By Kathy McCabe
November 03, 2006 12:00
U2 frontman Bono has endorsed Silverchair's ARIA Award call for Peter Garrett to campaign for Prime Minister.
Bono made a passionate speech to induct Midnight Oil to the ARIA hall of fame on Sunday night, followed by Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns spray painting "PG 4 PM'' on the stage.
"Oh wow,'' Bono said when told of the award's big surprise moment. "I wouldn't rule it out. You feel a moral core at the heart of that man which is attractive in a time of crisis.''
U2 arrived in Australia on Tuesday to resume the postponed final leg of their Vertigo world tour.
The band have rebelled in their surrounds since arriving, playfully greeting fans outside the Palazzo Versace Hotel and enjoying the sights of their Gold Coast space.
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr travelled by helicopter to the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre yesterday to begin rehearsals for the tour which opens on Tuesday night.
A relaxed Bono said it was great to be back in Australia.
"To be this far from home and feel completely at home, what is that about?'' he said. "The same kind of people maybe.''
While invigorated to be back on the performing stage, Bono was equally excited by the continuing success of his Drop The Debt campaign and efforts to treat the millions of Africans dying from HIV/AIDS.
"There are problems and scourges on the planet that require immediate action,'' he said.
"These things are doable if we really want them to be done. They can be done.''
He agreed that his model of "social movement'' could be applied to bring change in other areas including climate change.
"It's in all of our interests to understand more about it. I know there are huge ramifications for Africa,'' he said.
"I am very friendly with Al Gore. I have been through this with him and yet I know I need to know more and I am anxious to learn about what's going on in Australia and the ways you are dealing with it or not.
"It's not like these problems are unsolvable.''
U2 head to Sydney at the end of next week to play three concerts at Telstra Stadium, Homebush Bay, on November 10, 11 and 13. Limited tickets are available.
The band is also releasing another compilation album, U218 Singles, on November 18.
The recording spans their recording career from their 1980 debut album Boy to 2004's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. It includes two new tracks, a cover of The Skids' The Saints Are Coming with Green Day and the track, Window In The Skies.
All I can say is HELL YES PG 4 PM!