U2’s Bono says classic Elvis Presley song saved his life
U2’s Bono said one of Elvis Presley’s songs saved his life. He revealed this in a fan letter he wrote several years after the death of the king of rock ‘n’ roll. Additionally, he used the letter to apologize to Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley for something he did that was supposed to commemorate Elvis. Here is what he wrote.
U2’s Bono apologized for his ‘disrespect’ to Elvis Presley
For its 60th anniversary, Rolling stone released a list of Bono’s 60 favorite songs. Bono wrote an open letter to each artist on the list. He ranked “Heartbreak Hotel” as his 11th favorite song, claiming that – like all of his favorite songs – it saved his life. He said he couldn’t live without these songs.
In the letter, Bono wrote, “Dear Priscilla, Lisa Marie… It’s hard to overstate the role Elvis played in American life. It’s hard to overstate the role Elvis played in my life… and I’m Irish.
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He then apologized to Priscilla and Lisa Marie. “I apologize for the irreverence of my attempt to create an epic poem with ‘American David’.” For the context, The Guardian reports “American David” is a poem Bono wrote about the “All Shook Up” singer in the 1990s. Each line of the poem begins with Elvis’ first or full name.
The title of the poem seems to refer to a line where Bono says Elvis was the most famous singer since King David, the biblical author of many psalms. Some of King David’s most famous psalms deal with the kind of sadness Elvis expresses in “Heartbreak Hotel”. “He had the face of Michelangelo’s David though… please give that to me,” Bono wrote in Rolling Stone, discussing the comparison.
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Elsewhere in the letter, Bono mentions the influence of the king of rock ‘n’ roll. “What the beggars believe is how a part-time trucker in Memphis, Tennessee gets away with eye makeup and zoot costumes as early as Lansky’s age 18,” he said. declared. “I gasp at the risk he must have put himself in. What he really led was a revolution in style and music that was not surpassed until hip hop planted its rhyming flag across the continents.
Why was Elvis Presley’s “ Heartbreak Hotel ” so important to Bono?
Obviously, Elvis meant a lot to Bono. Was there a specific reason he put “Heartbreak Hotel” on his favorite song list? “I chose this song because I was heartbroken by the distance,” he said. “And I spent many nights at this hotel that Darden and Axton built for Elvis to occupy.”
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Interestingly, this open letter wasn’t the only connection between the two singers. Bono performed the classic ballad of the King of rock ‘n’ roll ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, which appeared on the film’s soundtrack. Honeymoon in Vegas alongside many other Elvis covers. Bono said Heartbreak Hotel “saved his life – and he continued to pay tribute to the artist behind it.
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