Irish rock legend Bono has revealed he will be celebrating his 60th birthday in isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking with Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio 1 earlier today he said that “It’s not really the moment for a big celebration.”
The U2 frontman revealed that he had planned to have a quiet celebration anyway; “I was going to go for a long walk, a bit of a pilgrimage with the family” whilst also acknowledging that “people are giving up a lot more than their birthdays, people are cancelling their weddings and funerals.”
The band had recently donated a huge amount of PPE to Irish hospitals which included 100,000 goggles, 100,000 visors, 30,000 gowns and a massive 20 million masks. Ryan brought this up with him on the show with Bono commenting; “It’s a small contribution but we can just about afford it, so we did it.”
Of course Bono had some kind words for all the brave frontline workers helping to fight this virus, and thanked them on air; “It’s a different level of courage. When we surface from this, the world will have changed,” he said.
“I’m just grateful that I’ve got here and I’m really grateful to the people who have got me to where I am and to the band, my family and my mates, and the country who gave U2 an incredible life.”