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Be A Rolestar

Written: 07/29/2010

You have, no doubt dear readers, heard of the Twilight series:  the books, the movies, the merchandise etc.  Perhaps you have read the books or seen the movies.  One of the marketing angles is Team Jacob versus Team Edward.  I have a new team suggestion:  Team Bono.
 
If you know me personally than you know I am a huge U2 fan.  But the first album I remember hearing of theirs was Achtung Baby.  You see, my best friend Mike who got me into a lot of music growing up was such a R.E.M. fan that we listened to them all the time, but not U2.  Never U2.  And maybe this is why I don’t feel a great attachment to 80s U2 and gravitate more to their material from the nineties and beyond, my favorite album being All That You Can Leave Behind.
 
So why Team Bono? First of all, he is one of the top rock singers of all time---to me, only Freddie Mercury is on level with him.  He is a dynamic showman when he takes the stage.  He is a great lyricist but even he admits that early U2 records lack great lyrics because he spent little time on them.  So he is also honest.  U2’s music is very expressive and intelligent and they have always pushed the musical envelope and not afraid to stick their necks out and challenge (and sometimes alienate) their audience.
 
Bono is perhaps popular music’s greatest advocate.  He spent a great deal of effort on the Irish peace process.  Bono and Bob Geldof created Product (RED)---whose partners include Apple, Converse, Starbucks, Beats by Dr. Dre and more---and has helped raise millions for The Global Fund through that organization. He is involved with the ONE Campaign to fight global poverty.  In the Hearts and Minds Section of U2.com, the band also lists Music Rising, The Angiogenesis Foundation, Free Burma!, Greenpeace, Amnesty International and The Chernobyl Children’s Project as causes they support.
 
For this reason, Bono is the epitome of what I call a Role Star.  I put the idea of a Role Star in a song that I submitted for the new record.  Basically it’s someone who is a role model, and how being so is very important.  I am sure you all know some Role Stars---they are your mothers and fathers, family, teachers, preachers, coworkers.  They are the people that unselfishly help others on a daily basis.
 
Do good for others. Join Team Bono.  Be a Role Star.

- John