He regaled Chris with his gifts from the very final Late Late show from a well-known band
“On the last Late Late Show, I got a gift from… this is a real name drop… obviously U2 are Irish, they are a great band. And when the last couple of presenters finished their Late Late Show, they gave them a gift of, like a Harley Davidson or something. So Bono turned around and said, ‘Ryan, you’re not a rocker, you’re a mod’.
“So they gifted me – there’s only one I think – a red electric Vespa that’s arriving at my house tomorrow. A U2 Vespa, I am so excited!”
Taking this as a cue to regale Ryan with his own Bono-related story, Chris asked: “Have you ever approached a US aircraft carrier in a putt putt boat at 2am, asking for a bottle of brandy with Bono in France?”
Recalling the bonkers experience, Chris continued: “I risked life and limb to get him a bottle of brandy from the US Navy. We were banging on the hull of this aircraft carrier that towered over us like a city, let alone a building.
“And we banged on the hull, this is a true story. And they lowered a gunboat, because they thought somebody was trying to attach a mine or an explosive to the hull of the boat!
And they chased after us in a gunboat, and they realised it was Bono. And they went, ‘Oh, that’s Bono. It’s alright. What do you want? Brandy? Not now. Bar’s closed’.
— Virgin Radio UK (@VirginRadioUK) September 6, 2023