Appearing on the Graham Norton Show, U2 frontman Bono spoke about how a chance meeting with Frank Sinatra, led him to writing a song for the legendary singer.
Bono appeared on the chat show sofa alongside actor Eddie Redmayne, singer Taylor Swift, as well as football pundit and former Arsenal player Alex Scott.
The singer was speaking about the release of his upcoming memoir Surrender: 40 Songs, 1 Story.
“a tough guy”
Speaking about his chance meeting with Frank Sinatra, Bono said, “He was a tough guy and I am attracted to tough guys”.
“He told me, ‘You are the only man with an earring I am going to like”, the singer joked.
It was at this point that the singer revealed that he wrote a song for Sinatra to record.
“We wrote a song for him called Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad but sadly he passed away before he could record it”, he revealed. Frank Sinatra passed away in 1998 at a LA hospital. He was 82 years old.
Following this, Bono proceeded to deliver an impromptu performance of the track to Norton and guests.
Bono whose memoir which is due for release next week, also explained the inspiration behind the life story.
“I wanted to explain to my friends and family what I had done with their lives”, Bono stated.
“They gave me permission to be an artist and an activist travelling around the world, and we don’t really talk about that stuff at the dinner table”, he continued. “It turns out that the most extraordinary thing about me are the relationships I am in”.
“I met most of them in one week at school and I think the longevity comes from the community of people that knows who you are and how you became who you are, we have shared memories”.
“you are very professional”
Elswhere, Bono also shed some light on his relationship with his father Bob Hewson.
“We had a combative relationship and I wanted to impress him, so I flew him out to Texas to see me in concert”, the singer revealed.
“Afterwards he came in and his eyes were all red and I thought, ‘Oh my god, my father is going to give me a compliment’ and I did a deep swallow”.
“He put out his hand and said, ‘You are very professional’,” he revealed. “That meant everything to him – and from him it was the greatest compliment”.
Bono also echoed his previous statement that U2 plan to release a new album soon.