HELPING AFRICA CREATED STRANGE BEDFELLOWS:
U2'S BONO SAYS HE TEAMED UP WITH THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT
TO GET AIDS DRUGS TO AFRICA -- "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY
When he's not piquing their ire by using profanities on the air, U2 front-man Bono is enlisting the help of America's Christian Right to get drugs to African AIDS victims. The activist rocker tells Ed Bradley in a 60 MINUTES interview that getting conservative Christians on his side was the best way to push the Bush administration to send more aid to Africa. Bradley's profile of the Irish super group will be broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 20 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
This was one mission that Bono decided wasn't going to get done by "taking the usual bleeding heart liberal line," he tells Bradley. So the guy on the left approached the right, "particularly conservative Christians," he says. "I was very angry that they were not involved more in the AIDS emergency. I was saying, 'This is the leprosy that we read about in the New Testament�Christ hung out with the lepers,'" Bono recalls saying, "'But you're ignoring the AIDS emergency.'"
It worked. "And you know, they said, 'Well, you're right, actually�and we're sorry. We'll get involved.' And they did," Bono tells Bradley. "People openly laughed in my face when I said this administration would distribute antiretroviral drugs to Africa�.There's 200,000 Africans now who owe their lives to America," says Bono.
Bradley also speaks to the other U2 members, drummer Larry Mullen, bassist Adam Clayton and guitarist, The Edge. 60 MINUTES cameras followed the band on a recent tour and Sunday's profile contains concert footage from Milan, Italy, that will be shown for the first time.
As he becomes more and more known for his political causes, Bono insists it's still about the band's music. "I need the music more than I need politics or the activism, I can assure you of that," he says. And all that altruism hasn't obscured his rock-star's ego, either, Bradley finds out. "Still want to be the best band in the world?" asks Bradley. "Still want?" Asks a laughing Bono. "Still want? Line them up," he tells Bradley.