Hozier wants everyone to stop 'Bono bashing' and recognise the U2 superstar's humanitarian work

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Hozier wants everyone to stop 'Bono bashing' and recognise the U2 superstar's humanitarian work
Hozier wants everyone to stop 'Bono bashing' and recognise the U2 superstar's humanitarian work

Hozier has called on Irish people to drop the Bono bashing and acknowledge that the U2 frontman is saving lives.

The Wasteland Baby singer, 29, whose real name is Andrew Byrne, has also started making waves as a broadcaster thanks the new podcast series he launched earlier this year.

The podcast ‘Cry Power’ – which he has created in collaboration with charity group Global Citizen – sees Hozier speak with musicians, artists and campaigners about why and how they try they how to change the world.

Perhaps the most striking episode so far is Hozier’s interview with Bono, which takes place at the singer’s home.

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And the Co Wicklow star believes that it is time that we as a nation gave the U2 frontman a break, and celebrate his life-changing achievements.

“I had met Bono a few times and I had spoken to him before but he is a fantastically charismatic man,” Hozier told Dublin Live.

“He is one of the busiest people I have ever met. For every day anybody lives, he kind of lives two.

“He is constantly bouncing around the world living two lives, he is kind of a Batman in that regard.

“In short yeah, we need to quit the Bono Bashing, I don’t want to go too far into it.

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“If people, with regards the One and the Red campaign, were aware of the results of those successes they might feel differently.

“Those campaigns have saved so many lives and the results are staggering and life changing.

“That was something I was not aware of and I think if more people were confronted with information like that it would temper some of the ill feeling.

“Look we are Irish and it is the ‘sow that eats the farrow’, as James Joyce would say.

“I am waiting for my time. I have to say. I get very anxious before interviews, because I know, everything that is nice to write about me, all the good news stories, have been written.

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“Jokes aside, the work he has done and his time is so precious so it was a real honour.”

Other episodes in the series feature Annie Lennox, Marcus Mumford, Sinead Burke and Mavis Staples – who featured on Hozier’s hit single Nina Cried Power earlier this year.

But Andrew confessed that the interview he is most nervous about is with President Michael D Higgins which he records this week.

“I am more nervous about interviewing Michael D Higgins than any other one to be honest,” he said.

“Bono would have been a nervy one obviously. But Michael D is so eloquent in communicating his world view and he is very brave and commanding with language.

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins (Image: 2019 Getty Images)
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“But also courageous because traditionally a president is not supposed to.

“Some people would say ,’to hell with that’, but he is beloved because he shows such moral leadership.

“Back when it was political suicide to speak about gay rights or reproductive rights for women he has been consistent in that and he is a bit of a unicorn politically.

“He never side steps difficult questions and he always speaks honestly and openly.

“I also understand he had a very difficult childhood and his family would have experienced elements of poverty growing up.

“He has described it as a coldness that enters the bones and never leaves.

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“You have this mind and this leader and this person of such strong character and values and it is wonderful to see where his journey start.”

Hozier admitted that he never really wanted to do a podcast series and that when he was approached to commit to the project he thought it was only one episode.

As he prepares to record his sixth installment of what will be a ten part series he says he has a new-found respect for broadcasters and interviewers.

In particular the late Gay Byrne who passed away just last month.

Gay Byrne with Bono on his last ever Late Late Show

“Gay Byrne is a fantastic example of a brilliant broadcaster”, he says.

“It is crazy to think that he has actually passed away.

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“He was somebody who, at times, had a natural humour but approached sensitive subjects in a very tender way.

“Also he bore witness to and gave a space to public social conscience as it was changing for nearly the first time since the state began.

“So in the sixties when they are talking about contraception, about female sexuality, his contribution to public social conscience and women’s rights was remarkable.

“I don’t think that any of that found its way to be. I didn’t manage to inherit any of his wonderful, natural ability sadly. But he was excellent.”

Hozier is on the tail end of his international tour which will end next week with two sold out shows at Dublin’s 3Arena.

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Then he is going to sit back and enjoy his first Christmas at home in years.

“The 10th and 11th are the two shows. From the 12th on wards I have a clear schedule,” he said.

“The two shows should be fun because it is my first time playing the 3Arena and I am excited about them but also anxious.

“Because it is a big venue and apart form the Electric Picnic these are the biggest shows I will have played at home.

“Finishing this tour in Ireland is exciting and a good feeling.”

Despite the fact that Hozier has become a household in not just Ireland but America, he said that he is able to enjoy his down time at home.

Hozier
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“You would be amazed what a hat and scarf and a pair of glasses will do. You buy yourself a bit of time.

“You pick your pubs and you just push through the time when you are this odd apparition.

“People are amazed that you are there at all and you are a novelty.

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Source: Celebrity News Ireland