS ME THIS STORY MANY TIMES AS SHE LUVS YOUR MUSIC.

SHE LIKES IT SO MUCH THT SHE HAS HOOKED ME ONTO IT WELL GOT TO GO BYE

Bono,
your are great i'm a girl in belgium and i love U

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