April 28th, 2005

Bono and Bill

this was posted in ohnotheydidnt by withoutmusic. the last line is brilliant.

When U2's lead singer came to Seattle over the weekend for a concert, there was only one logical place to stay -- the home of Bill Gates, who shares Bono's passion for Third World development and relief efforts.

"I was one of 20,000 screaming fans," Microsoft Corp.'s co-founder Gates told Reuters. Gates, the world's richest man, said he got to know Bono through his work with his philanthropy.

Gates said that Irish rocker Bono was staying with him and that the two hung out together after the concert in Seattle.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with an endowment of $28 billion, is the world's biggest charitable organization and aims to improve the health of people in the developing world.

"We're big believers that more needs to be done in developing countries," Gates said. "Let me tell you, Bono has had a huge impact."

Bono is a vocal advocate of Third World debt relief and Gates' foundation has given out more than $4 billion for global health since its inception to fight diseases such as AIDS and malaria.

Asked if their friendship would entice him to buy one of Microsoft rival Apple Computer Inc.'s black-and-red U2 edition iPods, Gates said: "Absolutely not."

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Song of The Day

Today's selection is

"I Fall Down" from October (1981)

Thoughts: I really like this song. I'm surprised that I would. It's one of the few early favorites of mine that come from U2. As usual, the instrumentation is great because it evokes this great, peaceful feeling. I'm always a fan when the band is trying to find its initial sound and isn't really straying into the anthemic rock territory that defines them in later years. For this track, I think I love the piano because it contributes a really nice, basic pop feel to the entire track, especially when the chorus is so abrasive and really contrasts with the rest of the song. It doesn't feel like Bono is stretching himself vocally in this track, but it goes very well with the instrumentation and the rhythm.
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